Learning to Live , Again, On Purpose.


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Yesterday was April 1st. You know, April’s Fool Day…a day I was never fond of. On a site I work and surf on had cyberspace games and pranks going; which just made for a bit of “harmless” frustration for some. All in the spirit of harmless fun. Well…still am not fond of it; because seriously frustration is never harmless in the end. It causes stress and for some, most, frustration is not harmless. In fact I wrote an article the other day about Tips on Dealing with Stress in Positive Ways; over on Helium.com.

So my focus yesterday…and today coincide…as they will likely do for a bit. Seeking God, the Kingdom of God is a lifestyle. While I have been seeking, diligently, for the last 9 or 10 years, I can now say it is my lifestyle. It took training and focus, which requires daily attention each day for that focus to remain. I will admit that if there is a morning when my focus is failing I have been sufficiently fed to hold on. However, ahhh we are such weak creations in our own flesh, much more than that and I, personally, begin to feel seperation anxiety. Much like if my husband were away on business, or more likely a Nascar trek.  🙂

I spent the day, yesterday, feeling disjointed, which I believe is commonplace for someone who is in the midst of personal mourning. The disjoint wasn’t directly connected to my losses, well? O’ I don’t know, anyway…

So I set up some new stations of Praise and Worship on Pandora Radio; and my son replaced my ear phones, that he left in a place that the puppy was able to chew them! So I have neat new, pink pair of skull candy ear buds! Now I can block most everything while I praise God! 

Devotions and Praise

As I sit here, trying to wrap this up so that I can get ready to go to God’s house and get some extra work done for an event at the River tomorrow, I realize the focus today is the same as yesterday and the consequential focus of the ladies in my home group, last night.

Abiding in God…
My devotions focused on being God minded inside…my picture above shows clearly the affirmations I got from my prayer book. “Prayers that avail Much” by Germaine Copeland, which one can access in it’s entirety and use on
At our midweek service @ the River; our Pastor Carol taught the 2nd half of her message on What Comes out of Your Mouth; which is right in line with all the other focus’ of this week.
As children of God we are Spirit, learning to live in the world, blessed with souls or minds and bodys.
** I am a Spirit and not of this World. ** ~ a vital realization. Knowing this; we then must understand that the Spirit of God is our guidance, not the advise and entitlements of the world we function in.
**The Spirit of God leads me in all Truth**, regenerating my spirit.
Before Christ ascended to the right hand of Father God he left us Peace and Authority. His Peace not the peace that the world understands. I must walk in these; His peace and authority to be whole. If I can say that I don’t feel well, or I am out of it today then something in me is wrong. I am not operating in the gifts I was left in.
We are a triune creation; as mentioned earlier…Spirit, Mind and Body. If one of these do not feel right we are not in sync with the spirit of God.
The 3 stranded cord is weakening!!! The remedy to return to wholeness; to wellness is returning one’s focus to God. We do this in a variety of ways; feel free to pick your favorite:
The Word of God: God speaks to our spirits clearly via this choice.
Praise God: Music, for me is the most direct path to the presence of Father God…it is my conduit to entering the throne room of God.
Pray: coupled with prayer…try it, and when you get home tell Daddy I’m coming to.
Devotional Time: a very pretty way to say spend some quality time alone with God. Biblical devotions is a good place to set you on the path to the presence of God.
Whatever way you choose, the consistant practice of abiding in the presence of God will begin to set the tone of your day to day. When that tone is set by God his children naturally focus and resonate out that very presence.So I focus on these lately~
* I am a child of God
*I am born of the Spirit of God.
*I am filled with the Spirit of God.
*I am led by the Spirit of God.
** I listen and look to the Spirit of God inside me**
My Prayer~~ Thank you, Father God that You enlighten my understanding. For the wisdom of Your understanding, inside of me and Your love perfected in me. Your Word shall not depart out of my mouth. I meditate there day and night. I make my was prosperous, and I have good success in life; as you reside in me, as I abide in You. I put Your Word, first, filtering all things through it. Amen.
Scripture References:
1 Thess 5:23,24     1 John 4:12
John 16:13            1 John 2:20
Pvbs 20:27            Romans 8:1
1 Cor 2:12            Pvbs 3:5,6
Rmns 8:14,16      Ps 119:105
John 3:6,7           John 14:26
Eph 5:18             Joshua 1:8
Isaiah 48:17      James 1:22
Eph 1:18
Blessings      🙂

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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