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I’ll tell you – YES they do!
My vegan R&D team does a great job of finding things for us to eat so we aren’t scrambling for dinner. Since they work and have school, the real test of vegan comes at the dinner hour.
To date, we’ve eaten a bit later than I’d like but since it’s all so good and not a heavy meat and potatoe based dinner I don’t feel all weighted down after we eat. I’ve been staying up a bit later every night anyway, so it seems to work itself out.
I’ve GOT to get back to a normal sleep schedule. There’s that procrastination and Lent thing again!Read More
What is forgiveness? True forgiveness, really, what is it? If you have forgiven someone, what does that mean? Does it mean that you forget what they’ve done?
Here are some of my thoughts on forgiveness and the relation between forgetting and forgiving as well as some things I read today during my quiet time in the listening chair.
Forgiveness is setting my captives free. Forgiving someone means I don’t have to be their prison warden any more.
In life, I cannot avoid being hurt and wronged by others. Therefore I cannot avoid the need to forgive others.
God commands us to forgive. Colossians 3:13 says we are to forgive one another as we have been forgiven.
The Lord’s Prayer says “forgive us our trespasses (debts, sins) as we forgive those who trespass against us.” So if I don’t forgive, just from this prayer, how can I expect to be forgiven.
I’m in the middle of a study called “Seeking Him” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom. I only have the workbook because I’ve misplaced the book that goes with the study. These thoughts are from that study and some are my own. I’ve experienced real freedom by letting my captives go free- not “off the hook” but off MY hook and onto God’s hook. It’s not my job to hold them hostage for something they did to me, something that they may not even realize they did! Face it, people do stuff and say stuff and most of the time they aren’t even LISTENING to themselves talk. They are just talking.
God is sovereign over the hurt others inflict on me and will use them for redemptive purposes if I let Him. My notes say “redemptive for who? For me? For them? ” and then I read about Joseph and how he was sold into slavery, put in charge, wrongly accused, and then exalted again and when he had the chance to put his brothers who had started the whole thing in prison, he didn’t. He saw that God had been at work, and he told them they’d meant it to harm him, but God meant it for good. Wow! I don’t even think he harbored resentment all his years thinking “if I ever see them again, with all my power I have now, I’ll throw them in prison”. That is a GREAT example for me.
Forgiveness means I fully release the offender from his debt. It means fully clearing his record. It is a promise to never bring it up again, not to God, not to others, not to the person.
Is forgiving the same as forgetting? Not according to “Seeking Him”. Forgiveness is a transaction in which I release my debtor from the obligation to repay his debt. BUT when I forgive, I don’t need to always “remember”. What I need to do, is to let it go, and let God take care of it (and not try to always take it back and “fix” it) and let the emotion go with it. Not to always have hostility. If there are ill feelings after forgiving, then it’s not truly forgiven.
Bill Elliff said “Bitterness robs us of joy and peace. It hijacks us, taking us places we never wanted to go, doing things we never wanted to do, and making us people we never wanted to be.”
Let the people go. It’s not my job to be their warden. God’s got much better things in store for me. People just didn’t know my potential and the power behind the forgiveness that I have received.
I thanked God today for all the people He’s put in my life, even the ones that have not been what they should have for me, because He’s had them there so I can be who I am today.
Remember, we are blessed to be a blessing. Have a spectacular day!Read More
These came today from our son in VA (and his fiancé).
Thanks SO much to both of you, what a wonderful addition to my office.
And yes, I know about not putting photos in my blog that were taken w/ my iPhone, but that’s how I took it and that’s how I’m posting it. The flowers are beautiful, no matter what lens they were taken with!
James and I went to the Grand Canyon – alone. It was a great time. I love the Grand Canyon. This picture was taken at Sunrise which is monumental because James is NOT a morning person. It was cold that morning as well.
Don’t put off today what you can DO today. Do it now so there are no regrets. Life is short, it doesn’t have to be hard.Read More