The Twins: Snitty and Snatty

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Proverb 31:26 “She opens her mouth with wisdom; her tongue is the law of kindness.”

Good morning and be comforted in the knowledge that God loves you and watches over you.  The weather here has blessed us with a brief deluge of an Illinois morning shower. Near 80° already today, a pleasant day for working at fall chores outdoors perhaps?  We’re plucking tomatoes off the vines and cutting gorgeous roses from our climbers out back.  Don’t have the heart to tell them both that their time to shine is almost past.  Oh well, they will sense it soon, as surely as my body definitely recognizes its advance towards the 70+ year mark.

The proverb today came to mind when I was overtaken with a craving to refund a “snitty” for a “snatty.”  Do you ever catch that modus operandi making for a hasty leap onto your pages of life before you’ve even given it a thought?  Only a listening ear for that all too familiar whisper of God will rescue you from a nasty fall from grace.

“Wisely choose your words,” it exhorts us.   Yes, Father, I shall.  However, I need a few seconds, rather, minutes to spit these despicable expressions down the drain that you see hanging from my lower lip.   I thought I had flushed those years ago.  Really.  Sorry.

“Speak kindly words that are sufficient for the time and place.”   Yes, Father, I hear you.  Kindly is a choice word:  Friendly, caring, gentle, compassionate, and more.  Nice.  All are well-spoken and fit for a king, or a child of the king.  Hey, that’s me!  I am His child.  Amen.

I suddenly realized that kindly is how I want to be treated, and by returning snatty with a kindness . . . well, that takes away the sting, the pain, the chance of misunderstanding, and the further lowering of respect for that person about to receive my snitty in return.    That’s how my Father expects me to live.

I’m surely glad my Father whispers to me!  He loves me, this I know . . .  for the Bible tells me so.

An afternoon and evening of kindly phrases and praises to you all.  Shalom

O teach me, Lord, that I my teach

The precious things Thou dost impart

And wing my words that they may reach

The hidden depths of many a heart.

~~Frances R. Havergal, 1872

 

Putting On

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Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, may I put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with others and forgiving others . . .”

Paul exhorted Christians to take on or assume certain virtues and qualities befitting the elect of God. This is a difficult exercise unless one has been endowed with intrinsic attributes in this area. I’ve yet to come across anyone who has not struggled to some degree with this commission. We all are in the developmental stage and have not fully arrived spiritually.

Tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with others and forgiving others . . . like clothes hanging in the closet, waiting for us to choose which to wear. Hmm, let’s see, I think I will put on tender mercies today; tomorrow maybe I’ll try meekness. Oh, I don’t think Paul intended his words to be so casually addressed.

At one time or another, we have probably tried all these on, ending up with egg on our faces. Tender mercies might be easy to wear with a family member we love dearly and understand fully, but worn in the presence of an adversary, the mercies fall flat and lifeless.

As I prepared this post, I tried to envision which virtue garment would be the one most tossed in the washer! Perhaps the humility one would stay the cleanest. Nah, with added thought, that might happen but only because of prideful thinking; not exactly what Paul had in mind. He’s down to the bone here, peering into the soul with a mega-lumen halogen light bulb.

So, I shall regroup. Be honest. Act . . . no, not act. Get out the 100-X magnifying glass and take inventory of my true motivations. Be real, in other words. The words of Christ return here in bright fluorescent color: “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Now I’m in for a day-by-day, moment-by-moment lifelong exercise, as it should be. As when a person goes on a diet, the effort must become a daily habit in order to be effective. There’s no other way. Whether one dresses for other Christians or people in general, these virtues must be evident in our lives.

Perhaps the fashion trend today is a good thing, multi-layering. Looks like I’m going to try it with this virtue accessory training. Let’s see now, what goes good with tender mercies? Kindness maybe? Or better yet, how about humility underneath the longsuffering?

I think I have a long way to go here. How about you?

Message from Debbie

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Merry Christmas Faithful Ones, Friends & Loved Ones:

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At the beginning of this rich and meaningful holiday season, I ask myself, “How will you celebrate what Christmas really means this year? “ Mentally I go through my catalog of reasons why this Christmas would be “different.” I have come up with quite a reasonable amount of reasons why this year things WILL be somewhat different or, might require a bit of “tweeking.” Until, I somberly go over that list and realize, again, that consecration of Self has no season or clime. A manger and fresh hay was sufficient for the Holy Child to begin his earthly sojourn in, and the consecration of all his life. That some swaddling clothes [strips of cloth] and enough warmth was sufficient for the King of kings to feel watched over, and that a few humble souls to welcome him with pure awareness was sufficient purpose to have heavenly angels spring forth in glorious hallelujahs and have his Identity known.

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I don’t believe any one of us had less, and, now have a thousand times more. I admit, it’s nice to have more of certain things but, it isn’t always better, for, much of those things can become distractions or idols. The world is suffering from too little of what WE could and should have so much more of, i.e. kindness, patience, time, faith, hope, trust, and goodness. Are we celebrating what Christmas really means?

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Elaine Cannon once observed: “People can be obedient like Mary, be defenders of Christ like Joseph, share the good news like angels, humbly seek the Lord like the shepherds, go to great lengths to bring gifts like the Wise Men. Also, filled with the glowing Spirit of God, they can guide others to Christ like the Star of Bethlehem!”

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I believe we’re all seeking and trying and achieving to reach the righteous desires of our hearts, and that we’ll continue to. This Season take the time to light a candle for every man to see the world of promise and hope where the Holy One awaits their welcome, the path of purpose and, the awakening to their true identity. Be that shepherd or shepherdess that celebrates Christ’s birth, life and resurrection every day whether it’s December or July.
I pray your celebrations be filled with sufficient health, peace, faith, hope and the incomparable fruit of LOVE that is available to us in Him.
Have a Wonderful Season of Holiness!

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Your faithful sister & friend ~

Debbie Avila

“Ye Shall Know Me by My Fruits” | Words Make a Difference. Use Wisely

What’s in Your Closet?

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Colossians 3:12  “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, may I put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, bearing with others and forgiving others . . .

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Paul exhorted Christians to take on or assume certain virtues and qualities befitting the elect of God.   This is a difficult exercise unless one has been endowed with intrinsic attributes in this area.  I’ve yet to come across anyone who has not struggled to some degree with this commission.  We all are in the developmental stage and have not arrived spiritually. 

Tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, bearing with others and forgiving others . . . like clothes hanging in the closet, waiting for us to choose which to wear.  Hmm, let’s see, I think I will put on tender mercies today; tomorrow maybe I’ll try meekness

Oh, I don’t think Paul intended his words to be so casually addressed. 

At one time or another we have probably tried all these on, ending up with egg on our faces.  Tender mercies might be easy to wear with a family member we love dearly and understand fully, but wear it in the presence of an adversary and the mercies fall flat and lifeless. 

As I prepared this post, I tried to envision which virtue garment would be the one most tossed in the washer!  Perhaps the humility one would stay the cleanest.  Nah, with added thought, that might happen but only because of prideful thinking; not exactly what Paul had in mind.  He’s down to the bone here, peering into the soul with a mega-lumen halogen light bulb. 

So, I shall regroup.  Be honest.  Act . . . no, not act. Get out the 100-X magnifying glass and take inventory of my true motivations.  Be real, in other words.  The words of Christ return here in bright fluorescent color:  “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Now I’m in for a day-by-day, moment-by-moment lifelong exercise, as it should be.  As when a person goes on a diet, the effort must become a daily habit in order to be effective.  There’s no other way.  Whether one dresses for other Christians or people in general, these virtues must be evident in our lives.

Perhaps the fashion trend today is a good thing, multi-layering.  Looks like I’m going to try it with this virtue accessory training.  Let’s see now, what goes good with tender merciesKindness maybe?  Or better yet, how about humility underneath the long-suffering

I think I have a long way to go here.   How about you? 

  

 

 

 

Where’s the Fruit?

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Where’s the Fruit?

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“I say then:  walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”  Gal. 5:16

V. 22-23 “ . . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, gentleness, and self-control, which such there is no law.”

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We have bottles of prescription medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements, special remedies to enable the physical body to function properly.  Where is the nourishment and supplements for our spiritual bodies?  I would think the fruit of the Spirit should be on everyone’s menu for each day.  Let us seek them in God’s Word daily, the Holy Bible.  Pray for them to become part of our inner beings, and practice them so we may grow into the godly examples God desires of us to bring glory to His name. Amen

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God Be in My Head

~ Henry Walford Davies

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God be in my head, and in my understanding;

God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;

God be in my mouth and in my speaking;

God be in my heart, and in my thinking;

God be at mine end, and at my departing.

But . . .Is It Good?

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Kindness sweetens life

As honey drips like dew

Upon the thirsty honey-comb of life.

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Beautiful thoughts drown out pain

That tore through tender flesh

In the powerless moments of life.

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A gentle touch, softly given,

Eases a distressed spirit

And empowers a healing balm.

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Eccl. 12:13-14

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter.  Fear God and keep His commandments, for there is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work unto judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.”

Snit for Snat

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Proverb 31:26 “She opens her mouth with wisdom; her tongue is the law of kindness.”

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Good morning and may you be comforted in the knowledge that God loves you and watches over you.  The weather here has swapped its fall light jacket for a return to its short sleeve shirt feature.  Near 80° today, a pleasant day for finishing fall chores outdoors perhaps?  We’re plucking tomatoes off the vines and cutting gorgeous roses from our climbers out back.  Don’t have the heart to tell them both that their time to shine is a bit past.  Oh, well, they will sense it soon, as surely as my body definitely recognizes its advance towards the 71 year mark.

The proverb today came to mind when I was overtaken with a craving to refund a snitty for snatty.  Do you ever catch that modus operandi making for a hasty leap onto your pages of life before you’ve even given it a thought?  Only a listening ear for that all too familiar whisper of God will rescue you from a nasty fall from grace.

“Wisely choose your words,” it exhorts us.   Yes, Father, I shall.  However, I need a few seconds, rather, minutes to spit these despicable expressions down the drain that you see hanging from my lower lip.   I thought I had flushed those years ago.  Really.  Sorry.

“Speak kindly words that are sufficient for the time and place.”    Yes, Father, I hear you.  Kindly is a choice word:  Friendly, caring, gentle, compassionate, and more.  Nice.   All are well-spoken and fit for a king, or a child of the king.  Hey, that’s me!  I am His child.  Amen.

I suddenly realized that kindly is how I want to be treated, and by returning snatty with a kindness . . . well, that takes away the sting, the pain, the chance of misunderstanding, and the further lowering of respect for that person about to receive my snitty in return.    That’s how my Father expects me to live.

I’m surely glad my Father whispers to me!  He loves me, this I know . . .  for the Bible tells me so.

An afternoon and evening of kindly phrases and praises to you all.

Shalom