It seems like just yesterday I committed to my writing. Going strong for a while and a windstorm hit. I was knocked down but not out. Tossed about but still standing. Trusting God no matter what and even when I was missing in action for a few weeks, I knew that I would be back. The commitment was real. This year has passed swiftly with all its challenges.
Romans 8:35-39 – 35What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? 36As it is written: “For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As I sit and reflect on decisions now made, I am still looking forward to each day and the new year. Not going to make a bunch of resolutions to try and stick to. I am going to continue living in the now, even when the going gets rough. I have to say that writing has been a help and a comfort. I am truly grateful for all the friends that I have met along the way. Reading the posts from other bloggers has been strengthening and encouraging. You never know what an impact you make on someone else’s life just by sharing yours. Not talking about dirty laundry or anything like that. I am talking about the realness of this journey. The truth about how hard it can be sometimes. But also about the resilience that exists in us to get up and keep going. One might just call it faith.
I have faith in God and know that others do as well. I also know that we are to help each other. I say a big heartfelt thank you to all those that have helped me. We may abide in different places (cities, states, and countries), but the written word has blessed me from near and afar. I would like to say to my blogger friends, keep writing. Even when it takes a follower a while to get to your post, know that when the writing comes from the heart, you never know whose life is impacted. Sometimes the like isn’t there, doesn’t mean it wasn’t read. There was an online discussion about clicking like and it doesn’t appear time was taken to even read the post. I personally love responding because I love reading. I have resolved in my spirit not to get caught up in the likes. I appreciate them, of course. But as I move forward on this writing journey and prepare to add photography, I am excited. I share because it is who I am.
I have always loved to read and write. I am still partial to the hard copies of books and writing in my journals. The computer is fine and I type pretty fast but each method has an endearing quality that makes me appreciate both. There are times when reading on the computer or the phone is appropriate. The phone is needed especially when you are waiting in some type of line (DMV, grocery, etc.). The hard copy is appreciated in downtime and curled up in a blanket with thoughts on appreciating the different things life has given us.
As we welcome the new year, let us end this one with a bang. Gratitude for still being here. Gratitude for God being who He is in our lives and giving thanks to Him for His mercy and grace because of His Son Jesus Christ. We cannot out give God anyway. Thanksgiving Day can’t be the only day we give thanks. Of course, it is a different atmosphere with great food, family, and friends. There is a different level of appreciation in me now to put first things first and truly live.
THE FOCUS IS PRAYER.
The struggle between the flesh and the spirit is real. The challenge to believe or not to believe is real and strong. The need to be at peace and content in a world that seeks more and more is ever present. No place or amount is good enough because we are never really fulfilled. What does it take to enjoy the day and be happy that you have what you need? Do our wants really define who we are? Do they help us in the long run? The focus on everything going smooth for a long period has some in distress. How long must we struggle to attain the things we need as opposed to the things we want?
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This is outside of my normal posts in some respects but serves due diligence to the prompt responses. I love that as bloggers we respond when moved. It is also a part of the journey, right? By the way, I love omelettes, especially made with lots of veggies & cheese. This is my finished plate, adorned with avocado and tomatoes. By the way, I love these two items also. I would like to share with you my makings of an omelette. Although a breakfast food, you can eat anytime and not just dinnertime. I have to leave for work at 4 pm so for me, it is an early dinner. Continue reading →
What do you see when you look out of your window? Gathering insight from the various bloggers on their view of their world, I thought this question would be thought-provoking regarding the world we live in and the current state of affairs. Do you see a world of hope or disaster? Do you see the hand of God moving regardless of what it looks like? Do you see the world as your permanent place or just a temporary place of residence? Do you see your part or role as significant in the world today? Do you see yourself helping others in this journey we are on? Do you see yourself as a vessel of God to be used for His glory? What do you see?
I posted the image above in a previous post about the girl in the window. However, I was playing around this morning and the thought came to me to use this image to ask the questions. As I read the Word daily with a new perspective, read the blogging community as well as reading other books, ever learning, I want to make sure that what I see is from God’s perspective.
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Stella’s thought process was to keep the real reason for what she wanted hidden, concealed because she thought that would be better than being honest. Okay, the plan was already in place for someone else. How could she overcome that? Keep the real reason for what she needed hidden. That way, the other person would not think less of her or to be honest enough with herself, she needed what she needed at anyone’s expense. She could use her current situation, being a new mom, as a reason to win the favor she needed to get out of this bad situation.
Crying, tears coming at random moments. The guilt was consuming her and she knew that the reason she was feeling this way was because she didn’t handle the situation above board. “Oh my!” She wasn’t prepared for the emotion that would come from being dishonest. She thought concealing her real motives would be easier. She didn’t plan on being this way but the plan was in motion now so she couldn’t change the current of the tide at this point, could she?
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What a contrast! Living in the Spirit or Living in the World
This prompt is an exciting one! The definition for yet another strong word begins with “juxtaposition or comparison showing striking differences. Distinguish or set together so as to reveal a contrast.” Psalms and Proverbs do a great job of revealing the contrast of life in the Spirit and life in the world.
When I first thought about this word, the image of a black background with a white circle in the middle came to my mind. How significant is this? I think of the world and what God did when He sent His Son Jesus to reconcile us to Himself. Jesus is the white circle in the center, or the light in a dark world, the black background. He is the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star. Thought the image of the white lilies on the black background captured what I wanted.
This review is on Saved by Angels, written by Bruce Van Atta. This is an excellent book to read about the testimony of another believer and be inspired by his journey. Most important though is how it is relative to us all in this spiritual journey. He relates quite effectively because he is very honest about his responses to God. His story is amazing and while I feel eager to share a significant experience he had with the angels, I hold back because it is a reading experience you have to have for yourself. The first chapter talks about major events in his journey with God. He is easy to read but powerful and provocative none-the-less.
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Self-reliance is a very hard habit to break. I remember when I took the art and humanities class in college and the historical information was about the evolving self. From the beginning of time, the goal of humanity has been to do without God. In the expression of art and humanities such as psychology, the evolution has been to focus on self (our abilities, our mind, our desires, our flesh). “Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation,. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41, NKJV). Jesus found it necessary to remind His disciples. I speak about the flesh today, the natural man who looks to do things his way no matter what. But I also speak to the spirit man of those who know that we can do nothing (no thing) outside of God. What He allows us to do, even when we don’t consider the consequences, is about Him and not us; about us drawing closer to Him, trusting Him, leaning on Him and glorifying Him, not self. There are several Scriptures that come to mind as I write today.
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Today the quiet allows the mind to ponder the things of God. Reading today allows surrender of the preconceived notion of how things should be. The words shared with me today enhance the place of listening. Thoughts about the past (I am in the now) reflect the journey, the desert, the wilderness, the growth and the personal relationship with my God. When looking back, the choices taken or not taken, reflect to me that God knows who I am. Having experienced the audible voice of God many times and several periods in my life, I know that He knows who I am. What resonates in my soul is that He drew me in with His love, His voice, His gift of His Son that I might have eternal life as well as life here more abundantly. Continue reading…!