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Outside

1 Mar

My Take

DiVoran Lites

A Paraphrase

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Beloved,

I created the forests, the waters, the mountains, and the stars for you. They are as beautiful as the humans and animals that I created for My earth. You are welcome to use them wisely.

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Walking is good exercise for your body and brain, but it’s not for exercise alone. When you walk you may meditate on My kingdom with the blessing and aid of the Holy Spirit. You may sing, or listen to my word or audio books, or your favorite music. 

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Walking is like poetry that brings fresh words and rhythms you wouldn’t have found anywhere else. Bundle up for winter walks, use hiking sticks, whenever you like. They are good for your body and keep you from falling. Look around, swing your arms, move your body to the rhythm of your heartbeat. 

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Walk humbly with Me, listen, and feel my presence. 

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Amos 4:13


For behold, He who forms the mountains and creates the wind
And declares to man what are His thoughts,
He who makes the dawn into darkness
And treads on the heights of the earth—
The Lord God of hosts is His name.

Amos 4:13 Amplified bible

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.”

Power of Positive Thinking

22 Feb

My Take

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“Be happy in your faith and rejoice. Be glad-hearted continuously-always be unceasing in prayer.” I Thessalonians

When we moved to Titusville, we had a dear neighbor whose husband worked at the Space Center, or the Cape as it was called in those days. Her name was Shirley, and she was a decade older than me. She and her husband had three children, two were older, and one was closer in age to our children. Shirley and I used to stand on the sidewalk in front of her house or mine and talk. She introduced me to Guideposts and the book, The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. She knew Dr. Peale because he was pastor of Marble Collegiate Church she attended in Manhattan.

Next to the news that Jesus loves me and wants me to be his child, learning to be grateful and positive is the most important idea I ever received. That is truly the way to be happy. It’s good to keep negative thoughts away because mostly they come from the accuser and are tremendously harmful.  I’ve recently taken a course online by Christian brain specialist Dr. Caroline Leaf that teaches positive thinking. She demonstrates, in a graphic how negative thinking actually shrivels the brain. 

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Shirley encouraged her children, her neighbors, her friends, and lonely people in the neighborhood to cut out negative thoughts and think about the best things that could happen in any situation. Because of Shirley’s interest in me, I went back to college and got my AA and, I decided to keep my living-room a place for adults with plenty of other places for the kids to play inside and outside. I read all the Guideposts magazines, and my life was completely changed by the opportunity to think positively instead of mimicking the negativity all around us. After the kids got bigger, we all sat in the living room while we all had Cool-Aid and talked.  Shirley’s son, who is just a bit older than the rest, learned his mother’s ways and became wise. When he went to a new school where our kids would soon be going, he counseled us on everything we would need to know. He did the same when it came time for our young folks to go to college. He lives in the Atlanta area now and has a beautiful wife and a son and daughter. His calls always lift my spirits. 

I was delighted when I read that Dr. Peale was also Trump’s minister when he was growing up. No wonder our former president is so confident and forward thinking.    

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.”

Listen

15 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

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When I started this blog, I thought about the song “Listen to the Mockingbird.” It’s not unusual that songs often pop into my mind. I honestly feel that I couldn’t live without music. That’s why I asked for music in my end-of-life directive. That’s one reason for listening.

As I scrolled through songs on YouTube, I came to several versions of “Listen to the Mockingbird,” but the one I couldn’t resist was the one with a pink dinosaur in a children’s TV program. Remember Barney? Our little granddaughter liked him so much she chose a car the same color when she was with her mom and dad shopping for a car. They bought it and called it the Barney car.

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Lately, I’ve been trying to listen more and better to God. I get shivers when I recall the times I’ve made decisions without asking the Lord about it.  

I’m not the best listener myself. Take the times when someone is talking to me, and my thoughts fly into the wild, blue yonder. My husband has learned not to be offended when I get distracted but gently start over and fill me in on what he’s been saying.  

Ephesians 4:32 says to be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted, compassionate, and understanding, forgiving one another readily and freely, just as God in Christ also forgave you.”

Listening can relieve someone of a burden. It’s like a teeter-totter, your turn to talk, then my turn to talk. Almost everybody likes to be listened to because it opens new areas of companionship, love, and conversation. 

Listening to God is different, though. We don’t usually hear the words with our ears but with our hearts. 

He seems to be saying: most of all, my dear children, listen carefully to what I say. I will help you hear me in everything you do. 

Be wary of shrewd advice that gives you fixes and answers that do not come to be what you thought they were.

Listen when you walk, listen when you talk, and listen in your sleep. I think God pretty much sorts me out at that time, but I don’t remember much of what goes on in dreams. It seems, though, that when I listen to God, changes for the better come even when I haven’t been able to change myself.

Here’s God’s bottom line. “If you need wisdom of any kind at any time, ask Me, and I will answer you without making you feel foolish in any way, no matter what it’s about.” James1:5 (paraphrase)

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.”

Survivors

8 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Patricia Franklin

If you have time, please watch this video first. 

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During our elementary school years, my friend Patricia and I both lived with our families in Westcliffe, a small town at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in the Wet Mountain Valley. The town had a two-block downtown and a century-old elementary school that held first grade through sixth, with the seventh and eighth graders in a small annex attached to the back of the school. Except for electricity and motorcars, the town was much like a pioneer town, especially when it came to health. 

Patricia 

When we were in elementary school, we got mumps, measles, chickenpox, and many colds (viruses, I guess).  I don’t think we even went to the doctor for these ailments.  We went to school, caught the illness, and stayed home until we were better.  I remember in 5th grade; my cousin came to school with chickenpox.  I sat next to her during a project, noticed her little bumps, and figured I would get it.  I was a little scared, but not much.  When my brothers and I caught it, Mom gave us warm baths with baking soda in the water.  It really helped the itching. Nobody made a big deal about any of it. I remember hearing about polio when they had it in another town.  People from Westcliffe stayed away from there. 

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My brother David and I got chickenpox, and since mother and dad were just a phone call or two blocks away taking care of the restaurant, they let us stay at home on our own for the two weeks of quarantine.  Believe it or not, there was no crime in our small town of perhaps 400 people. We had a big shaggy dog named Brownie as a baby-sitter.  We played with our ranch and doll toys, listened to the radio, played records from WW1, ran around the house, ate what we wanted, and had a great two weeks. We didn’t tear anything up or make any messes that we didn’t clean up. I don’t recall fighting much.  I did try to read a children’s self-help book to David. I thought he needed it, but he didn’t seem interested. I don’t remember us having any doctors in Westcliffe or even any nurses. We did have our beloved pharmacist, Cope. We should have called him Mr. Cope, but we dropped the formalities with our friend who gave us comic books with no covers and in later years let us babysit his children. As I recall, no child in our grammar school died from any illness.

Patricia

We did have doctors in Westcliffe at times. If you got sick, the doctor would come to your house.  I remember going to the doctor’s office once or twice as a child.  I don’t think we had doctors all the time, or maybe they came from Pueblo or Canon occasionally, like the dentist did once a month.  

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So, worse things have happened than this Covid 19. More people survive than don’t. The other terrible things that were happening finally went away. And I guess I’d have to say a lot of changes, good and bad, occurred. I’d also have to say that God loves us and is always with us come what may. 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want, He makes me lie down in green pastures, leads me beside still waters, and restores my soul. Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  

Psalm 23

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.”

Worry-Wart

1 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

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My mother and grandmother were worry-warts, and I took after them. That was the reason I was so surprised when I read a book by an old-timer pastor that said he never worried. I had not known that it was possible. Right then I decided to try to figure out how to stop worrying,

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I’m re-reading a journal from 2004 and am appalled at how many worries I penned into it. My prayers sounded more like panic attacks. I wanted to do something to fulfill my commitment to Christ, so I wrote troubled stories people told me and asked God to help. That is called intercession. I’m sure those prayers were answered. All prayers are. And we must know that we aren’t praying alone. The world is full of intercessors and prayer warriors, and it’s great to know that Jesus/Holy Spirit is always praying for us. If we have asked him to become our Savior, he’s in our spirit and always aware of what’s going on with us and our prayer friends. 

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Now that we are quarantined and don’t have a lot to do and don’t see a lot of people, I’ve come to the place where I feel satisfied with life. I’m not begging God to help me anymore or trying to come up with answers on my own. I’m asking for Him to just tell me where to go and what to think.  One of the best teachers I’ve known: brain specialist, Dr. Caroline Leaf (a dedicated Christian) teaches people how not to worry. I took her online course, and it helped a great deal. Now I try to listen to God more than I talk to Him. He always comes through with the answers and I’m glad to say, I have more faith and thanksgiving and fewer misgivings than ever, which is quite fulfilling. 

“The Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty, to impower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises within us to super-intercede on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs too deep for words.”   Romans 8:26 The Passion Translation

Dr Caroline Leaf offers a 21 Day Brain Detox.

 Song, “He Has Made Me Glad 

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.”

Thinking and Understanding

25 Jan

My Take

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As I read my old journals, I see things that I had forgotten. In one, I read that my thirteen-year-old grandson said, “Grandmother, you’re like a Rubik’s cube, and I don’t understand you.”  I wondered what he meant, but then I realized that I couldn’t understand him either. You see, he turned out to be one of those young people whose life revolves around being a computer programmer. He didn’t take note of much else, therefore that was all he had to talk about. We deeply love each other, however, so we just communicate any way, we can. Sometimes I make a fuss over him. I say, “You’re handsome, kind, sweet, smart, and good, and I’ll love you forever. He still likes those words coming from a grandmother’s heart. 

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Later, a friend at the art league said she missed me when I quit going. “I like your different way of thinking.”  That was a compliment, but I had no idea what she meant. 

When we were in Europe on vacation, we ran into many people who didn’t understand our language, and of course, we didn’t understand theirs, either. 

When I thought about the most important things in life, I decided there were so many differences of opinion that I might as well pick one way and stick with it. I chose Christianity and the Holy Bible to be my lifelong guide. Oh, yes, I read lots of things besides that, but God’s Word was my most important influence. 

Here’s what Roman’s 10:1-15 says: My message is close to you, as close as your own heart beating in your chest and as near as the tongue in your mouth.” The Passion Translation

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Millions of people also live by what Romans 12:2 says. It goes like this: “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”  (TPT)

Here’s what Romans 12:3 (TPT) says, “I would ask each of you to be emptied of self-promotion and not create a false image of your importance. Instead, honestly assess your worth by using your God-given faith as the standard of measurement, and then you will see your true value with an appropriate self-esteem.” 

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If you’d like to have a huge choice of Bibles to read anytime you want them, you can find them in a free App on your phone at Bible Gateway. My current favorites are-  The Passion TranslationAmplified Bible, and the Message. Once you have the free App, you have free Bibles for life. 

Spirit of the Living God 

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.”

Meditation Journal 5

18 Jan

Who do you trust? 

My Take

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Lord, I don’t like the way things are going. I’m scared and worried. I didn’t expect things to go this way. I thought they would get better sooner. Can’t you fix it? Can’t you make it all go away, so we can be happy?” After thinking a thought like that our minds set sail on a ship of can’t you and won’t you please…? We pour out suggestions to God hoping we can influence him to make things the way we think they should be. 

Today I saw an article online that was a slap in our president’s face. It made me sad. We pray for him and our country, and God hears our prayers. The only thing is, God already has his plan, and he knows what he’s doing. Things always turn out the way he wants them to. That’s the reason we are asked to give thanks in everything. We are the sheep of his pasture, not his bosses. He’ll pray through us and he’ll tell us how to pray, but he won’t be persuaded or even impressed with our thoughts of what should happen. God is the only completely trustworthy person both on earth and in the realms of heaven. He always knows what he’s doing, and he never makes a mistake.

This morning after I saw the insult hurled at the president. I started my meditation journal with a Bible selection in the Upper Room: Exodus 14 

It swept me away to read how when the Israelites were leaving Egypt because God had told them to, they were followed by a vast army with orders to bring them all back. They were too valuable as slaves to be let go.  

Egypt

That’s when God started putting his next plan into action.

The Israelis had to stop at the edge of the Red Sea. They probably demanded to be taken back to the life they knew, even though it was slavery. They with all their oldsters and children couldn’t swim it and it was probably too far to go around. With the Egyptian soldiers on their heels Moses heard God said. “I will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.” And then I slowly and carefully read the story and was enthralled with It. I would love for you to read it for yourself. It gave me a huge lift; I think the same may happen to you. If you wish, and have time, you can write it in your journal in your own words. Something like that is always good to see when you re-read your journals. Scripture: Exodus 14

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, and neither are your ways my 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 Can Do all Things Through God who Strengthens Me.” 

You can see it in the movie the Prince of Egypt

Tell me about the Red Sea

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.”

Meditation Journaling 4

11 Jan

My Take

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“Seeing God”

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Many years ago, when we were at Park Avenue Church under Peter and Johnnie Lord, we were given a twenty-year course in how to be Christians. One of the first things we learned was that it was good to keep in touch with our parents. I was already writing weekly letters to several of my relatives, including my mother and dad. Mother answered weekly. Infrequently a scrawl from Dad graced the paper. I loved to hear the mailman’s truck stop at our house and could hardly wait to run out to the mailbox to see what letters we might receive. Now, decades later, I still have a thick notebook of letters from Mother. 

Scores of folks wrote all kinds of letters in those days, which meant that penning a letter to God would be easy.  Those letters became my Meditational Journaling. 

One of the visiting teachers at our church was Mark Virkler. He impressed me with his writing descriptions to God, and I took an online course from him and bought some of his books. The first thing I really “got” from Mark’s teaching was that I could personalize scripture. When I go back and read what I have written, I am often startled by the wisdom in a journal passage. The Holy Spirit and the Bible gave me the words. The thought makes my heart leap with joy 

We sometimes write the word, paraphrased if we’re sharing with others. Fortunately, they can check in the Bible for themselves to see that hopefully we have not added or taken away anything.

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A long time ago, someone told me it wasn’t right to use written prayers. I’m sorry I believed that. I’ve missed years of praying the best prayers ever prayed. They come from the Bible. Until this minute. I have never realized that the writings in the back of hymn books are full of written prayers for the congregation.

Kynan Bridges, author of 90 Days of Power in Prayer, says, “Many people think that success in the Christian life is about following religious rituals, but nothing could be further from the truth. True success in the kingdom is a result of active faith in God’s Word and deep intimacy with the Holy Spirit.”

The Psalms are a wonderful place to start writing down what you want to say to God or personalizing what he wants to say to you.  I stay with positive scriptures because they give me peace.  If I need to be convicted of wrong doing, I trust God to alert me. It’s no good digging around in my soul for something to feel guilty about. Many people use written prayers and other scriptures when they can’t find any other words to say. 

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“Lord, I passionately love you, and I’m bonded to you, for you are the power behind every Christian. You’re as real to me as bedrock beneath my feet like a castle on a cliff, my forever firm fortress, my mountain of hiding, my pathway of escape.” 

Psalm 18:1-2 paraphrased

“God Will Take Care of You,” Choir, Fountain View Academy

Meditation Journaling 3

4 Jan

My Take

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In the mid-sixties, we learned from Pastor Peter Lord and his dear wife Johnnie how crucial meeting with Jesus one-on-one-is for an alive Christian life. We couldn’t be more thankful. It has meant watching God do all that He has promised, such as showing his compassion as we go through various degrees of pain and anxiety and learning to trust Him and rejoice in the way he gives us love and peace. 

Journaling is one of the most pleasant things I know.  On my eleventh birthday, my parents gave me a journal. They knew I liked to read and write. I still have it. On my closet shelves, I have 130 journals that I have written as an adult. I’m starting to enjoy reading them again.

I understand that not everyone likes to read or write. Sometimes people have too many work-related items to go over. It’s still possible, though, to have a personal connection with God. the Internet and mobile phones can be a great help.  Lunchtimes are good times to listen to God if you’re on your own. Walking is another option, as are audiobooks for the car for long drives. Our Father likes to listen when we tell him our secrets or show him our love in praise. He will fulfil all needs according to His riches in glory.  

If you are thinking about journaling or if you like reading about it as I do, here are some tips that work for me. If you start to journal, you will soon come up with plenty of tips of your own.

  1. Find a regular time and place where you won’t be disturbed. 
  • You can use any kind of paper you want. You can buy very inexpensive spiral notebooks. However, you may want to buy them at a real office supply because the writing shows through the other side on the less expensive ones. 
  • I love buying big heavy blank books, decorating the covers, and writing to my heart’s content on the thick, unlined paper.
  • I have met so many people who love pens. It’s not hard to find the one pen in the universe you like best. Journaling is a life-long joy and needs to be as pleasant as it can be.
  • Of course, we need a Bible and perhaps some reference books to guide us. I’ll give you some recommendations as we go along.
  • You might want to decorate your books as people are now decorating their Bibles. You can get stickers or draw and paint your pictures in your journal. You can also obtain books that tell you how to decorate a Bible or a journal.  My favorite is, Honoring the Spirit, by Sue Kemnitz * 
  • Keep a pad to write down scriptures that come alive for you. I enjoy sticky notes because when I need a bit of encouragement, it’s always written out and stuck to a mirror or the refrigerator. 

“I m convinced that my God will fully satisfy every need you have, for I have seen the abundant riches of glory revealed to me through the Anointed One, Jesus Christ!” Philippians 4:19 (TPT)

*Precious Bible Promises, over 1000 Promises From God’s Word Categorized For Easy Access. 

*Honoring the Spirit, by Sue Kemnitz. “I am with you always.”

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.”

Wisdom

28 Dec

My Take

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Meditation Journaling

No wonder followers of Christ know how to defeat fear and illness. “Jesus loves us, this we know, for THE BIBLE TELLS US SO.” When we choose to immerse ourselves in any version of the Holy Bible for a short or long time, God awards us with wisdom, peace, love, and joy. Instead of knowing the Bible by rote, I study it for ways to communicate with God. For me, the way to immerse myself in true meditation is to write things down, and that’s where journaling comes in. 

In the Bible, the words “do not be afraid” appear 365 times. Meditate, meditation mind, ponder, think thinking, and thought a total of 445 timesWisdom and Knowledge get 391. The Bible verses are like essential oils; they soak into our hearts and do wonderful things for our bodies, souls, and spirits for all the years of our lives. 

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Although I journal and study the Bible, I still worry sometimes. However, I am closer to knowing how to be free, and that’s where my peace comes from. 

For me, the best antidote to despair is to recognize when I’m starting down the slippery slide of anxiety. Alerted, I say Jesus a few times until the fear passes. It doesn’t take long for the Lord to switch me over to what he wants to discuss with me.   

“Solid food (for the soul) is for the mature, whose spiritual senses perceive heavenly matters. And they have been adequately trained by what they’ve experienced to emerge with understanding the difference between what is truly excellent and what is evil and harmful.’” TPT Hebrews 5:14

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.”

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