He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. - Colossians 1:15-16

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Five Minute Friday – Impactful Words




Why your words matter…what a powerful and thought provoking idea. 

Immediately it brings to mind memories, both good and bad, of words spoken by me and others. 

Words that…

Sting
        Hurt
                Crush the spirit
                        Kill
                                Teardown
Injure
        Cut
                Are Harsh
                        Graceless
                                Bitter
Wrath-filled
        Rage
                Destroy
                        Steal
                                Unforgiving

Words that will be remembered for a lifetime. 

Words of life
        and death
                Good
                        and evil

Words that…

Encourage
        Build up
                Heal
                        Strengthen
                                Tender
Grace filled
        Hope
                Thankful
                        Gratitude
                                Peace
Joy
        Forgiveness
                Life giving

Christ centered words
        Other centered words
                Self-centered words

Words I should never have said
        Words I wished I had never heard

Words I regret
        Words I wished I had said

Words that can’t be taken back
        Words that can never be said

Timely words
        Timeless words

Truth
        Lies

Opportune time
        The wrong time

Words that reveal the darkness of soul without Christ

Words that reveal the transforming work of Christ in our lives

Words that honor and glorify God
Words that bring reproach from unbelievers

Even now, 40 years later, I can still remember words I wish I had never heard.  Words that impacted me for life.  I also remember the words of those who sow life giving, timeless truth from God’s word into my life.

What words will I choose today?  I need to remember that words really do matter. 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21

It’s another Saturday morn and I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s FiveMinute Friday writing challenge.  Head over to her website “Lisa Jo Baker Tales from a Gypsy Mama”.  Be sure to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

1/11/14 Five Minute Friday – This Tapestry Called Life



Thank You Lord
For helping me to see
That I’m viewing this tapestry called life
From the back side

That which appears
Nothing more than a tangled mess of threads
Ugly, random and without purpose
Looks much different from the other side

There is a day coming
When I will view this tapestry
From Your side
From God’s perspective

It is then I will see purpose and meaning
In trials and tribulation
I will comprehend that which I could not see
This side of heaven

What seems like justice delayed
Is not justice denied
All Your accounts are not settled
Here on earth

You are patient, merciful and compassionate
To the ungodly and unrighteous
You desire for all to come to repentance
That no one would perish

Those who have been declared righteous
Through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross
One day their pain will cease
Their suffering will be redeemed

It is not so with the ungodly and unrighteous
Those who reject Christ’s perfect sacrifice for sin
For they will give an account to God
To the One who is holy, righteous and just

One day I will see
How You perfectly wove the dark threads
Along with the bright and beautiful colors
In this tapestry called life


By Susan Wachtel
January 11, 2014

Yesterday morning I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  After writing, I had to head out the door for a busy day after a long week.  But I still wanted to post something for this week’s submission.  If you would like to try your hand at the five minute challenge, head over to her website “Lisa Jo Baker Tales from aGypsy Mama”.  Be sure to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Overshadow



While ironing this evening I realized I continue to think about and focus on a difficult person in my life.  I’ve been more focused on the person than on God. 

I’ve let this person eclipse and overshadow and what God is able to do in my situation, including dealing with people who are too difficult for me to handle.  They are not too much for Him.

If perchance God continues to allow this person to misbehave, He will give me the wisdom on how to respond, the grace to respond with grace, even when it’s undeserved, just like He does with me.

More than anything, I need to be fully focused on the Lord, not my circumstances or people…but God.  May God overshadow all that concerns me today. 

Saturday, January 04, 2014

2014 One Word…Trust



Last year I participated in choosing one word to focus on for the New Year.  That word was Worship.  For 2014, I considered keeping my one word the same since I didn’t really make worship of God my main focus as much as I should have and wanted to.

After prayer and thinking about what I should focus on this year…I do believe my focus will be on Trust.  If there is one area I struggle with more than anything, its trust.  Trust of God and trusting people. 


In Hebrew the word is batach and means to trust, trust in, to have confidence in, to be bold, to be secure.  To cause to trust, make secure.  To feel safe and be careless. 

In the Greek the word is elpiz┼Ź and means to hope and to hopefully trust in.

If I can learn to trust God more this year that will be a huge and I think it will have a trickle over effect in trusting people.

Perhaps part of trusting God is knowing that He is worthy and I can reinforce that through worship. 

What would the Lord have you focus on this year?