Hearts full of pride

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I love this story of the bible:
Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (John 8:1-11)

I don’t think we really know what Jesus was writing in the dirt?? Maybe he was writing the sins of the others in the crowd or maybe he was just drawing attention away from the woman who was probably half dressed?? We all judge others. I am guilty as charged. I catch myself assuming things about people and judging at first glance, then I have to remind myself of the plank in my own eye. The problem is, it is not wrong to judge BUT judging with blind, hypocritical, self-righteousness that overlooks your own faults while pointing out others faults is wrong. If we have too much pride in our heart we tend to see faults in others while we are just blind to our own faults. God just wants us to judge purely.
“The Lord abhors honest scales, but accurate weights are his delight” Proverbs 11:1.

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Do we ever listen?

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Being still is so hard, at least for me it is. I am not talking about physically still. I am talking about mentally still. We talk and talk and talk. Not just with our mouth but in our head.
We talk when we pray… we try to be still but out head is talking about worry. It is talking about worldly things. It is talking about selfish things. Do we ever listen? We need to be still in our heart and in our mind to hear God. We find him in our stillness. We need to drop our hands, relax and reflect on what God can do for us that we cannot do for ourselves, give him thanks and listen…

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I don’t know any perfect people

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Recently I had the pleasure of spending a weekend away with some ladies that I love… the kind of people that I feel safe sharing my past with and never feel judged! Yes those rare few that we find in life. One of our discussions was…” If we could change our past would we”? The majority of us of us said NO. We did all agree that we never wanted to be put “through the ringer” again like we all have at some point in our lives but our past, the good and the ugly made us who we are. I still do not understand how any person can go through a trial in life and not have compassion for another “in the same boat” so to speak. Maybe I will never understand that. I do know that most of the people that I am closest to, have been broken and are imperfect just like myself but they are perfect to me and God loves them all the same!

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Let Go let God

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Are you ever scared that God might ask too much of you? What is too much? Our lives revolve around people and things we adore: our spouse, our children, our friends, work and hobbies, material things, and making future plans. And if our “comfortable life” is interrupted, we sometimes feel as though our life is falling apart. But there are times when God says “Let go!” and the strings that tie our lives together suddenly snap. If you’ve ever been in situation you know the disruption can test our faith!

God wants you and me to hold all of these things “loosely”. To help us with this, He gives us tests. He will test your obedience and your commitment to him. If you pass His tests, He will bless your life greatly!

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” A smile is a curve that sets everything straight”

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Put a smile on your face! Smile at a stranger near you. Smile at someone in the car next to you. See how many smiles you get back! A smile is as contagious as yawning! It is proven that a smile causes a reaction in your brain that releases feel good chemicals into your body….which makes your mood more positive! it is also a gift you can give that is absolutely FREE!

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Smiles for You

Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu,

When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin

When he smiled I realized I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile then I realized its worth,

A single smile, just like mine, could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected

Let’s start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!

~ Anonymous

I Have got it all together!

I Have got it all together!

Just so everybody knows..” I’ve got it all together”… I mean besides the fact, I always have piles of laundry, when one junk pile gets too high, I create junk baskets, my car looks like it is lived in and my keys are usually locked in it. I need a helmet when I open my kitchen cabinets, I debate on whether or not to give my iron to a homeless person( I promise they would find better use for it) I often make two or three trips back inside my house to get what I forgot including my phone which is on my ear or my sunglasses which are in my head! I back into things like mail boxes, scooters and other cars. Hmm… I was kidding, I don’t have it all together! I thank God for his grace , mercy and steadfast love. There was a time when I kept everything “perfect” and I was so occupied by “maintaining” that it was hard to hear Gods voice. I wanted things to be perfect before I had guests over. But think about it, we did not invite God after everything was perfect, we invited him so that everything can be made perfect. So I invite people into my not so perfect life. Come join me for a meal, a cup of coffee or a back porch chat…just don’t open my cabinets and park your car far away from behind my van!!

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More than just a cup of joe

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How wonderful to have friends that love at all times!

Studies show that women who spend quality time with friends are happier, healthier and live longer. No matter if you are married, single, divorced, work full time or you are a home maker. Spending time  ( real time not cyber time) with friends makes you a better wife, a better mother and makes your job less stressful. They say women speak about 13,000 more words a day than men! So I have to say, after spending time with a friend, my husband is happy that by the time he gets home from work… we are at an equal level with our chatter.. :)! The problem is with such crazy busy lives we have a hard time “making the time”.  No matter how busy you are, make some of your coffee breaks more than just a ” cup of Joe”… sip it with a friend!

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I found this quote below somewhere and love the truth in it….I couldn’t say it better myself…

“Just spending a little time with someone shows that you care, shows that they are important enough that you’ve chosen — out of all the things to do on your busy schedule — to find the time for them. And if you go beyond that, and truly connect with them, through good conversation, that says even more. Many times its our actions, not just our words, that really speak what our hearts feel.”