My husband has learned to look away.

Patrons near our restaurant table raise their eyebrows with questions.

Social etiquette might suggest it improper or rude to the chef.

While most prefer ketchup, there’s nothing more satisfying to my palate than a French fry dipped in salt.

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Yes, call me the big dipper.

If ordering fast food and handfuls of salt packets are missing in the bag with our French fries, the birds are swooping low to eat my share I’ve thrown to the ground.

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Fries without salt is bland, boring, has no kick, is disappointing, and doesn’t put me on a scavenger hunt for those hidden at the bottom of the take-out bag.

Such is the culinary spice God has called us Christians to be in this world; salty.

You are the salt of the earth…
Matthew 5:13 NIV

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The flavor of Jesus in our lives should have others asking when they taste a small sample of our love,

What’s different about you?”

They won’t be able to pin-point at first that secret ingredient which whets their appetite for more (of Him); but they’ll ask.

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Onlookers nearby will raise their eyebrows with questions and want what those sitting at our table are having.

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Being a big dipper in His Word and prayer will retain our saltiness and flavor for Jesus to taste good to those hungry for Him.Praying at altar 2

We are warned though to guard the seasonings of our heart from becoming watered down and tasteless when we’d rather blend in with everyone else instead of standing out in the crowd for His name’s sake.

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Without salt, we become bland and boring, living a life of disappointment and without kick, affecting no one for Jesus.

Without salt, we are those cast away fries for the birds; becoming of no value to God.

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But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to the thrown out and trampled by men.
Matthew 5:13 NIV

But how does the salt shaker from the spice rack of our heart become full again?salt and pepper shakers

How can the tasteless become flavorful once more for Jesus?

Might it be through the salty tears from our Godly sorrow?

Might it be from the salty watershed tears of a repented heart?

Peter wept bitterly after denying he knew Jesus three times to save his own life following the Lord’s arrest.

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the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the world the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times. And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Luke 22:60-62 NIV

Yet in our own life…

Do we deny Jesus as Peter did when we fail to speak up for our Lord at work, when our job might be on the line if we do?

Do we deny Jesus as Peter did when we keep His truth to ourselves instead of confronting what’s contrary to God’s heart?

Do we deny Jesus when we stop needing and meeting with Him in our prayers, stop seeking for Him in the scriptures, and finding no reason to gather with the saints on Sunday?lito and theia praying

Do we deny Jesus as Peter did for our safety’s sake instead of risking prison or our very life when Godly truth in a dying world is desperate for it?

Are we tasteless if others aren’t wondering…

What’s different about you?”

Oh, that we weep those salty tears from our Godly sorrow.

Oh, that we weep those salty watershed tears of a repented heart.

Oh, that we weep bitterly as Peter did from the weight of the denials of our Lord.

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But praise be to God for the Lord is faithful to forgive us again and to use us again as he did for Peter, when Jesus asked him three times over with His statement of love…

Peter, do you love Me?”
Yes, Lord,” he said, “You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my lambs.”
(John 21)

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ABOUT…FACE!  By Lori A Alicea

Back in the day before GPS,
I’m certain those traveling drove in the wrong direction
at least once or twice in their lifetime.

Admitting why we were lost is a different story depending on who was retracing their steps.

We thought we knew the science of reading a map…

We were much too embarrassed to ask for directions…

We didn’t understand the compass…

We resisted our pride to turn around…

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Years ago when courses where charted before a long trip of vacation, you put your directional trust in a map and a compass; never leaving home without them.

I flunked a hard lesson one year when my married sister and husband trusted this teenage sister for directions to a place I’d been many times before; a simple drive across states which should have only taken a few hours.

Confident in my back seat driving and feeling no need to consult the map, the adult behind the wheel continued to drive until finally he did an about face of direction after multiple hours passed beyond our time of arrival.

The joke is I almost took the family to the border of Canada because I saw no need to turn around and ask for help.

In the military when the command of ABOUT FACE is given,

A soldier turns 180 degrees from their position of standing at attention, causing a change of direction.

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When the command of ABOUT FACE is given in the army of God, a soldier is called to repentance

To turn around…

To change direction…

To have a change of heart…

To make a U-turn in their life…

Towards an almighty God…

Repent, then and turn to God…
Acts 3:19 NIV


The wages of sin is death,
But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 NIV

An about face most assuredly could save your life; a lesson learned at a child’s swim birthday party I attended three years ago with my toddler granddaughters.pool use

Incognito as a lifeguard for those two year old ducks who call me Gaga, I ensured their safety as they swam and splashed among the other ducks in the in-ground pool.

With the birthday party about to begin, one of my granddaughters already seated at the table (minus her life vest), waited for the candles to be lit, as her mother helped nearby.

Holding my other wet granddaughter now wrapped in a warm towel baked by the afternoon sun, we walked over to see the chickens a distance from the pool.

Preoccupied with the bundle in my arms, I hadn’t notice nor had anyone else that granddaughter No. 2 left her seat at the table and now stood beside the edge of the pool to watch the older children at play.

Walking back to the party I panicked instantly after noticing my granddaughter and began to run frantically with the other in tow towards the child without her life-vest, calling out for her to TURN AROUND from the pool and run towards her mother.


Unable to catch the attention of my preoccupied granddaughter, I screamed for my daughter to rescue her child.

Captured in slow motion and a replay I wish to forget, our little duck fell into the pool.

Within seconds, my granddaughter was safe in a mother’s arms after jumping in the pool for her, thankfully after turning around to see the danger.


A situation God calls us to turn around from…

To change direction…

To have a change of heart…

To make a U-turn in their life…


To lament over; to grieve over; to ache over; to mourn over.

Repentance which can only be birthed from Godly sorrow of our sin.

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV


A 180 degrees change in our position causing a new direction towards an Almighty God of abundant life; not death.

May we move quickly whenever the Commander orders our about face.

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