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Untrained Servants

I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way. II Corinthians 11:6 NIV

Paul and the other apostles made it clear that Paul was untrained as a speaker. When he spoke it was of his personal knowledge and relationship with Jesus. I speak of my personal relationship with Jesus through my writing. I don’t have the first hand and physical knowledge Paul had of Jesus. Paul and the other apostles were plain everyday people passing the message on the best way they could. That is what they were led to do. Now days, people who look plain, ordinary and even boring are looked over. We miss the knowledge and love that lies in their hearts. Paul would have been overlooked by our modern standards for spiritual leaders. People look for talent to entertain, instead of content to touch their souls.You know the preachers that can yell the loudest and have the biggest cathedrals. By commingling my knowledge and understanding, I pray I am successful in my small endeavors. For me that means I would like some spiritual nugget I possess to grow into a boulder for someone else and be passed onto others.

Through your writing or speaking you can only hope and pray that someone’s heart is touched. Whether we are children’s writers, spiritual writers, anthology writers ,we all want to speak to or touch someone’s heart. That’s what writing is all about. We are untrained servants too and no matter what we intend to pass onto others,we need to do this with some knowledge in our genre. If we are intimidated by our lack of knowledge, we should keep searching and learning. I know this keeps me searching and learning in my spirituality and writing endeavors. Just like Paul, our way of communicating may not always be the most eloquent, but if it’s coming through with love and discernment, people’s hearts will be touched.

Lord help us to always to communicate our knowledge to the best of our ability. Help us to communicate and touch people’s hearts and spirits through prayer and love. Amen

Sorrow in Our Hearts

heavensHow long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? – Psalm 13:1-2 (NIV)

Have you ever felt that you were barely hanging on by constantly being overcome by life’s circumstances? I know I do lately. Day after day there is nasty commentaries in the newspaper, online, and TV about our elections. Everywhere I turn, everyone is up in arms about who is the best or worst candidate. The sorrow I feel in my over the situations is almost more than I can bear. Even though the election isn’t for another three months people are fighting over the situation, instead of praying for enlightenment. I have months to form an opinion through prayer and discernment. I can’t allow the media or others to make my decisions. I already see a turning in people’s thoughts and choices. God is at work.

God knows how we are feeling and he knows our sorrow for our country right now. Asking God “How long this situation will go on and how it will end?” is a healthy question. God is not with us only in the good times, but also the bad. We are facing the state of our soul, while we face the state of our country. This is the time we need to keep our faith toward the God who has answered our pleas in the past. He will answer us again in the future. Even though we may not feel that way right now or feel compromised in our ability to make a good choice. Even if the choice we make doesn’t pan out, we will have listened to our conscience, who I believe is God. If other’s don’t it isn’t our fault or God’s. He will help us survive the outcome.

Lord, help us to make the right decision for our country. We get so afraid of all that is going wrong in our country that our anger overtakes our spirituality. Help us to seek your guidance and pray for enlightenment in Jesus’s name. Amen

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