Like a Fox

Anyone who has followed this blog very long knows that we love wildlife!  Wherever we reside, Adonai has blessed us with frequent furry visitors.  Our latest runway model, who seemed unaware of our photo taking, was a curious little fox.  (This species is known as a “kit fox”.  Click here for more info on this animal.)  Not sure what captured his attention, but he was intently pursuing something in the grass…

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What’s Your Disposition?

DISPOSITION, noun [Latin]

  • Temper or natural constitution of the mind; as an amiable or an irritable disposition
  • Inclination; propensity; the temper or frame of mind, as directed to particular objects. We speak of the disposition of a person to undertake a particular work; the dispositions of men towards each other; a disposition friendly to any design.

If your natural way of looking at things and responding to things isn’t working for you, change it.  Whatever time and effort is required is worth the result.  Often we talk about making changes but never take the first step.  You can’t get to step two if you don’t do step one.

The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.

~ Martha Washington, first First Lady of the United States

 

Who’s Responsible?

Can you believe what THEY did?  Everything would be fine, if only THEY…  THEY made me (late / mad / pick a word)…

Have you heard statements like these?  Have you said them yourself?

One of the things our world is lacking most these days are people who take responsibility for themselves and their actions.  They don’t blame others, their circumstances, their childhood or whatever.  (While those things can certainly have an effect, they can’t force us to do or not do something.)  People who willingly accept responsibility, own up to any mistakes or faults and strive to do it better are a sparkling jewel in this dark world.  Know anyone like that?  Do you struggle to think of just ONE person you know who lives that kind of life?  Indeed our modern world is in dire need of these types of people.  This used to be a part of normal character development that was taught and expected in all people.  Now it is unique and rare.

What if WE become those people?  No more blame game, no more pointing fingers.  Let’s take responsibility for our actions, good and bad.  We really can make that conscious choice.

Do any of these situations sound familiar?

They didn’t cut me off in traffic.  No, really, it was that I wasn’t paying attention and almost ran into them.  I need to pay closer attention when driving.

My boss isn’t a tyrant.  He expects me to arrive at work on time and prepared to do my job.  I should not arrive at work 15 minutes late wearing wrinkled clothes and expect him not to say something to me.  It really is my responsibility to make sure that I am prepared properly for work and to arrive on time every single day.

My friend wasn’t in a grumpy mood when I met her for lunch.  She just didn’t get to say a word for 20 solid minutes while I complained and whined about my work day and how I was treated unfairly by coworkers and customers.  I didn’t show any care for my friend, only for someone to listen to my ugly, blaming, self-centered words and victim speak.  After that start to our conversation, why am I surprised that she seemed distant and irritable? 

Personally, I have made a LOT of mistakes.  Adonai has been more than merciful with my failings.  But let’s remember that failure is an event not a person.  Everyone fails at times.  We just need to admit the mistakes (own them and not try to brush them off onto others) and learn from them.  Then we can turn them into valuable lessons on life’s road.  Some of them may even become the seedlings for future success, Adonai willing.

Map of the Promise

From the most ancient of times to now, the nation of Israel has never held all the territory promised to Abraham.  Even under King David or Solomon, they did not control all the land in full.  Have you ever wondered how the entire Promised Land would look overlaid over a modern day map of the Middle East?

israel bordersAdonai says this is His land, so it would be good for us to have a better perspective on its true borders, in His eyes.  Something to ponder…

Make the Turn

Each day Adonai provides and each breath He gives is reason enough to keep running the race, fighting the fight.  Lets encourage one another to keep going, being obedient and faithful to our loving Abba, resisting the Enemy in all our days.

A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.

Author Unknown (some attribute it to Helen Keller) 

Fear Adonai and Respect His Name

What beautiful verses to read on this Sabbath, especially for those who have had a difficult week.  I hope it blesses your day!  Shabbat Shalom!

Then those who feared Adonai spoke together; and Adonai listened and heard.  A record book was written in his presence for those who feared Adonai and had respect for his name.  “They will be mine,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot, “on the day when I compose my own special treasure.  I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.   Then once again you will see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between the person who serves God and one that doesn’t serve him.   For the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the proud and evildoers will be stubble; the day that is coming will set them ablaze,”  says Adonai-Tzva’ot, “and leave them neither root nor branch.  But to you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will break out leaping, like calves released from the stall.  You will trample the wicked, they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I take action,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot.  ~~ Malachi 3: 16-21