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

Mid-Week Question of The Week: Peace is When?

When do you feel the most peace?

The people of Israel who survive will live right and refuse to tell lies. They will eat and rest with nothing to fear. Zephaniah 3:13

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Beth’s Sunrise, Photo by Beth ODell

A blessed peace surrounds those who trust in the Father and bring glory to His name. The promise of the gospel provides comfort and hope.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:7

When do you feel this peace most intently? Would love to read your comments!

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Read Zephaniah 3:13 from The Message

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Monday Words for the Soul~Don’t Look Back

don't look back

I don’t really like using the negative in communication, but this picture seems to say it best.

Here’s the Affirmative Version…Look Forward…

The things you sometimes strive to be, you already are inside yourself.

As always, your comments and thoughts are encouraged…

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A Word from The Sponsor~June 17

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. ~Proverbs 31:25

proverbs 31:25

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Bask In It!

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Something good stupendously great happened to you this week.
It was and is the culmination of many, many prayers.

Do you remember?

Our tendency is to want, want, want something, be relieved when we get it, proceed to receive it, and maybe feel grateful, eat a little brownie sundae, dance and smile and laugh…

For awhile

And then we move on…

And we continue on the path. Our path. We “do the next right thing”, “show up and suit out”, “keep moving forward”.

We stay in the moment, until the moment passes.  And we are on to the next push. The next step.

But, this weekend, just for a short while….Bask In IT.

Return and Reclaim that moment when your learned that your miracle happened.

Just for a little moment, Bask in the miracle that happened this week for you.

Stay put.

Stay in the hug of the revelation of it. Stay amazed. Stay as amazed as you were when it happened. Stay in the Christmas morning moment of it. Stay with it. Replay the good of it in a gratitude loop to Him. Relive the sparkle and twinkle. Praise and thank Him all over again.

Too often we replay the bad, the uncomfortable, the fear and doubt.

This weekend, stay in the loop of your latest wonder. The one He gave, Because of Grace.

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Hold Fast to the Good. ~1 Thessalonians 5:21

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Mid-Week Question of the Week~Ministry from Burdens

Is there a ministry in your burdens?

Is there a ministry in your burden

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Let light shine out of dark places~2 Corinthians 4:6 esv

God can use {our} brokenness to do something beautiful, because the cracks allow His light to shine through and His {loving} Living water to pour out. ~Renee Swope

Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful. 2 Corinthians 4:6 msg

Plate picture from this previous post

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Because of Grace there are stats

I must confess…i am a little bit of a stat junkie enthusiast. I love the story that data tells. My friend Gayle wrote a training series called Data Driven Decision Making and I had SO much fun delivering this series with her!
Imagine!
Stomping and trouncing all day in information and collecting a pay check for it!

So I was twirling pretty when this email arrived from YouVersion listing the top ten Bible verses bookmarked by readers world-wide.
What can I say? Give me a latte and a set of graphs and charts and I am a happy girl!

Do you see your go-to Bible verse here?

When I took the text of these verses and plopped them into word cloud form, the following themes appear. (If you are a word lover, the impact of this word cloud is startling). Perhaps, all around our God-made globe, we care and carry the same concerns.

june12TopTenThemes

Where does your eye focus? 

Because of Grace, perhaps it is here:

trust God

:D 

Tell Me Once Again

Tell Me Once Again, who i am to You…

And gently click here to read this Pep Talk from the Brave Girls’ Club
(ok to click if you are a man)

A Word from The Sponsor~June 10

1 John 3:20

If doubt and worry are swirling around you lately, perhaps it will help you, as it helped me, to pause and read the varous versions of God’s promise of security.

From the New Testament

From the Old Testament

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Remind Yourself

This weekend, remind yourself of the Beloved creation you are from The Beloved who created you.
Rebound from your “soul amnesia” as Ann Voskamp has described it.

We’ve worn a lot of names: Rejected. Loser. Not enough. Insignificant. Dumb.

God’s got a new name for you. And He’s telling you, once again, who you are to Him.
~Jennifer Dukes Lee

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A Bully named Doubt

Thank you for the super kind comments and private emails as I struggled with the fear described in yesterday’s post.

In God’s synchronicity,also yesterday Renee Swope wrote about conquering the Bully of Doubt. I hope you can sneak a peak at her post because her talent for writing and expressing God’s truths is so clear and true.

Let the enemy’s condemnation lead us straight to Jesus. ~Renee Swope

The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.
~Psalm 29:11

Mid-Week Question of the Week~Habits

which causes more harm than good

Photo by Helen Teague

Which of your practices and habits cause you more harm than good?
Which need a grace-filled sweep of His Love?

For me the answer would have to be fear. Fear of confrontation and interestingly, the fear of the fear of confrontation. The dread of the possibility of being unfairly accused, confronted, and blame.
“You know your fear is not from God,” my friend David assured me as I drove with shaky hands to a funeral of a dear soul. There was the possibility of voices from the past, all too eager to believe unfair accusations.

And in the fear, in the possibility of fear was His Grace.

“Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world,” David reminded me.

And in accepting this fact, in welcoming my fear as a vehicle for His grace to be revealed, my soul quieted.
And so did the voices, of the accusers. The accusers were primarily of my own making, in my own head. 

And hugs replaced fears. They far out-numbered the couple of people who tried to feed my fears.
Because of Grace, a soul named Wanna, who was honored at her funeral  trumped the frowns of fear.

And I sang silently an old hymn she loved, “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”

Because of Grace There is Majesty

Because of Grace, there is His Majesty

He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me. ~2 Samuel 22:20

Grand Canyon photo by Helen Teague

Photo by Helen Teague

There was only one word in the overwhelming feeling at the Grand Canyon: Majesty.

God’s Majesty

His motive for His children is always love. It is always to bring us to a new level of trust and dependence on Him.
Ultimately we tend to limit the greatness of God. This is impossible to do at The Grand Canyon.

A prayer today for you to find your Grace-Filled Grand Canyon and God’s Majesty there for you.

Wait for Your Rain by Todd Agnew

Monday Words for the Soul~Speak Quietly to Yourself

speak quietly to yourself

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