A CERTAIN VOICEBy: Darrelyn L. TuttI wasn't placed on earth,To simply be a decoration;But to be a certain voice,And utter timely declaration:The blessed news of Christ,And sure salvation to the poor;To sinners far and wide,Who search and seek for something more.Tis confidence in Jesus,That allows me to confess;That in "His" very name,Is all the measure of success.And in His truth I stand,And in His power I declare,His name shall be my theme,And He shall take me everywhere.Tis promised in Isaiah,And confirmed inside of me;His word, it shall go forth,And He shall set the captive free.-----"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me; because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach the good tidings unto the meek, He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."Isaiah 61:1
STAY IN YOUR LANEBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
"You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is."Galatians 5:7-10----Have you ever been to a track meet? If you have you've probably noticed that there are white lines painted all around the track. The purpose of the lines is to create boundaries between runners. Each runner must stay in his own lane without cutting in on another. The lanes are there to guide, direct, and protect athletes and to ensure the best quality of performance.Refusal to abide by the rules and hinder a felllow runner can get you disqualified.----God is an active spectator in the heavens watching the sons of men run their race.He knows each runner by name and He places each runner in a lane.He charges each runner to run a strong clean race and He gives each runner everything necessary to arrive at the finish.He outfits each runner with the nutrients of His word, the strength and stamina of His Spirit, and the fellowship of other runners who are running a clean race.He watches, He waits, and He's aware.-He observes, with patient forbearance, those who make it their objective to hinder or "cut-in" on those who are running hard. -He knows the names of those who steal with subtilty into a lane not their own and dishearten and trip-up those working hard to complete the race.-He knows the weariness of the one who runs with sweat on the brow and strain in the muscle ... and He gives that special "one" the fortitude and endurance necessary to complete the race in spite of hinderances, obstacles, and cut-ins.----God is not only cheering, guiding, and surveying the runners on the field, He owns and maintains the field itself.He knows His own and His own know Him.Nobody fools Him, Catches Him off guard, Or sneaks into the lane of another without His notice.----God has His way of taking care of the "cut-ins" in our lanes and in our lives. Continue to run strong, clean, and hard and entrust Him with with the outcome.He's in control ... and He'll determine how He's best glorified.Stay in your lane and look to the finish.Run your race and keep your eyes on the prize.Look to your Redeemer and give Him your best.Godspeed little runner ...Persevere.-----"Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place. For a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again; but the wicked shall fall into mischief."Proverbs 24:15-16
NOW'S YOUR MOMENTBy: Darrelyn L. TuttWe cannot know what Christ will do and when He might choose to do it but the "day" is hastening on of His return.Three significant life-changing developments occur in personal and corporate lives when God's presence is experienced at a deeper level and when God desires to reveal Himself at a deeper level."If My people which are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."2 Chronicles 7:14------1) Humility - Brokenness of spirit comes of necessity to those who wish to see and experience more of God. The process of humility is one by which God gets ahold of the ego and pride in man and demolishes it in order for man to realize his degenerate self.Regeneration is only possible as degeneration is realized.The breaking of pride is generally a "breaking with and in man" and should be viewed as a supernatural act and occurance.Humility will attend to all those who experience personal or corporate regeneration and revival.Where humility comes ... so does God's presence."Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up."James 4:10 "God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble."1 Peter 5:5 Read aloud the truth above: 2 Chronicles 7:14------2) Prayer - Prayer leads us into the presence of God and wields life-altering, supernatural consequences. The individual who bends the knee before God procures special provisions and a special interior distinction with God that compares with nothing on earth.Title, position, and earthly rank is of no matter or discussion to God:-His holy sovereign ear bends to the vilest sinner,-The worst repeat offender,-The most degenerate soul.Prayer requires only the condition of humility and brokenness as its accompaniments.It can be uttered at any moment by any individual.Individuals who pray will experience the power and presence of God."Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."Hebrews 14,16"And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God; Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."Ephesians 6:17-18Read aloud the truth above: 2 Chronicles 7:14------3) Repentance - Repentance is a divine act and byproduct of the Holy Spirit's "recognizable" presence at work, and in operation within, an individual's life. When the posture of the soul is bent, bowed, and broken, it's experiencing the intitial process of becoming rightly aligned with the holiness of God. The strains of redemptive mercy will be afforded to an unleashed and lavish degree upon the confessing soul and there is no greater sign of sure "Revival."Let all the earth be filled with such song and let every man evaluate the state of his own soul and hereby confess his sins."He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."Proverbs 28:13"In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."Ephesians 1:7Read aloud the truth above: 2 Chronicles 7:14-----Three supernatural acts are to the praise and glory of God:Humility. Prayer. Repentance.Avail yourself of them and prevail upon the mercy, grace and goodness of our God."Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God for He will abundantly pardon."Isaiah 55:6-7Now's your moment.
By: Darrelyn L. TuttA beautiful individual sent me a provoking, curious line:Darrelyn,You are Kintsugi.If you don't know what it is, Look it up and you'll understand.------Kintsugi (golden joinery), also known as Kinstukuroi (golden repair), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. Kinstugi is the general concept of highlighting or emphasizing imperfections, visualizing mends and seams as an additive or an area to celebrate or focus on, rather than absence or missing pieces. Modern artists experiment with the ancient technique as a means of analyzing the idea of loss, synthesis, and improvement through destruction and repair to or rebirth.-Wikipedia-------Our lives exist for the glory of One whose name is God.-He takes our brokenness and He translates through it, a message of His compassion, mercy and grace.-He takes our messes and He translates through them, a message of redemption, healing, and restoration.-He takes our wounded lives and He beautifies and derives glory from them in remarkable, restorative, redemptive ways.With threads of gold, silver, and platinum He threads a story of His glory through our lives.He works masterfully, majestically, and magnificently.He is God.------If I didn't belive in the divine acts of God,I would have done away with my life some time ago.But I see different now.More intimately, I'm coming to know the mind of the One who's threading the gold, silver, and platinum through the brokenness of my life.I'm coming to learn that my life is to be linked and lived with the "Kintsugi" around me.-Without fear of man and reprisal from man,-Without concern of man and with no regard to the thoughts of man,I assign myself to the One who gently labors with my brokenness and chooses to display His handiwork through me.I'm learning how to live life in constant communion with the One who chooses to make something of my life.With time I begin to see the threads of gold, silver, and platinum which speak to the glory of God.How beautiful our Redeemer is.-------To the friend who meaningfully and lovingly ascribed the word "Kinstugi" to me,Thank you.If a better defining exists of my life, I haven't found it.See the threads of beauty and give glory to God.------"He hath made everything beautiful in His time, also He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end."Ecclesiastes 3:11
PULLING MARLYBy: Darrelyn L. TuttA book of interest could be written of the wondrous things that occur on my daily walk.I call them "God intersections" and find them my steady companions.Yesterday, while I was nearing the completion of my first mile lap, I found myself on the tail of an elderly woman who was slowly plodding behind a neon blue fancy walker. My love and regard for the elderly prompted a gentle tap on her shoulder with a "Good afternoon, sweet Miss," when I passed by. She chuckled and returned my greeting. On my second round, she appeared before me again, but this time waving her arms about and calling out for me.Obviously, something was wrong.My gait turned into a run and I quickly approached her,"I was looking for you. I knew you would help me. It seems I've lost my way," she said.Hmmm ...My caregiving skills kicked in."You are winded and you need to sit down on your 'walker bench' and rest a spell," I asserted.While she rested, we visited, and I knew while I listened to her that she was only temporarily disoriented. She had chosen a new path which had disoriented her and brought her to an unfamiliar street, and she lived several blocks away in a lovely home for "Seniors." Since Marly was sure that I was an Angel (she sincerely did,) she shared some very interesting details about her life before we stood to make our trek home together.After no more than a dozen steps and another necessary "breathing stop," I told her we were both going to enjoy a "first" memory together.I told her to remain seated on the walker and I pulled her all the way home on her walker.She was looking backward while I was pulling her and walking forward.It worked amazingly and was comparable to pulling a child in a wagon.For long limbs and an arm that acted like a wagon extension, I am grateful.God must have known I was going to need one to pull Marly.The thing that blessed me most about the "ride" home was her laughter and her words,"Sweet Angel, I've never had a ride like this in all my life. I'll never forget you. I don't know how to thank you."Mmmm ...I delivered her safely and soundly to her home, hugged her, and prayed over her and took the opportunity to bless her.She loved it.She was all the more certain I was an Angel on account of my prayer and distinct unusual name which she kept repeating under her breath in order to relive the "supernatural" happenings of the day.And my day was made beautiful ... By Marly.-----My new friend Marly will have an "Angel" visitor this week and she will learn I'm just a little "me" and not an Angel at all.One beautiful individual at a time,We intersect others and have the power to make a beautiful difference.For every Marly needing a pull;God be praised.Love gently.
MOTIONS THAT MOTIVATEBy: Darrelyn L. TuttDon't stop when you're tired.Stop when you're done.-Unknown-----I'm an earnest goal setter in almost every arena of life.I thrive on goals set and goals accomplished,Dreams dreamt and dreams realized,Desires considered and desires fulfilled.To become better educated, more effective, and increasingly invested in matters I deem substantial is important to me.Arenas of life that take on signficant shape and create serious growth rarely happen by accident. They are charted, planned, recorded, and realized through hard work, perseverance, and painstaking movement toward a very clear and concrete goal.Since I believe much can be gleaned by another's example, I'll offer you a practical one of my own in the physical arena:Exercise is important to me.I'm an intense individual and subjecting myself to a strenuous workout of some sort is essential in maintaining healthy balance in all arenas of my life.Adapting a system to my daily walking regime helps me considerably and, since I'm a "word" person, I activate very basic "word" strategies to motivate me.Here's my "milemarker/word" system utilized in speed-walking:One Mile - A for Average.Two Miles - B for Better than average.Three Miles - C for Committed.Four Miles - D for Disciplined.Five Miles - E for Exceptional. Earnest. Enthusiastic. Emphatic.Mmmm ....While I'm walking I'm also talking (to myself,) and when I get tired I find myself reviewing "this" set of concrete standards which I've clearly outlined and am working concretely toward.Not surprisingly, it's a rare day that you'll find me on a mile walk.Every mile, in my mind, is conveying a message to "me."------The beauty of goals is that they can be bumped up or pared-down. They can be customized, utilized, and realized by any individual who creates them and concretely works toward them.If we hope to achieve goals ...It simply makes sense that we have them.Spiritually, physically, emotionally, creatively, vocationally, financially, and "daily" goals are good, healthy, and worth having and aspiring to.Consider the objectives of your life and create some concrete goals between yourself and the Lord that attest to a life lived with purpose, meaning, and passion.See you on the next mile.------"A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul."Proverbs 13:19a
CLARA MAE AND THE IVYBy: Darrelyn L. TuttClara Mae was an elderly acquaintance of ours who resided in the small community of southern Minnesota where we once lived. While my knowledge of her was limited, friends touted her as a "natural" when it came to gardening and labeled her an experienced green-thumb. It wasn't uncommon to see her laboring in the garden and on her knees pulling weeds, tending to plant life and immersed in the world of seed and soil.Strangely, Clara Mae had never been exposed to poison-ivy in all her years of gardening and, when she saw a large patch of the lovely orange and red three colored leaves, she couldn't resist picking them as an adornment for her vase on the kitchen table. Clara Mae, not surprisingly, broke out in a case of severe poison-ivy that required not only a trip to the emergency room but a lengthy hospital stay.It took some time for her to make a full recovery.It was altogether strange to me that an elderly woman labeled a "green thumb" should not have knowledge of poison-ivy. It still baffles me and makes me scratch my head (small attempt at a pun.)--------And then I consider my own life in a different arena:I have walked closely and experienced a remarkable intimacy with the Lord for almost twenty years of my life. My investment in God's word has been heavy and weighty, contributing a growing stature to my faith and spiritual development. Surely, after all this time, I should know and be familiar with pockets of temptation that should be refused and stayed away from. Surely I should know that sin is a "poison-ivy" that is not to be picked and gathered for my kitchen table.But still I have.I must confess that I have not always stayed away from appealing, poisonous plants as I ought. Sometimes in my ignorance, flesh, or sin's subtlety, I am like Clara Mae; captivated by something new and appealing, and deceived by internal desires that drive me. I wind up in the spiritual emergency room called confession, pleading with God to forgive my foolish gathering of a "sinful bouquet" and wishing none had witnessed my unwise pickings.Hmmm ...Sometimes I think that pride is bigger than the sinful bouquet itself and it must be delivered a holy blow or it will not die.Cleansing comes on the heels of confession and not before, and at some point the "sinful gatherings" must be recognized for what they are and be brought in before the Lord.Healing begins the moment that a contrite confession is submitted to God.This amazing and simple assertion is one worth living and dying for.Take it to the grave,It will outlast all bouquets.------The great apostle Paul also identifies freely with man's sinful dilemma:"I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man; but I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh, the law of sin."Romans 7:21-25------We all have "sinful bouquets" in our lives that require tending and attention.We all have confessions that must be made and cleansing that must be received.The "ivy" called sin has no positive effects and it will hinder and destroy the intimacy and communion Christ longs for you to experience.Get rid of sin.Christ wields the power to beautifully cleanse and restore you."If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."1 John 1:9
WE GET TO CHOOSEBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Countless things are uncontrollable in our lives but our attitude isn’t one of them. From the time we rise until the time our heads hit the pillow, we get to choose our attitude.We may be immersed in a worst case scenario,Difficult circumstance,Adverse trial,Or painful encounter.Still we get to choose our attitude:Grumpy, Grouchy, Grateful, Gracious.Negative, Positive, Critical, Irritable.Thankful, Thoughtful, Cheerful, Hopeful.We each get to decide what kind of attitude we sport.Our attitude permeates …People,Places,Trials,Spaces.And above all, our attitude is a reflection and revelation of what God is or isn’t doing in our livesTake responsibility for your attitude,And move with gratitude,In this new day.-------Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.-Zig Ziglar
WALK IT OUTBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Chris entered my life some 25 years ago and made imprints in my physical life that have carried over into a healthy practice and discipline still “walked out” today.Our relationship began with a simple invite to become her walking partner.Had you known me at that particular time, you would’ve observed that I was not in peak shape nor had I ever entered into a regimented physical discipline.I’m not sure what prompted the invite but I grabbed ahold of it observing it had clearly been a productive discipline in Chris’s life.How hard can walking be, right?I’d like to speak to that question:By the third block of our five mile course on our first day I was ready to call it quits. I recall looking at her out of the corner of my eye hoping she was humoring me.She wasn’t.Welcome to the world of speed walking.Too proud to assert my weariness I managed to complete the first day’s walk which, in hindsight, I still consider a monumental feat.Blisters lined my heels and toes.Sweat permeated my entire frame.Breathing was heavy and laborious.These symptoms were consistently mine for the first month of our walking regiment which consisted of five days a week, no exceptions.I stayed the course.--------Why did I keep walking?The foremost reason was that I really enjoyed time with Chris and the budding intimacy that was being developed in our time together and the second being that I possess one of those natures that’s motivated and driven to achieve. The need to be challenged sits in me like an empty tank ready to be filled.Chris happened to be my "healthy" pump.Her consistent presence in my life was a daily motivator and challenge to me.I continued on because of her.Within about two months, my stride was equal to that of my friend and through the process I began to eat less, walk more, and enjoy a wonderful new friendship.Chris’s walk greatly influenced my own and her initiation and invitation to a walk challenged me and changed my habits for life.-------Praise be to God for the individuals who spark challenge, life, and vibrancy into our lives and evoke healthy challenge and change as a result.Their worth is inestimable.To these individuals I dedicate three life lessons with an emphasis toward the spiritual:1) My friend would have laughed at the idea that a simple invitation to take a walk could impose life changing and health altering consequences in my life.But it did.That walk also fostered an intimate friendship that I deeply needed in that period of my life for which I will ever be grateful.A simple walk has the power to do that.In similar fashion, you have something to give another because God has designed you to “be” something for another. Extend your hand and heart and welcome someone new into your world. Take a walk with someone in some new arena of life and ask God to use the walk to foster intimacy and growth through it.-----2) Don’t resist the challenging stride of another even if it looks initially impossible.You'll be amazed at what someone else’s stride contributes to your own.Evaluate your present cluster of relationships and consider which individuals stimulate and challenge you to growth in a positive direction and stick with them. If your circle is still the same circle as 20 years ago, you’re missing out.Brothers and sisters in Christ each walk with a unique stride of their own, therefore, each has a contribution to make in our walk with Christ and fellowship with one another. Hold a different hand, walk a different stride, and see where you are led.------3) Those nasty blisters are just no fun but they’re part of the walk.If your walk with Christ looks like mine; you’re familiar with spiritual blisters, bobbles, and burns. It’s so encouraging to have someone walk a leg of the journey with us and impart a little bit of truth and grace along the way and it’s even more wondrous when we decidedly perform that role in someone else’s life.Wield your influence and affect someone’s walk;Keep your stride strong in the Lord.Walk your walk with Christ out decidedly, determinedly, and deliberately;It has the power to effect another for eternity.------“I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers.”Philemon 1:4
INTO HIS CHAMBERBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Into His chamber,That most holy place;Where pilgrims and prodigals,Meet and embrace.Come into His chamber …And gaze at His face.
Into His chamber,Where heartache will flee;And sorrow and mourning,Will no longer be.Come into His chamber …And praise Him with me.
Into His chamber,And onto His throne;The beautiful bride,And the bridegroom alone.Come into His chamber …Eternity’s home.Into His chamber.------Then He said to me, “Write:Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!”Revelation 19:9a
Tender thoughts of little Willow.
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