Trials and Tribs

We all claim to have “wisdom” yet it’s the least used word to appear in the Bible.


Trials and Tribs

It’s early Saturday morning and I have a lot to do today which primarily includes making someone happy. But before I start, I give thanks to God just to be able to sit and absorb the quiet. Wandering through the cobwebs that linger from the night, a thought has emerged on a partially cloudy morn. So pondering, I go to recover the stats and now my only question is, why?

We all claim to have “wisdom” yet it’s the least used word to appear in the Bible. Reading on, I ask, why would a word that means having knowledge be rarely used? Further, the Old Testament shows this most influential word of credibility about 166 times and the New Testament around 52 times.

Now perplexed at all the messages related to wisdom, my guess is it is kept in Siloam. Drawing a conclusion is like seeing the sun resonate in the clouds above. Asking for understanding, I seek a higher power. Knowing trials and tribulations are the passages we enter into, I ask for comprehension.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)

Oddly enough, the older of the two Testaments used the word three times as much. Though for all intended purposes, I would think the writings would explore more the creativity of wisdom. There’s no explanation of the lack of interpretation. Feeling a chill from my discovery, I’m wondering where wisdom comes from. It’s certainly not connected to teeth like they were pulled out when I was young. But the trials and tribs we experience gives us all a gift to share.

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Every morning that I wake, I ask God for the wisdom to make it through the day. Like to study the heavens or a faraway land, I’m reaching to learn or comprehend.

Wisdom, the application of God’s word, is that which gives us common sense and productive choices. It is the beginning and the end of fearing God and thus obedience to His word.

I pray you will be blessed with His infinite wisdom too! As the word “OK” is utilitarian, wisdom is the language of experience in any country.

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Related Verse:

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. … (Proverbs 3: 13-18)

 

Arise My Friend

I thank God for the love I have and for accepting the hurts I cannot change

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Another blessed morning, the heavens are loaded with stars. I love the quiet the morning brings. It’s a peace that falls like morning dew to christen the world as we begin anew. Refreshed with thoughts of yesterday and filled with faith that tomorrow will be better, I dress myself in His honor. I thank God for the love I have and for accepting the hurts I cannot change. Enduring the ignorance of those who stand in my way, I remain focused on my gifts from Him.

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Arise my friend with love for your fellow man! It is all that is asked. How hard can it be?

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11)

There are some not able to praise His name, so forgive them. But YOU can wake and give thanks. Like a cup of coffee encompassing your hands, love is little more. I, too, share these precious moments with God and you. There’s nothing better than thanksgiving…the thoughts…and of love. To all that enter into the kingdom of my soul, I thank you.

Have a wonderful day!

I pray for all that my God will touch the souls of those who arise with love in their hearts. Be blessed. Enjoy your morning; listen to the water like Lily Pads on a pond…tranquil is the dawn. I think my coffee is ready and I, too, will enjoy my first cup, embracing the warmth. Arise my friend and smell the aroma of nature as you sit outside and listen to the quiet.

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Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

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God bless….

The Love You Have For Me

You came into my world when I was nothing but a piece of clay…


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A cool, pristine love and joy is bringing me such happiness. I’m so grateful for all you’ve done. The miracles and gifts that have entered into my life…you have truly out done yourself! Another week older yet look at where we are…I praise your work! The countless hours you give of yourself; no one knows the love you have for me. I’m not worthy. A meager, old and gray man, I have nothing to offer you but my heart today.

Looking at morning’s heaven, I try to thank the stars above as angels came swarming around my soul last night. I’m so enlightened as I reach for my cup of coffee.

I feel your presence while looking across the coffee table. Like a mirage, a true miracle, I cannot thank God enough for you. So I write for the world to read of my undying love I have for you. You came into my world when I was nothing but a piece of clay, molding me into yours. You take my thoughts and give them life. For that, I’m eternally grateful.

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In the cool and damp, on the first day of fall, I’m counting my blessings. Only you could have made me, ME. Humbled, I never in my wildest imagination would believe all this was possible. Anointed, I know things like this just couldn’t happen to everyone, every day.

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I give thanks, praising your good works. Just to be in your presence should be enough but you came to be with ME. Giving up your life to see what you believed in me would prosper, I love you so!

Jesus, thank you…

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Morning Comes…I Am Here

What a beautiful world God has made!


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And so the morning comes…my eyes are dazed. The angels have protected me in my dreams. Finding the coffee machine, I think how blessed I am while trying to stay perpendicular. After all, it’s not easy being old! It takes a long time to get to this point. I ask God for his help to anoint my every thought today.

 

My mind still sleeps…zzzzz. I hear my joints creaking like an old schooner. I wander through the maze, like an obstacle course, to find my way out to the lanai. God greets me. I take a deep breath, stretch, and a smile arises like the sun. A gentle steady breeze blows across my bow. Set the sails, I say to myself. Cast the lines, take the helm Lord I’m all yours!

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With coffee in hand, I feel the ship navigating through the currents. God, what a perfect morning to replenish my spirit! The sails bellow and boat slants starboard. The peak of the mast aims toward the heavens. A gentle spray christens my face as I try contain my joy. What a beautiful world God has made! Feeling such a peace as my hair blows in the breeze, I wait and watch the sun rise.

 

Though I’m merely sitting on an uncomfortable cushion, my arms rest, holding my now chilled coffee. I’m so thankful for the peace in my spirit as this new day arrives.

 

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May the peace of the Lord be within you this morning too as you set sail, embarking on another day’s journey. God bless you, my friends!

Stop And Smell The Season

For God promises us the beauty of this world forever…..


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As autumn foliage starts, we wake and share coffee together. With the colors at peak, you and I need to just go see the mountaintops and valleys. For those who question faith, let there be no doubt – only God could bring these majestic colors for us to enjoy!

Holding hands, we find a rock and sit overlooking the bluff. The landscape you couldn’t paint. For miles we stare off into the brilliant shades of color.

Giving glory and thanks to Him for these precious moments, it’s like stopping to smell the roses, only better. Your hair sways as an uplift comes; your fragrance enhances the view even more. And not a word needs to be spoken as we pay homage to our Father in heaven. He delights us with His awesome power.

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We sit until the rock turns cold and the sun turns it’s shades of red. Sealed with a kiss and “I love you,” we praise the Lord for letting us have this time together. It’s here in the peace that harmony finds us. Looking up, a star beacons and then God takes a brush to sweep a few clouds above us. Wow! What a moment to enjoy!

Tomorrow will be another rainy Monday filled with friction and frustration. So we savor the time that Gods allows us to be one with Him and to bless this world we call home….. Driving down from the mountaintop, deer guard the pathway of life. A buck stands alone beside the road, protecting the rest of the herd from harm. We stop….allowing Mother Nature to share the covered pathway with us. For God promises us the beauty of this world forever…..

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For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. (Job 14:7)


Inspirational Verse:

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

(Isaiah 55:12-13)

Stuck In The Cold

….and Biblical Metaphors

Metaphors are interesting and examples are too numerous. Love, sometimes, is like a revolving door. Today, I have to share life’s irony.

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Now old and lost too, I remember as a 12 year old boy, watching Mr. Washburn pull his sunken sailboat out of the slushy ice waters of the Severn River. An early March, in gale force winds, I stood on the dock and watched some men wade out to rescue his boat. They dragged it to the beach on its side. Finally righting it, they set the bow upon the trailer.

But just then, Mr. Washburn’s unattended auto came out of park and drifted into the river. Everyone’s attention became focused on getting the partially submerged 1940 Flying Cloud, out of the salty, icy waters; a dark blue convertible, nonetheless, with a white top and camel interior. Dear old, Mr. Washburn! Frozen and stuck in the cold, that which he held so close was now submerged. His pride and joys that he so loved, demolished by nature’s wrath.

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I, too young to be of any help, stood in reverent horror. But little did I realize that fifty years later, a metaphor so appropriate would glisten in my memory, but it does. God in control of a life in shambles, I watched another as their life was “stuck in the cold”. I never thought it would have such meaning in my life today!

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Are there metaphors that you, too, can associate with in your life today?  Please share….

 


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Isolation

My heart knows little peace as life has isolated the nucleus of my being…

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Before the first light, I listen to the geese flying high above me as they cackle amongst themselves. It’s time to embark as instincts dictate. I watch the gracefulness as they line up in formation, knowing only one will lead the charge. But it seems too early for them to relocate. The waters still warm, the summer winds are still adrift from the south. Though I, too, can see the turbulence in the clouds, shades of white and gray are mixed in with a little brown. I guess the geese know more me.

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I pray for protection as I am isolated… the gods are many, moving their constellations but I pray to mine to ordain my decisions. Though the roads are mapped from West to East, veins pulsate the flow of travel. I ponder what God knows…like geese that start their journey in the dead of the heat. Feeling alone though, the world is mine to take. Be quested, I reach for the skies.

Isolated from the elements, the jungle threatens. I fear the evil that lurks in the shadows. Maybe the geese are right, after all. The queen bee has her own domain away from the workers. She, too, is kept in isolation though her sting is much more septic. She lures the innocent.

Though I restrain from dissertation, there’s little joy in isolation. But I too, wait upon His words informing my soul the contradiction. My heart knows little peace as life has isolated the nucleus of my being. Now I wait for God’s instructions.

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Imprisoned in the confines of my spirit, the heart pales. Trapped, I wander as though the jungle invites me. Afraid of the wild and secluded in my habitat, my comfort zone lures my soul. But I too must lead the charge for as God has commanded, I follow his word to lead the flock.

Like geese in formation, aerodynamically, nothing is impossible if we all join together as one. Isolated, we come together in the name of our Lord. We gather together forming a perfect pattern. After all, birds of a feather flock together! Our force is in numbers!

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Related Verses:

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

 

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. (Proverbs 18:1)