A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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PROVERBS 10-8

I confess:  I am an ID (Investigation Discovery) addict – a closet addict – well, former closet addict.  Now the world knows!  Seriously, I see people make the worst decisions of their lives on this network – and end in ruin.  You don’t have to look very far to see examples of chattering fools who are living in the fast lane and crashing into brick walls at a young age!  When you live in the fast lane with no compass, it never ends well.  People who take the lives of other people always think they’ll get away with it – and they never do.

No fast lane for me, thank you!  It’s not because I think I’m better than anyone else, but because I have chosen to listen to God through His Word.  He knows what I need and exactly when I need it.  We have choices to make in life – and I choose a slow, steady, joy-filled life – with God in the center of it.  I love His Word and His ways.  I’ve been teased about my beliefs by others, but so what?

When this verse says ACCEPT COMMANDS, does that mean we listen to anyone who gives a command?  I don’t believe it means that.  God gave us an ability to discern good from bad, and you can bet that there will come a time when you are commanded to do something that goes against God’s Word and His ways…  when that happens, choose God’s way.  I’m not going to jump off a cliff to my death if I’m commanded to do so.  Um…  nope.

Of course, the commands in God’s Word are there for us to obey.  If we are wise, we won’t balk at them, but work throughout our walk with God to embrace His ways.  We learn that His ways will keep us filled with His joy and we know that Jesus loves us and wants His best for us.  If we are wise, we want His best too.

In the end, remember that God’s going to prevail.  Why would we not love Him and His ways?  He wants to help us with every aspect of our lives – the big things and the small things.  God is love and He loves you so much.  His Son, Jesus, died on a cruel cross just for you.  His commands (not just the ten) are there to protect us.  I hear so many say that the Ten Commandments are there to keep us from having fun.  Not true – they’re there to help us stay out of trouble.  I need all the help I can get.  Just sayin’…  🙂

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FATHER’S DAY

You know, it’s funny – I hear people say there’s so much DRAMA on facebook.  I guess I have the right friends, because we all post prayer requests and we pray for each other.  When it comes to prayer, I believe there is strength in numbers – and it’s great to know I have some 200 plus people praying for me!

This portion of Scripture appears right after the list of armor we are to wear every day:

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I’d love to have this to look at every day.  Do you have all of this memorized?  Sad to say, I don’t.  I can’t remember what I had for lunch today!  If we are wearing every piece of armor, we are in a great place to pray for others!  Some days there are so many prayer requests in my news feed – and I don’t say long, eloquent prayers – but I believe God hears the brief but sincere prayer for a brother or sister in Christ.

It’s a choice to drop the drama on facebook and pick up the armor and support someone in prayer.  God wants us to pray for one another.  Did you know when you begin to pray for a person, it’s impossible to be angry at them?  Pray for those who persecute you – it’ll really confuse them too – I like that part.  If you want to have even more fun – let them KNOW you’re praying for them.  LOL – mind blown!

I know some folks think of prayer as a last resort, but let me tell you – in my opinion, it’s the best thing to do, and should be the first option we think of.  We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but our God knows, and He wants us to keep Him in the loop.  I might ask friends for advice, and I may or may not take it…  but when I ask God for help, I have my eyes and ears open, eagerly waiting for His answers!  It’s a privilege to pray for a brother or sister, and I’m so thankful when they let me know they are praying for me too!

Happy Father’s Day!

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If you are able to hug your daddy – hug him twice!  Have a wonderful day!  🙂

 

ANOTHER LOOK UNLIMITED DAY

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9-2 WHEN YOUR MAMA COMES TO CALL

Today is ANOTHER LOOK UNLIMITED DAY!!!  We are encouraged to rummage through our possessions and either give surplus items to charity or repurpose them in other projects in order to lessen the amount of garbage in landfills.  We can definitely do that with stuff – but not with the people in our lives.

Dealing with family is not so easy.

“My mom drives me crazy”, my friend vented to me one sunny summer day. As I held the phone and listened I watched the neighbors in their front yard playing with their grandchildren. Tears welled but I was holding it together.

I want her to talk with me about anything and welcome her without restriction of any kind. We talk about absolutely anything and that’s the way friendship should be. My Lord is also her Lord and our values are similar.

Have you ever prayed one of those really fast prayers before you speak – like LORD, PLEASE GIVE ME WISDOM, QUICK – ??? Well, I prayed and then I spoke:

I think your mom realizes that times have changed and that she doesn’t need to be so controlling, but it may be a struggle for her to feel as important to you as her mom was to her at your age. She may feel like you are slipping through her fingers and might be mindlessly putting you in a choke hold because she misses her little girl. When daughters grow up, mothers feel a real sense of loss and that sometimes manifests itself in some ugly ways. I don’t believe any mother deliberately pushes her daughter away. Sometimes a daughter needs to show some compassion instead of anger.

Promising to pray for both mother and daughter, I ended my little mini-lecture:

Make an attempt to put yourself in your mom’s shoes. Instead of meeting her anger with your own anger, try approaching her with a calm resolve and rise above the temptation to stoop to her level emotionally. Don’t try to talk her out of her feelings because she thinks they are justified. Just be calm and respectful toward her. Listen and sympathize whether you agree or not. It’s not about agreement, it’s about understanding. Even if the subject is YOU – she still needs to know that you will respectfully listen and honestly empathize with her. Don’t be condescending – but truly sympathize or empathize with her. Let her talk and you listen, nod and give her all the hugs she needs while she is visiting with you.

I added this P.S. in my own mind:

That’s what I would do if my mama came to call. Then I had to go cry. Yeah. 😦

IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

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ADVICE
You don’t have to be a part of social media very long to realize that everyone has opinions about everything from hamburger to toilet paper! I’m not knocking the court of public opinion or free speech because I am so thankful we live in a country where we are free to speak our minds. Opinions are what distinguish us from each other and sometimes it’s a good idea to listen to another person’s point of view. You never know what you might learn. But, once in a while, it’s a good idea to toss an unsolicited opinion overboard and go to your prayer closet and get some real guidance from the One who always has the right answers. God.

A friend shared some sad news with me yesterday. There’s a possibility she has a horrible disease process going on. She won’t know for a few more weeks, but I let her know I will be praying for her. She let me know that if I insist, I may pray, but prayer never “worked” for her. I never thought of prayer that way before – as something that either “worked” or didn’t “work”. I am praying for her and hope you will join me. God knows who she is and her situation.

This morning I was bombarded with advice I didn’t ask for. It wasn’t a big deal, but it did bring to mind the fact that when people feel strongly about a subject, they will usually voice an opinion about it. Most of what I mention in social media is neither personal nor important. It’s just chit-chat and I try to keep things light and funny there. Let’s face it, the folks on facebook are nice, but I would probably not recognize any of them if I walked by them on the street. Why on earth would I get terribly personal with them?

Listen to advice… GOD’S advice, that is! 🙂

When I need true guidance or need to pray for a sick friend, I will go straight to the top. God is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. 🙂

PLAY GOD DAY

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1-9 GOD IS GOD

I think it’s vital to have something outside your acting to keep you rooted.  For me being a Christian has been invaluable:  It simply means acting isn’t the center of my life.  – David Oyelowo

Did you know that today is PLAY GOD DAY???  What should we do about that?  Well, my resolve is stronger than ever to pray to God with a grateful heart.

From all I’ve read, we are encouraged to try and solve a problem for a friend and make their day better and brighter.  Can I solve my friend’s problem as well as my God can?  Well, of course not.  So maybe we should tell our friends that we will pray for them and pray that God will solve their problems.  I’m all for that!

I’m at a disadvantage because I’ve not seen the movie Bruce Almighty.  Apparently this movie explores the idea of what it means to play God and what those powers should entail.  We’ve all seen movies and TV shows where someone is trying to play God.  It’s usually some scientist who holds a devious plan for creating life in a beaker or something.  As technology advances and humans delve into biology the discussions about “playing God” have become more prominent in real life. 

God is not a cosmic bell boy for whom we can press a button to get things done.  – Harry Emerson Fosdick

I’m not trying to be a wet blanket, but rather I’m trying to keep us from giving advice to someone instead of taking them to the one who can really help.  I think we have all thought about the power God has and wondered why diseases are not eradicated and why small children are still hungry.  I can’t answer those questions – because God is God – and I am not.

Okay, am I the only one asking, “Is it better to point a finger at someone, or threaten to break a finger off that’s being pointed at you?”  Just sayin’…  and I won’t even go into the part about poisoning the tea and tying people up.

It seems to me today is a day to love and support each other.  Pray for one another and show true compassion for everyone.  Rather than playing God, we point others to God.  I’m comfortable with that.  🙂