Inspiration In Words

Words from the heart of God


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Good Morning

Good morning, two words in our vocabulary that have multiple meaning and many implications. Together, they are used as a statement of common courtesy and an implication of politeness. It is used as a greeting, or as a statement of our day’s expectations.

 I love hearing my grandson say good morning, grandma. He always smiles when he says it. At only four years old, he understands the meaning. Good morning is a wish that we make towards the person we say it to. It is a statement intended to make the person feel good, otherwise, why would we accompany it with a smile?

How nice is it to walk about, and someone that walks by, smiles, and says good morning. It makes me feel good, I am sure it makes you feel good, too. As life passes by, sometimes we forget that the little details mean so much. In days of old, men, gallantly tipped their hat, and women nodded their head as they passed by each other. People acknowledged each other and affirmed their presence.

 In today’s society, few still say good morning. Most walk by, and avoid each other like the plague. I have seen people go out of their way to make sure no visual contact was established. I believe we have been taught courtesy and politeness, but why do some practice it? Why, some do not?

Here is my take on it.

Some People Practice courtesy and politeness for the following effects:

  •  A sense of “feel good”
  • A sense of acknowledgment

  • A sense of validation

  • A sense of meaning

  • A sense of courtesy

  • A sense of politeness

 Some People do not practice courtesy and politeness for the following effects:

  •  A sense of degradation
  • A sense of anonymity

  • A sense of invisibility

  • A sense of caution

  • A sense of rudeness

  • A sense of self-absorption

 The decadence of courtesy, manners, and politeness is visible in today’s societies. A common behavior previously practiced, is vaporizing in front of our eyes. Are we so preoccupied with technology, gadgets, and electronics that we have forgotten social interaction? Social media does a great job at keeping up with each other, but it is not a substitute for our daily human interaction.

Positive human interaction provokes emotional reactions that when acted upon can bring feelings of acknowledgement, validation, meaning, and acceptance. Maybe if we do it more often, we can change the decadence into increase.

Negative human interaction provokes emotional reactions that when acted upon bring feelings of invisibility, degradation and alienation. The continuous exposure to negative interaction eventually contributes to the decadence of courtesy, manners, and politeness.

 Take a step for the better and put your two cents in. Help change the decadence into increase. Take a second. If someone walks by, acknowledge, validate, and give him or her a little meaning. Tip your hat, nod you head, smile and while you are at it let the words flow out.

SAY GOOD MORNING

SAY GOODNIGHT

SAY HELLO

SAY GOODBYE

SAY SOMETHING

You may never know if the person you acknowledged needed validation. You may never know if the person you spoke to needed to feel accepted. You may never know if the person you said good morning to needed a little meaning in their life. You may never know if your words made a difference. Even if you never know what significance your words had, the person you validated, made feel accepted or gave a little meaning in their life, does know, and that makes all the difference.

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February 6 Verse of the Day

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Verse of the Day

Romans 12:10

Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another.

 

Prayer for the Day

Thank you, Lord for helping us build and edify one another in love and honor. Thank you for giving us our families and friends to cherish.


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A Tear in My Heart – A Personal View

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Psalms 126:5

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

I was driving my daughter to work this morning, and realized that our past, not a beautiful one, has left a tear in my heart. A reminder that no matter how much I try to forget about it, little things pop up now and then that brings it front and center. We have been to hell and back, so goes the saying. However, we are survivors.

We are survivors in a cruel world where innocence is taken away, one day at a time. I remember being young, filled with hope, and very, very naive. I grew up in a home with a father so wonderful, I thought everyone was the same.

The reality hit me, literally, in the face. I became the punching bag, the rage taker, the abuse victim. I remember thinking that I would not live to see another day. Yet, here I am.

The experiences I suffered have left a tear in my heart, in my soul, and my mind. It is but a gentle reminder that I have come a long way. That no matter how dark it is, there is a bit of light as the road continues. That when all is silence, a beautiful melody will surface. When my voice feels silent, my words will take over and express how I feel. That when I write how I feel, someone will read and relate.

All in all, it is that tear that has inspired me to go forward, continue reaching for the sky, and let my voice be heard. Not for me, but for the world. Maybe, someone needed to hear it today


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Motherhood: A Christian Discipline

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Proverbs 13: 24\

The one who spares his rod hates his child, but the one who loves his child is diligent in disciplining him.

Motherhood is a great challenge. It starts the day our first child is born, and ends the day we die. We become mothers without a guidance book. Instinct takes over and becomes our dependency. Such a little person relies on us to do the right thing, make the right decisions, and use the right judgment. WOW… That is a lot to handle.

Do the right thing

Maternal instinct leads us to do the right thing by our children. Do we make mistakes? Oh! YES! We do. On purpose? Absolutely, not. We may get frustrated or exhausted, but as motherhood goes, we must keep going. We lead our children the best we can.

As Christian mothers, we teach them about God, we teach them about Bible stories, and we teach them to do good by others. They we pray to God to be with them every step they make. We ask him to protect them and keep them safe. We trust and have faith that he will be there each time they need Him.

Perhaps, we believe in our hearts that with God’s guidance we will do the right thing every time. Moreover, we pray and hope that our children will do the right thing as well. We give them all the tools they need to be good citizens. In addition, with God by their side, they will have a guide just as we do.

Make the right decision

It is not easy to make the right decision every time. We stumble, we fall, we waiver, and we hesitate. We weigh the pros and cons and hope for a desirable outcome. However, the Holy Spirit consciously tugs at us to make good decisions. He is the quiet voice that directs us in our path. He is the quiet voice that leads our children as well. He convicts us when we are wrong, and gives us an embraceable happiness when we do what is right.

In the same manner, we trust God to provide guidance through the Holy Spirit; we can rest assured that he will do the same for our children. If we doubt, then we shall consult Him in prayer to get an answer to our dilemma.

Use the right judgment

This is a tough one, if we try to judge on our own, however, if we trust God’s judgment, then we can be at peace that we used the right judgment. When faced with situations regarding our children, we tend to use emotions as our guides. Sometimes we are too soft. However, we must have tough skin to make the right judgment call. Imagine, when our children get in trouble, if we do not discipline them, then we are doing them harm. They could think that they got away with something and grow up to be unruly.

We must be tough, yet gentle, we must discipline in love, yet firm, and we must correct our children when they are wrong, yet be loving mothers. We must also teach our children to be good, obedient, and of good moral character, so they too will use the right judgment when faced with difficulties.

Deuteronomy 8:5

Be keenly aware that just as a parent disciplines his child, the Lord your God disciplines you.


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Hypocrite no More: A Sincere Heart

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Today’s Word: Hypocrite

A person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess

Today’s Verses

Mark 7: 6

He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Mathew 6: 5

“Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Hypocrite is a very harsh word. It condemns those who are such. However, it is a truth to be told. It is unfortunate that there are hypocrites among us. They are persons that we see and talk to in our everyday life. They go around preaching to others with empty words, heartless words, as their backing is not Christianity but personal gain and public recognition. They wish to be seen as devoted Christians, when truly, they are not. They stand among the many shouting loud words so those surrounding them can hear them. They embellish their speech as to appear godly.

It is not the words spoken that profess our love for God, but our daily actions that express it. Our lips can move and say enough words to let others think we are with God, but truth be told, our heart, our intentions, and our sincerity is seen, heard, and felt by God, without the need for words.

God Hears our Hearts

Our hearts hold our true belief, thoughts, and knowledge. It bears our souls, our burdens, and our conviction. A heart for God resides in each of us that is saved. It holds the Holy Spirit that guides us each day.

A sincere and pure heart will seek God’s approval, not man’s approval. It recognizes that it is better to be good with God, than good with the world. It understands that to be accepted by God leads to our eternal salvation. Whereas to be accepted by man leads to earthly desires and preoccupations.

Because our heart is the bearer of our soul, God can hear it. He can hear its sincerity. He can discern what it says from what it means. He cannot be fooled by empty spoken words.

God Sees our Intentions

When we speak aloud about our intentions, God sees our true nature. He knows that what we are saying may or may not be the truth intended. Whereas we can fool man with words, God sees what we really are capable of or what we really mean.

Our intentions are clear to Him. There is no way to hide them. We need not waste our words by speaking beautifully in front of a crowd when there is no love in our heart, nor meaning in our words. We need to act the way we intend to and let others see that our life speaks for us.

God Feels our Sincerity

It doesn’t matter what we say, God knows our sincerity. It is not the words expressed but the meaning behind each. Because God lives in us through the Holy Spirit, he can feel our sincerity. He knows when we are truthful and when we are not. He knows when we are sincere and when we are not.

He can feel what we are trying to convey, and what we are trying to portray. He sees past the window of our soul and reaches to our true reflection of who we are. He is in us. He lives in us. He is with us.


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I Saw Santa or Was it Jesus

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It was the night before Christmas

And all through the house

It was so, and so quiet

You could hear the mouse.

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The children asleep

With their eyes opened wide

For Santa is coming

And they don’t know how.

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Their curiosity peaks

As they hear the bells

As they chime and they chime

Up, up in the clouds.

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The sleigh lands on top

What is the ruckus I hear?

I thought to myself

Santa is here!!!

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All of a sudden

In front of my sight

Stood this white bearded man

With a smile and I cried.

jesus

For I never had seen

Such a beautiful sight

Santa and his elves

Were now in my house.

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As a child, I laid awake

Full of hopes

And childish dreams

Of seeing him and say

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Thank you Santa

And here

I made you a cookie

With my mother, dear.

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Instead, all I could

Was to smile and express

The gratitude I felt,

For him all this years.

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Had it not been for you

As a child I would have stopped

To have beautiful dreams

And always have hope.

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Yet, you gave me belief

That one person can care.

And that it is Jesus’s birth

we celebrate everywhere.

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By giving out hope

And sharing your wealth

With love and compassion

Yet, you have taught

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Tis the season for giving

Our love, to all those

That God placed in our path

And are here with us.

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Once, I said what I thought

I gave him a hug

As he looked at me and said

It is you, I have always loved.

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As the season is here

Let us not forget

To love one another

With laughter and cheer

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And as we open our presents

Rejoice and remember

Jesus birth is the reason

We celebrate each season.

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Luke

1:14 Joy and gladness will come  to you, and many will rejoice at his birth, 

1:31 Listen:  You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.

Note;

As we gather at Christmas surrounded by loved ones, let us remember those that have left.

May God be with you, always.


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Joy and Celebration

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Luke 15

10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.”

Joy in Heaven

I can only imagine the wonderful sight and sound of the angels in Heaven when a sinner repents and accepts Jesus Christ as their savior. That is all I can do. It is an overwhelming thought, as I cannot comprehend the splendor and glory of it. I can only imagine it.

I imagine trumpets sounding harmonious, angelical voices shouting in joy, and great sounds of celebration throughout the Heavens. What a thought!!! It must be quite a sight.

Each time a sinner repents, the angels rejoice. Yes, it is cause for a celebration. It is cause for JOY.

Each person that receives salvation is important to God, to Jesus, and to the Holy Spirit.

Celebration of Life

When we become parents, we feel the joy of a new child’s birth. We want to celebrate it with family and friends. We let everyone know that we have welcomed a new family member.

Afterwards, we want to protect them, give them the best life possible, we want to see them happy, and filled with joy.

Same way, God is with us. He celebrates our salvation, then wants to protect us, give us the best life possible, and wants to see us happy.

This is why he gives us the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. It guides us, it directs us, it gives us warnings, it provides us comfort, it wraps us in love.

Kingdom Awaits

As important as a child is to a mother and father, so are sinners important to God. He wants to see each repent of their sins, accept Jesus as their savior, and receive His Salvation.

God wants to share His Kingdom with all who believe in Him, receive Him, and abide in his love. He will go to the ends of the Earth to find each of us that has gone astray and lead us back to him. When he finds us,

THERE IS JOY IN HEAVEN

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Pureness of Heart

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Purity

Purity is related to guiltless, blameless, or innocent behavior.

Pureness of Heart

Purity of motive, intention, or will–a heart that seeks truthfulness, honesty, and love.

2 Timothy 2

22 But keep away from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faithfulness, love, and peace, in company with others  who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

In our daily Christian life, we are presented with choices. We must choose right from wrong, love from hate, purity from defilement, and truth from lies.

We must not give in to temptation, yet pursue what is pure.

The Word of God will be our weapon against temptation and our guide towards pureness. As we read the Bible and learn from it, we will be better equipped to fight off sin.