What DO You Have to Offer?

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John 12:3, ” Then Mary took a pint of pure Nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filed with the fragrance of the perfume.” NIV

Last evening I was reminded of the story of a woman who gave what she had to the King. Some mocked her, others ignored her, some were disgusted she used such a rare item on the feet of Jesus. Jesus, was not amused at their disregard for a woman who had given what she had to Him. He, in fact, requested her to save the rest of it for His burial. Not knowing how soon this might come, she, nonetheless, agreed. The lady was Mary, some theologians disagree, but for the writing of this piece, I am saying it was Mary Magdalene, a compromised woman to some, but a believer that this indeed was the King, the Redeemer and her Savior.

As the story goes on it depicts a woman who likely had some means to offer such a thing to this Man, although heckled by the others in the room. She seemed to give Him what she thought necessary at the time. She gave Him this out of Love and pure adoration for someone she thought so much of. She gave Him what she could.

How often do we sit around saying to ourselves or others that we can’t do this and that because of that or this? How often do we claim to not be qualified, able or knowledgeable enough to give what we have, to help others who are in need? How often do we find excuses to not pick up the phone, write a note, listen to Gods word, read Gods Word, say a prayer for others or simply look to the sky to say Thank you for this glorious life? I know there are many times I am guilty of this. I know when asked to do something outside my comfort zone I am often very hesitant to say “yes, I will.” And yet, if we are so comfortable, will we be growing? If we are so willing to stay where we are, are we really giving what we have, doing what God asks, and growing to our full extent as Christians?

Giving what you HAVE….DOING what you CAN….BEING who you can, are all signs of LOVE. God does not ask great feats or accomplishments of us to be fully seen in His sight…HE only asks that we , as the woman in the story, DO what we CAN, for the Love of His precious Son and for the Love of His precious creations.…people and this earth. Love, can be shown in so many ways. Love is so needed today, perhaps more than in my history. Love, as it used to be sang, can keep us together…if we TRY.

So, WHAT can you DO TODAY….for God, for Jesus, to show the love they so gracefully and effortlessly give us? How can YOU make a LOVING difference today?

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WHO ARE WE, REALLY?

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” We know what we are, but not what we may be”, William Shakespeare

As we look at humanity, do we truly know who we are? We surely know WHAT we are, humans…inhabiting space and time. BUt do we know WHO we are, and WHO we MAY become?

Evolution of the self and soul is a timeless procedure; taken lightly it results in very little I suspect, but taken with diligence and retrospect, I think may be an incredible journey. How do you look at yourself, if you do? What do you see? Who do you see? Are you the combination of so many people and so many thoughts of others, or, are you a combination of rules and regulations, guiding your journey ever so carefully forward?

Are you even brave enough to investigate this issue?

I have been on a journey for several years now to invest in my soul, to invest in my learning, my self-ness, t o really know WHO I am and look into WHO I desire to become with the time that is left, whatever that may be. It leaves me speechless some days. Other days my mind is a whirl of thoughts and images of the past, dreams for the future and lamentations of what could be.

I have leaned one thing so far: God, when asked, guides me. It is not just my humanity He loves, but my inner self. He cares not what clothes I wear, what friends I have, what color my skin or if I choose to pierce, tattoo, or adorn myself. He LOVES the INNER ME. He knows the inner me more than I do and I journey to try and seek His view of my Path. Of course, I will not fully know until I meet Him, but to seek out His Love, HIS enduring Grace, is my primary SOUL journey to know WHO I am.

WHO are you? Who do you want to become?

Bless your journey and adventure.

T.

ARE WE UNITED? AND WHY NOT?

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Mark 3:25 ESV And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

A house that is divided will not stand. How many take this seriously?

I have been reading on several sites lately, of family divisions, friends parting ways, disgruntled employees, Christians that seem to not abide by this statement from Mark.

I UNDERSTAND we have differences of opinion, I UNDERSTAND we have different stances, and celebrate our freedoms to do so….but to divide a house so that we may each declare our righteousness? That, my friends, I do not understand.

I have read so much pain, so much sadness, so much grief that I can no longer stay quiet. My prayers to God have been for strength and courage, but I keep hearing Him say, WRITE about MY LOVE. SO today, I am writing about what God, Jesus and His Disciples had to say. They are not just my role models, but my guides, my directors, my Creator And my Savior.

There have been all too many times in my past when I was so full of MY ideas, MY rightness, MY ways, I could hardly SEE Gods way. Ill give you a guess of what happened during that period of my life.

Today, NOW, we MUST SEE and FEEL and SPREAD GODS ETERNAL LOVE, HIS MERCY, HIS FORGIVENESS, HIS ENDURING PATIENCE. Our choices are so limited in all reality. Stand with your righteousness, or keep your “houses” together, despite differences. God, CHRIST, DOES have a better method to managing crisis, to managing difficulties….IF YOU ONLY DO WHAT HE SAYS. LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Loving one another does not mean we have to get “mushy.” It does not call for fake comments of adoration or appreciation. It calls for ACCEPTANCE, FOR MERCY, FOR LOOKING BEYOND YOURSELF.

I leave you with this from Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

“If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountain, but have not Love, I am NOTHING. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up mu body to be burned, but have not love, I gain NOTHING. Love is PATIENT and kind;love DOES NOT ENVY or BOAST; it is not ARROGANT or RUDE. It DOES NOT insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it DOES NOT rejoice at wrongdoing, but REJOICES with THE TRUTH. Love, BEARS ALL THINGS, BELIEVES ALL THINGS, HOPES ALL THINGS, AND ENDURES ALL THINGS. …..

So, NOW FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE ABIDE, THESE THREE; BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE.”

Amen.

T.

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MESSAGES

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1 SAMUEL 16:7, nsv: ” But the Lord said to Samuel, “DO not look on his appearance or the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

This is a message sent to Samuel to not hastily judge. He clearly states that a mans heart is at the center of all things important to God, our Creator.

The card above is blank because I wanted to pose a question to readers about how they receive messages, and what might be YOUR message, given to the world?

If this was your business card, what description of you would it bear? What message would you impart to those who know you and to those who do not.

It is easy to live day by day going about our daily routines and tasks with little thought as to the part we may play in the whole cosmos, of Gods world. Some, believe they have no purpose, no impact, no significance in how this world evolves. Interestingly, we have all heard the saying, “no action is action.” It is literally impossible to not have any effect upon the world, whether you believe that or not. All things are relative…cause and effect, if you will. Therefore, what you do or do not do, what you relay or do not relay, DOES MATTER.

God, sent a very specific message to Samuel. this message bears many truths to it even today as we engage in so many societal and spiritual concerns, but I deeply urge you to read that verse again and ponder on it. How do YOU look at a person? What messages are you putting forth to the greater human race? What do YOU want to be known by…..your stature, your fortunes, your stance on topics, or your HEART? And lastly, which of those things do you believe GOD cares most about?

Blessings,

T.

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Part 2: Reception and Rumors: You Matter

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With respect to all people, I offer this simple, yet poignant answer to questions .

Why care? Because, YOU MATTER. What you think, what you tell yourself, what you give yourself in terms of thought patterns, information, and silent notions all go into your being....and becomes a part of WHO YOU ARE.

Last evening as I watched a magnificent show, the end phrase was something like this….

It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, what you do professionally or for a living, or if you are disabled…what MATTERS is that you BE, THE BEST YOU, YOU CAN BE EVERY DAY.

And THAT, my friends, is why what we think, what we receive, what we pay attention to, is important. Not just important, but necessary.

If we are to achieve being the humans God created us to be, we MUST try hard to be our best…every day. Diligently, persistently, passionately.

Let us go forth today and every day being who we were created to be. Amen.

God Bless

T.

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Reception and Rumors

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There are times we must look to the sky, to GOD, try and understand the ways of the world. Sometimes, there are more questions than can, in our times, be answered. I am writing out of a need to express that my readers check what “reception” is available to them.

Information is surrounding us. It is enveloping us in a swirl of facts, stories, and general information that we may or may not need. What is the line between too much and enough information to intelligently make decisions?

Some folks I have spoken to think this information age we are in is to be the death of us. Similarly in the early 1900s, the Industrial age was not looked upon as favorable either. In history there is so much to prove that every time there has been great change, people resist, or engage, generally. Some onlookers of change do just that, observe, investigate and later judge as to their opinion.

Which brings us to this day and time. We are under great societal change, that is for certain. NO matter what you politically, religiously, spiritually, theologically believe, great change is coming…and has been coming for some time.

My question for the sake of this writing is, “what do you do with it?” How is your “reception” to change, and how do you make decisions on the events around you?

Different folks who have read this blog have discarded God as a non entity, discarded scientific thoughts, discarded technology improvements, all of which is their choice and freedoms, of course. I ask you however, again, what and how do you obtain, process, and receive information to make the decisions you do make?

The reason I find this of utmost importance is I seem to find more and more that many people do not base important decisions on anything other than a “notion,” or a “feeling” or circumstantial evidence that not necessarily leads to the truth.

Take for example, Jesus. If you lived during the times He did, what would you think of Him? Radical? Devil? Complicit to start a revolution? Crazy man? Heretic? Messiah? What information would you need to decide if He was who He said He was? The Bible was not yet written, and in general, rumor and word of mouth was the way information was passed on… and badly at that sometimes.

And yet, people, some people, were receptive to the change Jesus was offering. They seemed to LISTEN to Him with consternation, with passion, with HOPE for their future. Those people seemed to HEAR His Word as the Word was transferred from one to another. It is no wonder in the Bible, so many Apostles quoted Jesus words, hopefully close to verbatim, so the people could hear the SAME THINGS, time after time. Consistency, reliable consistency. They were not indifferent, they were passionate. Those men shared their experiences with Jesus with fervor, with God given Love and adoration for Him.

When you listen to our various information sources, do you hear the words of Love, do you hear the words of regret, of forgiveness, of passion, of integrity, promise, HOPE and the tenets Jesus taught? How is your reception to these themes? How do you HEAR what is being offered to you? What filters do you use to hear these? If you are using filter, of which there are many, are you really hearing the messages or are you hearing your preferences?

In these times, in our humanity, I believe it necessary to look at ourselves and study these facets of our “reception.” Pure truth can be hard to find, but diligence to find truth lies in our hands.

Blessings as we learn, grow and become, together.

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T.

Dave and Claire Crosby Melt Hearts with ‘A Million Dreams’

We all dream of what the world could be, and this beautiful song tells it best I think. God Bless♥

Blue Skies

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” I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of the trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” E.E. Cummings

We look upward when we are feeling down. We look upward to pray, we look to the details of nature, of God, of the infinate makings of our Creator to sooth our weary feelings and thoughts.

These are indeed troubled times. Dissent, disease, departmental thinking defying logic, all barriers to seeing a ” bluer sky.” We hasten to judge, we want security and yet find it hard to find in an ever evolving space of time. We yearn for times when our minds believe it was easier…less discord, more love, more togetherness, less fighting and more cooperation. I remember those times as well….and yet, as time passes, as life evolves, even in those “better times” we had to find the GOOD, we still had to seek the better part of ourselves to live day to day. So I ask you….WHY is it so hard today?

I am on several prayer lists, and the requests are endless….comfort, courage, healing, action, decisions, grace, mercy….to name but a few. Have those requests changed over the years? I think not. Have we come to realize that we actually NEED GOD, JESUS and the HOLY SPIRIT in our lives? Are we finally, in these troubled times realizing that we need something BIGGER than ourselves to help us….that we are not entities all alone? I wonder.

All religions across the globe have their own sense of beliefs that there is a “higher source” for living. I use the Christian terms because I am Christian, but to those reading that are not, whatever your belief, I think it is time, if you have not, to call out to those N\Higher Powers and plead, not ask, for their assistance today.

WE NEED LOVE. WE NEED GRACE. WE NEED COMFORT. WE NEED SECURITY. WE ARE A SCARED WORLD and NEED.

SO, we look upward. We MUST continue to pray, to meditate to ask the Universe to help heal us, broken as we are. We need to regain Trust in humanity, to gain trust in each other, to restore civility in all areas of our lives. We NEED to restore compassion and most of all LOVE.

Wherever you are today, LOOK UPWARD….Look at the infinite details of the sky, the clouds, the perfections of each and remember, you too are a part of this creation. Pray that we can again look to Blue Skies with the reverence and awe we once did, knowing that the world was ONE; Separated by oceans long ago, but ONE, infinite creation of God.

Take time today, and pray. Love your fellow man/friend/woman/child…be of wonder and be of compassion and Love.

Blessings to you all.

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