good quote

" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Things Our Mothers Taught Us

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. "If your going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION. "You better pray that comes out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC. "Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT. "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case your in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY. "Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. "Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. "Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA. "You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER. "This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. "Just wait until we get home."

13. My mother taught me about RECEIVING. "You're going to get it when we get home!"

14. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

15. My mother taught me ESP. "Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when your cold?"

16. My mother taught me HUMOR. "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

17. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

18. My mother taught me GENETICS. "You're just like your father."

19. My mother taught me about my ROOTS. "Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

20. My mother taught me WISDOM. "When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

21. And my favorite: my mother taught me about JUSTICE. "One day you'll have kids and I hope they turn out just like you!"

Saturday, November 13, 2010

"As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout..."

Proverbs 11:22 "As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion."

I have realized for some time this is a principle that I need to work on something terrible. Being someone who finds most often that when I get frustrated I need a sounding board in order to vent and gain better perspective on the situations that leave me in such a bind to begin with. There are some people and places that are not the wisest ones in which to release the slue of verbal arsenal in my armory. What starts as venting in order to keep from exploding at the wrong moment becomes gossip in the blink of an eye and a person has no business airing dirty laundry in front of others that have no business knowing it.

I realize, and i hope others do also, that it isn't that I find myself better than others or that I am judging them but everyone has a way of dealing with stressful situations. I am one who finds that going to a third party in confidence is a helpful way of doing that. Unfortunately, I have also noticed that my third party has turned into a third and then a forth and then sometimes even a fifth party. That's when it's no longer venting but it is gossiping and it's even worse when those parties are all together in the same room and I'm talking in a loud voice. I've had to apologize more than once for bad form or whatever you want to call it.

Those that have known me for years know that most of it I don't even mean, it's just my way of dealing with it and most of the time all that is needed for them to do is nod and say "I understand..." on occasion. Most often once I hear myself say it out loud I can see the right thing to do. Sometimes it's that I am the one in the wrong and I need to change my reaction or mindset or attitude; sometimes I see that it's stupid that I allowed it to bother me to begin with and sometimes there may not be anything that can be done about the situation and it just helps to voice it.

Going back to this verse though... this is exactly what it's talking about. Discretion is part of having self-control and good judgment and it's not just over what you say, though that is the area being addressed here. Coming from the book in the Bible known as the book of wisdom, it's safe to say this is a good piece of advice. I realize I'm really dumbing this down but I do have a point. From whom do we gain this wisdom and knowledge? From the Lord, of course. The book of Proverbs is only one place that is crammed full of the wisdom of God for our gleaning and if there is one "third party" that I need to be talking more to about my frustrations it's the Lord. He is the one that will give answers and wisdom and correction. He is the one who understands fully what we go through in life and He is the one that can change things or better yet, change me so that I can follow in His will as He would have me do. I do not want to be a beautiful jewel for the Lord in the nasty, dirty nose of a pig.

This is my point though, I send out a big "I'm sorry" to all those who have had to hear my venting when I did not use my better judgment on timing and surroundings. I hope you can forgive me. I also send out a big one to those whom my frustration turned into gossip, though I wont address anyone specifically on account that I don't think it would be smart to do that in a post online. It is my prayer that the Lord would continue to point out this short coming in me that through Him I would gain the victory and claim this verse for myself; that I might write God's Word upon my heart that I might not sin.