Detours!

I am on a sister-trip and we have unanimously named this trip DETOUR.1-carflood

Many plans to get to the trip were detoured. Finances of course are always full of surprises.  The lost keys detoured clever plans to keep 2 keys for the trip as we change drivers.  On the way to pick up sister 3 we were half way down the last road when we saw the barricades. Road closed. Why don’t they tell you this when you turn on the road?

Then there were the storms. On the way to Indianapolis we had a storm delay in Burlington, WI. We finally got a late lunch and thought we would see how far we could get when one sister spotted another huge dark cloud moving toward us. We quickly turned off the freeway and headed for a motel. We barely got the car under the portico when the cloud opened and winds picked up to 50 mph. Glad to be inside, we had to also detour the healthy diet and order pizza.

On the road the next morning we were warned a bridge was out where we were headed but “you’ll probably be ok, unless you want to take exit 10 or 14 and go around it”.  Yeah, sure. We took the suggested exit and about 20 minutes later came to more blockades -road closed, and the detour had a detour!  Another hour out of our way but we finally made it to destination 3 hours late.There were more detours, of course – several of them happy ones like the nephew who saw our moose picture – taken outside a restaurant we would not have visited but for the detour that preceded it. We were glad to be able to see him!  birdexercise

Is your life filled with detours too?   We think it is pretty hard to avoid those unexpected events – and we seem to be three times as likely to find them when traveling together.  And what can we do about them?  Not much besides look around us and see what we would have missed but for the barricades, the recalculating GPS, the storms that forced us to seek shelter.  What would have we missed if the barricades had not been there?  Rough roads, potential danger, and a blessing we treasure. Just like the storms forced us to curtail our plans and seek shelter, so do those other storms of life stop us in our tracks and eagerly seek shelter and directions with The Lord!

We are currently analyzing another detour in our plans. How about you?  Recalculating? Seeking shelter?  Needing direction?  Psalm 119:105 says God will shed a light on our path step by step – detour by bumpy detour. TombCalvary

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Announcing: Be The Miracle!

WHOOO HOOOO – Dream Come True!

I’m on the road with a sister trip and will do a launch party in early September – but in the 1-miraclecover  meantime couldn’t wait to announce the book is out and available on Amazon!

NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM!

I’ll be posting in a couple of days, but wanted to take a minute to thank all my followers and prayer warriors for their encouragement for this dream come true!  I couldn’t have done it without your faithful friendship.

 

Delores

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Starting Over

What joys and struggles our niece and her family have gone through to reach this long 1-TrinLarryawaited goal – their new home.   When first married the husband’s job transfer took them out of state. Finally settled, they went into the city for her job interview and while there, lightening struck their apartment complex, destroying all their possessions – even their precious kitten.   What could they do but start over? Gradually they rebuilt their lives and expanded their families with a little girl. Work, plus the commute didn’t give the family much time together. Daddy’s subway commute to work ended at the twin towers, so they decided as often as they could to go early as a family and breakfast together at a little spot beneath the tower, then Daddy would go off to work from there, Mom and daughter could pick up any necessities and return home. The night before 9-11 baby was fussy and the exhausted couple overslept. They awoke to the devastating news of the 9-11 attack, and realized that if they’d awakened on time, they would have been beneath the towers. Grieving the great loss with the rest of America, they soon had to grieve Daddy’s job too – like many other companies that needed to rebuild, jobs were eliminated.   What could they do but start over? The importance of family rose through new heights, and when a new job was offered back in the area where they married, they returned to Florida. They gradually rebuilt their lives again and at long last moved to a lovely apartment complex. Here their family expanded by another daughter and a son. The only drawback from this location was that Daddy’s aging parents were in another state 1-LarryTrinFamilyabout 14 hours away. Their vacations and job searches focused on getting near Daddy’s parents – especially when his mother had a life-threatening crisis. While on one of their trips to visit his parents, a new challenge was literally spreading over their sweet apartment. Apparently one of the renters in their multiple-apartment complex had bedbugs and improperly sprayed without contacting the manager to properly seal off the area. Instead of being eradicated, the bugs spread to other apartments, and our niece and family came home to a condemned apartment building. Once again everything was destroyed. It was heart rending to lose baby mementos and all property except what they had taken on vacation. It was heartbreaking to discover their insurance considered the loss an ‘act of God’ and would not reimburse anything.   What could they do but start over? While staying with friends, word spread of their need and someone mentioned a trailer that was available, so they loaded the mattresses and other gifts they’d received from friends and family and relocated again. A few months later, they thought there must be a mistake with the $600-$800 electric bills, but a utility company survey said the property and window air conditioner were old and there was not anything that could be done to reduce that expense. Scrimping to cover their debt the little family determined to find a way out, and to get near to Daddy’s parents. Their prayers 1-LaryTrinRedHousewere answered with a job transfer a couple hours away from parents, where a lovely home now awaits their arrival. A couple of the people involved in the purchase proceedings were going to sell some furniture to them, but instead called and said, just come, we will have a surprise for you.   Their faith and determination have carried them through some big storms. We are almost there and eager to see their surprise and, this time, a joyful starting over. I have her mom with me. Tomorrow about this time we will get to join them to celebrate their fresh start.   Lam. 3:22-23      The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness. 1-Larrytrin-redhouseside   Today – and each day – is an opportunity to start over!   Has there been a time when you had to start over?            

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Offended? Accepting Offense is a Choice.

Life will always have difficult people, whether it is on the job, in the family, at work or evenmean  in the church. Scripture is clear that we are not to be the offenders (2Cor. 6:3 giving no cause for offense in anything, in order that the ministry be not discredited).

 

Though we may know how to correct our own disobedience if we offend someone, it is sometimes harder to accept that we all have people in our lives who have the power to offend. But accepting the offense is in our power. We can choose to accept the offense and be offended (resentful, indignant or annoyed), or we can choose to reject the offense and respond Biblically.

 

There are a number of possible reactions to offense. Here are 5 Biblical responses:

 

  1. Thoughtful

Proverbs 12:16 A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.mad0

 

Proverbs 12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

 

Opposite: Speaking without thinking or reacting instead of responding, would be thought-less instead of thought-ful. Instead of reacting, think about it and pray about it before you respond.

 

  1. Gracious

Proverbs 5:1 Pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words fo insight

 

Ecclestiastes 10:12 Words from a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips

 

Gracious – godly, pleasing, marked by kindness and courtesy, tact and delicacy are seldom heard when emotions are high. A wise man looks to the end result for others, instead of satisfying his own emotions.

 

  1. Pleasant

Proverbs 16:21 The wise in heart are called discerning and pleasant words promote Buddy Greeneinstruction.

 

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones

 

How can our words be pleasant and profitable for others? By asking yourself before speaking – how can I speak so I will bring profit to this person?

 

Besides, aren’t we all more likely to listen to and learn from pleasant words?

 

  1. Kind

Job 6:25 How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?

 

2Timothy 2:24 And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, IMG_2612able to teach, patient when wronged

 

If our words are in the best interest of the hearer, they will heal instead of hurt.

 

  1. Beneficial

Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

 

3John 11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.

 

 

but if we are to make the choice to apologize.

 

I hope you feel armed – you and I will be offended – likely every day – but how you and I respond is our choice.

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Review – Divine Walls

I am so blessed to be part of the CWA review crew!  This review of wall art by Divine Walls is one example of one of the many awesome products we get to test run and keep :)

I’ve seen several homes enhanced with wall art, but didn’t know how easy it is to apply.

Step 1 – a wall in need:

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I love the sign a dear friend made, but felt my office wall needed “something more.” The call for reviewers for Divine Walls was just the thing!

Since my tagline is Be the Miracle!  I went to their website http://www.divinewalls.com and simply entered Miracle in the search bar. Several choices came up.  Each selection is available in varied sizes from 15″ wide and 4.9″ tall  to 135″ wide x 44″ tall and is available in your choice of color!  The size of my Divine Walls art is 25″ x 8.3″.

Once I’d selected my wall art, I had only to eagerly wait. :)  Next the package arrived – a round tube, with the rolled up wall art and a sheet of simple directions.

IMG_6736My wall as you see is over the desk, and so I called upon my can-do-most-anything hubby.

Four simple steps:  mark the wall where we wanted it, slowly and carefully peel off the backing and apply to the wall using a credit card to smooth away any bubbles or wrinkles,

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IMG_6741Then apply to the wall using a credit card to smooth away any bubbles or wrinkles…. and final step – carefully peel off the top paper, revealing my beautiful saying.

It only took about 20 minutes. Voila!

 

I am very pleased to have this lovely Divine Walls saying of my choice to brighten up my office space.  Knowing I can also order custom sayings of my choice, I will definitely be visiting their site and ordering more!

Check out their website at http://www.DivineWalls.org and find Religious Wall Art Decor the many uplifting and encouraging sayings for those who believe!  Here’s the difference it made in my sunshine room.  We are very pleased and next time I will try a bigger one!IMG_6744

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 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

 

 

 

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Spiritual Selfies

We can be grateful that our spiritual selfies are not usually revealed on Facebook. But have armorhelmet no doubt that God and others recognize spiritual selfie look-alikes. Jesus helps us to see our Spiritual Selfies within parables. A new project – quick snapshots of  Old and New Testament Biblical characters who unknowingly revealed their own spiritual selfies through their behavior. We are no different, really.

 

For a taste – check out Absalom’s — It is longer than usual, but I’d like to know what you think.

Absalom – Creating an Image

 

All photos are accurate. None of them is the truth. ~Richard Avedon

 

Political figures are all about creating an image they want people to believe. Absalom would be in his glory in our politically oriented world. He had every reason to admire what he saw in the mirror, as 2 Samuel 14:25 tells us: “in all Israel was no one as handsome as Absalom, so highly praised; from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no defect in him.” Selfie material for sure! And Absalom knew how to promote it.

 

Physically, Absalom had it all. Outwardly he was attractive to the extreme, and continuing chapters reveal that he was also very cunning and clever. The city’s gate was the hangout place in Absalom’s day and he would often show up there telling the disgruntled if only he was their representative, he would solve their problems. People say if you hear something often enough, you will come to believe it, and Absalom was using his words and his natural features to win and manipulate the hearts of the people – and to hide his secrets.

 

Absalom’s passion stirred from anger over a grave injustice to his sister – an understandable reason to seek justice. However, Absalom’s choice of how to handle his burden (retain and inflame bitterness and refuse God’s justice) created a Spiritual Selfie that mocked what he was daily ‘selling’ to admirers.

 

What do we hide behind in our selfies? The majority of us don’t likely see the perfection 7001Absalom saw, but we do try to capture the fleeting moments of our own glory. Like Absalom, we also have the power to choose to manipulate those who love us, and to let the evils in our past guide and control our actions in the present and the future.

 

You likely know Absalom’s ending – his head and renowned hair were caught in a tree, once again calling attention to himself, though quite by accident. He was discovered and defeated on his way to what he assumed would be certain victory.

 

Absalom’s spiritual selfie is not so very attractive because he chose to misuse the gifts God gave him in order to execute vengeance himself.

 

How can we avoid Absalom’s path? Romans 12:19 is clear: “ Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.”

 

The choice is still the same – to put off bitterness we need to duck and put on forgiveness.

IF you are like me, you have tried it. Many times, and many ways, like a temporary diet, the bitterness, the craving to exact justice, always returns. Why is that? Because we try to put off behaviors in our own strength – as though we can suppress our old desires and change our ways (while keeping a bottle, a bag or a burden hidden away just in case it doesn’t work). We sometimes try to cover our spiritual selfie with new clothes, a hairstyle Delores Pic 1or makeup in order to hear, like Absalom, the praise of friends and followers that we are “lookin’ good.”

 

But we know the truth. God is taking our spiritual selfies. He sees what and who we can be – through the lens of our Savior – IF we accept His Lordship.

 

God’s pattern is to first put on. NLT Romans 13:14 instructs us to give up trying what we can never do on our own: “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.”

In other words duck! Get out of God’s way. Our performing vengeance “for the Lord” can only be ineffective or make things worse. When we try to role-play the Holy Spirit and mete out actions we feel others deserve, we are actually blocking God from doing His work.

We know how things are, and we spend a lot of time whining to God whose fault it is that things are the way they are. We also spend too much time putting our “Absalom” forward – creating an image of what we want the world to see.

 

The presence of Christ, however, helps us to see things as they should be and can be.   We can give the critical spirit to God…and begin to see the enemy as God sees them: already defeated.

 

Psalm 9-(The Message)

They’re trapped, those godless countries, in the very snares they set, prison-bars-590x354

Their feet all tangled in the net they spread.
They have no excuse; the way God works is well-known.
The cunning machinery made by the wicked has maimed their own hands.

The wicked bought a one-way ticket to hell.
…Shake them up, God!
Show them how silly they look.

Show us too, God, how silly we look trying to create and enhance our own image, and trying to act out your role –playing God instead of forgiving. Help us, Lord, to put on your character qualities and create a selfie that focuses on you.

 

The Spiritual Selfie:

 

Reverse the Focus: Forgiveness

Read Jesus’ response to judging another; then search my own heart

Jesus’ response to judging one another

John 8:7-9 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” And again 7229He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And when they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst.

 

Search my own heart

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me,

And lead me in the everlasting way.

What forgiveness is not:

  • It is not forcing the other person to say they are sorry.
  • It is not, if they do apologize, expecting or requiring them to name the specific way they hurt you.
  • It is not interfering with God’s judgment, in his own way and time. (That is the hard part for most of us)

 

It is rather, releasing the offense and all resulting repercussions to God. Forgiveness is to resist judging or displaying a lack of love.

 

Instead I want to submit and let God search my motives, thoughts, words, and actions. Pray that I may recall how only God has the power to condemn or forgive, and how He chose to love and forgive me while I was still a sinner. Now He chooses to demonstrate His love through me, by giving me the choice to allow His spirit to work through me – or not.

 

It’s been jokingly said that some people never get ulcers because they are only the carriers,FierceWomancover but in reality each offense taken from life issues offers the choice of ulcers or healing (spiritual as well as physical); and erosion a natural result if we constantly choose to internalize life events rather than (thinking on these things) processing the event into an opportunity for God to work.

 

Zoom In: Remember John 4:7. The first two words – Draw near – imply an action – a choice of movement toward Jesus. If we put ON the rain repellant, our coat can RESIST the water. In the same way Putting OFF – resisting – is a result of our choice of action to apply the solution and power available. In moving closer we clearly recognize the fact that we are not alone and now have the strength of the Savior replacing our own.

 

Capture it: Draw 3 columns on a journal page

Column 1 – List each grievance, injustice, or bitterness followed by initials or name.

Column 2 – Give them to God – Literally pray, visualize if it helps, placing grievance and person in God’s hands, and then write GTG (gave to God) next to each.

Column 3 – Fill in date or change when it comes to either party (injured or antagonist). This could come in hours, days, months, or years.

 

It has been said that not forgiving is like you taking poison and expecting the other party to suffer the effects. This exercise is for YOU – to free you from the effects of bitterness, and to change your Spiritual Selfie.

 

Filling up with – Forgiveness

Repels/puts off – Judging – In light of God’s love, what is the right thing to do or say?

 

Matt 7:1-2      “by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”

 

Likes: Let God create your new image – you will both love it!IMG_1939

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest at Word Sharpeners

I’m excited to be a guest at Tamera Kraft’s blog Word Sharpeners today grammasbadge2BL

Come visit and check it out!

 

https://wordsharpeners.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/guest-author-delores-liesner-look-what-god-has-done/

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After Losing a Child – Behold!

Does God speak to you through His scriptures?  Perhaps you can relate to my experience.

Today I read Is. 43:19

“Behold, I will do something new,

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Now it will spring forth;

Will you not be aware of it?

I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,

Rivers in the desert.

Behold!

I

will

do

something

new…

Have you seen the spring? It is flowing in abundance.

 

Did you find the road yet? Have you even been looking? 1-RPEbook 1

 

Thirsty? Are your lips dry, your throat parched? Think you are alone in the desert?

 

Be encouraged, look outside yourself to see there are rivers in your desert. And there is a roadway in the midst of your sadness and mourning… and I AM there!

When I read that first word again –

Behold!

It brought to mind our 4 year old “reading” the story of Christ’s birth in Luke 2:10 – Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news

 

Laurie memorized that entire chapter of Luke 2 at age 4. She asked to learn it, and I merely showed her the page in her New Testament, saying “This is Luke,” and I would read the chapter. She had a vision that she could learn it and would recite it for the church 1-Laurcher3n1Christmas program.

 

The night of the program I handed her the little testament closed. She called me to the platform: “Mom, please open to the page.” I quickly opened the book anywhere and handed it back. Chagrined she brought a little laughter to the audience, handing the testament back – “Mom that’s the wrong page. It is not Luke 2.” She apparently recognized those words and they helped her fulfill her vision to recite the portion for our congregation.

 

She had the BEHOLD! vision:

Behold originates from the Hebrew word chazah, khaw-zaw´; a primitive root; to gaze at; mentally, to perceive, contemplate (with pleasure); specifically, to have a vision of:—behold

 

Twelve Hundred Eighty One times that word – behold – appears in my Bible. Bible study

Can you imagine God trying to get through to Delores –

 

Behold! Contemplate what I am telling you – perceive it (grasp, understand, appreciate) what comes after this word.

 

Today, He said it again.

 

Delores – Behold!

 

Contemplate what I am telling you

 

I am (the great I AM)

 

Is going to create– (from pagge÷llw epaggello, ep-ang-el´-lo – a promise)

 

something (abedah, ab-ay-daw´, something so broken it seems lost) bridgeout

 

New – to rebuild (chadash, khaw-dash´; a primitive root; to be new; causatively, to rebuild:—renew, repair.)

 

 

It will come like a spring (natural, upward flowing, life-giving)

 

Will you not be aware of it?

 

Will you envision it, watch for it, anticipate it with pleasure?

 

I will even (from }owth, oth – surprisingly, unexpectedly like a signal, an evidence, a miracle)

 

Make (literally – cause) a roadway (from derek – a safe way)

 

In (while I am there – with you!)   Christian Fish

 

the wilderness (desert of the fugitive – the wilderness (desolate place) of wandering)

 

Rivers – (from Aram Naharayim – the two rivers Euphrates and Tigris – Eden!) Eden – ednah, ed-naw – delight self – to live voluptouly!

 

In (do you get it Delores – Eden IN your desolate place)

 

the desert. (from owbiyl, o-beel´ — a place of mourning)

 

My message today:

 

Delores – Look around you!

Contemplate with pleasure what I am telling you. I AM with you in your desert.  I AM is promising, in the near future, to complete, fulfill, rebuild, and restore what has been drained from you. It will come like a natural spring, flowing from the source – will you even notice it if you aren’t watching?

 

While you are in this funk of feeling desolate, lost and sad, I will surprise you with refreshment of restored delight, enabling you live voluptuously – full of delight to your Footprnts insandsenses and expectantly, as you step onto the path I reveal to you.

It’s ok if you are finding it hard to take that first step. Just tell me you want to, and I will carry you, until you can walk.

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After Losing a Child – Feeling Like Alice, in Wonderland

I’ve been reading a most compelling novel Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant.  One 1-Love-piecesof the main character’s life events leave her feeling like Alice in Wonderland.  Ironically, though the topic of the book and the character’s story are far different than mine, I find myself relating immensely.  With the author’s permission,  the  portion in italics that deeply touched me is quoted below.  You will see why I too feel like Alice in Wonderland.

Well, maybe Alice after she fell down the hole and started exploring her new territory.

Everywhere – no matter the surroundings – good or bad, encouraging or discouraging, tender or tough, is the lingering sensation that things aren’t as they should be.

Or what they seem.

Unfamiliar.

Unknown.

All upside down and too small and too big, all at once.  Aimeeonpost2077

 

Strange and familiar should not be able to coexist.

 

All of my world is not the way it used to be.

 

And neither am I.

 

But some is still the same.

 

I am still mom to Laurie, Cheri, and Kevin. Our3kids

I am still married to Ken.

I am still a Christ-Follower

I AM is still with me.

 

There are still a lot of wonderful, wonderful memories from my past.

And the dark times are still covered by Jesus’ blood.

 

I met a young woman many years back, who told me I probably could not understand…because she had anxiety attacks and flashbacks from some of life’s pain. She was surprised to find I did understand. I’m surprised to find I understand again.

 

She was surprised to hear me tell her praiseful practice of the presence of Christ would 1-Practicepresencecreate a thankful heart and a thankful heart would create worship, and worship would bright light and peace.

 

I am surprised, though I shouldn’t be, that despite additional painful losses, my remedy is still the same – a choice to praise and give thanks for Christ’s continued presence, and in practicing that find thankfulness, like a light in the darkness, and a crescendo of worship.

 

In the midst of a fast for a particularly trying time I wasn’t sure I would live through God led me to write a song. It was after a message by Navigator staff, John Purvis shared an old song – Is That All There Is.

 

I went home wondering If this is all there is – would I be satisfied? If all I had (though I’ve had much more) was to know Christ and have a single opportunity to make Him known to another – would I be satisfied?

 

I began to think about other suffering Christian people and a few whose personal story of faith filled me with awe and wonder. Could I know that peace in such trial? Would I accept the pain as a path to worship? I honestly did not want to experience their losses or anything close to find out. When I told them each laughingly told me they did not want to live out most of my story either, and they all said their goal was still only that Christ be glorified.

 

Someday perhaps I too will be able to say:

 

 

If this is all there is Lauriegreetingme

If this is all there is

If this is all there is to life

Then Lord, I’m satisfied

 

 

 

Tsunamis of disaster – Fall without, within

The earth itself is groaning – In agony from sin

 

In my strength I could not bear the suffering I’ve known

Or the joy of understanding, that my penalty’s atoned!

 

To be known and yet accepted IMG_2070

Forgiven and loved still

To hear your voice at my right hand

To walk within your will

 

If this is all there is

If this is all there is

If this is all there is to life

Then Lord, I’m satisfied

 

Economies are failing, cancer’s on the rise

Promises are broken, and no pleasures satisfy

 

Though troubles that afflict us in number many be

This I know God’s in control, no matter what I see!

 

His quiet love has freed me of IMG_9779

The threat of anxious fear

Replacing it with confidence

That God is God and He is here!

 

And if this is all there is

If this is all there is

If this is all there is to life

Then Lord, I’m satisfied

And then there’s your life –
If this is all there is… 1-Glow ofHeavenly-Rays-

will you be satisfied?

 

 

 

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Two Faces of Anger

I think God is disappointed if we don’t get angry sometimes – like if we just avert our face mad0and walk on by when injustice is happening to a child, a pet, or another person. Sure I feel angry at times (often at myself). Why do I have that emotion? The Bible acknowledges that we (people created in the image of God) will get angry from time to time. But does that mean that

All anger is sin

Anger equals hatred

No good can come from anger

or

If I am angry about injustice then angry reactions are excusable as righteous indignation

I try to answer my question with questions – beginning with: What is anger anyway?

  1. Dictionary definition: To excite annoyance, antagonism or exasperation as the result of a real or supposed grievance; to provoke; to rouse resentment. Strong emotional reaction of displeasure, often leading to plans for revenge or punishment.
  2. Emotion definition: Anger is described as a secondary emotion – a reaction we feel immediately after we feel something else – a warning to let us know when a situation is not right. Anger is a strong motivator to speak up or act and make change happen.
  3. Biblical potential:to stretch oneself out in order to touch or to grasp something, to reach after or desire change (i.e. to correct an injustice –a flame stretching out to warm rather than to consume)

Many great leaders have been commended for their commendable control in managing miltary3their anger to take action and correct is wrong in their environment, or in themselves.  In The Wrath of a Great Leader, Hitendra Wadhwa says “Without anger, they would not have the awareness or the drive to fix what is wrong. “

 

Now let’s take a look at what anger means in a couple of verses

 

Ephesians 4:26-27 (New American Standard Version)

Be angry (provoked)

And yet do not sin

Do not let the sun go down on your anger,

And do not give the devil an opportunity

Anger, according to Strong’s 3709  in in this verse comes from orgḗ (“settled anger”) proceeds from an internal disposition which steadfastly opposes someone or something based on extended personal exposure, i.e. solidifying what the beholder considers wrong (unjust, evil).

Proverbs 14:29 (International Standard Version)

Being slow to get angry compares to great understanding as being quick-tempered compares to stupidity.

 

Blu014Here, anger stems from aph -which means nostril, or nose – the image of someone puffing, or swelling up or snorting in rage and loss of self-control

 

Have you ever seen an injustice and felt yourself puff up and inhale in anger that someone could do such a thing. This is the instant emotion – an original susceptibility that is not necessarily sinful but certainly can lead to sinful action. That is why this verse encourages us to be slow to ever let our anger control us.

 

So neither of these verses indicate sin is feeling angry, but both indicate it can become sin if the emotion is allowed to be continual (family members not speaking for years), excessive (brutal or to exact revenge), not controlled (reaction not response), or without cause.

 

One of my favorite illustrations of foolish anger is the story of Jonah, where the exhausted rebel collapses to give up and die, and overnight God gives him a plant for shade, then overnight God allows the plant to wither and die. God’s point was to reveal to Jonah his compassion for the plant was greater than for the people whom God wanted to give opportunity for reconciliation. Jonah wanted the Ninevites to suffer – and perhaps they deserved it, but it was not Jonah’s decision it was God’s.

 

A few lessons I’ve learned about anger: Andrea2mean

 

  1. I can accept that anger is a natural reaction to injustice, but, like all emotions, needs to be under the control of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Recognizing the goal of spiritual battles with principalities and powers are aimed to weaken relationships and divide churches helps me direct my anger, provocation or reaction to injustice at the right enemy (Who are my Ninevites that I do not think deserve forgiveness? Where does the idea that only those who deserve forgiveness should receive it? If I do not take steps to resolve the issue or surrender it to God, I am giving the devil control over my emotions)
  3. Staying angry and nurturing bitterness takes more ongoing effort than dissolving it. It is more painful too.
  4. I am not responsible for anyone’s opinions or attitudes but my own – and I have to answer to God for them. Will I be as ignorant as Jonah stating my reason to be angry?
  5. It is said that whatever keeps me angry controls me. Scripture says I must not go to bed angry – I can resolve it, I can let the provocation incite me to do something good about the situation or I can leave it with God to resolve.
  6. Retaining anger at my own action or inaction is useless and defeating, and destructive self-talk is misuse of a God-instilled emotion. One-another in Ephesians 4:32 stems from allelon, al-lay´-lone and includes: each other, mutual, (the other), (them-,and your-)selves) – Eph. 4:32 Be gentle with one another,( sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.
  7. Gentleness and anger can coexist.  Deal with the problem, the motive, and not the person.

 

 

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