"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25
Midnight Blue (1963): Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga. Midnight Blue is one of Burrell’s best-known works for Blue Note Records. In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".

He said, She said...

"You are not designed for everyone to like you - Wise Man Phil

FRAGILE: Sting, Yo Yo Ma, Dominic Miller & Chris Botti

Monday, October 1, 2012

It's All Greek to Me

Day #3

    Koinonia (Coin-Na-knee-uh)

Amen! #RH8 RT @ScottieGraham "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." 

 -Prov. 18:24

"And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stoney heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do what I command." - Ezekiel 36: 26-27

Relationship: a connection, association, or involvement. An emotional or other connection between people: the relationship between teachers and students. Connection between persons by blood or marriage.

 Koinonia is a word that, once learned how to pronounce, sticks with us like a song that repeatedly rings in our head once heard.  Koinonia  is the Greek term for relationship. Koinonia has a multitude of meanings that can't be defined by one English word, but are woven with a common thread called relationship.  Biblically,  Koinonia refers to communion by intimate participation.  I love this definition because it eliminates  shallow, superficial participation.  Many of today's relationships lack substance because people find it difficult being vulnerable. The book "Love at Last Sight" states; "It's awkward to expose your heart and feel completely vulnerable."  I agree.  When we become vulnerable we risk rejection.  Because of the fear of rejection many of us never experience the strength, beauty and sustaining power a deep, and meaningful, relationship can provide. The good news is God can change all of that based on His Sovereign hand that is displayed through his mercy and grace in the transformation of our heart and mind.  Remember, God can change Anything.  All we have to do is ask.  God will do the rest so we can rest, freeing us to experience relationships His way; full of love, consideration and forgiveness.  When we begin to experience relationships on that level we realize the focus should be on others and not on self, leaving us to participate in healthy relationships that lift the spirit, encourage the heart, and inspire the soul.  In the end, remember this, God can change our relationships when we allow Him to change our heart.  Start anew right now; allow Him to change your heart today.  Finally, ask yourself a few questions: What part of you or your heart are you purposefully hiding in your relationships with others that is keeping you from experiencing deep and meaningful friendships and relationships?  What are you prepared to do differently in the future that will increase your potential for deeper and more meaningful relationships?  What kind of relationship do
you have with God? (332)

sbb 30.9.12

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