WHEN WORDS DO COME

ONE TEAR DROP

Proverbs 25:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

The scripture of design for a word from humans is “fitly” spoken. When I write about the words that do come (in my Aphasian world), they are more of a maxim.

You are probably already wondering about the word Aphasian in red. No, it is not a word. Surprise! However if you were to be diagnosed with “aphasia”, and your answers are jumbled communications, then you would understand. Many times when I speak, people will ask where I am from. The way I speak is very specific, as someone who is learning English would be. Since I have “aphasia”, I tell them I speak Aphasian, from Aphasia. Is Aphasia a real country? No, but it is a real world to those of us who have it.

Sometime ago, I wrote about “when words won’t come”. These words that don’t come are halted by the electrical part of my brain. There are times they do come, but in a very strange way. When authors write, they listen for the correct words, and then a “new” one appears, caught from the air. ( I have often wondered if the words are a static wave in the air.) The cursor on the page indicates in red, “this is not a word”. Then my reply to the cursor is; “well, it should be!”

New words happened about two years ago; while I was writing my first blog.  My notebook started a new dictionary. I thought of a favorite show I watch on TV. The head of the show has a new word at the end. This word is always about “don’t do or don’t be”. Many times these words I have never heard or read. Yes, superfluously funny! I thought that I should send him a copy of my “new dictionary”. I never did though because they are made up by me. Or should I say for me? I am certainly not a Webster’s Dictionary.

I thank God though for those musical methods of His eloquence. He does have a sense of humor. My wonder is, how intelligent He is! Just think about His creation, yes, it is hard to fathom in my little brain. Yet, when I pray for His answer, He is most comical with my new words.

I learned He still creates! He creates new words! At least to me He does. It is like a game. Yes, He likes to play with us too! After all, He is our Constant Companion. Picture this, the three of them, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as they paint the picture of all the creation. Do you think they had fun? Perhaps the enjoyment caused their laughter through the beauty of it all. What we are told is by the seventh day, they were tired, and they needed to rest.

I think I hear my reader, wanting me to share the words that do come. Here are just a few to entice you, perhaps I will write a dictionary some day.
Starstruck – meaning “enlightened”
Twinnage – meaning “double trouble”
Servancey – meaning “to serve in free will instead of slavery”
Prayable – meaning “something that needs prayer”

So, there they are. Do they sound as savory to you as they do to me? Try saying them in a sentence, listen to the flow of the words.

“I was starstruck watching the twinkled light gliding across the sky.”

It is artwork, is it not? I am picturing the moments when we see falling stars. Those stars are usually not there, but when they are, what a glow.

Just a thought, perhaps you could also pray for God’s newest creation to see. Yes, it is magical.

 

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A SERVANT’S LOVE

MARY WASHING THE FEET OF JESUS

John 13:12-17 (NIV)
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

When I became a Patient Care Technician, there was an assignment to complete during my training. Students were required to work for one week at a Nursing Home. We were to complete the tasks we had been taught to care for the patients. One of them was to wash their feet, and apply lotion if they were not showing any sores on their feet.

There was a man in a wheel chair who I had been assigned to. The list of care included his feet. We considered this not only for cleanliness but comfort as well. Preparations included clean towels and several toiletries placed on a tray. Once used, the clean cloth had to be placed in a dirty bag. A new clean one was used for each swipe. This tedious procedure had to be done on my knees.

I finished his first foot with lotion after a five-minute careful rub down. His wife came to see him, just as I started his next foot. She asked how he was doing. I replied that I was completing my training, and he was doing well. Her husband was my total attendance that day for personal care. She smiled asking, “Do you realize what he is doing?” I quizzically looked at her trying to guess what she meant. She asked, “Don’t you see his smile? You don’t know what that means! He has not smiled since he had his stroke! You have shown us how much this care means to him. He cannot speak, but now we know he can smile.”

Think about an experience when Jesus would wash your feet. What perception would flow in you? What did the disciples feel? What would their thoughts be about Jesus? What does Jesus want everyone to understand? In those days, the washing of the guest’s feet was a job of a servant to do upon their arrival. Jesus wrapped his towel around His waist, just as the lowliest household servant would do. Even He who was God in the flesh, became a servant to the world. Honestly, do you suppose we can be like Jesus? Jesus washed their feet showing them and us His example to be servants, help one another, and be blessed for it.

That is the lesson for us. He demonstrated to the disciples and us that our mission to serve God is by serving each other. Imagine presenting the gospel to someone in this fashion. If you washed their feet while sharing the Gospel, can you envision this? Would you see a smile on their face? Would they see Jesus in you?

There is a time we are taught about the washing of feet.
Luke 7:38 New International Version (NIV)
38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
Luke 7:44 New International Version (NIV)
44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

So, here is a sinful woman, a prostitute who enters the dinner uninvited. She proceeds to wash Jesus’ feet. This means that Simon did not offer this normal custom to Jesus. In fact Simon did not kiss Jesus as was normal, nor did he anoint Jesus’ head with oil, these were all expected for a guest. Simon indeed had been remiss. Did Simon feel like he was too good to do this for Jesus? Was it a snide way from his heart? I think it is mentioned because it shows such a vast difference in those who show their faith from the heart and those who do not.

Jesus said to the woman, “ your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you, go in peace.” He was issuing God’s grace not because of the good deed, but because of her faith in Him. This is the same Grace He gives us.

The Titanic had a Servant from God aboard.

This man’s bow reached the strings of everyone’s life.   This was the strand when they could reach out for Jesus.   Wallace Henry Hartley had listened to the example of Jesus. His Faith in Jesus gave Him the obedience to become a servant to others. A man, few knew, played a hymn in the last moments of their lives. He gave them one last song on earth. Their next sound would be God’s angels singing. God had prepared their new song in Heaven.

I picture this in my mind. I see the divine correlation of love itself at the last of someone’s life. Jesus showed this on the cross. Forgive them Jesus said! Thou shalt be with me today in Paradise, He said. Yes, I believe this is Divinely God speaking and an example of where we want to be in Jesus.

 

 

 

SETTING THE WORLD FREE

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America’s Independence Day stands strong for the Freedoms of the World

John 14:27 King James Version
27” Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Setting the World Free
By Joan G. Allen Pfeiffer

This is not where I belong.
There is time ahead to see.
Our heart is singing a song,
That may set the world free.

That is all the words that the poem has, but it says so much!

How can you set the world free? Aha, now the real excitement kicks in! Sound waves have been said to be faster than light waves by some physicists. They call it “superliminal”.  Imagine, how fast your favorite song could even reach the angriest places to make it enjoyable.  Let’s start talking about traffic tie-ups. Listen:

I know a Buttercup song may not be exactly what you expected.  If you listened you realize a song like this shines in delight! Do we ever really wonder about the melodies that light up our hearts? A song can make you happy, and full of joy in a second. When you sing a lullaby to your babies, you soothe them to sleep.

The American National Anthem’s words, brass instruments, and drums shout a huge pride for our country.  All the world’s countries applaud and cheer at the end of their national anthems. We have seen it at the Olympic Games. How beautiful to each citizen in valor.

King David sang so many songs to God in praise and thankfulness. The sounds of strings and horns lift up to Heaven and raise the highest sounds so the angels can sing along. Can you hear them in your hearts? Can you hear the whole world singing with all of us praising God?

How great is our God setting the timetable on earth to glorify His Holy Name.  Now lets hear the world sing:

HEALING EXPECTATIONS

HEALING HEART

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 New International Version (NIV)
7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

When illness or sickness is brought to the church for healing, many say that God will always heal someone. And yet, when we read about Paul’s thorn in the flesh, God did not heal him. Moses was not healed from his speech impediment, and Samson was not healed from his foolishness. There are so many of God’s children who were not totally healed in body, but they are healed in spirit and soul.

My understanding is the flesh is weak because of our sinful nature and so it will turn to ash. The Spirit and soul are His and this He will heal. Paul’s spirit certainly was healed to lead so many to Jesus. His soul knew of his salvation as so many times it is written in the Bible. Just once he mentioned his unhealed thorn. He knew that when he was weak Jesus strengthened him in all things, including his physical impairment understanding.

Romans 6:23 New International Version (NIV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.

I have seen people who broke an ankle still walk without pain. Their physical body was walking, but when you spoke with them, they were mean. They were sick in their spirit. The more they complained and were angered the more the pain increased in their body. When all three aspects of a human being are falling apart, there will be a cardiac arrest physically and spiritually.

Jesus will heal a sick heart when He is asked to. The sickness of our spiritual and soul filled heart is healed, when we give it over to Him. The physical aspect is important to His Will in a person’s life. Have you ever thought about the physical not being healed in a believer for their purpose? I have and I do.

My own daughter has Muscular Dystrophy. She was diagnosed at 18 months old. There still is no known cure for this physical impairment, and it can be so debilitating. They told me she would never ride a bicycle, or run a race, or skate, or be able to type. Surprise, the Lord says! Here is my miracle, and you physicians will marvel at it. She did do all those things and more. She is still not in a wheel chair. She has a job that requires the use of her fingers on the computer. She has purpose because of her disease. A purpose He has used her to stand up for the hurting and the sick. She shares Jesus with her healed spirit and soul. She gives hope for those who need healing.

I watched my daughter trip more than once on her attempts to walk. I prayed, I cried, and I asked for God’s guidance. Do you want to know what I heard from Him? Do not spoil her. Do not give her any reason not to try. Encourage her with “yes you can”. Rejoice in her times when she falls. Lift her up again to start over. Love her always in tenderness, hugs, and kisses. Lead her to Me when she can understand that I love her more than you ever will. I will bless her and take care of the path she travels through all of this. This child of God has blessed me over and over; He knew how much I needed her.

I never thought in my wildest dreams that I too would be facing a disease with no cure. The doctors could never give expectations or side effects. What would happen next and how my life could change were all up to God. What has happened was never written on a record. God did not spoil me, nor did He give me a reason not to try. He encouraged me with “yes you can”. I was warned that I could become mute on the first surgery. Now, four surgeries later, I can still speak. He rejoiced with me in all things and caught every one of my tears. The doctors have been surprised more than once. Like my daughter, I have a purpose to share Jesus for having a healed heart, soul, and spirit. My body may fail, but right now He keeps it running in the race.

Isaiah 53:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

I asked myself then, what did Jesus’ stripes heal? It says in this verse of Isaiah 53:5 for our transgressions, iniquities, and chastisement of our peace, not our physical healing. I believe that is the explanation here. By His grace my spirit and soul are healed. The stripes of the Healer have given me the goal of my faith, and the salvation of my soul.