It’s Springtime in the Rockies and I have never been more excited than I am about Spring, 2018. It’s been clean up, declutter, and cleanse time, and I don’t just mean closets and cupboards.
God is at work in my heart and it’s astounding and marvelous. Just as the water turkeys, ducks and geese on the almost-thawed local lakes are going ahead with their visiting, fishing, and welcoming Spring before it’s quite upon us, I too am welcoming, ready for Spring. I am ready for newness, growth, surprises, adventure – transformation.
At the ripe young age of almost 60 (I love being older each year!) I have learned to embrace and give thanks for those things from my formative years which have stood me in good stead. And I am learning that each year I live is more a transformative year than was the year before.
But there is something in the air, something special about 2018. I believe the Love (God’s Agape) more than ever before and the Love is changing my heart, cleansing and decluttering my mind, transforming me.
It is, as I told my husband, John, as though God has me out in a river on a raft without sides or oars and He is taking me I know not where. I only know that it is somewhere good. And the price of the raft ticket was faith working through Love.
Transformation, cleansing, peace. The Bible says He put eternity in our hearts, and like so many of His marvelous mysteries, I don’t fully comprehend and understand this statement, and yet, how it speaks to me.
How He speaks to me – patiently, tirelessly, lovingly. Come along with me and be transformed. Faithless to fearless, touchy to tender, defensive to delighted, whiny to winner, grouchy to glad.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Thank you, Dearest Lord, for renewal, for transformation. Amen.
P.S. I’ll be going more deeply into transformation and ever so much more (like surviving church!) tomorrow, Friday the 23rd, at 2:00 MTN on http://www.1360am.coso please join in and call a friend. Thanks!
So much ado about nothing with Joy Behar. If Christians would choose to love an pray for people, and REFUSE, FLAT OUT REFUSE to be offended, and therefore DEFEATED by comments we simply don’t have time for, God might be able to get some things done, things like dominion.
We are called to take dominion over everything, including things that “creepeth”. Pastor Bill Winston jokes that we have dominion over creeps. We are not called to get distracted and disgusted by people who just don’ t know any different.
We are called to be as great and lovely ladies on white steeds watching over and gracing our given domains (personal domains demand dominion). We are called to know who we are – Queens of our Realms – and that Queens have Divine Right of Dominion (See Proverbs 31).
We don’t take dominion with our opinions. We take dominion with love And there’s this characteristic of Christians who walk in love – they’re funny, and they laugh at the funnies of others, even the ridiculousness of others.
To take dominion of the world must include having the attention of the world, having something they want. They don’t want or need any more offense or strife. But joy, laughter, light-heartedness – those make an impression. Those open ears and eyes. And hearts.
Dominion involves reaching hearts for Jesus, with the Love of Jesus. So, if our hearts are full of disgust and disdain and disagreement with and for those who don’t know Him, and can therefore not possibly act like Him, the only dominion being taken is by Satan Himself.
DEATH TO LIFE
We can go from death (best friends with unforgivness and taking offense) to Life (walks hand in hand with Love) by CHOOSING to obey God, CHOOSING to accept the freedom from slavery (unforgiveness and taking offense are slavery) Jesus bought on the Cross.
That’s the bottom line.
TRICKY PASTOR’S WIVES
My sister-in-law is a pastor’s wife (yep, my brother is a pastor) who has this tricky thing she does to deal with all the nastiness Satan sends her way – he has special emissaries for pastor’s wives. She laughs. Lots. And often at herself.
One of the things I love most about the church we (John, me, kids) attend is our pastor’s wife. She’s another tricky one – she tricks Satan all the time by seeing the humor in everything. She is funny and fun, and she gets a real kick out of life. That mindset turns Satan’s little schemes upside down.
So, I say rather than being the tricked, we become the tricky!
P.S. Join John and me today , Friday the 19th of March on The Home Front Show at 2:00 Mountain Time. Go to 1360am.co and be inspired and uplifted and BLESSED!
What do the above listed books/folks have in common? They’ll all be featured on the Homefront Show in less than two hours!!! http://www.1360am.co is where you want to go at 2:00 PM Mountain Time today. That’s 2:00 Friday, January 26.
John and I will discuss what makes a good book and using books for family unity, and Rebekah will share an almost unbelievable story of forgiveness which will put our petty grievances in perspective.
I have more treats, such as the bizarre behavior that coexists with a “not my fault” mentality, and Pastor Mark Williams talking about honor, and how giving honor honors the giver.
Lots of good, inspiring, uplifting words today, including words about the power of words both for building and for destruction. So contact anyone who needs a lift today, and just say this:
You’re outraged about statues of dead Confederates … but cool with countries “eradicating” Down Syndrome via abortion.
You denounce the anti-Semitism of the Alt-Right … but shrug at the vicious Jew-hatred of “anti-Zionist” activists.
Your eyes tear up over sea turtles … but you don’t follow the fate of Christians and Yezidis persecuted in the Middle East.
You object to images of Columbus … but are fine with Che Guevara t-shirts.
You congratulate yourself for “standing up” for immigrants … but don’t care enough to save migrants from being exploited by human traffickers and sweatshop owners.
You scoff at older people, less educated, or poorer people for outdated prejudices … but don’t worry about your own prejudice toward them.
You feel deep empathy with “transgender” millionaires on the cover of Vanity Fair … but don’t care about Christian florists or bakers facing bankruptcy and prison for obeying their consciences.
You fantasize about socialist utopias … but never think about moving to one (i.e. Venezuela or Cuba).
You virtue-signal on issues that impose zero cost on you personally … but avoid those where you have “skin in the game” and might pay a price or offend cool, rich, or influential people.
We could go on all day, all week, all year … but you get the point.
Now for Bev’s thoughts: Do you get the point? If the malady of Victimism afflicts your thinking, today’s Homefront Show will help! Tune in at 2:00 Mountain Time to http://www.1360am.co and go from victim to victor!