“This, but a Moment”, a Praise poem from L.Willows

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This, but a Moment

Do you see what I see
in the slant of sun’s crest?
Do you hear all Gods’ beauty in the colors that rest?

Greens in the hollow of deepening curves,
Mint mists that follow the whispering birds.
Blue touches with promise, they hover above,
almost embracing, covering like love.

There in the fields, I see buds lifted sweet-
colored like honey, rising to greet.
All in the midst of the afternoon sun,
this but a moment, a glorious one.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

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“What is Honor in the Bible?”, from L.Willows with Prayer to Honor God

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Honor is something that we value in one another and in every culture. It describes the very core of one’s character. In a way, it also describes the ‘respect’ that we give to one another. It is a method of attributing value. For each of us that can take on great meaning in our personal journeys. In the Bible, it is a word with a deep and significant life. Please enjoy the Prayer at the end. Prayer honors God. When we pray in our daily lives, it turns our hearts towards Him with love. The power of “honoring” and ‘what you honor’ is mighty!

Honor

Social term describing how people within a society evaluate one another. Most occurrences of honor in the Old Testament are translations of some form of kabod [d/b’K], while in the New Testament they are derivatives of timao [timavw]. These terms are generally used with reference to the honor granted fellow human beings, though in some cases they are used to describe the honor a person grants God.

The root of kabod [d/b’K] literally means heavy or weighty. The figurative meaning, however, is far more common: “to give weight to someone.” To honor someone, then, is to give weight or to grant a person a position of respect and even authority in one’s life. A person grants honor most frequently on the basis of position, status, or wealth, but it can and should also be granted on the basis of character.

While honor is an internal attitude of respect, courtesy, and reverence, it should be accompanied by appropriate attention or even obedience. Honor without such action is incomplete; it is lip service ( Isa 29:13 ). God the Father, for example, is honored when people do the things that please him ( 1 Cor 6:20 ). Parents are honored through the obedience of their children.

The source of all honor is God on the basis of his position as sovereign Creator and of his character as a loving Father. God the Father has bestowed honor on his Son, Jesus Christ ( John 5:23 ). He bestowed honor on humanity by creating man a little lower than the angels ( Psalm 8:5-6 ). He has also created spheres of authority within human government, the church, and the home. The positions of authority in those spheres are to receive honor implicitly.

The granting of honor to others is an essential experience in the believer’s life. Christians are to bestow honor on those for whom honor is due. The believer is to honor God, for he is the sovereign head of the universe and his character is unsurpassed. The believer is to honor those in positions of earthly authority, such as governing authorities ( Rom 13:1-7 ), masters ( 1 Tim 6:1 ), and parents ( Exod 20:12 ). As a participant in the church, the believer is also called to honor Jesus Christ, the head of the church ( John 5:23 ), fellow believers ( Rom 12:10 ), and widows ( 1 Tim 5:3 ).

While the reception of honor is a positive experience, it is not to be sought ( Luke 14:7-8 ). When honor comes from others by reason of position or status, it is not to be taken for granted. The recipients should seek to merit honor through godly character. Honor can be lost through disobedience or disrepute, though in exceptional cases, dishonor is a mark of discipleship ( 2 Cor 6:8).
Sam Hamstra, Jr.

Source: Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Edited by Walter A. Elwell

Prayer to Honor God

Lord,
My King,

My heart opens before you, loving.
My words, praising.
My voice, halting with humility
for you are the All that I would want of life,
of this world, of anything, of Ever.
You are the beginning and the end of me and of all of us.
How can my loving speak in words? How can my heart say enough?

Oh, King Jesus.
Wrap my heart in You.
Take me into your Kingdom of love,
I Honor you.

Father, Holy Spirit, All ~
Can such be the bliss that comes to us, even us.
In the midst,
We Honor You.

In Jesus Name,
Amen.

© 2019 Linda Willows

“Trusting God, His Hand in Our World”, from Jerry Bridges, author of ‘Trusting God, even when life hurts’.

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From, “Trusting God, even when life hurts” by Jerry Bridges

First, God in His Sovereignty has established government for the good of all people-believer and unbeliever. Paul said, “There is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God….For (the ruler) is God’s servant to do you good.” (Romans 13:1-4) Admittedly the statement, “the ruler is God’s servant to do good,” seems difficult to accept when we see some of our brothers and sisters in Christ persecuted and perhaps killed because of their Christian commitment.

We should remember that God in His infinite wisdom and sovereignty and for reasons known only to Himself, allows rulers to act contrary to His revealed will. But the evil actions of those rulers against God’s children are never beyond the bounds of His sovereign will.

And we should remember that God works history from an eternal perspective, whereas we tend to view the outworking of history from a temporal perspective.

John Newton (1724-1807), converted slave trader, Anglican minister, and author of the familiar hymn “Amazing Grace,” wrote:

The kings of the earth are continually disturbing the world with their schemes of ambition. They expect to carry everything before them, and have seldom any higher end in view, than the gratification of their own passions. But in all, they do they are but servants of this great King and Lord, and fulfill his purposes, as the instruments he employs to inflict prescribes punishment and transgressors against him, or to open a way for the spread of the Gospel….They had one thing in view, he had another.

From “Trusting God, even when life hurts” by Jerry Bridges (page 79-80):

Although we may not perceive the hand of God in the affairs of nations as we view them today, His rule is no less sovereign today than it was in the days of the prophets or the apostles. Professor Berkouwer (The Providence of God, pages 91-91) is again helpful:

This does not mean that the work of God is always evident in the interlacing of Divine and human activity….Yet it is striking to observe how often the purpose of God is reached without radical intervention. On the surface, there may be nothing to see except human activity creating and defining history on a horizontal level.

It is only in the biblical revelation that we see the hand of God ruling over and guiding the activities of the nations and the effects of those activities on His people…

…God recorded in His Word specific instances of His sovereign rule over history in order that we might trust Him in the affairs of history as they unfold before us today. We should remember that, for those experiencing the events recorded in the biblical narratives, God’s hand was no more apparent to them in those events than His hand is apparent to us today in ours.

Source: © 1988 Jerry Bridges, Trusting God, Even When Life Hurts

“Take Heart, be Strong, do not Give Up”, Scripture to Inspire, Prayer to Begin Again from L.Willows

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Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

When we allow our hearts to rest in God’s plans for our welfare, then his goodness fills all of the internal and outer crevices with his mercy. We recognize our thirst. Our hearts are thirsty for his living waters each day. When we turn to him and his sovereignty we are aligning ourselves with his decrees for our lives. God has a ‘declaration’ for each of us, a plan for our welfare. This gracious welfare is to live within his mercies. We are the beneficiaries of his generous Love.

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

How could weariness come from doing good when this is the action that follows walking in his Spirit. ‘Doing good’ in scripture implies moral excellence, honor and noble actions.  These come from a heart that does not grow faint or weak in the face of challenging circumstances.  Quite the reverse, they receive nourishment from the Spirit of God. They walk with his Love as a constant and do not grow weary. They walk with Living Hope and do not give up! The ‘proper time’ is keeping in step with God’s will and seeing his Kingdom in reach at all times.  Doing good is walking in the ‘now’ with Kingdom honor and perspective because all is harvested in love’s reap with the Eternal. (LW)

Prayer for Beginning Again, Today

Father,
Today I face you with my heart,
knowing that you see everything.
I bring all before you.
Take the burdens, take my fears.
Take what is heavy and lies there even unknown to me.
I think that I am capable and free,
but I am a captive of what binds me, Lord

Search me and help me.
Let me begin where your strength is.
Open my heart to the truth that you see.
Be the dawn of new life, of this day, help me see.

Father, lift my sight above all that would take me from you.
Find me Home.
Take this Day. Take these Hours.
Let me see you everywhere.
Oh, that this could be a walk that praises you,
of a day that speaks of your love through me.

Lead me, just one hour at a time, Lord; one word at a time-
I pray to ‘be your good’, Father, this is what I ask.
I am praising, thanking and hoping
for a day that opens to chances for
this heart to reap a harvest of your good.

In Jesus Name,
Amen

© 2019 Linda Willows