Opinions

Anyone else sometimes feel like the lead image when seeing so many opinions, opinions, opinions?

Here are some of my favorite quotes on opinions.

Patterning your life around other’s opinions is nothing more than slavery. ~Lawana Blackwell

Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception–do not confuse them with “facts” or “truth”. ~Unknown

Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint. ~John Moore

The greatest deception which men incur proceeds from their opinions.~Leoardo Da Vinci

We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be. ~George Bernard Shaw

Opinions are like buttholes-everybody has one. ~Charles “PoPo” Cosby aka-My Daddy

#QuotesToLiveBy #QuotesOfTheDay

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Chanukah Patience

On the third night of Chanukah the “Love” candle lights Joy, than Peace and now PATIENCE…

The word patience usually stirs up lots of emotions in people. Most parents are constantly telling their young children, “just be patient.” As adults we struggle when things don’t happen right away and we often get impatient. As a society, we constantly want something and want it instantly. As a society, we often supply things pretty instantly as well.

Today, as I sat down to type this, I struggled with patience myself. Interesting that God always places things in our lives and has ways of forcing us to think about our actions. Once again we need to look at what the Word of God says and ask Him what HE wants us to learn.

Proverbs 15:18 Hot-tempered people stir up strife, but patient people quiet quarrels. (CJB)

Psalm 37:7 Be still before Adonai; wait patiently till he comes. Don’t be upset by those whose way succeeds because of their wicked plans. (CJB)

There are not too many Bible verses in the Old Testament that use the word patience. These two are clear that patience is a virtue God wants us to have. If “hot-tempered people stir up strife,” that would obviously be something we should get rid of. We should not answer with a temper. We should be patient and quiet a quarrel.

David teaches us in the Psalm that we must “wait patiently” until Adonai returns. I know that you can read this clearly for yourself, but really stop and reflect on those words today… What does that mean? My initial response is that it means not to complain about what is happening currently in my life.

It says, “Don’t be upset if others succeed in wicked plans.” I admit, I struggle with this. It is hard to watch when people who are not trusting God have plans that move forward and the plans you believe God has given you seem to be stalemate.

As I reflected on this verse, and the fact that the word patience is not in the Old Testament too often, Holy Spirit reminded me of all the people in the Old Testament who had to wait. He brought to my mind all the people that had terrible things happen to them, and because they did not stop trusting, things came to pass later. All of these people had to have PATIENCE!

We can all name these people… Joseph, Job, David, Hannah, Ruth, Daniel etc… the list is LONG. People in history, that we can reflect on, that should encourage us to BELIEVE that PATIENCE is a virtue we should have!

The New Testament has many verses about patience… Here are a few that are common, but great reminders as we reflect on how Adonai wants us to act.

Ephesians 4:2

Always be humble, gentle and patient, bearing with one another in love, (CJB)

Romans 12:12

Rejoice in your hope, be patient in your troubles, and continue steadfastly in prayer. (CJB)

James 5:8

You too, be patient; keep up your courage; for the Lord’s return is near. (CJB)

I admit to being very scattered in my thoughts tonight as I write this. I know that the thoughts I write here today are not profound or new. My prayer is, that as you reflect on the word “patience,” you TRUST and BELIEVE that God has GOOD THINGS in store for you. That as you READ His Word, CLAIM IT as TRUTH for your life, and continue in FAITH with ALL that He asks you to do, that your PATIENCE will be rewarded.

As we continue to move towards Chanukah, reflect on being a LIGHT for Him by showing PATIENCE to those around you. When you face difficult situations and circumstances, STOP and reflect on ALL He has done for you. Find a way to be PATIENT in the midst of it and let HIM handle it all.

Matthew 5:16

 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. (CJB)

May you find a way to be “patient in your troubles” this week. May you “keep up your courage.” May you “rejoice in your hope” and pray. Always be humble. Be gentle. THESE virtues will help you have PATIENCE!

Love & Blessings,

Rose Horton

 

Washing Feet

I can’t seem to get out of the books of John and 1 John.  Every time I think I can move on to something else in the New Testament, I find myself at those books yet again.  I can’t get enough of them, and I always find new revelation in them even after having read them 5 times in a week.

Recently I was in John 13 again; the part where Jesus washes His disciples’ feet.  I’ve always been blown away by the fact that Jesus chose to wash the feet of Judas, although He knew that Judas would betray Him.  I’m also touched by the end of verse one, which says that Jesus “…loved them to the end.”  So poetic.  But this time, I couldn’t escape how Jesus was serving His friends.  

Back in this time period, the feet of those men were incredibly dirty.  2,000ish years ago, men didn’t have Nike or Kenneth Cole.  There wasn’t a lineup of Van’s at the front door, and even Billabong flip-flops were non-existent. These were the days where men wore sandals and/or walked barefoot.  These guys probably walked A LOT and I’m not entirely sure there was lovely, lush, green grass in that part of the world to be able to rub feet on.

Having noted all of this, we know that there is, of course, a great deal of symbolism and meaning behind what Jesus did and why. I started pondering what feet washing would look like in today’s culture, today’s society and amongst my own friends.  I couldn’t help but feel like there was more meaning to this than what I’ve always been taught.

I’m still seeking Holy Spirit on it (because Jeremiah 33:3 says that if we go to Him, He will answer us and tell us great and mighty things that we do not know), but I believe that He challenged me on a few thoughts on how we can identify with foot washing today in the world of Nike and Jimmy Choo.

Firstly – and most obviously – washing someone’s feet is a sign of true humility and service.  To be honest, this thought speaks for itself.  In Jewish culture, as a host, it was a sign of great honor and respect to wash the feet of one’s guest.(see more at the link at the end)

This act took time, energy, and getting on an incredibly dirty floor to touch perhaps even more horribly dirty feet.  Sometimes serving others means getting a little uncomfortable and dirty ourselves, but as we know there is so much power in this prophetic act.  And…it transforms lives (theirs, as well as your own).

Secondly, God really challenged me to see that “washing feet” today looks like washing off the effects of the journey for another person. Raise your hand if you know that LIFE CAN BE HARD!  Sometimes, the residue of trauma and pain can be so difficult to navigate for a person, and the enemy’s greatest tactic is to keep people isolated and in shame.  Yet an understanding of foot washing is an invitation to come alongside others and help them feel clean and free from what they picked up on the journey.  What a powerful testimony for us as believers to be able to do this for one another.

Romans 12:10 in The Passion Translation says the following, “Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family. Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another.”  What if outdoing one another in respect and honor looked like constantly SERVING one another, and helping each other clean off the “dust” from the difficult journeys in life?  What if foot washing looks more like being a FRIEND to the lonely and an encouragement to the downhearted?

What would the world – and the Church – look like if we lived a life that was marked by “foot washing” and honor?  

I know what MY sphere of influence could look like…anyone else want to join me?

~ Mandy Woodhouse

 

1. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/6051-feet-washing-of

Present Moments

Worthy Thought: Use your time more wisely.

You can genuinely enjoy life and have a full schedule.

But sometimes, we tend to overcommit our capacity.

Then our busy life turns into many hours of blur.

We need to focus our attention on the present moments of the here and now.

Look up to Jesus and know the gift of life is in the present.

Hold on to Him dearly.

Jesus is always present, the same yesterday, today and forever.

-Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.

(Life Application Bible)

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill

We Fight From A Position Of Rest

As the journey continues 

We are entering a new place 

of quietness and rest

A place where words 

are unnecessary

A place of contentment

Where we know that everything 

will work together for our good

Here our hearts beat in 

rhythm with Father’s 

Completely yielded

As we go lower still

Knowing that when the time 

is right, Father’s promises for us

will come into fulfilment

We entered the wilderness 

carrying a heavy load

Of issues not dealt with

Our hearts were laid bare

Our deepest pain were uncovered 

Our wounds were healed

Generational curses were 

dealt with

We laid everything down blocking our growth

Every part of our heart 

was dealt with,

for Father to move in 

This was our most fruitful season of healing, growth and awakening  

Many new beginnings were 

birthed when we dealt with our pain

We came to this wide open place 

of Papa’s perfect rest

Unknowingly we yearned 

and desperately needed this place

An oasis found by the 

desperate one’s 

Where we drink of His waters unending 

Never to be thirsty again 

Papa knew that our journeys

would bring us to this wide open place in Him

Where we would awaken to higher levels of spiritual revelation in 

this hour

A new place where we are 

One with Love 

An integral part of our destination

We cannot progress with 

hate in our hearts

We bless our enemies

We thank them for training 

us and catapulting us into 

our destinies

Weren’t it for them, we never would have healed and known the depth of Papa’s heart for His bride

We live from a place deep within

Prepared over the years of dwelling with Him

This is the seventh day 

for many I hear Father say

A place of contentment, completeness, spiritual perfection 

and perfect rest

Where Papa quiets His bride with His all consuming Love

A place found by few

Love our habitation

The air we breath

We are protected from the attacks 

of the enemy

Trained on the 

front line  

Every agenda of satan 

had its purpose

The bride of Christ is 

fearless and bold

We fight from a position of rest

What was sent to harm us

Was a set up to launch us 

into our destinies

The seventh day is here

When the time is right everything will fall into place!

~Isaiah 60: 22~  When the time is right I, the Lord will make it happen!

~ Ebigale Wilson

We Fight From A Position Of Rest

The Journey

Treasures Of Wisdom And Knowledge

“May we be encouraged in heart and united in love that we may have the full riches of complete understanding of Christ, God’s mystery, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

A lot of sublime superlatives in just one sentence.

First of all, to be encouraged in heart and united in love is that nearly unreachable ambition of all of God’s saints and prophets. Secondly, the complete understanding of Christ is something that many would tell you is an impossibility. Lastly, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge? How does one acquire the faith to pray a prayer like that and aspire to it with any degree of hope in attaining it?

Maybe, we would need to look at the rest of Colossians, Chapter 2. The apostle Paul, through ardent Godly love, was struggling mightily in the Spirit for this church. The welfare of the church was not just one of Paul’s many and varied interests; it was his life, his burning passion. And we find the root of this passion in Colossians, Chapter 1, where he explains that he rejoiced in what was suffered for this church, and that he made it his aim to “fill up in his fleshly body” what was lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the church. That is, he was passionate about finishing what Christ was no longer present to finish himself.

Ultimately, we have to conclude that it is possible for God to answer a prayer like this, lofty as it may seem. Otherwise, it would not have been included in the scriptures. We must admit that our limited strength is no deterrent to God’s unlimited power and his benevolent grace.

If he decides to perfect a church, then he is going to do it, and he will find those that want to work with him in seeing it accomplished. We must only pray like the man who needed Jesus to heal his son, “I believe, help my unbelief!” And maybe we should add, “Please send workers into the harvest,” for church work was never designed to be a one man job.

Ideally, it is a team effort involving everybody.

~ Brad Heilhecker

Chanukah Peace

On night two of Chanukah the LOVE candle lights JOY and then PEACE.

What do you think of when you hear the word, “peace?”

Some people think of calm waters. Some think of no fighting. I’m sure that people who live in war torn countries think of no gun fire around them. Some people might just think of enjoying a peaceful massage or dinner. There are so many different ways that peace could be interpreted.

What does the WORD of God say about peace?

Isaiah 26:3 “A person whose desire rests on you, you preserve in perfect peace, because he trusts in you. (CJB)

Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please Adonai, he makes even the man’s enemies be at peace with him. (CJB)

Matthew 10:34 “Don’t suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Land. It is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword!” (CJB)

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you so that, united with me, you may have shalom. In the world, you have tsuris (trouble). But be brave! I have conquered the world!” (CJB)

PEACE… there are things we need to DO in order to have peace.

Isaiah tells us we must REST in Adonai and TRUST in Him.

Proverbs says that when our WAY PLEASES Adonai, than even our enemies will be a peace with us.

If we skip to the verse from John it says that if we are UNITED with Jesus, than we may have peace. We are also to be BRAVE.

Too often we expect PEACE to be present everywhere. If we look at the verse in Matthew we can understand that this is not the case. Jesus clearly told His disciples that He did not come to bring peace to the Land. In fact, He came with a sword and knew that there would be divisions along the way. He knew that families, friends, and communities would struggle. He said there would be wars and rumors of wars. He knew that famines and earthquakes will shake the land and bring chaos. What do we do in these situations?

There are people who have missed their Messiah because they thought that the Messiah was going to bring PEACE to the world. Jesus did not bring peace to the world. Jesus brought peace to HEARTS. Jesus brought peace to the LIVES of people, but not to the world. This will happen when He returns and takes His place as KING over ALL the earth.

Those who are looking for peace in the world are missing the teaching of Jesus. Jesus wants PEOPLE to have peace in their LIVES. Adonai desires for those who trust Him to have PEACE in their HEARTS. It is more about what is on the inside than what is taking place on the outside.

Jesus tells us that in this world we will have trouble. We are to be BRAVE through it and stay UNITED with Him. When we stay close to HIM and follow HIS ways, HE conquers the world for us and we can have PEACE in our HEARTS. When we are FOCUSED on His words, than we have PEACE in our MINDS.

Are you looking for peace to come around you? If you are, STOP and focus inward! What are YOU doing to bring peace to your heart? Are you TRUSTING? Are you RESTING? Are you FOLLOWING HIS WAYS? Are you UNITED WITH HIM? In order to find peace, we MUST walk with Adonai. We must TAKE the TIME to LISTEN to Him and let Holy Spirit lead us and guide us.

Be a person of peace to those around you. Be the LIGHT He has asked you to be by finding a way to be PEACEFUL in the midst of chaos.

Here is a verse about LIGHT which, if we truly follow the LIGHT of the world, we will have PEACE and LIFE!

John 8:12 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.” (CJB)

I pray that you find a way to have PEACE inside. When you have peace, than it spreads to those around you. May HIS LIGHT shine through you and bring PEACE and LIFE to others.

 

Love and Blessings,

Rose Horton