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Psalm 61:1-3 A Life-Saver Prayer

5 Apr

My Take

DiVoran Lites

  

The Passion Translation (with some paraphrase)

My dear Papa, Holy Spirit, and Jesus,

Hear my prayer. Listen to my heart’s cry! No matter where I am, when I’m anxious, I cry out to you for a father’s help. 

When I’m feeble and overwhelmed by life, guide me into your glory, where I am safe and sheltered. Lord, you are a paradise of protection to me regardless of the mistakes I have made in the past. You lift me high above the fray. None of my foes can touch me when I’m held firmly in your wrap-around presence! Keep me in this glory. Let me live continually under your splendor-shadow, hiding my life in you forever.

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Lord, I declare that you have placed a veil over all my wrongdoings in the past, and in the present. You have full jurisdiction over the evil one and will infuse my body, soul, and spirit with your love so that I no longer hear the devilish accusations, but think only of what is pure, good, and loving.  

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It is Well with my Soul

When peace like a river attendeth my way

When sorrow like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot, 

Thou hast taught me to say, 

It is well; it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul 

Here is a beautiful rendering of the song

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.”

Living Waters

29 Mar

Scribe: DiVoran

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Beloved Child,

I bless you. I pour my Spirit out upon you. Do not fear. I will always be here for you. All rejection is a tool to bounce you away from what people think and into my arms. 

Do not any longer blame yourself or try to fix anything on your own. All the apology in the world will not change the basic attitudes of those who want to own you. 

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No one can own you. You are mine. I will never leave you or forsake you. Stand still and watch how I deal with your troubles.

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit you have been saved. Springs of Living water refresh and renew you. 

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Be still and know that I am 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.”

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.”

If you believe in miracles, why are you still blind?

4 Jan

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

Reblogged January 4 2020

This isn’t the first time someone has asked me this question. When I write about the power of God’s miracles. When I speak on the faith we must have in His miraculous healing, why then do I still have no sight?

The question seems logical and obvious. My answer: God has healed me. And no, it’s not manifested yet. It may not be until I enter heaven.

But while here on earth, the issue is that we as flawed, limited-minded folks have expectations that mirror our human notion of what a miracle should be.

How God Heals

Luke 4 details Jesus’ healing of many, instantly and completely. He healed them from physical and mental disorders. He healed the blind. And I am among them. Though my physical vision didn’t come back, what God allowed me to see reaches far beyond the physical.

What I see is His grace that covers me when life turns dark. What I see is His hand at work when I run into walls of opposition. What I see clearly is His compassion when I fall into the ditch of my mistakes. And He gave me 20/20 vision to see His forgiving nature when I don’t deserve it. And what I can’t help but see is His promise for a future rich with His ever-lasting love.

So, has God healed me? A resounding yes. But we, human minded, with limited vision only see the miracle according to our limited expectations.

I admit it; initially, that was my expectation, too. I prepared for one day to wake up and have full sight. Had that happened, I would have danced with gratitude, and from the rooftops proclaimed the miracle. But that euphoria would have waned in time. And I might have gone back to being the same young woman, looking for fulfillment, searching for a way to feel whole and seeking the richness of life.

God Knows Best

God knew, that’s why He restored my spiritual vision. And now nearly 30 years later, I still see that abundance is not found in possessing physical sight, or enjoying the ability to walk, to live in a cancer-free body, or to enjoy a sharp mind.

The richness of life is found in spite of our limited abilities, recognizing the limitless power of God at work.

He’s at work in your life right now, too. He may be preparing a miracle, not in the way you expect, but beyond. He may have the answer but different and better than you hoped.

And as we wait, here are five truths to consider;

  1. Our expectations have a limited realm; His delivery has a profound result.
  2. Jesus didn’t come to heal only physical ailments, but to uphold His promise to renew our soul.
  3. When we’re afraid, Jesus was born so our fear could die.
  4. Our worry vanishes in the wonder of His promises.
  5. If we seek God first, we don’t have to look for miracles, they’re all before us.

Knowing these truths, we don’t need new year resolutions, God gave the solutions: faith in what He does, trust in what He says, and hope in what we yet don’t see.

Let’s pray:

Father, I praise You for knowing what I long for more than I do. You see what I need more than me, and when I think I’m asking for something good, you give me the best. In Jesus name.

What miracle did you overlook lately?

Janet

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Did you know I wrote a book filled with words of encouragement, uplifting thoughts and illustrations of real-life triumph to empower you? Its title, Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life. You can get it HERE.

CLICK HERE for a one-minute inspirational video.

Looking for a speaker for your upcoming event? A great speaker makes the difference between a so-so event and one that shines with impact. I invite you to view one of my two-minute videos HERE.

Please share: Feel free to share Janet’s posts with your friends.

Janet Eckles Perez

Some say she should be the last person to be dancing. Her life is summarized in this 3-minute video: http://bit.ly/1a8wGJR

Janet Perez Eckles’ story of triumph is marked by her work as an international speaker, #1 best-selling author, radio host, personal success coach and master interpreter. Although blind since 31, her passion is to help you see the best of life.

www.janetperezeckles.com

God’s Way to Perform Miracles

20 Jul

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

Reblogged July 20, 2019

God’s way to perform miracles.

What keeps you from believing in miracles?

A mother answered these questions with boldness and unique faith. The results stirred attention and a film was made of this miraculous event.

The scenario took place in a St. Louis hospital. The story is about John Smith who fell in icy water and remained there for 15 minutes. The news read, “When rescuers brought him to SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, the teen wasn’t breathing. Paramedics and doctors did everything in their power to bring John back, not willing to give up. They performed CPR and other life-saving measures on him for 43 minutes—without regaining a pulse.”

Medically, the boy was dead.

They called his mother to the room to give her the bad news.

What did she do? She prayed. She declared out loud God’s power and the Holy Spirit upon her son and believed she would receive it.

What happened next is that blood began to flow in that dead boy’s veins.

The doctors shocked and stunned couldn’t give explanations. They only had one conclusion: it was a “genuine miracle.”

The chilling details.

Here are the chilling details: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/04/inspiration-nation-mom-prays-son-back-to-life/22883985/

I’d like to meet that mother and tell her, “I want faith like yours. To be that bold, and overflow with trust.”

Her trust didn’t drive her to beg, but declare God’s healing power. Her faith didn’t lead her to lament the circumstance, but prompted her to praise the Lord for what He knows how to do. And she didn’t sink into sorrow, instead she believed God’s promise, claimed and received it.

While she claimed it in faith, the mountain was removed.

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

Let’s Pray

Father, teach me to look to you for that unwavering faith that proclaims what You can do and what You will do. In Jesus’s name.

What miracle are you expecting?

Janet

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Did you know I wrote a book filled with words of encouragement, uplifting thoughts and illustrations of real-life triumph to empower you? Its title, Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life. You can get it HERE.

CLICK HERE for a one-minute inspirational video.

Looking for a speaker for your upcoming event? A great speaker makes the difference between a so-so event and one that shines with impact. I invite you to view one of my two-minute videos HERE.

Please share: Feel free to share Janet’s posts with your friends.

Janet Eckles Perez

Some say she should be the last person to be dancing. Her life is summarized in this 3-minute video: http://bit.ly/1a8wGJR

Janet Perez Eckles’ story of triumph is marked by her work as an international speaker, #1 best-selling author, radio host, personal success coach and master interpreter. Although blind since 31, her passion is to help you see the best of life.

www.janetperezeckles.com

God Hears

23 Oct

My Take

DiVoran Lites

 

 

After the Storm

12 Sep

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix

 

 

No Anxious Thought

28 Aug

 

Not an Angry God

14 Aug

Comforter

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DiVoran Lites

 

Life Demands Mindfulness

28 Jul

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

author of Window Wonders

 

 

 

Water the seed of optimism.
Have a love affair with life.
Think positive thoughts and
you will drive away the strife.

 

Pay attention to the moment.
You’ll find you will learn a lot.
When you tackle the impossible
you will find it’s not as difficult as you thought.

 

Mindfulness is being aware of the present.
Listen to your heart.
Your life matters.
Live it fully from the start.

 

How will being mindful
help you deal with your pain?
Being aware of God’s presence
will bring serenity to your heart again.

 

Knowing God has a plan for your life
should bring assurance to your heart.
Trust Him even in the small things.
Faith is a healthy start.

 

 

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