Difficult Choices

To tell or not to tell? If you know something important that has the potential to cause harm to someone, do you speak up? Do you worry about the consequences?

I’m not sure if it’s because I come from a dysfunctional family (almost every family has some degree of dysfunction), but I have found myself in these situations a few times. It is not a comfortable place.

Most topics for me are right or wrong, black or white, top or bottom, and have little margin in between. But these ‘to tell or not to tell’ situations can be very sticky. They can cause strife among family members and/or friends. Relationships can be greatly affected. So, to tell or not to tell?

As I have pondered and worked on this most recent issue for several months, I did tell.
And it went horribly wrong. Beforehand, I spent much time in prayer, asking God for guidance. I looked to the Word for answers. Galatians 1 says to “restore them gently”; Luke says if someone sins against you, rebuke them, and if they ask for forgiveness, forgive.

In the end, here’s what happened, just as it was written in Proverbs 9:6-8. “Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding. He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

That was my mistake! A scoffer is a negative person, someone who mocks and makes fun. Speaking to a scoffer does no good; there is no willingness to change. A wise man reviews the situation and looks for solutions to change. Because I acted out of fear and worry, my ‘understanding’ was distorted. When I prayed about the situation, I should have left it at the foot of the cross, where it belonged.

This was a good lesson learned for me. Painful, but not one I will soon forget. When God teaches me something, it seems to be in the same way I think: no middle ground, left or right, up or down. There is only one way, His way.

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A Cool Drink from a Grandson’s Love

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Ice water tastes best when your grandson brings it to you out of love.

Cutting grass is a hot job. I have the utmost respect for those who make their living keeping public and commercial real estate manicured. But it amazes me just how thirsty you can get while riding on a self-propelled machine for an hour.

Just as I realized how parched I was becoming, my grandson ran up to me with a jug of cold ice water. Perfect timing. “Here Mimi, I didn’t want you to get too hot.” What love and respect was in that simple act of kindness. A cool drink of water. Ahhh.

Teaching our children the Word of God is perhaps the most important job we have as parents, grandparents and caregivers. We are blessed with many grandchildren. It never fails to lift my spirit (Spirit) to see how they make the Word of God their own.

Proverbs 22:6
Exodus 20:12

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“Premium” is always best

What do they call a City Girl who has been transplanted to a very small rural community where the turkeys out-number the residents 100 to one? One happy woman! But when you live in the city, you learn certain things (that’ll be another story) and there are things we do in the country.

When we lived in the city, we had a small red gas can to fill the lawn mower. One can full would last weeks. On God’s Woody Acres, we have a 50 gallon gas can. Comes with a pump and everything! It is 50 times bigger, and gets filled up several times a summer. (Boys and their [motor] toys, i.e., four-wheelers, log splitters, John Deere treasures, etc.) We always get ‘premium’ gas to keep our equipment running smoothly. It usually costs more, but it’s always worth it in the end.

It’s the same way with our relationship to The Father. God wants our first and best, because that’s what he’s going to give us – His very best! God wants quality time with me. He wants me to love others. He wants me to share all that He has given to me… because in all reality, ALL I have is from Him. Without Him, I am nothing, and have nothing.

When I think about all the Grace and Mercy God has given me, it’s not generosity when I give, but sharing.

Luke 18:22 (and so many other great scriptures! Look them up.)

… And there’s something about ‘abiding with the Lord’ that I love. You can’t get much closer than that… and it’s PREMIUM!
John 6:56 –  “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”

John 12:46 – “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”

John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

 

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