Free Indeed!

There be many walking free, yet deep within enshackled be. There are yet those imprisoned seen, but truly are free and free indeed!

He that the son hath set free is free indeed!

The judge had ruled the accused was free, the details unknown but it mattered not. The chains were broken, the documents issued, doors wide open to walk out free. In the corner of the prison cell, the young woman cowered grasping her knees, her tangled long hair veiling her bowed head. She seemed not to understand she had been freed!

Guilty but without blame: It mattered not if she was guilty or not. She was entitled to walk out in true liberty. Physical chains had been broken, there was nothing apparent deterring her.  Thoughts of unworthiness, feeling undeserving, unbelief, doubt and fears were heavier chains that none could see, holding her back from walking free!

Chains : Thoughts of the past drag , fear of the future, leaving the familiar are not uncommon setbacks chains. The unhealthy thought of a “better devil” fuel bad choices of living bound, whilst opportunities fade out and dreams are aborted.

 

 

Adaptation

My children often marvel at my handling hot kitchen ware with bare hands. It has come with years of regularly cooking hot meals. I often get away with not being burnt as the contact is for very brief periods. 

Adverse situations may be survivable if only for short periods but not sustainable in the long run. Toxic relationships are similar. 

Victims of abuse are thought to remain in toxic relationships for many reasons: guilt, shame of failed relationship, fear of financial loss or loss of false security, fear of adverse consequences including death and even fear of the unfamiliar! 

The story is told of a toad in a pond with the temperature gradually increased. It kept adjusting and seemingly coping till the temperature was not sustainable to its viability. Adapting to subtle worsening  atmosphere and continuing to adapt to an unfavourable environment, resulted in the toads ultimate death! 

The warning signs are often there, the painful things so hard to bear and hazard lights clear to the sight. Reasons abound to resist change, be it culture or fear of change. Staying in pain for way too long may end in worse than what was feared!

 Resustance to, or fear of making a change may end in irreversible disaster! 

Make the change for healthier living! If need be get help.

Health tip:                                       Challenges should not be avoided, they help develop stronger muscles- mentally, emotionally and spiritually, like weights in a gym. Challenges should however be tolerated within healthy limits. 


Use it or “lose it”

Anger rests in the bosom of fools, says the wise man. Often the question is asked if it is good to be angry. 

Righteous Anger.                             Wickedness would be more prevalent if people did not get angry at wrongdoing. Anger therefore is good in a healthy dose and for an appropriate period, hence the admonition to be angry and not sin!

People are sometimes described as having “lost it” when anger is not positively utilised and rather retained and brewed, till it takes over and spills out, to the angry person’s detriment and not uncommonly to others’ detriment too. 

Wisdom says: 

  • Not to be friends with an angry man so one does not learn his ways. Evil communication corrupts good manners.
  • Do not make a habit of rescuing an angry man! Repeatedly rescuing an angry man prevents him from learning the consequences of his behaviour. There would be more accidents and lives lost, if there were no consequences for jumping red lights. Proverbs 19:19
  • It is a waste of time rescuing an angry man from the consequences of his anger, for you would have to keep doing it. Proverbs 19:19
  • Angry man stirs up strife, but one slow to anger calms strife down. Proverbs 15:8
  • The one who has control over his spirit is greater than the person who conquers a city. Proverbs 16:32

Anger should therefore be used in making positive changes, ensuring positive transformation with anger at wrong doing. Anger should not be let out without the mind processing it for better use besides it being uncontrollably let out. 

The Real Deal

The real deal is not what you see and oftentimes not what is said. There is a need that one must hear and see beyond the apparent. 

Efforts are made to be seem to be what is perceived as desired. Make up, false tones, acts that state else besides what is reality. 

The tortoise shell some see it as, what we project to hide under. Seeming bravery whilst melting under. Excessive covers may hint that it ain’t the real real deal.

An intense covering may help discern that the real deal ain’t what we see. Vulberability and fear hiding under the covering usually perceived.

Better perception then we need, to get to know the real real deal. Else oft we will misjudge many and also ourselves be well deceived. 

Seasons of Life

A harvest is not expected in the season for sowing. It would also be deemed irrational to expect to reap when nothing has been sown. Different crops are sown at different times in different regions. Seasons determine what is best sown and harvest times consequently varies with types of crops. 

It is no different in human lives, there is a time to speak kindly and a time to be angry. There is a time for working hard and a time to rest. Relaxing at a time when hard work is required may result in having nothing when others are reaping a bountiful harvest from their labours. 

To everything there is a season 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV)

Doing the right thing at the right time has also kept many from regretable situations. Staying focused at work for instance could prevent one from getting into unhealthy conversations, that could destroy valuable relationships. 

Discerning of the seasons in life and engahing in the right thing at the right time is a key to healthy living! 

Harvest 

It would be considered insanity to sow apple seeds and expect to reap bananas! Indeed a person who expresses such thoughts will understandably be deemed to have gone bananas! 

It is common however, that a harvest different different from what is sown is expected: A hostile teacher expecting cheerful students, an angry parent disappointed the children are always irritable.

——————————————————————-If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.

If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte

Prayer Inertia

Listening to Prayer Storm on you tube today helped deal with worrying thoughts on reluctance to prayer. Everything seems easier to do when there’s an urge to pray. 
My term for this is prayer inertia. Discipline is required to advance in any worthwhile activity and inertia need firstbbe overcome whatever the magnitude. 
The joy of what lies beyond motivates to persevere till momentum is gathered and one begins to soar. It brings to mind activities one may not sometimes be keen on, reluctantly attends and later feels excited and thankful for going. The decision to do what’s right and stay with it is required to reap the benefits of prayer. 
Once inertia is overcome the ride becomes increasingly less challenging, like a plane gathering momentum then begins to soar. Persevering in the place of prayer, connecting with the deeper wells within is rewarding, but requires overcoming inertia to break through to the refreshing depths.

May we be strengthened to pray🙏🏾

Treasure or Trash

It is fascinating how what is considered trash to one person is priceless treasure to another. Antique shops are often full of things that many may look at disdainfully and yet many others will treasure, willingly to pay large sums of money for. Scrap papers deemed a nuisance to a big business and trashed is precious material for others who put to creative use. 

Relationships are not very different. A person rejected by someone is treasured by another. Why? 

We all see different things from values determined by our life experiences, and other factors too. Short term gain may influence choices that result in long term pain. Choices therefore need to be determined by values that are beneficial in the long term. 

Think Twice! 

Even a small amount of money carelessly spent daily, accumulated in the long term is of far greater value. Think twice before making a decision to discard things. Worth noting though, some things if not discarded will block room for treasure! 

 The Bitter Pill

The “bitter pill” refers to that which is beneficial but hard to ingest. This may be truth that needs be heard or distasteful medicine to treat an illness. The bitter pill may often need be swallowed for a healthier state. 

My face distorts as I recall being persuaded to swallow home made herbal drinks that tasted disgusting! The dark look of the drink with bits and tree barks in it made it even less appealing! 

The global challenge in availability and accessibility to orthodox healthcare has apparently resulted in the increased awareness of Homeopathic therapies. Herbal remedies are increasingly being promoted by multi-level marketing companies, medical doctors with research claims. Well packaged and tasty, most are appealing but may not be the real thing the body needs. 


Truth may be seen this way. Not necessarily appealing but is the needful. Rebuke from a friend may not taste so nice, but may deliver one from an unhealthy relationship or investment. Parental suggestions may not be trendy, like Swedish bitters, yet help ensure emotional and physical health. 

The bitter pill may be hard to take but worth swallowing if best for health! 

Right choices may not be trendy, healthy choices may not be tasty, that which is best may fail the test of popularity yet best for health! 

Wealth is Health! 

Signs of Life

Following a harsh winter, it was heart warming to see signs of a new season, warmer and brighter, signs of life as spring set in. Hopes of days out and about, in the coming months, brightened my face with a smile. Yay! Spring is here! Likewise, signs abound that may prepare us for things to come, or warning signs to avert danger. 

Signs of life come in various forms, positive and negative, and may be physical, mental, emotional or financial. Pain is an indicator of malfunctioning or trauma, and requires attention be paid to the related area to avoid complications. Pain could be emotional and help may then be needed from others to resolve the cause of the pain or other aporopriate measures put in place to ease the pain. 

Please do not disregard signs of life. Other signs could be feeling tired, a depressing bank statement, or positive signs like being elated or energetic. Positive signs need to be well managed as well, else a victory in an area could tip over to a damaging state. People have been known to have had financial breakthrough destroy them with the excitement of unanticipated earnings not well managed.

Signs of life need to be appropriately addressed to make life’s journey more rewarding and not depressing.