What Are You Dwelling On?

I know I have a call in writing. I just don’t know if I’m supposed to write stories, letters, essays, or poetry. As a child, I wrote a lot and I had imaginary friends. Even my small pillows had names and I could easily make up a story about the pillows. My relatives and friends have given me pens as gifts. I had actually forgotten about that but memories came back when my pastor (one day) prophesied that God would use me in my writing. That was when bits and pieces of the past somehow fall into place.  So, I’ve been seeking the Lord to get a direction on what I’m supposed to write although I’m eager to write fiction or just about anything that I’m inspired to write. Honestly, I’ve spent so much time thinking about writing, making plans on writing a book but never actually writing. It’s time to stop dwelling on those thoughts and start writing.

This morning, the devotion that I read led me to Ephesians 4:29. (Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.) I think I’ve finally heard from God what He wants me to write. I should write words that build people according to their needs and words that minister His grace to them. Whether I write letters, poetry, short stories or even books, I will write to (οἰκοδομὴν) encourage and build.

Romans 14:19 King James Version (KJV)

19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Ephesians 5:4 King James Version (KJV)

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

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Celebrate Peace : Christmas

So, what did you do on Christmas Day? I decided to visit my beautician to get my eyebrow embroidery done. I’m afraid I’m not as hardworking in maintaining the eyebrows and definitely not one to use cosmetics to darken my eyebrows. The first time I did eyebrow embroidery was several years ago. It works like […]

“Homesick” for Austria

Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt, Austria

A friend of mine said that I have been permanently infected by the travel bug. I think she may be right. I find myself surfing the internet to get the information on the airfare to those destinations which I hope to visit in the future. I’m almost always planning for trips…estimating the budget I would need but never really taking the leap especially when the trip is costly.

Austria is one of the countries that I’ve longed to visit. I’m not sure if longing is the word to use. Obviously I’ve not been to Austria but for some crazy reason, I feel as if there’s  a huge magnet placed in Austria that’s pulling me there. It’s almost as if I need to get there or I could regret it for the rest of my life. Of course, what better way to remind myself of Austria than the nice wallpaper showing Hallstatt. I suppose I’m just human to long for a sudden windfall of cash. Ah!… So many places to see, so little time, and so little money!

Austria, just you wait,… I will come to you. Soon…

Rehab

So, I finally went to see the orthopaedic regarding my knee. It’s nice to see a familiar face as he’s a friend of my sister. I was so relieved when he said that it couldn’t be osteoarthritis. He explained to me my condition. In layman’s terms, the rigorous exercise must have caused this injury. Plica […]

The Heart

I was reading an article about the human heart at the following website: Top 10 Amazing Facts About Your Heart. Isn’t it amazing that this muscle about the size of a fist can do so much work?

Why do I call it work? Read this excerpt from the above mentioned website. “In under a minute, your heart can pump blood to every cell in your body. And over the course of a day, about 100,000 heart beats shuttle 2,000 gallons of oxygen-rich bloodmany times through about 60,000 miles of branching blood vessels that link together the cells of our organs and body parts.

I marvel at God’s creativity and wisdom. The more I think about it, the more I believe that it has been God’s intention to protect our hearts all along. The structure of the human heart and its location speaks louder than words.  “Located in the middle of the chest behind the breastbone, between the lungs, the heart rests in a moistened chamber called the pericardial cavity which is surrounded by the ribcage. The diaphragm, a tough layer of muscle, lies below. As a result, the heart is well protected.”  (Structure of the Human Heart)

(NKJV) Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

So this brings to mind the other aspect of the human heart, or should I call it the soul – the very essence of our being. (The nut in the shell.) Shouldn’t we protect our hearts too? I like what Michael Hyatt wrote.

He wrote the following. (Three Reasons Why You Must Guard Your Heart)

  1. Because Your Heart Is Extremely Valuable
  2. Because Your Heart Is the Source of Everything You do
  3. Because Your Heart Is Under Constant Attack

Sometimes I think we very often too easily expose our hearts to pain. Sometimes it could be a wrong relationship, or hanging around the wrong group of people that bring us down and kill our dreams and hopes prematurely. Shouldn’t it be about time we really guard our hearts?