{ Lavish Loops }

priscilla-du-preez-101759 (1)Loop: a structure, series or process, the end of which is connected to the beginning.

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.

Proverbs 21:21

This is a common principle in the Bible —and in the natural world.

  • What we sow, we will reap.
  • What we plant, we will harvest.

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.

Proverbs 19:17

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 😊

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{ For Ketchup & For King }

bkhatLike other lucky 1980’s Burger King employees, I sported a brown polyester, two-pieced uniform with red and yellow accents.  The accents were a true ketchup red and a confirmed mustard yellow. One can only assume that the brown fabric was supposed to represent the charbroiled all-beef patty.

Later that decade, I made a career move to Bridgeman’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant. They upscaled me to a print, pinafore-like dress. It was feminine and kinda pretty. But the required hairnet and sensible white nurse’s shoes made me look seriously frumpy.

Oh, well. The tips (and the malts) were good.

Fast-forward to now.  What’s my current occupation? What costume am I wearing? I’m a wife-mom-cook-teacher-laundress-gardener.

I am also a princess.

Looking at me, you’d never guess. But, as a princess, I wear special clothing.

My Dad, the King, made sure from day one (I was adopted) that I was lovingly covered with sufficient garments. I try to seek and wear modest apparel that reflects the holy kingdom of my royal Father.

I want to look unique.

Mysteriously simple, yet humbly regal.

Beautifully odd.

Modestly gentle and boldly meek.

Like a special uniform, everything I wear should clearly proclaim my heritage: I’m a member of the Kingdom.

©  Lisa M. Luciano 😊

 “Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. – 1 Timothy 2:9-10

“May His beauty rest upon me, as I seek the lost to win, and may they forget the channel, seeing only him.”— from the hymn: May the Mind of Christ, My Savior

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Tie It Up: a one minute reflection

I called a friend the other day. 99% of the conversation was me, listening.

Has this ever happened to you?

I got off the phone and thought, “I’m not perfect, but at least I don’t talk as much as she does…”

Two days later, I was the one having tongue troubles— too chatty, too sassy.

Can we ever really control the things we say?

James 3:8 says “…but no human being can tame the tongue.”  When we get angry, competitive or upset, that little muscle called the tongue can do lots of damage.

Consider this idea:  Ask God to tie up your tongue before it gets in trouble. Ask Him to do it every morning, even before you squeeze out the first word of the day.

Dear God,

Control every part of me today; especially my tongue. Tie up my tongue, unless it plans to say something kind, helpful, or healing.

Amen.