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An “Angry” Message

Tonight I am working on a story for the Reaching for Rain podcast. The story is called Wyatt’s Rain. It is a story about a young man who becomes very angry and bitter. He is having trouble finding a way to express his anger without hurting someone he cares about. He eventually finds hope by creating a campaign against cyber bullying at his school.

The story is still developing, but I thought about some angry messages I have seen on social media lately and wanted to give the world something to think about.

Angry Message

Ephesians 4 (TLB)

26 If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge. Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry—get over it quickly; 27 for when you are angry, you give a mighty foothold to the devil.

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Uncluttered Part 9: Failure Leads to Wisdom

I am working on a writing project called Sifting Through the Sands of Failure with my husband. During our discussion over various topics that would fit in this project, we discovered an continuous theme in each one…consequences of failure lead to wisdom.

I want to briefly share a few thoughts from a recent reflection on our discussion.

  • We learn faithfulness from the consequences of our mistakes. If we seek to avoid the consequences, we miss out on an opportunity for growth. We grow because we learn how to lift our heads and seek ways to avoid making the same mistakes again. We learn to release ourselves from self-recrimination and self-doubt. We forgive ourselves and release anyone we may blame. We know that as we choose our own actions, we choose to accept the fallout of the mistakes we make.
  • Forgiveness doesn’t wipe away the memory or the lesson that comes from failure, hurt, or disappointment; it releases the humiliation of being found out. When we recover from our embarrassment, we can then evaluate the process that lead failure. Failure is a process just like restoration and success. If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that we ignored warning signs along the way to our mistake.
  • Wisdom is taking what we’ve experienced and using the lesson to shape future decisions. This involves seeing or observing the journey to failure and mapping out a plan to avoid similar setbacks.
  • Failure is a waste if it doesn’t result in wisdom.

This lesson reminds me of a song I heard recently. The artist, Tauren Wells, says that God is Lord of the hills and valleys in our lives and if He placed on the mountain or in the valley He is with us. Jesus was all about teaching. He didn’t just teach about the sweet and good things (hills), He also used the failures and disappointments of others (valleys).

The Creator of the universe
Isn't surprised by where we are or what we do
He always knew
How we would choose.

The Creator knows how to deliver
Help isn't far away.
Hope is blowing in 
On the winds of His angles.

As God of hills and valleys, He has a purpose for where ever we are. We should be quick to look for the lesson or purpose for our current situation, whether we are up or down. We should ask God to show us how to share what we’ve learned from every experience of success  and failure. Our journeys through failures and successes aren’t just for us, they are to bless  others. When we share our successes, we give hope to others’ dreams. When we share our failures and the lessons we learned from them, we give hope that we all have power to overcome.

Thank the Lord for the hills and the valleys, and ask Him for wisdom to understand the lesson and purpose for the journey.

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Hills & Valleys by C. Mosley

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)   For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mama’s Legacy

“When I grow up I want to be like you,” said many a child to their mother. I can say that for certain, because my mom is amazing. She isn’t just my mom, she is mom to many others as well. She is also a sister to the ladies who are not her own and she is grandmother to so many children, I don’t really know how many nieces and nephews I have. My mom is a Proverbs 31 lady without even trying.

She is strong and is respected by the people.
    She looks forward to the future with joy.
26 She speaks wise words
    and teaches others to be kind.
27 She watches over her family
    and never wastes her time.
28 Her children speak well of her.
    Her husband also praises her,
29 saying, “There are many fine women,
    but you are better than all of them.”
30 Charm can fool you, and beauty can trick you,
    but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned;
    she should be praised in public for what she has done.

Since today is a day set aside to pay tribute to mothers, I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to do something a little extra for mine.

 

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Morning

Morning draws me to You
Seeking Your face
Seeking Your presence
Thankful for Your grace.

Morning draws me to You
Bringing You my heart
Bringing You my praise
Thankful for a fresh start.

Morning draws me to You
Listening at Your feet
Listening for Your instruction
Thankful that it’s You who makes me complete.

Thank You for the morning.
Thank You for the dawn.
Thank You for new mercies
Found in each one.

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Lamentations 3:22-23  New Century Version (NCV)

22 The Lord’s love never ends; His mercies never stop.
23 They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great.

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Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Galatians 6: 7 (NIRV) 

Don’t be fooled. You can’t outsmart God. A man gathers a crop from what he plants.

 

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When a Nation Prays Together

When a nation prays together
What differences would we see?
There would be more love
And less focus on what separates you from me.

When a nation prays together
What would happen to each child?
There would be less violence
And more hopeful, cheerful smiles.

When a nation prays together,
How many prisons would seize to exist?
There would be fewer desperate people
And deeper understanding about the crimes they commit.

A praying nation would change more lives.
There would be more cause for hope, more evidence of peace.
The world would begin a transformation
The hunger and devastation of negligence would seize.

Today is the National Day of Prayer.
God hears and sees each need.
He will respond to our cry and act
When a nation prays and believe.

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2 Chronicles 7:14-15 (NLV)
14 if My people who are called by My name put away their pride and pray, and look for My face, and turn from their sinful ways, then I will hear from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open. And My ears will hear the prayer that is made in this place.