Different Reflections


The Mirriam-Webster dictionary has many definitions of the word reflection, one being the obvious of seeing one’s image in a mirror or water.

Another meaning for the word is consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose.

And then there is this: reflecting is about letting your heart and soul speak. It requires letting go of the rational mind, going into your interior life, and listening. (Internet)

In Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy we read: Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. 2 Timothy 2:7 (NIV)

As I reflect on the image below, a feeling of both grandeur and peace floods my soul, both of which give me insight into the wonder of God, Himself. Happy Sunday.

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Open Minds


One thing I’ve learned from my almost eighty-four years of living is to keep an open mind because there is always something to learn. For instance, scripture speaks of hardships and how they can be borne. God knows how many hardships 2020 threw at us and gives us the answer in 2nd Corinthians 4: verses 8 and 9.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

And then verse 16 reads: Therefore we do not lose heart.

Life lessons can be be found everywhere if only we keep open minds.

Happy Sunday.

Fear, Awe, and Christmas


Some people don’t like reading the Bible because it speaks of fearing God. But the kind of fear it speaks of is a reverential fear; more like holding God in awe, not being afraid of him as we would be afraid of an axe murderer.

Whenever I am reading the Bible and come across the word fear I replace it with the word awe. In that way I know what it means to respect going against his teachings. Why would I want to? It is with awe that I view the universe and a newborn baby, both of which he designed and created. It is with awe that I read the words spoken by Jesus after being nailed to the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Who does that?

So, yes, there are two types of fear; the fear felt when confronted with the terrors of the world, and the healthy fear (awe) felt when confronted with the teachings of God who himself said to Jacob in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Another of those teachings is about the birth of Jesus where we read in Luke 2:10-12: And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Merry Christmas.

In the Manger 300 Large Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

About Humility


I heard a golden oldie the other day and it started me thinking about this humility thing. It’s not the first time I’ve posted on this topic, but sometimes reminders are good…especially during this time of what appears to be abuse of power on the world stage.

C.S. Lewis, author of Chronicles of Narnia, drew this conclusion about the topic: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

James 4:10 reads: Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up.

2 Chronicles 7:14 reads: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

And that golden oldie? It was a 1974 hit of Mac Davis singing, in part: Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble but I’m doing the best that I can.

In my humble opinion humility is a strength rather than a weakness.

Contentment


Contentment is a wonderful state to be in. Scripture recommends it highly and I can vouch for it, myself

…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4;11

The fear of the LORD leads to life;  then one rests content, untouched by trouble. Proverbs 29:23

But godliness with contentment is great gain. …1 Timothy 6:6

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5

And a quote from Henry Fielding: “I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”

And William Shakespeare said this in Henry VIII: “Our content is our best having.”

And last but not least: Man’s happiness really lies in contentment. Mahatma Gandhi

Happy Sunday.

Strength for the Broken Hearted


Two sets of parents very recently held funerals for their twelve-year-old sons just three weeks before Christmas. I can’t even begin to imagine their heartbreak. Even though it hurts just to think about the grief being endured, I take comfort in Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
May God grant them the grace to live each day in His strength.

Under these circumstances it is difficult to say Happy Sunday.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted..” – Yvonthia Meredith Leland

Whatever You Do


How often are we given a task and make it harder than it should be by constantly complaining about it?

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could do everything with a feeling of love and gratitude that this is what we have been trusted with.

Resentment often hardens our demeanor where love softens it. Like Julie Andrews sings in Mary Poppins..A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…

And even scripture tells us the same thing in a different way: Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV. Happy Monday.

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Imperfect People


God didn’t pick perfect people to make himself known.

Moses was a murderer. (Exodus 2:12)

David was an adulterer and accomplice to murder. (Samuel 2:11)

Saul (Paul) hated Christians and terrorized them. (Acts 8:3)

Jacob was a deceiver. (Genesis 27)

And yet, these people had a starring role in God’s purpose for his people.

What is his purpose for us?

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (The words of Jesus in Mathew 5:48)

We are to strive for perfection by making that phone call, paying that visit, forgiving that hurt, loving those who are difficult to love…and the list goes on.

We don’t have to remain imperfect people. Happy Sunday

Something About Romans


Do you have a favorite book in the Bible? I have several but today will lean on the book of Romans which has been a blessing to me for many years. Here are a few scriptures from that book.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

Love must be sincere. Romans 12:9

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romans 12:15

Live in harmony with one another. Romans 12:16

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

It would be wonderful to hear about your favorite scriptures. Happy Sunday.