Archive | January 2012

Call it what it is, you Scalawag!

Ruffian, Scalawag, knave, and rapscallion made Merriam Webster’s “Top 10 Charming Words for Nasty People” list.

Reminded me how tricky I can be, in general, masking truly nasty behavior behind more charming descriptors.  Calling gossip a “prayer request”, for instance —

“…and she does this over and over again.  (sigh) She just looks idiotic! We should pray for her.”

click pic for source

I should call it what it is.

  A sin’s a sin.

I should own it and confess it.

Then I can comb my hair and go on, forgiven.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  ~~1 John 1:9

Do you know the one who made Merriam Webster?  (Hint: not the book, the man.)  Well, since God IS love (1 John 4:8), by definition, He loves you. =]

 Click the pic below for a quick introduction.  Make knowing Him #1 on your “Top Ten” to-do list.”:


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Chocolate Wisdom

"You're invited to relax today"

Isn’t that great advice from that chocolate wrapper up there?

Hey!  What if that wrapper could be a “rapper” instead?

Hmmm….

“Chocolate is my name

Rappin’ is my game

Relaxin’ is my thing…”  Maybe not…

But, one thing this wrapper did do right, is remind me of this verse.  I added explanations in brackets:

“Do not be anxious about anything [Relax!], but in everything [EV-ER-RY-THING!], by prayer and petition [Petition = over and over again.  Isn’t that nice of God to want the hear the same old requests over and over again?  I would get bored.  It shows how much He loves us], with thanksgiving [don’t forget to be thankful], present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Here it is in my own words: “Be anxious for nothing. Pray about everything. Give thanks to God.”

What’s in it for you and me if we do this?  Peace!  See? It promises it in the next verse:

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:7

Yay!!

So, let’s take that chocolate’s advice and the Bible’s.  Let’s pray:

Click the puppy to see where I got his picture on Flickr

 

 

Father, thank you for inviting us to pray to You.  Here’s all the things I’m anxious about: ____________________________

_____________________________.  (List as many as come to mind).

You are BIG!  Bigger than my problems.  So, I put them in your hands.  Please work out all the details.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

There.  Feeling a little more relaxed?  Good.  Remember, you can pray again if you start to feel anxious again.

The invitation is for forever, and ever, over and over again.  =]

P.S. Do you know the One who made chocolate?  If not, click on the pic below to be introduced:

"Catch snowflakes on your tongue."