A Prayer Request… Answered!

Pete posted this update on his other blog today: https://psalmistpetegardner.com/2017/02/23/truth-revealed/ God is so good! 🙂 ♥

Following Him Beside Still Waters

One of my blogger friends, Pete, is currently in the hospital with pneumonia. I have turned off the comments for this post because I would rather Pete have the comments on his here: https://petertgardner.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/a-few-days-off/

I’m praying for you, Pete. 🙂 ❤

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CFFC – Things that look like faces: Mushrooms.

A couple of days ago, I took a break from gardening, and while walking around, I spotted these mushrooms on a stump and they reminded me of eyeballs:

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And then I realized it kinda had a mouth too:

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So then I found a small broken piece of stick and gave it a nose… 😂

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And when I backed up, well… it really looked like an odd face. 😄

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In response to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Things that look like faces. I realize this is late, but I wanted to share anyway. 🙂

Touch the scroll (a reblog)

LeneInJapan painted this; isn’t it incredible?! 😍

Wrestling with Faith - Dancing with Jesus

Photo on 4-17-15 at 9.29.jpgAbout 3 years ago I began a painting… It’s done and I gotta tell you: I’m SO proud of it! I only have 1 slight problem: I need to name it! If you have a suggestion, please make a comment. – Thank you!
IMG_2662.jpgScrolls are pieces of art. They are fascinating and I find it incredibly beautiful to know that Jesus read from a scroll. But instead of me jotting down a lot of explanation, I will allow the painting itself to speak for itself: The journey of my 90 x 90 cm painting.

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Mistaken Humility

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“Ironically, those with this mindset are often fixated on self, thinking about self all the time and how awful self is… but still very much giving all their energy to self.”

That was a response that one of my best friends had the Depression and Denying Self post I made last month. Quote from that:

Denying self. What does this mean? For years, I thought it meant denying self-worth. Statements like, “You don’t deserve (finish this sentence with any good thing, want, or idea)”, “You’re a worthless sinner”, “You’re not good enough” went through my head, and I let them have free reign. (And then those thoughts took the reigns, cut them, and let the worst run free inside me, and it nearly destroyed me. But that’s another post for another day.)

I guess today is that “another day” I mentioned.

I didn’t understand what humility was. I thought that it was “feeling humiliated”. So when my thoughts aimed to beat me up inside, I let them, saying, “This is humility. Jesus wants this.”

Wrong.

Oh, how mistaken I was; the truth was blurred into obscurity for quite a while.

Humility implies the state or quality of being humble; the absence of pride or self-assertion, while being humiliated implies feelings of embarrassment, making a fool of, dishonored, and shamed.
Even though it was self-loathing, it was still a focus on self that I shouldn’t have had. What a sneaky way for pride to attack; under the guise of mistaken humility!

 

Humility:

Mt:11:25: At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

Lk:23:34: Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment, and cast lots.”

Lk:23:46: And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit:” and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.

Jesus always gave glory to the Father. He was the prime example of humility.

 

Humiliation:

If being ridiculed, spit on, beaten up, forced to wear a crown of thorns, and hung naked upon a cross doesn’t give the impression of humiliation, I don’t know what will.

 

He went through the ultimate humiliation, but nowhere have I seen where He humiliated Himself. He knew Who He was and what He was placed here to do.

Likewise, I should know what I am here for and what I am here to do. Bring God glory. Spread the Gospel. Love Him.

(Special thanks to Pete for his Pride series; that was really helpful when writing this. 😊)

Cake For Two

It is week six of 100 Word Wednesday, and here is the photo and my response. If you want to participate, just click the link! 😉 This week is 107 words, but I don’t see a way to trim off seven words. 😂

Image Credit: Bikurgurl 2016

At the restaurant, I order cake for two
On this Valentine’s Day as a present.
He’s late yet again, but that’s not new.
The cake arrives but he doesn’t.

I stick a fork in mine, trying to get a handle
On this dilemma, and pass the time by
Talking to inanimate objects. I tell the candle,
“You’re as bright as ever!” as I begin to cry.

He stood me up, the lout! But no, I hear a voice sing,
“Sorry I’m late! I had something to attend to.”
He sits and pulls out a sparkling diamond ring,
“Will you marry me?” he asks. I smile, “I do!”