Daily Challenge-Growing Up


Living on pitch is not an easy task.  There are daily challenges and often pride gets in the way of us staying in tune with the Master.  I’ve learned to be aware of issues of pride in my heart and  often say to myself,  “warning:  The power and control you think you have may be too much for you.”  I just finished a Bible Study series at my church on the 6 things God hates and it was so powerful.  There is so much I need to work on and I am grateful for being challenged  by the Word of God and the people of God.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for warnings, stop signs and detours every day.

Proverbs 6: 16-19( ESV)  There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.


Two Words on Relationship

Today’s two words on relationship with God are:  FORGIVE OTHERS

I have been studying the Model Prayer aka the Lord’s Prayer with my church.  It’s been wonderful going through this simple, practical lesson Jesus taught in Matthew 6 on how to pray.  I was doing fine so I thought, each week as we went line by line and verse by verse until we reached verse 12 which says “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”


What’s Love Got To Do With It?

30fd4c0a91e2f9aa7fb9fc2a97895ba5Love is so much more than words.  Love has everything to do with our relationship with Christ and with each other.  It is never about like but always about love in the body of Christ. God commands us to love, demonstrated love and expects us to do the same. Tough love is tough at times but there is no escaping it.  If I do not have love I am nothing but a noisy instrument.


What Not To Say

4a86b05d133f07ee86faa2b270403435My lips are sealed as I am reading the book Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman. It has been convicting me and blessing me at the same time.  I am trying to live purposefully on pitch for God in every area of my life and this book highlights an area I can always improve in.  There is much to be said about  the power of our words and our thoughts.  I went to Bible study and my pastor taught us about the lying tongue.  I felt like a wounded soldier on the battlefield. I realized both my heart and my mouth were in need of repair.  How do I not despair when I think about the cuts, bruises, damages caused by me and words I’ve said or thoughts I ‘ve had?  Thank God for providing healing through scriptures and wisdom through instruction.  There IS hope, there IS first aid, there IS a balm in Gilead (and in California).  To live on pitch I need to seal these lips, examine my motives, and sometimes just don’t speak at all.  What’s your favorite scripture to remind you of what not to say? How do you keep your lips sealed?