Discernment · Growth · Words

learning to keep silent… and tread lightly with words…

Too many times lately… my words… have stopped conversation… or triggered a defensive retort…Too many times… I speak… when silence is required… a question better than a statement…Learning to discern where people are… is more important… than sharing what you know… or have learned…Lacking good role models for conversation… I find myself at a loss…Lectures…… Continue reading learning to keep silent… and tread lightly with words…

Journeying · Preparing · Words

approaching the new year… as a journey…

Already… I’ve received a word… for the new year…JOURNEYjourney… an act or instance of traveling from one place to another…The end of the year… spent preparing for the journey… into the next…A time to take only what I’ve already been given…His divine power has given us everything we need for lifeand godliness through our knowledge of…… Continue reading approaching the new year… as a journey…

Blessings · Encouragement · Words

speak blessing…

Words of encouragement…I received some this week…What a blessing…Don’t use foul or abusive language.Let everything you say be good and helpful,so that your words will be an encouragementto those who hear them.Ephesians 4:29 NLT(my emphasis)Lord Jesus… may my words… be a blessing to others…

Love · Reminders · Silence · Words

reminders… continue… shhhh….

The quieting of flesh… filtering thoughts of criticism… keeping watch over my words… continues to be reinforced… encouraged…Where discipline of the tongue is practiced (Eph. 4:29), individuals will make an incomparable discovery. They will be able to stop incessantly observing others, judging them, condemning them, relegating them to their particular, controllable positions, and thus doing…… Continue reading reminders… continue… shhhh….

Grace · Humility · Temptation · Trust · Words · Wrestling

an unexpected Word… for me…

What do you do… when the Word you’ve sought to give another… is actually for you?Humble yourself before the Lord…The morning began… like most any these days… offering grace to the loved one in a pit… with breakfast… and a devotional…But me… I was low on grace… frustration with the… I’m getting up… that doesn’t…… Continue reading an unexpected Word… for me…

Spiritual Discipline · Words

Word without division…

Currently… one of my spiritual disciplines… involves preparing… spiritual disciplines for others…50 Scripture passages… for 50 days of meditation… leading up to Easter…The presenting of verse… typed out in the post… text only… no division of words by chapter… verse… or pericope (those extra title divisions smattered throughout most Bibles)…The surprise has been… what a difference……… Continue reading Word without division…

Love · Obedience · Words

even more… obedience… and love…

When God brings a word to mind… it begins to pop up… in various places… seemingly highlighted… spirit attuned… to the sight… and sound… of that word…My word-for-the-year… it appeared… in the quiet reading… of the morning…As I look back on the three temptations, I see that Satan proposed an enticing improvement. He tempted Jesus toward…… Continue reading even more… obedience… and love…