Musings From A Musical Mind

50 Shades of PINK!!!

I say NO to grey and YES to PINK!

c67fa8d02d8d77aaf5c70a066b284534Lots of Pink

4c668f44807ed93b1e3efacf490aa4e8To add sparkle and a smile

309cc87c0c696a242fcad1f0916c2dbdWho doesn’t smile a little when they see PINK!

Happy early Valentine’s Day – may your days be filled with those people who prefer PINK over grey.

God Bless

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Surely, Lord , you bless the righteous;
Psalm 5:11-12 NIV

This is a great reminder.  The phrase, “…you bless the righteous” can sometimes be thought of as self indulgent.  Does God really bless the righteous, more than those that say, aren’t?  At least those that are not righteous according to our standards.

Who then is righteous?  Who is not?  Is it right that God blesses those He wants to?  Should there be equality even in this?

What if I’m doing everything right, have my life in order, believe in Jesus, am involved in my local church, give tithes and other monies to charities – but it’s the other person that is the one “blessed”.

This verse talks about protection.  Are the righteous blessed by protection?  Yes.  Blessing is in no way talking about anything monetary.  Nor is it talking about favor.  Although I personally believe that when we know Jesus – we have His favor and protection.

Instead it is talking about being glad – having JOY!  Knowing that the God of the universe is choosing to cast His love and protection all around us.  We should SING, DANCE, REJOICE!!  As we take refuge in Him – we have His blessing.

So when other believers say, “I am blessed” think about this verse, nod and agree.  For we all are blessed by the great almighty arms of God.

 

Smile today – for you too are blessed.

Give Me Jesus

With every problem restated

struggles for daily peace

second guessing resolutions

At the end of the day

and the end of the road

give me Jesus

Is there any problem

He can’t solve

or any dark place

He can’t light

You can have the whole world

but

give me Jesus

Maybe I’m Amazed

I’m always amazed by the talent on reality shows like “The Voice”.  This season has exceptional voices.  Here is my favorite duet so far –

Enjoy!

Are You Kind?

Yesterday morning our pastor spoke about kindness in reference to one characteristic of the “fruit” of the spirit.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Galations 5:22-23

If you are like me – this is something I used to take for granted.  Especially Christian kindness.  But more often than not, kindness is a lost art.

While he was speaking, I found myself feeling sad because of this lost art.  Like “common courtesy”.  Is it really so common? Where has true kindness, concern and respect gone?  I myself have been a victim of unkind things spoken or done to me.  And mercy – they were by Christians.  

Christians tearing down Christians.  In person, by email and lately on social media.  Yikes.

Lately there has been an tidal wave of things sent around to slander, cut down or at very least to cast doubt about another person – all in the name of Christianity for other people to read about!  Well known people.  Christian Leaders.

Now maybe you think, “FINALLY – someone said something!”  Or maybe you would not be bold enough to write that or even admit that out loud.  But maybe inside you think, “They are getting what they deserve”.  And like so many people on social media who tend to believe most everything they read about – you pass it along.

This is a problem.  No – it’s an epidemic.  Christians are called to be kind.  To be gentle.  To have self control.

Pastor Gerry said it right when he said, “If you disagree with someone you should go to them privately.  You could write them an email explaining ‘this is what I heard” but it troubles me and I want to know if you really said or did that”  This would be the kind thing to do.  It is the biblical thing to do.

Is it kind to write articles exposing someone we feel is wrong? Or off in their theology?  Or differing in their interpretation of the Bible?  What if some of the things you’ve heard or passed on are not entirely true?  Or there is an element of truth – but mostly it is hearsay?  What if it is true?  Is it our responsibility to expose and broadcast?  Should these things make us sad?  Or glad?  At times I admit that I may have had suspicions about someone and there it is in black and white right in front of me!  I think to myself, “well it’s about time someone said that!”  Shame on me.  Instead this should grieve me and cause me to pray.

I believe that Christians are caught between being too forgiving, looking the other way, winking at sin and seeming soft.  But often times the alternative is being overtly passionate and even being a bully for the sake of God’s truth and justice.  There are times when we need to stand up for justice, those that are weaker and need someone to stand in the gap, help others who cannot help themselves, show Christian love.  But I’m not referring to these cases.  I’m referring to gossip, slander and judgement”.

Here is a simple kindness test:

1.  When you read something negative about a leader, Christian or not – are you happy about it?

2. When someone you disagree with hurts you or says something unkind, do you want to retaliate?

3. Are you quick to cast judgement on events you know very little about?

4. Instead of praying for those in leadership, like our president – do you look for ways to undermine them or him and spread negative things?

If you answered yes to any of these – you probably need to practice a little more kindness.

When we practice these qualities of kindness, gentleness, and self control we will have to listen more and talk less.  Bite our tongue in some cases. Be willing to look foolish.  Pray for God’s wisdom and say nothing.

I am a work in progress.  I have said plenty of unkind things over the years.  I’ve had many unkind things said to me.  I’m learning that I do more harm than good by stating my opinion.  I try to weigh everything before I speak – or pass things along for others to read.  I’m not perfect.  I still mess up – but I’m trying to be more sensitive to the things that grieve the Holy Spirit and harm others.  I try to treat others like I would like to be treated.  I am learning that my opinion most of the time is not important.  I realize that we all make mistakes and mess up and that it is God who is the final judge.  I pray for others as I would hope that others would pray for me.  My job is to be more like Christ.  If this means that I say less and pray more – and look foolish for not having an opinion about someone  – then so be it.  I’m willing to risk it.  And I am praying for the same thing for you.

Are you kind?

 

God Bless

 

 

cindyholman:

One of my favorite songs! Enjoy and God Bless!

Originally posted on :

photo3

4 Him Christian Band

Jesus Christ Saves

View original 163 more words

Would I know You now?

Here is a great throw back Thursday!

Enjoy and God Bless!

 

Wayne Watson
Would I know You now if You walked into the room
If you stilled the crowd–If You light dispelled the gloom
And if I saw Your wounds–Touched Your thorn pierced brow
I wonder if I’d know You now
Would I know You now if You walked into this place
Would I cause You shame–Would my games be Your disgrace
Or would I worship You–Fall down upon my face
I wonder if I’d know You now
Or have the images I’ve painted
So distorted who You are
That even if the world was looking
They could not see You–The real You
Have I changed the true reflection
To fulfill my own design
Making You what I want
Not showing You forth divine
Would I miss You now if You left and closed the door
Would my flesh cry out “I don’t need You anymore”
Or would I follow You–Seek to be restored
I wonder–I wonder
Will I ever learn
I wonder–Would I ever know You now

 

Copyright © 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. / All rights reserved.

Tag Cloud

diana iannarone

Wake Up, Stand Up, and Live Free! We must all stand in our power to choose only Honor and Love.

The Fallen Pastor

The account of a former Southern Baptist Pastor who fell from grace after breaking the seventh commandment.

The Mind of RD REVILO

Conscious Thought: Driven by Intelligent Awareness

The Devotion Cafe'

Love and Empowerment is the Foundation

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band ⃟

⃟ What a strange world we live in... ⃟

Poems & People

what if poems could be symphonies, and people their orchestra?

The Fickle Heartbeat

A blog about love or lack thereof

Jesus Christ ( Yeshua ) Saves!!

Godinterest Blog

Your source for insights and information about Godinterest.com

The Light Post

Scott & Christina Graff

The Girl in the Little Black Dress

Natalie. 18. Fashion Blogger.

iwedplanner wedding vendors

This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees

Granny Smith: Unleashed

Observations and random thoughts from a "not so teenager."

meganelizabethmorales

MANNERS MAKETH MAN, BARRISON FAN, & PERPETAUL CREATIVITY.

The Life Project

Finding Clear and Simple Faith

Humanity777's Blog

The Church of Christ

The Jordan Valley

The Jordan Valley Ministries

lostcompanion

Alcoholism

Brendan Cole - Writer

Musings On Life and Other Minutiae

Chickens Bring Peace to the Earth

Slow down, pray, make better choices

Feed Only via TSS Team

generaliregi

Romance of Five Clouds and Magical Poetry

FOGwalkerBirdie

Walking in the Favor Of God

poetreecreations.org

THE BEST OF POETRY

PROPEL STEPS

Education is Everything

GIFT FROM THE HEART - Share and Care!

Appreciation, Respect and Gratitude towards all...... that there is!

Upside DIY

Born from the love of, "Do It Yourself" attitude!

BeebCreative

BRINGING GLORY TO THE CREATOR IN ALL THINGS CREATIVE

Traveling with Thomas

Follow me as I study in London and travel Europe

HarsH ReaLiTy

My goal with this blog is to offend everyone in the world at least once with my words… so no one has a reason to have a heightened sense of themselves. We are all ignorant, we are all found wanting, we are all bad people sometimes.

A Good Blog is Hard to Find

I will shatter a word and scatter the contents into the wind to share it with the world.

Mercy Not Sacrifice

The Blog of Morgan Guyton

Life Confusions

"I Will Find Words, Smith them Down. For Love Is Infinite And So Are They."

ann johnson-murphree

Artist, Writer of Confessional Free Verse Poetry and Fiction

Stealing Kisses & Making Mistakes.

Following God's path while stumbling through this world with a heart of a woman.

Gotta Find a Home:

Conversations with Street People

Ed Mooney Photography

The home of Kildare based Photographer, Blogger and self proclaimed Ruinhunter.

MyCreativeHaven

”Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -- Picasso.

gabrielsfury

poems & stories, thoughts about people and places between moments of clarity, or not.

Grow up proper

A raw view on life

A Blumes With a View

Putting the "blah" in blog!!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,512 other followers

%d bloggers like this: