Six Word Saturday

May 31, 2014

Living my passion – loving my Lord!

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In His Image

May 30, 2014

In the quiet

I felt your arms around me.

I smiled.

I sighed.

I knew your breath,

So close to me,

Was filling my lungs

And giving me strength

To grow . . . to go on.

I was you.

You were me.

By Martha L Shaw – © 5- 30-2014

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May 30, 2014

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Another Red Letter Day

I had one of those “Oh WOW”s tonight.

We are studying John 16 in our Home group and talking about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Just for the record – this wonderful person – the Holy Spirit is the most neglected and misunderstood member of our wonderful 3 in 1 God.

In any case we read this:

He [God the Holy Spirit] will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. – John 16:14-15 NASB

Let me connect a few dots here and then I want to link this thought to one other passage.

Point 1 –All things that the Father has belong to Jesus.

We know that God has everything – all things temporal and spiritual –…

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Don’t Take It Personal

May 30, 2014

I needed this. Be blessed.

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…and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.  Matthew 7:22-27  Any ministry, ordained or lay sometimes requires difficult decisions; weighing benefit vs. loss, constructive vs. destructive, and humility vs. pride. The first two are generally easy because they usually don’t involve personal relationship. As some would say, “It’s just business.” On the other hand humility and pride is always personal. As we engage one another and reach out to do what we believe God is calling us to do, without thinking about it (and if only for a moment), we influence change or positively impact someone’s life. We all know however that our good intentions don’t always insure positive response. We all can have bad days, but when someone takes their bad day out on us, it’s a painful and humiliating experience. The pride we had in doing…

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Jesus Time

May 29, 2014
Mark 6:45-47
45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.
Prayer is so important for us in our earthly walk with Christ yet I for one find it difficult, sometimes, to “fit in” with all the requirements of my day.  Why is that?  Do you find it that way to sometimes?
Life is not easy whether I admit it or boldly deny it yet the more intimate my relationship with Christ is, the more I not simply need my  alone time with Him but hunger for it.
The passage from the Gospel of Mark beautifully shows the importance of this by reminding us that Jesus, in His earthly walk, needed it too!  So, my friends, it is TFMJ!  That is:
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Don’t you agree?

Recommended Reading: Montaigne’s Essays

May 27, 2014

The difference between being a writer and being a wannabe . . .

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In case you thought you were hallucinating — yes, my blogging-related recommended reading for today is, indeed, from the 16th century. It’s the Essays by French writer Michel de Montaigne, who singlehandedly invented the genre (and the term!).

By Anonymous (Unknown) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Anonymous portrait of Montaigne, via Wikimedia CommonsMontaigne‘s not your average Dead Classical Author, though. Before you fling your iPad out the window, take a look at the following quote. If you’re a blogger, odds are you’ll recognize yourself in this:

I have no other end in this writing, but only to discover myself […].

(Of the Education of Children)

Montaigne was an extraordinary man for any number of reasons. He’s still loved and admired by writers everywhere, though, for being the first to understand that writing, no matter what the topic might be, is first and foremost an expression of our innermost selves.

With every sentence in his Essays (available for free in a number of formats

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Prayer Versus Cookies

May 27, 2014

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So many books have been written on how to pray, effective prayers, language to use . . . I dare say these writings have their place and yet two touching moments in my life place an entirely different perspective on the relationship we have in prayer.

I recall a time a small one in my life saw me and all else was forgotten as she ran to me in such joy to be swallowed up in my arms.

In another more recent example, in my Mom’s last days, upon my approaching her bed in ICU one day, the moment she was aware of my presence, she sat up and threw herself in my arms and cried like her heart was breaking.

In both cases no words were spoken yet the love and comfort and strength. . . more powerfully shared and felt than words could ever express. If this is true in our human relationships, surely it is more powerfully true than ever in our relationship with the Lord?

Prayer is not baking cookies. It is a relationship! Run into His arms! Words are not necessary!

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