Better Your Face & Eyes than Your Tongue

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For so many of us, we would be so much better off if only our eyes and our faces did the speaking and our tongues remained both tied and tamed.

#tameyourtongue #letyoureyesspeak #somuchbetterthanwordsthatkill #scarlettoharalessons #gonewiththewind #speaklife or #holdyourtongue

Too few of us would dare to profess we have completely mastered the art of speech that always and only continually edifies, encourages, or brings correction in a gentle and loving manner.  This should be the goal and desire of all of us to speak the truth in love, or let our words be few, rather than our tongues being a spout to spew ugliness all over others.

…If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life…The Message – James 3:2

Here are the thoughts that burst into my brain upon viewing this pic of the tenacious character of “Scarlett O’Hara”:

  • Better to let your eyes do the cutting rather than your words.
  • Your eyes may give subtle clues that the thoughts churning within your head are desperate to deliver a message, but your tongue clearly reveals the state of your mind and your heart.  Out of the heart, the mouth speaks (Jesus, Matthew 12:34).*
  • Here’s how the progression works:
    • you see it,
    • you think and dwell on it,
    • it becomes embedded within your heart,
    • & then you speak it out of your mouth.
    • Later, your talk becomes your walk – your daily lifestyle.
    • Your life becomes a reflection of all your eyes, mind, and heart continually focus on.
  • Therefore, guard your eye gate.
    • I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar …(Psalm 101:3)
  • Focus your mind on what is good, true, pure and lovely.
    • And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  (Philippians 4:8)

  • Guard your heart, for out of it flow all the issues you are presently dealing with in your life.
    • Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
  • SPEAK the truth in love and SAY only that which is helpful and/or builds others up, or…
    • Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. (Ephesians 4:15)
    • Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.  (Ephesians 4:29)
  • …REMAIN SILENT and FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE!  –
    • Understand this my brothers and sisters:  you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  James 1:19
    • Like the old saying, “If you can’t say something good, then don’t say anything at all!”  “Good” in this sense can include correction, but spoken with respect and kindness for whomever is on the receiving end.

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Creative Clutter

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Creative clutter can create a beautiful vision for the eyes to behold.  Often us creative souls battle cluttered minds.  Help, Lord!  Clear the clutter Lord so I can hear You clearly and attend to the call you created me for.

#cleartheclutter #helpmefocus #creativecall #creativemindstruggles #canurelate 

You will keep in perfect peace those who trust in You and whose thoughts remain fixed on You.  (Isaiah 26:3)

 

 

A Covenant Promise…

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This is a good covenant promise for such a time as this.  #praythepromises – God is already aware of the problems.

Isaiah 54:13-15

I will teach all your children,
    and they will enjoy great peace.
You will be secure under a government that is just and fair.
    Your enemies will stay far away.
You will live in peace,
    and terror will not come near.
If any nation comes to fight you,
    it is not because I sent them.
    Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.

Targeted? Take up Your Sword?

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#mightywarriorwomen
#forsuchatimeasthis
#girlswithswords
If the enemy can’t get to you, he will try to get at what is closest to your heart.  A mother’s heart is always for her children, just like our Heavenly Father’s heart is for His children.
And so I say for all of us warrior women, “When you think of me, pray for my children.”  Even if all is going fairly well with your children, what mother doesn’t desire prayer for her children, especially in today’s world?
Do you feel targeted?  Do you feel like your children are targets?  In Lisa Bevere’s book, Girls with Swords, she reminds us that we women are strategically targeted by the enemy, and so are our children, and we all need to take up not only our crosses, but our swords too!  
The enemy is against all those who belong to Christ we know, but you know when you have been targeted by the enemy of your soul.  Can I get a witness? 
No fear lovely one.  His perfect love casts out all fear.  Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.  We are more than conquerors through His love and His power, strength, grace, and peace working within us.*
 
#beawarriorwoman #nofear #morethanconquerors #takeupyoursword 
May we all take up the sword of the Spirit, and may all the children of all the warrior women be mighty on the earth. Amen. (Ephesians 6:17; Psalm 112)
 

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Let Freedom Reign!

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Let us declare our independence from fear of man, bondage to self and the strongholds of addiction, materialism, and sin, and celebrate our dependence on the FATHER OF LIBERTY.  
The heart of God is freedom.  Freedom to be the son or daughter of God you were created in His image to be.   The AUTHOR OF ALL TRUE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, our ALMIGHTY CREATOR, God, not only calls us to a place of freedom, but paid the price for us to live in freedom through Jesus’ laying down His life for us on the cross.  This is AMAZING GRACE THAT LEADS TO AMAZING FREEDOM AND LIFE!  When you live and walk in this place of freedom, you are free to love and honor God and to love and serve others.  
#HappyIndependenceDay #DeclarationofDependenceonGod #Letfreedomreign #celebratefreedom
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
 
“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (Jesus, John 8:36)
 
Many in our nation sing songs of freedom, but are far removed from truly experiencing it.
They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.  (2 Peter 2:18-19)
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”  (2 Corinthians 3:17)
 
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.  Galatians 5:13 (The Message)
#freedom
Let freedom reign!
Part of the American revolution was birthed for the purpose of obtaining freedom “of” religion, not freedom “from” religion.  The spirit of this longing that so propelled the pilgrims was the desire to worship God freely.  Our Heavenly Father desires relationship with us over religion and rituals.  Surrendering completely to the One who made us and designed us to worship, brings ultimate freedom, joy and life everlasting.  It’s the ironic kingdom principle that spiritual freedom begins with surrender.  When we freely choose not to  worship our Creator, inevitably we begin worshiping other people or things, and this ultimately leads us to a place where many other things reign in our lives.  For many, this leads to a place where bondage reigns and rules, and not a spirit of freedom.
Let His freedom reign in your heart and life today!
 
#wheretheSpiritoftheLordisthereisfreedom
#letfreedomreign #letfreedomring 

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