Posts tagged ‘truth’

August 10, 2012

Friday Facts

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8/10/2012

 

1. Something funny:

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2. PhotoQuote:

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 friday favorite things | finding joy

 

3. A Song:

 

4. Another Quote:

Sometimes Falling Flat On Your Face

 

5. GOOD ..SO GOOD!!:

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Mommy's Idea

 

6. Blinds :

Ok so for a really long time now I’ve had sheets …yes I said sheets ..over my windows in my bedroom. Mother in Law staying with us… put up blinds!!! :0) YEAH!!

 

7. THIS IS REALLY COOL:

 

PICTURES I LIKE!!!!!!!!!

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8. Eczema:

DO you know anyone who has it ??

If so … Apple Cider Vinegar organic after a shower and a little hydrocortisone …works wonders!!!

 

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miscellany monday at lowercase letters

 

9.  PhotoQuote:

 

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10.  Does anyone know:

How to draw conversation on a facebook page??? We have 52 people who like our page but not many say a word…most just LIKE the posts!!! Any IDEAS???

July 30, 2012

Simple series #1 Truth

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July 2, 2012

4 words- the cost to every soul

Satan is never in a hurry. All he needs is an opportunity to inject unholy, self-centered thoughts into our heads. If we don’t kick them out, they stay. And he can continue his evil, destructive plan.  — Joyce Meyer –Battle Field of the Mind Devotional -You version reading plan

 

This morning while reading my bible the Lord took me to this set of verses and what I saw was so astonishing to me

 

Romans 2: 7-9

eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath,  tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil….

 

…those who by patient continuance in DOING GOOD seek glory, honor and immortality…

When I think of seeking glory …I think self advancement, look at me syndrome, puffing self up and being proud. Funny how the negative of words is so easy for me to see. Even more interesting is how God has purpose and wisdom in everything. When I seek to do good…I am seeking glory!

…to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory…

I looked that word up. <—always good to do when you think you know something..go double check! (side lessonSmile with tongue out)

Glory means worshipful adoration and it also means admiration for doing something important. Genuine godly glory is when by my actions of “doing good” (living by His ways) I am being worshipful in adoration to my God. I am also gaining admiration (being approved of -considered as good) for doing important work…God’s Work!

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Did you ever think or have a narrow view of “doing GOD’S WORK” meant working in the Church or ministering? Truth is always  simple I am finding…. it just acts of goodness-that’s His work.

…to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek- honor and immortality…

Honor … LOOK UP TO ME <—so I thought!

While it can mean that it also means to have a keen sense of right and wrong, to have integrity. So seeking HONOR means to know the difference in right and wrong.

Immortality …LIVE FOREVER <—so I thought! ( never underestimate God’s ability to show you truth -be willing to look it up! …I think it’s FUN…yeah I’m word girl! lol )

Immortality is deathlessness

DEATHLESS = LIFE EVERLASTING

John 4:14
but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

WOW stuff right there!

ok now for the not so great stuff …

…but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth,

but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath,  tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil….

These 4 words are the cost for our unrighteousness.

Seeking to further only our own agenda and interests brings indignation –  people around you who love you will react to injustice (your unfair actions to them)   your ingratitude (not being thankful for what is done for you ) your meanness (offensive behavior and selfishness)

When I obey this unrighteous way of being, I find not only are people  unhappy with me but I have receive what feels like intense anger toward me -called wrath. I go through tribulation – I feel distressed, I suffer in my mind and emotions. I feel no peace. I go through anguish – suffering from worry, grief, pain and have tightness in my chest from anxiety because I am uncomfortable around people who I am blaming as being the problem and I remove myself from them, telling myself that they just want to control me. When truth is …

I AM NOT OBEYING THE TRUTH <—Christ in me who called me to do good, not evil.

Those 4 words are the cost for our unrighteousness to every soul that does evil.

I think I will choose GOODNESS !!

(Monthly topic Fruit of the Spirit – look for the theme as the Lord leads us this month Thumbs up)

Starla

June 30, 2012

Him in these 3 things

True strength is only in Christ Jesus!

His great love for us was and is a strength that is unmatched in this world.

Our (my) versions of strength consist of multilayers of deception, putting on a strong image to walk through a difficult situation, thinking that it makes more sense that other not seeing me in my weakness. When truly I am  wearing it on my face.

Christ is many things to us but today I am focusing to see Him in these 3 things:

TRUTH

LIGHT

LOVE

When we choose to walk out His life in strength it isn’t always some mystical, meek and mild mannered, lay down your life kind of thing. (even though those are good things) It is simply being willing to speak TRUTH and 95% of the time that is going to be truth about YOU.

John 8:32

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

His strength rises when we say “ I’m hurting” instead of “ I’m fine.” It rises when we say “I’m angry” instead of “ It’s ok!” Showing realness draws others to the source of strength for it is simple sincerity. In that place we are free to be who we are, where we are, moving on into where He is leading.

The multilayer of deception of “I’m fine and Ok” come in like a whirlwind, turning my insides upside down. Filling me with denial, defense and damaging credibility and relationships along the way.

It also means being willing to stand in the LIGHT. No one really like those bathrooms with all the florescent lighting. Our flaws look magnified to us. The dark circles of tiredness, the pimples of stress, the paleness of our lack of nutrition -spiritually or otherwise.  Seeing those realities are part of why we choose not to walk in the light as He is in the light. Light means we can see clearly everything about us… but we like dim soft candlelight it makes everything seem more beautiful. (like photo-shopped lives for face book) 

But we are the lamp of the Lord.

 

Psalm 18:28
For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

We see dimly without His light -not clear. But in His strength, with His light in the lamp, we can stand confident in the light knowing that if we have dirt on our faces or sin, hurt, anger, even pain …He will wash us clean and renew us. No where else can we get that than in the Light of His presence.

It also means LOVE. Christ loved people with the strength of many waters. He was poured out for us.

Song of Solomon 8:6

…. For love is as strong as death…..

He spoke the truth and brought light.

We think strong love is some mushy, be there for you over and over, lay down kind of thing ( again all good stuff) Yet Christ told people the truth no matter what. If they rejected it, He moved on. He left the door open for if they chose to hear the truth and return to Him. He did not baby sit their every whim, or try to reason with them and all their excuses. Instead He went to the Cross, forgave them and He sat down at the right hand of the Father. Those of us who are His are seated with Him.

True strength is being willing to Love by speaking truth about ourselves and to others and bringing light. -Letting it shine through us.

I don’t always walk in this true strength!

I fight with my fears and flaws and all my insecurities but I know if I allow myself to become weak in the sight of others that He is faithful to show up STRONG!

TRUTH+LIGHT+LOVE = STRENGTH

a three fold cord!

Starla

A song for you ..Matt Redman -FIRES

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May 3, 2012

Misunderstanding

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

Robert McCloskey

This has happened to me more times than I can count…

what I meant is not what was heard.

I bet we have all had this happen to us!

I have not always heard what was meant by others either.

I try to be slow to react …to listen …to ask before I think I know what just happened. When it happens I am shocked that I am in it again. So to find the lesson is where I sit. 

This last month we talked about vulnerability and I can tell you being vulnerable is no walk in the park. It is hard and very scary. Sometimes to just say what I am thinking and feeling requires an internal propeller to get it out of my mouth. I am an introvert type. That at times doesn’t help my situation. Quiet I can do with ease. Speaking up takes a lot of effort. On top of the fact that I battle with a mind tape that plays lies to me (as we all do) mine is about saying what I think and each time it plays fear spills over into my ears through my own inner voice.

Some may say “ if they don’t get me, oh well!”  and they move on….no hurt shown, no bother, just going on their way. I on the other hand, to say that, requires me to be extremely angry, full of wretchedness and layers of grudge bearing. All of which I do not want. So that leaves me with the pain and wonder about why do I end up in situations where I feel misunderstood and with a huge need to fix it in some way.

And now that I am reflecting about it…to teach me to be who I am, speak up, and keep walking. :0) right? Wrong …to teach me to care more about others than myself and learn to connect honestly!! Misunderstanding is never one sided. Because two are involved in a misunderstanding and so two views are involved. We all do not see, think, hear, or  feel things the same way.

Now this month we are moving into a new topic called courage. For me courage is what it takes for me to connect with another person about a misunderstanding but what trips me the most is hearing the other person’s view and realizing the perception they seem to have about me. Then when I try to explain myself I get this vague feeling that they don’t believe me and that they think I am just trying to make them change. ( notice I said I feel this way and I have learned I also project that feeling -CHANGE FOR ME –don’t we all think we are privileged… Lord help me!)

Yet my goal is simple – there is a misunderstanding and I would like to take the MISS part out of the issue and find understanding. But is that how I am coming across…something to think about? I am finding it is human to want to take someone else’s MISS out of their understanding but how about mine.

We all believe what we believe no matter what anyone else says about it. We either trust or we don’t. Right? And I even question myself on this point. There was a time that I believed that people have done me wrong and no matter what they said I was going to believe they meant it the way I saw it. Period! But after years of changing friends, Hurtful separations, mistrusting others, and realizing that my faith was small and my vision was clouded. I began to ask God to help me to believe the best of other people even if what I was looking at seemed hard to believe and handle.

All layers on the same Sin that so easily besets me …

Not Fully Believing what God says about me.

–Father forgive me for this is the root of my issue.

Romans 9:8 This means that it is not the

children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.

The enemy has my number in this area and no matter what I try or do ( yes I am a task person )  I still find him ringing my bell,  scheming and deceiving me into believing that my worth is wrapped up in what I think someone thinks about me. What about that promise?

Ultimately it isn’t what another thinks about me…after uncovering and digging into my heart issues…I find it is my own self limiting thoughts about my own worth or non-worth that causes my distress. Do I believe God’s view of me or my own, am I His or not, and this is  that which keeps showing up in my world to test me?

Lord, may I rest in you. Knowing that you have made me the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. That you have good things for me. That ultimately this too will yield good for me through the drawing of my heart to your throne. In the believing of Your promise. I ask Lord that if there are others who know this feeling and walk as I have- God I ask that you would cover them, create for them a safe place to come to your side and know that they are precious to you. That they would know, as You are also speaking to me, that YOU define us! – no matter what we think some may see. And help us to reach out to our “others” in our lives. We don’t see them clear all the time either. May we have compassion on them and be willing to hear. Let us have ears to hear God. THANK YOU! In Jesus Name. Amen.

STARLA

April 19, 2012

Side swiped

You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Quotes By Maya Angelou

Here is my story of vulnerable written in my favorite style – poetry

Air… like spirit flowing

through me

in me

to another is what makes me rise

I could have choose to defend

and fight against

but what good would that do

in the past I gave the facts

in rapid speed

trying to erase the words of another

written on the mind of the revealer

a moment of being

side swiped by an arrow

hoping my quick tongue was enough

to destroy untruth myself

manipulating the ears to bend my way

but I have learned

so I put my tears into the ears

of a close companion

when I was lied about

when I was presented in an unkind way

the fear was that if I speak the truth

I will not be heard

that is If I simply say

“no, that’s not true.”

I chose to speak any way

to be vulnerable in the area

of my greatest fear

see long ago a man long past

raised me while he swung at demons

haunted and running from himself

he disbelieved an innocent girl

and bruised her delicate heart

I’m grown now and have many

times been round this mountain

Choosing many avenues

none of them vulnerable…open…

completely defenseless

To not put faith in my own arm

until now when I laid down

my own sword

and carried a cross instead

resting in the knowing

that HE is fully able to defend me

and through it He strengthened weak

ankle bones making me to stand.

This fear has shifted down creating

a step- moving on up!

Linking with:

Emily at Imperfect Prose

STARLA

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