Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me

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I’m going to make this post short (I hope) and to the point. If the picture above is huge, it’s because I am blogging from my iPhone and my mind is somewhat scattered.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

Well that’s a lie!

In the book of James, chapter 3 talks about taming the tongue. We can speak blessings out of it towards God but curse man with it just as well. This is so wrong. There is power of life and death in this little member of our body that we have. Who can tame it? Lord help us all.

Well I must say that this week had been a good one for me so far. As the saying goes, today is Freaky Friday/ the freaks come out at night Friday or something along those lines.

Anyway, I typically don’t go out the house too much on Fridays simply because of all the traffic of the weekend starting BUT today was mommy- daughter day and I took my younger girls out to see a movie a few hours ago. In route, I was rudely cut off on the highway almost causing my car and another vehicle to rub sides.

I let it go.

The closer I got to town, a guy waits to pass me and yells out a racial slur with curse words for no reason. Well I’m sure he thinks he had a reason but there was no justification for his ignorance.

I let it go though I chose to yell back “God bless you!” and then I said a quick prayer for him. ( I was in a convertible so that’s the only reason why I yelled. I could have kept my mouth closed all together but I wanted to speak life into the atmosphere. I chose to bless the guy instead of lashing back. At the same time, I allowed my girls to see that we should not do tit for tat, indulge in ignorance of foolish talk which could lead to more destructive behavior of the person who started it. You get what I’m saying.

Jesus says: But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (Matthew 5:44 NKJV)

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,”Whoever would love life
and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. (1 Peter 3:9, 10 NIV)

* I’m getting to my point of why I’m writing! Just hold on. I’m longwinded and seemingly have to share just about every detail of my story! It’s a habit. Sorry!

As I was walking towards the theatre I thought about this whole sticks and stones bit. Yes my feelings were hurt because of the racial remarks and that my children had to hear it but at the same time I felt worse for the guy who said it. He’s lost. He doesn’t know Christ and I can only pray that he does not cross paths with another person who may not handle him the same way.

I also thought about how we as Christians are and will be persecuted many times over and some even killed simply because we believe in Jesus and serve him. (martyrdom)
Whether we suffer various things based upon race, creed, prejudice, envy or what have you, we clearly need to be prepared for worse. We will suffer because of Who we belong to. This world just keeps getting more and more ugly. We must be careful in what we say and how we treat others. There is enough evil being done amongst one another in general. We need not throw fuel to the flame.

May we stand out and make a difference. We are called to be the salt of the earth. We have been chosen and transformed. May we not fall into the pit of trying to repay evil back with words or action. Vengeance belongs to the Lord.

Ultimately may we reflect and remember that worse was done to Christ. It was more than sticks and stones, the beatings, the lashings, the crown of thorns and mocking, the blood, the tears, the spit and piercing in his side that crucified him. It was our sin that nailed him to the cross. He could have stopped it all yet he endured just for us to have a chance to be set free. He led by example.

May we do the same.

God bless you and keep you in every matter.

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1 NKJV)

Fear: Taking Center Stage with Christ…… Don’t Give Satan a Footstool and a Microphone

For a few minutes I sat in silence shedding tears over the unknown and then started to feel some anxiety due to my concern and fear about a mammogram test I have to retake. I realize that I can’t just TALK the talk, I have to WALK it as well. I know God has me in His hands and I shouldn’t fret over anything.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

I believe He is allowing storms to come into my life to build me up. My character is developing more and more on a spiritual level. This I know. It’s just taking those storms head on and not giving way to my emotions for I should not let them rule over TRUTH. God’s Word is bond.

I stand on the promises for my life that He has already put in place for me. I refuse to let the enemy use a weakness I have to consume me. No matter what the outcome may be, I know God is with me. Thinking back to a Bible lesson my husband taught recently, the scripture verses apply to what I’m feeling and thinking at this very moment. Thank you Holy Spirit for bringing this back to my mind:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8, 9 NIV)

Thank you Lord for being present in my life, for You provide comfort and truth through Your Word.

17 Unless the Lord had been my help, I would soon have dwelt in [ the land where there is ] silence. 18 When I said, My foot is slipping, Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up. 19 In the multitude of my [ anxious ] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul! ( Psalm 94:17-19 AMP)

I’m just as human as anyone else and I am wanting to continually learn and grow from my mistakes through my storms. I will never pretend to be someone I’m not. Christ knows we have emotions and as humans, we allow them to overtake us at times. Learning from the storms and being of good courage in Lord through them, will help us to overcome, walk and talk in confidence, trust and truth.

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction  and  delight. (Philippians 2:13 AMP)

Dear friends, SPEAK the Word of God in and over your lives. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. ( Proverbs 18:21 AMP ) We are given power through Christ and the Word. Use it. Encourage yourself  with it. Don’t let it sit off to the side and be ineffectual. The enemy wants nothing more than to use the negative thoughts you harbor against yourself. Refer back to Philippians 4:8,9. Take back the joy and peace the evil one took from you and stand your ground in Christ.

Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful what you say, for your words becomes your actions.
Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny.

” My God, I thank You for sending Your Son down to earth in the form of Man to ultimately  be a sacrifice for our sins that we would have a choice to live in freedom and salvation for eternity. I pray for others who are going through any circumstance at this time ,as it is taking a toll on them, that they would let go and let You take control and guide them into peace. Whether it’s dealing with finances, medical issues, wayward children, marriage, school, people, emotions and the list goes on….. nothing is too hard for You to handle and fix.  No way is greater than Yours O God. May Your peace that surpasses all understanding of worry, fear and distress be mine, be theirs in the name of Jesus. Amen “

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The American Cancer Society ( and all supporting foundations around the world )  I dedicate this to those going through, those who’ve physically won and lost the battle. To the families affected, I pray your strength and support as you travel down this road with them . May you hearts and trust be grounded in the Lord. He can do ANYTHING but fail.

Bring The Rain

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What a Mighty God we serve believers! The Lord is good all the time and how excellent is His name. I pray that wherever you are that you call upon Him and praise his name just because He is Who he says he IS.

 

This is one of those rainy days when it’s typical of me to feel drained and lacking energy but oh no! What joy the Lord has placed in my heart today for his eyes are upon his beloveds; His children. He has given me a set of of spiritual eyes and ears as well as a sensitive spirit to speak to the heart of those seeking Him. I try not to be on my on schedule everyday without consulting with the Lord first so though I thought I was going to do something else, he directed me elsewhere. Through the Word, the Holy Spirit speaking to me, praise and worship music all I could do was lift up my hands and said Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty! One of my favorite songs by a christian band MercyMe is called Bring the Rain. Well it actually rained too in the literal sense! ( is still is by the way ) This songs talks about drawing nearer to God through everything that one could ever go through if it brings them closer to Him to bring him glory.

 

 

It’s those storms, dark valleys, heartbroken days, loneliness, depression, stumbling blocks, times of crying over situations and matters of the heart that seems as if light will never come and joy will never be restored. If difficult times is what is takes to draw me, draw you closer to Him then Bring the Rain dear Lord. It’s temporary and it will not last forever. There is always something to learn during such times as this. Count it joy when you go through. God is working something new in you. Will you catch on and run with it? We are clay in the hands of The Potter.

 

What’s a little rain compared to the beauty, the everlasting change in Christ we can have if we just humble ourselves before him and let the shaping of our Lord work in us. He knows what is in our best interest and it’s His love for us that looks past and beyond our sins, our guilts and shames that we tend to hold onto when He forgave us. He took our sins to the Cross. It’s finished! It’s done! Stop holding on to the things that He has set us free of. We are in bondage no more! Be free to live for the Lord. As long as we are on this earth, we will go through some rainy days. What matters is how we handle those those days. How we react, what comes forth out of our mouths makes a difference. Praise Him through the rain! God had not forgotten about you or your circumstances! Lean not to your own understanding my friends! Bask in the Presence of the Lord! He is our joy, our sunshine, our peace. Be still and know that He is Lord!

Take the time and be STILL. Allow Jesus to speak to your heart today. See what it is that he has to say to you. As the rain falls, it brings growth and a time of change and renewal. It cleanses your heart so you can see more clearer. Take a deep breath…. let go and let God have his way in you.

~ Terra

” Father God, I ask in the name of your Son Jesus that you touch the heart of those seeking you, those looking for brighter days ahead. Give them what they need to make it another day. May Your love, strength, peace and comfort be with them in the middle of their walk. Let them know that they are not alone. You are very present in their time of need. I thank you for blessing us all and giving us a new day to make a difference in how we choose to live. May it all be for Your glory. Amen. “

Please take a listen to this song below and listen to the words. Hope it blesses you just as much as it does me.