Curiosity is useful…

Picturing Moses being captivated by a bush burning that was not being consumed (Exodus 3:1-4), I am captivated by God knowing Moses would be captivated by that sight. Inherently, God knew Moses was a curious type and to ensure that he would get Moses’ attention, he created the perfect situation. As a child, being curious meant you were nosey or a busy body. It was not considered a good trait yet it is common among intellectuals, scientists, authors, etc. In some areas of the body of Christ, it is still frowned upon.

If it is not useful, why did God utilize it with Moses and why does He continue to use it now? Matthew 6:33 (KJV), “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Seek and curious could be synonyms, let’s see. Noah Webster 1828 defines curiosity as “a strong desire to see something novel or discover something unknown. either by research or inquiry…inquisitiveness.”  Seek defined from the same text means, “to go in search or quest of; to look for;…to inquire,…to endeavor to find or gain by any means.” I believe they are synonymous.

The kingdom of God is largely unknown to us. Jesus revealed the kingdom to us yet it is our curiosity/seek that will draw us into understanding and participation in the kingdom of God. A question I pose often is ‘Why are you a Christian? What drove you to surrender your life to Jesus? What does that mean to you?’

If you have realized everything you ever wanted in being a Christian and there is nothing more to experience, then your hunger has waned and no greater living is to be had through Christ. If your salvation is for cars, money, physical security, and happiness, having that means you’re satisfied. Though that was not God’s full intent, it is your choice to stop there. For the curious, the seeker, satisfaction will not come in things yet it comes in knowing and being.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (PHILLIPS) that when he went to the church of Corinth, he intentionally focused on the most pertinent matter; “I did not come equipped with any brilliance of speech or intellect. You may as well know now that it was my secret determination to concentrate entirely on Jesus Christ and the fact of his death upon the cross.” Grasping the knowledge, the power, and sufficiency of Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection is a lifelong journey that will satisfy the soul that things could never provide.  This should spark curiosity within to experience the novel opportunity to know, to be seized by the power of God, and to be satisfied with Him.

Through the journey of knowing, we become…We become His righteousness through Christ by faith (Romans 3:21-26 ESV) and sons of God (Galatians 4:4-7 ESV). There is so much to becoming and curiosity is a way to draw it out. It was the curiosity of the Ethiopian to understand the scriptures that brought him heavenly intervention in which Philip was sent to minister to him (Acts 8:26-40). What heavenly intervention is awaiting your curiosity about God and His kingdom?

Some Christian notables were people of curiosity, Martin Luther, Billy Graham, C.S. Lewis and others. Curiosity is not to be underutilized or thrown away, it’s all about what you do with it?

In His Grace, Ceci Myles #curiosityisuseful #whatwillyoubecome

Resources: Martin Luther – https://www.crossway.org/articles/a-brief-introduction-to-the-life-and-ministry-of-martin-luther/

Billy Graham – https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/billy-graham/billy-graham-childhood-farm-north-carolina.html

C.S. Lewis – https://www.britannica.com/biography/C-S-Lewis

Does temporary have a timeframe?

So I was dealing with a redundant and temporary situation. I know some would say, “get out of it” but some things, God assigns you to endure and not abandon! So, I’m considering the temporary nature of the situation and it dawns on me the above question. I am so done with temporary that I want to know timeframe.

I considered asking people on Facebook but I didn’t want inquires for understanding or context. Sometimes, social media can be a drag, lol! So I continued to ponder and ponder…I knew I needed to write out my thoughts and then God showed me the blog was the best place. So here we are, with an unanswered question that I believe has an answer. I  hope you can identify what I am experiencing, like “Enough is enough” until it isn’t…

God is outside of time yet within the space that I am in. 2 Peter 3:8 ESV says ‘But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord, one day is as a thousand and a thousand years as one day.’ Psalm 139:8 ESV, ‘If I ascend up to heaven, you are there, if I make my bed in Sheol (hell),  you are there!’ See how God transcends time and space yet scripture says not to rely on what we see because it is temporary (2 Corinthians 4:18). Yet in 2 Corinthians, I found the answer to my dilemma!!!!!

In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, I find that when God tells us to not look at our temporary, He is redirecting to what will take us out of the realm of time. God’s ways are not His ways, so if I want to understand temporary, I must intentionally consider my temporary through his omnipresence (my casual definition of this word is “always here and everywhere for eternity”). Constantly refocusing my gaze on Him, I learn to disregard what I see around me. This refocus takes me out of the realm of time that I do not care about the length. I learn to care about matters like God does as well as avoid the pitfalls of trying to keep time.

I always dislike the habit of people who countdown time, they count the last ten, 8, 5, 3 and 1 minute(s) left on the clock. It has never helped me to do better, it only rushes my decisions and this can be detrimental depending on the circumstance. I am resolved to return to gazing upon His glorious nature because I prefer peace anytime!

My question is answered and I feel so much better, time has it’s place. Though wisdom is the principle thing.

In His Grace, Ceci Myles.

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

What would you have done, if you knew better? What could you have done, if you had the opportunity? What should you have done after doing the wrong thing? Questions, Questions, Questions! Unfortunately, once something is done, there is no undoing. You can apologize or justify yet the action is done. Many of us get stuck right there.

We rehearse the woulda, coulda, and shoulda, then we set a course to never do whatever we have surmised was our error again. Since we figured things out, we don’t need God to work it out. Down the line, we realize that our analysis was inaccurate and has caused further harm instead of prevented harm. Upset and dejected, some of us, turn to the Lord and some of us return to the habit of fixing it ourselves.

This habit of fixing ourselves is exactly why we continue to be in woulda, coulda, and shoulda. Interestingly, we were not molded by God with a self-fixing or cleaning mechanism. Unlike the self-cleaning appliance, we do not have that mechanism. So our cleaning/fixing requires a specialist that knows how to fix our errors. At best, we can have an alarm light that signals, “attention needed”, like a check engine light on a car. What that looks like in the believer’s life is a notice of warning in our spirit that something is off usually evidenced in our behavior. We’re short on patience, hard on others, lacking attention to things that uplift us, and/or focused on negativity. At this point, we need to enter prayer and meditation on scripture seeking the Lord to examine our hearts, asking for exposure of what is ailing us or release an unhindered praise that breaks us free from the resistance to the leading of Holy Spirit. When the matter is revealed, we let ‘The Specialist’ work on us.

And just like when a repairman, finishing an appliance repair, gives instructions for use within the next few days or provides insight on what caused the problem, we must follow the instruction of the Lord. If it’s to repent to someone we harmed, forgive someone who harmed us, love on someone, or bless someone with something; we follow the instructions of ‘The Repairman.’

You may be one who has a self-cleaning option, that when you are in error, you quickly repent. That’s is a blessing and be encouraged as you remain hungry for the Lord. Yet understand this, even self-cleaning appliances require a good old-fashioned scrubbing from time to time. Because the work that they engage in can be gritty over time, that a self-clean is just not clean enough.

Let’s not hang out in the land of woulda, coulda, shoulda – proceed on to obtain the promises that God has in store for you. It is difficult to walk forward if you continue to look behind you, allow the Lord to help you so that you may find success.

Isaiah 41:10 NLT – ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.’

2 Cor. 1:20 NLT –  ‘For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding, “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means Yes) ascends to God for his glory.’

In this journey with you, Ceci #nomorewouldacouldashoulda #Ineedthespecialist

 

Use Your Options

No matter the circumstance or obstacle faced, you have an option to exercise! Isaiah 59:19 says ‘that when the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him,’ the standard is the key to the defeat of the enemy in your life.

Noah Webster defines standard as “2) that which is established by sovereign power as a rule or measure by which others are to be adjusted.” What is the rule or measure that God would use? For the believer, our praise is one of God’s standards along with worship, the word of God, and our submission to living holy. These are measures that causes the enemy to adjust, to flee, and to become defeated in our lives.

God is our sovereign power and He’s given you the authority to execute His standard so activate it. Today when the enemy shows up, lift up the praises of the Lord. Open your mouth and declare! Use your options!!!

Exercising my option to praise, Ceci

The Value of Wise Counsel

We make decisions daily with varying degrees of impact. Some decisions cause us to be proud of the resulting outcome and then there are others that we wished we had given more time to for a better outcome. Google truly undermines the value of wise counsel because it gives so much counsel! Loads of information from insta-experts with reviews by unknowns. Today, we need a discerning eye and ear to know what is wise and what is not.

The general context of wisdom is knowledge applied yet there is more to understanding wisdom. See I can take the knowledge of gravity and jump from a high place giving it application. But that does not mean that the outcome was a show of proper application or supportive of future use by others to cause them to profit. So for wisdom to really work for our desirable outcomes, we need to include the word ‘right’. Wisdom is the right knowledge applied (http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/Wisdom).

Proverbs 24:6 ESV “For by wise guidance you can wage your war and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” We stand in the midst of battles, small and large daily, we need the counsel of the word of God and trusted advisors. Let’s not just take information and subjective angles of thought to engage this battle of sorts. Seek wisdom and maintain good support that you may discern your next action. Your next decision may take you through the door of opportunity you’ve been waiting for! There is value in wisdom, SEIZE it!

What Could I Have Done?

I remember in the beginning…

Lost and alone

I braved the world as it shown

Resolved that I had nothing to gain

Looking into your eyes, you found hope again

That maybe there was love to be discovered

And maintained

Through the years

I struggled to keep up

Blow after blow

Slapped down

Kicked around

Barely a breath retained

I searched for your eyes

Hoping that they would speak as they had before

They glimmered as a light with a shortage

Dimming light that had now become unsure

What could I have done?

For what I did

There was no sure thing

I knew this too well

Yet I had hoped that my life would serve you well

It seems that I have failed

Are you better for the hope that I regained?

Are you better for the sacrifice?

What Could I Have Done…

I’ll wait for the final reveal

Resentment + Me = Foolishness

I’m a person who has worked really hard to overcome a rough childhood and ignorant young adulthood. I’ve matured to accept consequences for my actions along with the responsibility of creating a healthy structure for making good decisions. I say all of that to get to this point…I HATE THE PRESENCE OF RESENTMENT IN ME!!!

See the underlying culprit of resentment is unforgiveness. I am in resentment because I enjoyed/ignored unforgiveness for too long. Forgiveness frees me from being angry as well as justified in my anger. Unforgiveness lets me be self-righteous for being treated wrong. The pedestal offered by unforgiveness can feel so good but it does so much damage!

Is unforgiveness worth the cost? The person who did me wrong doesn’t care that they did me wrong or probably didn’t notice. They took, stole, and left me empty of what I chose to give freely. I didn’t think I was making an investment with no return. I didn’t want accolades or gifts, I wanted them to use my investment wisely and grow from it. But instead they treated it as dung (fecal matter). Truthfully, they didn’t owe me to be successful. Yet my desire to see them better drove my choice to invest.

Was it a lack of wisdom or a wealth of love that drove my decision? This time, it was a wealth of love. Unfortunately, for the person, I have now seen the depravity of their thinking/condition and I must exercise caution. Though I know I must forgive, within I still want to correct them.

Yet here is where I choose to digress, suffer the discomfort because the will of a person is subject to that person just like consequences. Nothing I could do would correct what has already occurred. So my necessary and wise recourse is to address what I’ve done. Once I forgive, the resentment (weed) has no root to live in and the lesson will bloom. An understood and applied lesson does the heart, mind, and body good and much better than resentment, this will bring comfort. For this is the formula, I prefer: Forgiveness + Me = Wisdom. And wisdom brings health to me!

“Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!” Proverbs 90:12 Message

Embracing Forgiveness, Ceci

Divine Privilege

Privilege seems to be one of the hot topics of today. White privilege, classism, racism, on and on. What would be a great topic is divine privilege and how to access and use it? What would happen if believers tapped into this privilege? Genesis 1:26 scripture states God creates man in the image of Himself and after His likeness. The distinction of being created by and for God, in this particular way, is that we have access to the divine. This access is a privilege that was and is not owed to us. And despite our fall from grace because of sin, Christ restored our access to this divine within so we could return to fellowship with God.

Through this fellowship, we grow in knowing the truth of God and ourselves so we can embrace the promises of God. This divine privilege realizes our beauty and greatness reflecting God in the earth in various ways. Christ promised not only a life through him but one that is abundant (John 10:10). Christ makes the impossible possible, the difficult easier, and the foggy clear.

As I reflect on some choices, I need to make or reinforce, I consider this privilege. Recalling this privilege reminds me of what I really want, helping me to remember the larger picture. The picture I see is me remaining in God’s path for me with its resulting joy in my life. I will not neglect or regret this divine privilege, would you?!

Join me in recalling this divine privilege through Christ to refresh and stimulate your perspective; there’s definitely something more in store…

Honoring my privilege, Ceci #divineprivilegeismine #refreshandstimulate

Winds of Grief

Like the winds that suddenly blow in from the mountains
So does grief unannounced
No forecasting or shadows
Just the impact of its force

With tears cascading down my face
Like timberwillows in the desert breeze
Caused by the unseen power of the winds
Does my face release its willows

Water willows of unforeseen depths
Bountiful
Full
And overflowing

Rolling in by its own cadence
In similitude to the timberwillows
One after the other
Two at a time
Maybe three
On and on

Flying on the winds of grief
Pacing by the howl of the wind
So does my heart howl
Longing for days before
That I’ll see no more

As empty as it came
Is as empty as this place once filled
With life of yesteryear
Where the winds brings harsh realities
It also brings sweet memories

So I’ll welcome the winds
And endure the force of the breeze
As I wallow in the touch of its appearance
For it reminds me that what I have loved
And who has loved me

In His Grace, Ceci

Think It Through

It is astonishing the ease in which you can miss the truth even when it is visible. We’re taught to keep our eyes open yet rarely are we taught what to look for. If your eyes are open, what should you look for? A hungry person with their eyes open may look for food. Yet if they were fed, would they be better off with the food or is the opportunity to learn to feed themselves a better response despite the investment of time needed? Despite our circumstances, we hunger for something else and sometimes we just do not know what to ask for; yet we are clear on what we do not want.

It’s great to know what you do not want yet how do you determine what you do want? Most people would begin to look at superficial details or far-reaching ideas when the simplest opportunities are right before them. Choosing to think differently and take different corresponding actions requires intention and disciplined thought. In a society of heavy pressure to make quick decisions, time is on your side. Take the time you need to consider your options and think out the various ways things can unfold. Carve out your space to breathe and recognize that while time has passed, your life and your future are still being revealed. For every action, there is a reaction. Be careful to choose wisely.

Ecclesiastes 8:5b ESV – ‘…and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way.’

Looking toward the rising sun, Ceci