An Outing – Binham and Holt

An Outing – Binham and Holt

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INTRODUCTION

This was an outing arranged by my mother and my aunt which happened yesterday. Binham is a village about ten miles beyond the market town of Fakenham, Holt is a Georgian market town a little beyond Binham (more of this later). Binham is home a to an eponymous blue cheese, and also to the remains of a Benedictine priory (the same order who in the days when they were powerful controlled Ely, where the cathedral still stands). Holt as it is today is almost entirely the product of rebuilding after a huge fire in 1708 reduced the town to ruins, and as such is one the most noteworthy Georgian towns anywhere.

BINHAM PRIORY

Most of this section will be told by means of the photographs I took while at the priory, starting with some which give you some information about it:

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Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
(Philippians 4:8, NKJV)

Switch Over To The Victory Channel
It’s interesting that our mind will naturally gravitate toward the negative. One study showed how positive and negative memories are handled by different parts of the brain. A negative memory takes up more space because there’s more to process. As a result, we will remember the negative more than the positive. For example, a person will remember losing fifty dollars more than they will remember gaining fifty dollars.

Knowing this, we have to be proactive with our thoughts. When negative memories come back to the movie screen of the mind, many people pull up a chair, get some popcorn and watch them all over again. No, the point is that’s not the only channel. There’s another movie playing on a channel that’s filled with your accomplishments and victories.

Instead of staying on that negative channel, switch over to your victory channel. You’re not going to move forward into the new things God has in store if you’re always replaying the negative things that have happened to you. Instead, learn to change the channel. Meditate on victory and move forward in the victory and blessing God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I choose to set my focus on what You’ve done in my life. I choose to change the channel in my mind from defeat to victory. I set my thoughts on Your love and thank You for Your blessing in every area of my life in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

No to Nineveh! By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: http://hourofpower.org/no-to-nineveh/

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.’”

– Jonah 1:1,2

As we continue our discussion of the virtue of courage and how facing our fears ultimately helps us to become less afraid, I don’t think there’s a better character study from the Bible than Jonah. For the next few days, we’re going to look at the story of this oft-misunderstood messenger of God and how we can grow and learn from his decisions and mistakes.

To start off, I want to tell you a little bit about the city of Nineveh that Jonah was called to go and preach against. Far from being your average metropolis, this stronghold was the capital of the Acadian/Assyrian Empire, which was an unbelievably evil kingdom, right up there with the Nazis and Mongols (in fact, maybe even worse). If you can imagine, their empire lasted 2,500 years (to comprehend how long this is, think from the reign of Alexander the Great to today), and not only that, it was a massive — incredibly powerful, incredibly wealthy and incredibly ruthless! To give you an example, they were known to go into a town and not only kill everybody by the sword, but skin them alive. They tortured people, impaled them, and lit them on fire. They didn’t care if it was an old person or a child, they were beyond wicked and they set the standard for nearly every great empire that came after them, whether the Babylonians, the Persians, the Egyptians, or the Romans. Beyond that, Nineveh itself was gargantuan, as ruins discovered 200 years later by the Greek General Xenophon proved. In fact, the General described walls that were higher and thicker than any he had ever seen — 50 feet thick and 150 feet tall, with a parameter of 18 miles! And this was the place the Lord called Jonah to travel to and challenge.

Friend, like Jonah, your divine assignment might not be an easy one. In fact, you may be staring at walls that are so thick and high, they seem impenetrable and indestructible. Whether it’s a ruined relationship in need of restoration, a financial situation that has turned to rubble, a medical diagnosis labeled as “untreatable,” the searing pain of the loss of a loved one, or a move God is asking you to make, it’s easy to say “no” to Nineveh because it looks so daunting. Though the reality of your situation may be steep and you might fear not emerging victoriously, the simple and powerful truth is that the Lord is with you. The One who made Heaven and earth, Who holds kingdoms and peoples in His Hands, has called you by name and given you an assignment to carry out on His behalf. He will never lead you to a place He hasn’t gone before to clear your path, so walk hand-in-hand with Him and your Nineveh will take note. Jesus is bigger than the empire of your problems!

Prayer
Thank you, Jesus, that no Nineveh in my life can separate me from your all-powerful and loving presence.

Reflection
What is your Nineveh? Where is the Lord asking you to go or what is He asking you to do that is daunting? Will you say yes?

Thursday Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

O Mary Immaculate Queen, look down upon this distressed and suffering world. Thou knowest our misery and our weakness. O Thou who art our Mother, saving us in the hour of peril, have compassion on us in these days of great and heavy trial.
Jesus has confided to thee the treasure of His Grace, and through Thee He wills to grant us pardon and mercy. In these hours of anguish, therefore, thy children come to Thee as their hope.
We recognize thy Queenship and ardently desire thy triumph. We need a Mother and a Mother’s Heart. Thou art for us the luminous dawn which dissipates our darkness and points out the way to life. In thy clemency obtain for us the courage and the confidence of which we have such need.
Most Holy and Adorable Trinity, Thou Who didst crown with glory in Heaven the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Savior, grant that all her children on earth may acknowledge her as their Sovereign Queen, that all hearts, homes, and nations may recognize her rights as Mother and as Queen. Amen.

To succeed in your intentions, entrust yourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary always, but especially in moments of difficulty and darkness. – St. John Paul ll

Walking the Path

My Joyous Feature

Walk into a journey into a different conformation of a way of life.

A path can lead up into something a lot more peaceful.

Life can extend that moment straight forward.

Keeping that pure spirit at that highest level of all.

In that perfect feeling of life the path can take you anywhere.

Needing that guidance to carry things over.

Getting into that pure distance.

Taking that moment to feel more positive about it.

Hoping that the path shall feel a lot more like a map.

Empowering that soothing reaction.

Peace shall have that pure encouragements.

A path is hardly a path with lovely features.

Taking you at that place.

Hoping that you’d have made your destination.

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Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
(Matthew 7:24, NIV)
Staying Rock Solid
When we have rock-solid faith, we won’t be moved by what’s happening around us. We have peace in our hearts and minds because our hope is in God. We have an attitude that says, “I’m not moved by this medical report. I respect and honor people who are trying to help me, but I know God can do what medical science cannot do. God made my body.” “I’m not moved by the economy, the stock market or my job situation. I know God supplies all my needs. He promised He would prosper me even in a recession.” “I’m not moved by how my children are acting. I’m not stressed out because they’re off course, making poor choices. I know it’s only a matter of time. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Friend, that’s unshakable faith. That’s building your house on a rock-solid foundation. When the storms of life come, you won’t be moved. How do you stay rock solid? By meditating on the Word of God and following His commands. It’s that simple. Instead of making your circumstances the focus, you make God the focus and stand strong and secure in Him! Today, make spending time with God your number one priority and learn to stay rock solid in Him!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your Word which is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I choose to hide Your Word in my heart. I choose to meditate on Your promises. I know that You are faithful to Your Word and thank You for rock-solid faith as I keep my heart and mind focused on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Reduce Anxiety by Doing Scary Things By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: http://hourofpower.org/reduce-anxiety-by-doing-scary-things/

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

– Isaiah 41:10

Did you know that doing scary things actually makes you less afraid in the long run? Though it seems paradoxical, the reality is that you are hard-wired to face your fears and push through. Yes, you will have some initial angst, but consistently doing the things you are afraid of or that intimidate you will lower your anxiety level over the long haul.

When I was writing my new book Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World, I covered this topic extensively, and interestingly, my publisher wasn’t entirely sure I was correct. They actually asked me for scientific proof of the assertion because it sounds so unorthodox. Thankfully, as I showed them, the truth is that research does validate that doing scary things causes you to be a more serene person overall. On the contrary, when you withdraw from the things that cause you to feel anxious or fearful, you experience temporary relief, but your anxiety as a whole increases.

Friend, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do something scary every day,” and it will help you. If you struggle with worry and you find yourself up at night fretting over small things, shift your paradigm and embrace stretching, adrenaline-inducing activities in your day-to-day life. While the practice will initially be painful, it will ultimately build strength on the inside of you and prepare you for the big trials that inevitably come. Our Savior didn’t shrink back from the challenge of a confrontation, the terror of demons, or the pain of betrayal, and all these things enabled Him to do the ultimate frightening thing — give His life for you and me. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus and let Him fill your heart with courage as you resolve to embrace scary things in your everyday life!

Prayer
I ask for your help, Jesus, as I shift my paradigm and learn to embrace scary things in my everyday life. Fill me with courage by the power of your Holy Spirit.

Reflection
What was the last scary thing you did? How did you feel when you were done? Did it ultimately help you?