He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
– Albert Einstein –
– Albert Einstein –
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[ Matt 22:39
There are so many sources for defining “stylish” for us and yet I see a world defined more by insecurity. It may seem odd to some, but the verse from Matthew immediately came to mind as I considered this. Does the length of my hair, my nails, or my nose define either my style or my ability to receive and share love?
It is no accident that the verse places equal importance on loving our neighbors and self love! I do not believe we can serve the Lord and reflect Him to others if we do not love all whom God created and this includes ourselves. Obeying the verse above supersedes any suggestion or definition of “stylish” we are urged to reflect!
REFLECT HIM! REFLECT LOVE!
Morning melody of praise!
Learn to dance
and you will more keenly
hear the music!
– Martha L Shaw’s Thoughts Over Morning Coffee
All too often, I have noticed that the only difference between our use of the word OBSESSED versus DETERMINED is whether we agree on the actual topic. Peacefully getting along involves respect of our differences. Will we never learn this?
35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Standing under the streetlights with my friends
I gazed at the shadow dance
On the otherwise dark pavement
Friends . . . are everywhere.
You must seek to find!
By Martha L Shaw – © 2016
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things
will be given to you as well.
Pleasure – I love that word. Just saying it brings a smile to my face. It can’t be helped. Seriously, stand in front of a mirror. Relax your facial muscles completely, then speak the word pleasure or the other form of the word, which is please. Did you notice? Your entire expression changes. A smile forms quite naturally. The smile, however, is just the external manifestation of the feeling within. Where do you seek pleasure? Where do you find it? Are the two answers the same or are they in contrast? Psalm 147 suggests where it is not likely found, telling us “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior . . . “ and that’s all well and good, but where do I find it? The dictionary defines pleasure as that in which I take my delight. When I get up in the morning, I can’t wait for a cup of coffee. I have friends who look forward to a glass of wine at the end of the day. There’s nothing wrong with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. The Bible is full of mention of wine and our Lord performed the well known miracle at the wedding changing water into wine, so surely a glass is not wrong. However pleasant these things may be though, they do not provide the lasting pleasure I seek. My delight is not truly found there. Nor are they that in which I can place my trust or seek refuge. Where then?
I looked for the answer to this question in Scripture and the answer started to come to me in the book of Daniel 4:2 “It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.” His words got my attention causing me to thirst for further wisdom on the source for these miraculous signs and wonders. I found my answer in Ephesians 1:8-10 when I read “He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” The answer I was searching for! I know that, for me, the only one in whom I can seek refuge, place my trust, and find true pleasure is in Christ. In giving my heart fully to Him, I found life! He is my Savior, the lover of my soul, and the source of such amazing, undeserved and unconditional love and it is only in Him that I can ever find true and lasting pleasure! Amen! Come Lord Jesus!