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/

3 short points 

The service starts when “church time” is over.

 No games here, no clever quotes or cliche sayings,

just 3 points for us & 3 points from God.

No preachin’, no big long wordy sermon…

Ready? Don’t blink, don’t shut your brains off or you’ll miss it.

Read 2 Chronicles 7:14 –

and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 CHRONICLES 7:14 AMP

http://bible.com/1588/2ch.7.14.AMP

3 poins for us

  1. humble ourselves
  2. pray and seek
  3. turn

God’s part, 3 points from God, results-

then I will

  1.  hear 
  2. forgive
  3.  heal

Amen. Keep His Word written, stamped, on our hearts. 

Go with God.

Short background & surrounding verses-

God appeared to Solomon that very night and said, “I accept your prayer; yes, I have chosen this place as a temple for sacrifice, a house of worship. If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people, and my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health. From now on I’m alert day and night to the prayers offered at this place. Believe me, I’ve chosen and sanctified this Temple that you have built: My Name is stamped on it forever; my eyes are on it and my heart in it always. As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, pure in heart and action, living the life I’ve set out for you, attentively obedient to my guidance and judgments, then I’ll back your kingly rule over Israel—make it a sure thing on a sure foundation. The same covenant guarantee I gave to David your father I’m giving to you, namely, ‘You can count on always having a descendant on Israel’s throne.’
2 Chronicles 7:12‭-‬18 MSG

http://bible.com/97/2ch.7.12-18.MSG

Triumph In Tragedy (Eric Westover)

My name is Eric Westover. I’m a below-elbow amputee. I lost my arm 15 years ago this May secondary to a work injury and an incurable disease called RSD(now called CRPS II). I live with severe chronic pain every day. My pain starts at an 11 and goes to a 50, it never stops, it never takes a break, it’s with me 24/7/365.


In 2002 when my hand and arm started acting up,

 I had no idea the path God would put me on. 

After multiple failed surgeries, total loss of function, and incredibly severe pain, I knew there was only one choice left. And that was to amputate my hand and forearm. 

While it was a difficult and heart wrenching decision, I knew that God was with me and I needed to step out in Faith and let Him have this, no matter what happened. And so I did….

My work comp insurance denied my request to amputate, even though I had the best doctors in the world at The Mayo Clinic backing me up.

 I had to fight. And I did, for 14 months. And during that time I lost everything

I lost my house, my business, and had to sell everything I owned. And I had to move in with my parents at the age of 32. 

I was discouraged, depressed, and hurting.

It was not easy nor fun, but with God’s grace I made it through.
On May 13, 2004 we amputated my Right hand and forearm. And I’ve NEVER looked back…….
Losing my arm was THE BIGGEST BLESSING God ever gave me!!! So many things happened to me BECAUSE I lost my arm that would’ve NEVER happened had I not lost my arm. 

God opened SO MANY doors for me and I just had to walk through them.
I just recently retired as the Goalie for the U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team. I played for 8 years traveling the world and representing my country. I now work with a great nonprofit called 

NubAbility Athletics

 who works with limb different kids through sports. That’s ALL God!!

I just received a new prosthetic, pictured below. 


On it is the inscription for Ephesians 6: 11-17, my favorite verses, which say to Put on the armor of God every day and fight. 

I love that I can now wear my Faith on my sleeve and that God gives me the opportunity to glorify Him through something that most others look at as a tragedy.

Thanks for letting me share. God Bless!!!!

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Thank you Eric for your vulnerability in sharing this. May we all remember that our pain is no indication of God’s presence. 

Let’s all be living proof of God’s handy work, especially in times of pain, trials, temptations & down right tragedy.

What we see & experience as aweful are things God can turn into awesome.

For Christ sake, beetle

Fair Fight or Not, Still Gonna Fight

The Apostle Paul, under the influence of God’s Spirit wrote,

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! 

The world doesn’t fight fair. 

But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will.

 The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 

We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.

 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬6 MSG

http://bible.com/97/2co.10.3-6.MSG

The world doesn’t fight fair. 

But we don’t live or fight our battles that way. We’ll fight but not the way the world fights.

 While women weep, as they do now,

I’ll fight

While little children go hungry, as they do now,

 I’ll fight

While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, 

I’ll fight

While there is a drunkard left, While there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight-I’ll fight to the very end! 

-William Booth

Fight Back (by D&K band): 

EXTRA- 

On May 9, 1912, going on 107 years ago, The Salvation Army’s founder, General William Booth gave his final, most distinguished address to a packed crowd of 7,000 Salvationists at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Booth’s final words sum up the heart of The Salvation Army’s mission and vision and his own 60-year ministry:

“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight, I’ll fight to the very end!”

My Art

Doodling during  class, or church actually helped me listen better. I never imagined it would help relax my mind and bring focus but it really does.

Now I dabble in doodling to help take my mind off chronic pain & put it someplace else.

I have a page here in my blod dedicated to my different forms of art: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/stories-poems-and-art/

In this post I wanna capture some of my smaller pieces. Most, if not all, I give away so I want to use this as a place to look back at some things I’ve done.


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Morning Fog

There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.
Psalm 19:11‭-‬14 MSG

http://bible.com/97/psa.19.11-14.MSG

Headline (Florida Man)

As humans it is common for us to misunderstand & sometimes be misunderstood.

Understand this, as I recently searched “Florida Man” headline, I came across some weird, mucked up shtuff!

Here are some examples when God has been pulled into or even blamed, or given false credit for some people’s personal misbehavior.

These are actual headlines from newspapers, believe it or not.

Florida Man Threatens to Kill Man With ‘Kindness,’ Uses Machete Named ‘Kindness’

Florida Man Who Drove Ferrari Into Water Said, ‘Jesus Told Him To’

Rattlesnake-carrying Florida Man Claims to be ‘Agent of God’

What state are these men from? Florida? No, they live in the state of confusion!

Although aware of my own humanity & human behavior around me I choose to not forcus on human nature but rather I’ll keep putting my focus on The Supernatural God, praying as King David prayed,

“This is what makes you so great, Master God ! There is none like you, no God but you, nothing to compare with what we’ve heard with our own ears. And who is like your people, like Israel, a nation unique in the earth, whom God set out to redeem for himself (and became most famous for it), performing great and fearsome acts, throwing out nations and their gods left and right as you saved your people from Egypt? You established for yourself a people—your very own Israel!—your people permanently. And you, God , became their God.”

2 Samuel 7:22‭-‬24 MSG

http://bible.com/97/2sa.7.22-24.MSG

DcTalk song “Supernatural”

https://youtu.be/W3MSiKBYRlM

Say it with Music (Love, Love, Love by Sidewalk Prophets)

It goes deeper than just religion

Realer that reality television
Truer than the pages of a fairytale
It’ll happily ever never fail

It’s better than your good intentions
A lot more honest than a politician
It’s worth more than the money in your pocket
It won’t back down, no one can stop it

Love love love
Love love love
Love love love
Goes that far
Love love love
Love love love
So love love love
With all your heart

You can find it where the children play
It’s in the coffee shops and the alley ways
You can see it in the stars above
And when you think you can’t, you can with love

So take it out to the weak and lonely
Take it out to the outcasts too
Give it away to the tired weary
When you give it away, it comes back to you

Love love love
Love love love
Love love love
Goes that far
Love love love
Love love love
So love love love
With all your heart

Read about a man who came in to this world
Loving every man, woman, boy and girl
Hung out with some folks that would make you stare
Saying come as you are, you’re welcome here

Spent His life with the least of these
Died on a cross between two thieves
And on the third day the stone rolled away
He beat back death so we could say

Love love love
Love love love
Love love love
Goes that far
Love love love
Love love love
So love love love
With all your heart

It’s a great big hug for all those haters
Even broke through the dark side of Darth Vader
It’s like the air we breathe, we all need it
Oh, yeah
Even Chuck Norris can’t defeat it

Love love love
Love love love
Love love love
Goes that far
Love love love
Love love love
So love love love
With all your heart

Songwriters: Ben Mcdonald / David Frey / David Douglas Frey / Matthew West / Matthew Joseph West

Love, Love, Love lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Music:

https://youtu.be/XVUpmdCH8MI