Archive for November, 2007

Bearing with One Another

November 29, 2007

This scripture has been going through my head all morning:

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the
calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing
with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were
called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one
God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph.
4:1-6)

Have you ever noticed that when we don’t agree with someone else, we are always sure they are wrong? And often, if we feel that someone else is wrong, we remove them from our relationships? Somehow, we dehumanize them, not giving them the respect and dignity that we ourselves would want and expect in the same situation?

So what I am pondering today is: how does this scripture inform my relationships – not those that are comfortable, but those that aren’t? What does being humble, gentle, patient, bearing with others mean?

The picture that comes to mind is Noah, after the flood, got really blasted drunk. One of his sons pointed out his error, the other sons covered his nakedness (and obviously talked to him about it the next day, because otherwise, how would he have known?). How can we cover people, bear with them, and confront when necessary, and love them always?

John 15:9-17 informs us on this, I think. Jesus lives in us. We can trust Him to do the work, to help us love people. God, help us see others with the same love and compassion that You have for them. As we have received grace, help us to extend even more. Amen.

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Awesome

November 27, 2007

I have been so overwhelmed this morning with the awesomeness, coolness, amazingness of God. Did you know that God is for you? Even if you feel He isn’t, He is. He sees you as you can be, and continues to root for you, to add pressure where necessary to help you become what He wants you to be.

A few other things from my reading this morning:

For those of us who love quiet mornings: Prov. 27:14: “He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it will be counted a curse to him”

And from Philippians: Paul had such a singleness of mind. He focused on Christ so much, and that, I believe is how he could say in essence: “I’d love to go home to be with Jesus, but for your sake, I want to stay” and “I have learned to be content in all things, having a lot or a little” and “Join me in standing fast, don’t argue – focus on Christ and think on these things ‘whatever things are true..noble..just..pure..lovely..of good report”

So what do you have of good report today?

Thankful

November 19, 2007

I am choosing thankfulness today. I am so thankful for my amazing kids and husband. Without them, life would be boring and plain.

I am so thankful for having a job that I get to do exactly what I’ve always wanted to do – and for fabulous people to work with. It is such a joy to see people take on new things and do Marvelous!!

I am thankful for ‘learning opportunities’ – those struggles that make me cling more to God and less to what I ‘know’.

I am oh so thankful for a great assistant who is nice and thinks better than I do.

I am thankful for time to write this all down and to think about things creatively – that is truly a gift.

And, I am thankful for the opportunity to clean my house again and enjoy people, fun and food as we reflect on another year of things to be thankful for.

Most of all, I am thankful for grace – that God doesn’t give up on me, but that He loves me, that He sent Jesus to pay the price so I can know Him.

For all this, I am thankful…and so much more.

New Wineskins

November 15, 2007

I was reading in Jeremiah last week, and a verse jumped out at me. Jer. 48:11: “Moab has been at ease from his youth; he has settled on his dregs, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into captivity. Therefore his taste remained in him and his scent has not changed.”

In my mind, this connected with Mark 2:22: “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.”

All the transitions we go through in life make us able to receive the new things that God has for us. Otherwise we get old, moldy and smelly. What a picture!!!

New Creativity

November 15, 2007

Getting away allowed me new time to dream. I have two books in my brain now…just have to pray for time to write them.

Today I decided to take up a real hobby. I’ve enjoyed taking pictures for a long time, but have decided to promote it to the place of hobby. Afterall, I have over 1,000 pictures from my trip, so I need to do something with them.

So here is my question: How or where do you find room for creativity in your life?