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Grace

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” 

                         ~ Arthur Conan Doyle
 
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?
~ Galatians 5:13
 
I sit in the corner, if given the chance.
Back to the corner, I can sweep with a glance.
 
The room full of people, relationships bare.
A room full of strangers or church members there.
 
Then he enters in, and all I can see,
is his reflection, the room is all free.
 
The gift is not opened by all in the place.
But this day, I open it.  That pendant marked Grace.
 
A New Hallelujah
Because of Him,
Linda

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Watching Wings Grow

The wings of angels are often found on the backs of the least likely people. 
                                                               ~ Eric Honeycutt
 
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
 
                                                              ~ Romans 12:2
 
She just listened.  She had suffered abuse from the same source and she just listened.  She is even tempered, fiercely independent, very knowledgeable in many subjects, incredibly efficient and practical.  She stopped what she was doing and just listened.  No judgement was passed, no sentence pronounced, and mercy was employed.  This amazing woman just listened to the woman in front of her.  What a thing to witness!
 
Today, as you go out into the world, share your mercy, your ear, your kindness.  The angel that I witnessed helped me a great deal.  You are that for so many that you don’t even know about…yet.
     Lord, bless these readers as they go about their days.  Give them the gift of mercy, kindness, and listening in the hard places.  Breathe afresh on those suffering from abuse of any kind. In the name of your precious son, Jesus.
 
     Because of Him,
     Linda

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Gratitude

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. 
                                                                      ~ Seneca
 
 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
                                                                    ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9
     He gives because he loves.  So does she. In many little invisible ways.  They fix an appliance, fold laundry, put away groceries, sweep the floor, play the alto line just a little more prominently, gesture in a way that causes you to sing the right phrase in time, things you would have had to know needed doing to know that they were done, but not always visible right away.
    At work it is the same, a colleague signs up for a workshop just to be supportive,  a cup of coffee appears on my desk unasked for, but welcome.  A group of kids just decide I need a hug and don’t ask, just hug.
     None of these want anything in return, it is the fruit of their love.  An unexpected package arrives in the mail.  It is not something I am due, it is something released in love by the sender.  
       The joy in this is that all the givers are so busy giving, doing, being kind, being God’s hands, that there is no time for sticky fingers.
 
Today, give from your heart, as if the receiver is the Lord of all because He is. Stand in the grace of the gift and thank the Lord.
 
Lord, thank you for all the gifts I can see, and even more for the ones that I cannot.  They fill the atmosphere with your love, sweetens the very air that I breathe.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Make it so, Lord

The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. 


            ~ Neale Donald Walsch
 
Now I’m returning to you.
I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing
So my people can experience
My joy completed in them.
I gave them your word;
The godless world hated them because of it,
Because they didn’t join the world’s ways,
Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways.
I’m not asking that you take them out of the world
But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world
Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world,
I give them a mission in the world.
I’m consecrating myself for their sakes
So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.
 
          ~ John 17: 17-19
 
I have told you about me disturbing a hornet’s 
nest that fell into a yellow-jacket nest. 
How my daughter picked the little 
bodies off me after I was safe inside my home.
That is how your words affect me.
I cannot see them coming.
I feel their sting over and over.
There is not enough benadryl 
to cause them to fall like hail
on a metal roof.
 
There is enough grace.
Grace that allows me 
to stay focused on the One.
Grace that follows me 
into my dreams
that I might see you 
as the strong woman you are,
as the amazing purveyor of knowledge,
as someone who is in the construction
business, not demolition,
the way
you were meant to be.
 
Make it so Lord, Make it so.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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The Letter

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. 
     ~ Golda Meir
 
We couldn’t be more sure of ourselves in this—that you, written by Christ himself for God, are our letter of recommendation. We wouldn’t think of writing this kind of letter about ourselves. Only God can write such a letter. His letter authorizes us to help carry out this new plan of action. The plan wasn’t written out with ink on paper, with pages and pages of legal footnotes, killing your spirit. It’s written with Spirit on spirit, his life on our lives!
     ~ 2Corinthians 3:4-6
 
     You are a letter representing God.  I am sure I can hear your thoughts racing to your list of imperfections, I know mine did.  I wondered if someone picked up “my letter” yesterday, or any day, what they would read.  Sometimes my fist is clenched, sometimes my vision is way off, sometimes I am judgmental, sometimes my heart is clenched even if my hand is not, sometimes I am just plain in hope of redaction, so no one could read my actions or my obvious intent.
     But then there is that reader.  The one that gets you, gets your music, your poetry, you pottery, you construction, your work with numbers, or wood or just about anything.  They pick up the document and look at who wrote it, and their heart smiles all the way to the surface.
    God is your reader first and foremost, and then we are blessed with a precious few others who see the stuff that our minds did NOT race toward; our intention, our hours of practice, our years of experience, our innocence, our heart’s cry, the perfectly fluted icing, the flip side of the embroidery which is just as perfect at the outside, the correct base under a sidewalk that no one sees…but God.
    You are a letter that begs to be read.  In His Grace,
Because of Him,
Linda

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Grace Wins

It is one of nature’s ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us. 

     ~ Igor Stravinsky
 

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
   ~ Romans 13:1
 
   I am looking at the scripture and wondering what world we live in right now.  Children getting less direction from home and parents putting the burden of education on the schools, drivers disregarding the simplest of laws with regard to stopping at intersections, traffic lights, right of way, adult educators using words in classrooms of higher education that, while it is their right, sets no standard of excellence.  
     It is no wonder that many of my friends are on the average 12 years older than I.  The thing is, there are less and less of them as I grow older.  They have moved into Heaven.  I am so grateful for the friends I have no matter what their age.  And I also notice a growing number of friends that are 12 years younger than I am.           That makes me aware of my responsibility as much as having older friends to rely on.  I must live the life, use the right language, be kind to those who are unkind as to challenge my patience.  
     Including government officials.  Temptation is evident both in the groups that try to buy campaigns and the ones who accept the donations, in the law, in the lobbyists.  But I must remember my own rule about pointing a finger and be about the business of doing the right thing as unto the Lord, not as unto my fellow believers or non-believers.  No “look at me!  I am a good example.”  That usually comes right before I fall on my face.  
   God is God and all authority rests theirin.  And when we fall, grace wins every time.
     Walk in the grace of God, be ready to extend a hand, or take one.  
Grace Wins – Matthew West
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Riding On

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
      ~ Josephine Demott Robinson
 
Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
     ~ Ephesians 2:7-10
 
     Josephine Demott Robinson was a circus performer from West Hempstead, New York.  She was, at the time, (late 1800’s) the only woman in the world to perform multiple somersault flips on a moving bareback horse. When I saw the quote above, I had to find out what prompted this circus woman of renown to make that statement.  She rode horses almost all  of her life, and even at the age of 67 performed on horseback for Barnum and Bailey Circus.  She never had children of her own, but adopted a twelve year old girl when a circus colleague died unexpectedly.
     Her time in the circus gave her experience with children and horses.  She also ran a riding school, a sanitarium, a school of deportment for young ladies. She was a strong champion of women’s rights.  What a story! However, that is not where I am headed today.  Josephine lived a full life, experienced much adventure, took a lot of risks and succeeded at most everything to which she put her mind and heart and hand.
     Riding bareback and doing standing tricks as a child is a whole other experience than doing those same things at 67.  I am sure that Josie’s knowledge of horses and her faith in both of their abilities kept her stable and righted.
     How much more might we be stable, righted, comforted in the knowledge that we are loved in our foolishness and our shining moments because we serve a God who always has our back, who goes before us, who requires only that we trust, obey and keep riding toward that goal.
   We are given unmerited favor because of Jesus.  Today, walk, ride, live in that grace.  Look for it as you move through the ring of this day, and those days to come.
    Because of Him,
     Linda

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