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Words…and Social Media

Words, like angels, are powers, which have invisible power over us. They are personal presences, which have whole mythologies… and their own guarding, blaspheming, creating, and annihilating effects.” 
 
                                            ~ James Hillman
 
Parents rejoice when their children turn out well;
    wise children become proud parents.
 
                                             ~ Proverbs 23:24
 
Hawk Nelson
 
     Where do your words come from?  What is your thought process before opening your mouth.  In this culture of unrest, sensitivity, nasty social media comments, how do you aim your words?
      One of my professors gave me a quizzical look when I said I couldn’t see the value in Twitter.  She looked through me, and said, “Linda, it all depends on how you use it.”  Those words changed the way I saw social media.  I stopped posting my every move and endeavored to post uplifting, positive, heart healing comments, posts, responses.
     I have let a lot go.  I have resisted saying so very many things.  I do not haunt my own grown children’s accounts, though I am very interested in my children and the things that they care about.
     Today, look at the words that lift you, the ones that pull you down, the ones that made/make a difference.  Think on that as you get ready to write your next email, send  you next tweet, “like” your next Facebook post.  Be His voice.  Make the Lord your proud parent.  He is!
     Because of Him,
     Linda

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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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That Mouth

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth. 
                                                      ~ Jewish Proverb
 

 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

                                                     ~ Isaiah 55:8-9

     Her name came up in conversation and my jaw dropped.  This person whose middle name is venom and last name is cudgel.  If I had left my jaw on the floor, that would have been almost okay.  I had witnessed and experienced this person in person and the possibility of constant contact was a disappointment that made it to my lips.  Then I expounded on my disappointment.

     I left that conversation feeling so much less than professional, a Christian, you name it.  Then I met a colleague outside my door who heard my confession.  She said, “Give yourself a break, cut yourself some slack, and move on.”

     She was and is right.  I stopped (well almost…cause here she is again!) talking about this situation and moved to praying about it.  Then I saw this scripture and was reminded again that it is not up to me, nor does God need my opinion with regard to this individual.  God needs me to lift her in prayer, so that I may be changed.

     Enough said.  I hope that the Lord uses this to help you, because he has already used it to help me.

     Lord, keep your hand over my mouth when I have nothing helpful to say.  Give me the words that need to be said, if any.  And b less that person who drives me crazy.  Amen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfkhqpl81NA

Forgiveness – Toby Mac

Because of Him,

Linda

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In Your Way

If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.       ~Danielle Steel 

 
16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
 
     ~ James 5:16
 
     Like a good foundation, praying for one another uplifts, supports, holds the frame together, keeps the ground even, allows the doors to open properly, allows for even footing.  You don’t see much of it from the street, but without it the house is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
 
     To take us outside of the metaphor, what praying for someone else does for me, is it keeps my eyes on the Lord, and off of my own concerns.  Praying for one another builds community, builds up the body, builds up the life of the living church.
 
     We know that there is a King and a kingdom at the end, we know that good wins, we know that truth prevails, and while we are working toward that kingdom, we are building up the body.  That is so much more than magic.  Today, pray for someone who is not your prayer partner, pray for the first person that God puts on your heart, in your mind, in your way.
 
The Four Feathers
 
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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