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Come to the Table

“The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soulthan their simplicity might suggest. ” 
                ~ Thomas More
 
God loves all who hate evil,
And those who love him he keeps safe,
Snatches them from the grip of the wicked.
                 ~ Psalm 97:10
 
     My mom was a great believer in routine. Not obsessive, more like, “hugged” the routine.  We had dishtowels that she had been given that she loosely followed for washing, ironing, cleaning etc. But it was beyond that, we nearly always went to the same service at church, we had routines for getting ready for school, bed, church etc.  She did all of thise with love, as did my father who also was a fan of having a routine.
    When I complained, my mom would remind me that in times of trouble the routine would get me through.  And it did!  When I was newly divorced as a 20 something, my dad “walked” me to get my endorphins going, my mom handed me a basket of laundry to fold, or something to prepare for dinner. Setting the table so that it looked lovely was another mood booster. Tasks that let my mind move freely while keeping my hands busy.
     I find that I return to those things when trouble knocks as well.  Often, the first thing I do is clean, or fold laundry until my emotion is worked out, or I get so busy that I don’t even notice until much later, that things are much better.
     My habit for the past several years is to listen to K-LOVE on the way to and from work. It keeps my mind on the Lord, no matter what else is happening.  The lyrics are so right on target when I least expect it.
    No matter what you are going through, cleaning off the table, setting it with your best dinnerware and treating yourself like a guest,  having dinner with Jesus will always help to organize my mind and soul as well.
Come to the Table – Sidewalk Prophets
 
Come to the table!
Because of Him,
 
Linda
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Above All Things

Criticize by creating.” 

                          ~ Michelangelo

 
Teach me how to live to please you,
    because you’re my God.
Lead me by your blessed Spirit
    into cleared and level pastureland.
           ~ Psalm 143:10
 
     Oh how the words spring to my lips!  But the Lord held his gentle hand over my mouth yesterday, when yet another interesting encounter came.  Instead of reacting to the person who expressed an opinion meant to sting, I responded as kindly as I could.  No tears, no crazy talk, there was an actual discussion. And then, moving on.  My uncle often says that you can only help those people who want to be helped, and you cannot help those who don’t want to be helped.  I was able to able his wisdom yesterday, and I had a great day. 
     The kids are so excited to be in school, and happy to be in the Library.  The love flowed back and forth all day long.  
     What would have been a stumbling block last year, became a stepping stone.
      Today, create, clean, get ready for something wonderful.  God is with you.
 
Lord, thank you for being the balm for my soul, the covering for my brokenness, the defender you have always been.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
 
Above All – Michael W. Smith

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Lovely Poems

Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope. 
                                                   ~ Theodore Roszak
 
“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,
    the woman who sticks with God.
They’re like trees replanted in Eden,
    putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers,
    never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts,
    bearing fresh fruit every season.
                                                  ~  Jeremiah 17:7-8
 
     God has been my refuge and my strength. For about three months, I was at saturation level with the acid in the air everywhere I went. Loving friends and family told me to essentially, “be the duck,” and let things roll off my back.  I just could not manage it.  My spirit was aggrieved and I could not articulate anything that was interpreted any other way but in a political context.
     I was at a delightful tea party this past weekend with some of the women of the church. We signed up for it in support of our women’s organization. The setting was classic, the table was appointed beautifully.  One of my daughters was with me and at some point during tea, when I spokeabout how I was doing, she flipped the conversation to  what I was doing and began to list my accomplishments and those to come.  I could not understand why, but after a fashion, the mood lightened.
     When we got together later in the week, she told me that I sat up straighter and things were lighter.  The things she spoke of were not things I would have said about myself, but when I heard them from my daughter’s mouth, I felt chosen and special.  So easy to forget when the air is thick.
     Yesterday, I noticed the yellow of a daffodil straining against the stem waiting to pop out.  Yes, some of the loveliest poems are nature’s. I feel as if my joy is tied to the daffodil’s blooming.   Today, look around you, find the poem under your nose, or within your vision.  
Lord, help me to let go and let You lift my chin, my heart, my head.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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The Sun Going Down on Anger

My dear, don’t let the sun go down upon your anger; forgive each other, help each other, and begin again to‑morrow. ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, “Jo Meets Apollyon,” 1868

 
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Tim 1:7 (KJV)
 
     For the past few months, although I did not identify it well, anger has been building in me and the stress and fear were its close companions making a very unholy trinity.  It started last summer and like good fly paper, picked other things up as it hung there.   My left eye had begun to twitch, involuntarily, at the oddest moments.  Between church, work and home so many things contributed to this twitch and my anger was kindled so very simply.
     My husband and I took a trip to South Carolina.  We walked on the beach every morning but one, for about an hour.  We held hands and walked, let the surf tease us, and oh the glorious perpetual date we were on!  Good walks, good food, good conversation. We had a precious visit from a friend while we were there, a friend, who went out of her way to be with us. We had a difficult conversation and recognized that we both saw the solution to so many of our nation’s challenges right now is to focus on the one who holds all authority, all power, all control. After so many months, my eye did not twitch for 8 days!
     I came out of “hiding” and let the breeze blow the sands of anger across the beach, absorbed by the outgoing tide.  
     My husband and I talked and planned and laughed like newlyweds and God gets all the glory.  The Lord’s love poured through my husband and I received it.
      Too many suns went down on the anger that had been building up, and my vision was clouded, it affected everything around me.  I am so happy to say that God truly restored my soul by the waters of the Atlantic, which were quite still where we were.
        I am praying for you, dear reader, that God will keep your eye on God, that your steps are strong and confident, that your heart will be troubled no more.  That you can let it go. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, 
Amen
 
Let it Go – The Newsboys
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Splinter of Ice, Melted

There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch. 

                                               ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

 
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world.
                                                ~ 1 Peter 5:8-9
 
     Yesterday I heard a sermon that God used to remove a splinter in my heart.  Like the Snow Queen of old, a piece of ice had worked its way into my spirit.  I felt it hardening, and I cried out for prayer.
 
    God answered it yesterday.  It was a sermon that featured how to feel about oneself when the world/team doesn’t think you are good enough, and how to stay humble.  The quote came from Tim Tebow.
 
     “Don’t think less of yourself, think of yourself less.” BAM! That melted the ice some.  I realized that because of what I was feeling, I was feeling terrible about myself and thus focusing on my own sad heart.  When I heard those words, my focus was broken.  The staring contest I was having with self was over.  God won.
 
     Today, try not to worry about how something makes you look, or how it will reflect on you.  Focus on the One who is lifting you up right now.  The One who is with you in these hard times.  And pray for others who might be feeling the same way, all over the world.
 
Lord, thank you for sermons that pierce through the hardness, melt the ice and let the light back through.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Always Stay Humble and Kind

A bad habit never disappears miraculously. It’s an undo-it-yourself project. 
 
                                                               ~ Abigail Van Buren (1918–2013)
 
Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.
                                                              ~ Philippians 2:9-11
 
     It has been a very painful few weeks in the United States of America.  Lots of death, lots of loss, lots of hateful things said.  I listened to the President talk about changing the way we speak, the way we treat each other, the way we need to move forward.  I heard the choir sing, “Glory Glory Hallelujah.”, I have seen the posts on social media.  
      Still lots of pain, lots of people who know better. Lots of platitudes, lots of stinging words.
 I saw this: on a friends’ page on Facebook the other day.
” Two thousand years ago, Jesus ended the debate on which lives matter. He died for all. ” I still felt the sting.
    Ultimately it doesn’t matter whose words sound better, who is right, who is more politically correct.  We are all hurting, afraid, tired, scared, done, in shock, and trying to move forward, not on.  One person at a time, if we are humble and kind and remember whose light we are called to walk in, we can/will, make a difference.  I believe I’ll let Tim McGraw preach today.  His words heal, remind, charge us with today’s task, “Always Stay Humble and Kind.”

Always Stay Humble and Kind
Because of Him,
Linda

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Ouch!

We resent an injury from a friend more than from an enemy.

      ~ Sophocles

 
This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
     ~ 1 John 4:9
 
     It was obvious we had a difference of opinion.  I stated my case in a normal conversational tone.  What she asked was irrational, monumental and unnecessary.  Then the tirade began. Talk about feeling as if I was standing naked in front of the entire world!  Could I really be hearing what I was hearing?She walked out of the room, and I burst into tears.  This was so uncalled for.
     For one of the first times in my life I went after her.  She told me she didn’t have time.  I told her I just needed to say one thing.  She told me she really didn’t have time.  And then what came out of my mouth astonished even me.  “Well then, you need to make the time. Right now.” Even tones, no hands on my hips, just matter-of-fact-ly.  And she stopped and listened.  
     I told her how I felt and what her words had tried to do.  And she did something that surprised me…she apologized.  This prickly, gifted, outspoken person apologized.  And that moment bettered the relationship and strengthened my resolve to not hold on to a hurt, but to take care of it right away if I could.
     I still approach this person with caution, but, as I see her every day, I see something else that is emerging.  After this hurt, I began to pray for her because she drives me crazy, and is a brilliant person and I should be able to get along with her as I see her regularly.  And as often happens, God changed me.  But just lately I see evidence that her heart is softening, becoming more kind, maturing.
     Don’t give up on a person even if they have wounded you.  Lift them up to the Lord.  If you cannot do that, pray for the strength to lift them up to the Lord.  I am sure that some of my words make their mark in ways that I will never know and that someone is out there praying for me because I drive them crazy.If that is the case, thank you for praying for me.  It is working.
Today, lift up your co-workers, your leisure pals, your family.  Watch God work wonders.
Lord, thank you for your constant ear, your purposeful touch, your startling examples of love and mercy.  Help me to be your instrument of peace with my mouth, my walk, my hurts, my joys.
     Because of Him,
Linda
     

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