Thursday, January 26, 2017

What's That Smell?

On occasion I've entered the house after being gone for several long hours and wow, it hits me!  A Smell!  Not just any smell, but a smell you know must be found and immediately eliminated.  The smell that is normally the cause of the sensory disgust: the kitchen garbage can.  It's full and needs to be taken out.  Taken out and destroyed! That is always the logical response to a stinky trash can, but what if I decided that no, it's not the trash?  Instead I blamed it on the neighbor, the weather, the furniture, well, fill in the blank.  That sounds crazy, but that's exactly what we do emotionally when it comes to hanging onto all the garbage that has been dumped on us by other people.
If you were to carry around an emotional garbage bag and collect all the stinky and vile things that are done or said to you, you would most likely have a full bag.  Let's face it, this is life.  It starts to stink fairly early when it comes to collecting the verbal vomit hurled towards us by others.  By the end of the day a normal person would throw out stinky garbage, but by the end of our day, we sit, we sort through it and if we aren't careful, we save it for later.  Later, when it begins to saturate the good of our life. It is the garbage in our emotional trash cans that we too often decide to carry around.  We feel if we toss it out, it somehow allows the offender to get away with dumping it on us in the first place.   Yet, if we carry it around, the people who threw the garbage in our can aren't the ones that everyone is going to think stinks, it is us! 

We will stink, You will stink when you hang on to the garbage.  You will become BITTER.  That is the stinky truth.  If you aren't careful, those daily drops into your waste can will go ignored until they have reached the height of putrid slime and all you can do is spew it on others.  NO ONE wants to smell that.  The truth about bitterness is that it never heals.  It festers like a sore, it stinks, it destroys you, not the garbage dumper.  They have their own trash to sort though.  If you think you have no bitterness, try this test:  When you hear a person's name or see their face, what face do you make?  If your nose curls up like you've just smelled a rotten potato (those are so nasty) or a day old diaper, then yes, you are carrying garbage!  You are harboring bitterness.  But how do you empty the trash?  Daily.
Daily recognize that, yes, they were wrong, but we can forgive.  We can put it at the foot of the cross of Jesus.  All of the trash of humanity was dumped on him and he took it, then he destroyed it by rising again! If you have accepted him into your life, He gives You Power!  Power over the stink!  He washes us white as snow.  If you are carrying around emotional trash in the hopes of it being some sort of pay back to the offender, you are just going to reamain in a dumpy, paralyzed state of mind.
A year ago, God brought something to my mind that I'd not realized I was carrying in my trash can.  I was harboring a hurt and I felt like the person who had hurt me was walking around looking like a saint.  God spoke to my heart one morning as I was complaining about it in the form of a prayer: "What's more important to you?  Your relationship with me or your "power" over them by holding on to this hurt?"  That struck me in the deepest part of my soul because I had hid my emotional trash from everyone, but God knew it was there.  The words of Jesus are healing when He said, "Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
You will find REST for your SOULS.  If you have been carrying around life's garbage, let's face it, you probably stink emotionally.  You are probably negative and bitter.  Carrying your pain around is exhausting.  Take out your garbage! God will give you rest, but He can't destroy the pain until you are willing to give it up.  Give it to Him.  He will make all things come into the light and He will vindicate you.  He does a much better job. 
-Melissa Pyle

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Super Sense

I've heard it said that people who have lived in the wilderness can detect the slightest sounds and notice animal tracks that any well read, city dweller would overlook, even if it were right in front of them.  This super power of sorts isn't something that is unique to the individuals who live and dwell so close to nature, it is an attribute that we could all fine tune if we needed to.  We just don't need to, or so we think. 
This ability to refine our senses is intriguing to me.  We can walk through this over stuffed world, gluttons of information, just eating the scraps and still walk away full.  Full of fear, anger, worry, frustration, confusion, the list is endless.  The list is only intensified by our self centered human hearts.
We walk through trials, storms, daily routines, but we never stop to listen.  Listen in this forest of life.
When we stop to listen we will begin to hear things that will transform our daily living.
In Judges 5, Deborah is the woman who is speaking and singing praises to God after He led them to victory.   Deborah, a woman in the Bible that God used to lead.  She is giving God all the honor and praise as she sings before the people and verse 4 jumps out at me: "Lord, when you went out from Seir, when you marched from the field of Edom, The earth quaked, the heavens also dripped, Even the clouds dripped water. (5) The mountains quaked at the presence of the Lord, the God of Israel" (NASB).  What is interesting to me is that she recognizes that God was with them in every step of this seemingly impossible battle.  I wonder how many people told Deborah, "It wasn't God quaking the mountains, it was just an earthquake, we were due for one." or "it always rains this time of year..." NO!  Deborah, knew her God had been there all the time.  Her senses were tuned to every crackling leaf, every footprint in the forest.  She saw God.
You may not be leading an entire physical army against impossible odds today, but you may feel like you are because of your circumstances.  You might just end up sitting in a hospital waiting room.  You might be furious at the traffic that has you bound in a quicksand of metal.  You might be caring for small children and everyday seems so much like the one before.  Don't allow the white noise of life to clog your hearing or you WILL miss HIM!  The creator is waiting for you to just listen.  To just ask.  To just see that He is the same God who led Deborah into battle, who caused the mountains to quake!  He is the same God who came in flesh, walked on water and said, "Lazarus, come forth!"  WE so encapsulate Him in our modern day knowledge that we miss Him and He is right here!  We've read every book, filled our minds with knowledge about Him, but let's listen.  Be still.  Tune your senses to the fact that He isn't distant, He is here.  Call to Him, open His Word, and be ready.  Your senses will be opened to a beautiful world.  This revelation will leave you shocked on how you could have ever missed His presence before.
-Melissa Pyle

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Kiss my cheek,
Caress my hair
I don't even see you there;
Bringing me sweets from fruited plains
And fresh sliced scents from fields of grains
You've entertained with whisking leaves
That danced in the streets
like puppets, Bare
no marionette, only air
You've wrapped me in your warm embrace
And made my mind, adventures chase
Twist around again to say goodbye
Touch my face, tangle my hair
Make me feel I have no cares
Rest, in your uncharted pace
You, the soft reflection of the Creator's grace.

-Melissa Pyle

Sit Still and Be Quiet!

Two things children are known for being unable to do: wait patiently and be silent.   Those two things are nearly impossible for childr...