The Ins and Outs of Ups and Downs

I am even keel. However, I have friends through the loop riding massive roller coasters emotionally in their lives, up down, in out, life is a wild ride for them. While amusing to watch, I cannot imagine that to be fun. Not really. And I started to wonder how is it some of us take things as they come, a very island, reggae kind of life, gnarly dude, and some are crazy all over the place like a high strung competitive New Yorker on the beaches of Hawaii trying to relax: “Ok, I’ll relax and get some sun. Now forget relaxing, I am wasting the day and don’t want to burn! Let’s get to a store. Let’s rent a scooter. They are all rented, we were too late!!!!!! Let’s just watch the sunset…. ….. Why does it take so long?” Like I said, amusing to watch but terrible to live. And some people seem to live there on purpose or at least not know there is an alternative option. So I wondered why I go with the flow and am flexible. And it might be that in spiritual gifts, my faith runs very very high and my fear runs very very low. In addition, my humble has developed and expanded greatly and I absolutely love surprises and hate (as of my last great life lesson) the perception of being in control. Only God is truly in control of anything except our own free will and accompanying words accord actions. That is all we have control over and that can be removed from us with one accident or someone else’s poorly chosen free will. So there it is. I roll with the punches because I have a close relationship with God, faith, humility, no ambition for control and love surprises. Everyone’s story must be different, but this one is mine. Oh, and I love people too. That helps too. Hope that helps someone relax a bit. Lol ☺ Love you!

Isaiah 2:7-12,17-22

Isaiah 2:7. Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. 8. Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made. 9. So people will be brought low and everyone humbled— do not forgive them. 10. Go into the rocks, hide in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty! 11. The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. 12. The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled), 17. The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, 18. and the idols will totally disappear. 19. People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. 20. In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship. 21. They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. 22. Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?”

Clarity

I don’t believe clarity can come until distractions are put away. Clarity can come in noise or a crowd but rarely does so. Focus has to be reached and in practice in order for clarity to arrive. So what is clarity? Clarity is seeing the truth in its pure, clear meaning and purpose. There is a lack of distortion and confusion, a lack of bias and subjective reasoning. Clarity is the objective, unadulterated realization of pure truth. When we ask God to give us direction, what we are really asking Him is to give us clarity on what we should be doing. And God is the only One who can give this clarity because He is truth. He gives it gladly and lovingly to those humble seekers of Him who ask for it. Clarity is beautiful. It makes clear what was muddled. It makes certain what was speculation or confirms what you believed if you were on the right track. Clarity is a goal and time spent alone with God and in the Bible is generally the best way to receive this gift. ❤

Never a Disouraging Word

From a family that jokes a lot and teases and cajoles, I was once like that with my words. It seemed funny. It got a lot of laughs. But I recently repented of that and used my humor in a different way. Why? All harmless fun, right? I underestimated the power of words, they are so over-under and over-spoken that it is easy to become careless to their power. It struck me as I was reading my Bible how few words were spoken. How often there was silence as a reply. How very powerful and full of meaning and purpose those words were when spoken. Any joking, teasing, kidding where another person or yourself is berated is not in line with “let your yes be yes and no be no; anything more than yes or no is of the devil” or “speak only with words that edify each other”. I realized I needed a word adjustment. People are precious and valuable to God and He wants us to help each other on every level in worship to Him. We should not say anything to another person we would not say to Him. That is my new goal. I will serious up a bit with my words and put that energy into truthful encouragement. Of course, I have to talk, but I will talk gooder. Lol I will retrain myself to only edify, encourage with truth. Looking forward to the challenge of becoming habitual at it. 🙂 ❤ 

Isaiah 1:16-20

Isaiah 1:16. “Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. 17. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. 18. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. 19. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; 20. but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

That’s it, I am Angry and I am Praying

It takes a lot to anger me. God has worked hard to “enhance my calm” and build up my peace and joy and I have always been laid back. When I get angry, however, it is a fire, a hurricane and fire. I get angry when defenseless people are wronged or bullied, when God is disrespected, when His people are targeted and attacked, and when one of our children is lost. One of them is, it became very clear to me last night upon seeing her after 6 months of blowing us off. So now it is very obvious to me that it is a spiritual matter and there is a fight on for her soul. And this pissed me off. The enemy is attacking my family and that does not fly with me! I am mad. And I will be fighting now until this wrong is made right. I will not allow my kids to be lost and suffer an eternity long. I will fight for her in the most powerful way there is. I am going to pray. Dilligently. I will reach out in love every chance I can but I will pray. Hard. Long. Diligently. I will pray while I quilt. I will fast. I will pray for her deceived soul. Never make me angry or I will pray tirelessly. I will call on the awesome and powerful God of the universe for help. I, in all my might, can only do so much. But allmighty God can do any and everything and can conquer spiritual forces. He is my strength. 

Encouragement 101

One of my gifts is encouragement. Why? Because I do my best to tell the truth. Encouragement is not the same as flattery. Flattery tickles the pride. Encouragement speaks truth to empower truth to move forward. True encouragement can only come from truth. Again, not flattery. Flattery has a hidden motivation while encouragement is motivated by truth to further someone to act on truth. That is what it is. When do you give it? When someone you see needs it or is wavering or searching out truth. There is that truth word again. And what is encouragement not? Anything else. Encouragement is not trying to bend someone to your own agenda or truth. It is not molested by snippets of lies. It is not motivated by greed, desire, pride, covetousness, self-righteous indignation, personal opinions, etc. Then it ceases to be an encouragement and starts being a sin. Quite a different matter. Better to save your voice and leave it alone. But if truth from God’s Word is welling up within you and you see someone working on truth, sharing truth and a good truthful word with them to help the cause of truth/God, well that is a win for everyone and as refreshing as rain on a hot day. There is a purity in that, a feel good moment, a real quality that breathes in life into it, inspires, recharges, produces thankfulness to God. ❤