Dreams and Callings

A college buddy and I were on her couch, talking about the plateau that a mid-career woman can feel. With our feet tucked underneath us like we were those college kids from decades ago, we discussed the next steps in our dreams as if we had just graduated. What struck me is that neither one of us was talking about the same dreams that we had right after graduation. At one point, I asked, “If my dreams aren’t the same, did I lose my way? Did I miss my calling?”

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Your Work Matters

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“Your community plays a role in how you perceive your personal identity. That may not be an earth-shattering notion, but it is one that we may not take seriously…until it’s too late. Dr. Mollie Bond lays out evidence of how those around you play an instrumental role in building you up or keeping you down….”

Killing Character

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Killing Character

By Liz Bond

I am new to this church. I am excited because I have been asked to play the piano for the Lady’s Retreat. Arrival time is 6:30 p.m. I decided to come early and get set up so I can lead others in singing with the rest of the group.

Mary comes up to me and asks if I could also play some pre-music as the ladies arrive. I said sure, but since I live 30 miles away I don’t have access to my piano books. I go to the piano in the sanctuary to look for music in the piano bench. I see a piano book sitting on the bench. I open it up to see what I could possibly sight read when in the gathering crowd Geraldine yells angrily across the sanctuary, “That book is not yours and you may not keep it. That is my book. It is for the pianist playing Sunday.”

Did she really do that Lord? Did she just humiliate me in front of everyone? She just accused me of trying to steal her book. I don’t have time to think about this because I need to find something to play. I still used the book since I found a few songs easy enough to play.

The night was a success with God present in songs and through the speaker. I am still hurt by the accusing words thrown across the room. These words pop into my mind: “The tongue has the power of life and death,” Proverbs 18:21 states. This means the angry words of Geraldine stabbed my heart. She killed my character in front of all the gathering ladies from church whom I didn’t know. Geraldine passed judgment on me. Her judgment is the same as murder.

I want to hate her. I John 4:20 tells me, “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” My thoughts swirl. God, you tell me that if I hate my brother in Christ, yet state I love You at the same time, I am a liar. If I can’t love my brother whom I’ve seen, how can I love You, God, whom I haven’t seen? I know I haven’t been perfect; I, too, have passed judgment.

Lord, help me to be more like you in character. You are holy Lord God; help me to be holy since you live in me. Jesus, you are my standard. Give me strength to control my tongue and not destroy the character of another. Give me strength to love my sister despite the angry words hurled across that crowded room.

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Liz Bond
Liz Bond

Liz Bond is a housewife who holds a degree in music from Cornell College. Her heart was captured by Christ as a teenager. She’s always cared deeply for the less fortunate, and frequently travels on short-term mission trips, especially to Haiti. God blessed her with two grown children, Mollie and Bobby, making her and her husband empty nesters. Her love of mountains keeps her active in North Carolina.

Angry Words

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Angry Words

By Liz Bond

I sit by the window looking out to the woods pondering the emotions going through my mind.  Who does she think she is?  Why is Rose so angry at me?  Does she think her angry look and voice tells me what I have done?  My gut says, “Make this right.” I close my eyes tight against the world, wondering what the purpose is for me to be here on earth right now.  I open my eyes and still feel like I’ve misunderstood what God wants me to be.  I listen.  Nothing; I don’t hear God saying anything to me.

Sigh.  I take a short sip of my coffee enjoying the taste yet it scalds my throat like my anger scalds my thoughts.  I guess I had better get down to reading what God has in His Word today.

I open my Bible to Matthew 5:13.  “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”  He tells me that I am to be the salt of the earth.  He tells me that if I lose my saltiness there isn’t any way to make me salty again.  Whoa.  Does that mean when I get angry thinking about Rose’s anger, I too, lose the influence of who God is in me?  Yes it does.  It also means that I am no longer an authentic portrayer of my Lord, Jesus. In my anger towards Rose’s attitude as I tell others, I can  lose others to the influence of God since I am not displaying his character.

Lord, help my unbelief of who you are. Help me to be strong in you so I can die to self and display only you. I pray for Rose today.  Love and bless her today and give her peace.  Help me, Lord, to find the right words or action to love my sister.

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Liz Bond

Liz Bond

Liz Bond is a housewife who holds a degree in music from Cornell College. Her heart was captured by Christ as a teenager. She’s always cared deeply for the less fortunate, and frequently travels on short-term mission trips, especially to Haiti. God blessed her with two grown children, Mollie and Bobby, making her and her husband empty nesters. Her love of mountains keeps her active in North Carolina.