A Pen to Paper Moment

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There’s a moment when you have to use pen to paper for anything. Anything that can be related to writing. Using a pen to paper can cherish these thoughts away. Letting everything out no matter what. Putting a twist to brain dump.

A writer can cherish these pen to paper moment. Jotting down things even if they’d carry a notebook anywhere. Taking that moment to utilize so many inspirations all around. Having these ideas flow onto paper.

Sometimes that pen to paper moment can be like answering some questions. You have to utilize your mind and surroundings to do that. It can also be a great way to examine that as ideas to write. Writing with that pen to paper moment feels like solving some clues. You have to write your way out in order to solve it.

Your mind shall open up to so many things. Letting that pen…

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Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life…”
(2 Peter 1:3, NIV)
It is Finished
It’s easy to get stuck in life thinking you’ve reached your limits. But God wouldn’t have given you a dream without giving you the ability to accomplish it. You have everything you need. Many times the problem is that it’s buried inside. It’s hidden treasure. You have gifts and talents that you’ve not tapped into yet. There is potential that is waiting to be released. When God laid out the plan for your life, He deposited in you the skill, the wisdom, the creativity; everything you need to fulfill your destiny. Now here’s the key: it’s not what you have in you that matters; it’s what you get out. If you’re going to reach your highest potential, you have to tap into that hidden treasure. Now the challenge is, “don’t die with the treasure still on the inside.” You have something to offer this world that nobody else can offer. You are unique, one of a kind. You are anointed to be you. Be confident in who God made you to be, knowing that you have what it takes to step into the fullness of your destiny.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. I thank You that You will complete what You’ve started in my life. Today I choose to put my trust in You knowing that a shift is coming. I declare that Your will be done in every area of my life in Jesus’ name! Amen!”

Split-Second Chances By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: http://hourofpower.org/split-second-chances/

“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.”

– Matthew 1:16-18

Yesterday, we talked about taking action and how doing things is a natural part of our lives as believers. Today, I want to offer you a challenge: think about a time when a split-second decision changed the course of your life for the better. Maybe it was asking a girl for her number, saying “yes” to a first date, trying a new church, or accepting a job offer even though it seemed way out of your league. Whatever the case, sometimes taking action when your spirit says “go” is the key to unlocking God’s greatest gifts.

This was certainly the case for me at the start of my relationship with Hannah. Some of you may have heard the story, but I was basically a 19-year-old geek who had a crush on this gorgeous girl who happened to have a boyfriend who was a friend of mine. For years, I wanted to date her, and when the time finally came and she broke up with this guy, I wanted to be the first in line (but believe me, there were many others). By chance, Hannah, her brother, and another friend of his were out visiting California from Oklahoma not too long after the break up. In spending some time with her that week, I sensed chemistry and I knew I wanted to get to know her better. This sparked a thought: what if I could dance with her at her brother’s wedding? (which happened to be taking place in exactly one week in Tulsa, which was over 2,000 miles away). Without thinking, I asked her if she would give me either the first or last dance if I made it out for the special occasion. Assuredly, she replied, “I’ll one up you. If you come to my brother’s wedding, I will give you both.” That was it! I didn’t know how I was going to get there or where I was going to get the money, but I looked at her and said, “I’ll be there!” I’ve often wondered what would have happened if I hadn’t gone to that wedding. Would she have gotten back together with her old boyfriend or started dating someone else? Whatever the case, my decision to say “yes” in that moment totally altered the course of my life… for the good!

Friend, if opportunity knocks on your door today, don’t hesitate to answer its call. When you live and move in Jesus and rely daily on His Spirit, He won’t steer you wrong, and if you do happen to take an incorrect turn, He will straighten it out. Like the disciples, when the Lord calls, follow Him by saying yes to His lead. Don’t take time to talk yourself out of it or try to make sense of it, but act in faith to pursue divine promptings — you never know how they will change the course of your life and the lives of those around you!

Prayer
Thank you, Jesus, for the split-second opportunities you bring my way. May I walk close to you every day so I never miss a life-altering “yes.”

Reflection
When and how did a split-second decision change the course of your life? What did it teach you about taking action?

Thursday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 11.28-30

Jesus said:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.”
St. Gianna Molla

‘But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you’

Cooking Up New Habits

Eclectic Autistic

I’ve been working on building better food and fitness habits before I start grad school in the fall; I figure that it’s easier to build habits like that when I have free time, then I can adjust when time gets tighter. One of these involves learning more about nutrition and starting to cook more so I can eat more whole, unprocessed foods.

Cooking isn’t something I have typically enjoyed doing. For a while I experimented with a meal-kit delivery service, and got fairly comfortable in the kitchen, but I ended up getting tired of their recipes. I find a lot of things about cooking challenging. When I know what I am making, I’m pretty good at planning out efficient ways of getting everything done at roughly the same time, but planning what to make takes some effort. I also find things with many steps (like clean this, chop that, brown…

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Autistic Exhaustion

Autistic Exhaustion

Autism and Expectations

Being autistic brings various challenges and joys with it. I adore my hyper-focus and passions, but I loathe the inevitable misunderstandings and sensory bombardments.

I am a carefully balanced human. I know that things that won’t be stressors to other people will be problematic for me. I know that spending time in a group will be exponentially more difficult than spending time with people one-on-one. I know that I will always have to ‘perform’ to some extent, when I’m communicating with most non-autistic people.

When I am home, with no pressures upon me, I am energised and busy. My whole life is made up of projects of different kinds. I will have various things on the go; spreadsheets, DIY, wine-making, crafting, poetry, prose, gardening, art.

The idea that I am lazy or inactive seems anathema to who I truly am, and yet this was a label that stuck to me…

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Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
…He sends forth [rains], and they overwhelm the land or transform it.”
(Job 12:15, AMPC)
A Flood is Coming
Sometimes on the news, the weatherperson will announce that we’re under a Flash Flood Warning. That means conditions are ripe for possible flooding. Water could get out of its normal boundaries. It could overflow and increase in such a way that drainage and bayous are overwhelmed. Just like that weatherperson, I’m here to announce that you’re under a Flash Flood Warning today. Conditions are just right. You’ve honored God. You’ve been faithful. You’ve passed the test. Now God is saying, “There’s about to be a flood of My goodness, a flood of new opportunity, a flood of healing, a flood of goodness that breaks to where you are overwhelmed with My favor. It’s beyond your expectations. It puts you into overflow.” Today, get ready! Get your expectancy up. Be on the lookout for His goodness because a flood of favor is coming your way. When God opens up the floodgates of His divine power, nothing can stop it!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for flooding me with Your goodness, favor and mercy. I set my heart and mind on You today, and I’m ready to receive every blessing You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”