Due to summer chaos, doctor’s appointments, and plans to go out of town with the family (tomorrow!), I haven’t had any blogging time this week. So I thought I’d go ahead and announce a small writing break that should last just until I get back in about a week and a half.
In the meantime, I’d love for you to check out the blogs in my side-bar. There are wonderful writers listed there and they will all uplift and encourage you.
Now. If you’re more in the mood to listen, here’s a page of podcasts from the Kindlings Muse (a long-time favorite of mine).
I pray that your coming week is filled with the light and love of Jesus…and let me leave you with a challenge. Start every day this summer with the Word. Even if it’s just a few verses, one chapter — beginning my morning with His words instead of mine has been making such a difference in my mindset for the day. It prepares me to go out into this world — with the Sword of the Spirit already in-hand, I’m able to face whatever comes my way.
When I do return to a semblance of normal routine, I’m going to be talking about Matthew 5…I’d like to go ahead and share part of it with you (from the Message). The words of Jesus…they’re radical, wonderful, and heart/life/soul/world-changing!
“When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
5“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
6“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
7“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
8“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
9“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
10“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
11-12“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
13“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
14-16“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
Wherever we are, whatever our circumstance…may we ever be His light-bearers !