April 30, 2013
With my heart pounding
I face the dark passageway
And must make a choice . . .
Shall I retreat filled with dread
Or seek opportunity?
By Martha L Shaw – © 4-30-2013
April 30, 2013
Okay, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the kind of day when you have an ache or pain of some sort and the weather is against you, the telemarketers call before you’ve even had coffee, and EVERYONE is certain that YOUR challenges are NOTHING compared to their own litany of complaints. Then, yes THEN, they hit you with their demands for you to jump through hoops for them . . . oh, and they want IMMEDIATE action. Even if I wanted to drop everything and meet their unreasonable demands, today is a day when I simply cannot. So, I tried to find a place to hide . . . and someone in an online group I am a part of suggested we read the following. I did. My blood pressure began to stabilize . . .
King James Version (KJV)
32 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
To read this in many other translations, go to BibleGateway!
April 29, 2013
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April 29, 2013
If I am wealthy am I based upon that powerful in ways that matter? Perhaps that is difficult to answer as stated since it depends on what one considers to truly matter. Are my words, my talents, my spiritual gifts, reliant on wealth as the world views it in order to be shared? A question was posed in the Bible . . .
“What good can come from . . . ” Fill in the blank as you choose but true wisdom comes from Jesus and His love. So, how does that change our potential point of view?
Mother Teresa said “Today it is very fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately it is unfashionable to talk with them.”
So, poverty, which comes in many forms, does seem to change the way this world perceives us. I could bury my head in the sand spiritually, behave very badly and very publicly, and author a poorly written book which will make me wealthy financially. Does this change anything?
Jesus said blessed are the poor. As this world sees it, Mother Teresa was poor indeed. How tragic would it be if her words, her prayers, her heart had been silenced because her true wealth and power which came from Him didn’t measure up this side of heaven?
April 29, 2013
I was wrestling with all the messages written “out there” which speak of a Lord who withholds His love until we ourselves are without sin. As I struggled with this in the knowledge that only our triune God can be sinless, I considered how to express this and whether to do so here. He immediately answered. Here is His reminder:
“How is it that you came to love me?
Because I first loved YOU!”