Hi everybody. I am ALisa Casas. I live in the Northeastern part of the United States. I actually grew up in the great South West, but I’m happy to be where there are a lot of trees, and a lot of green.
It’s fall now, so things have started changing colors and it is absolutely beautiful.
I have been a part of Ask God Today Ministries for a little over a year now. Funny way that God works; I actually met Brenda McGraw, our founder at a convention in North Carolina about a year and half ago. We were both headed
Our society determines that appropriate behavior is categorized by a sliding scale of cause and effect. It is wholly acceptable to swipe paper clips from the office because it doesn’t hurt anybody. Nobody frowns if we roll through a stop sign on an empty street because it doesn’t hurt anybody. Tossing garbage out the window of the car onto the road is no big deal because it doesn’t hurt anybody.
But what does God’s word say?
“It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” –Matthew 12:36b-37 MSG
Ouch! This reminder is worded strongly so that people who think what they say doesn’t really matter, realize, “it matters!” Our words have the power to give life and lift up others; they also have the power to destroy. Carefully considering what we are saying can keep us out of hot water.
Always Be Careful
Have you ever been so involved in a conversation that you went from sharing what was in your heart right into gossiping about what was on your mind? One minute you and a friend are talking about the joys and trials you are both going through and the next minute you are tearing down Susie Somebody with mean words and judgmental accusations. A conversation that started as a way to fan the flames of your friendship morphed into a raging wildfire of mean words. How does that happen? (more…)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Anyone who has driven a car on a hot summer day on a long stretch of highway has seen the image of what appears to be water bouncing along the road ahead. The asphalt shimmers and waves. However, as you continue driving you realize it is a trick your eyes have played on you. In reality, the shimmery vision is just hot road that is causing a refraction of light, making it appear as if there is liquid.
I can see it, but is it really real?
When I was first learning to drive, this mirage really concerned me. (more…)
by ALisa Casas
ALisa with her daughter Crystal and her sisters Greta and Alexis.
God chooses family relationships to describe the closeness with which we must align ourselves to wisdom and understanding. There is a special description of relationship when speaking of “sisters.” Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister, intimately acquainted, greatly beloved, and highly delighted in… (Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible).
Proverbs 7:4: “Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister,’ and to insight, ‘You are my relative.’”
We are to be acquainted with, in love with, and delighted with wisdom as we are with our sisters.
Reflection is often the time in which wisdom visits. When we think back on a moment or a situation and analyze our thoughts and behaviors through the lens of scripture, we can hear that still small voice giving us understanding and insight.
So it is with our sisters. As children we laughed, cried, competed, fought, played, and grew together. Every day of our youth was filled with the exuberance and innocence of childhood. It isn’t until we are fully grown that we are able to reflect on our relationships and truly appreciate our sisters.
Wisdom is a teacher that equally uses failures and victories to (more…)