A Prism-er of Christ

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“Sparkle Palace Cocktail Table” by John Foster. Click pic for source.

“You cover Yourself with light as with a cloak.” Psalm 104:2

You are the Father of Lights with Whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. ~ James 1:17.

Prisms reflect best in the shadows. Send me into the shadows, Lord, to reflect Your glory. Send me into the dark to shine for You, a prism-er of Christ.

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Who am I? Who are you?

Ready?

If you are in Christ

and Christ is in you

You are:

Chosen!

You are

a Royal Priesthood!

Holy!

Holy = good, pious, godly

Peculiar!

peculiar?!

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What?! Let me take another look at that….

means “special”  or “set aside”  or “belonging to” in old English =]

So, you and I are a royal, holy, peculiar people set aside for and belonging to Christ!

IF we’re in Christ,

which we are,

so…

we are!

See?

“But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light…” ~ 1 Peter 2:9

Awesome!!!

For Christ’s Sake…

“For Christ’s sake…”

“Get a job, for Christ’s sake!”  “For Christ’s sake, stop making that racket!”  “What do you think you’re doing, for Christ’s sake?!”

“For Christ’s sake” is a popular exclamation when things go wrong, especially in the movies.

It’s said a lot in the Bible, too, especially by the Apostle Paul, but for different reasons…

Paul asked the Romans to pray for him, for Christ’s sake:

“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in [your] prayers to God for me…” (Romans 15:29)

And, Paul told the Philippians that, for Christ’s sake, he considered worldly achievements to be nothing:

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ “ (Philippians 3:8)

And, then, Paul reminds the Ephesians that we are forgiven, for Christ’s sake, and so we ought to forgive each other:

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

There are many other Biblical examples of living, loving, and forgiving for Christ’s sake.

So, get out there, and do some of that for Christ’s sake!

Let’s pray! Oh, Father, for our sake you died on the Cross so that we should no longer live for ourselves, but for your sake. (2 Corinthians 5:15)  May my thoughts and words honor you. (Psalm 19:14) May I live, love, forgive for your sake.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Mud Puppies and God.

What is it?! (photo credit: Meg Johnson)

What is it?!

It’s a Mud Puppy Salamander, of course!  Cute, aint he?

God made him.

AND the water he’s floating in, and the rocks and plants around him. God made those, too

And God made you. Cute, ain’tcha?

God thinks so, too. See?…

“For God so loved the world (that means people, like you and me), that He sent His only begotten Son (sent Him to die for us), that whosoever (anybody, everybody. You and me) believeth in Him (Jesus, that is) should not perish (that means we don’t go to hell forever.), but have everlasting life. (forever and ever, with Jesus and God and the Holy Spirit and all the angels. Forever!) (John 3:16)

That’s one big everlasting party! Whoo -Hoo!

photo credit: Sassy Mamma. Click the pic to see source.

Now, God is a gracious host. He invites all people everywhere to come, but He doesn’t force anybody.

The invitation has been sent out to all, but no one HAS to accept it.

It’s in everybody’s mailbox, but only the ones who open it and say, “Yes, I will come.” will come.

How ’bout you? Have you checked your mail? The invitation is there. Will you come?

Jesus will be really happy to see you!

Click the pic to see how to join the party. Who knows? There may even be mud puppies there =] (photo credit: Meg Johnson)

Where’s your head?!

“He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.” Colossian 2:1

“…we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” ~ Ephesians 4:15

According to that verse up there in Ephesians, Christ is supposed to be my head.  But, sometimes lots of times, I don’t act like it.  I run around like a christian with my head cut off, like in the Colossians verse.  Know what I mean?

Now that’s just downright “Daffy”!

Mr. Meek MUST get a duck for his "thweetie pie" to cook for dinner. But Daffy's to quick. Whack, whack whack!

With ketchup and flying feathers, Daffy's going to fake his death!

Shhhh! Don't tell Mr. Meek.

Daffy runs around like a chicken -- er, duck, with its head cut off!

What has he done?! Poor Mr. Meek is horrified!

And so should we be, if we ever WE try to run through our days without Christ at the head!

Do you know what that means?!

It means you,  and everyone you know and love,  will be seeing a lot more of this:

“…anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language… sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5 and 8)

And a WHOLE lot less of this:

“…compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”  (Colossians 3:12)

Now, Christ is the head, no matter what, but we need to stop flip floppin’ around, stick our heads in the nearest Bible, read it, pray about it,  and do what it says.  That’s the only way to act like we’ve got HIS head on our shoulders!

P.S.  If you like Looney Toons and animation, in general, I recommend reading the blog post I stole borrowed Daffy Duck’s pics  from: The cute way to offend delicate sensibilites. The author goes into humorous detail about the art behind the humor, or is it vice versa?

Now, get out there and validate someone!

"Validation", a short film. Click pic for image source

“…encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.”  Hebrews 3:13

encourage: To give courage to; to give or increase confidence of success; to inspire with courage, spirit, or strength of mind; to embolden; to animate; to incite; to inspirit.

That’s the kind of person I want to be, an emboldener, an inspirer, a person who walks through her day with a smile on her face leaving a trail of smiling faces behind her! An encourager!

I just came across this short film on Facebook.  Take a few minutes to watch, and be encouraged to be an encourager!

“Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up…” ~~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Dickens’ Birthday!

"God Bless us, everyone!" illustration by Howard Pyle, Click pic for source.

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. -Charles Dickens

Temper (from the Webster’s 1828 dictionary): “calmness of mind.”

In honor of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, and because it’s a good thing to do, let’s pray for some of that….

LET'S PRAY! click pic for source

The “Calmness of Mind” prayer:

Dear Father, thank you for loving me, even when my mind is NOT a bit calm. Here’s a list of the things I am worried about (Take your time.  List them all.  God already knows it, but it helps to say it to Him.)

I know you are perfectly capable of handling all these things, so I leave them in Your hands, and by your grace, I flat-out refuse to worry about them.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Corrie Ten Boom said, “worry is carrying a bucket of feathers like its a load of lead.”  or something like that, and she said, “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”**

Calm and worry don’t go together.  Just sayin’

Speaking of calm, do you know the One who calmed the sea during a storm?  He’d love for you to know Him so He can calm your storms, too.  His name is Jesus.  Click the pic below for a quick introduction:

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** Ten Boom quote from: Good Reads

***Jesus calms the storm from: http://files.children-safe-site.webnode.com/system_preview_detail_200000728-4a8254b7d1/.341-342%20Jesus%20In%20Nazareth%20,%20Jesus%20Calms%20The%20Storm.jpg