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Precision Perception

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So, sometimes our perception isn’t so precise is it? Sometimes how we view it, is just wrong on so many levels? Often we don’t see clearly all the detail of all the stuff in our way and so we make false judgement, wrong decisions , critical remarks and as a result we act and react on false pretences just because our vision is dimmed.
The other morning I noticed a spider in the bathtub, and you have to understand, we don’t get along well. No, spiders and me ~ well, we just don’t see eye to eye. Oh, I love the elegant patterns etched into their silken webs and for photography I find their amazing draping, spun creations fascinating as they glisten with dewdrops in a hazy, morning sun! However, the way the spider crawls about in mid-air and free-fall to spin it’s elegant design is frightful for one who’s standing in close proximity. Maybe it stems from baggage of a fear awakened in my childhood spirit, when upon awaking one morning, sleepy eyes met with adrenaline, widened and focused rather quickly to see a spider dangling from its web about two inches from my face! Did I say, I panicked? How does an eight year old figure this one out? Screaming wasn’t going to help! I gently blew him to the left in order to crawl out from underneath, hoping he didn’t drop further! Yeah, to this day, I don’t like them and I really dislike their spidery, leggy characteristics and the way they crawl about so creepy like. So, here we were and this spider who was found lodging in the tub just had to be got! I grabbed a very thick wad of paper to make sure he didn’t get away! Now, my eyesight isn’t what it used to be and without magnifying glasses all fine detail is a blur and a lot of things look the same to me. I sized up the moment as best I could and with bad eyes took him out! Upon checking to make sure I had him, he moved and fell back into the tub. I panicked and dropped the whole wad of nonsense, only to recoup to find to my embarrassment, it was nothing but nonsense as a clearer view revealed a fluffy fuzz of dog fur that floated off the wad, into the air drifting back into the tub. No damage done this time, just a wake up call to not be so anxious about things that might not even be. But how many times do I need to be reminded?

Do you do the same? Do you find yourself worrying about things that aren’t? Feel panicked about things that aren’t concrete? Anxious about issues that aren’t set in stone? I didn’t see clearly enough to know detail and so I had it all wrong. O.k so here’s the thing friends, physical eyesight isn’t always accurate and sweet and beautiful soul, neither is our spiritual insight? We are called to be discerners but we have to take care to see clearly before acting or reacting. In John 7: 24, Jesus rebukes a critical crowd in the temple courts, when He says to them “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.”

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Sometimes you and I and we and us, don’t we just get it all wrong and judge before we gather all the facts? We see, we perceive, we size up and we assume all manner of things! Our false perception leads us off track and our nonsense possibly leads many others astray as our false belief gives way to gossip and spreads like uncontrolled flames licking through a forest! Unlike the “no big deal” of it wasn’t a spider after all, we can burn valuable bridges causing a lot of damage to ourselves and to others because of anxieties and false perceptions.

Yeah, beautiful soul, you and I and we and us, we need to take care to give the heart magnifying glasses to see things through the eyes of spiritual discernment opened up in the Light of Truth, before we jump head-first into something that’s all wrong. Sometimes, we need to put our “holier than thou” caps on the hooks of challenge and seek to understand by joining the ranks of those living where the rubber meets the road so to speak. Walk in their shoes and carry their baggage! Not all things come together to make a nice, clean, tidy story of perfection but each one is writing God’s story for their lives as the divine and sovereign God heals, repairs and perfects that which concerns them. David knew His God well and reminds himself and us of His constant care in Psalm 138:8, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your love O Lord endures forever. Do not abandon the works of your hands.”

How’s our story? Not perfect eh? Rest assured God is working on you and He’s working on them! Who are we to judge then? In Proverbs 3: 13 we have a promise of blessing to the wise and to those who seek to understand. “ Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding…How then do we get wisdom? How then do we understand?

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
~k
#SoulFire

White Feather

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Soul Shake

DSC_2488I wonder if we, as believers just sit in the church pews Sunday morning half asleep? Oh yeah, we sit and hear messages of social gospel and nice things and good people and how we can be good people and how it’s good enough just to be good people. Or perhaps we do hear powerful, biblical sermons but yet not really hear the words nor be impacted enough to let them change our lives or our worlds. We come, we smile, we chat, we go and we walk to our cars feeling like we’ve done our duty to attend and yeah we’ve given God His Sunday time, and possibly our tithe, maybe even our talent but deep inside our hearts are empty, cold ~ and far from the Father, the Sovereign One who longs to have real fellowship with us. What is it we don’t get? What is we don’t understand? We can judge from critical hearts, and call the shots for others putting them in their place, while all the while our own problem goes undetected and unnoticed by our own heart. Our own selfish, spiritual blindness is our downfall and our spiral downward.

It’s time to wake up our pulpits and shake up our souls for such a time as this, when our world reels out of order, under every manner of evil, under the power of our enemy, the father of lies.

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God IS in control but His holiness can’t look upon the wicked sin that has infiltrated even into our churches because of hearts, hardened in selfish ambition and compromising life styles. Truth is, as believers, God’s call on our hearts is to be salt and light to a world in desperate need! God has given clear warning of judgment and we hear it but do we really hear? Are we getting it? Are we understanding the reality of it? The people of Noah’s day, didn’t get it and faced God’s judgment! They woke up when the rains began but it was too late for their salvation. The people of Sodom and Gomorrah didn’t get it and their wicked city was destroyed! People of God ~ it is time to stand on holy ground without compromise and march the victory march with the Sovereign God whose deepest desire is to bring sinners into His Kingdom. To save them, forgive them, change them and renew their lives, through the power of His cleansing blood. Oh let it be our desire to reach out of of our comfort zones, and into the lives of needy souls, desperate for hope!  Not for our own praise but only for God’s glory. Now is the time, people of God, to search our hearts and live in such a way that we influence our world as we share the Gospel message of salvation before the fire falls from heaven.

~k
‪#‎SoulFire‬

“No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known by all. So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away.”
Luke 8: 16, 17, 18

Luke 8: 22
“One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out……
As disciples, let’s embark on a holy journey, out of our comfort zones and cross to the other side of the lake.


Your Crumbled World


So somedays it’s just hard to break through the clouds of all the stuff that carries extra weight on your soul. Right? Yeah those Anxious thoughts, disappointments, and that nerve in the pit of the stomach that works so relentlessly to drag you down to the lowest of lows does it’s job real good! Maybe it’s just physical exhaustion, weariness from sleepless nights or physical pain that’s just become your default, and even though you haven’t set it that way, and even though you wish you could switch the button, it just is what it is, and there’s nothing under the sun that you seem to be able to do about it. It’s just there, just like everything else is there that has made it’s mark and left you feeling empty in a bottomless world. The drop is deep, the canyon is wide, and a heavy heart just wants to give up. Well, There’s a whole lot of God’s compassion for just how you’re feeling right now and there’s a whole lot of His tender mercy just spreading over your table right now. Right there, right where you are. Take a minute to ponder His hand of blessing right there in the plight of your ‘all gone wrong world.” Take a moment to breathe in His grace ~ inhale deeply and exhale sweetly your praise to a Creator God who understands the deepest part of you, and knows what makes your world crumble and yet too, knows how to make your world rock. Breathe and bask in His grace for a moment of time and say with the Psalmist in Psalm 116: 1-6 “I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Death wrapped it’s ropes around me, the terrors of the grave overtook me, I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord….How kind the Lord is! How good He is! So merciful, this God of ours!….Let my soul be at rest again. For the Lord has been good to me.”
The Psalmist knew of the goodness and the faithfulness of His God! Faithful to answer his prayer and so in his anxiety he gave thanks and praise to the only One who could help.
Beautiful soul, today, right now, bask in the holiness of the Sovereign God, let Him grace you with His unconditional love and unfailing mercy. Yeah, just give Him your praise and let Him rock your crumbled world back into sweet existence and shower you with peace

That’s what he does. I love how He does it. ❤
#SoulFire


Mom Awards?


So you’ve just wiped up spilled milk, scrubbed crayon off the wall, threw in your fourth load of wash for the day, wrestled up a quick, nutritious lunch for your hungry brood, kissed a hurt and sealed it with a band-aid! You’ve rocked, and lulled, and sung sweet lullabyes, while all the while just wanting to have a spare minute for yourself but you can’t find one anywhere. The day wears on and the hours are tedious and so the same with whines, and cries, and fussiness and wet diapers, and quarrels, and how come no one ever told you that motherhood assigned you referee credentials? So, you’re a mom, and when you signed up for parenthood, you were unaware of it’s strange mix of excitement, fear, joy, panic, happiness, sorrow, fun, or anxiety. But it is and there you are right up there in the top ranking of it all, and it’s awesome but it’s scary, and it’s sheer delight but it’s frustration, and it’s rewarding but it’s so time consuming. Oh so time consuming!!

Yeah, motherhood; there’s really nothing like it on the planet! It’s challenges are out of this world and it’s rocked yours to the moon and back. It’s got you booked solid ~ hook, line and sinker and drowning in it’s many demands! The hats you wear are ridiculously impossible most of the time and your sanity? Well, it’s gone south for a break and right now as you think you might go under for the very last time, know that you won’t! You won’t because motherhood job is the toppest of the top notch jobs in the whole wide world. You’ve been entrusted with gifts from heaven, all delicate ‘little life’, wrapped up and so tenderly placed in your lap. And there you are!! Smack dab in the middle of days that don’t end and nights that don’t sleep. Maybe laced with depression and baby blues and just plain difficult moments to endure. Hey mom, those gifts of life are yours to cherish, to love, and to nurture, guide, teach and train and when that journey overwhelms your beautiful soul, remember King Lemuel’s mom had some good words of advice for him in Proverbs 31: 10, 17, 25, 26, 28. She told him exactly how fortunate he would be to find a women of noble character just like you. You may be tired and exhausted but know beautiful soul, your value is outstanding…. “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies…….she sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks…she is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue….Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her.”

God hasn’t promised pastel rainbows for your days of motherhood, in fact some days might just well be purple and red mixed with blue, but He has promised joy to the mom who seeks Him and grace for the one who walks the ho – hum of the daily journey by His side. No, your rewards won’t necessarily be seen nor given out today, there in your little kitchen nook, but your loyal works and your tedious steps will etch their memories into little hearts that will grow big and strong to become mom’s and dad’s of their own little gifts of life.

So mom, take heart! Your tasks performed faithfully today will navigate back and will find their way into your seasoned heart of hearts when all you have left are the memories of the long lost, good old days. So yeah, beautiful Mom, breathe and take a nap if you can but above all, enjoy these joyous but trying days of motherhood. They’ll be gone all to quickly. ❤

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