Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Say What You Need To Say...


I love people.  I love getting to know people.   I am so utterly and completely drawn to the human story that I am frequently warned by love ones about engaging with people to readily without caution.  I just can't help it.  It's a gift and a curse.  Curiosity can sneak up on me and draw me over before I rightly know what has hit me.  I love even more when someone's story is so filled with truth that it becomes a living breathing thing.   We learn to love and trust people through their story.   People become real when they share with each other.  Perceptions are shattered, boundaries are stretched, walls broken, and stereotypes fictionalized.  Our stories are our footprints when we tell them, or our ghost if we don't.  Each word, a feeling or sentiment, a winding path to all the why's and where's of our destinations.

I love wild and reckless stories, the one's with care free abandon.  The arms out the window, make you remember you once thought you could fly stories.   I love the methodical and calculated ones.  The stories with mystery and depth.  The life story held together with reason and order.  I love the stories  of victory.  The come to the finish from behind one's.   Not to mention the hope shared in a love story or the bitter sweet union of love and regret in the story's of lost love.  What about the fight or tale of perseverance.  The stories of blood, sweat, and tears.  Ballads or memoirs they are all perfect no matter how they are told.   As long as the story is truth and so far as it is yours alone. 
 
 How we choose to tell our story gives further testament to who we are.  Our skew, perspective, or twist- the reality as we know it becomes a world all our own.   Is someone out to get us or are we safe?  Are we the hero or the damsel in distress?  Are we the winner or the loser- blessed or cursed?   The decision is ultimately ours'.  If we can recognize our own story, our own voice,  we often change and grow.   If we neglect our story, it will often times turn sour in the end.  Either way, our story is something to give back as inspiration, or possibly lesson, to the generations who follow.

What is your story?  It is my hope your words find their way into a story that is all your own.  A story filled with truth and  bursting at the seams with life.  Go on, write it.  We never know exactally where our story might take us..  Whatever road you choose, your story will ultimately lead you home…
~ Kasse

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Humility

Stay Humble
by Reba Altizer for Rural Women Rock



















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I heard a song that really ministered to my heart this week- words are so powerful.  It's amazing how God speaks to us...

Humility is key with the Lord. He truly hates pride. I pray no pride will be in my life. Lord help us understand true humility. God saves the humble. To the pure, God shows himself pure. To the merciful, he is merciful! Make our hands clean- make my heart pure Jesus!

Humility says, " I am sorry", but don't make the mistake of just staying in the place of being sorry and defeated.  Move forward and allow God to help you rise up to do His will.

Philippians 1:6
English Standard Version (ESV)
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

This is my prayer:

"Show me your way.  Teach me your path and lead me in your truth.   Oh Lord, you are the Way, you are the Path, teaching sinners the way.  In humility you guide injustice.  The humble you teach your ways.
Your Paths oh Lord are mercy and truth.  Your secret is in those who fear you.  You will teach me the way I should go.  You will guide me in the fear of the Lord.  In your presence you will give me rest, you will show me the path of life.  In your presence is fullness of joy and at your right hand pleasures forevermore."
~Reba

 Remember that what we put in our heart through media and books will eventually come out.  Let's choose to put the goodness of God, and His Word, in our hearts- out of this the Lords goodness will flow. My husband taught children's church years ago using a very powerful illustration. He would make brownies using all the good stuff, but before he would put them in the oven, he would add a handful of dirt.  The kids would say, "yuck!".   A little dirt ruines the entire batch of brownies.  What an amazing example.  Pride is like that- it's "yucky".   Adding just a little dirt to the good ingredients renders it "yucky".  We must stay humble before the Lord and continue to read His Word and pray.  He will help us keep the "yuck" out of our lives.

Luke 6:45
English Standard Version (ESV)
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Proverbs 4:23
Guard your heart for out of it flows everything!!

Another good Word.  Thanks Reba!  Just adding a little bit of amazing... Take the time to listen.  Amazing Grace. ~ Kasse D.

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