O rgan of mouth
N ever tamed
G ood firestarter
U ncontrolled savage
E vil… restless & rudderless
From James 3:1-12
L ove doesn’t jangle — noisily drawing attention
O r pleasing & praising self…instead–
V olleying kindness toward others, it’s not rude, arrogant or resentful,
E ven when others offend.
from 1 Cor. 13.
Word prompt of the day: JANGLE
Photo: painted canvas “Love One Another” created by Yankee Belles Vintage Farm Store
The word prompt of the day is QUILL…which makes me think of feathers….which makes me think of the phrase “ruffled feathers.”
Ruffled feathers defined:
“This is an idiom which means to become irritated, confused, agitated, or annoyed by someone.”
(Sometimes they are doing this purposefully, sometimes not.)
Sigh. I get my feathers ruffled too easily. How to prevent this?
I already KNOW… but now I need to DO…by God’s grace.
Walk by the Spirit and all that.
Am I getting better at this after 25+ years as a regenerated person?
Sometimes I don’t know.
But after reading the Bible book of Proverbs many, many times, I saw Proverbs 12:16 for the “first time” the other day. I want to remember this one.
A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted. (NLT) The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. (ESV)
One historic summer, I started a daily exercise routine: biking around the lake.
Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun are like twin sisters, nestled in a lovely part of south Minneapolis.
After work, my brother and I would bike 1.8 miles to the nearest one– Lake Harriet– loop 2.99 miles around the lake, then home.
I grew to love the trip, the lakes, and the loss of ten pounds that summer.
Now I live 50 miles west of Minneapolis. I rarely visit the lakes, so on a recent jaunt into the cities, I was surprised when I noticed the sign showing the name change from Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska. This is its original Dakota name and it means “White Earth Lake.”
Lake Calhoun was named after John C. Calhoun and apparently, his character was in question.
I rolled my eyes.
“Why do we have to be so politically correct?”
I stumbled through my made-up phonetic version of “Bde Maka Ska” and complained that it was hard to say.
My daughter was in the back seat and started digging to find facts about John C. Calhoun and why he was out of favor.
We found out:
So, I pondered this.
Typically, I do not embrace change very quickly.
But why should I defend this deceased man and his right to have a lake named after him?
Although his values may have been the norm for many Southerners in the 1800’s, they are offensive to most people now.
Then, my daughter played the proper pronunciation of the Bde Maka Ska on her phone.
It sounds like “Bih—DAY – Makaska (rhymes with “Uh SAY, I’ll boss ya!).
Hearing its musical Native American name aloud put me over the edge.
I was converted.
But I have one request: please don’t find any dirt on Harriet Lovejoy, namesake of that other lake.
The one next to the beautiful Bde Maka Ska.
© Lisa M. Luciano
When I rolled out of bed today, I glanced at the gloomy summer sky. I mentally changed the day’s plans, but gave thanks for free garden watering.
I pondered the ironic word of the day:
On bright, blue-skied days, I take the sun for granted. When the sky is gray, I’m focused on, “Just when will that sun come out?”
But the sun is always there. I know my astronomy facts and I take it by faith.
I also have bright soul days….and dull, gray times.
It’s amazing how one tiny cloud – a cross word or perceived failure– can obscure the cheerfulness of a day.
And, it’s fascinating how a piece of good news, a kind word, or a small victory can brighten things.
Bright or gloomy, happy or sad, up or down, God is always there.
No matter how things look, or how I feel, my Source of energy exists in sovereign power.
He is perfectly in control.
He never changes, never naps, and never leaves.
“For I, the Lord, do not change.” Malachi 3:6
“He who keeps you will not slumber…” Psalm 121:3
“Fear not, for I am with you…” Isaiah 41:10
© Lisa M. Luciano 2017
Marriage is a commitment ~ a covenant, not a contract.
When we entered into the covenant of marriage, I didn’t know what love was. I didn’t know how selfish I was.
By God’s grace only, here we still stand today.
Here is an excerpt from those lofty vows, voiced that day with a naive glow in my eyes:
“In the midst of this assembly, with all these witnesses and more importantly before Almighty God, I covenant with you. A covenant similar to the one God makes with His people. A covenant which remains constant throughout our lives, despite changes which will occur during our journey together…”
Thank you, Lord, for sustaining our marriage, despite ourselves. Thank you for sending us help and mentors and most of all, for giving us a marriage handbook: your Holy Word.
don’t stare at me with millennial disgust
when I pull out my paperback book
with vintage tools of pencil and eraser
I relish the rustic fragrance
and the papery glide of
beneath my fingertips
(and anyway…my battery’s dead.)
(c) Lisa M. Luciano
This is the word prompt of the day, and I read a fitting verse in my Bible today.
It’s a verse that makes me think of a loop; a reward given that is connected to action that came first:
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness and honor.
This is a common principle in the Bible —and in the natural world.
It’s a worldwide idea found in folktales, fables and culture.
But I love how God’s Word takes it to a new level.
Take the above scripture. When we pursue righteousness and kindness (two things), we will find life, righteousness and honor (three things.)
We gain interest– a bonus.
Another amazing Bible promise:
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
Here’s one more looping verse:
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.
Our God is a generous God. He makes our cup run over. (Psalm 23)
He doesn’t ration His love, His forgiveness or His blessings.
Walking in obedience with the Lord is one lavish loop after another.
© Lisa M. Luciano 😊