more mis-match

Don’t these verses from The Message, that The Mom was reading from Galatians 5 (19-21) this morning, just say it all?

“It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom. ” (Notice the key words: “trying to get your own way all the time”–it doesn’t matter what you WANT, God knows what’s BEST!  That will be easier to take if you stop once in awhile and just let Him love you.

“Stay tuned” for Part 2/the converse of that tomorrow! (Or just read Galatians 5:22, 23 yourself!)

And now for something quite cheering:  BUDS!

PS: Coming to the Music spot, reminded me of this song that has really “lifted” The Mom in the past:

Give to the wind your fears
Hope and be undismayed
God hears your sighs and counts your tears
God will lift up, God will lift up, lift up your head

Leave to His sovereign sway
To choose and to command
Then shall we wandering on His way
Know how wise, how strong
How wise and how strong
how strong is His hand!

Through waves and clouds and storms,
He gently clears the way
Wait ’cause in His time, so shall this night
Soon end in joy, soon end in joy
Soon end in joy, soon end in joy… [yes, just keep saying/singing it over and over to yourself–‘soon’!]–
Soon end in joy, soon end in joy
Soon end in joy, soon end in joy
Soon end in joy, soon end in joy

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