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Fix My Eyes

Faith is like radar that sees through the fog — the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.” 
      ~ Corrie ten Boom
 
God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
 
     It is so easy to tear down. So easy.  Before 2010, I had never heard the word snarky.
snark·y
ˈsnärkē/
adjective

NORTH AMERICANinformal
  1. (of a person, words, or a mood) sharply critical; cutting; snide.
    “the kid who makes snarky remarks in class”
    • cranky; irritable.
      “Bobby’s always a bit snarky before his nap”
    Since then, it is close to replacing “sarcasm” as a way of life, at least where I live.  It is so easy to grab a gavel and judge, point that finger and pontificate, shake one’s head in disgust and forget to pray.
          Where we are now in the world, we cannot afford anything but to pray.  Build up, vocalize that word of affirmation, that compliment.  It is important to build up those in the body of Christ.  Sometimes we are the only thing standing in the gap between life and death.  No matter what front we are on, standing together in Christ is integral and more important than any other way one can stand.  Jesus has to fill us up, wash our core, be our core so that He is the lens through which we see, hear and speak.  In HIM we live and move and have our being.  How can we afford anything else but to build up the body of which Jesus is the head?
     Today, use your faith radar to see, to hear, and to speak.  Build up another believer, or the one that God prompts you to build up.
 
Fix My Eyes
 
     Lord, help me to accept praise in the light of your word, help me to give praise, encouragement according to your love. Keep my faith radar in working order, that I may use it for your glory.
     Because of Him,
     Linda
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Keep on Keepin’ On

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. ~Author Unknown

 
God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
~1 Thess. 5:9-11
 
     We don’t want to live here…
I ‘ve Got to Use my Imagination – Gladys Knight and the Pips
 
     … way too much ‘tude for us to see the light, to keep moving in the Spirit.  Enough anger to get out of the whole, but the sustaining energy we have is so much deeper.  Chasing a dream may mean expanding your vision to see that where you are is not where you were meant to be.  
     Take a walk, or a drive. Sit out in your yard if you can, or on your balcony if you live in a highrise or garden apartment.  Bring a piece of paper and something to write on, or, speak this into your cell so you can read it back later.  Make a list.
A list of what your dream is, not who it is.  ( I mean, I always wanted to marry Paul McCartney, but that is not reality.)  
     What does that dream represent?  Does it build up?  Does it edify?  Make the list as real as you can.  Lay your hands on it and pray it to God.  Keep the list so that you can see the miracle unfold.  But instead of asking God for it again, thank God for it.  Every time you think of it.  We are alive in Him!
So it our dream.  So is everyone else’s here.  So once you are praising God for your dream, encourage others dreams as you walk the walk.  Build each other up.  God acknowledged that we are doing it through Thessalonians, keep on keepin’ on!
     You may end up here:
Keep on Keeping On – Curtis Mayfield
and that is on my list…
     Because of Him,
      Linda

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