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Category Archives: Monday Musings

father and son

Where’s the love?

  I asked the choir to sing “Love Lifted Me” yesterday. We arrived at practice and Pastor Dave was whistling it. I had chosen two much slower songs and thought an upbeat one would be an improvement. The song was a success. The choir sounded great. The congregation enjoyed singing along. (I didn’t sing with the choir because I’m still having pain where that tooth was pulled that doesn’t allow me to keep my mouth open long enough for practice and service, but that’s another story.) Then the service started. I’d be lying if I said the idea for this blog post hit me then. In all honesty, I wondered why we sang the song. […]

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fence sitting

I have decided

Amy Grant had a song many years ago by that title: I Have Decided. Hearing it today made me think of those of us who sit on the fence, trying to straddle good and evil, wanting to be a light to this broken world, but afraid to fully turn from the darkness. I suppose I spent a number of years in that place. It’s not a good place to be. We are called to make a decision. And to make it fully. Now we know from verse 1 of chapter 1 that the book of James is written to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad. It is not written to the church, the body […]

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wheelchair and woman

Am I yet carnal?

1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? Thursday afternoon we had choir practice. I had a POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) attack while there. During a POTS attack my heart races and my blood pressure drops. My meds usually work quickly to control it, but it takes days or even weeks to fully recover from a bad attack. After driving home (which I shouldn’t have been doing), I let my goats and sheep out and went down the hill to put away my chickens. While ducking myself down under the chicken coop to reach the […]

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One of the most rewarding things we can do in life is surrender. Wave the white flag. Give up. No, surrender doesn’t make us a coward. It means we’ve finally come to realize that we can’t fix everything. When we reach the end of ourselves and surrender to God we find a peace. It doesn’t mean that nothing ever bothers us again, but we know that He knows the end from the beginning. Whatever it is that is causing us turmoil, making us lose sleep, and giving us a severe headache is easily understood from His perspective. He can see what will happen. He wants the best for us. Sometimes giving us the best will […]

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faces and reflections

Do we see our own reflection?

 This topic keeps coming up recently. First a friend discussed the possibility of preaching on the subject. Then I had a dream about it. Christians judging other Christians. Being Judgmental. We all know the verse everyone uses when they are upset about being judged. Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. Unfortunately for those people, there are plenty of other verses that talk about righteous judgment. And Matthew 7 goes on to say, that you will be judged by your own measure. So, if you are judging others, expect to be judged by that standard. Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, […]

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woman thumbs up

My Answer Is Yes! What’s yours?

A few days ago, I wrote a post on obedience. If I am going to write about it, I should live up to it, right? I thought I was being obedient. I attended choir practice when I didn’t want to. I continued my writing ministry. However, the Lord has made it clear to me that there are areas where my obedience remains lacking. This morning, I made some changes and had a talk with my Pastor to remedy that. I’ve had this feeling like God was telling me to do a couple of things, but I have been resistant. Why would I resist what I believe is the leading of the Holy Spirit? Let me count out the […]

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Girl with Bible

The Intent to Be Obedient

Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys. ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters The above quote makes me think. The Screwtape Letters are written from a devils perspective and when looked at with a biblical perspective, can really shed some light on the spiritual warfare going on around us. In order to fight in that war, we need to put on the whole Armour of God, which you can find in […]

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piano keys

A Dusty Piano

I sat down at my portable piano/keyboard on Thursday to practice a new song. I wasn’t surprised to find a thin layer of dust covering it. It’s that time of year. The windows are open and if I am not constantly using something, it will be covered in dust. The song Dust on the Bible immediately came to mind. I’m not sharing it here, because it has the implication in it that you can somehow earn salvation simply by reading it, when we know that salvation is by Grace through faith and that it is through Jesus Christ, and Him alone, not our own works that we are saved. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved […]

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busy bee

Profitable and Productive or Busy and Barren?

Some days it pays for me to examine myself. 1 Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. The verse is used more in the context of sin and partaking of the Lord’s table, but we’ll use it in a devotional rather than doctrinal sense here. If we inspect our own fruit ‘judge ourselves,’ and taking a hard look at our own fruitfulness then we won’t need God to do it for us. We’ll come to Him on our own and ask Him to show us how we can fulfill His will for us. Sometimes we’re unfruitful because we’re taking on work that does not belong to us. We’re not […]

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