Pieces of Love

1 Corinthians 13  If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise. If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love.

Love is the ultimate gift, when we profess our faith – share it with the love of Jesus.  The heart of Jesus; we are for many — the only bible they will ever see.

Let your life reflect that love.  Go in peace, live in harmony.

It is not our place to judge or demoralize, I am no better than you, I do however, have a heavenly promise – my fate is sealed, nothing I can do or say now or ever will remove me from the love of my Father.  Having a relationship with God is like no other.  It guides my life, refreshes my spirit, gives meaning to the ordinary and brings out the extraordinary in many circumstances.  I am blessed.  I am loved.

Romans 3:21-22  But now God has shown us a different way to heaven—not by “being good enough” and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us—declare us “not guilty”—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like.

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Pieces of Conversation

How we communicate and to whom is not easily mastered at any age.  As a young child, we tend to point and garble our words.  School is where we learn our language, how to express feelings, the incredible hardship of learning where an apostrophe goes and how to spell it.  Why one word can have so many meanings, etc.  Eventually we master language.

But to whom – isn’t always easy either.  We speak differently to our family and loved ones, than we do, say – our  employer, or waitstaff.  We tend to speak down to our children and pets, and sing-song like when happy or joyful.

Put these two concepts together — and there the trouble begins.  We may have a particular “tone of voice” which is impossible to translate on text.  Our attitude may be front and center, instead of what we are trying to accomplish (what is on our mind).

1 Corinthians 14:7  Even musical instruments—the flute, for instance, or the harp—are examples of the need for speaking in plain, simple English rather than in unknown languages. For no one will recognize the tune the flute is playing unless each note is sounded clearly.
Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be gracious as well as sensible, for then you will have the right answer for everyone.
Not only speak kindly to others, but YOURSELF.  We can become our own worst enemy with negative self talk (and thinking).
And always spend time in prayer, this is the ultimate conversation!

Confusing Pieces

Usually at least once a week I am mystified by a situation in my life and confusion sets in.

Our first instinct is to fix it ourselves.  BIG mistake.  The more we try to fix, the bigger the problem becomes.  It’s as if we are taking one small hill and overnight turning it into a mountain.

Philippians 4:8  Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.

Psalm 71:15   I cannot count the times when you have faithfully rescued me from danger. I will tell everyone how good you are, and of your constant, daily care.
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We do best when we don’t go it alone.  Put your faith and circumstances in God, He will never lead you astray.

Pieces of Physical Pain

There are two schools of thought when dealing with chronic pain.  1) Deal with it, internalize, tell everyone you are fine when you are not and 2) Deal with it, find other avenues for venting (journaling, pain management, psychological therapy, etc.) and acknowledge your pain when asked.

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What is the biblical take on chronic pain?  Is there one?

One thing I discovered is that there are plenty of verses relating to physical pain:

Oh, that God would grant the thing I long for most—to die beneath his hand and be freed from his painful grip.
He complained about a headache and soon was moaning in pain. His father said to one of the servants, “Carry him home to his mother.”
I am worn out with pain; every night my pillow is wet with tears.
When Jesus arrived in Capernaum, a Roman army captain came and pled with him to come to his home and heal his servant boy who was in bed paralyzed and racked with pain.
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I have lived with chronic pain since 2008.  My sacroiliac joint was acting up.  It never got better and seven years later it brought me to a pain management doctor.  I was not gung-ho about medicine to relieve pain; I still wanted to live; which meant being able drive, work, function as a human being.   And it did, finally.  Eight months later we found the solution.  It does take trial and error and a doctor who ‘gets’ you.
In my opinion, it also takes lots of prayer; your own and those of others.  What are we to lay at the altar?  Only the minuscule things?  I think not.  I believe the bigger the request, the more power lies in the prayer and ultimately, EVERY ANSWER TO PRAYER acknowledges our relationship with God.

Stronger Pieces

Happy 2016!  This year our focus will be on strengthening our faith, looking at challenges with different eyes and learning that God is always, ALWAYS there.  No matter what. 

But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened.
What holds us back on our walk of faith?  Disbelief, fear, anxiety, emotional turmoil?  Feeling abandoned, betrayed, worthless?  Live on the positive, uplifting side of grace.
For Jehovah God is our Light and our Protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from those who walk along his paths.
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May you walk in faith, grace and the love of Jesus.  He is all you need.