Monday Words for the Soul~Remain Vertical

remain verticalRemaining Vertical With God
by Os Hillman

When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to The One who judges justly. ~1 Peter 2:23

Have you ever been wrongfully accused? Oh, the need to defend and justify becomes so great. “What will people think if they believe these things are true?” we reason. Imagine what Jesus thought as they hurled insults and threats upon Him. The God of the universe had visited planet earth only to be slandered and accused of blasphemy.

Jesus could have done two things in response. He could have used His power to put the people in their place. He could have responded “horizontally.” He could have fixed the problem right then. However, He chose to respond in a different way. He chose to “entrust Himself to Him who judges justly.” It requires great faith to entrust ourselves to God in the midst of personal assault. However, if we can do this, we will discover a level of grace and wisdom that will be birthed from this experience that we never thought possible. We will discover a freedom in God we never knew before. Whenever we suffer for righteousness without seeking to protect our reputation and rights, we are placing our total faith in the one who can redeem us. This activates God’s grace in our lives and enables us to experience God’s presence like never before.

Ask God to give you the grace to stay vertical with Him. Avoid the temptation of responding horizontally each time some event comes into your life that you want to “fix.” Entrust yourself to the one who judges justly. It may be a divine appointment for your growth to another level in grace.

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Not Strong Enough Alone

He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden…Genesis 49:15
I will fight for you, you need only to be still…Exodus 14:14

Our human minds can stand only so much weight. Fortunately we do not need to carry your burdens without assistance. God will carry them. What burdens have you been trying to carry alone?

Because of Grace, we can Share the load with our big-shouldered God!  

A Word From The Sponsor~August 14

Exodus 1414

There is also this post on Justice

Word(s) from My Sponsor May 15

Amelia graduated yesterday! (sound of two hands clapping)
happy dance

Here are verses I collected for Amelia’s college graduation.
They are secured in a vintage book called “Short Stories of Famous Women” that I found at a thrift shop. I unholstered the glue gun and hot glued an old letter press tag and a pinwheel on the front.
graduation book cover         grad card sentiment

I put my graduation wish for her in the front and then on the next page added familiar and still important Bible verses that I have read or we have read together over the year . They are facing opposite of the Preface since graduation is a type of  Preface for her.

commencement Bible verses

The verses are:

James 1:25~ be a woman of action
Galatians 6:9~do not lose heart
Zephaniah 3:17~God will also quiet her with His love
1 Corinthians 10:13~she will never have more than she can handle
Exodus 14:14~she can be still and know God is with her

Amelia liked the book, especially the part about the idea of using the book since she loves books so much.

There are other pages in the book. I would love to have you make Bible Verse suggestions so I can include them.

Bait and Switch and the Supposta Tribe

Remember the concept of “Bait and Switch”? You know, when a store advertises something and then switches it for something entirely different and more expensive?

It seems that I am embarking on a version of “Bait and Switch”. I am not inhabiting the same persona.

Lately

I am recoiling from a first strike capability on my TO DO list. I have assented to a non-proliferation treaty on my ability to forge ahead. I am recoiling from a first strike capability to multi-task I am in shock looking for awe. I have stockpiled my weapons of mass exclamation points and finite periods.

In short, I am in a comma, the space after an open parentheses.  I am paused. I am allowing myself to be where I am. Not be in the next place or be in the past, but just be here and now. Right now.

I am not rushing to the next action/reaction/place/phase/project/to do list item/location/task.

Just here. Just time. Just me.

And it is starting to tick some people off.
No, really. No. REALLY.
I would say that it is pissing people off but I really do not like that word.

I am feeling pressure from the “Supposta tribe.

I am Supposta to do things to stay in this tribe.  I am Supposta:
1. be here at this time
2. wear this suit
3. say these things, cover these points, and then
4. stop saying these things, at this time
5. quit being “pathetic” 
6. f ight back
7. call a lawyer
8. put my foot down
                                    I do try that. I take off my pumps, put my foots-both of them-down and Ruby bounces over and 
                                    licks  my toes. Well, I guess it does work. But it is messy and does not feel good when the pumps are
                                    repositioned.

But the tribe will not be silenced. I am Supposta:
  9. take some time off
10. ‘get back to the old helen’  
11. get something called emotional distance.

                                   I have to Google that one.

12. take care of myself.
Um, would you please let me take care of you instead?  That I can do. This other thing you want me to do—the take care of me idea—is pretty difficult and squishy with uncertainty.
But sure, I will think about it. Ooops, got another call.

Then it arrives: another option, another approach.

And then the impression warms me. I feel it before I am conscious of it:

  1. Be still and know that I am God*
  2. I will fight for you, you need only to be still**
  3. tread lightly, hear your breathing, reach out to just one person today, 
    watch Big Bang Theory reruns***

These seem better for me. For awhile. For today.

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Verse References:
*Psalm 46:10
**Exodus 14:14
***Jeremiah 29:5 (admittedly updated and paraphrased)

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