Archive for June, 2012

The new F word

June 29th, 2012

Well I saw this yesterday, and I thought it was fantastic, especially considering the theme for the week! Make sure you watch the video that’s down in the link in this;

F y’all !!

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14, 15 NIV)

Live out

June 28th, 2012

I thought, I would say it with word from someone else today. I thought this picture and quote was good, given the idea of forgiveness that has flowed through my mind the last few days.  I borrowed this from Stephen Covey via People of a Second Chance,  and I think it reminds us, or at least me, to not be shaped by your history.  That’s stuff’s done.

Just imagine where you can go when you leave your behind in the past,  no. I mean the past in ,, no when you leave your past behind you!

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

Lessons From a Door

June 27th, 2012

Earlier this week, I decided I would hang a mirror on the back on my eldest son’s door.  The one he has wanted me to hang up since last August.  However, before I could hang up this mirror, I thought it would be a good idea to paint the door.  You see marks and scratches cover the the door.  Some of those from the innocent days of playing on the floor.  Some of those the reminder of a frustrated student or a frustrated parent entering or leaving the room.

So, I finally found some time when he was not occupying the room where I could paint the door. I mentioned yesterday that the idea of forgiveness and what that looks like when lived out in our lives has circled around in my mind.  As I placed that bright white paint on my brush and then on the door, covering those marks, many of them small reminders of pain,  I was reminded of how forgiveness, when properly received and graciously given, does the same in our lives.  It ‘erases’ the past, cleans the slate, and allows us to be presented again white, clean and new, just like that nice white door with the mirror on the back.

That’s a great thing for him!  And forgiveness can be a great thing for you!

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32 New International Version (NIV)

Oh, I must tell you.  I was awoken last night to what I thought were robbers in the house.  Turns out, the mirror tape was not strong enough, and that mirror decided to free itself from the back of the door and make an awful noise at it hit the floor!  The door is still white however!

 

 

Blog Pudding

June 26th, 2012

Hey!  It’s National Chocolate Pudding Day. 

Yeah, I know,  who cares. It seem odd to me that pudding would be something to celebrate in the hot month of summer.

So, moving past that. Let’s get on to something cool and fun!

(I hope you didn’t just head off to another website)

I have thought a lot this week about forgiveness and what living with the knowledge and joy of being forgiven really looks like.  I might even produce a really good post before the end of the week.  But today, I had a really early morning appointment and I am working in these words between other activities, so here is a great thought to consider today:

“Forget about the wrong things people do to you, and do not try to get even. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18 NCV

 

Self Assessment

June 25th, 2012

Today, I have to write my self assessed mid year review.  That’s always fun!

I was thinking maybe I should just write this.

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved meand gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 New International Version (NIV)