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Dead Men’s Bones

If WordPress really does power 28% of the internet then why is it that almost every day I meet ‘writers’ who don’t blog?

I recently read a book called The Bones Will Speak. Can’t think who the author is just at the present moment, but I highly recommend it. (If you’re interested, comment below and I’ll get back to you.) So this random redhead brain started thinking about, of all things, bones. I guess it all goes back to the whole Elijah thing. The story of when some guys threw someone’s body into a tomb that just happened to contain the prophet’s bones. The minute the dead body touched his bones it came back to life. I kind of feel sorry for the buds who threw him in there. I also wonder if he was upset about the landing. That’s the something-shiny syndrome at it’s height, I guess, but I see stuff in what many consider dusty old bible stories. It might be the whole writer thing but I actually picture myself as the people in them there stories.

Ok. Back to the initial comment. If you truly have a message, and you claim you want to share it with the world, you’ll take advantage of every available voice. They have a Twitter and a Facebook page and an Instagram, but they rarely get around to a blog. I was talking to God about this one day and I felt like he said, “it’s free advertising!” Me, being me, I responded, “if I build it, will they come?” Some have. Not many, but some.

I totally blame my pastor. He’ll say something that will start the wheels whirring and before I know it, I’m baring my soul to the whole  worldwidewebiverse. One thing I value almost more than anything in life is authenticity. I’m nothing if not real. If I’m going to tough my generation, which is a big part of my dream, then I need to be transparent. I want to leave a legacy that will never die, and fruit that remains long after I don’t. Which was why I decided a long time ago I don’t want to be one of those “whitewashed tombs, appearing beautiful on the outside but inside full of dead men’s bones,” Jesus talks about in Matthew 23.27. Dead men walking, yet they don’t have a clue. Our culture will do almost anything to avoid a long, hard, heart-examination. How much clearer can you get than the Burger King tagline? Have it your way. Regardless of the cost to anyone else around. Seriously? Am I truly all that matters in life? So not!

I’d rather be a follower of Jesus than a leader of the clueless. I’m determined my bones will speak, both when I’m alive and when I’m dead. Which is part of the reason for publishing all the stories in my heart in the first place. It goes back to one of my absolute fave one-liners of all time, spoken by Myles Monroe. “Your books will go places you’ll never go… touch people you’ll never meet… who wouldn’t even like you if they met you!” It was the last part that really floated my boat. I’m a tad intense and rather passionate when it comes to what I believe and why – it’s kind of hard to shut me up once you open the door. If you don’t you’re usually safe because I rarely share my opinions unless provoked. So, will you join me? Will your bones speak Truth too? When you’re alive and when you’re gone? Wanna come with? It may be bumpy but I know it’ll be an amazing ride!

Kari, the speaking-bones girl

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Emoti Con-Man

The power of a con never seems to diminish, no matter the decade, geography, or individual situation.  And folk seem to be taken in easily.  I hate when I don’t see it coming.  Even more, I hate when I do it.

Kerry Shook once said we rarely change when we see the light… we change when we feel the heat.  How true this is of me, and perhaps even you.  I need to change, I know I need to change, yet it often takes drastic things to bring me to my knees.  Matthew 21 verse 44 says if we fall on the Rock we’ll be broken but if the Rock falls on us we’ll be crushed.  Personally, I’ll take broke over crushed; broke can be fixed. Unless of coursyou’re Humpty Dumpty.

Tony Dungy put it another way.  He believes there are two kinds of men in the world – those who are humble, and those who are about to be.  I realized the instant I heard it that I’ll happily ‘be’.  That way I’ll avoid the painful ‘about’ to be.  I figured it was just common sense but I meet a whole lot of folk who don’t get it.

Why does pride sneak up so easily?  When I’m least expecting it I get ambushed by the ugly monster and find myself all tied up in knots.  Even more abhorrent is when I find myself acting from impure motives.  It’s perfectly normal to think our heart is pure.  I for one don’t often take time to judge it in the heat of the moment.  I mean to, but I don’t.  Nobody enjoys being conned.  I’m praying God will help me look at my words and deeds through His Word, Truth, and repent when I miss it.  You?

Kari, the totally-emotional

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