So, what’s going on?

Short stories continually capture my heart, as does the urge to write them. Still tinkering.

What may end up happening is the blog, “The Theater of My Mind” will become a forum for experimenting with the short stories in my heart and mind’s eye.

The summer’s in full swing, and one thing that never quits – other than the love of God – is my desire to write and write and teach and teach and write and teach some more.  God put it in me, so it’s staying there.

The website’s doing well – Glory Shield Ministries is growing and glowing; so are all the blogs.

The testimony blogs have pretty much run their course but haven’t completed God’s work. Many readers still access them, so I know why God won’t let me take them down.  I’m immaculately blessed!

The stuff I’m writing flourishes, and ideas are promised to come.  One thing, though…

I’ve started mentoring – mostly online – and it’s all-consuming when it’s going on.  The lives of individuals reaching out and trusting God and asking me for prayerful admonitions and words from the Lord.  Mentoring (it’s really Pastoring), keeps you on your knees, but also on your toes!

I take God’s heart seriously, and I don’t neglect time on my knees asking Him to adjust, cleanse, and purify my own heart… so that I can be of help to Him in helping those He’s assigned to my hands and heart.  In addition to still writing the blogs – and writing in general – it’s a fresh new challenge He says I’m worthy of and I am blessed to undertake.

That’s what going on with me, to date… and I solicit your prayers and bless His Holy Name!

Amen.

SHAMMA 🙂

 

Fun Fount of Blessings

Where to begin? I feel good today; I feel good most every day.  But I also have questions every day; it’s something I can’t help… I don’t believe I’m meant to…

Anyway, it’s raining here and I feel like journaling.  The ministry God has given me has taken off in a new area… the area of “mentoring” (which is really pastoring) those seeking a deeper understanding of God pertaining to intimacy.  That’s a big umbrella, but a beautiful one… an umbrella I joyfully and gratefully stand under as one of God’s most soaked and saturated “students”!

“Follow me as I follow Christ…” (1 Cor. 1:11)

The Daddy’s Girl blog has gotten a lot more serious lately (not that it hasn’t always been serious for the most part) regarding various worldly attitudes the Lord wants me to decry.  Yucky speech, erroneous mindsets and the like have come front-and-center in the past few posts, and I’m glad about it.  There’s a good feeling about standing up for what you know pleases God, and pointing out to others (in love, of course) what does not.  It was lovingly pointed out to me and now it’s my turn to show humble, teaching qualities.

Teachers must be the most humble because they are charged with “instruction”… that whole topic is fodder for the flesh if God’s not in it.  High and mighty, lofty, conceited, puffed-up, brainiac, egomaniacal idiocy is wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up in “teaching” when the flesh is in charge.  YUCK! 😦

Anyway, there are more precious lives to mentor, both online and in person, and I am up for it in Jesus! Things also look different around the house, though I won’t go into it now.  I am grateful for the addition of angels and the augmenting of my assignments in Christ.  I am grateful for staying power and the stick-to-itiveness given to me by God.

Even the fairly new Theater of My Mind blog is changing lives.  I’m an encourager – I have the “gift” of encouragement and I use it readily when I am led to by God.  Only TRUTH encourages, and I adore the changed countenances of those Holy Spirit reaches and touches through me.  I know what it means to be encouraged in the most critical, personal, and crucial ways… ways that make the difference between letting go and holding on.  Ways that let God’s truth shine through to your soul and keep you comforted when everybody thinks that you’ve gone wrong…

Well, life’s not about what everybody thinks. Like I said, today I feel good; God has blessed, is continuing to bless, and I’m glad.

SHAMMA 🙂

More Ways Than One

There are all kinds of ways to relate to people, and I am learning that as God courses me through discipling others.  God tailors His teaching and treatment of our ills to our personality bent… He has to, because so many of us receive Truth differently.

It’s the same Truth – it’s Jesus – but each person perceives and receives Jesus and information in general… differently.  It’s like God relating to Mack in The Shack as a woman because Mack didn’t have a positive relationship with his father.  God will also submit to our perceptions of Him as an “old” and almost “grandfatherly” figure, if that gives Him an inroad to our hearts.  Because once He has a way in, He can process our lives to eventually receive the fullest and most accurate accounting of His being we can handle.

That happened to me.

So lately I’ve been introduced to some more “new ways” of relating to people’s hearts in Jesus – by His definitions and in ways indicative of His “Pastor” heart.  He’s training me and giving me constant affirmations (MUCH needed) as I continue on His way.  People are wonderful (and terrible), and I can see why He loves us so much.  The “terrible” stuff all happens for a reason.  No excuses, but definitely reasons for everything… my stuff included!  That tenders me to human existence in general and even softens my heart towards myself… that’s so necessary.  Forgiveness is not only to be outstretched to others, but we are to bathe ourselves in the same sweet oils we release.  We deserve (and desperately need) it from ourselves upon ourselves, by God’s awesome power.

New things and new ways are being introduced and absorbed, and the adventure continues in Christ’s Name.  I’m enjoying it.

SHAMMA 🙂