Christmas gift🌻


If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, 

if his love has made any difference in your life,

 if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, 

if you have a heart, 

if you care 

—then do me a favor: 

Agree with each other, 

love each other, 

be deep-spirited friends. 

Don’t push your way to the front; 

don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. 

Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. 

Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage.

 Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.

 He 

had 

equal 

status 

with 

God 

but didn’t think so much of himself

 that he had to cling 

to the advantages of that status 

no matter what. 

Not at all. 

When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity 

and took on the status of a slave, became human ! 

Having become human, he stayed human. 

It was an incredibly humbling process.

 He didn’t claim special privileges. 

Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Philippians 2:1‭-‬8 MSG

https://bible.com/bible/97/php.2.1-8.MSG

Encourage me 💚💚💚

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 NIVUK

https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/heb.10.23/654

I forget.

My words have power to do good.

If I think something positive, then I want to say it for the benefit of someone else.

12 th step, baby.

Boom.

What time is it?

out of the silent planet by CS Lewis

Oyarsa to Ransom:

we have a rule never to speak of sizes to you small people.

It makes you do homage to little things

 and pass by what is really great.

Would we do well to pay attention to our time concepts?

The western world gets so mixed up.  

Oh that will just be a second.

Let’s do that real quick

That will just be super fast.

When it’s something stupid or worse: something we should take careful effort over.

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That will take forEVER

I can’t do THAT: it’s impossibly time consuming or complicated.

…when it is really something important or even our main job in that moment.
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International Standard Version
making the best use of your time because the times are evil.

Ephesians 5:16

Understood 🌻


Exodus 2:24‭-‬25 MSG

https://bible.com/bible/97/exo.2.24-25.MSG

Devotional at my You Bible.

Refined

“The Silversmith who is holding you up for inspection has heard your cries, 

He remembers His promises to you,

 He sees what you have been through, and He has taken notice of your precious life!

 The transformation of time spent in the fire always prepares a vessel of the Lord for a greater work.”


Worth my time🌻


https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/rom.8.28-29/3088

I have been reading a devotional with my friends at youversion.

Trials.  

Sticking it out.

Trusting God through the yucky stuff.

As I was rebooting my heart this morning after waking up from a flashback nightmare….

I was enlivened encouraged and invigorated by the thought of being done and coming out as gold at the end.

Hangin’ in there and getting the prize for which God calls us heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Trusting Jesus to get me through. 🌻

New take #flashbacks

Flashback.  Again.

You know what?  I think these flashbacks are a good sign.

God was just suggesting that to me.

I have to remember stuff before I can work on it, right?

I’m going to reframe the stuff I flashed back to.

Instead of hiding from it by an addiction.

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Thank you God.   

I failed my kids when they were little.  Hurts like a dog.  That’s the truth.

But it’s not the ONLY truth about my life.

I can forgive myself.

I can learn wisdom from pain.

I can be good to the people around me now.

Deep breath.  We’re gonna be okay.

What is the deal?? 😕

https://bible.com/bible/113/luk.4.9-12.NIVUK

I’ve always wondered about the last test during the temptation of Jesus.

What was so bad about throwing himself off the roof of the temple and being saved by God??

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I’ve thought a lot about it.

Spiritual pride.  (Personal weakness)

 … the belief that we may venture into dangers

 either to our natural or to our religious life,

 where no call of duty takes us,

 the thrusting ourselves, 

unbidden, 

into circumstances where nothing but a miracle can save us-

these are the snares which Satan lays

 for souls that have broken his coarser nets.

https://biblehub.com/commentaries/luke/4-1.htm