Structurally Sound

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Many cities have bridges. This is one in Portland. Since we are now closer to this city we are getting out a bit to explore, because the VA medical center is there.We can all agree that preparation for building bridges takes a lot of planning. It is not something that can be accomplished on a whim, without consideration. It takes people working together, those with knowledge, insight and experience. The safety of lives that travel depend on the wisdom of all to build what is structurally sound. In Matthew 7:24-27 we are told a parable of the wise man who built his house on the rock. When the storms beat upon his house, it did not fall because it was built on the rock. Not made in haste in an unsafe location prone to possible flooding. In verse 26 it says But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house in the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house; and it fell. And great was it’s fall.. 

Today, I write this because I am concerned about the amount of negativity being spewed out in the atmosphere. There is disrespect, meanness, evil intention and much more. I tend to be sensitive to those that are criticized for their appearance. I was born an average sized baby, but God’s plan was for me to be petite. So while everyone around me was getting taller in junior high, my height remained the same. I have had my share of being made fun of in my lifetime. It caused a serious lack of confidence in my young years, which carried over into my adulthood. So when people are bombarded with criticism and disregard for their appearance, I take notice of it.  I love all of Psalm 139, but 13: says, For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14: I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

We build with our words. The Bible tells us that we either curse or build up.

Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those that love it will eat its fruit.

Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, buy only what is helpful for building other up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

James 1: 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on your tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

Colossians 3:8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips.

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. 

Exodus 20:7 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

It seems that it has become fashionable for some to fling certain words of profanity around as though it’s just fine and acceptable. I find it very sad for the children being exposed to it. Stuff that used to be considered wrong or not appropriate, has been watered down to make it appear to be right and ok. We would all benefit to think before we speak, and for many it would be beneficial for speak less. To do so usually takes time to step away from the platform of life and do a heart check. Seeking God to search our hearts and expose what is offensive and expose the sin.

God, I pray for hearts that will yield to you in true humility and seek your face. May we admit our weaknesses. May we let down the walls in our hearts and seek your forgiveness. May we recognize our need for you, in living out our lives according to your will. Help us Lord in our frailties. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus..  Amen

a few thursday words

be good, do good

be better, do better

speak kind, speak kinder

be different, live different

don’t spew mean words

don’t hate, don’t retaliate

foul words spoken

little ears hear

 it’s not amusing

that scary out of control

behavior is showing

and

 insults do not solve

they only hinder

your growth

which is meant for your good

and if you do good

we will all be better..

{Dear God, please help us all}

Spontaneous

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round and round

the world we go

losing sight of what we know

spinning fast

out of control

delving in darkness

that masters the soul…

Lord, help us

help us quick

free us from what

makes us sick..

love will turn this world around

compassion and kindness

can make us sound…

                                      r gould

Temporary

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the earth explodes

with the beauty of nature

and color

it whispers

calm

and

peace

for those with

ears to hear

in the movement

of lives

that live

to love

and respect

what has been given

as temporary human

caretakers

not to abuse

nor misuse

but simply

as sojourning

peacemakers

sowing kindness

wherever we go..

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Hear my prayer O Lord

and give ear to my cry;

hold not your peace at my tears

For I am a sojourner with you

a guest, like all my fathers.

                 Psalm 39:12