Posts Tagged ‘God’

Writing and Life: A Persevering Pilgrimage

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“Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem” by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

Jeremiah did not resolve to stick it out for twenty-three years, no matter what; he got up every morning with the sun.  The day was God’s day, not the people’s.  He didn’t get up to face rejection, he got up to meet with God.  He didn’t rise to put up with another round of mockery, he rose to be with his Lord.  That is the secret of his persevering pilgrimage.               Eugene Peterson, Living the Message

Perseverance and Pilgrimage

These two words hold the key to the writing life and the spiritual life.

According to Merriam-Webster, Perseverance  is the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.  Pilgrimage is a journey, especially one to a shrine or a sacred place.

When we begin writing, often we find we cannot stop.  The words in us must find expression or they burn and smolder, causing frustration and sometimes depression.  Same with our spiritual walk. The ideas and stirrings in us toward God must find a way out – an expression of worship.  The result can be connection – or rejection.  That should not be our concern.  Our concern is perseverance .

 But if I say, “I will not mention his word
    

or speak anymore in his name,”


his word is in my heart like a fire,
    

a fire shut up in my bones.


I am weary of holding it in;
    

indeed, I cannot.

Jeremiah 20:9

The result of the perseverance – the striving to express – is continued progress on the journey toward the heart of God. Earthly success is nice and welcomed but we may never see success in our efforts.   We can be encouraged like Jeremiah, that God walks with us on the journey.

 But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; Jeremiah 20:11

What an incredible promise.  Are you persevering today? Please share about your journey.

Betsy and Laurie

Writing Sisters

10 Powerful Quotes on Prayer by Oswald Chambers

English: Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

English: Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Our true character comes out in the way we pray.

2. Prayer imparts the power to walk and not faint.

3. Prayer is the answer to every problem there is.

4. Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer.

5. Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian; not the thing that makes him alive, but the evidence that he is alive.

6. Never say you will pray about a thing; pray about it.

7. God never give us discernment to criticize but to intercede.

8. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message.

9. We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.

10. Prayer does not just fit us for the greater work. Prayer is the greater work.

Love these quotes on prayer.  Do you have other favorites?

Betsy and Laurie

 

How Can We Find Peace?

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But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . peace   Galatians 5:22

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.   John 14: 27

I am trying to find peace today.  As always, there are a lot of things going on in my life.  People I love struggle and are hurt.  There are challenges and decisions.  There is just a lot to do.  Where can I find peace?

When I try to find peace by controlling my circumstances I come up short. It is only when I surrender those circumstances to God that I find peace in the middle of it all. I can surrender that control only when I have the assurance that God is good and that He can be trusted with my challenges. The answer for me lies in time spent with God:

  • Spending time to pray
  • Reading the Bible to understand who God is
  • Remembering His faithfulness to me in the past

This reminds me that He is bigger than my circumstances, He is good and He cares about me.  That’s a relief.

“Christian peace is not the absence of troubles. It is a peace that is unshakeable even in the midst of troubles.”

“If we set our hearts on anything but God, we can lose our peace. But if our greatest love is the unchanging God, then our peace can never be taken from us.”

Tim Keller

God’s peace or my attempts to control?  It is a matter of choice.  I can choose to practice peace.

Today I choose peace.

Dear God, Please send to me the spirit of Your peace.

Then send, dear Lord, the spirit of peace from me to all the world. Amen.

Marianne Williamson

How do you find Peace?

Betsy and Laurie

About Love

About Joy

Do You Want More Joy?

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But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . joy  Galatians 5:22

I want more joy.  I can come to my desk with the spirit of drudgery or the spirit of worship. With worship comes Joy.

“We have forgotten that the call to creativity is a call to worship.” 

Michael Card

Somewhere along the way I learned that work was the opposite of worship. I learned wrong.  When I engage in my work as worship, I can write with joy.  If I am writing with a sense of the wonder and expectation I revel in my work and experience joy:

The joy of creating.

The joy of connecting with God.

The joy of sharing myself with others.

 It helps to come with a sense of expectation to the desk instead of dread.  When I lose myself in the writing I do my best work.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
Rumi

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” 
Marianne Williamson

“when we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus”
Corrie ten Boom

How do you experience joy?  Do you want more?

Betsy and Laurie

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

Can You Write WIth More Love?

The Sound of Silence

 

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Sometimes we just need to stop talking.

Sometimes we need to quiet the buzz of electronic gadgets around us.

Sometimes we need to turn off on the iPod.

Sometimes we need to embrace silence.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.

Mother Teresa

 Then we can hear what me missed in the din of our day.

We hear birds outside.  We hear our own stories coming to mind.  We hear God’s whisper.

Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10

I think I’ll take a walk today.  How about you?  How do you find quiet?

Betsy and Laurie

Writing Sisters

 

10 Great Quotes from Frederick Buechner

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English: Public domain image from Library of Congress http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/van.5a51769 taken by Carl Van Vechten in 1950 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great Inspiration from Frederick Buechner.

1. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.

2. Go where your best prayers take you.

3. God himself does not give answers. He gives himself.

4. Jesus didn’t come to merely speak words that were true, He is the Word that makes us true.

5. To be wise is to be eternally curious.

6. Remember me not for the ill I’ve done but for the good I’ve dreamed.

7. … in the long run, there can be no joy for anybody until there is joy finally for us all.

8. Listen to your life. All moments are key moments.

9. The story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.

10. Faith is stepping out into the unknown with nothing to guide “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief’ is the best any of us can do really, but thank God it is enough.

Do you have other favorites?

Betsy and Laurie

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