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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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Words

Knowledge is haunted by the ghost of past opinion. 

 
     ~ Author Unknown
 
 

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

     ~ James 1:22

 

I overheard a conversation last night.  It is easy for me to remember it because it blew me away.  The two men were friends, exchanging stories about the places where they were brought up.  All was fairly standard until the one man said, “Oh, we used to live there, the neighbors did it right back there, when a family moved in they didn’t like, they burned the house down.”

If my ears had a jaw it would have dropped open!  The man went on to desribe the unwelcome neighbors.  A woman at the table offered, “My neighbor is from there and we are happy to have her!”

Conversation paused.  The first man merely commented “Oh.” and moved on to a new topic. None of this would have made the huge impression that it did if the beginning of the conversation had not started with “Hey would you like to come to church with me this Sunday?  You will love our preacher!”  The conversation continued, but I got stuck right there.

This is just one example of things we do without thinking; expose our shortcomings without knowing , without thinking about it.  And I cannot point a finger at this man without having four pointing back at me.  I know I have said such ignorant things before.

Today, open the door, mentally or physically invite Jesus in, and the ghosts to leave.  Give God your shortcomings and let God work them out while you work out.  Let your words speak life.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5V8_k70KnI

Hawk Nelson, Words

Because of Him,

Linda

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