Power of the Tongue

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.                              Proverbs 18:21(KJV)

Words kill, words give life; 
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.  (The Message)

A hammer is a common household tool that is used for many purposes.  My hammer has been used many times to hang pictures, repair my fence, crack pecans, break up things and many other unique tasks.  Other more skilled uses for a hammer can be found on a construction site.  A carpenter is very skilled in using a hammer.  The most beautiful homes had a hammer pounding away throughout the building process.  However, that same tool is used to tear structures down. Like a hammer, WORDS can be used to either BUILD UP or TEAR DOWN.  Words have the power to give and the same power to take away.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.  Luke 6:45

Identification

The thing that lies in the heart will show in our speech!  What’s in the heart? Listen to identify the issue.

Gratefulness?  Forgiveness?  Serving?  Giving?  Unselfishness?Grudges?  Resentment?  Jealously?  Envy?  Criticism?  Selfishness?  Insecurity?

Where does it come from? 

Why do I say/do what I do?  

A. heart condition  B. learned behaviors  C. influences

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Prov. 13:12

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Prov. 17:22

(to be continued….)

New Book is here! “Watered Garden”

A life long dream has been fulfilled…but very humble beginnings.  My first book is now available and is about my personal journey of consecration. (really a “book-let“)

So….I’m learning how to do a whole lot with this blogging business….including adding a picture of my book!  Slow but steady!  Here’s the WHOLE cover, front and back.  It’s a short, quick read but I pray it will be Blessing and helpful resource to all that read it.

Watered Garden- the booklet cover

Watered Garden- the booklet cover


 

 

Headship, Authority and Submission

We started a new Bible Study at church last week and I am so excited about it!  We were prepared ahead of time to research the topic and bring scriptures that we found relevant to that topic.  The ultimate goal is to encourage consistent Bible Study, enhance study skills using wide-margin study Bible marked with cross-references as we go through this process.  Our first topic was Headship.

Pulling out scriptures on Headship is a challenge first of all because that particular word is not in the Bible so you can’t just look it up in a concordance and write down scriptures about it.  But the topic is very needed, relevant and probably one of the most misunderstood and many times misused topic in the history of mankind.  Of course it didn’t take long before the topic of SUBMISSION came up as well.  Headship and Submission go hand in hand.

Some thoughts on Headship, Authority and Submission:

God appoints Authority- example of this is Moses.  God called and appointed Moses to lead His people out of Egypt.  Moses wasn’t a likely candidate to be a spokesman since he had a speech problem and other issues.  But God qualifies the called! Moses got the job done by following God’s plan of instruction.  While in the wilderness, Miriam, Moses’ sister got upset over a decision he made about who he chose for a wife.  She and others spoke out against Moses.  God got extremely upset with her actions against His Authority.  He dealt dreadfully with her by smiting her with leprosy.  Moses actually interceded on her behalf and God had mercy on her.  POINT:  even though Authority makes a decision that we might not agree with, it’s not our job to point that out.  We can be right in our facts but wrong in how we handle it bringing much destruction to relationships.

In dealing with situations sometimes we wonder why we can’t get it resolved.  We can be the one that sees the solution.  We can be the one to voice our opinion.  We can be the one to point out what needs to be changed in order to resolve the problem.  But why is that not working for us?  Could be that WE are not the authority in the situation?  Look for the authority.  Who is the one that has the authority to change it?  If the answer is not “me” then no amount of criticizing or commanding will change it.  The person who is the authority is the one that can make the difference.  That person must have wisdom and courage to set out of order situations in order.

False Authority

Jezebel is an example of false authority.  She was a queen and married to King Ahab but she was not a Jew.  She did not serve Jehovah God; she served pagan gods.  She did not submit to her husband and his way of life. Instead, Ahab gave in to Jezebel.  She used manipulation, domination, seduction and intimidation to control others including her husband.  It took someone who had a higher level of authority than the spineless Ahab to deal with Jezebel.  It took a Prophet.  Jehu the Prophet looked up to see who was with Jezebel and saw 2 or 3 eunuchs.  He called out “who is on my side?!”. (see 2 Kings 9:30-37) The fact that those servants of Jezebel did not stand by her and protect her, tells me that they knew her real character.  Sick of their life of abusive authority in Jezebel’s kingdom, they made the decision to come under the Prophet’s authority and threw her down putting an end to Jezebel and all of her evil ways.

Example of Submission & Authority:  80 year old grandma gets caught speeding.  The cop that pulled her over is 25 years old.  Now, she has more years on him and probably knows a lot of things that he doesn’t know yet.  But because of his POSITION, he has the authority over her.  She will need to submit to him…even if she doesn’t agree with his decision to give her a ticket.

God’s plan for submission and authority is perfect.  One thing is for sure, when we are lined up according to God’s plan, we are blessed.  And when we are not…much destruction and chaos follows.

 

 

Learning Something New

Learning something new….like BLOGGING…takes time and commitment.  Getting it to look like you want it to and operate like you want it to and say what you want it to…is quite a challenge!  Learning the nuts and bolts and how it all works is very time consuming.

I have spent so much time on my theme!  The one that I really like the best has an issue that I cannot figure out at this point. If I can get that little Blue Bird to do what I need it to, we will go back to it.  So you might even see my theme change again until I get comfortable with all of this.  Until then…I’m moving on!

Look for more to come soon!

 

Shake it Off and Step Up!

The following story was told to me many years ago and greatly impacted my life.

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Conclusion – Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!  (Author Unknown)

It’s our response to the daily digs, grinds, dirty things that we have to deal with, that matters in the long run.  Paul talked about “this present distress”.  Jesus said “for the joy that is set before me”.  Mary said “be it unto me according to they word”.  Each of these are referring to hard things…things that must be dealt with first and THEN the joy will come.

So when life happens to us, we need to check our response.  Are we like the donkey in this story?

Let the challenges of this day make you better, not bitter!