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Prickly Plants Included

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” 
 ~Gilda Radner
 
God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.
~ 2 Peter 3:9
 
Beloved – Feliz
     I know we are not God.  God can see us changing.  God is loving us as we change, forgiving us as we learn the new “ropes.”  We are thinking our new changes so hard, we are (sometimes) sure EVERYONE can see the new us.  And yet, it takes longer for folks to see what we know is happening within us. We can feel the Master’s hand gently encouraging us to follow Him, showing us new things about himself and about ourselves.  
     Be patient.  The fruit is there, the buds are not going to burst forth until the perfect time, which God knows.  The thistle in our front yard, considered a weed by many, is about to bloom.  I am looking forward to this prickly plant sending forth a bloom.  
     At some point, we are all prickly, and God knows in just what time we will burst forth, as we trust the Master Gardner. We cannot know what is next all the time, so it is ours to make the best of it and look for the sun shining on the prickles, illuminating them just before the flower shows itself.
 
     Beloved, oh you are. So loved. Let it wash over you.  Go ahead.       There.  That’s it. The cool morning breeze refreshes and reminds us God can make all things new.  Prickly plants included.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
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The Wind is Blowin’ Again

“Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.” 

 
                                                                                  ~ Mia Hamm

 
With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
                                                                                       ~ Romans 8:1-2
 
     On the east coast, it feels as if the wind has been blowing since September. It is coming from the west, it comes from the north east, it seems to come from everywhere.
      It has felled trees, and blown many a thing to a new location.  And yet, each time I hear the roar of the wind, I hear and old song from my days in the Assemblies of God.  
 
The Wind is Blowin’ Again – Lanny Wolfe Trio
      The world is changing, and the wind is the Spirit of God blowing through our lives and towns, our counties, our world.  I am inspired to change things at work, at home, well, everywhere!  Not crazy changes, for the most part, but radical changes in some ways.  The changes force me to raise the bar and stretch myself.
      How is the wind affecting you?  This representation of the Spirit of life in Christ? What air has the breath of God cleared, prepared, given you a new place to which you can aspire?
      Enjoy the still between “fronts,” as you set the bar higher, let God set the bar higher for the next round.
 
Lord, help me to ride the wind of your cleansing breath.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. 

                                                        ~ Robert Service

 
Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow;
    you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.
 
                                                          ~ Proverbs 27:1
 
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
 
     I wrote of a situation yesterday.  A tough one.  I even made a claim after I wrote the devotional.  I said, “The only way that _____ is if God changes my heart.”  I received a beautiful note from one of you and then, after appreciating it, moved on through my day. 
 
      Somewhere around dinner, after an amazing day of joyful circumstances, I felt it.  Something in my heart changed, and the whole tone of my attitude relaxed, breathed.
 
    It was a day I could not have had during a normal week.  But this is no normal week.
     “Many things about tomorrow, I don’t try and understand, but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.”
     I don’t know where you are walking today, but let Jesus take your hand.   And thank you Ev.
 
      Because of Him,
       Linda

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The Trunk Fairy

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. 
 
         ~ Scott Adams
 
God doesn’t miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it. And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.
       ~ Hebrews 6:10-12
 
     I have a friend who calls herself Corky.  She is a painter. She calls colors from the earth and they come to her.  And she is a harsh self-critic with an uncanny dose of wisdom in her palette.  
     We were in a craft workshop making jewelry together.  I was being self critical and she stopped me and said, “Wait for the trunk fairy!”
   “The trunk fairy?”  I replied. “What’s the trunk fairy?”
   “The trunk fairy is the one who comes in the night.  I put my art work in the trunk, and leave it over night.  In the morning, I am amazed by the improvement in my art work!”
  Somewhat cynical, I laughed, and went home and tried it out.  In fact it worked. I made some jewelry.  I covered it, put it away.   When I looked at it again, I was amazed at the trunk fairy’s work.  I found out she also works with poetry, and other endeavors.  
    By now some of you are praying for me, worried that I am turning to the dark side.  But, it was all in good fun.  It was God all the time, and God did not change Corky’s art, my jewelry, my poetry or anything else.  God changed my perspective.
    Give it all to God: you art, your craft, you prayers, your garden real or spiritual,  all of it.  Watch what God does with your efforts.  Don’t destroy, despair, depart.  Wait upon the Lord.  Watch God work.
When we get home, and look back, what an amazing array of blessings we will see trailing behind us.
 
Lord, we pray so hard for you to change us, for you to answer our prayers, for us to be more like you.  When the answers come, sometimes we are so ready to deny it, to put ourselves down.  Help us to stand in your light and say thank you for working through us (me- if you are praying this prayer.) In Jesus’s name, Amen.
     Because of Him,
     Linda

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A Mighty Wind

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.  
                                                                      ~ Seneca
 

 

 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
                                                                    ~ Romans 8:1-2
 
Mothers Day brought a mighty wind. 
It blew blue haired, lace stockinged moms
sun-dressed, barebacked moms,
mother-daughter pairs in too short shorts,
hair wrapped moms,
stand-in dads,
bless-ed aunts,
a plethora of children,
and those who wanted for them.
 
It blew the petals from 
past-bloom tulips, flame red and yellow
in our path, chocolate ice-cream drips
from an over-packed cone
and an under-quick tongue.
 
The sparkle came from moistened
eyes, pregnant good-byes,
warming words, longing sighs,
mothers gone, children far
and near, meals shared.
 
Some say it was the mighty wind 
blew through Mothers Day.
I say the wind began with You.

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If you always do what you always did…

If you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today. 

            ~ Author Unknown
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
            ~ Romans 15:13
 
     I guess I heard it first when I was younger.  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It was attributed to Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, Mark Twain.  The bottom line is it applied.  But it didn’t sink in again until I started going to Weight Watchers.  My instructor said, “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”
     I thought she was funny until I realized that I was trying to lose weight employing the same methods I had in the past.  This went along well and good until I was in a place where I thought I had no friends.  My daughter said, “If you always look at it the same way, you will never see anything differently.”  She was right, and wise to tell me, even though there is no way I wanted to hear it.
     Then we went on vacation (my husband and I) and I noticed that I felt better ordering certain things from the menu.  At the end of the week, I felt my body changing and I remembered those wise words.  I needed to change something up.  So, when I returned home, I started taking the “Fitbit” challenges that my family lay down, I started to do more at the gym, and in a different order.  I had no idea that it was preparing me for something else.
     Recently, my husband was in the hospital after shortness of breath.  It was a new challenge, and totally unexpected (at least for me.) But what it meant was, calling in the prayer warriors (always a good thing,) listening to the doctors in a new way, and being resolved to move forward toward health.
     The same thing applies to our faith.  If we repeat things over and over, and expect something different, we are in for no surprises. But if we start to really listen, be true to what we hear the Lord tell us, instead of wanting to please everyone around us, the change begins to occur.  As we move closer to the Lord, and our spouses, friends, sisters and brothers in faith are trying to move closer to the Lord, we inevitably move closer to each other on this journey.
    Take a look at your thinking with regard to routine, change, diet, etc.  Do you have “stinkin’ thinkin’?”  Negative self-talk?  Are you able to receive praise and say thank you, standing in the light of God’s grace?  The fingers are all pointing at me, not  you.  I am just sharing what is helping, and looking forward to your responses as you see the joy that is set before you.
     Because of Him,
     Linda

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Trust the Process

In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.
 
                                                      ~Henry Miller
 
God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
    God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
    Professor Night lectures each evening.
                                                       ~ Psalm 19:1-2
 
     She was teaching Sunday School to third and fourth graders.  There was no church rule about when the age of reason occurred, so there was no formal recognition of a first communion.  It was left to the parents to know and decide.
 
      “All baptized persons” was the tradition, and in the invitation.  Yet, there was resistance.  The co-teachers tried everything to make it happen, got statements from parents, tried observing having communion served to the teachers in the class (but not the students!), and finally got a lift on the in-house resistance. The children were allowed to sit with their teachers on Communion Sunday.
     Other voices were better heard than the co-teachers who began the movement and now children sit with their parents on Communion Sunday and partake and remain in the service.
     It took YEARS but it happened.  And now that is the “new tradition.”  God’s glory is manifest in the day, in the night, in the earth, in the skies and in the process.  
     Don’t give up.  Give in to Him. Listen to wisdom, find the voices that can be heard and back down.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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