Author Archive | Nicole Plymesser Nelson

Overcome

There are a lot of opinions/arguments out there right now on how to deal with the mass shootings in our country.  I have not chimed in on social media…until now.  And I am going to keep it short and sweet.

We have to overcome evil with good.  Just as God has been teaching for thousands of years.

 

We have to be there for each individual to lead them to make good choices.  At some point we decided we shouldn’t ask questions and just let people have “privacy” and let them do as they want.

What would happen if we questioned the bad choices?  What if we didn’t leave it to lawmakers and mental health professionals and we stepped in as caring individuals?

What if we fought the evil everyday with good?

 

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Everything and seasons

There is so much of everything isn’t there?  It can be so easy to get overwhelmed by all of it.  Especially depending on what where our focus lies.  Especially depending if we realize that there will be starts and stops to everything.  There are seasons of learning.  There are seasons of great joy.  There are seasons of wandering.  There are seasons of remaining in one place.  And each of those within itself can be easy, difficult, good, and bad.  Life is not meant to be static, it is meant to be full of new experiences.  It is meant to be full of God.

Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version (NIV)

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

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Love One Another

Happy Valentine’s Day 2018.  I pray that you are loved by many people in your tribe, by your family, by a spouse or significant other, by your friends.  I pray that you feel that affection today–that it pops like little bubbles around you of happiness.  I pray that it blooms in your heart and fills it completely.  I pray that you feel the love of your creator and savior most of all filling your very soul.  For you are LOVED.

And in honor of that love here is a little tune to start your day:  Beloved by Jordan Feliz

 

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Find Your Tribe

In honor of Valentine’s day I am sending out a special bouquet to my tribe.  I have been blessed beyond belief–God has filled my tribe with many people, from all over.  I learned in each place we lived that it isn’t always easy to find the people in your tribe.  It is easy to meet people, easy to find people with things in common, but not easy to find the people who it is easy with.  You know the ones I mean–the hours of time together are never quite long enough to say everything you need to.  The ones that no matter how long you have been apart, the easy never disappears.  These are the people it is easy to surrender to and be loyal.  These are the ones God places in our lives to remind of the importance of love.

Thank you for being in my tribe.

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With ALL Your Might

This is actually a HUGE statement.  To love God with ALL  your heart, soul and might.  It is easy to kind of love Him.  To devote part of your life to Him.  To let Him control part of your doings and thoughts.  But to give Him ALL, to fully surrender to His power in and over your life, that is hard.  As humans, worrying and wanting to control our circumstances, wanting things to go the way we think they should, is somewhat normal.  But it is not what God wants, not what He originally intended at all.  He wants us to truly surrender to Him, serve Him, love Him–and to do that we need to surrender our lives to others, serve other people, and love them–even our enemies.  For in doing that we love Him.  We are called to love Jesus this way because it is only right to love Him as much as He loves us.  It is only right to equal the gift He gives us–which we can never fully do, but only hope to begin.

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Show Great Love

This is from the story of the woman who washes Jesus’ feet with her tears and dries them with her hair.  She had the attitude of a servant, the posture of one who knew her place at Jesus’ feet was out of honor, the emotion of one who had surrendered her life and faith in love.

Anytime I read the stories of people washing Jesus’ feet I am amazed.  What an act!  Think of washing someone’s feet you love now.  Most nights I don’t want near my husband’s stinky feet!  Think of washing someone’s feet that walked in sandals, in dust, all day, in the blistering desert heat.  Yuck!

But this woman didn’t even hesitate.  She knelt, and used what liquid she had, to cleanse away the work and pain Jesus may have felt.  A huge kindness in a small act for the one who would show the greatest kindness of all.  May we all do as she did.

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Live Free

We should be about using our time wisely to live as free people.  As a people who are not enslaved, imprisoned, by hate, by prejudice, by stereotypes, by jealousy, by greed.  We are to use our time to honor all people.  Respect them, love them, serve them.  We are called as servants.  We have answered that call, but often we serve only ourselves and not the true call of God.  It is not about us as individuals.  God created us, Jesus called us to be loving and kind.

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My Times

 

The more I think about this verse the more I wonder what are the enemies I need God to deliver me from?  The Psalmist was running for his life, hiding in caves, and literally escaping from people that wanted to kill him.  And even in the midst of that terror he took the time to sit down and realize that he had blessings in his life–and one of those is the protection of God.

So how can I apply this to me/us?  Who are our enemies?

Our time is not our own.  This is a common enough phrase.  But if it is not ours, whose is it?  Work, chores at home, sleep, volunteer work, tv, social media, children?  We make a lot of those choices of how we spend our time.  Is it possible that some of these very things are our enemies if they take us away from the protection and love of God?  Away from time with Him?

Really, our time is God’s.  We live in a world of HIS making.  We live in a world of His planning and time.  We don’t know just how much time we have.  We must use that time as wisely as we can to love and serve God and others.  So that in the end all of our time is with God, and what a glorious thing that will be.

 

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God intended good

For this is the truth from the very beginning of creation.  God intended good.  His intention was for us to love, feel empathy, forgive, reflect Him.

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Astonished at hate

This one gave me some perspective as well.  Trying to reflect God isn’t always accepted by others.  Sometimes they don’t want it at all.  Or find it annoying.  Or find it as an excuse to ridicule.  It also reminded me that if I was being hateful, I was not reflecting God, but their prisons.  I needed to step back into a role of love, and maybe that role needed to be quieter, more patient, and more forgiving.  Actually reflecting God, not trying to be the light myself or on the path I was choosing.

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Hope

The next few artworks show that I was trying to find hope in the midst of trials.  I clung to the fact that I knew God was with me, hoping that I would get back on track.

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More wickedness

This one helped me look at the situations differently.  It reminded me that, even I, in those times needed to put my wants aside and look at what is best for the ones I am supposed to serve before I created even more disorder.  The starbursts were me thinking of different personalities exploding around me and vying for attention.  Once I had that visual I thought of my own personality and realized I wasn’t trying to reflect Christ’s light, but was trying to be the light on my own, and I went to far.  I went outside of what God called me to do.   And it put me back in my place.

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