Reflection…Now Through Eternity

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For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

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So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”  John 12:13

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hopeful
King
Messiah

hatred
sin
selfish
shame
guilt
saddened

love
How can He?
He does.
He always will.

forgiveness
I seek
He forgives.

letting go
struggle…lessens…reverts to hard again…
Why?
Because I need Him…yet live in this humanness

He shows me my weak, selfish, independent self
Relinquish…ALL
Letting go to Him

led to the Cross
with Him
harsh, thorns, flogging, brutality, hatred, sorrow, ashamed

I go with Him
crucified with Him
my sins crucified

I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. Galatians 2:20-21

“No purpose”…NO!
He is Love
His Love shines.
He died because He loves us
Salvation
Purpose
Perfect Purpose

The mirror reflects perfectly.
clearly
distinctly
undoubtedly
Reflection for Eternity

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We love Him, because He first loved us.  1 John 4:19

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  1 Corinthians 13:7

Jesus, Your reflection teaches me.  You love despite my imperfections.  I thank You, Jesus.  You show me joy and sorrow, peace and anguish, love and hatred.  You show me that I am burdened by sin, yet You forgive.  Your Holy Spirit fills me up, taking the place of sin.  You teach me to ask in Your Name.  Your love bears me up.  Your love endures all of me, because You love me.  I wonder why, Lord, but Your love is far greater than my “why.”  Your love is true, filled with hope, for You are God.  I am Your child.  You reflect wholly.. all sides and aspects of me…from the depths of my sin … to the gifts, the love You have bestowed upon this helpless sheep.  May I be wholly dependent upon You, 100%.  May I die to this self completely…Oh! So completely.  One day, when I look into Your face I will know that as I see perfection in You, the reflection from me will be Yours through Eternity.  I pray I do reflect Your light while I sojourn here on this earth.  I love You, LORD.  Amen.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.  1 Corinthians 13:12

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Heart Reflection

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As in water face reflects face,
so the heart of man reflects the man.
Proverbs 27:19 ESV

Have you looked down into still water only to see yourself looking back?  A physical appearance is what we see.  Water or a mirror show us at least a vague mirror image of the one doing the looking.

As a face is reflected in water,
so the heart reflects the real person.  NLT

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.  NIV

As in water face reflects face,
So a man’s heart reveals the man NKJV

Who can see a reflection of the heart?  The heart is inside and does not reflect anything outward.  The heart does plenty on the inside like beating regularly, keeping the blood flowing through our bodies, carrying nutrients hither and yon, keeping us alive.  When a doctor runs an ECG (EKG) on one’s heart, a graph of it beating can be seen with the eye.  When the doctor places a stethoscope on the heart area, he/she can hear the beat.

Illustration of heart with heartbeat, electrocardiogram,

Unless a cardiologist or other doctor is listening to or opening up the chest cavity to care for an actual physical heart problem, I tend to feel that my heart and I are on our own most of the time.  I may reflect a piece of my heart by telling someone I love them.  I also may share what “is on my heart” with another.

These ways are not the only ways my heart is reflected.  Words and actions can reveal what my true heart nature is like.  I may try to conceal, rather than reveal, this heart nature, my true nature.  But God can see my heart for He knows me well.  He created me, knowing my nature.  He knows the thoughts in my mind and the nature of my heart.  I cannot hide from God.  No matter what travels in and through my heart, and should I try to conceal such from showing up in my expressions, in words from my mouth, or in my actions, they are still inside my heart.  God tests my heart to grow me, to move me in and through these hidden, torturous plagues of the heart.

O LORD of hosts, Who tests the righteous,
Who sees the heart and the mind,
let me see Your vengeance upon them,
for to You have I committed my cause.
Jeremiah 20:12

…but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God Who tests our hearts.  1 Thessalonians 2:4

What ensnares me from having my heart be in that very place that I want it to be so I can stand so close to my God?  Do I hold envy there? or fears? or anger? or jealousy? or what?  What keeps my heart from reflecting the heart that God made?

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.  James 1:23-24

I want nothing to block my heart, nothing to be hidden there.  I do not want any one to stumble because of me.  Yet, perfect I am not, except in Christ…some day in Eternity.  I desire God’s tests so that I will be more and more able to reflect the image of Christ Jesus from the inside-out and the outside-in.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.  1 Corinthians 13:12

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:18

Father, You know my heart.  I so desire to reflect Jesus in all I am and all I do for I am Your daughter.  Forgive me when I try to conceal things that I know are not of You.  Guide me so that there is less and less of those things hidden in my heart.  I want my focus to be on You, LORD, and not on me.  May my heart reflect the love and beauty that is You.  Walk near to me as I walk near to You, O LORD.  Mold my heart and make me more and more into Your perfect vessel.  I am Yours and will do all that You ask and require of me, LORD.  Thank You for hearing my prayer tonight.  With adoration, thanksgiving, and praise, I pray in the Name of Jesus.  I love You, Father.  Amen. 

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Read

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Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.  Revelation 1:3

ἀναγινώσκω

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  •  to distinguish between, to recognize, to know accurately, to acknowledge…hence…
    • to read

As a school teacher, children’s librarian, and now a private tutor for primary school-aged children, I teach reading among a few other subjects.  Reading is my favorite because once a child grasps the ability to read, to sound out words, to put words into sentences and paragraphs, they begin to see those black marks on pages with a new perspective.  It is such a pleasure to watch and is a joyous moment for these little ones.

Reading is made up of learning phonics, memorizing sight words, or reading all by sight rather than phonetically.  It also is realizing that some/many words in the English language just do not make sense because they break the “rules.”  I called them ‘outlaw words’ when I taught school; actually, I still do.  The schools around here call them ‘rule breakers’…same thing.  With a paper jail placed up on the bulletin board of the classroom, those words are put in jail and whenever a child has a hard time sounding a word out, I tell them that it is an ‘outlaw word.’  They immediately look to the jail and know the word.  Funny how those little tricks work!  Reading also includes comprehension, grammar, and so much more.

In the verse above, ‘to read’ goes deeper than learning to read.  As we read God’s Word, spending time in His Word to us requires a relationship with the One Who wrote these words.  We may hear far more than a simple reading might divulge.  We may receive insight and knowledge of just what God means, what He is wanting to say to us, what God expects of us.  There is so much buried in this beautiful Treasure.  The Bible is a jewel that we have been given to read, to dive into, delve, explore, search, dwell upon, mull over, reflect upon.

There is so much to learn in God’s Word.

When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,….  Ephesian 3:4

LORD, I love Your Word.  I can read it, but I pray that I will understand just what You intend for me to learn.  I want to grow and gain in wisdom, in integrity, in genuineness, and in love as I listen to You through Your Word and through the Holy Spirit.  May words that seem foreign to me not be outlaw words for You make them clear to me.  As I read Your Word, I ask Your Holy Spirit to guide and direct me so that the words coming from me are sincere and loving toward all I encounter.  I want to reflect Jesus to others, and that will come by knowing You, LORD.  

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.  Psalm 19:14

I pray in the solid Name of Jesus.  Amen.

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Silence

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For God alone my soul waits in silence;…  Psalm 62:1a

Silence
Still
Quiet

Falling Snow

Mourning Doves’ cooing

Hush
Peace

Recalling my mother’s delight

Stillness, silence allows thoughts to surface
to flow
love felt
peace envelop
joy encircle

The gifts of life have a chance to permeate
to exude

Silence often begins with seeing and hearing the world around me

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.  Revelation 8:1

Quietude
Stillness
Wordless
Peacefulness
Tranquility
Feeling the tenderness of His Love upon my heart
Words of His Word soak in, 
drawing meaning of what He means

His silence teaches me that I am to be silent

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

The LORD’s silence is not of this world.  
The world demands noise, talk, loudness, busy-ness, 
too much going IN 
with nothing of substance able to go OUT
too much world going IN
not enough of Him going IN
and nothing of Him going OUT

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; … Ecclesiastes 3:7b

Time, moments with Him in silence … 
necessary … in relationship.
Go with Him to pray
Be with Him to learn
Look at Him to reflect
Quietly, still, in silence
and I slow down whether the world around me does or not.

But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.  Habakkuk 2:20

Father God, Your beauty surrounds me in the stillness, in the white.  The gentle touch, as of an angel’s wing, glides across my face, reminding me that You are here.  Father, I sense Your love in the silence, Your peace in the stillness.  How I love the breath of air in the silent, in this cold air.  It gives me hope, calm.  My breath is Your breath for You first breathed in me to give me life.  You first loved me to teach me love.  You are my first Love.  In this quiet, I sense You and know that You are near.  I draw near to You for Your Presence is so real, so lovely this day.  Your touch tenderly caresses my face, yet is silent.  Oh, how I love You, my LORD.  In the Name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

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God of the Heavens

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was launched January 19, 2006.  On July 14, 2015, it passed Pluto and its moons.  Pluto is 31.94 Astronomical Units (AU) from Earth.  One AU is the average distance between the Sun and Earth, about 93 million miles or 149.6 million kilometers.  “At its most distant, when the Earth and Pluto are on the opposite sides of the sun from one another, Pluto lies 4.67 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) from Earth. At their closest, the two are only 2.66 billion miles (4.28 billion km) apart.” These numbers are phenomenal numbers, beyond what my mind can wrap around.  But they are real numbers and what scientists have calculated with their knowledge and understanding.

Pluto_charon_150709_color_finalPluto has five known moons.  Charon is in the photograph with Pluto above.

planets3All of these planets orbit around the sun.  This is the solar system we call “ours.”

How much more has God created beyond Pluto?

eyes-on-plutoMan created a spacecraft that took 9 and a half years to get to its destination, arrived, took photos, sent radio signals back to Earth, and now continues outward into space.

God knows what is out there.  Man is learning some of God’s creation beyond our corner of this world.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! 
Psalm 139:17

Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it.  Deuteronomy 10:14

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!”  1 Kings 8:27

שָׁמַיִם

shamayim

from an unused root meaning to be lofty

the spaces of heaven, however vast and infinite

Heaven, heavens, sky

as the abode of God

alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve

Jehovah is called the God of heaven

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has charged me to build Him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all His people, may the LORD his God be with him. Let him go up.’”  2 Chronicles 36:23

Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for His steadfast love endures forever.  Psalm 136:26

 Father God, God of the heavens, You created it all and know every star, planet, and all that is out in what we call “outer space.”  You know that there is nothing too great or small for You because it has all been formed by Your very hands.  How amazing You are, Father!  ‘Vast’ seems like too small of a word to describe all that You have made and all Who You are.  Father, thank You for loving us, these tiny creatures compared to what we are able to see through the ingenuity, intellect, and inventiveness that You have given to man.  Yet, I know that there is so very much more.  Thank You, Loving God of the heavens, for being willing to adopt me into Your family, forgiving me for my sinfulness, guiding me through the way that You have chosen for me.  I pray with gratitude and amazement to You through Your Son.  Amen. 

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Hubble Space Telescope – views into God’s creation –

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New Horizons –

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Photo 1: NASA/JPL – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charon_%28moon%29#/media/File:Pluto_charon_150709_color_final.png

Photo 2:  NASA –  http://www.vtaide.com/png/solar-system.htm

Photo 3: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)  http://eyes.jpl.nasa.gov/eyes-on-pluto.html

You Did It To Me

For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’  Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  And when did we see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You?  And when did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.’   Matthew 25:35-40

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I have just finished reading “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, written in 1939.  Prior to that book, I read “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, written in 2014.  In this world today…my heart, my eyes, my ears see and sense injustice, inequality, desperation in trying to migrate or to escape across waters and harsh lands, living in war-torn countries, starvation, sex and slave trafficking, and this list goes on and on.  I also see the good and the great, but these books have focused my attention on these harder issues.

The first of these books wraps around the issues of migrant farm work back in the Dust Bowl period and the Depression.  The misuse of land, bank loans, and then corporations getting the land of small farmers, set these families off their land.   When they saw handbills advertising workers were needed in the rich, fertile valleys of California, far too many went out there without enough work for all.  Then corruption reared its ugly head all across the state in many forms.  The circumstances of it all broke the spirits of many of these people, yet many overcame as best they could to survive.

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The second book is about a lawyer who meets prisoners on death row.  These men come together when Bryan Stevenson goes to the South for a month-long class while attending Harvard Law School.  He meets men who have been locked up in solitary confinement for years upon years.  Eventually, the ones in the book are found to be innocent, yet never had the council necessary to have a fair trial.  People in authority used their powers unjustly to lock up innocent people to keep the guilty out of prison or to keep their own name from coming under ridicule when they did not arrest a guilty party.

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Although one book is fiction, it is based on events over years and of many that actually did occur.  It is like a composite of the times.  The other is nonfiction.  My heart strings have been pulled immensely these weeks.  I am sad for the injustice that took place so long ago in many situations, and still takes place to this very day.

Jesus calls us to feed the hungry, to visit prisoners, to welcome a stranger.  When we look around, there seems so very much that needs to be done.  Overwhelming, indeed.  And we often sit still, doing nothing because we don’t know where to begin or it seems like too daunting of a task.  Bryan S. thought such thoughts, but he began with one prisoner.  Casy, in Steinbeck’s book, stood up for the downtrodden who were being underpaid, overworked, and betrayed because someone else was willing to do their job for less so the wealthy landowners hired the new ones for half the price and forced the others to take that same pay or get out.  Tom Joad, a main character, planned to take up that mantle after Casy was killed in trying.  Tom was willing to risk it all.

Risking is hard.  Yet…can we lift a hand to help another?  Can we offer a drink of water?  Can we feed the starving?  Can we bring Jesus to the hearts of the lost?  Will we?

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Father, I ask Your forgiveness for all of the open doors I have walked passed, missing the golden moments to offer help.  And thank You for giving me an opportunity to feed one from Cuba recently when he asked for money for food.  We were just outside a cafe so I invited him in and bought his lunch. He was most grateful.  You blessed me, LORD, for this man truly wanted a meal.  My cynicism creeps in when so many have a hand out with looks of drug and alcohol abuse.  My trust in their request is zero for I judge them and think I know what it is they really want.  Guide me to those who You want me to help.  I trust in You and You alone.  Then I will know.  Father, take me by the hand and teach me Your ways that I will see Jesus in these with a need.  I don’t want to get to Heaven and find out just how many, many times I have missed Him here on this earth.  I know I will have missed many, but I don’t want to add to that number now.  I lift this prayer to You in Your Son’s Name. Amen. 

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31 Days of God-Woven Moments – October 18 – Long @ #FMF

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I am joining Five Minute Friday today as part of my #write31days .  The word for this week is long.

“Those who’d like to participate in Five Minute Friday will write for five minutes on the topic of the week, post it on their own blog and link up the post here (via the InLinkz button at the bottom of the post).

“This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.

“Just write”

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How long, O LORD?  How long?

I asked that question over and over again while Mama was in the assisted living and the nursing home.  But I have not asked that question of God since Mama died.  She is no longer suffering and her mind is clear.  So that particular use of “long” does not need to be used for now.  

“Long”…yes, this month of writing daily is beginning to feel long, as I have never done this before.  But I am really liking it for my subject is interesting to me as a weaver of yarn, and a weaver of words.  

Recently, I was in San Diego, CA with both of my sisters and that week seemed just “long” enough.  I thoroughly loved being with family and knowing the love we once shared as a family when our parents were alive.  I could have enjoyed the time just a bit longer, I am sure, but it was  good enough.  Plus being in San Diego brought back sweet memories of life there as I was born there as a Navy child and then returned there to grow through high school and college.  Those days were long ago but still very close to my heart.  

“Long” has many meanings for me today as I weave words for this Five Minute Friday.  

I long to be near my God and obey Him in all ways that He should ask of me.  I long to be still and know that He is God.  I long for God.  I long for His love.  I am to be still, sitting in my tent until He moves the cloud.  During that time, I am under Him in all ways.  When the cloud moves, I long to follow Him to where He wants me to set up tent.  I am His and long to be forever.  

And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD, and journeyed not.  Numbers 9:19

 

To catch up on the previous days of this 31 day challenge, you can find them listed here.

By His Power

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It is he who made the earth by his power,
who established the world by his wisdom,
and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.

When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.  KJV

Our God…He is Mighty, Majesty, Power, and Strength.  He is King.  He is all that He is and can make what He wills come to fruition.  His Son gave His all for us.  May we humble ourselves to accept His offerings for our salvation.

Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.   Psalm 24:10

The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.  Psalm 93:1

“Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.” 1 Samuel 15:29

“Out of the north comes golden splendor; Around God is awesome majesty.” Job 37:22

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:3-4

Father, You are my all.  When I stray from Your hand, please hold on and keep me near that I will remember the all that You have done for me.  You provide, protect, and give my life purpose.  Thank You for encircling me with Your love.  May I be faithful and trustworthy to You, my Father.  May I respect and revere and be awed by You in all ways.  And may I be pleasing unto You.   You are glorious, LORD…glorious and to You I give all the glory.   In the Name of Your Son, I Pray.  Amen.

A Lesson about Words Brought to You by a Child with a Tube of Toothpaste (@ Granola Bar Devotional)

I have read far more than I desire of late when it comes to Christians saying things about other Christians that is negative, complaining, derogatory, and more, when what we are called to do is love one another, to reflect the image of Christ, talk privately to another if you feel they are wrong or you have been wronged.

I wrote the following true story as a devotional in 2009.  I have edited it slightly for this post.  The story is true and most needful again and again.  Teachable moments are not only for children!!

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A friend was teaching her four year old son about spoken words.  She wanted him to know how important it is to think before he speaks, to use either kind words or no words at all, and to respond when spoken to in an uplifting and respectful manner.  She wrote the word “W O R D” on a piece of cardboard, making sure he knew what those four letters together meant.  Then asking her son to take the tube of toothpaste, she told him to trace over the four letters with the paste as he squeezed it from the tube.  For a four year old, this was great fun!  Upon completion she praised him on his careful toothpaste tracing.  Her next request surprised him.  She said, “Now, put the toothpaste back into the tube.”  He looked at the cardboard with the toothpasted “W O R D” on it.  “Mom, I can’t get it back into this tiny hole,” he said in frustration while pointing to the end of the tube.  She asked him why he couldn’t do it.  He felt some angst because he was disobeying his mother by not putting the paste back in the little hole.

The mother then began her lesson of the importance of the words we speak.  They talked about how important it is to think before speaking; and that once a word is out of our mouths, we cannot put it back into our mouths.  She explained how hard it can be to take words back with an apology, and that words can hurt people’s feelings and have lasting effects on relationships.  She talked to him about thinking about how our words might make someone else feel.  Would they make them feel better or worse?  Would they be helpful or hurtful?  Would the person think better of us or poorly of us?

As this simple lesson can teach a child, so, too, can it teach us, as adults, as sisters in the LORD, that our words can have those same effects on family, friends, co-workers, and anyone on our daily journey.  We need to think about what we are preparing to say before the actual words exit our mouths.  I am often reminded of this toothpaste lesson, guarding my tongue and weighing my words as best as I possibly can.  Caution and prior reflection help me say and do that which God desires of me.  He wants His children to be salt and light in this world.  We must ask Him for His guidance and His wisdom for our words.  (Not only is this about the actual verbal words that exit our mouths, but the words we type on blogs, emails, comments, Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else we may wander in cyberspace.  The typed word is just the same.  Once the “Submit” or “Send” button is pushed, there is no taking those words back either.  Type all you want, but sit on those words overnight, for a week.  Pray and ask God for the guidance He wants to give to us.  Listen for His Spirit as You ask for assurance in what you have written.  We need that.  We need to reflect our Christ.  If we don’t look and act like Him, then who is the world seeing in us?)

James 3:
Taming the Tongue

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

 Wisdom from Above
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. 

LORD, You created me for Your Glory. I desire to be a light to this world, yet the tongue can darken that very light You shine through me. May I hold my tongue until I know Your words. May I be centered upon You, LORD, so that my tongue speaks words pleasing to You and You alone. Forgive me for unbridled words, for words that hurt, that harm, are prideful and boastful.  Forgive me, LORD.  Teach me Your ways.  Open my ears that I may hear Your Holy Spirit giving me Your Word, Your Truth.  Open my eyes that I may see You.  I want to reflect Jesus. 

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.  Psalm 19:14

In His beautiful Name, Amen.  
 

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