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!