(My bad – 9/15/13)
9 “Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule that needs bit and bridle to stay on track.”
10 God-defiers are always in trouble; God-affirmers find themselves loved every time they turn around.
5 (When) I let it all out; (Confess it out loud…) I say, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”
Suddenly the pressure was gone— my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared.
6 These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray; when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
we’ll be on high ground, untouched.
‘The Message’ says 8-10 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.”
13-15 Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.
16-18 Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.
In the safety of the Savior’s arms.
I found myself a hiding place
I found myself a secret space
In the refuge of the Father’s care
In the cleansing blood of Jesus there.
I will run to the hiding place
I will run to the hiding place
Draw me ever closer to look upon Your face
I will run to the hiding place.
Though my fears may overwhelm me
And troubles, they surround
Though the wind rise up to take me
My hiding place is already found.
I have found myself a hiding place
I have found myself a secret space
In the shelter of Almighty’s love
In the safety of the Savior’s arms.
I will run to the hiding place
When you say “yes” to something that will better your life and give you guaranteed personal growth…. You’d better understand that there will be many yeses thereafter. One yes will not give you the success you wish to achieve.
Be ready to say many yeses as you grow and learn what needs to be changed.
Thought nuggets…. Inspired by one of my favorite quotes by mentor Chris Brady: “You cannot take your old stinking thinking into a bright new future.”
We all do things we can’t forgive. We stumble sometimes, beyond all measure. Our best intentions are thwarted by reality. Our shattered dreams lay dormant in the basement of our hearts, and our secret regret is that we made wrong choices, that we now have to live with. Pride won’t allow us to admit, and forgive. There are times our mistakes can’t be fixed. Not by us.
I have a burning frustration… I often (every day) have these random thoughts, inspired quotes and full-on compelling urges to write down what comes to my head… I try. But most of the time I find my thoughts on paper incomplete because life happens. Just wanted to put that here because I have a lot of posts to catch up. That is all.
(Yes, I said marriage).
DISCLAIMER: in posting this, I am not implying that I’m having problems with my spouse or my marriage. I have committed to look deeply into my life this year. This is one of the commitments I have made in 2014. To work on having a more AWESOME marriage. Starting with me!
Dear Abba, I ask for your forgiveness for any wrongs I may have committed against You and my marriage. I ask for your protection as I embark on a spurt of learning with Your help and the help of some great books*. If there is anything that would distract me from the truth, I ask that you would keep it away, that you would open my mind so I can see how I can change to make things better. In want YOUR goals accomplished in my life and in my marriage. Amen.
“Fitness Is a byproduct of personal integrity.” Orrin Woodward.
“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 1:9-10 The Message.
Mmmm “bountiful in fruits from the soul”.
Deep thoughts. You cannot be satisfied with loving others until you are satisfied with loving yourself; who you are, and happy/satisfied with that. We’re often times self loathing because we have let ourselves down in some form or another. We have a mental picture of how we want ourselves to look and be. When we have those momentary glimpses of who we really have become, sometimes in character and sometimes in physique. We realize that we have let ourselves go, allowed ourself to “give in” even though we know what’s good for us. And we become depressed and hopeless. Thinking we have no control over it.
That feeling if dissatisfaction bleeds onto others… And sometimes it’s not pretty.
The thing is : WE DO HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE IT. All it takes is the realization of that, and a strong resolve to love yourself enough to hold to your wisdom; the self-control you know you need to commit to, that will give you “the fruits of the soul” that you long for in yourself.
Establish what is appropriate, sincere and intelligent; make the decision to live like that in public AND in private. Simple as that!
I resolve to live my life circumspectly: (deliberate and guarded), and exemplary: (admirable, blameless, with character, honorable); a life Jesus will be proud of.
* I am worthy of the best, worthy of being satisfied that I have personal integrity that, when I “catch a glimpse of myself” through someone else’s eyes, I am satisfied that I’ve been true to myself.
(This deep moment was inspired by:
1) the instructors in Bikram Yoga who often say: “Be honest with yourself.”
2) Orrin Woodward in a LLR cd, in explaining personal integrity, said “Fitness Is a byproduct of personal integrity.”
3) The words that are spoken of me when I get up to speak to a group.)
Never say that it is not God’s will to give you what you ask. …….. Do you have to say to the Lord, “I have been irritable and cross, but I still want spiritual blessings”? ……… We mistake defiance for devotion, arguing with God instead of surrendering. … Ask yourself…. Have I been asking God to give me money for something I want, while refusing to pay someone what I owe him? Have I been asking God for liberty while I am withholding it from someone who belongs to me? Have I refused to forgive someone, and have I been unkind to that person?
This is Olivia playing in a ‘waterless’ water play set while I was watering some dry patches in the garden.
It got me thinking. Sometimes our lives are like that… We have everything we need – we think! But there comes a time when we wonder, is there something more?
If we had just one more component … Life would be complete. It could be in any area of life… Faith… family… Finances. ..Fitness… Fun… Freedom… Friends… Following…
If this resonates with you… Go check out http://www.lifesuniversity.com
Then, I was especially blessed when the Beatitudes came to my mind and I looked them up in The Message…. it’s awesome…
3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
7 “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
8 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
9 “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
… and then further down in verse 13 it says:
Salt and Light
13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”
Rare events, properly interpreted, have been the source of much progress. Some evidence has suggested that in order for mankind to move forward and change, there needs to be a catastrophic event.
It’s true that in our lives when we have a “crisis of belief”, we find ourselves re-evaluating what we have done, and reframing what we are going to do in the future.
In science, most of the time it’s the ever so “Slight Change” that makes the difference and causes the desired outcome.
So it is in our lives. We have to know that it is the small choices of our daily habits and routines that cause us to be where we find ourselves today. If I desire something different on January 1 2014, I must embark on evaluating what my “slight edge” will be during 2013.
When you “get that”, it could be construed as a “rare (catastrophic) event”.
Use it to your advantage.
I pray you will be ever mindful of “the slight edge”.
Having a baby grandchild in my life has given me so many “Ah Ha” moments of joy and exuberant realization of the potential that lies in each of us. To watch Olivias open mind absorbing every little experience, experimentation, determination, tenacity and persistence is nothing short of an awesome miracle. This 14 month old just gives me so much inspiration and insight into what we can do if we just try.
For a long time now, I’ve let you in on the way I work:
I told you what I was going to do beforehand,
then I did it and it was done, and that’s that.
I know you’re a bunch of hardheads,
obstinate and flint-faced,
So I got a running start and began telling you
what was going on before it even happened.
That is why you can’t say,
‘My god-idol did this.’
‘My favorite god-carving commanded this.’
You have all this evidence
confirmed by your own eyes and ears.
Shouldn’t you be talking about it?
And that was just the beginning.
I have a lot more to tell you,
things you never knew existed.
This isn’t a variation on the same old thing.
This is new, brand-new,
something you’d never guess or dream up.
When you hear this you won’t be able to say,
‘I knew that all along.’
You’ve never been good listeners to me.
You have a history of ignoring me,
A sorry track record of fickle attachments—
rebels from the womb.
But out of the sheer goodness of my heart,
because of who I am,
I keep a tight rein on my anger and hold my temper.
I don’t wash my hands of you.
Do you see what I’ve done?
I’ve refined you, but not without fire.
I’ve tested you like silver in the furnace of affliction.
Out of myself, simply because of who I am, I do what I do.
I have my reputation to keep up.
I’m not playing second fiddle to either gods or people.”