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Just a Few Hours

Slightly overcast, but still beautiful.

When I entered the home of my mentor, the sky was slightly overcast.

The sun was trying to break through.

Almost.

But the view was still delightful to my eyes.

Sharon, my mentor and friend, lives just 80 miles south and west of where I live.

Once a month, myself and a few others meet there, visit, and learn from each other.

Covid 19 and the quarantine have made that difficult, but this month, we got to see each other in person.

Living in Iowa, does have it’s perks.

Things are beginning to open up here, with care.

Sharon’s views from her home are similar to the ones I enjoy daily, in that they are far, open, and beautiful.

While in her home, I added to the knowledge I have of the Hebrew celebration of Rosh Hashanah.

The “technical” description follows, borrowed from History.com. ⇾Right here.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is one of Judaism’s holiest days. Meaning “head of the year” or “first of the year,” the festival begins on the first day of Tishrei, (Rosh Hashanah 2020 begins on Friday, September 18, 2020 and ends on the evening of Sunday, September 20, 2020) the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls during September or October. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion.

While there I heard some contemplations from others about this celebration, and it’s effects on the Jewish people.

My shofar.

Here are just a few;

The blast of the →Shofar⇽ sounds like ⇾This⇽, and it

*Supernaturally awakens your soul.

*Cancels counterfeit identities you have been agreeing with.

*Helps you gain new strategies in for how to live your spiritual life.

So the few hours I spent among like minded friends, shed some new light on my thought processes.

It can not only effect the Jewish people, but my self as well.

How will what I learned effect my thinking over the next year?

How will it guide my path?

Will it bring change or just make me more resolute in what I already believe?

How will my view change?

I believe it will only become clearer, more defined.

Just as a few hours inside my friends house, the light outside changed.

In came the fluffy clouds, with the sun shining through.

Causing brilliant color changes!

A few hours brought new perspective to the view.

How will your view change today?

Fresh and bright new view!

Until next time.

Fearless Friday

Peaceful Morning

Welcome to another “Fearless Friday”.

Today I want to share with you what I’ve been reading this week about fear.

It will be followed by the reason I was reading it.

I hope you find encouragement from this, as did I.

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Here it is in my favorite contemporary version.

Psalm 34:1-5 English Standard Version

34 I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.

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Or if you’re “Old school”.

Psalm 34: 1-5 King James Version

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

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And here, in the most one of the most current forms of communication today, is the reason I’ve been reading it.

Please enjoy Lyndsey’s fresh take on being released from your fear.

“Posture” – with Lyndsey van Zyl

Lyndsey’s “Posture” episodes are available on YouTube, Facebook, and wherever you find your Podcasts.

Morning Glory

You don’t have to live afraid!

Until next time ..

Reflections

I’ve been spending some time reflecting on the headlines pertaining to current events.

As I’ve noted in previous posts on this blog, we have a choice about what we not only spend our time on, but also how we allow those things to engage with our hearts.

I’ve decided to give a little insight on this post, just how I’ve been approaching them.

Approaching them with a heart to not let them take over.

Hopefully, you will find this a helpful idea.

If your idea is different than mine, feel free to message me, or share in the comments.

My approach is by using scripture, God’s promise to me, to keep my heart in a place that is peaceful.

This is not to say that I am not disturbed by what I’m reflecting on, it is to say that my heart can be at rest in spite of it all.

It is the only thing I’ve tried that actually works.

The issues;

Sickness. Politics. Social unrest. Child pornography. Sex trafficking. Too many more to even comprehend.

When I think of SICKNESS; I reflect on 3 John 2 (NKJV) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

When I think of the current state of POLITICS; I reflect on 1 Timothy 2:1-2 which tells us to Pray for All People – First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

When I think of the SOCIAL UNREST all around us; I reflect on 1 John 2:15-17 which tells us not to love the world; Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. Loving the world more than God can only cause discord.

When I think of CHILD PORNOGRAPHY; I reflect on Luke 17:2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.

When I think of SEX TRAFFICKING; I reflect on Psalm 82:3 that says to defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

When I think of many other things disturbing the world we live in, too numerous to name; I reflect on Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Looking at His creation I can see His glory. This gives me hope everyday.

My approach is simple, and yet not always easy.

Sometimes this approach goes against the way we are wired.

This is where the decision making comes in.

I must decide if I want to be laden down with care and frustration, or filled with joy, and yes, even hope.

Maybe this post will help you to make some decisions for yourself?

Until next time …