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Thinking and Understanding

25 Jan

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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? 

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

For the Love of God

21 Dec

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When we moved to Florida in 1965, we went looking for a church in the denomination (religious belief system) we were used to. We found two, but one of them had air conditioning, so we chose that one. We were in for a lot of good surprises because we began to listen and learn. We went to church several times a week and left our children in the nursery. As the years flew by, they graduated into evening classes of their own. 

We kept going because our preacher and his dear wife were so close to God and their family that we wanted what they had. Also, the people in that church were wise, gentle and kind. The first thing they taught was that God loves us. Did you know that? I didn’t. But once we knew, our lives began to change for the better.

The most important thing we learned was that it was good to study the Bible for ourselves and pray alone every day.

While Bill chose to listen to Bible audiobooks on the way to work, I chose to do morning devotions while our two young children watched Captain Kangaroo.  Someday, I’d like to share the routine I have fallen into and what it does for me. 

Being at church is a tremendous help, but it can’t fill all our needs for fellowship with the Lord Jesus. All Christians know that Jesus died on a cross to atone for our sin. That is one thing all Christian churches teach, and there are many other things they agree upon.  

You see, sometimes we believe so strongly that we are in the only church that knows everything about God and the Bible that we think we might suffer if we went anywhere else.  

How do we choose churches to attend out of all the Christian churches within our reach? Most of the time, we stick to the denominations we grew up in. If our parents went to church or sent us to church, we learned what they had been taught, and our children stayed in the denomination or gave up church altogether. 

  But sometimes we may change churches for one reason or another; a move or a marriage can trigger that, and so can the fussing that might get into a church. Sometimes we get hurt and don’t want to go there anymore. 

As important as belonging to a group of Christians is, going to church is not enough. Love, peace, and joy come through the Holy Spirit straight to our hearts. Holy churches, large and small, are almost everywhere, and as Christians, we want to be involved in them and support the wonderful things they do.   

If you need to know where to go to church, ask your Father, who is in heaven and who is in you for yourself. While you’re at it, tell him thank- you for his love. 

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.”

Freedom

14 Dec

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Beloved, your faith in Jesus covers you in a robe of righteousness. In my eyes you are flawless. I give you celebration and glory. Enjoy true and lasting peace with me. We have a permanent relationship, one where you have access to My kindness. You find yourself becoming increasingly joyful. Keep celebrating and experiencing My glory. Keep remembering that I know what I’m doing. I am the one you can trust no matter what. 

Patient endurance refines your proven character and leads you back to hope. There you experience My endless love cascading into your heart through Holy Spirit who lives there. 

No wonder you don’t give up. For even though your outer person gradually wears out, your inner being is renewed every single day. 

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You are covered over with the righteous robe of Jesus. The judgment for your sins fell upon Christ on the cross. It is finished. You will never be judged for your sins because they are as far away as the East is to the West and never to be seen again. The judgment is for the types of rewards you will receive in heaven. 

Romans 5: 1-5, 2 Corinthians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, Romans 14:10-12. Notes on TPT  (Paraphrased)

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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.”

The First Days of Christmas

7 Dec

Silent Night

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My child, I have restored your inheritance. I have chosen you and given you every skill, power, and healing you need. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion. I have your destiny and its timing in my hands. There’s a time to live and a time to die. I have all your life on my schedule, and the schedule will not be changed. I take you to many pleasant places, body, soul, and spirit. 

When you have problems or questions, I am here to solve them. You have privileges beyond your highest dreams. I give you the best of Everything.

 Paraphrase of Psalm 16:6

Oh, thank you, Lord, You are the best of Everything. 

I have a planter full of Thanksgiving cactus. I am glad to have them now in order to enjoy them before Christmas. My daughter showed me on her phone that there are three different kinds of holiday cactus: Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. The leaves tell which one the cactus is.

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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.”

Sacred Rhythms, Arranging our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

30 Nov

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Word for Word, November 23, 2020

“One can begin one’s (spiritual) quest by attending to the desires of the heart, both personal and communal. The Spirit is revealed in our genuine hopes for ourselves and for the world. How brightly burns the flame of desire for a love affair with God, other people, the world? Do we know that to desire and seek God is a choice that is always available to us? “

Elizabeth Dreyer as quoted in Spiritual Rhythms, by Ruth Haley Barton

“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

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.”

Starfish

23 Nov

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Painting by DIVoran

May the Lord of peace

Himself give you peace

At all times in every way. 

The Lord be with you all. 

2 Thessalonians 3:16

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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