That’s Blunt!

The home of the righteous is a storehouse of treasure, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.

via Proverbs 15 KJV;CJB – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but – Bible Gateway.

The home of the righteous.

Is a home the same as a house?
I suppose for the context of the Text it is but the word is home and home does paint a different color on the walls of our mind, doesn’t it? The home is painted in shades of warmth, a glow that invites. And house could be shades of warmth but it might just as easily be cold and unfamiliar, but then the Text does say the home of the righteous. And that for sure would be colors of warmth, acceptance, love, comfort, peace, joy, and refuge, … . And such a home is what? A storehouse of treasure.

A storehouse.
1. a building in which things are stored; warehouse. 2. a repository or source of abundant supplies, as of facts or knowledge.  via storehouse – definition of storehouse by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia..

A source of abundant supplies.

The home of the righteous is a source of abundant supplies.

What is supplied abundantly in the home of the righteous?
Well, whatever it is it is a treasure; the LORD says so!

Treasure: 2. a thing or person that is highly prized or valued via treasure – definition of treasure by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia..

How much highly prizing and valuing is going on in our domiciles?
What are our treasures? Perhaps identifying our treasures will confirm to us whether our residences are homes or houses and whether they are righteous or wicked.

Righteous or wicked? That’s blunt!

This I know. Positionally, this home is righteous based solely on the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF JESUS CHRIST imparted here by faith. In practice, this home needs some improvement and Proverbs 15:6 is helping!

Blessings my Friends on this 7th day of 2014.

Kathie

Do the Math

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

via Mark 8:35-37 KJV;CJB – For whosoever will save his life shall – Bible Gateway.

What shall it profit a man, a woman, a family if they gain everything they desire in this life and lose their eternal souls to hell?

What shall it profit a man, a woman, a family if they get every material thing they desire in this present life and yet they have no peace, no joy, nor wholeness of being?

What shall it profit a man, a woman, a family if they have all the trinkets the media flashes before them but they forget, reject, turn away from the GIFT of Eternity – JESUS, the CHRIST?

And what is profit anyway?  This was interesting:

Profit (accounting), the difference between the purchase price and the costs of bringing to market via Profit – Ask.com Encyclopedia.

And this one:

d. The amount received for a commodity or service in excess of the original cost. via profit – definition of profit by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia..

Perhaps we are asked to ‘do the math’. Perhaps ABBA is asking me to do the math today; not so much for myself in regards to my eternal destination – that has been settled – but for others? How much are they worth to me? How much are they worth to you? And who is they? Any soul the HOLY SPIRIT brings into our sphere of influence today? Any soul HE opens a door of utterance to whom we can speak a word of encouragement, a word of warning, a word of hope.

I’m glad I woke up this morning with ‘what shall it profit’ calling to me.

Thank You, ABBA, I need this. I pray HOLY SPIRIT that I do not allow this message to be unprofitable to Your Kingdom work today or my own soul.

Joyous Celebrating of the Savior’s Birth!

Kathie

A Grand Start

I am returning to a verse of Scripture I read yesterday to share with you this morning.

7 For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline.

via 2 Timothy 1 KJV;CJB – Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the – Bible Gateway.

He, the Holy Spirit, produces not timidity but power. Power to do what? To love and to discipline myself.  Discipline myself in what way? Every way that does not line up with Love; His love.  What am I doing that does not demonstrate God’s love? Love for JESUS, love for others, even love for myself? Then that is what I have the power from the Holy Spirit to stop doing. That’s what it says. And that’s my mission today. Perhaps you will consider taking on this mission as well. Disciplining myself to cease even just ONE of those things would be a grand start. I like that! A grand start this Monday morning.

I’m Smiling ~ ~ ~   🙂

Thank You, ABBA. Thank You for a Grand Start to this day and thank You, HOLY SPIRIT, for the power to continue to love and disciple today in JESUS name.  We remember now to You Jamie and I ask You to heal her, to restore her to health and give her the privilege of serving You more. Collectively as Your people we bring ourselves and those we love for You to regenerate and revive.  Amen and amen.

Kathie

Cracks

I miss you all when I am deterred from coming here and yet life often keeps me away; but for today a quick hello and some encouragement to you to keep a journal – a diary if you will.  Cozi is a great tool – portable even – 🙂 with phone apps. Cozi lets you take your calendar, journal, shopping list with you wherever you go.  And it is that ability that has prompted my quick note here today.

You see I have not been faithful with my portable diary (shame on me!) but I made some entries today:

Lemon verbena soft soap batch cooling now. Got Vitacost ordered.
Got pineapple potted yesterday! Teacup flower-pot. Got it a Wal-Mart. So cute!

And while I was making those entries I noticed the last one I made. It was Saturday, September 7, and we were in Mentone, Alabama at the Wildflower Cafe and without my portable diary I would not have made the note nor would I have such a sweet memory triggered today. There was a plaque on the wall of the cafe. It read:

There is a crack in every thing. That’s how the light gets in.

Will that preach or what?

Romans 3:23 [source]

23 since all have sinned and come short of earning God’s praise.

Acts 2:21 [source]

21 And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

John 8:12 [source]

12 Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.”

We are all cracked pots; and JESUS gives us LIGHT and LIFE. So I hope you will take a hint and keep a diary;  Just short quick notes will keep memories accessible and who knows might even give you a springboard to share the GOOD NEWS with someone. Blessings my Friends~~~

ABBA, thank You for modern tools that You, HOLY SPIRIT, can use to help us; help us serve others and help us remember to praise You. You are so AWESOME. Thank You for loving us continually.  And I am thinking of someone who I want You to heal, Carolyn. She is dear and precious to me and I pray You will heal her and restore her to us; we miss her in Bible Class. And I am confident there are Readers who come here that have someone dear they too are asking that You heal. And it is not just Carolyn; faces and names are on my mind right now: pending surgery, unresolved health issues, financial needs, estranged relationships, wounded children, enslaved people of every kind, the government shut down, the blindness of people, cruelty,  the ministry of reconciliation-raise up people to bring it to others; all this and more, ABBA. We are a needy people and I am certain YOU are our answer and our help; I pray, HOLY SPIRIT, You will help us receive Your help. Amen and amen in the Mighty and Holy Name of Yeshua. 

Kathie

Flashing Light

I read 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing, [source]and stopped. The flashing Light was too bright to ignore.

Everything? Everything without grumbling?

Does ABBA really mean that? Doesn’t He know that is impossible for me? Doesn’t He see the traffic I drive in? Doesn’t He see the unskilled people in front of me who obviously are clueless as to the purpose of a blinker?

Doesn’t He see the gabby customer right there in front of me and the cashier with slow hands and listening ears? Doesn’t He know that I have to get out of this store?

Doesn’t He know I have been waiting on that service person for weeks now to get back here and finish this job?

And what about this: I am sick and tired of taking this longer route home – good grief! I could have built that bridge by myself by now!?

Everything without grumbling?

Everything.

15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world. [source]

Will I do this perfectly? Not on my life! But today I can practice!

Philippians 4:13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) [source]

13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Thank You, ABBA. Thank You, HOLY SPIRIT, for making Your Word alive and fresh and new, helpful and guiding each time we read. I pray this Word will stay in my heart and brightly on my mind throughout this day and for every Reader who will say amen, me too ABBA.

We have some concerns for people around us and near to us; some cries for healing, for provision of things that are just out of our reach without Your help; and for revival. Yes revival, LORD. Revive us again we pray. I hear You, HOLY SPIRIT, You are right – doing everything without grumbling and arguing would surely help bring revival. Thank You, ABBA, in JESUS Mighty Name. Thank You.

Kathie

Embrace Today

Here we are.

No (again-s) to republish.

Day 1 at home fresh from some wonderful days away.

Hubby back to the office. Laundry piled and waiting. And many other things waiting.

So where do I begin today?

Think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.  Proverbs 3:6 [source]

A fine place to start.  🙂

As we started for home yesterday I had to journal as JT drove. Sadness and heaviness was pressing in on me and I was unwilling to bear it alone. For sure our days away and the people we met was orchestrated by ABBA. No other explanation will do.

Scripture [source] says we bear one another’s burdens and we do, sometimes right away when we meet because the time together this side of Heaven is short – like just two breakfast mornings. But you share and you pray and you process sadness and heaviness with ABBA’s help and you embrace today. And you come away writing this:

 I know this weekend was You. I pray for the same sense that every day is just as much You.

Or this:

When the door of death opens and my spirit walks through, my soul no longer expresses itself through my human frailties and those who love me lose sight of me, but You don’t, ABBA. And I’m thinking the laughter You gave and even the quirky ways I enjoy Your creation, JESUS, live on – and You and I wait happily till we all meet again.

Some days we know that we know that we know our GOD brought people and time together and we are in AWE of Him and we praise and rejoice in Him! It’s so good! And then we part and the mundane begins again. NO!  Not if we remember:

Think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.  Proverbs 3:6 [source]

Today is just as much You as the ‘weekend’, ABBA, and just as important in the Theme of Eternity.

Thank You, ABBA, for people and places, memories made and those yet to be made and missions and projects and life to live now today for Your glory alone. Thank You for rest and refreshment, for pictures kept and even those lost; thank You that all things work together for good for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose; we rest on that today and always in YESHUA’s Mighty name.
Kathie

JT