24 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

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I started going to Sunday School when I was five years old. That means I’ve been going to church for a very long time. That was where I learned, “Jesus Loves Me, This I know” and believed it. 

It seems like I’ve been praying for most of my life as well. But until I was in my thirties, I never knew the most important thing a Christian must know. Of course, the Atonement is the most important, but without the knowledge that we have the mind of Christ, we’re not going far with our Christian experience. 

That one most important thing is that we allow the Holy Spirit to tell us what, when, where, why, and how to pray, and the way to do that is to be still and acknowledge that God is God…not me. 

In the seventies, during a time of upheaval in our family, I did a lot of thinking, talking, and studying about how to be smart and sane in order to work out some of our problems. I didn’t even know how to pray about them except to beg God over and over for help. Then one day I read a scripture in a devotional booklet that clicked on the light.  

“My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9.

I was astonished. I had always trusted that I could eventually figure things out, get counseling, or beg God long and hard enough that he would change things for me. Suddenly, Someone higher was in charge. Oh, I took over time and time again…I still do. But now I know a better way and eventually get around to letting Him be the boss.  That’s when things began to make sense and to give me the grace of belief, peace, and a sound mind.  

I ask Him what He thinks, and my mind opens to His wisdom and love.  Good things happen. 

Mark Batterson in Draw the Circle says,” All we have to do is follow the script of Holy Scripture and the improvisation of the Holy Spirit. We can’t create divine appointments. All we can do is keep them,” and “We can’t plan God-ordained opportunities. All we can do is seize them.” 

For out of him, the sustainer of everything, came everything, and now everything finds fulfillment in him. May all praise and honor be given to him forever! Amen .Romans 11-36

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

One Response to “Thoughts”

  1. ludyja February 24, 2020 at 9:29 am #

    Beautiful, DiVoran. You articulate your faith so very well. God is using you to touch others – myself, included. Love you!

    Liked by 1 person

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