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Tasty Words from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

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Thanks so much for joining me today for the conclusion to our March Words of Wisdom and Weapons of Warfare. Grab your coffee and let’s get back to these tasty words found in Paul’s letter to the Colossians.

So we’ve been encouraged by Paul that even in light of disagreement with others and their beliefs, we are to add sweetness to our words with the spice of grace. He then continues to add flavor by saying: “. . . seasoned with salt that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

Well, if grace is the sugar, what is the salt? In Ephesians 4:29, Paul warns us about corrupt words coming out of our mouths and to make sure that what comes out is good for necessary edification and that it imparts grace to the hearer. So is the “salt” necessary edification? Let’s explore that through the Greek concordance.

Ouch! Salt translates to “prudence.” So in other words, we must be slow to speak, not only think before we speak, but pray before we speak.

Metaphorically speaking, salt refers to character and condition of the believer. Salt is also used as a metaphorical symbol of peace and of wisdom.

Did you know that salt has purifying, perpetuating and antiseptic qualities? Think about it: salt on a wound does what? Salt on sweet fruit does what? Can you see the significance of your salty words?

Jesus used salt figuratively as a symbol of spiritual health and vigor which is essential to Christian virtue and counteracts the corruption that is in the world. Is it any wonder that a sign of our Spiritual health is revealed in and through our Tasty Words?

Oh, to be more sweet and salty . . .

Evinda

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Tasty Words from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

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Thanks so much for joining me for a little coffee break today and more of our WOW for March. Grab your coffee and come on in away from the demands upon your life and all the worldly noise.

Sorry if I left you a bit hungry yesterday! 🙂 Let’s get to our tasty words – actually before I do that, let me give you sort of an historical backdrop so we may digest them with a whole new enjoyment!

Paul is writing his letter to the Colossian church from a prison cell in Rome and I can only imagine how helpless he must have been feeling as the stories of syncretism were coming to him. In other words, the Colossian church was combining principles and ideas from other philosophies and religions, such as heathenism and  Judaism with a bit of Greek thought with an emphasis on special knowledge that denied Christ as the Savior.

the Book with ALL the answers!

the Book with ALL the answers!

Let’s stop right there for just a minute! Dang it; I thought I was going to get away with a light-hearted blog this time, and not be so serious – (I’ve been up to my eyeballs in writing curriculum for our Transform trench class to help others out of hurts, habits and hang-ups) — but this demands a bit of attention, this syncretism, which is in some ways like mixing sugar and salt, tempting!

It encourages my soul to know that “New Age” philosophies aren’t so “new agey,” if you know what I mean! More and more we are hearing about this doctrine that comes from mixing this and a little of that. For example: esotericism, a religious perspective that is based on the acquisition of mystical knowledge and is a form of Gnosticism. Or what about the “angel” craze? Anyway, the Word of God warns us about this and tells us we are to have an answer for our faith, to defend why we believe what we believe, and this is the motivation behind Paul’s letter that he wrote to the Colossians from his prison cell.

In verse 5 he is encouraging the Colossians to walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, meaning toward the non-Christian, the false teacher, the atheist, the prostitute, the addict . . . the list goes on and on. And then once you are in front of them, Paul says: Let your speech always be with grace – let’s stop right there.

Well, I’m sorry to be negative Nellie, but “always,” really? Fail! But as much as is possible – and I am in no way changing Paul’s Spirit inspired letter to the Colossians and to us; I just know I fall short every day but I get back up and try again, and His grace gives me permission to do just that!

The kind of grace that is referred to requires a divine influence upon the heart and indicates favor on the part of the giver. In other words, as we make our way toward the unbelieving soul, we are not to be accusatory and/or critical in speech but our words are to be flavored with graciousness, i.e. a little sugar.

Join me tomorrow for the salt!

Evinda

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Tasty Words from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Tasty Words

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

EL pen Logo with heartWelcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power! I can’t believe we are already marching into March and our new WOW (Words of Wisdom & Weapons of Warfare)! Grab your coffee and come with me to the kitchen.

Have you ever made popcorn and then thrown in some chocolate chips, or some M&Ms? For some of you, that may be old news but it hasn’t been that long ago when someone told me to try that combination for the first time. I looked at them as though they were crazy. But when I actually tried it, oh, my goodness! It was like my taste buds burst with gladness over the combination of salty and sweet! But the balance has to be just right in order to achieve that taste-bud explosion that feels so good all the way down to the tummy.

I don’t know about you, but for me, texture is another important factor, though, so it’s not like I can just combine anything salty and anything sweet and experience that same ah-ha sensation. For instance, French fries and milkshakes doesn’t do it for me; in fact, I cringe when I think about that combination. Apple pie and cheese sort of makes my tummy queasy, though I can munch on a bite of apple and chase it with a piece of string cheese and enjoy it. It’s just not the same type of taste-bud explosion as the chocolate and popcorn combo!

As we get older, we are told to stay away from the salt – I can almost hear myself saying it in that ominous tone while holding my fingers in the shape of an X indicating the danger! But don’t you just love salt on cantaloupe, or honey dew melon. Again, the first time I tried that combination, I was shocked at the result: the salt made the fruit sweeter! And despite the warning about salt, I find the older I get, the more I crave both salt and sugar!

The more I read the Scriptures, the more I realize just how much He loves us, and how he foreknew us as His children, and every little thing about us: From our pet peeves, to and through our flaws, in our physical and emotional desires, and to our spiritual needs, He is there to meet us right where we are, and He even uses food to teach us!

Join me tomorrow for some tasty words!

Evinda

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A Sad and Ungly Truth (2)-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks so much for joining me today. I don’t know about you, but I could use a giggle or two, so grab your coffee and come on in. Hopefully by the time our coffee hour is through, you will have a smile in your heart. 🙂 🙂 🙂

So, here are the first three of the revised Top Ten Signs of Menopause and the ways to overcome them. Oh, and by the way, as I came walking in for my talk, I had one of the most adorable, chic-decorated brooms you’ve ever seen. You’ll understand the need for the broom as you read . . .

1. You know you’re in menopause when: Suddenly, and almost always inconveniently, your insides feel as though they are slowly catching on fire, one intestine at a time. But, hark! There’s water for the fire as it trickles down your leg as if you’ve just peed your pants, or dances down your back causing you to squirm. Have no fear; a menopause symptom is here!

 (Solution)

So you have waves of splashes and hot flashes too;

then don’t leave home without your hankie with you.

And when no one’s looking, you can wipe yourself dry;

no need to pick up that old broom and fly.

2. You know you’re in menopause when: Your energy level keeps dropping, even when you’re shopping! So is this why my battery runs out so much earlier than it used to? I’ve honestly been fighting feelings of guilt and fright as I wonder why I just want to chillax on my couch shortly after dinner and not do anything but play solitaire! Have no fear, another menopause symptom is here.

 (Solution)

The older we get, the faster time flies;

why should we get any older before we realize

that everything doesn’t have to happen right now or today;

slowing down is a good thing and can actually pave the way

to finally stopping to smell the flowers

in between all those hot flash showers.

Look at what you’re doing through a different pair of eyes;

it’s time to prioritize that list; try that on for size.

So when you’re stressing because it ain’t all getting’ done,

park that broom and give yourself permission to have some fun.

3. You know you’re in menopause when Carbohydrates & something sweet seems to be all that you want to eat! So is this why I give up dreaming about sleep and instead, walk in a daze downstairs in the middle of the night, inhale four graham crackers in a matter of seconds and then ask myself, “How many did I just eat?” Have no fear; another menopause symptom is here!

(Solution)

Sugar’s not sweet; oh, no, it’s actually quite deceitful.

Too much of it and you’re sure to become even more forgetful.

The side effects from sugar become more obvious as we age;

we become soft and spongy and our weight, we dare not gauge.

Sugar triggers the brain in a very mischievous way;

the more you get the more you want, and this is every day.

So when the cravings hit like a labor pain of ten,

stay calm, cool and collected cuz the craving’s coming again.

Every time you overcome these gut-wrenching cravings,

why not reward yourself with the extra few bucks in your savings.

Plan a trip, or a shopping spree as your stash begins to grow.

Have some fun and just remember park the broom; it don’t get to go!

Join me Monday for a few more of the revised Top Ten Signs of Menopause and the ways to overcome them, and then I’ll get to how I learned a sad and ugly truth.

Giggling,

Evinda