The cacophony of sounds was overwhelming. The constant whirring of the air conditioner and the microwave vent was very loud and constant but over that she could also hear the X-box game, the TV from the bedroom as well as the conversations of the other people in the confined space. Her appreciation of quiet was never more desired or needed than in this moment of time. Deeply inhaling a breath and releasing it helped her to focus on her breathing. She realized as she took another deep breath that she could at least ward off the irritation that wanted to take control of her emotions and body. The value of silence is now recognized as necessary. She thought about how God felt when He wanted to get her attention and the noise was blocking His whisper. The sounds of the world calling for the attention that was due Him.
The sounds from the television were evaluated. Reality shows that did not feed anything but the frivolous and shallow cares of a world that refused to recognize that the quality of what you feed the mind affects the quality of the results. She seemed to grasp in this thought process that many of the people calling for help in the world today may need to change what they fuel themselves with in order to realize a change. What would she be willing to change? Even though television had lost a great deal of the consumption of her time because of the financial costs, the other options used were still grabbing at the consumption wheel. Netflix and other options of choice were still available. She thought about the purging process of removing the things that were taking away from the intimacy with God. This was a part of that process.
Having the choice to replace television with other options is indeed a good thing for the most part. However, it has been replaced with (X-Box, Playstation) war games and other such choices that still do not contribute to soul’s well-being. The time spent fighting the virtual reality characters and dodging bullets, driving fast cars, manipulating to kill everything and everybody to score points is truly a noise that takes away from the additional work the enemy would have to do. She thought about how being consumed by the games keeps us unaware of the tactics of the enemy at work in the environment around us. How much more time could be spent in prayer or reading the Word of God? Or, just being silent to allow the Holy Spirit to minister to the soul? She thought about how many have been duped out of a deeper relationship with Christ.
Family and friends are very significant and valuable to our lives. However, in the moment of recognition that silence is also a necessary fuel to maintaining strength and sanity, she realized that she would need to make sure to find that time and place to feel the silence; to relish the moment when the only thing she could hear would be her own breathing. She also realized that the intimacy of her relationship with God would grow exponentially if she could practice even her own silence. This epiphany moment of realizing that silence is a necessary food for the soul brought a quiet inside of her that she truly appreciated.
My billboard would say that I am always working on improvement. My personality gives me the freedom to accept that change is necessary in some areas. That freedom doesn’t mean it has been easy. After fellowship with my Father in Heaven, I then move forward. There have been times when the changes were necessary and other times when the change was not needed. I have discovered that in trying to make sure everyone understands me created difficult moments for me when they didn’t understand. I have also learned that there have been many moments when I didn’t understand myself. Continue reading Free Flow Friday…What Does My Billboard Say?
Today I find myself accepting things for what they are. I am in transition (again), until God does what He does for me. I have moved to another friend’s house. Having to keep transporting everything can be a bit overwhelming. Of course, all I need is my coffee pot, my Bible, my computer and my phone. I work with these tools consistently. Call me flexible because I adjust to the space that I’m in. Yes, I make do with whatever the situation is at the current moment.
Do I like this? No, but I have accepted that the flexibility I have is there for a reason. Do I know everything God is doing. Of course not. But then, would I have anything to write about? Maybe, maybe not. Fiction? Continue…!
The dictionary defines inevitable as unavoidable, sure to happen. The synonyms include inescapable, irrevocable, destined as well as fated or decreed. This is a very strong word and when I think of inevitable, I think change and death. Not in a morbid way for this post but in a way that gives understanding that these are the only things totally equal for everyone. While I don’t assume to say that everyone will die the same or live the same length of time, it is inevitable that everyone does have a limited time to inhabit the physical space on this earth and will change daily by how the Lord created us. I would say taxes are inevitable as well but some (geniuses?) may have actually gotten away with not paying taxes. It is appointed unto man once to die and then judgment. We go see our maker. Hebrews 9:27-28 (KJV):Continue reading Inevitable…!
This prompt is significant to me. As valedictorian for my high school graduating class, I gave the speech. I remember my knees shaking as I sat waiting for my turn to speak. I remember the theme for the graduating class that year was “We’ve only just begun to live.” Of course, it will be a 40-year anniversary next year and to draft a speech includes a lot of experience and key points of wisdom to share. Therefore, it is my pleasure (with less nervousness) to respond to this post. So, here goes… Continue reading about the Path of Life…!
Today’s post is kind of short for me but to the point. “This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
Today, recognition blesses my soul and that keeping my commitment to the present, the now is wrapped up in this Scripture. I believe that I am truly living now because I have surrendered my gift of writing to Him. Embracing and using this gift to share with others has been a rewarding and eye-opening journey of self-discovery. There’s more, keep reading!
Strolling to the next shop to sightsee, I see a folded piece of paper that looks inviting. Maybe the fact that it wasn’t dirty caught my attention. This meant that the paper hadn’t been there that long. I speed up a little just to make sure no one else reaches it before me. Approaching the paper, I reach down and pick it up. Excitement building for some unknown reason about this piece of paper that everyone else seemed to miss. Could this be a message just for me? Keep Reading!
I decided to change my theme and hope that you enjoy it. Since my computer crashed and I lost all my images, I must begin a new collection. Pictures will be added again soon. I believe honestly and sincerely that God has begun a new thing in me and rather than mourn the loss, I will just flow with the Holy Spirit.
As I move forward in this year with my commitment to write more often, I have had to focus on that. Life brings challenges, events and just plain utter distractions. I have also been reading the blogs of others and those I follow. Realizing that I truly love to write, my commitment is stronger than ever thanks to other bloggers who have stayed true to form.
I admire Chris Martin for his style of writing. No matter what he writes about, it reflects sincerity, honesty and style. He captures your attention. His honesty is refreshing and never condescending or disrespectful. I have found other authors that I enjoy as well and have decided to not just follow but plug into what they have to say. I also realize that I enjoy reading what others share. My understanding and desire deepens for writing as I begin to truly share my own journey.
At one point, I was very apprehensive – almost fearful – of the vulnerability that comes with putting the pen to paper and sharing my journey. I’ve always written but the sharing part was a little intimidating. However, as I grow in grace and understand more of how my personal journey may help others make it through theirs, it has motivated me to step it up. I also realize that I can quote Scripture and make a point but the anointing is in the message that comes from the heart and how God brings me through based on His Word. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony…” (Rev. 12:11, NKJV)
I look forward to sharing and hope that you will enjoy what you read. See you soon!
God does know who you are. He knows what you need and what you need to do. Stay focused on the opportunity He has given you and quit looking at circumstances. You need to be writing. Write when you do not feel like it and more when you do. This is about change. The transition period can sometimes be in the trenches up to your waist in the mundane aspects. Where do you go from here?
Paul was an awesome man of God and the Scriptures that talk about being content with a little or a lot are not just talking about material things. When we are called to change by choice, or by circumstance, sometimes we end up in the trenches. That does not mean we made the wrong choice. Just means we are in the trenches. How do you get out? Realize where you are. If you are lost, acknowledge where you are to be found.
There are so many things I need to know and want to know about writing. Beyond the actual act of writing, I must remember that I can only take in so much at once. As I write to you, I talk to myself and clarify what obstacles lie in the road. Acknowledging the things that need to be moved, changed, or eliminated gives me clarity. Clarity gives me hope. Hope motivates me, and wha la! Here I am, writing to inspire, to encourage, to motivate, to assist, to inform, to make a statement, to hone my craft, to make a living, to glorify God, to understand myself, to move forward, to get out of the trenches.