Archive | August 2013

Stuck In Thoughts and Ideas – Bloggers Block?

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I haven’t posted anything in a while and it is frustrating me.  I have so many thoughts and ideas floating around in my head but struggle with putting words to them that would make sense and/or would be enjoyed by others reading them.  Reading my Bible and other books, doing a bible study in a group, reading and commenting on others’ blogs, and just general thoughts about things important to me are all jumbled up in my head; so I thought tonight, why not just write a silly little blog post about not being able to write a blog post!  🙂

What are some things I can do to get my thoughts organized or my brain organized?  (that is a task in itself!)  I can write down my ideas and some of them I have written about in my journal, but not put into more interesting words.  Yes I know, I should just try rewriting those thoughts in my journal and even expound on them.  Why does that sometimes seem like a hard task when it really is not.  Ahhh the excuses I can come up with!  Not enough hours in the day, I will do it when I finish something else, my mind is blank, too tired and on and on ad nauseum!   

I can pray about it and ask God to guide me with the words so that they are pleasing to Him.  After all, that is what I do when I am writing in my personal journal and it works most of the time.   I can make an “appointment” with myself to work on writing things; perhaps a change of scenery like relaxing outdoors, going to the park, the library, a coffee shop.  Lots of ideas I need to try on for size and just jump right into them.  

I came across a couple of Bible verses that are encouraging and can pertain to the issues of not being able to put words to ideas and transfer them to “paper”, i.e. the computer screen.

Colossians 3: 23,24 (amplified)

23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,

24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).

1 Peter 4:10 (amplified)

10 As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the [a]extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].

Writing my words to be pleasing to God and letting him be my guide, my critic is, I think, a positive  step to take.

I welcome suggestions from others.  What works for you when you get stuck in limbo? How do you jump start yourself to write?    Thanks in advance for reading this little blurb and for any  hints you may share.   I look forward to writing again this week while I have a few days off from work. 

 

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A Different Look at the 23rd Psalm

I like this a lot and I agree that some of us have never looked at this Psalm or thought of it in this way. I know i didn’t. Thanks for sharing it Coach. I encourage my followers to read the full post on his site.

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This is an eye opener… Some people probably never thought nor looked at this Psalm in this way even though they say it over and over again. So, sit back, read this comforting Psalm, and see it in a new perspective.

The Lord is my Shepherd

– That’s Relationship!

I shall not want

– That’s Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.

– That’s Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters.

– That’s Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul

– That’s Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness.

– That’s Guidance!

For His name sake

– That’s Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

– That’s Testing!

I will fear no evil.

– That’s Protection!

For Thou art with me

– That’s Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me,

– That’s Discipline!

Thou preparest a table before…

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The Seeds We Plant

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A day or two ago, I was reading a post on another blog–(The Devotion Cafe–  http://desirayl.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/social-networking-sites/ ) entitled Social Networking Sites.  It talked about how we use them.  Are we using them to bring glory to God?  She shared a testimony of something wonderful that occurred on a site that was a real blessing to her and another person.  A seed was planted.  The seed began to grow and flourish.  I encourage you to read that post.  I am sure it will be a blessing to you as it was to me.

The post got me to thinking about the things I write, the things I say, the things I do.  What kind of effect do they have on those who read my posts and those who hear me or see my actions?    Are my words and deeds a blessing to someone or an encouragement to another?   Are my words bringing glory to God?  What kind of a seed am I sowing?

I am always hoping that, though my words are very simple, my thoughts very simple,  someone will be blesseed by them or that a good seed may be planted through the words I write.    I believe that sometimes the simplest of words or ideas may just be the seed that begins to grow and brings a person closer to the Lord.   In Matthew 17:20  it says   If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.    I get a lot of encouragement from His words. With God all things ARE possible.

None of us may ever know what grows from the seeds we plant but that should not discourage us from continuing to plant them.     There is a quote that I read recently that simply says   With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.   Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

As Henry David Thoreau said,  The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

Lord I pray that my words and deeds will always be Christ-honoring and always be a blessing to others.  I pray for your guidance as I write or speak  and that seeds may be planted and bring others closer to you Lord, just as I was brought to a closer relationship with you because of the words that I have heard and read from others.   Amen.  

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I Met My First Weight Goal!

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Praising God today for giving me the ability and desire to get to a normal healthy weight.   He was with me all the way and sent many “earth angels” who were full of support and encouragement to me as I struggled through the last 14 months.    I couldn’t have done it without all of them, especially my Lord and Savior. 

As I have posted before, once my weight loss got underway I set two goal weights that I wanted to reach–one realistic and one that I would like to get to given my height and build. 

I am happy to share with you that I MADE MY FIRST GOAL WEIGHT — the realistic one!!! I have lost a total of 58 lbs to date and  I have 15 lbs more to lose to get to the final goal weight.  I am doing a happy dance!!!

Praise the Lord!