she is comfortable with her smile. Her smile doesn’t mask the great pain that undoubtedly lay in her life; it embraces it…and in that embracing, the oil of Joy pours out like a healing balm…
for true Joy is not a feeling nor is it an emotion. True Joy is seeded in Truth. Truth about how the story began and how it will end…”every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.”
I used to make promises lightly. I used to lie to my very own soul. A soup of flesh and bones. When all those promises ravaged me you were the only one I told. Back then I had to bleed to feel. Yet my own blood could not save me. It is only by the blood of Jesus Christ that you my Father gave me.
I would rather walk through this world now like a horse with blinders on.
I am skittish or am I angry? Either way I can no longer abide without speaking.
I detest the culture that is so invasive and ravages souls.
I detest the bullies, the political vomit, the religious misinformation being preached.
I hear with my eyes shut the cries of our young screaming out in terrifying confusion.
I hear the elderly silenced of their vast contribution of wisdom.
I hear with my eyes shut the deafening bombs of war, abortion and other useless dying.
Evil, greed, jealousy, envy, bitter, joy, peace, kindness, entitlement, shame, lies, prosperity, poverty, mentally ill, diseased, disrespect, fitness, news media, hollywood, sexual violence, addiction, self righteousness, murder, sodomy, rape, divorce, scammers, hackers, government intrusions, book banning, history, gossip, lynching, canceled, abortion, pollution, domestic violence, sex traffic, degrading others, lack of productivity, drugs of choice rampant, man bashing, body bashing, gay, straight, conspiracy theories, censorship, thinking your kid is better, judging when you know nothing about the person…
You may say I am overreacting but I disagree…But here I leave you with Truth.
“We are hard pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted,butnotforsaken;struck down,butnotdestroyed.We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.…” 2 Corinthians 4:9
Jesus said, …” I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father…andyet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.These things I have spoken to you, thatin Me you may have peace.In the world you[b]will have tribulation; but be of good cheer,I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
There is an old Cherokee proverb that says there are two wolves at war within us. One wolf desires to do what is right, to choose Love every time. The other wolf is hateful and selfish and ravages everything and everyone to get his own way and the wolf that wins is the wolfyou Feed.
The man said to his son,
“One wolf is evil, which is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
“The other wolf is good, which is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
I find this interesting in that this is exactly what the Bible teaches us. As human beings we can either feed our lust, lying, selfish, dark Sin nature or we can feed our Spirit. We can think on things from above.
God is Spirit and Jesus said that to truly worship and relate to God you must be given the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the only way to have a Holy Spirit.
My Mother said to me once, “if you feed your flesh you flesh will grow, if you feed your Spirit your Spirit will grow.” At the time I didn’t know she got that straight out of Romans chapters 7 and 8 and Galatians 5.
So which wolf are you feeding? It is a daily choice.