Posted on December 30, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
As the year closes, a final question: Will You Let Go?
Letting go of hurts, habits, hangups, and unnecessary possessions is important at the year’s end. Releasing them and the people I associate with them leaves a clean slate for the New Year. Scouring out my remaining self-pity is essential.
Self-pity is hole, a deep hole. This pit is definitely where you and I don’t want to go. Self-pity grabs you and me and holds on with a vengeance. I know some things have happened during this year, but you and I need to let them go.
Don’t hold on any longer.
The longer you and I hold to them, the tighter they will grab and the deeper we will tumble. Believe Me. It’s hard to climb out. I’ve tried it before.
Can we let it go? Let them go?
Let go of what has happened with the resulting things and people that have tagged along. Increase our love and grace, without expectation. Be like Jesus.
If we will turn it over to Grace, the need for self-pity and revenge dissolves.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. ~Psalm 138:8
All Questions from 2015
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Posted on October 30, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
Who are the “Purahs” in your life?
“If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp” (Judges 7:11).
To battle the avenging Midianites, God came to Gideon through an angel and addressed him. God called Gideon a “Mighty Warrior” which was quite a stretch of characterization from Gideon’s insecure, timid perspective.
Gideon was still not convinced about this battle against the Midianites, especially since God reduces his troop size from 22,000 to 300. God did two more things to help ease Gideon’s anxiety. He told him to go into the camp during the night to eavesdrop on their soldiers. God tells Gideon that what he will hear will encourage him. Gideon is terrified by the whole idea. So, God takes another step in order to use Gideon for His purposes. He sends Gideon’s trusted friend and soldier named Purah with him.
We all need “Purahs” in our lives. We need people who are willing to take risks and who can be used by God to bring our faith up to a level of being able to do extraordinary things in His Kingdom.
Has God called you to a daunting assignment? Perhaps He has also placed a “Purah” in your life to encourage you.Or. perhaps, you are being called to be a “Purah” in the life of another who has a daunting assignment to accomplish.
This message abridged and adapted from Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.
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Posted on March 20, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
On this day of equals-equal day/equal night,
an equinox of a question…
You know these enemies? They’re bigger than you. But I’m not going to give you the whole land in the first year. You’re going to take it over a little bit at a time — one battle at a time. You’re growing stronger. When you’re strong enough to handle it all, you’ll get it all. ~Exodus 23:29-30
How do you know that spring is coming? I would love it if you Shared your comments…~~~
Other questions to ponder
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Posted on March 13, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
Still thinking today about Monday’s posted poem by Marybeth Fidler and the bumble bee and how it panics when the glass prevents it from flying away.
A bumble bee flies into my apartment.
It didn’t mean to be there – it panics
and seeing the outside through a glass window
it proceeds to push and push against the glass
trying to get where it wants to go.
When I am “busy-as-a-bee” and resolutions result quickly, I am satisfied. (Self-critical also, but satisfied at the progress I’ve made toward my inevitable critique.)
But is my busyness a yoke of a different sort? Is it also a “thinking I should be rewarded for all this hard work“?
Might I be patient instead? Might I choose patience over what is unresolved?
A question to consider:
Barb, the empty nest mom asks, “Can you be patient toward all that is unresolved in you and try to find a more peaceful path?”
At least and until, a window opens…Because of Grace…
Other questions to consider
Bee tag first seen at this link
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Posted on January 30, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
On this last Wednesday of the first month of the “new” year, I am wondering about openness. I read an article meant for instructional tech on building open source online courses. The article asked an academic question:
Is there a “Spirit of Open?”
Instead of Open Course Software, I wonder instead about another venue of openness. I wonder about non-academic openness. I am wondering about identity openness. And while all my wondering is going on, Julie Daley posts a quote online. This part stuns me:
But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it. Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation. It is a vicious circle. ~Nisargadatta Maharaj, From “I am that.”
Do I build my identity around my defects, as Rick Warren declares? If so, can I be open? Can I have a “Spirit of Open” to another way?
Might I begin again? Might I remember who I am not? And while Nisargadatta Maharaj of the quote above advocates “Only self – realization can break it. Go for it resolutely,” might there also be another option?
Might I nurture a Spirit of Open and (re)build my identity around who I am in Grace? Who I am in God’s eyes?
How might we nurture a Spirit of Open?
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Posted on January 23, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
Are you willing to remember who are you when you forget that you don’t know? ~Jo Anna Rothman
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More Mid-Week Questions
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