The Inner Vizion

Breaking Through From The Inside Out!

Strip the Flesh Off

Part of my character is to fight for the underdog.  It runs strong through my veins.  When I see injustice occur, my hair stands on end and I pull out my sword to defend.  Ok, that may sound a bit dramatic, but my heart truly aches when I see someone on the receiving end of injustice.

In these past months, both in person and through social media, the injustice which has spurred my warrior-ness has been delivered on plates filled with ‘sarcasm’.  Sarcasm can kill a relationship faster than you can say the word out loud.  For those that use it, they will tell you that it is just humor, get over it!  Unfortunately, the humor is usually expressed at someone else’s expense.  The sarcasm-ist uses humor to get a rise or a response out of other people.  And if you catch their eye after they have delivered their attack, they greedily await other’s responses.

Sarcasm has a lasting effect.   Don’t let anyone fool you into believing that it does not.  Although the person that it is directed to has a moment of shock on their face, they try to recover, pretending that it hasn’t affected them and attempt to smile/laugh it away.  Ask anyone who has ever been on the receiving end how they truly felt about being a ‘target’.  Psychology Today states, “Despite smiling outwardly, most people who receive sarcastic comments feel put down and usually think the sarcastic person is a jerk.  Indeed, it’s not surprising that the origin of the word sarcasm derives from the Greek word “sarkazein” which literally means “to tear or strip the flesh off.”  Hence, it’s no wonder that sarcasm is often preceded by the word “cutting” and that it hurts.”

Wow.  The root of this word has such a violent connotation.  How can anyone believe that sarcasm doesn’t leave a lasting mark?  I’ve always felt that sarcasm is a subtle form of bullying.  With that being said I’ve always felt sorry and pity for bullies. There must be so much hurt inside a bully for a bully to intentionally bully!  Hurt people hurt people.  This is a proven fact.  The same article that stated the above, defines bullies as angry, insecure cowards!  Even those that laugh at their indiscretions, inwardly know that the person throwing out the remarks is truly someone that they don’t want to be associated with — no trust there!  How can you trust someone that is sarcastic?  There is always the chance that you could possibly be his next target!

Now hear me out…I’m not a prude.  I love wit!  The difference between clever wit and sarcasm, though, are chasms apart!  I love to laugh.  Anyone that knows me well would attest to that.  I might not always get the joke, but I love a healthy dose of wit.  It spices up conversations.  The difference between wit and sarcasm is that the latter makes the receiver feel stupid, dumb and makes them second guess everything they say out loud.  One is harmless; one is hurtful.  One you laugh with everyone, the other, everyone laughs at you.  Building someone up is always healthy, tearing someone down tells more about the deliverer of those harsh words.  The bible speaks about the inner workings of a fool.

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Proverbs 18:2

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Proverbs 29:11

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Proverbs 18:7

A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 12:16

The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

Proverbs 15:21

Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.

Proverbs 10:14

The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.

Sounds to me that sarcasm permeates in the mouth of a fool.

So how do you distinguish between wit and sarcasm?  Sarcasm is usually always directed at someone else.   I’ve heard it described that sarcasm leaves a bitter taste (in everyone’s mouth), but “wit” is like a little bit of spice.  Just peppering the taste without overwhelming it.  Giving the consumer a little kick and maybe a bit of sweetness on the side.

I searched for an explanation of the difference between both words.  I love how the blog, thingsyouwishyouknewyesterday.com describes it.

Sarcasm is defined as “harsh or bitter derision or irony”. Wit, however, is “the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure”.

Even Jesus had wit!  His encounters with the Pharisees and the apostles are full of witty and brilliant one-liners!  But show me one instance in which he used sarcasm to tear a man down.  To destroy his character or worse yet to gather others around him to help that occur.

So maybe we need to think a moment before we speak, post or do in the future.  Just think how different the world would be if Saracasm was ‘out’ and Witty was ‘in’!

Creatively His, Sue:)

 

 

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That uncertain future

January 4, 2018

As I look back on my life I realize that one of my biggest misgivings has been worry about the future. We don’t have a magic ball to see what will happen in the next moment, but we can have a faith that trumps all worry. Stuff happens! Stuff will always happen, but if we remain stalwart in our faith, no matter what happens here on earth, I know and believe that eternal life with Jesus is my true future. This is my true comfort. creatively His, sue;)

These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. John 5:39–40

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby writes of the “uncanny ability of experts to get things hopelessly, cataclysmically wrong.” A quick glance at recent history shows he’s right. The great inventor Thomas Edison, for instance, once declared that talking movies would never replace silent films. And in 1928, Henry Ford declared, “People are becoming too intelligent ever to have another war.” Countless other predictions by “experts” have missed the mark badly. Genius obviously has its limits.

Only one Person is completely reliable, and He had strong words for some so-called experts. The religious leaders of Jesus’s day claimed to have the truth. These scholars and theologians thought they knew what the promised Messiah would be like when He arrived.

Knowing the future is uncertain; knowing the One who holds the future is a sure thing.

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Jesus cautioned them, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.” Then He pointed out how they were missing the heart of the matter. “These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39–40).

As another new year gets underway, we’ll hear predictions ranging from the terrifying to the wildly optimistic. Many of them will be stated with a great deal of confidence and authority. Don’t be alarmed. Our confidence remains in the One at the very heart of the Scriptures. He has a firm grip on us and on our future.

Father, whenever we are troubled or alarmed, help us to seek You. We commit this coming year and all it holds to You.

By Sim KayTee

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Don’t be Afraid

January 1, 2018

Stop fighting with fear, accept it and with God’s direction and wisdom, just roll with it! Let’s see how much further we can go when fear gets in our way;) creatively His, sue;)

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.’
Isaiah 41:10 NLT

Two of our biggest fears are – failure and criticism. And they never completely go away. You can overcome them, but they’ll show up when you face your next challenge.

It’s in accepting fear as part of life’s journey instead of running from it, that you learn to conquer it. Indeed, as you look back at what you’ve already overcome, you realize that most times failure doesn’t do permanent damage – you actually grow stronger through it. If you’re anxious today, God is saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.’ So trust Him, and get out of your comfort zone! An unknown poet wrote: ‘I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I couldn’t fail; the same four walls of busywork were really more like jail.

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I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before, but stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor. I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much; I said I didn’t care for things like dreams and goals and such. I claimed to be so busy with the things inside my zone, but deep inside I longed for something special of my own. I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win; I held my breath and stepped outside and let the change begin.

I took a step, and with new strength that I’d never felt before, I kissed my comfort zone goodbye, then closed and locked the door. If you are in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out, remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.’ The word for you today is: this year, get out of your comfort zone.

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Forget the Former Things

January 3, 2018

How can we ever appreciate the new if we don’t make room for it! There is a great rule that states before you buy one thing new, you need to get rid of or give away the old one first. If we are immersed in the old, our view is blocked from the beautiful, shiny new things that God is providing for us! We become hoarders of all that is old and stinky in our lives. I’m going through my (mental and heart) closets today. What, Lord, do I still need to get rid of? I’m ready for the new! creatively His, sue;)

When God Is Doing Something New, and We’re Still Stuck in the Old

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Is. 43:18-19

Sometimes…God is wanting to do something “new” and yet we’re still stuck in the “old.” It’s hard at times. To let go. Of what’s familiar, and what we know. It seems easier to stay “comfortable,” to just keep going with the flow, not to mess anything up. But then “new” happens, and often sends us spiraling, on one big, long loop.

For those who like change – “new” is mostly exciting.

For those who don’t like change – “new” is mostly stressful.

Your family, if you’re like most, is probably a mix of those two traits.

But here’s what I love about God. He thinks and works outside our own box of thinking. He doesn’t always work in the ways that we would have chosen for our “new.” If we had to have a “new.”
He sees the big picture. He knows what He’s doing. He works behind the scenes of life that unfold our every day, in the places where we can’t always see or understand all the “why’s.”

So we can trust…that He has our best in mind. That He’s got our back. He’s with us right now. And He’s secured our future too.

Sometimes our “new” comes out of great blessing, new opportunities. And sometimes it comes through great pain, huge loss.

People move, life happens, decisions are made, many change jobs, kids grow up, and there are times we might go through some really tough struggles. We may even start to feel cheated. Like life is unfair.

But it still breathes this truth: God is not finished with our lives yet. You’re still here. And He has a great purpose in all that you walk through, even in every life change and season.

Whether we recognize it or not, we’re rubbing shoulders every day with people that we needed to meet in our “new,” however hard that new thing may be.

We can rest in His care for us. He knows. He sees. He works in ways we don’t always “get,” but there’s peace in knowing we don’t have to try to control it all. We can let go – of the need to figure it all out, and the striving to make things happen.
We can trust Him.

Our future awaits, and there’s still good around the bend. God has more in store.

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My Way

January 2, 2018

Frank Sinatra wrote a song called My Way. We as humans are so selfish in nature. Doing everything “our way”. How much more fish would we catch if we listened and did it His way! creatively His, Sue;)

Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” “We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night. —John 21:3


It was déjà vu time for the disciples. They had been fishing all night on the Sea of Galilee and hadn’t caught anything. The Lord had risen and had already appeared to some of the disciples. There were no clear marching orders, so they thought they would go back to what they knew how to do: fish.

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Now it was early in the morning, probably still dark. They saw a figure standing on the shore. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” (John 21:5).

Throughout the Bible, God often asked probing questions when He wanted a confession. In the same way, Jesus was askingHis disciples, “Did you catch anything? Have you been successful? Have things gone the way you had hoped they would go? Are you satisfied?”

Why did Jesus want them to admit their failure? So He could bring them to the place where they needed to be.

When they cast the net on the right side of the boat as Jesus told them to, their net became so heavy with fish that they couldn’t pull it in. The Lord was teaching the disciples an important lesson: Failure often can be the doorway to real success.

We need to come to that point in our lives as well. We need to come and say, “Lord, I am not satisfied with the way my life is going. I am tired of doing it my way. I want to do it Your way.” If you will come to God like that, He will extend His forgiveness to you. Then He will take your life and transform it in ways you couldn’t imagine.

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Living My Way

There are mornings when I’ve woken up and said, out loud, ‘I’m just really tired of living life my way.’  It seems to have worked for a while, but when I put myself totally in charge of me, there are barriers that pop up out of nowhere.  Like a real-life video game, with roadblocks and obstructions that appear right in front of me to thwart my every plan.

Living my way just doesn’t work.  It’s a plain and simple fact.  I need guidance.  And plenty of it.  There needs to be someone else on my side.  Someone whispering that I need to turn left or right or stop when I find myself blindfolded or in a fog.

Having a co-creative partner has been essential in my life.  Someone to throw ideas around.  Someone to truly listen to me.  Someone that I trust.  Most of all, someone that gets me.

I’ve had many friends, lots of acquaintances, but I’ve moved, they’ve moved, life changed on their side and mine, as this world keeps spinning. But the one constant has been my relationship with Jesus Christ.  I talk to him out loud, in my head, while I’m driving, before I go to sleep, when I wake up.  He is a friend that never leaves.  Scripture says that faith is the evidence of things unseen.  I’ve always had a faith that was very visual.  I see the evidence of my Savior, my friend, my guide, everywhere.

Listening has not always been an easy task for me.  My brain moves a thousand miles a minute…it is something that I’ve had to learn to control.  But what is so cool, is that I don’t have to control that when it comes to Jesus.  He tracks with me!

And when I live His way.  When I truly listen to His next steps for me, He brings gifts and fruit into my life.  That is evidence.  That is things seen. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.  Those are gifts that I want to open every day of my life.  Silk ribbons on pretty packages ready for me to untie and live with and in and share every day.

 

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But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard — things like affections for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. – YouVersion

Creatively His, Sue:)

 

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Framework for Speakers

Hello,

You have been asked to speak.  You know there is value in what you have to say!  You’ve prepared your talk, but there are so many different avenues you can go.  Your goal is to create an Impact and future clients/customers!!!

I’ve found an amazing formula to help you accomplish that goal.  It’s a bit more than the 1, 2, 3 that you are used to, but as you read through these 15 points, you will soon see that it leaves no stone unturned.

Hope this helps you in your next presentation!

Creatively His, Sue:)

 

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THE INNER VIZION
 CONSULTING :: COACHING FOR CREATIVES
“Breaking Through From the Inside Out

“ANCORA IMPARO”

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Life, Laughter and Love at Octoberfest

 The rain was coming down in torrents, but we were determined to pray it away.  Today was the day that mama had been looking forward to for weeks.  It has been six months since her stroke.  Leaving her with a left sided deficit, arm and leg and blind in the left quadrant of both eyes.  Her struggles have been real.  She has been in 3 facilities and 4 hospitals, suffering while the doctor’s tried one drug after the other.  To say that it has been a whirlwind, would be a vast understatement.

But, God in His loving role of caretaker, has pointed us to an amazing facility.  One in which mama is safe. She has not accepted this yet, though, as her forever home. She is a strong lady.  Filled with determination and persistence. We are searching daily for wisdom in finding that sweet spot between giving her hope and being realistic. She needs constant direction and 24/7 care for all of her daily needs.  Something that my sister and I cannot provide for her in our current life journey. 

We have made her comfortable.  Decorated her room with her favorite quilt and pictures of her family.  Trying to see life through her view and molding things to provide her peace and stability.  Encouragement has been an everyday goal.  We had bought her a smartphone and continue to teach her how to use it so that we are always in touch.  We have those funny moments when we get a FaceTime and all you see is mama’s nose:) Or she butt calls us and you hear her excusing herself for bumping into people with her wheelchair.  All in all, these past two weeks have been the most peaceful since the stroke placed her on a new life path.

So today was Octoberfest. The rain just wasn’t stopping.  We ran out of gas, got there a little late and my sister and I found ourselves soaked when we finally walked into her room.  Mama has lost the “it’s ok, I understand” filter part of her brain.  When she has a thought, out she comes with it.  So all of the above did not go well with her soul!  After her ranting…and then some much-needed re-directing, we finally headed toward the infamous Octoberfest.  Waiting in the hallway with wheelchairs lined up in single file just didn’t sit well with mama. So sis and I each took a side of the wheelchair and pushed her up the steep wet hill to the building that housed the event. Hahaha, just the picture of us sweating and out of breath, with mama sitting stoically like royalty in her wheelchair saying, you girls need to get into better shape, was enough to make anyone laugh.  Well, that was the beginning…

We collected our food and settled into a table at the front of the room, awaiting the band to start.  A three-man polka, jazz band. That’s when the laughter ensued.  Mama laughed and smiled and laughed again. Oh, that sweet sound of laughter and mama singing and clapping along to the band’s renditions of songs gone by was a precious sight to behold.

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Then all of a sudden, the band breaks into Blue Moon. Directly in front of us, a sweet man puts his hand out to his wife, she smiles and takes his hand in hers.  He smiles back and covers her tiny hand with his strong, albeit withered one.  Oblivious to the fact that they had allowed all of us into this tender moment with them. They begin to dance.  Like one person, in two bodies.  It was so beautiful to see…Then, out of the corner of my eye, I see this little man-child reach over to his sister and do the same thing.  Apparently mimicking their grandparents.  They begin to ‘cut the rug’, alongside their grandparents.  Mama smiles.  I cried. It was an emotional moment filled with so many unspoken words.

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The rain had stopped.  The band had played.  People loved well.  Smiles emerged. God showed up.  He had parted the clouds and brought some sunshine and laughter to what had started as a dark, rainy day.  So like our good, good Father! 

Creatively His, Sue:)

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Wisdom’s Rebuke

Proverbs 1:

20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,

    she raises her voice in the public square;

21 on top of the wall she cries out,

    at the city gate she makes her speech:

22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?

    How long will mockers delight in mockery

    and fools hate knowledge?

23 Repent at my rebuke!

    Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,

    I will make known to you my teachings.

24 But since you refuse to listen when I call

    and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,

25 since you disregard all my advice

    and do not accept my rebuke,

26 I, in turn, will laugh when disaster strikes you;

    I will mock when calamity overtakes you—

27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,

    when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,

    when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

When we believe we are right, there is a switch that turns on inside of us.   We will do just about anything to defend our stance.  Out loud and strong.  Some of us, more than others, will fight to the death to prove what we believe to be truth.  Social media has provided a helping hand when the need to express our opinion comes on strong. Safely tucked behind a computer screen, we respond, many times,  without thinking.  Throwing wisdom to the wind.  Making sure that our voice is heard loud and clear.  Penned in ink for years to come.  Wisdom isn’t crazy about this.

I love the personification in this scripture.  Wisdom is telling us that she is raising her voice loud.  To be heard above all of the noise.  She loves us.  She doesn’t want us to fail!  She pours out everything that she has to give.  A teacher that truly wants her students to learn.  She is passionate about it.  But she is no pushover! 

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-7-10-25-pmShe knows that if we do not listen to her advice, failure is imminent.  Ha, she doesn’t hold back any punches.  She lets us know that without wisdom, disaster will strike us; calamity will overtake us like a storm.  Her, “I told you so.”, rings loud and true. 

Wisdom is our friend.  She tells us like it is.  Wisdom is someone that we need to have on speed dial.  As a favorite in our friends list. Our ears need to be tuned into her voice.  She get’s it!  She is, after all, wisdom!

Creatively His, Sue:)

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