Search

Braking Points

Exploring the Adventure of Aging

Tag

She Reads Truth

Formed by His Hands

The She Reads Truth http://shereadstruth.com current Bible Study explores Women in the Bible. The first two lessons were on Eve, the mother of us all, known more for her failings than for anything else. Still Eve was special to God, so special that HE FORMED both Adam and Eve. Amanda Williams puts it this way:

“Amazing, isn’t it? Our God, the One who speaks the world into existence and who flings stars and planets and galaxies into the sky with a word, He scoops up ordinary dust in His almighty hands and forms humanity.

Matthew Henry notes in his commentary that the word “formed” is used in Genesis 2:7, whereas the words “created” or “made” are used for the rest of God’s creation. The difference, Henry says, is that “formed” indicates a slower, more gradual work, a “work with great accuracy and exactness.”

The impact of mental image of God with his hands shaping tenderly the man and then the woman led me to leave the following as a comment the morning I read the scripture and then the devotion. I pray you who read this find a blessing.

With a word, God created the heavens and earth
With a word, He set the stars into space
With a word, the oceans, lakes, and rivers flowed free
With a word, the fields, the mountains, forests of trees
But with careful attention, an act of His Grace
He knelt in His garden for the work of His hands
And in His own image God formed the first man
With careful attention, an act of His Grace
With His own hands, taking from the first man
In His own image God formed the woman
With careful attention, a Gift of His Grace
He breathed life into these works of his hands
On the sixth day, the woman and man.

Creation of Man and Woman by Edwin Lester
Creation of Man and Woman by Edwin Lester

Braking for The Scenic Route

image

On road trips I have until the last 4 years primarily functioned as navigator.  Keep in mind, we are talking WAY before GPS, Mapquest, ON STAR…we are talking Atlas and those fold up road maps that never fold up like they are supposed to…and despite my tendency to chase rabbits down holes in my mind, my skills at map reading and keeping track of where we were on the Map and correspondingly on the road were not bad….UNLESS, Terry spotted something off in the distance that looked interesting and off we’d go with me trying desperately to keep up with us on the paper map.  

Today, the On Star Voice interrupts and announces “You have left the charted course, On Star will resume when you return.” or “Recalculating, directions being sent to your car.”  Unfortunately, my internal GPS could get pretty confused pretty quickly.  We endured, I mean, enjoyed many unscheduled scenic side trips.  Years later, when I wrote my unpublished novel, Braking Points, I used some of those side trips as inspiration for Octogenarians, Max and Lilly’s road trip and the title became my Blog.

With all that being said, this week I have really tried to stay on course.  Doing my Bible Study Plan with #She Reads Truth on 1 Peter and Doing my Blog on the Revised Common Lectionary Texts, but yesterday evening when I finally got to the She Reads Truth study, I took the first exit and have not been able to let go of all the comments, the devotional, the scripture.  

So in keeping with “Braking Points” tag line, please pause, ponder, pray and find footing with me as I share from God’s Word, Diana Stone’s devotional, and my own musings.

There are days when I open the Bible and am quite sure God chuckles in the background, that ALL those scriptures about the mouth, the tongue, the words, even the thoughts are there just for me.  The Lord knows I struggle to bring every thought under the control of Christ before they drop out of my mouth or these days out of a text or email.  He knows and he chooses not to let me get too far away from the mirror of His word, not wanting me to drift away and do harm.

Yesterday, these scriptures, some from #She Reads Truth 1 Peter Study, others that found me as I considered response versus reaction.

Finally, all of you should be in agreement, understanding each other, loving each other as family, being kind and humble. Do not do wrong to repay a wrong, and do not insult to repay an insult. But repay with a blessing, because you yourselves were called to do this so that you might receive a blessing. The Scripture says, “A person must do these things to enjoy life and have many happy days. He must not say evil things, and he must not tell lies. He must stop doing evil and do good. He must look for peace and work for it. The Lord sees the good people and listens to their prayers. But the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:8-12 NCV)

Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ. (Ephesians 4:31, 32 NCV)

We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people, whom God made like himself. (James 3:9 NCV)

What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded. (Proverbs 18:21 NCV)

Diana’s devotional further touched and challenged me.  When attacked, insulted, put down we have a choice and that choice can bless or curse.  What we say next, type next, can make all the difference in our walk with Jesus.  She writes:

“It’s the next step though, that shows us and others watching how mature we are in Christ. On a scale of 1-10 in Christian maturity (Jesus being an 11) I’m probably a 1.5. I have a very, very hard time keeping my fingers from typing every angry, sarcastic, vengeful thought that crosses my mind as I read words directed at me.
Peter writes, “Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing.”

This theme of grace is repeated in the Bible in so many ways. Turning the other cheek. Love your neighbor. Yet, it’s so hard to obey, because it brings up quick emotion and reaction.

Instead of instant rage – we should turn to instant prayer. Who better understands betrayal, hurt, angry words, and vile acts upon Him that did no wrong – ever – than Jesus? He has been there”

Diana recommended the following response pattern:

Stop.
Breathe.
Pray.
Pour it out to the Lord.
Tell Him how much it hurts.

Then wait for a response.

There it was so succinctly phrased.  It moved me and within my head as I considered her words, I heard a waltz and typed these words in 3/4 time:

The words formed on the tip of the tongue 
The retort typed with “Send” under my thumb 
No question, your words have hurt me 
No excuse for the words you have said 
No reason on earth I shouldn’t press “send” 
But plenty of reasons in heaven. 

And so I stop, breathe, pause for a moment 
Breathe, Pray, Exhale all the torment 
Breathe, Wait, Inhale God’s blessing 
The urge to rebuke is now lessening 
As I stop, breathe and choose not to “send.” 

For this is the message from heaven 
To use words to bless and not curse 
Even when others don’t get the message 
Even, when they choose to curse 
For this brings us closer to heaven 
And brings heaven closer to earth. 

And so I stop, breathe, pause for a moment 
Breathe, Pray, Exhale all the torment 
Breathe, Wait, Inhale God’s blessing 
The urge to rebuke is now lessening 
As I stop, breathe and choose not to “send.”

For this brings us closer to heaven
And brings heaven closer to earth.

Go be a person who Blesses even those who curse!

Carolyn

Good Morning
Good Morning

 
 

He Rescued Me

Yesterday, on the She Reads Truth site, JuneBug’s post halted me in my tracks. As a part of our study of Nehemiah, she had taken inventory of her life identifying her “Braking Points” and how The Lord had protected and provided for her. From her post on
She Reads Truth

“He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. We put our hope in the Lord . He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord , for our hope is in you alone.”
Psalm 33:18-22 (NLT)

I have so much to celebrate.

I am alive today.
I am alive because a 19 year old somehow had the strength to give her child (me) up for adoption, who’s father pleaded for her to abort instead. Rescued.
I am alive today because the Lord provided a safe place to fall when I spiraled into depression in my early 20’s. Rescued.
I am alive today because God protected me in a serious car accident in my mid-20’s. Rescued.
I am alive today because God protected me from a life-threatening situation in my late-20’s. Rescued.
I am alive today because doctors were led to abnormal cells in my body in my early 30’s before it was too late. Rescued.
I am alive today because the Lord provided crisis financial support in my mid-30’s so we could eat. Rescued.
I am alive today, in my late 30’s and I finally trust that the Lord has a rescue plan for all of us.

Just like the scriptures are building up to a time in prophetic history, I believe our lives are building up for a purpose. An appointed time. One that gives glory and honor to our Creator God that surely rescues us. And with all creation, you and I will sing,

“Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
Revelation 5:13 (NLT)

From JuneBug’s inspiring testimony, the following:

He Rescued Me

God rescued me before I was born
And he rescued me in the midst of life’s storms
He gathered me up, set my feet on the ground
I was Lost on the edge,  but now I’m unbound

The Lord rescued me before I was born
And he rescued from life’s many storms
He gathered me up, set my feet on the ground
He held my hand, He let me cry, I’m found

When we really look back at the wreckage behind
Seeking for something we never could find
Swept up in the whirlwinds, battered day after day
Chasing the glitter, broken dreams slip away
And that’s where we’d stay

BUT

He rescued us all before we are born
He carries us through fire, wind and storms
Until by His grace we stand on his Holy Ground
He’ll never turn loose, his grip secure, we’re found.

He’ll hold us close, He’ll hold our hand, He is our rock
And on Christ I stand

God rescued me before I was born
And he rescued me in the midst of life’s storms
He gathered me up, set my feet on the ground
I was Lost on the edge,  but now I’m unbound

” On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand”

He rescued me!

Carolyn’s Musings

Off to yet another Doctor’s appointment as we search for answers to Terry’s continued heart and vascular issues. I am confident that JuneBug’s post will bless you and it is my prayer that my bit of verse does too.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑