Connecting with your Life-source

Connecting with your Life-source

Col 1:18-20 (AMP)

18 He is also the head [the life-source and leader] of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from dead, so that He Himself will occupy the first place [He stand supreme and be preeminent] in everything.

19 For it pleased the Father for all the fullness [of deity—the sum total of His essence, all His perfection, powers, and attributes] to dwell [permanently] in Him (the Son), 20 and through [the intervention of] the Son to reconcile all things to Himself, making peace [with believers] through the blood of His cross; through Him, [I say,] whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Two thoughts I want to leave you with today:

God is the life-source and Christ reconciled all things to himself.

The one cannot transpire without the other. Once we connect with our Life-source, it reconciles us with Him and the things on earth. Reconciliation takes place in your craft, and your life and leaves nothing untouched. But it begins with the first step.

Through meditating, praying and journaling you get closer, more receptive for the Sources promptings.

As creative beings this is vital for our growth.

It opens us to new opportunities and gives us clarity in the most minute things.

The more we connect, the less confusion, jealousy and fears can rob us. It instils a purpose and gives direction. It gives peace and hope, and it lifts you from the obscurity to the heavenliest.

It is then that a well springs forth that breathes life into us. Once we breathe it in, it directs our path, stimulates, and gives us purpose. The moment we break the connection, the well stops to flow. The water becomes bitter and later becomes stale and unusable.

The purpose of connection is to keep the well flowing with fresh water. God/Highest power is the source, you are the receptor and your craft the outlet. The more connection to the more effortless creativeness becomes.

The purpose of a well is to go beyond the confinements and become a living stream which has the potential to become a river. It is up to you to maintain this connection and continually invest in it to get the results.

The purpose of reconciliation is to bring healing in every part of you: body, soul and spirit. It gives you the skills and tools to use. The more you connect, the better the connection.

Connecting with your Source means you invest in yourself. You become a living current and it spills into your everyday life and craft of choice.

Take the scripture to heart and make that connection today, this week, this month and see what will happen this year. May your connection grow and you well spring forth as a bubbling living entity.

Remember: you are born to be a blessing.

 

 

Connecting with your Life-source

Waiting shapes us to become a better version of us.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

We are all waiting for something, waiting in hope and faith for God to arrive in our lives. To make that dream come true. Time ticks by and waiting becomes a curse. You become tired, angry. You feel neglected: God, where are you? Are you listening?

You are doubting yourself during this time waiting for an answer from God, but none comes. You pray for confirmation, but none comes. You ask the leaders to pray with you and the answers you receive are not what you were expecting. You feel foolish. Doubts sets in. When will it happen? Is this waiting from God?

The Good news is:

While you are waiting, God is working. He never does nothing in this period. What you perceive as ignoring God perceives as preparing. Patience is working a good thing in us.

Skills are added while you are waiting. Skills you will need for this dream. Skills that will benefit you.

God crafts chapters while you wait. Chapters of wisdom, insight, self-control, patience, love, knowledge and much more.

You are tested at this time. Like any student who learns something new, they write tests to determine if they understood the subject. When they fail, they have to rewrite it.

Waiting makes little sense for us but for God it does. He sees the bigger picture. He sees, he protects, and he provides in your needs during this time.

Missing out?

You feel you are missing out on life. But He wants us to wait on him, trust in him, follow the promptings, go the extra mile. When a door opens, test it. Even when it is a mistake it is a lesson. Don’t dismiss the lesson. Make the lesson the focus not the hurt. Pain is an emotional experience and will lessen but the lesson will remain. Take the lesson to heart.

God is working—it should become a mantra in your life.

He has heard your prayers.

Faith is when you see nothing. Hope is a tool to use which develops your faith. Cling to it and use it.

Faith is a matter of the heart. Faith keeps you centred. It gives you joy.

Encouragement

Something good is going to happen.

God will come through.

Enjoy your wait. Wait with a good attitude. Enjoy the journey. See the sunlight. Shape your talents. Learn what you can to help you with your dream.

Be grateful. After patience has done its work faith will carry you.

We want the results, but God is interested in the journey.

David had waited 13 years before he could sit on the throne. During that waiting period he had to take care of his father’s sheep. If David did not pass the test in the veld, he would not have become king. God is watching you, when you are ready it will come to pass.

If the situation is not changing, God is changing you. All things are working for your good.

God is working.

Sometimes you see more of the why behind the wait.

Because God is silent does not mean he is ignoring you. That he is neglecting you.

Your dreams will go to you. The key to the dream has your name. Stop looking at other people, comparing yourself to them. You are not other people. The dream, the promotion, the job, it will come. Keep going.

The reason it takes longer is that it is bigger than your thoughts therefore you have to be prepared.

When you feel impatient, go into your waiting room and become quiet.

Don’t be impatient.

Don’t become angry or fearful.

All will work for the good for those who believe.

Waiting shapes you into a better version of yourself. You can only win when you are patient.

Remember:

You are blessed and highly favoured.

Monday Inspiration Proverbs 2: 2-4

Monday Inspiration Proverbs 2: 2-4

A WORD FROM THE WORD
Listen and concentrate … cry out for insight and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. (Proverbs 2:2-4, NLT)
A WORD FOR WRITERS
The 5W’s and H: Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How? These six questions are the basis for research skills and information gathering. They’re used by anyone focused on fact-based writing, including journalists, researchers, law enforcement officials, bloggers, and more.
The six questions entered the mainstream by way of the British writer and journalist Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) as part of his fable, “The Elephant’s Child” (1902). The iconic verse reads,
I keep six honest serving-men (they taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When, and How and Where and Who.

But centuries prior to Kipling, questioning as the information-gathering device was endorsed in God’s Word. In Proverbs 2, King Solomon recommended six ways to gather information

: listen … concentrate … cry out … ask … search … seek. Ironically, while throwing questions at God gets a bad name in Christian circles, He is the One who champions it.

Asking question after question is one of writing’s foundational research skills. And it’s a foundational principle in the Christian life. An insightful writer asks questions to gain information. An insightful man asks questions to gain God’s wisdom.
A WISE WORD
Questions yield valuable information for the writer.
A WORD TO PRAY
Heavenly Father,
You want me to use solid research skills to seek and search and ask. Give me a heart that is eager to learn and insightful questions to ask so I can write with integrity.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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Bible Gateway passage: Proverbs 2:2-4 – New Living Translation
Tune your ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

Rest helps me function well

Rest helps me function well

 

If you deprive any animal of sleep, even for a short period, it will die. There are biological, physiological, psychological, theological and sociological needs for us to rest. In other words, rest is LOGICAL! Scientists used to think that when we slept, the brain shut down. Now we know that when we sleep at night our resting brains are far from idle.
In sleep, our brains go to work consolidating memories, reviewing the events and conversations of the day and looking for creative solutions to the problems we have faced.
Every second of your life you are busy producing antibodies, repairing your-self and adapting. Removing rest damages your ability to remember and learn. You also increase your chances of stroke and heart attack, give yourself a higher chance of getting other illnesses, mess up your skin and even set yourself on a path of weight gain.
When I read information like this, I just want to praise God for how wonderfully He has made us! We are intricately built and fabulously designed. But we have a part to play in order to help ourselves function at our best.
Psalm 127: 2 (NLT) says:
“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.”
· Do you recognize your own life in those verses?
· Is “anxious working” something you struggle with?
Perhaps you need reminding again of the truth that God gives rest to His loved ones.
I think one of the problems we face is that we work hard and then wait for the world to grant us the space to rest. But it never comes. I can promise you something: you are not going to magically find a time where your life slows down. Therefore, you need to deliberately practice rest now. It requires discipline and planning. If you want rest, you will have to prioritize it, diary–date-it and be intentional with it.
Do you recognize your own need for rest?
Do you plan rest into your diary?
Do you ever work on your day off because you feel anxious about completing a task?
Take some time today to pray for intentional times this year when you will rest and recover. Ask God to highlight any problems in your sleep patterns that need addressing.
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The specialist: How a Jack-of-all-trades Writer niches down.

 

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The Specialist: How a Jack-of-All-Trades Writer Niches Down
Thanks to Word Wise tips for this devotional. 
A WORD FROM THE WORD
King Hezekiah and the officials ordered the Levites to praise the LORD with the psalms written by David and by Asaph the seer. (2 Chronicles 29:30, NLT)
A WORD FOR WRITERS
A specialist focuses on writing in a particular niche or two, either in an industry or in a writing genre.
A generalist, on the other hand, writes on multiple topics and in several genres.
One week, the generalist is writing a series of articles on sailing regattas. The next week, the generalist is writing a newsletter for an orthodontist’s office.
While a generalist is rarely bored, she also never becomes proficient in one genre or topic – and she rarely builds a platform.
“Today’s successful writers focus their writing in just one or two areas,” says “America’s copywriter,” Bob Bly, in How to Write and Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit.
Bob earned a degree in chemical engineering and after graduation took a technical writing job at Westinghouse Electric – a good fit that led him into freelance copywriting for tech firms. As more writers entered the field, he specialized further in a particular content writing niche: direct mail that sold subscriptions to technical newsletters.
Plenty of freelance writers start out as generalists simply to gain experience and accumulate clips. Yet few jack-of-all-trades writers can survive as a generalist today beyond the beginnings of a writing career. There’s simply too much information to master about multiple topics and genres.
How can you move from generalist to specialist? If you’re struggling, then take a cue from the Old Testament’s Asaph.
Asaph was a worship leader. He headed up the guild of temple musicians during the reigns of David and Solomon and performed at the dedication of Solomon’s temple (2 Chronicles 5:12). Because of that, you don’t see Asaph’s named attached to the Old Testament’s books of history or prophecy. Instead, he specialized: Asaph wrote worship music. Twelve Psalms bear his name.
Asaph used his existing skills to identify his speciality. That’s a great place to start.
A WISE WORD
Use your existing skills to identify a writing speciality.
A WORD TO PRAY
Gracious Father,
Thank you for the variety of topics and skills available to me as a writer. I want to be a good steward of the gifts you’ve given me. Show me what subjects and genres to pursue further as I specialize.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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