Archive for November, 2012

Nov
29

The Garden Party: Pleasing Yourself

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(This blog is part two of The Garden Party. In part one of this blog, I referenced Ricky Nelson’s performance at Madison Square Garden and his inspiration for writing the hit song, Garden Party. Be sure to read part one for the context of this blog.)

While it might sound selfish, after all, pleasing oneself….is that godly? But what if pleasing yourself means that you are listening to your heart? Being comfortable in your own skin? Being authentic? Being who God made you to be? Loving yourself?

Does the sound of that set off alarms in your heart? Yet Jesus clearly told us that we were to love others AS WE LOVE OURSELVES (Mark 12:30-31). What can that possibly mean? Is that self-centered?

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 “You can’t please everyone, so you gotta please yourself.” The lyrics to Ricky Nelson’s Garden Party were looping through my brain as I awakened.

Why were the words to a hit song from 1972 playing in my head? Was it too many Cheerios at bedtime? Maybe I heard it on the TV or radio??

Knowing that God, who never sleeps, often speaks to me “in the night season” (Psalm 16:7, Psalm 17:3, Job 33:14-18), I paused and to check in with the Holy Spirit to see if it was than just a random coincidence. Now that may sound weird, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve awakened to a song or a dream or a thought or some communication from God who sometimes bypasses my thinking mind, which darts to and fro and can be prone to ignore his quiet promptings, and speaks to my spirit when my mind is quiet.

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Nov
08

Keep Bleeding Love

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 “You cut me open and I keep, keep bleeding love.”

 Leona Lewis’s recording gave voice to strong sentiment for millions.

“Closed off from love, I didn’t need the pain.
Once or twice was enough, and it was all in vain.
Time starts to pass; before you know it you’re frozen.”

 Leona sings of how she’d cut her heart off from love after being hurt and disappointed in her relationships. As her story continues, she speaks of finding a new love and the risk of becoming vulnerable again.

“But nothing’s greater than the risk that comes with your embrace.
And in this world of loneliness, I see your face.”

Yet the lyrics hint of an unhealthiness in the new relationship. Friends warn her that she’s crazy. She tries to cut off the vein of her love, but yet she keeps bleeding love.

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