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From the Inside Out

“By recognizing people’s contributions, you inspire them to bring new ideas to the table and to take it upon themselves to make this a better place to work.” 
                                                        ~ Betsy McLaughlin 
 
For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
                                                         ~ Psalm 139:13-14
 
     There is someone in my circle of colleagues who has a wonderful manner with folks, says wise words, is great with approaches to problems.  He can recognize the good in people, is active in his house of worship, loves his family.  There is a gaping hole in his ability to affirm, recognize problems and deal with them professionally. He tends to think that things will all iron themselves out, when indeed, the iron is locked away.  
      When someone does get recognized, he tells others of their accomplishments, enjoys their reflection on himself, and doesn’t speak to the person.  
       It is hard to watch them reach out to folks for what appears to be the wrong reasons, it is hard to hear words and see actions that do not match.   
        Recently, I have returned to praying for this individual, for the factors that have contributed to his present state, remembering that as I point a finger toward anyone else, there are four pointing back at me.
        As I read the scripture this morning, I heard the strains of “From the Inside Out” ringing in my heart and mind.
 
Philips Craig and Dean – From the Inside Out
     I realized that it must be my prayer, my hope, my goal, not only for my colleague, but for myself.
     Lord, let your light so shine.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
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Have a Little Talk With Jesus

“Be true to yourselves and be useful to the journey.” 
~ Sidney Poitier
 
Overlook an offense and bond a friendship;
    fasten on to a slight and—good-bye, friend!
       ~ Proverbs 17:9
 
     The other day, I went shopping for a few items to prepare for guests we were having.  The new couch, comfortable and multi-functional.  The mood of the room we are working on is Alaska-like.  I picked a sparkly pillow to suggest the Northern Lights and a throw with soft sparkles throughout to add to the theme.  I got them home and my husband found that the pillow was damaged in a way I could not see, and he pointed out the color and size issues with the throw.  I was crushed at first, but I was excited that he would be going back to the store with me as he has an excellent eye for design, color, texture etc.  My usual self would have gone to the register and explained all the things that were discovered about the items.  But this time I merely went to the register and said, “I need to return these, they just did not work in the room.”
     Done. No unnecessary explanations, no story telling, just took care of the job and went about our shopping.  (As a footnote, we found the perfect sheets, and blankets with a suggestion of light, and a good match for the couch pillows!  He has got a great eye!)
 
      The same thing happened on social media. A post was posted that pierced my soul.  Through. Direct hit.  Reeling from the pain.  A second reply finished the job.  But, rather than respond or react, I chose to let it go.  I chose to pray and not engage.  The folks that posted it truly to not know me, they meant no harm to me personally.  (I am just that sensitive and in this case, I was sensitive to the Spirit and just did not answer.) They were just upset and expressed that.   
I returned to another task at hand and understood Jesus’s mother Mary just a little better when the scriptures affirmed that she “pondered things in her heart.” So did I, and I will continue to pray for the pain that caused these folks to speak out in the way that they did.
     I know what I did!  I had a little talk with Jesus.
This is the way I learned this old gospel song, Have a little talk with Jesus.
 
This is the way I feel it:
Have a Little Talk With Jesus
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Brotherhood (and sisterhood) of Man

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.  

                                           ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

 

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

                                            ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-2

     We all have something to say about this election.  Not all of us are saying ANYTHING at all.  But we do.  Have something to say.  

I have asked myself how many times I have prayed for any administration, any throne, any dictatorship.  My answer always comes back, “not enough.”

     I have listened to folks I truly admire point fingers, accuse, belittle.  I have had to deal with the four fingers pointing right back at me when I have done the same.

     Pray.  

     Pray especially for.  

     Rulers and their governments 

     To rule well  

     so we can be quietly 

     about our business of living simply, 

     in humble contemplation. 

     This is the way our Savior God 

      wants us

      to live.

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

Brotherhood of Man

     I know that some of you think that I live in a pie in the sky world.  But, quite frankly, I like it there, where I can believe the best in everyone, and hope that my prayers reach home, and that they make a difference, just like a vote.  But my vote is for God’s will.  And no matter who gets elected tomorrow, pray harder.  Every day.  For all in power, which, is all God given.

     Because of Him,

      Linda

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Make A Step!

Opportunity is a parade. Even as one chance passes, the next is a fife and drum echoing in the distance. 
                         ~Robert Brault
 
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
                   ~ 1 Peter 2:9-10
 
     Last night I prayed for Christians who have been captured and imprisoned for their faith.  Normally I would not mention this, but I awoke so certain that the prayer needed to be prayed.  For courage.  For courage, that the people would see their opportunity to escape and not be afraid to go.
     So often I have waited past the first and second promptings of the Spirit of God.  I have waited for the third and then hesitate once more.
     If the Lord prompts you, take that step.  In His name.  Just one.  You can do it!  Today, I pray for you!
 
I made a step- Mighty Clouds of Joy
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Baby, baby

A baby dances with its feet in the air 

                          ~Ruth Krauss (1901–1993), Open House for Butterflies, 1960
 
Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
    scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
    set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
    give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
    shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
    or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
    put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
    so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
    and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
    I’ll let loose with your praise.
~ Psalm 51:1-12
 
I read this psalm and thought, “Amen!” No matter what week you are having, this is a good prayer.
I am Your Child – Barry Manilow
 
Lord, make this psalm my goal.  Thank you for the journey.  Help me to stay on the paths that you set. And hold me up that I may dance!
In Jesus’ name, 
Amen

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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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Higher!

A flock of geese leave their lake and take wing, turning to poems in the sky.               
 
       ~ Dr. SunWolf
 
 
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.
 
     ~ Philippians 1:9-11
 
     I would like to share a song that hit me, bam!, yesterday.  Because of the pure love it shows, and sets as a goal.  I was plunged into the light as I listened and considered my current challenges.  And as I listened, I began to lift His name, not my problems, God’s only Son, not the state of the world.  
     Lift Him higher.  Fall in love with Jesus again.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
Higher by Unspoken
 

I’ve gotta try to do right When life’s doing me wrong Gotta shake the dust off my feet and

Keep marching on When trouble weighs me down And brings me to my knees Lord my needs are many But that’s a pretty Yeah a pretty good place to be Don’t blame it on the preacher cos the preacher done told: “The devil’s got a target on my heart and my soul” But let me tell you, brother, what the devil don’t know The lower I go, the more I’m gonna lift You Higher Higher Higher I’m gonna lift You Higher Higher Higher God Almighty You are worthy Higher Higher Higher I may never get money I may never have fame But if I’m ever in a spotlight I’ll point it back Your way Cos standing at the top was never ever my goal But if you put me on a mountain then I’ll tell the whole world Singing ‘Hallelujah’ til I hit the dirt Oh I’m gonna lift You Higher Higher Higher I’m gonna lift You Higher Higher Higher God Almighty You are worthy Higher Higher Higher Hallelujah He is worthy Hallelujah He is good Leave me in rags and ruins And I’ll praise You through it Clothe me in glory and riches I’ll praise You just the same All that I have, all I’ve been given All of my life’s ambition Is to worship Is to honour Is to bring You praise I’m gonna lift You Higher Higher Higher I’m gonna lift You Higher Higher Higher God Almighty You are worthy Higher Higher Higher God Almighty You are worthy

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