This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Allow

Some weeks are an assault for me, for you, or, worse, for those we love.
We are assaulted, figuratively or actually, with the chaos and malice of others.
How do we respond?
What do we do?

Breathe…and then what?
Pray…and then what?
Cry…and then what?
Ask “What?” and “Why?” a million times…and then what?
Repeat wise aphorisms…and then what?
Talk it out,
Scream it out,
Workout it out
…and then what?
Return to prayer …and then what?
Retreat…and then what?
Plot revenge (my own upbringing in SouthCentral L.A. rising up)…and then what?
Restrain myself from Revenge (negating my own upbringing, still difficult to do)…and then what?

Sometimes these ways of coping do not bring relief so, the question remains…

…and then what?

How ’bout this?

Stop.

Just Stop

and Allow.

Allow it to Pass.

Allow another’s evil to pass.
It is evil and it is real.
And you and I can allow it to pass.

“…allow their evil to run its course. The evil does not find what it is seeking, namely, resistance and, therewith, new evil which will inflame it even more. Evil will become powerless when it finds no opposing object, no resistance, but, instead, is willingly borne and suffered. Evil meets an opponent for which it is not a match.

Of course, this happens only when the last remnant of resistance is removed, when the urge to retaliate evil with evil is completely renounced. Then evil cannot achieve its goal of creating more evil; it remains alone.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Allow evil’s assault pass on and away.
This is a quick suggested solution to read and one that is agonizingly slow to implement. And I don’t mean to stop doing all of the above coping things, necessarily. (Well, except for the one on revenge.)
But Allowing may be the practice that saves my sanity. And maybe yours too, if you have had a similar day/week/month/year.

It is taking the idea of “Let it Go” and super charging it with vitamins of choosing to Allow it to pass. Not pushing it or pulling it or engaging in tug-of-war.

But…Allowing
Focus on The One who gives The Grace to Allow. Save resolution, consensus, and forgiveness for later.

Today…This Weekend…Allow and…
Grab hold of Relentless Grace.

 

Proverbs 3:5-8
Psalm 121:1-2

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Strength Despite All the Broken Pieces

The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
~1 Samuel 2:4

When we are broken, we see the frailty of human strength and come to grips with the reality that we can do nothing in our own strength. Then, new strength emerges that God uses mightily. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

Do not fear brokenness, for it may be the missing ingredient to a life that emerges with a new kind of strength and experience not known before. Pray for a broken and contrite heart that God can bless. ~Os Hillman

(I love the New Living Translation of 1 Samuel 2:4)

The bow of the mighty is now broken, and those who stumbled are now strong.
May you grow stronger with each stumble… :)… Because of Grace

You are amazing just the way you are

Monday Words for the Soul~June 25

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A Word from The Sponsor~June 24

Take a shower today. So many reference to water in the Bible. God even uses the word Shower, a term of abundance to describe how He will bless us.

I will come and shower my blessings upon  you…~Hosea 10:12 (Good News Translation)

Hosea 10:12

The entire verse in the New Living Translation says:
I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,  for now is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

Perhaps one way to demonstrate “seeking” is to tell our story of blessing and provision.
Perhaps we could tell someone else about these blessings we have received?
What would your story be?

Perhaps you would like to leave a comment here?

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Leave something unfinished

unfinished portraits

Amid it all, there is always more. More to do. More to check. More to accomplish. More to buy, stock up on, see, do.

Always more.

But “more” will be there on Monday. Waiting for you with anxiousness.

Just leave it unfinished —walk away and walk toward.

Leave it unfini…

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Thank You instead of Why Me

Say “thank you” instead of “why me”
Borrowed from Crystal Belle’s gratitude list

thank you

overflowing with thankfulness…Colossians 2:7

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The Artist’s Task

You know, sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.

You know, sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.
~Itzhak Perlman

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