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Regaining Strength

I have been absent lately for a couple of reasons.

The one I’m comfortable sharing, is that I spent last week with my husband doing some online classes for the non profit that we operate here in our town.

It was an amazing time of learning, with some really diverse group of folks; all colorful, and wise in their own rights.

The other reason, bothers me to consider.

Just a little.

I enjoy encouraging others, and being someone they can look up to, and to be a soft place to land for those who need it.

So here is the truth; It snuck up on me.

You would think that with all the extra hours, I could do enormous amounts of work.

But, I found myself exhausted in my mind and in my body.

My doctor is helping me with the physical part.

My heart and mind had run amuck, and needed to go back to a different place.

I’ll tell you, it is a place of worship.

Intentionally.

On purpose.

Every day.

I am slowly getting back in touch with my own self.

Regardless of news headlines.

Regardless of what others think of it.

I am as resistant to change as anyone I know, but I must return to keeping my eyes on the Holy Trinity.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

In them alone my thoughts, words and deeds must be centered.

Only then can the joy of the Lord be my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10b)

I want to be able to encourage again.

I want to be able to on the front row when people need a little support.

People need strong arms and hands to help them these days.

I want to be that.

So, I am on my way back.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Matthew 9:36-38 (ESV)

Until next time …

Two Thieves and a Savior

Short and sweet.

While driving today, I was listening to a podcast by Jentezen Franklin.

The entire listen was worth this.

We all want something.

We all need something.

Some times the thing we want isn’t what we need, and vice versa.

And some times the thing we need is right there with us all the time and we are unaware.

Jentezen told three stories, but the one that stuck with me is this one.

There was Jesus on the cross.

On each side of Him was a thief.

The Son of God; surrounded by thieves.

One recognized Him for who He was, and one did not.

Here’s the kicker; they were thieves.

The one on the left, the thief of the past.

The thief on the right, the thief of the future.

Jesus in the middle.

The only thing we need.

My interpretation; don’t hang out in the past, it’s already gone.

Don’t concern yourself with the future, you cannot control it.

Be present.

Be here.

See Jesus for what He is.

Let Him show you how to make the most of today while we still have it.

I’ll be right here, dwelling on this for a while.

Join me?

Story at 33.25

Until next time …

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.