Monday, September 25, 2017

Well, EXCUSE Me!

But, they all, with one accord, began to make excuses. - Jesus Christ, as recorded in Luke 14:18  
Excuses.  Excuses.  Excuses. To some degree or another, we all excuse away our behaviors and choices.  Humankind is like that due to Adam's first "she made me do it" excuse.  He said that to God Almighty as if God would overlook his disobedience because Eve had such persuasive powers over him. 

E X C U S E !

God did NOT accept Adam’s excuse.  Why?  Because Adam was just defending his offensive behavior.  He wasn't explaining, he was defending.

God does not accept our excuses either. 

An explanation as to why someone did or didn’t do something is one thing, but if they are just excusing away their behavior or choices, then no.  If there is no sorrowful conviction for the bad choices made, it is just an excuse.  

Almost four years ago God exposed my husband’s long-term lifestyle with his paramour and family.  When I confronted him, the only explanation he had was that he was “unhappy”. Yes, I imagine he was unhappy!  How do you juggle two families and their lifestyles while keeping it, and all the finances involved in supporting two families, a secret from the one for years on end?  

E X C U S E !  

I hear more excuses in church than I do anywhere else.  Reasons not to serve.  Reasons not to help someone.  Reasons not to tithe.  Reasons not to commit.  Reasons not to forgive.  Reasons to gossip.  Reasons to judge.  Reasons for intolerance to other’s behaviors or choices.  Reasons to kick the wounded. Reasons for betraying confidences.  

E X C U S E S ! 

I’m much more conscious of my own excuses now. I have no valid excuse for anything.  I stand raw and exposed before God.  If I make excuses, His Spirit quickly convicts me.  And then I’m faced with another choice: make excuses for my excuses or lay my heart bare before Abba and allow His Goodness to lead me to repentance and back into right-standing with Him.

Our society does not need more excuses.  It does need more sorrowful convictions over our behaviors and choices.  Because when we do, we are adorned with Christ-like beauty.

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mums the Word

What is that gets us into trouble a lot of times?


My opinion vs. your opinion can cause arguments, detrimental judgments to be made, road rage, loss of friendships, etc.  Opinions have divided families, friends, church members, and this nation.

We live in the USA where opinions are clearly legal.  Verbalizing or writing our opinions is absolutely our right.  OUR RIGHT YES, BUT NOT NECESSARILY RIGHT. 

Why? Because it does cause situations to escalate, even to the point of war. Because each party thinks they are right and everyone else is wrong.

I heard someone say this recently:
"Lose your opinions and dive deep into the Law of Love."  
Give THAT some thought.  It's deep.

If we acknowledge that everyone has a right to their own personal opinions and we love each other in spite of the differences of opinions, then we won't lose friends, or act out in road rage, or get into arguments.  Arguments occur because we fail to acknowledge someone else's point of view.  We fail to hear.  We may listen, but always with our "But" in mind.  WE FAIL TO HEAR.  WE FAIL TO HEAR, WHEREBY, WE MIGHT HAVE OUR EYES OPENED TO A TRUTH.  

So, "mums the word", because I've learned over these decades that everyone sees/believes/speaks through their own circumstantial filters.

Seal up your lips, and give no words but mum. ~ Shakespeare ("Mum" means silence.)

Maybe if we valued the right for everyone to believe as they choose to and not try to dissuade others, we would have a less-divided nation, a less-divided Body of Christ right now.  We must pick and choose our battles.  Opinions do not win them, however.  You can win more by love, respect, and acceptance than being louder than someone else. There is no winning side to opinions. Afterall, opinions are just that: OPINIONS (a personal belief or judgment that is NOT founded on proof or certainty.)
Do not be wise in your own opinion.                                                 ~ Romans 12:16b
Because of Him and Unto Him, 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Awaken, Love!

Awaken, Love,
from Your slumber

Claw through, Love,
from life's debris enshrouding You
Claw through!

Shout out, Love,
Your voice has been silenced way too long
Shout out!

Free yourself, Love,
from the straightjacket heartbrokenness has encased You in
Free yourself!

Push through, Love,
to the surface
Push through!

Excavate, Love,
from the layers upon layers of dysfunction

Resurrect, Love,
from the grave of deadness

Oh, Love in me, be set free!

Love has been shed abroad in our hearts by God, Himself.  By Love, Himself.  (Romans 5:5)

It is up to us to allow Love free reign in our hearts, in our words, in our actions.  When desired - then and only then - will Love start to be set free from within.  And then, we truly will be Disciples of The Lord Jesus Christ.  Because He is Love.  He doesn't DO Love, He IS Love.  And so must we be to God's Glory and Honor.

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Sun Bent the Horizon?

Perspective: the appearance of things relative to one another determined by their distance to the viewer; a point of view.  

What is your eye drawn to in this photo?  Mine is drawn to the bent horizon.

I've been told by my photographer friend, Don Case, that the horizon must always be straight for it to be a good shot.  I look at the horizon in this photo and the horizon seems bent to me.  How can the horizon be bent?

Well, it cannot be.  And it isn't.

Upon further study of this photo, I realize the horizon is not bent at all. The beach slopes upward from the water and the rays on the right side of sun gives an appearance of a horizontal bent.

From my perspective, it appears to be bent.

Isn't that how we look at the world around us and the people around us?  It/they appear to be one way, yet upon further study, the truth of the matter is it/they are not really what it/they appear to be. It is our perspective that is askew.

Lesson learned?  Do not make a hasty judgment of good or bad.  Take time to dig deeper into a situation or a person.  "You will know them by their fruits." (Matt. 7:16-17)  Sometimes the conclusions we come to are a bit skewed. Sometimes, they are right on the money.  Dig a little deeper and you will know. the. truth.

Because of Him and Unto Him,