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My Genre

Today I did something I’ve never thought to do before.

I Googled my “Genre”.

I wasn’t really quite sure I “Had” a genre to tell the truth.

My passion is to lead people into seeing the value of what I call “Quietude”.

As an introvert, what this means to me is to be able to have a place to recharge my internal batteries after dealing with, as Susan Cain says; “A world that can’t stop talking”.

If you’ve been here a while, you’ve no doubt seen the little “Quiet” videos made out of the photos I take.

Little vignettes, if you will, designed to calm down the insides, help regain strength, and be ready to do it all again.

I found out so much more today! Here is what I’ll share with you for this post, and then I’ll continue with more later;

  • Where This Idea Began
  • New Information
  • Truth or Lies?
  • Slow Start
  • Onward Toward Healing

It really began way at the beginning of what I call the cave days. I was reading scripture that I had always read. Then, as it happens, some words jumped off the page, followed by a question –

ESV Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect

TLB Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.

How can I possibly do this? How could I possibly change the way I’ve thought all of m life?

Now I believe in the word of God pretty literally, so that means that if He is asking me to do something, then there must be a way to do it, right?

So I just “happened” to see an episode of something, 700 Club maybe? TBN? The episode I watched had Dr. Caroline Leaf on as a guest. Her teaching was all about re-wiring your brain, re-training it, Transforming it. This is my own simple way of putting it.

You can follow the link for the language that she uses. It involves things like neurons, synapses, and neurotransmitters. So if you’re into that, here’s your link; https://drleaf.com/about/

I had a strong feeling that by being stiller, or quieter, or silent, that I would be able to put some of this Bible idea into my real life.

I have to remind myself these days, that THOSE DAYS, were not at all easy. It was a real struggle for me to actually DO what she was saying.

But I believed Dr. Caroline’s research, and I most certainly believed that if it were not possible, that God would never require it of me.

Enter that tenacity – read hard headed-ness – that I was born with, and one more very important question; Does God tell the truth, or is He a liar?

Well I don’t believe He can lie, so I held on to that.

I started out small. Really small. Two minutes. Ten minutes. Thirty minutes was an extra successful time slot!

I sat with my journal and my Bible on my lap. Coffee by my side. And the goal of renewing my mind to the way that God had planned it from the beginning.

During that time, I believe God allowed me to work through some pretty tragic, destructive things that had been in my life ever since I could remember. Cycles that kept on returning, began to slow down, and melt away. Healing began to come to my mind, and forgiveness to my heart.

Nowadays, in the back ground, there will either be quiet ambient music or nothing at all, and healing is STILL happening.

So now you know where this journey I am on began.

Next time I’ll delve a little deeper into this process, and even some NEW things that I’m learning.

Please join me if you just want to detect a way out of your cave. This world (thinks it) has us trapped, but our minds can be renewed!

See you next time!

I’m Really Sorry!

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.

We all know that little ditty from our childhood.

Today. Here. In the Midwest – not the most popular song.

The rains just never seem to quit.

Families that we love are having many issues due to water, in their homes, outside of their homes.

Some are simply irritated, while others, sadly, have lost everything.

I in no way want to down play the tragedy and drama that they are forced to deal with.

I AM really sorry for that, but I am a sky watcher of the heartiest sort.

So I tend to look toward the skies.

The drama there is undeniable.

Just this morning, my husband and I put our air conditioner in the window.

It’s huge. Thankfully we only have to move it twice a year!

But I digress.

We had not had it installed for five minutes, when the clouds began to roll in.

Our home is surrounded on three sides by trees.

Sometimes they speak.

And just as severe weather begins to approach, we can hear a rustling sound. It’s the sound of movement.

Leaves and grasses blowing.

It’s the sound of the timber creaking as the winds try and sway them off their trunks.

And then it happens.

The clouds. The lightning. And the thunder rolls.

Enjoy the photos I grabbed just before the downpour!

And the thunder rolls.
Light vs. dark.
Sometimes the storms stomp right across the valley.
Nearing the end.
My friend Ray Oehme took this photo in town! (Used by his permission)

So yes. There is heartache with all this weather – no doubt about it, put there is also raw power and beauty to behold if we look for it!

Interrupting Your Own Quiet Time

The very idea of “Quiet time” freaks some people out.

For some, perhaps they are frightened by what they may confront in their minds.

For some, their mind is such a busy place, that finding a quiet corner there is nigh on impossible.

Personally, even as a proponent of “Quietude”, I am more than capable of interrupting my own quiet time.

Sometimes, it’s for really important things, other times, simply put, it’s for drivel.

I found this post from 2010 that I wrote about quiet.

It really made me stop again and re-consider my need for some solace.

https://prayzhimtoday.blogspot.com/2010/07/sound-of-silence.html

The Sound of Silence

Listen.  Do you hear it?  The sound of silence.  It does have a sound you know.  The absence of noise.  It kind of rings in your ears after a days worth of loud.  Do you long to hear God?  Do you need to hear His voice?  How do you hear Him?  When your day begins with noise and ends with the news.  Everything in between moving, clicking, whirring, honking and yelling and clamoring for your attention.

Today I had opportunity to rest, in quiet, and wait for His voice.  It had to be a choice.  Like Jesus, God’s own Son, choosing to remove Himself to a solitary place to hear the father.  While the storm (literally) raged outside, I sat in the calmness, until the ringing stopped, and the clear voice of the Spirit soothed my soul.

Thank you Father for the sound of silence.

The busier I get, the more I need it; and the more it tends to get relegated to the bottom of the list.

Next week I’ll have a new video; but here is an older one to get you started.

Until then, I’m off to make the ringing stop!

100 Days of Something….

There many kinds of challenges all over the internet.

Recently a friend told me abut a 100 day challenge for writing poetry.

Her encouragement/challenge to me was to do 100 days of …. something. Anything.

Well they don’t call them “Challenge”s for no reason.

With every valid reason; like a very full calendar,

And every excuse that I can come up with; like I just don’t have enough brain cells,

There is one thing I can say for sure.

That is; No matter how much you think you have to say, and/or share,

There is much more to it than just saying you will do it.

I am learning the art of the scheduled post.

You know, the one that is out there before you are?

Well, on that day any way.

You still have need of being there well before the date.

Mass amounts of ideas and writing that seem to float away as soon as I sit to write.

It’s the age old problem right? Experienced by writers far better than myself. 

But here I am, as one of my favorite bloggers says, “Punching the d__ keys.”

And for my current and future followers, I’ll keep on punching.

My challenge to you ; Will keep keep punching too?

We can do it together; you and I. 

Will you receive this challenge?

Can we help each other to keep the challenge alive!

Are You Hearing Voices?

I’ve gotten out of the habit of hearing His voice.

I have some questions here;

First of all – Who is “He”?

Nehemiah 9:6 from the Holy Bible says this; “You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.

If that’s the case, and I believe it is, then that is a voice I really want to hear!

Why do I want to hear His voice?

Beginning to hearing His voice, for me anyway, began with an intense longing inside of me to find out what more there could possibly be to my life.

You know, the life that goes through the same cycles of disbelief, low self esteem, caring so much what others think, at my own expense.

Expensive, because the voices I was hearing were telling me just how worthless I was. I had a longing to hear just one good thing about myself that I could hang my hat on. Something I could believe and hold on to.

That longing wanted to know who I was; all the while knowing that I could believe a lie, just as easily as I could believe the truth.

To avoid the lie, I had to find the right voice. There are cacophonies of voices out there just trying to be heard. Which one is the right one?

I believe it’s the maker of heaven and earth!

How do you hear His voice in the first place?

In order to sort through that longing, there has to be quiet.

Now MY quiet, will likely be different than yours.

When I want to get to this place of hearing, I require three things.

  1. Absolute quiet.
  2. My Bible.  
  3. A pad of paper and a writing utensil.

The absolute quiet is to get my mind off of everything that distracts. Even lovely music can be distracting. (I’m finding that now even while writing this)

I need my Bible. It has a great concordance (an alphabetical list of the words present in a text, usually with citations of the passages concerned.) in the back, so I can look up scripture by words or topics. I can search out any topic that is on my heart.

Then I can meditate on this word.

This meditation is not the same as emptying the space between my ears. Instead, it fills up all the empty space inside, by telling me the truth; about me, about God, about my life; past, present and future.

The pad of paper? My brain is notorious for running me off in a different direction while I’m trying to concentrate on being quiet. Anything that pops into my head and interrupts gets written down.

It’s safe on that paper, I won’t forget. I’ll pick it up later.

It’s calming, when you know you won’t forget every little nuance at it passes by your brain.

How do you continue to hear His voice?

I hear his voice by being quiet enough to let the words I’ve read roll around in my heart and mind.

I let them roll until they make sense. Until they become real to me.

I really dislike the way the word meditation is used in some forums. I’m speaking of the meditation on God’s word, and what it means to me. Not meditation that is emptying my mind. That is a whole different thing.

Instead, I prefer a meditation that asks; What do these words say? What do they mean to me? How can I put them into practice?

Once you have hear His voice, you will recognize it when you hear it again. John 10:27 says clearly; My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

Wow. He knows me – I want to know His voice!

How do you get back to it again after being away?

The dangerous part is in the drifting away. You release the habit for a day, and then a week, and then a month. No big, drastic changes.

You still hear His voice. But here’s the catch; after a month, the voice gets quieter, and you realize (maybe) that you have been going on memory, and that you haven’t “heard” anything new for quite some time.

Memory, like muscles, can get flat after periods of not being used.

Notice, the first thing I said was that it is a habit. It is most definitely a habit.

The first step to take is to get back to your DAILY reading. It need not be chapter upon chapter. Just a few paragraphs maybe.

We used to have a pastor who told us to “Read till you burn.” That sounds funny coming from a pastor, whose job is to insure that you don’t burn 🙂

But what he was trying to tell us, was that we needed to read the word until something came alive in our heart; until our heart caught that spark.

When that happens – You’re hearing God’s voice. He is speaking to you.

I’ve read the same thing several times over my lifetime, and then one time I will read it, and it is like the words jumped right off the page.

They bring something to life in me. They spark a realization in me about _________________! Whatever it is I’m reading about.

When I begin to roll those verses around in my heart and mind, they become a part of me. My soul and my spirit; my insides; are renewed. I can see an action that needs to be taken, or a mind set that needs to be tweeked.

James 1:22-25 (ICB) says this; Do what God’s teaching says; do not just listen and do nothing. When you only sit and listen, you are fooling yourselves. A person who hears God’s teaching and does nothing is like a man looking in a mirror. He sees his face, then goes away and quickly forgets what he looked like. But the truly happy person is the one who carefully studies God’s perfect law that makes people free. He continues to study it. He listens to God’s teaching and does not forget what he heard. Then he obeys what God’s teaching says. When he does this, it makes him happy.

This quiet time, this hearing His voice; it gives me peace, and it carries with me throughout my days.

It makes it so that even the harshest of circumstances can be faced with some sort of calm, peace and joy.