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Quiet Rest

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Thought Conditioner #37

This is a place of quiet rest. Isaiah 28:12, NLT

These few words remind us of a spring of cool water because of their renewing quality. The frequent use of today’s text has an invigorating effect.

Sometimes, after a busy day or even in the midst of exacting activities, stop and say these words over to yourself and note how they dissipate weariness and refresh the body, mind, and spirit.

The best method for using these words is to say them slowly, emphasizing their soft quiet melody. At the same time conceive of peace, rest, and renewal as coming to you.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

Yet another piece of advice I need to take. With little time and space for quiet solitude I need to find it where I can. Often the bathroom works but that’s not even off-limits to a four-year-old. I need to seek my place of quiet rest in the midst of chaos. If Paul can find contentment in a Roman prison filled with sewage, and yes lots of noise, I can surely find quiet in my chaos.

Reflect: Where do you find your quiet rest?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #48

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

With family and close friends I’m definitely a hugger, with strangers not so much.

What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

What isn’t? oh, I could do without anchovies. My favorites are Hawaiian, chicken bacon ranch, and bbq chicken with red onions.

If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select?

While this isn’t my favorite it definitely has worldwide recognition – the Golden Arches. I think my favorite is Coca Cola, it’s so versatile. No matter the words, you still see coke.

Complete this sentence:  Where I can seek my solace is… 

any wilderness area, there can’t be another human within a couple miles. I don’t want to hear you car, music or talking. Unfortunately here in tourist central I don’t get any solace.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I haven’t participated in a few weeks so I’ll go back a few weeks. The weekend before Thanksgiving we, my whole family, were given free tickets to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. None of us have been to any of the Disney parks.  What a blessing. We had so much fun.

After that Kai and I caught horrible colds and today is the first day I’ve been up long enough to do much at all. So I look forward to a week of good health.

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. (Last year for this)

 

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Perfect Peace

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Thought Conditioner #36

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3, NLT

If your mind is filled with defeat thoughts, fear thoughts, resentment thoughts, you are bound to be in a state of mental unrest, even turmoil, and of course there can be no inner peace.

This passage advises you to practice thinking about God, to keep your mind “stayed” or fixed, not upon your troubles but upon God.

Keep your mind on God for as many minutes during the day as possible. This may be difficult at first for you are unused to spiritual concentration. Practice will make it easier.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Any spirit that is not of God is a peace stealer and puts our focus on our problems rather than the Lord. It’s often the “little sin’s” that do us the most harm. They eat away at our soul and spirit. Those soul blockers keep up a wall between us and God and keep us from receiving his help and peace.

It’s hard for the mind to be full of wrong spirits when it’s focused on God. Even if you have to refocus every other second, eventually you will break free and enjoy God’s true peace.

Reflect: Do you have a complaining spirit? A spirit of gossip? A negative spirit? A nit-picky, nagging spirit? These aren’t of God. Pray that the lord will help you. Reject those spirits and embrace the leading of the Holy Spirit.

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Cast your care

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Thought Conditioner #35

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22, NIV

A human mind can stand only so much weight. One mental burden piled upon another, unless relief is obtained, will in due course reach your breaking point and cause serious difficulty. Fortunately, you do not need to carry your burdens without assistance. God will help you carry them.

But how is this done? It is accomplished in the mind. Practice thinking that God is actually with you. Tell Him about your burdens, and believe that He relieves and assists you. Form a picture of yourself as shifting your burdens to Him. He is willing to assume them and is perfectly able to do so. But, and this is most important, don’t half give them. And don’t take them back. Let God handle them. Leave them with Him.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Ah, good words here. “…don’t half give them. And don’t take them back”. Too often, we want to hold a little back for ourselves. We can handle a little “I can do it”, but all that says is “Jesus, you aren’t enough, you need my help”. Again, don’t take them back. We all get impatient. We may think “God, why are you taking your sweet time? I need to help now”. But remember, God’s timing is perfect. Cast your cares – all of them – and trust he will fulfill.

Reflect: Do you at times think, “I can do it.” or “God I’ll do it, You’re too slow”. Pray for forgiveness and rest in his strength.

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Imagine

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Thought Conditioner #34

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9, NLT

Possibly life has become difficult—even dismal. You may not be getting zest or thrill out of living.

The text for today will restore the old delight in life. It tells you that you have never seen, nor heard, nor even imagined all the marvelous, amazingly fascinating things that God will do for those who love Him, trust Him, and put His principles into practice.

As you surrender your life to God, every experience of living will grow increasingly more wonderful.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

It is true, we can’t imagine what God has prepared for us, not in this life or the next. But we still need to prepare to receive it. We must spend time with God, in silence and solitude, mediate on is word, live with a heart of worship and enjoy a conversational relationship with the father.

The more we do these things the more our love for the father will grow. And the more we will be able to handle what more he has for us.

Reflect: How do you prepare your heart for the Father? How does your love grow?

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Thought Conditioner #33

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31, NIV

This beautiful sentence describes the greatest experience that can ever happen to you. It is called spiritual experience. You get it by completely surrendering yourself to God, and experiencing His presence. Then the heavy weights of your life drop away, and you are lifted to eagle-like levels of freedom and power.

But no one can permanently live in such exalted emotional heights. Nevertheless, the power stays with you so that you can move through life with a speed and strength you never had before; you can “run and not be weary.” Then even when you get up against day-by-day situations that used to be difficult and monotonous, this power is so great that it keeps you going without depletion of strength. Spiritual experience begins by lifting you to new high levels, after which it helps you to keep going with continuous power.

 

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

I love this verse and reading this with Peale’s comments has given me much encouragement. So often I do feel weary I realize I’ve forgotten to rely on God’s strength. My day-to-day will not exhaust me so long as I remain on the vine, connected to Jesus, letting him lead the way. I can feel myself breathing easier just reading these words.

Reflect: How does Peale’s spiritual experience transfer to your own life?

Share My World: 2015 Week 43

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

If you were on a debate team, what general subject would you relish debating?

I wouldn’t want to debate anything. I used to enjoy a good debate but I’d rather just go with the flow now.

What’s your strongest sense?

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What would you name the autobiography of your life?

you’ll find it here – Jubilee Journey

List your favorite flavors or types of tea.

Chai

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m so thankful, relieved, elated that I’m finally caught up on my work, haven’t been since July. I’m looking forward to a few free days and taking Kai trick or treating

 

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Do Not Doubt

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Thought Conditioner #32

If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Mark 11:23, NIV

Almost alone this passage can revolutionize your life and change defeat into victory.

What does it tell you? That your “mountain,” that great rock-like obstruction, that tremendous barrier, can be broken down and ousted from your life. You must not doubt “in your heart.” Allow no negative thoughts to exist in your subconscious mind.

Pray that your mountainous difficulty shall be removed and, as you pray, believe that it is being done then and now. Don’t have the hazy idea that “this mountain” may be removed sometime in the future, but believe that God is removing it for you now.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

Whatever the mountain, i.e.: trouble, circumstance, situation, bondage, or personal soul blocker, it can be gone. We must believe it so, not that we have some mystical power but through our unwavering belief that God will do it. He already has. Just wait and as our faith and belief grow so will the removal of our mountains.

Reflect: How is your faith during times of waiting for your mountain to move?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #42

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time? 

Most of my life I prided myself on being fashionably late but after years of listening to Joyce Meyer I learned that being late, especially when someone is waiting on you is self-centered. It was hard to hear that, it hit so close to home. So for the past 15 years or so I’ve tried to be respectful to others and be on time. I also try not to be early, especially if I’m going to someone’s home. I think it’s just as rude to be early, taking away their time to get ready. I know I don’t like people here while I’m getting ready.

I’m not trying to get preachy and I’m in no way passing judgment on anyone, I’ve done all three. I still struggle with tardiness.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

My aim is to write non fiction books. I’ve written a few geography books and working on a few more but I just don’t seem to have time to work in the publishing.

I do love short articles too and that’s usually where I start. Book chapters tend to fall out of those shorter articles.

Where did you live at age ten?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

I lived in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. We lived in two homes. We left the first because my mom became pregnant which exacerbated her muscular dystrophy so we had to move from our two-story home to a one story.

I moved to West Yarmouth two years later than Indiana for college, Dallas TX for work, back to Indiana now I live in Florida. Florida is home, it’s like I’ve lived here all my life.

Would you rather be able to fly or breathe under water?

I hate the sensation of falling, I even avoid elevators, so flying is out. But as much as I love being in the water breathing under water would always be my first choice.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for my family and all the help they gave me these past few weeks. I’m looking forward to a weekend in Tampa. It feels like vacation. I haven’t had one of those in a long time.

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All Made New

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Thought Conditioner #31

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV

Never be discouraged about yourself. You may have tried all your life long to rid yourself of your weaknesses, your obsessions, jealousies, sins, inferiorities, without success. Your failure is probably that you have been trying to make yourself over. That is a long, tedious, and essentially impossible project.

But it can be done in no time at all by Christ. All you need do is to say to Him simply, “Lord, I do not want to be this way anymore,” and mean it. He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself—effect a lasting change in you. Ask Him to change you.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

It’s such a hard thing to believe that we are new creatures. Paul uses the present tense here. Not we will become new creatures. The old things are passed away. We are new. But too often our own disbelief keeps us living like the old creature. Like an addiction, we hang on to the familiar. Christ has made us new. We are new. Embrace the real you and let the outward evidence begin.

Take a few minutes and have a memorial service for the old you. Bury it and forget it.

Reflect: What areas do you have trouble believing you are new?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #41

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What genre of music do you like?

All of it – except – angry wrap. I can usually find a song or two in any genre that I like. My favorites are Christian rock & pop, 80s, classic rock, and middle eastern instrumental.

What is the worst thing you ate this last week?

southwest eggroll filling…didn’t eat it, put it down the disposal

Would you like to be famous?  In what way?

not world wide, maybe within a small niche, as a Christian writer

after reading Cee’s I should make a comment on this. Not necessarily famous but respected and well know. I don’t want my face recognized either.

Complete this sentence:  This sandwich could really use some …

mayo & mustard…these add yumminess to anything

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful I decided to take time off from everything to get work caught up. I look forward to going to Tampa next weekend

 

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In Christ…

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Thought Conditioner #30

For in him we live and move and exist. Acts 17:28, NLT

This text is a formula for maintaining physical, mental, and spiritual energy. The tension and pressure of modern living draws wearily upon our energies. But here we have a renewal method. The text reminds us that God created us and that He can constantly and automatically re-create us. The secret is to maintain contact with God. This channels vitality and energy and constant replenishment into our being.

Every day, preferably about midafternoon when an energy lag usually comes, try repeating this text while visualizing yourself as “plugged” into the spiritual line. Affirm that God’s recreative energy is restoring strength and power to every part of your body, your mind, and your soul.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

Too often I find myself lagging, especially early afternoon, especially when I’m cooking. My batteries aren’t charged. It’s time to take a spiritual rest. Even just five minutes alone in silence with God can restore your mind and body, like plugging into a wall socket.

Next time in the kitchen I’ll turn on some uplifting music and let it recharge my soul.

Reflect: How do you recharge?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #40

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been too?

Portugal
Spain
Canada
I got to see Mexico from across the Rio Grande. I still regret not going.

Is the glass half empty or half full? What type of glass is it and what is in the glass?

Here’s my answer…

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If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

PIZZA

List:  List at least five places worth shopping.

ebay.com
walmart.com
netrition.com
Fry’s Electronics – unfortunately there isn’t one anywhere near here.
Pier 1 Imports
Ikea

as you can see I prefer shopping online

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for family time at Universal & Islands. I hadn’t been in three years so I was able to try the new attractions. I loved the Hogwarts Express. But I have to say my new favorite attraction is Transformers. I don’t know anything about the movie or the characters but the ride was wild, fast & crazy. It was Kai’s favorite too.

Looking forward to some rest this week.

 

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All Things

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Thought Conditioner #29

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13, NLT

This is an antidote for every defeat feeling. If you feel downed by situations, and the going is hard, this statement will remind you that you do not need to depend upon your own strength entirely, but that Christ is with you and is now giving you all the help you need.

Teach yourself to believe that through Christ’s help you can do all things. As you continue this affirmation, you will actually experience Christ’s help. You will find yourself meeting problems with new mental force. You will carry heavy burdens with ease. Your new “lifting” power will amaze you.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

Many times I’ve found myself anxious, stressed and so very tired. But then I look at my life and ask “what of all I’m doing is actually what you’ve told me to do Jesus?” Other times, even though I have so much to do, so much going on and yet I’m still able to accomplish so much with peace and a sense of calm. The difference is that “I can do all things through Christ”. He gives me strength, but to do only what he’s called me to. Many times we step out and try to do everything in our own strength which only leads us to many ills of the mind, body and spirit.

If you’re weary and tired ask the Lord, “is this what you would have me do?” If not cut it out. If yes, surrender to his strength.

Reflect: Do you find yourself caught between what God’s will is and what you think it is? How do you know the difference?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #39

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

Over but no idea why.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

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We went to the Crayola Experience last weekend and got our own crayon. Such a cool place so we bought memberships.

But my real favorite crayon (not available for the crayon above) is seafoam. I love the topics and the color reminds me of light green tropical waters.

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

In general no. I’m the queen of multitasking and I rarely do only one thing at a time. However, when I was traveling I loved to spend hours, actually all day, doing nothing but enjoying the wilderness. Once night came it was back to doing. I don’t like quiet after dark, it’s creepy.

Rather:  Would you accept $5,000 to shave your head or die it bright lime green and continue your normal activities while not explaining the reason for your haircut or color?

I’m not going to cut my hair but I’d dye it any color for almost any amount of money.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m thankful for increased energy and I’m looking forward to visiting Universal studios & Islands of Adventure tomorrow. I haven’t been there in 3 years. I can’t wait to share a butter beer with Kai. No alcohol, it’s cream soda, butterscotch syrup and ice cream.

 

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