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Spiritual Grounding


At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. – Luke 10:21 (NIV)  

It scares me, when I sit down to write a devotional. There are so many implications in each Scripture. I know no matter how much I study or learn; my dependence is on the Father to open my heart to understand each Scripture. I’m still not sure. I have to remind myself prayer and study go hand in hand. If I don’t study and pray my writing is just an exercise in intellectual vanity. Prayer without study produces spirituality with no grounding. Both are necessary for what is placed in my heart. I accept that someone else may read the verse and find a different meaning for them and that’s okay. It’s how the scripture touches each of us.

No matter what we write, we need to be careful where we lead one another. I always think about the fact that long after I’m gone, my words may still be there. I don’t want them to haunt me, I want them to be good words that make a lasting impression. We may mean well, but unlike speaking our words aren’t spoken. People can’t see our facial expressions or hear the inflection in our voice. Without those additions our words can wound or send someone in a direction we didn’t plan. Words are powerful. If you’re ever on Facebook, you can see how that happens every day. Putting prayer with our writing is an asset, not an annoyance.

Father, if we need prompting, prompt us. We give our writing to you and want to please you. Help us to do that each time we put ink to paper or fingers to the keyboard. Amen

A Crossroads


BEFORE I formed thee in the belly I knew thee___ Jeremiah 1 5

 

 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.  Jeremiah 1:5

Do you ever get to a crossroads of whether to continue writing? Do you think about why you chose this path? Writing can be a lonely and exasperating profession. Jeremiah 1:5 should help you answer your questions. The passage should bring you comfort knowing God blessed the choices you’re making. What you now do with those choices is up to you, just as my choices are up to me.

God counts on us to be his ambassadors. As storytellers, we can interweave his messages of love into romance, mystery, science fiction (there’s a challenge) children’s stories, short stories, magazines, and the list goes on. He will give you the expertise to interweave his message, as you tell your story.

Can you think of a more wonderful position to be in or boss to have? He has appointed us as prophets to the nations. Really! You think. Me, no way. God, however, chose writing for us. He set us apart and provides us the opportunities to become his ambassador between heaven and earth. Stick with it and he will make the difference.

Lord, help us to stay on our appointed path. Keep nourishing our journey with the right words.

 

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Helping, Not Judging


Just as there are people who will not eat today without help, through no fault of their imagesCA3GZ97Vown, there are people who will never make it to heaven without a great deal of help. Judging them is not our business. Our role is to help whomever we can without criticism.

This meditation is from the book “Make Room For God.”  I thought about the words and realized how true it is. Many children and the elderly cannot do everyday tasks themselves. Often, we don’t ask how we can help them.

The story is different, however, when we observe people who are in danger of not making it to heaven because of bad choices. I’ve listened to people complain, when they see a person sitting in the front of the church, whom they consider a sinner. These people are in God’s house and they are being judgmental. We all slip and need help periodically. Our priest once said, “If the sinners are sitting in front of the church, don’t complain. They’re right were the need to be. They can hear everything.”

Lots of times, we stand back and judge, rather than finding a way to mentor the person. We  should be willing to help others, when possible. Not all people want help, but we can offer, acceptance is a choice they need to make. Help without criticism is what all of us sinners need.

Lord, help us to accept the role of helper. Guide us as we help without criticism.

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