This Is The Day (Everyday)

I just finished Day 3 of the @YouVersion Plan The Holiness Of The Every Day. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/3TJ

Today’s reading was:

The God Of The Plains  

We spend most of our lives on the plains. The valley terrifies us. The mountain-top exhilarates. But the majority of our existence is right in between. The long road where you can see for miles. The mundane. The ordinary.

We put a lot of faith in the mountains. As if they hold some secret key that can unlock everything. The secrets of life. The mysteries solved. But the plains still come. The mysteries remain. The mundane perseveres.

We tend to fear the valleys. Fighting to protect ourselves from pain, we set a system in place to keep the sorrow from destroying us.

The result is that the plains get too often neglected. The everyday becomes an arena of apathy, season upon season of complacency. Waiting for what we long for and for what we fear. Missing where we are.

God’s Word tells us to have a grateful heart. Be thankful in your day to day. Embrace this perspective every day. Paul wrote in his letter to the Colossians, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” The “all” of our existence leaves nothing for which thanks is not the appropriate attitude.

God is the God of the plains. He is looking over our every day. Our every choice. Every moment, every emotion, every thought, every step. It is a valuable opportunity to see the Presence of God in our lives. There is nothing more essential for the believer than seeing God as Divine in our every day. Only then may we perceive the worth of our choices and the innumerable ways He is communicating with us.

Please look for the 5th part of the plan, Yellow Balloons. In life, we all go through different seasons. Some are on the mountaintop, most in the plains and even in the valley. This series encourages us to choose a truer and godly perspective during any season of our lives.

To get more from this plan, read the book Yellow Balloons by Tim Dunn. You can download it from http://www.yellowballoons.net/ in the Downloads area using the passcode: Grace

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Colossians 3:15‭-‬17 MSG


http://bible.com/97/col.3.15-17.MSG


Manipulation & exaggeration of what is normal.

What we consider “extraordinary” or amazing is either a manipulation or an exaggeration of what is normal.

These are the words of the Quester, David’s son and king in Jerusalem: Smoke, nothing but smoke. [That’s what the Quester says.] There’s nothing to anything—it’s all smoke.

 What’s there to show for a lifetime of work, a lifetime of working your fingers to the bone? 

One generation goes its way, the next one arrives, but nothing changes—it’s business as usual for old planet earth.

 The sun comes up and the sun goes down, then does it again, and again—the same old round. The wind blows south, the wind blows north. Around and around and around it blows, blowing this way, then that—the whirling, erratic wind. All the rivers flow into the sea, but the sea never fills up

The rivers keep flowing to the same old place, and then start all over and do it again. 

Everything’s boring, utterly boring— no one can find any meaning in it

Boring to the eye, boring to the ear. 

What was will be again, what happened will happen again. 

There’s nothing new on this earth. 

Year after year it’s the same old thing. Does someone call out, “Hey, this is new”? Don’t get excited—it’s the same old story. 

Nobody remembers what happened yesterday. And the things that will happen tomorrow? Nobody’ll remember them either. Don’t count on being remembered.

Ecclesiastes 1:1‭-‬11 MSG

http://bible.com/97/ecc.1.1-11.MSG

How true these words are. There really is nothing new. Now, that doesn’t mean we can’t find enjoyment in simple every day things and classics, just don’t expect to be completely satisfied.

Everything leads to weariness—a weariness too great for words. Our eyes can never see enough to be satisfied; our ears can never hear enough.

Ecclesiastes 1:8 GNT

http://bible.com/68/ecc.1.8.GNT

I noted, no one can find any meaning, really deep, soul satisfying meaning in this life

For me, when I asked God’s Spirit to come into my life I finally found true meaning & satisfaction. God is doing a new thing in me, moment by moment, regardless of my physical condition & external circumstances.

We are all invited to call Him & ask for something new & even eternal, beyond this world, out of this world.

‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’
JEREMIAH 33:3 AMP

http://bible.com/1588/jer.33.3.AMP

I remember my grandmother joking about how that is God’s phone number (JEREMIAH 33:3); but honestly it is that simple.

I’ve experienced, 1st hand, that true soul satisfaction comes when we simple seek things beyond this life, beyond this world. By calling out to God we begin a relationship with Him.

Perhaps you’ve already started this process and if so I hope you cotinue to grow from just dating Christ to becoming His bride.

God bless you and you, keep blessing God.

Go with Him, beetle

Initial inspiration for this post came from The @YouVersion Plan: The Holiness Of The Every Day. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/3TJ

Adding INSULT To Injury.

 Jesus, who never committed even the smallest offense, humbled himself and made himself nothing for our sakes.

 Jesus lost face in order to save face for us.

 Jesus would allow himself to be exposed, criticized, despised, and rejected in order to cover our shame and prove his great love for us.

Although He went through unfair & down right untruthful criticism He cried out, “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.”


Today I read the last devoted thought from the @YouVersion Plan From Weakness To Strength: Learning From Criticism. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/2Ml

Here is a segment from that I’d like to include for this post:

In reference to criticism –

What if the criticism is unfair? What if the critic is someone who doesn’t have our best interest in mind but instead seems to have it out for us, is not worthy of respect, or is saying things about us that are not true? What if the critic, rather than acting out of interest for our health and flourishing, is acting like a pig?

King David can instruct us here, also, in the way that he responds to an irritating man named Shimei. Shimei dislikes how David is leading the people, throws rocks at David, and hurls insults at him, “cursing him continually.” David, once again having all the power, could simply kill Shimei on the spot, and one of David’s men wants to do just that.

Abishai, whose mother was Zeruiah, said to the king, “Your Majesty, why do you let this dog curse you? Let me go over there and cut off his head!”  “This is none of your business,” the king said to Abishai and his brother Joab. “If he curses me because the Lord told him to, who has the right to ask why he does it?”

2 Samuel 16:9‭-‬10 GNTD

http://bible.com/69/2sa.16.9-10.GNTD

Make no mistake, criticism can be helpful but, consider the source.

Also, I recall a post I wrote about Acceptance. In short I included this,

Acceptance has taught me that there is a bit of good in the worst of us and a bit of bad in the best of us; that we are all children of God and we each have a right to be here. When I complain about me or about you, I am complaining about God’s handiwork. I am saying that I know better than God. –

from Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 417.

Sometimes ya just gotta let things go, fully let go. After we’ve been hurt & digest whatever’s been force fed to us only we can consider the source from whence that garbage came from & go back to considering The only reliable Source, our creator.

May God continually uplift you & remind you who you are in His eyes. He loves & cares for you. He has our best interest in mind.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Philippians 4:8‭-‬9 MSG

http://bible.com/97/php.4.8-9.MSG

A Critic of Creation?


The world and all that is in it belong to the LORD ; the earth and all who live on it are his.
Psalms 24:1 GNB

http://bible.com/296/psa.24.1.GNB

Today’s verse of the day reminded me of what I came to understand regarding acceptance;

*Acceptance has taught me that there is a bit of good in the worst of us and a bit of bad in the best of us; that we are all children of God and we each have a right to be here. When I complain about me or about you, I am complaining about God’s handiwork. I am saying that I know better than God. –

*That is from Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 417.

Although alcohol was never an issue in my life acceptance sure has been.

My mucked up mind tells me all too often that unless things match what I’ve deemed right, wrong, good or bad, they are unacceptable.

The reality, God’s reality, is that until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment I will find no serenity.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake.

God’s got this.

Until I accept my problems, I can not stay sane; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. 

I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.

*Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” He forgot to mention that I was the chief critic. I was always able to see the flaw in every person, every situation. And I was always glad to point it out, because I knew you wanted perfection, just as I did. 

And yet God’s “Acceptance” is far beyond mine.

But God has shown us how much he loves us — it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!

Romans 5:8 GNB

http://bible.com/296/rom.5.8.GNB

Life comes down to accepting that He accepts us & we need to accept not only Him but all that He has made.

We are all His children, sometimes disobedient children, but still His children. He is The Father, the creator, judge, jury, beginning & the end.

I’ll put my trust in Him & let Him handle what is right, wrong, good or bad. Only He can make what seems ugly to me beautiful.

For the original post and posts on this subject go to: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/my-acceptance-letter/