Weekly act of courage

Happy Views Day!

I share my weekly, “heart of the matter” for this “Year of Courage Project:”

Best Adult Trip: 2017 Alaska cruise with my Daddy. A stop in Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Canada proved there’s heaven on earth.  

The Butchart Gardens – Over 100 Years in Bloom – Victoria, Canada.

Will work for travel,

Christina

Readers: What do you work for? I welcome your comments!

The Four-Letter “S” word

Happy Views Day!

Thank you for following my one year of weekly “Behind the Scenes” posts. You’ve surprised me with many responses. Keep it up!

This week’s reveal:

Least favorite task: Clothes shopping (I do like grocery shopping).

Readers: your turn! What is your least favorite task?

Courageously,

Christina

GROSS NEGLIGENCE

I seriously considered inflicting my anger on them in force….Then I thought better of it. I acted out of who I was, not by how I felt” (Ez. 20:8-10 MSG).

I seriously considered unleashing my anger on them…But I thought better of it and acted out of who I was, not by what I felt, so that I might be honored and not blasphemed” (Ez. 20: 13-16 MSG).

I seriously considered dumping my anger on them…But I thought better of it and acted out of who I was, not by what I felt, so that I might be honored and not blasphemed” (Ez. 21-22 MSG).

“…you’ll also realize that I am God when I respond to you out of who I am, not by what I feel about the evil lives you’ve lived, the corrupt history…” (Ez. 20:44 MSG).

Four times. God addressed Israel’s rebellion four times in one chapter. In Ezekiel 20, God watched Israel’s people continually break His commandments. They turned their backs on His warnings, not just once, but in four different ways.

I think about how one person or one confrontation tests my endurance. I can’t imagine how a perfect God witnesses horrific disrespect from what He created.

God cited Israel’s idol worship and warned them against following their parents’ evil ways. He noted their disrespect for His Sabbath Day. God said their addiction to possessions and sexual promiscuity would destroy them, yet they continued to discount Him.

I know how saddened I get when somebody disrespects me. If an apology and adjustment to reconcile is followed through, I give someone a second chance. However, if insults continue, I limit interaction with the abuse or abuser.  Sometimes I’m the self-inflicting adversary. Since it’s impossible to run from myself, I need to confront my thoughts, words and actions.

Thankfully, God allows me more than three strikes, but I strive not to abuse His mercy. Ezekiel compared God’s integrity with Israel’s wickedness. God considered dumping His anger, inflicting His anger and unleashing His anger. But…God is love. He cannot lie and responds according to His Godly reputation.

God’s undying love is superior to His power to destroy someone, but there are consequences for sin. His perfection includes love and truth. He applies consequences for repeated evil practice but engages forgiveness with appropriate justice.

Lord, thank You for your continual mercy. I strengthen whatever I practice. I don’t want to be a strongly practiced sinner. Keep me from habitually disregarding Your guidance so I’m not subjected to Your just consequences. May I continually love like You do.

Soaking in Truth,

Christina

Seriously? (aka Reveal #11)

Happy Views Day!

This is #11 of my Year of Weekly Courage posts.

(I’m not the person in this picture, but I share a smile through this photo).

Favorite Chore: Vacuuming.

Readers: What is your favorite chore? I’d love to hear your response!

From the underside of the lily pad,

Christina

2 for 1 courage posts

Happy Views Day!

Today, I share two “behind the scenes” facts about myself. As an introvert who cringes with self-promoting, this is an added leap.

#10 from my Year of Courage list:

Dream House: 1 acre of country land to house a 600-700 sq. foot cottage/chapel style studio.  Loft will be used as my office and downstairs will be 1 bedroom, 3/4 bath and a two-sided fireplace between the living room and kitchen. I’ll have several outdoor sitting spaces with porch swings, hammock, gazebo, benches, rocking chairs and gliders.

Lot Of 18 Woman's World Magazine Back Issues Jan 7, 2019 - Aug 26,

The other reveal is…Woman’s World will publish a true story I wrote for their Last Laugh column. It’ll be on magazine sale racks October 7-12th.

Your feedback encourages me to keep writing.

Gratefully, Christina

THE COMMON FOLK RULE

With all your peacock strutting, you are going to end up in the abyss. If the people of Sodom had had your chances, the city would still be around. …Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank You Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work” (Mt. 11:22-27 MSG).

In Matthew’s gospel Jesus is talking to the people in Chorazin and Bethsaida. He’s been working feverishly in these cities and people have shrugged their cold shoulders and gone their own way.

“Doom Chorazin! Doom Bethsaida!” (Mt. 11:21). Jesus heatedly said that if ordinary people witnessed His work, they’d respond warmer than this superficially superior crowd in Chorazin and Bethsaida did.

I resemble Chorazin sophisticates when I half-heartedly listen to God’s guidance. Like the Bethsaidans, sometimes I don’t even pause to acknowledge His presence.

By the world’s financial standards, I am one of the ordinaries Jesus referenced. When I remember that I’m common folk, I invite affluent warmth from God’s spirit to heat my heart. However, when I allow frigid, sometimes frozen responses to God’s continual Presence, I reside in a spiritual igloo.

Jesus acknowledges that God conceals His wisdom to the cold-hearted and exposes it to the common, the seeking, the poor.

Jesus, remind me that You created ordinary people to teach Your all-knowing ways. Protect me from lukewarm mentality. Infuse Your balm into my spirit.

Resting in God’s insulated lily pad,

Christina

#9 Project Courage

Happy Views Day!

The list grows as I publish another fact from “Get to Know the Author”

(aka Project Courage 2021-2022)

Best Childhood Trip: South Dakota where I fell in love with prairie dogs

Travel the world of your mind,

Christina

#8 Weekly Reveal

Happy Views Day!

Thank You! Your feedback encourages me to continue posting “Getting to Know My Heart.”

Here’s #8 of my 52 weekly reveals:

Favorite comedians: Danny Bhoy and Sebastian

Laughing my way to tighter ab muscles,

Christina

FAMILIES ROOTING FOR EACH OTHER

They looked high and low for their family records but couldn’t find them. And so they were barred from priestly work as ritually unclean. The governor ruled that they could not eat from the holy food until a priest could determine their status…(Neh. 7:64-65 MSG).

A friend has been researching her genealogy and connecting branches of her family tree.
She’s found some bare limbs and is determined to dig through her ancestral roots to uncover her family history.

In Nehemiah’s book, he assigned God-fearing men to research genealogical records of people who first returned from King Nebuchadnezzar’s exile. Nehemiah 7 includes a list of family names and numbers, ranking from servants to support staff to royalty. Every person counted in Nehemiah’s chronicle.

Similarly, in my friend’s ancestral quest, Nehemiah’s researchers discovered some family branches that hadn’t budded leaves.  These unaccounted names needed someone to uncover their roots before the people could be acknowledged as part of Nehemiah’s family tree.

Their governor labeled these unclaimed people unclean. They weren’t allowed to eat holy food or work in pastoral jobs until a priest determined their status. Every family has a story in their plot of land. As we walk toward eternal life, we seek unity within our root system.

According to God, He is the vine, and His people are the branches. We all matter to our Creator.

Jesus, thank You for planting Your seed in the tree of life. Help me uncover any dead branches that cuts off growth from Your bountiful harvest.

Planting wisdom seeds in fertile soil around lily pad land,

Christina

7 out of 52 reveals

Happy Views Day!

Another weekly fact in my year of “Get to Know the Author” mission of courage:

First job after babysitting: Pizza Hut, hired as a cook when I had just turned 15.

Rollin’ in the dough 😉

Christina