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Sting

God raises the level of the impossible. ~ Corrie ten Boom
 
“Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll move right into the neighborhood! Not loving me means not keeping my words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me.
                                                                     ~ John 14:23
 
     A situation occurred yesterday that challenged me. Like a paper cut it came unexpected and cut nearly painlessly.  And then the sting. My eyes welled up, and though I did not cry, then came the second strike. The circumstances were not as important as my response to them. I sat and listened, heard the words that would connect the speaker to God, and felt the sting still. 
Little by little I understood the meaning of the phrase, “heap ashes upon their head.”  (These words from Solomon: 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; 22For you will heap burning coals on his head, And the LORD will reward you. ” Proverbs 25:22.) I was as kind as possible, even kicked it up a notch.
     I do not consider the person my enemy, but I desperately wanted to rise above the situation.  While the rest of the day went well, the sting remained upon every encounter, but I did my best to keep rising.  Sainthood not claimed, the remainder of the day was filled with wonderful conversation and tasks completed.
     Indeed, God raised the level of the impossible.
     Every day people come into our lives. We get to know them, we may even grow to love them, and then the hurt. I cannot speak for you, but I know that my words have hurt others.  I have seen my family recount situations with great accuracy about the sting I delivered.
    Today, I want to be a honey bee, not a yellow jacket.
 
      Lord, let my words build up, not tear down.
Because of Him,
Linda
 
Words- Hawk Nelson
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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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Words

“When you have completed 95% of your journey, you are halfway there.”
             ~ Japanese Proverb
 
Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.
 ~ Colossians 4:5-6
 
     I attended a poetry reading in a new place yesterday.  The arc of the readings was, uplifting.  The featured poets were gifted, well received.  
     In the course of those who followed, there were a couple who made this lovely afternoon a showcase for their political views.  Their opinion didn’t matter as much as the tanking of the mood,  egos that were puffed up, applause was polite.  
     Failure to stay focused was on me, as the messages kept discord alive.
     I love Paul’s encouragement to speak graciously, to try and bring out the best in others, not cut them out.
 
Words – Hawk Nelson
 
    Today, Lord, give my words life, grace and wisdom.
 
Because of Him,
 
Linda

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Ether Darts

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.  

 
     ~ Jerome K. Jerome

 
 

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

~ 2 Thessalonians 3:3

 

I am amazed at how when one person is working, there seems to be a small group crowded around watching.  Certainly it doesn’t take a crowd to make someone’s work happen.   We all do it at some point, whether it is watching a construction worker on a road site or someone crafting a shoe, or a piece of jewelry, or a piece of blown glass. Often they are “experts” even though they have never attempted those things before on their own.

I have been a little too concerned with being watched of late.  And corrected.  By the kids.  No longer is a casual, “there are only a couple of days left of school,” allowed without a student saying “there are actually three.”  No longer do I feel comfortable singing a song to the small ones to illustrate a point, when I hear, “I could sing better than that,” from a first grader.  So maybe it isn’t who is watching ME, it is what I am choosing to listen to.

Ether darts are of the enemy, and opening my ears to the criticism instead of teaching manners to those young voices might be a better use of my time, my ears, my talents.  At this end of our school year here in the North East, it is too easy to let the weariness of the end of the year become the “DJ” of our minds. Mea Culpa.

Today, Praise the Lord.

Maybe I can enjoy idling better after I do!

Words

Because of Him,

Linda

 

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Words

If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends – you’re safe in doing it.  But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.


~Alice Duer Miller
but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
I sat there in the gathering hearing news about people I admire, respect, work with. Between sips and bites there came a time when my jaw stayed planted on the table.  I was in shock.  The news was not as hard to take as the joy on the faces of the others as my jaw dropped.
 
I am not going to tell you I have never ever said a disparaging work about someone. Those of you who know me know of an ongoing challenge I have with a family member.  I do pray for that individual, and do my best to hold the line when we have contact.  What bothered me at this gathering was the continued piling on of the “news” to see my reaction.  
 
I don’t even know what to say here.  Except that I know what I am called to be.  And I felt as if I fell short in some way as these people continued to pile it on.  If someone drives you crazy, pray for them.  If someone is doing something that is unsavory to you, pray for them.  I do not think we are called to walk around with our hands folded toward heaven with a pious look on our faces.  I do think we are called to spread the good news.  So that will be my goal for today.  Spread some good news and hope it will help me to forget what I heard.
Words – Hawk Nelson
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Speaking Life

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. 

 
      ~Helen Keller

 
Congenial conversation—what a pleasure!
    The right word at the right time—beautiful!
 
    ~ Proverbs 15:23
 
Hawk Nelson – Words
 
Today, before I even go to the end of the scripture, I heard this song in my head.  Just listen.  Before you read another word.  
 
I’ll bet you’ve forgotten the words you have spoken that changed someone’s life, direction, attitude from negative to positive.  But I”ll bet you can remember words that have done otherwise.  
 
Sometimes those words are just as growth encouraging as the others, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.  A co-worker and I were discussing this just yesterday, that there is so much more to talk about besides people. My third grade said words yesterday that caused me to completely stop the lesson and walk away. They had to apologize to me before I would resume.  They thought they were being funny, but they were hurtful and I told them.    The lessons come from all kinds of words that we speak or that are spoken to us, but the kind, life-speaking words are indeed like that lush carpet of pine needles and spongy grass for the soul.
 
Today, speak life.
Because of Him,
Linda

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Words

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.  

 
     ~ Robertson Davies
 
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
 
      ~ Ephesians 4:29
 
There are opportunities to speak in public all the time.  For me, as an educator I do it every day, and my public is aged 5 through 11.  In church the public has a different age, and in the neighborhood it changes again.  The truth is, even if you are in your own home, you are speaking in public if someone else is listening.  
 
If no one else is listening, your audience is tougher, and singular and threefold…
Wherever you are today, be mindful of your language.  Does it speak of your bright future on earth, in heaven? Does it bear witness to your new life, even if you have been a Christian for all of it?  Those four fingers on my right hand are pointing right at me, urging me to purge the “blackheads” from my speech.
 
Words
 
Because of Him,
Linda

 

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