clearance and lessons

I found two items in the clearance section at the back of the arts and crafts store – a chipped plate and a damaged sign.

The chipped plate reminded me that things do not have to be perfect for me to be grateful.

The damaged sign reminded me that I can be brave even when wounded.

The life lessons gleaned from the clearance items give them worth far beyond their original price. And just in case you appreciate a great deal, I will share the original prices of the items and what I paid for them: the plate was $8.99 and I paid .89 cents; the sign was $23.99 and I paid $2.39 (plus tax). Sweet.😃

Midweek boost: Promised light

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“For God, who said, ‘Let brilliant light shine out of darkness,’ is the one who has cascaded his light into us—the brilliant dawning light of the glorious knowledge of God as we gaze into the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6, TPT).

Mid-week boost: Gratitude

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I am continuing my focus this week on thanks giving with an original poem, two Scripture verses, and a favorite song, “For every mountain.” Blessings to you.

“Gratitude”

Gratitude.

The necessary ingredient that enriches each meal.

The essential component which enhances every gathering.

The lenses which magnify the good in every life.

The medicine which brings healing.

The force which lightens every burden and uplifts and grounds each heart.

Gratitude.

© Esther W. Wright, November 22, 2016

 “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:8)

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].” (James 1:17, AMP)

 

 

Midweek boost: Taking cues from my ABBA

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Notice

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I was in graduate school when I received my eviction notice. I felt intense anxiety. And shame. But I also recall my resolve in that moment to tell only God about my need. I am the youngest of a large family and I knew that help would have been activated, even in creative ways, to meet the need, if I had made it known. But something in me wanted to know what it would be like to trust God completely. No, it was not just an idle curiosity. I determined to trust Him fully, no matter what.

I cannot recall how many times I prayed after making that decision but I recall the experience of walking upstairs to my second floor apartment one Saturday, and opening a letter from my sister Dee. In it was the amount I needed and a bit extra. She informed me later that she had the strong impression one day to send me the amount she enclosed. And she obeyed.

“Notice” – become aware of. My Father did not become aware of my need when I did; He is omniscient and always knew this need would arise and met it.

Day 19 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Notice.”

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Silence

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Even for introverts like myself who value seasons of solitude and silence, one of the most challenging things to do in a fight, is to keep silence. Silence is especially difficult when you are being maligned and maligned loudly. And in these days of social media when one FB post and a single tweet can be accessed in seconds on various continents, the process of maligning someone and doing so anonymously is easy. Oh, yes. It is difficult to maintain silence in a fight.

But this is what the Israelites were instructed to do in their first fight. They were instructed to walk around Jericho and maintain complete silence, with the exception of the sound of the trumpets, for 6 days. And we can rest assured that the inhabitants of Jericho were likely taunting them as they went by. They did so for 6 days as instructed and then after the 7th time around on day seven, they shouted at Joshua’s instruction and the walls came down.

We are soldiers in a spiritual war and it is critical that we clearly hear the instructions of our Commander in chief.  As Ecclesiastes 3:7 notes, there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak. And there are times when what He wants is for our lives to do the speaking, not our mouths.

Day 5 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes (also Midweek boost post). Today’s prompt is “Silence.”

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Midweek boost: He remains in control

 

The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty and splendor;
The Lord has clothed and encircled Himself with strength;
the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
The floods have lifted up their voice;
The floods lift up their pounding waves.
More than the sounds of many waters,
More than the mighty breakers of the sea,
The Lord on high is mighty. (Psalm 93:1-4, AMP)

“O Lord God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty Lord?
Your faithfulness surrounds You [as an intrinsic, unchangeable part of Your very being].
You rule the swelling of the sea;
When its waves rise, You still them.” (Psalm 89:8-9, AMP)

 “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.’” (Isaiah 43:1-2, NKJV)

 

 

Mid-week Boost (MB): Just Breathe and Be

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion and kingdom, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11, AMP).

He is in control. Just breathe and be.

Mid-week Boost (MB): Be held

“He will protect His flock like a shepherd,
He will gather the lambs in His arm,
He will carry them in His bosom;
He will gently
and carefully lead those nursing their young.”

(Isaiah 40:11, AMP)

 

 

Mid-week Boost (MB): His Strength

Today I begin a new feature called “Mid-week Boost” (MB) which  I will continue at least until the end of the year. The purpose is to provide some encouragement, a boost to help us get us over the mid-week “hump.” The feature will include a song and a verse or passage of Scripture. I would appreciate your feedback. Also, if there is a song and/or passage of Scripture by which you have been encouraged, please share it in the comments. Also, you are invited to create a post of your own and use the tag, #midweekboost.  Thanks.

Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. 10 So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength]. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10, AMP)