Communication is at a Premium

Communication is at a premium. And, we need to place a premium on our communication skills. Put a premium on peace and stability. Political talks, religious talks, family talks, and relational talks on all levels and fronts.

We find many times our communication skills look Bokeh. While Bokeh may be a great form for photography it might just lack the higher quality in our words. Our words become blurred or fuzzy when meant to be clear and precise.

If we want to go to a higher level with our words to stimulate the idea of Bokeh, we need to have a higher way of thinking. If we stay focused on what’s happening in the natural realm to fill our thoughts we will not experience Bokeh. It would be the supernatural realm happening in our communication that would produce the Bokeh effect. I think most of us, if not all, want to experience what God is doing behind our natural way of thinking.
photo by Jon M.
“Bokeh is a photographic term referring to the appearance of out-of-focus areas in an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field. Different lens bokeh produces different aesthetic qualities in out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject.”

God’s ways are higher than our ways. He is working on our behalf behind the scenes in the supernatural realm. We are to keep an attitude of faith and sit in a position with our hands and heads open to the supernatural and embrace the out of focus blessings that come by activating our Faith in words. As we do, we move forward through the open doors of blessings that God has prepared and waiting patiently for us to enter. The Apostle John while on the Isle of Patmos reveals, “I know what you do. I have put an open door before you, which no one can close. I know you have little strength, but you have obeyed my teaching and were not afraid to speak my name.” Rev 3:8 (NCV)

John further reveals the thoughts of Jesus, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” Verses 20-22 (NLT)

I pray that each of us will sit at our Thanksgiving Table and share a meal together as friends as we have been invited to do in this invite from Revelation. Keeping our conversation Spiritual Bokeh! Yes, Communication is at a Premium!

Happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you, family and friends!

18 thoughts on “Communication is at a Premium

  1. I think one of the excellent qualities of this beautiful bokeh photo by Jon is that it emphasizes a focal point, the sunflower. My eye, my attention, my gaze goes to this sun face…like directing me to the face of the Son of God. To me it illustrates Sara’s point “We are to keep an attitude of faith and sit in a position with our hands and heads open to the supernatural and embrace the out of focus blessings that come by activating our Faith in words.”
    If this photo was not bokeh then it would be so ‘busy’ that we would miss its central theme. So if I understand something of what Sara is saying, we have to bring our minds and thoughts and words to focus upon the Son. He is clarity and truth and should be our focus in all we say and do. Then those things in the background that we may be so overfocused and absorbed and busy with will be taken care of by Him. It reminds me of this hymn chorus
    “Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
    Look full in His wonderful face,
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
    In the light of His glory and grace.”

  2. This blog is evocative of the Scripture, Ephesians 5:15 which says, “Look carefully then…that is circumspectly, how you walk….and talk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless but as wise, sensible, intelligent people …and with sensitivity. v.17 Therefore do not be vague and thougtless and foolish…in your speech and responses or reactions….. buy firmly grasp what is being said and what the will of the Lord would be in this circumstance (MG paraphrased)
    In Beth Moore’s teachings on Fruit of The Spirit, Patience, she talks about Circumstances…and I am thinking of circumstances where we mess up communication and interchange of ideas and information. Beth says, “how we respond to circumstances and situations is important, but how we respond to others is Critical…the communication between people is where, if we are careless , not precise, unclear in our relating information and in making the correct connections the inter-relations among people is marred , time is wasted, and often much money or even lives could be at stake because of miscommunication.
    But if we walk circumspectly, that is discreetly, prudently, heedful of the circumstances and rightly judge a situation or circumstance or better yet what is being communicated by another we do not then, greatly run the rist of a failed relationship or division, or strife among people.
    How can we be sure of a precise communication? We must ask the Holy Spirit what the correct repsonse is to another person or to the situation. If we have ears to hear….then we will allow Him to speak to our spirits and we WILL hear if we desire to hear with all our hearts.

  3. “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done” (Psalm 105:1, NLT).

  4. Amen! Amen! May we always tell about his greatness. This reminds me of a song I use to have my children sing after our Sunday school class every Sunday. I would modify the refrain of GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN. It was the last words they heard as they exited the classroom. We would sing- feel free to sing along with. Go tell it on the mountain over the hills and everywhere, Go tell about Jesus everywhere you go! Go tell it on the mountain over the hills and everywhere! Go tell about Jesus everywhere you go! May we too sing, talk, and walk in the words.

  5. If we stay focused on what’s happening in the natural we will many times find ourselves not taking the higher way God has prepared for us but allowing others to give us a ride on the bumpy roads of life. Why? We think we are peacemakers and we will be called “children of God. But, will we? We are called to do the right thing according to the plan and purposes of God for ourselves and others.

    Matthew 5:9-12 ” God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”

    “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. (Rev.) There will be spiritual high tech recorders at each place setting today as we sit around the table of Thanksgiving. What will your voice and heart say when it has been transcribed by the angels for heaven’s computers to reveal on judgment day?

  6. As instructed in a Bible study to awake on this morning and face the rising sun and give thanks to a FAITHFUL, FAITHFUL God, This prayer came from my ready-writer pen.
    O! Thou faithful and prudent God! Who knows all things and how to put them together to make them work properly. Who fashions from NOTHING a world of beauty and orderliness; Who is a tender, yet passionate lover of mankind, so full of pity for man’s horrid estate that HE, Great Elohim, has taken upon Himslef the responsibility, not His, of His greatest creation MANKIND, and has given Himself, in the Second Person of the GODHEAD, to pay the penalty for me, my sins, on the Cross of Calvary.
    What unspeakable love is this?? How can I ever thank You, Oh great and glorious God? How can I give you enough glory and praise and gratitude for what Your salvation has provided for me Thou Provident God!!
    I will lift the cup of salvation to my lips..not words of criticism, scorn, mockery, foolishness…but the Cup of Salvation and I will drink deeply of all that You have accomplished on the cross for me: life, liberty, freedom, deliverance from my selfishness, healing and well being, prosperity; for church, home, family, profession,fellowship.
    I will thank You by RECEIVING ALL that YOU gave Your life for and I will walk in Your Holy Spirit provided for me from my loving GREAT FATHER through His Son Jesus Christ, for that is all that You ask of me for what
    You did at Calvary.
    And one thing more You ask of me; that I share this so great a salvation with another and another and another so that all who are ever to come to Christ will be brought in before the great and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    But most of all, the greatest of these provisions: MY name is written in the LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE!!
    YES! Thank You Lord God ALmighty!!
    May your thanksgiving be as glorious as ours who have received the Lord Jesus Christ. If you don’t know Him, yet, this is the Day that the Lord has made for you to receive a loving Savior into your heart. Do it my friend, and it will be your greatest THANKSGIVING DAY of all time. AMEN!

  7. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
    Read Psalm 19:1-4 or sing it, and remember there is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.

    “They speak without a sound or word;
    their voice is never heard.
    Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
    and their words to all the world.”

    Yes, we are heard!

  8. Yes, Sara, I amen Psalm 19:14 with you.
    As I read and sang Psalm 19:1-4 I thought of how God’s creations, the works of His hands, speak to us to teach us and remind us of His truths and laws.
    Jon’s photo of the sunflower is a reminder to me of one of your teachings in “Dressing for His Glory’ where the sunflower represents work. Each time I look at a sunflower I think of it. We are called to be workers for the Lord in all we think, do and say. I am reminded of this ‘sunflower scripture’ from your teaching: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”Cor 15:58
    It would be wonderful on judgement day for heaven’s computers to print out for each of us what the Lord Jesus was able to say about His life and work on earth. “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”(John 17:4)

  9. Faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ. (Rom. 10:17) Therefore, Faith comes from listening! Right, so what are we saying so Faith will remain.

    Paul tell Titus, 3:1-2, Remind the people to….”

    Ps.119:71-72 “…the law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of piece of silver and gold.” But, what is the law from His mouth? Communication is at a premium. And, we need to place a premium on our communication skills. Put a premium on peace and stability. Political talks, religious talks, family talks, and relational talks on all levels and fronts.

  10. I would like to communicate my heart sorrow and send my thoughts and prayers to those that are suffering from this attack on human life that just happened in the great nation of India. As a church we are global and as one part suffers we all suffer.

    Be merciful, O God to the dead, harmed, families, friends and all involved, I pray. I pray to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.

  11. “If we want to go to a higher level with our words to stimulate the idea of Bokeh, we need to have a higher way of thinking.” Proverbs 25: 11 says, “Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.” Thank you, Sara, I believe this is some TIMELY advice.

  12. “Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.”
    i.e. the right thing, said at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, in the right way and for the right purpose. Jesus modeled this perfectly.

    Now Needles this will cause you to think before you speak. Just imagine walking through the National Gallery of Art and seeing your words as art work hanging for all to view and enjoy. Most of us would probably scratch our heads and say O well, I was never great at art.

  13. Your art gallery illustration, Sara, gives expanded meaning to the phrase ‘painting a picture with words’. Like Needles said, we need a higher way of thinking. God said in Isaiah 55:8-9:”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. “

  14. As I reread this blog and comments I am reminded of the wonderful gift of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and the power it holds when we walk in the Spirit and see the fruit ripen right before our eyes in our very own being.

    This gift, the fruit of the Spirit belongs to the believer in Christ Jesus. I once again take notice of faith in our blog and that is part of the fruit of the Spirit. Faith Words, are we speaking them at all times. Or do we check them like we check our coat at a restaurant leaving them in storage until we have our fun with our friends and family and then remember to grab them on the way back to our car. We function well “in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left” (2 Corinthians 6:6-7).

    The World needs love, joy, peace, and the fruit of our lives more than we can even imagine. Where there is fruit there must be a vine and vinedresser, don’t you think?

  15. “Now Needles this will cause you to think before you speak”. All I could think of after reading this, and thinking about my words, “up on the walls of an art gallery” were…….”be quick to listen and slow to speak”. I found this scripture in James chapter 1, verse 19. I believe the footnotes for this verse is so “fitting”? Read with me: ” When we talk too much and listen too little, we communicate to others that we think our ideas are much more important than theirs. James wisely advises us to reverse this process. Put a mental stopwatch on your conversations, and keep track of how much you talk and how much you listen. When people talk with you, do they feel that their viewpoints and ideas have value?”
    Yes, Sara…”think before you speak”…..”a mental stopwatch on your conversation”, may certainly produce….. “apples of gold in settings of silver”?

  16. Needles, great idea to have a stop watch and one also needs a compass. Also, field glasses would be nice as well. Now, maybe knitting is the answer.

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