For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
2 The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
6 On your walls, O Jerusalem,
I have set watchmen;
all the day and all the night
they shall never be silent.
You who put the Lord in remembrance,
take no rest,
7 and give him no rest
until he establishes Jerusalem
and makes it a praise in the earth.
8 The Lord has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
“I will not again give your grain
to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink your wine
for which you have labored;
9 but those who garner it shall eat it
and praise the Lord,
and those who gather it shall drink it
in the courts of my sanctuary.”
10 Go through, go through the gates;
prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway;
clear it of stones;
lift up a signal over the peoples.
11 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed
to the end of the earth:
Say to the daughter of Zion,
“Behold, your salvation comes;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.”
12 And they shall be called The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord;
and you shall be called Sought Out
It's the Januaries. Just is.
We all have seasons we love and times of buckle up - bumpy ride.
Sure. there are people who adore the snow and the coats and the slush and the fires and the warm drinks. And then you have less sunlight and the JOY of Christmas and New Year becomes taking down the decorations. Back to regular life with far less sunlight.
The good part about the Pine Forest stretching from Houston, and East Texas allll the way to most of Florida - the Pine Forest keeps green perking along.
I got tired of listening to the Politics of the Election. I am tired of the aftermath. So how does this correlate to our society. I couldn't tell you. Other than 80% of Americans pray and believe God is going to listen to them when they hardly know what to do and need the help of Jesus.
However - I could tell you about what I observe. In the 1930's, and before, people had to save up and pay cash for a house 5g to 30g. Sometimes it took 5 years of living in above garage apartments. In the 1970's, people had to only report one income to get a house. and we grew up seeing our neighborhoods having visiting families where cars dotted the streets.
Late 1970's, my parents knew Congress had passed a bill to allow two incomes to be considered to buy houses. My parents anticipated a huge increase in housing costs and they bought an investment duplex. Our house value rose quickly from 45g to 198g. And we have never seen dramatic housing prices come down. Now houses are our principal investments and are sold off to do old age provisions after 30 years of mortgage.
How has this hardship affected human relations? Today, in the USA, the statistic is we have two friends. I am fortunate to have two friends.
Why don't we see more? Well, it has to do with being raised and our idea of self esteem. We see super achievers working hard at being super, a lot of times to overcome what friends and relatives and family said about never amounting to much. And then you see the people who feel a comment would level things out. The put down.
And then you have people offended by nothing.
And then you have the fact that as you went out - mostly people ARE kind to one another - but afraid of committing and being embarrassed in this perpetual think think think think think world.
We always have a choice how we respond to our lives. I respond by complaining. It's like being surrounded by gentle people who are like a good mother - I like you - I affirm you - but don't ask me for tooo much. Because you need to stand on your own two feet.
And then you have the sharp commenters and the people who would cut you out of a luncheon for fear and reprisal of their own actions. The people with sharp comments are probably not going to hush - but life is short - mean runs in circles - let it go.
We get a choice. Always - the rain rains on the just and the unjust.
What is our choice? Have Joy. Choose Joy. Make the Bridge like Jesus did when He overcame.
When Jesus healed the Widow of Nain's Son in front of "a Large Crowd" - He was not being a show boat. Jesus was so very person to person oriented. Jesus was demonstrating, "All Things Are Possible With God." Jesus came back from ... Death. To say choose the 500 who would be a good bridge. Life is short - - - look to the real meaning.
Let go of things that wrankle.
A fine example of seeing with Faith is this: Believe with the eyes of faith. The loud voices who Presume to Dictate - don't necessarily matter.
Martin Luther King had this Right:
Listen to the voices of Love.
Look for what is noble and good.
Build where there is the goodness of Love - this is the Bedrock of Jesus.
Read the Bible to find where your heart is strangely warm.
This LOVE is where we want to dwell.
Not in the pollution of power - me - perfect - me got this - me this that.
The Bible said Look for what is Noble, Pure and Good and SEE and Comment on This Love.
Forgive - forgive the people who think they have all that is needed if they spike out at you. They offer judgment. Be polite. Be positive. Put roots where Love is. Grandmother Anita would say Rise Above This.
What commentary would God give? If God is for us, who can be against us?
You know truly the Prodigal Son is about process - time - evaluation - growth. Psalm 90 is a Psalm of Moses and very correctly says even Acts of the Most High God - take time. David found Psalm 91 took 21 years. God is saying if God is for us, we will believe God and continue to be Light and Salt.
God tells us He gives us work - to Believe God. Jesus got up every day and went the direction God Gives Jesus. Jesus was not all thrills - every minute of every day. In fact, one of Jesus' early miracles was to go to the Pool of Bethsaida to heal a man so broken down by 38 years beside the pool - the man didn't even really ask to be healed. Jesus said, "Take up your pallet and go home." The man was thrilled to do this and thrilled to, basically, turn Jesus in for the "thanks".
What did Jesus think of not being really thanked? Jesus went on to the Town of Bethsaida and found there was a blind man and Jesus used saliva and mud, anointed the man's eyes and - and - and - sent him to - "The Pool of Siloam" meaning 'sent' - where the man was healed. Jesus did not give up on Goodness. He did not sit at home and say that man by the Pool of Bethsaida has life nicer than I do with the pleasantries of the Temple.
Jesus healed and healed and healed. Especially the blind. Over and over and over. And we only today - 2 millenniums later find out that only, one blind man turned back to give thanks and said, "This is so amazing, Jesus, I'd like to be part of this. My name is Bartimaeus, I used to be blind and now I see."
WOW. If Jesus can find more joy and more belief to be - JESUS THE LORD - I believe I will keep on and believe Jesus is the very best. Matthew threw Jesus a party. I am so glad. Mary had Jesus and all His Disciples stay for a few days after the wedding in Canna.
You know who remembered that? Jesus - when He was Victorious - Jesus went to find - the 500 He knew to be Good, Noble, Interested in Seeing Good. I am going to start remembering what was affirmed and I am going to see and over look and tell Jesus and be real and be honest and my words will address the many, many, many fine and good and noble people in life.
Thank You for the woman who was so polite when my warm drink was spilled. Thank You for the people who bring dogs who wander home. Thank You for people who ask how you are and affirm kindness. Thank You for the people who listen to your stories again and again. Thank You for bringing my son some new and very kind people in their lives. Thanks my son has opportunities and personality and You are the Lord.
Thanks for the people on my street who stop and talk to me so that I am so late getting home my husband asks where I have been. I appreciate people who literally will turn a cartwheel on my street to show kindness.
I appreciate people who say, "I'm getting a cup of coffee can I get you one." Lord Jesus - Thank You for bring to my attention my lack of gratitude what IS good. Thank YOU JESUS.
Help us all see and speak and give JOY for Blessings. Even if it a piece of toast with Cinnamon. Girl, we have to Love the Lord.
Lord God Almighty - beat back the Januaries and let sunshine and joy give us spring in our Hearts. Amen Jesus.
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