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Doing What I Know to Do …


welcome to few words thursday …click the picture to go to the [not so strict] purpose and rules of the ‘fwth’ prompt… ūüôā

today i was intrigued by this Self Reliance prompt.

Honestly I was intrigued more by the Emerson quote:

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.”

I don’t know how to do that. Correction … I am learning¬†how¬†to accomplish this.

 

Worthwhile Day by Jessica Dang

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you
could.‚ÄĚ

What is one thing you can do that would make today worthwhile? What’s
stopping you from getting started right now?

(Author: Jessica Dang)

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what is the #1 thing i can do to make today worthwhile?

This¬†was a very sharp, double-edged question today … Easy and terribly difficult, at the same time, particularly today.

The #1 thing I do that makes any day worthwhile is to respond to my Calling … to respond to my day to day … by¬† writing my LIFE and my HEART in a ministering manner.

That makes my day worth while, in the only true way I know … following the Holy Spirit with my pen {keyboard}, to the heart and spirit of a like-minded person who needs to know what God says about things …

THINGS: meaning our day to day life, as we see in Psalm 138:8

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

Other translations say “the Lord perfects that which concerns me…”

Do you know the purpose God has on your life? Do you know your calling?

FYI: Only you and God know what you’ve been called to do, and no one can take that from you …

That is, except [me] YOU.

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the second half of this prompt is: ¬†“what is stopping you from getting started right now?”

Again … that would be me.

Somewhere in the bible it says that satan steals my blessings … and my #1 blessing in this life is God’s Word.

He gave us His Word so that we might exhibit such in our day to day lives and interactions… so that we might SHARE His Word by the telling and example of it in our lives.

Most times we do this through our individual CALLING.

Then the Word says…

2 Timothy 3:16  (MSG)

14-17But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers‚ÄĒwhy, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk! There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful‚ÄĒshowing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

Today I am doing my best not to be fazed … and to write. So nothing is preventing me from getting started doing¬†what it is that makes this and all days worthy while.

I am writing. I am sharing the Word, and my heart ,in the hope that it reaches like-minded souls and assists them, as the Holy Spirit and my trusted counsel assist me.

It is what I do … and while I may be hesitant this day, due to God’s correction¬†[see the scripture verse in bold]… God has provided me everything I need to complete this task He has given me.

What stops you from using you calling? How do you overcome the mental or emotional block that stops you from doing what would make your day worth while?

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I read a something this morning that really spoke to me on this subject, even before I read todays prompt.

Lysa TerKeurst’s¬†blog today dealt with a very similar subject … in her blog she wrote something like this …

My choice is whether or not to give away the power to control my emotions.

When I react, rather than respond, I give away the power to control [my] self, because of the emotion of the situation.

~ when I react to something,¬†I respond and communicate through my emotions, and I have been taught not to respond while I am in an emotional state….there is a popular slogan that speaks to this emotion thing quite well and ¬†some will recognize¬†it¬†quite well:

don’t think … don’t drink … go to a¬†meeting

In instances like these it is the don’t think¬†that is vital. Drinking is not a concern any longer and I go to meetings frequently to maintain sober mindedness and sober behavior.

When I react I give someone or something else power over me.

Void of Power = Void of [self] Control.

Therein, my friends lies both my problem and my solution.

So today I thank God for the work He is doing in me. It always amazes me that He, our Omnipotent Creator, takes the time to …

Perfect what concerns me … even the writing down of my thoughts.

Simply Amazing Faithfulness!

Blessings Loves ‚ô•


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Be Quiet…Hearing the Lord (FWTh)


Let My Words Be Few Thursday…

Happy Thursday!¬† Here are my Few (hahahaha) Words…

 
Hearing God takes training…
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† In our FAST and FURIOUS lifestyles we rarely take the time to slow down and just QUIET our minds, STILL our bodies…REST IN THE LORD.
 
…then we wonder why we are so stressed, why things don’t work.
 
Do you know God’s voice?
Have you listened for Him..have you WAITED on HIM?
 
Be still and know that I am God…Psalm 46:10
Lean not on your own understanding…Proverbs 3:5-6
 
The consequences of thinking are…worry, reasoning, and anxiety. We know that these can be things that are good¬†or bad…but the world views them as “normal” everyday thing…
 
Not so if we take God at His word according to the scriptures above…
 
In the original Hebrew the word Worry is translated from the word Thought.
Worry means a divided mind, an interest in, a matter of consideration…a concern.
 
To decipher God’s Word properly we also need to know that the words soul and heart often refer to the mind.
 
Leb РHeart in the original Hebrew refers to a concept of the mind.
Psyche – Soul in the original Greek – also refers to the mind.
 
Concern becomes worry…and when we worry we cannot hear…deep worry drowns even our everyday thoughts, not to mention any chance for us to Hear God!
 
To learn to be STILL…to be QUIET…we must filter our thoughts through the Word of God…
To learn to HEAR GOD and properly DISCERN HIS VOICE we need to filter our thoughts through the PROMISES OF GOD.
 
FYI: there are 750 promises from God in the New Testament! …follow the link above!
FYI: the fullness of all of these promises can be found in the gift of Psalm 91; in their entirety.
God speaks to us through THOUGHTS. Our THOUGHTS… this is an issue because there are many voices throughout our lives…
TV…RADIO…INTERNET…PEOPLE…
                                                                          OURSELVES!
 
We must be able to discern God’s voice from all others…
God speaks to us at ALL TIMES.
Always…
GOD, the HOLY SPIRIT speaks to us from within us; where He resides.
He is our INTERCESSOR.
 
INTERCESSION IS A RESCUE MISSION…Romans 8:26
 
We must put OURSELVES ASIDE  to be able to hear God.
 
We must be QUIET…We must be STILL
WE MUST BE WILLING TO LEAN ON GOD’S THOUGHTS…not our own understanding of a thing…
this is where we often miss it and misinterpret whose voice we are hearing…
Often we ask for an answer and decide immediately on the easiest and quickest likely solution. Often this is us and our own reasonings and desires in a circumstance.
On the humorous, or ironic, if you will, side of the coin, God’s answers and solutions are rarely what we would reason or desire. So if it feels good and comes too quickly…consider WAITING ON GOD…
 

Habakkuk 2 in the Amplified bible Рsays it well..

¬†[OH, I know, I have been rash to talk out plainly this way to God!] I will [in my thinking] stand upon my post of observation and station myself on the tower or fortress, and will watch to see what He will say within me and what answer I will make [as His mouthpiece] to the perplexities of my complaint against Him. And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.Habakkuk, seeing where he has missed it,¬†changes how he listens for God…

This change is not an easy task for us…but with a quiet time of praise; maybe in the early¬†morning, when it is easy to be Quiet, more natural a time to be Still…we can make time to listen for God…

…and in time we will be like those found in…

John 10:27-28 (Amp)

The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.

 

Please enjoy this video…a song that helps to quiet the mind in praise…

 Blessings Loves ♥

I pray you hear God’s Voice in your Quiet time today!

I’d like to thank, with all of my heart, our Elder/Pastor John Augustine for the inspiration for this post; from his sermon last night April 27, 2011. Love You Elder John. ¬†‚ô•

 

Please go over to Holly’s Blog and check out her amazing contribution to this weeks Few Words Thursday! And Withoutado…hehe¬†