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Archive for May, 2007

Open for Business

I’ve decided to start selling my services as an editorial contractor. My business name is Word Style, and you’ll find a short ad in my side bar. I’ll be performing proofreading, typing, and transcription services. I hope to attract clients in the fields of education, law, public policy, and business, although I’d be happy to help out with pretty much any editorial needs out there. Manuscripts, lectures, articles, papers, and meeting notes are just some of the items that I would love to work on.

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My friend, Kim, posted this entry at her blog, asking about whether balance is a Biblical concept, and particularly where one finds balance between the Holy Spirit (which she interprets as thoughts and feelings) and doctrinal facts. The question and how to answer her was on my mind all night as I slept, and I woke this morning with how to answer her question, at least in part. The following entry is that answer.

First a definition from Scripture of Who the Holy Spirit is and what doctrine is. The Holy Spirit is the Helper (John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”) Doctrine is simply a religious teaching. There can be false doctrine (Matthew 15:9 “But in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men”; Ephesians 4:14 “As a result we are no longer children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine”; 1 Timothy 1:3 “…so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines.”) There is also sound doctrine (Titus 1:9 “holding fast the faithful Word which is in accordance with the teaching, so he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”) So we must make sure that any doctrine that we are following is sound – lines up with what Scripture says. Any feelings or thoughts that we may have must also line up with Scripture (2 Corinthians 10:5 “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”) and if they don’t, then they must be cast away.

There will always be a harmonious balance between Scriptural doctrine and the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit’s job, so to speak, is bringing scripture to remembrance and helping us to apply it to our daily life. There is no question of balance here, as there is an automatic harmony between sound doctrine and the Holy Spirit. So what if you begin to feel one way and your doctrine teaches another? Examine both your fellings and your doctrine in light of Scripture . One (or perhaps both) is wrong. Follow what Scripture says is correct and cast away any feeling or doctrine which does not line up accordingly.

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8 Things Continued

I’ve realized that I don’t read 8 blogs that people know I read. I’m a bad blog commenter. So, I’ll tag the couple who know that I read them and maybe tag a couple more who might suspect that I read them…but I’m not sure I can get 8 tags in.

Anyway, tag…you’re it!

T’Mahk Too
CraftTeaLady
Sarah’s Scraps
Raechel’s Blog
My Life As You Know It
Langhaven’s Latest

Okay, there was six. Consider yourselves tagged and leave me a link, if you can, so I can read your random thoughts.

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8 Random Things About Me

I was tagged by Wardeh at Such Treasures. This is my first time tagged…ooooh. And of course by my sweet friend.

Directions:

Lists 8 random facts/habits about yourself in a blog post. List these directions in the post. At the end of the post, tag 8 people to complete the task. Leave the persons you’ve tagged a comment to tell them they’re tagged and refer them to your blog to read the directions.

8 Random Things About Me

1. I was third in my graduating class in high school. However, I decided to get married and have kids instead of going to school. I later went to junior college and received my associates degree with a 4.0 gpa. I’m very good at school…if only it would translate into life.

2. I am named after my grandma.

3. My husband, the handsome Mr. Nutt, is 21 years older than me and my oldest stepdaughter is only two years younger than me.

4. I danced for eight years at a studio when I was a girl. If I could swing it, I would sign up for a studio now. I danced tap, jazz, and ballet. I loved both ballet and tap. You wouldn’t know I had a sense of rhythm though, if you saw me trying to dance at a wedding reception.

5. When I was thirteen, my little cousin asked me what Easter was all about and I had no idea.

6. My favorite animals are koalas.

7. I’ve never used illegal drugs nor have I ever been drunk.

8. I came to Christ when I was 18, fell away in my early 20’s, and was wooed again by the Holy Spirit when I was about 25.

I’ve got to think about who I’m tagging. Get back to you later.

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I was watching this television program from Joyce Meyer yesterday evening and felt as if a chain had been loosed from me regarding my prayer life. You see, when I pray…deep down and dirty praying, not just a quickie…I write down my prayers as if I’m writing a letter to my Father. A couple of years ago, though, I began to feel jealous of my darling’s prayer life. As he would drive to work each morning (two and a half hours one way) he would spend the time in the car praying. I began to worry about my prayer life and relationship with God, because I can’t seem to keep my mind on my prayers unless I am writing them down or speaking out loud. Because there are usually so many people around me and often what I pray about is sensitive information, I prefer, in general, not to pray out loud. “Why can’t I keep my mind stayed on God for even two sentences, let alone two hours?” I thought to myself. So, I began to try to train my brain to concentrate on prayer and it became a daunting, painful experience. Rather than having communion with God, and hearing from Him, I was constantly in battle for my own attention. It was awful. I soon gave it up, as I felt that there was simply something wrong with me and that God was just going to have to take care of it on His own…I am too weak-willed to deal with it myself. But I also gave up writing down my prayers, except for a few mornings when I had the house to myself because of later-sleeping children and I felt the Holy Spirit calling to me. My journal has a few entries from the past few years…precious few. I still felt that it was wrong to continually train myself to have to write down my prayers. What would I do when I needed to pray the biggies and didn’t have pen and paper handy? So I waited and stalled and put aside my desire for conversation with my Father.

But yesterday afternoon, I went to Joyce Meyer’s site and clicked on the link to this particular episode of her show, “Enjoying Everyday Life.” She is interviewing Becky Tirabassi, an author, speaker and certified life coach. In this interview, Becky reveals that she writes her prayers out, and when I heard that I felt an instant release. It was as if a chain fell from me, and as if the Holy Spirit were saying to me…”See, its okay if you need to write it out. In fact, its the way you were made.” So no longer am I under condemnation about my prayer life…I guess it’s off to Walmart for some more 10 cent notebooks. My Daddy and I have a lot of catching up to do!

P.S. Note the flashing neon danger signals that I should have noticed. I was jealous…I felt guilty…I felt under condemnation…I was worried. Not one of these things is from the God whom I serve – they are all from the enemy. Let this serve as a reminder to me to pay attention to the way I’m feeling and make sure those feelings line up with scripture. If they don’t, they must be cast down and away. 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,”

P.P.S. Check out that link to the show rather quickly, because it will probably be off the website in a couple of days. She only keeps about two weeks of broadcasts on at a time. I think you can download it if you want to listen to it later. Becky Tirabassi’s website is: Change Your Life Daily

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Made My Day

F3 read the story of Deadalus and Icarus to the other children this morning and it came in handy later on today. F4 was having a hard time obeying me about finishing her sandwich before she had some ice cream, and so began the moment of today that made me proud. F3 began to retell the story of D and I, to show F4 how important it is to obey your parents. As she was retelling it, including all the drama she could muster, F1 took over at her pauses. Usually this would cause some arguing as they fought over who should tell the story, but not today. It was as if they were in perfect sync, taking up at each pause and continuing on. As F1 paused, F3 picked up. F4 listened intently, the gears turning in her little brain. As F1 and F3 finished the story, F2 chimed in with, “And that also goes along with the Bible command to honor your father and mother!”

I was in near tears as I listened to my fruits teach their little sister. I feel as if all of my work with them is paying off and that they really will be okay in this world. I thank God for the ability to homeschool them, and I also thank Him for these glimpses into their minds. I feel refreshed and ready to face the world. These guys narrated in high drama an ancient story in an effort to apply it to a modern problem, then drew in a biblical parallel. They are learning how to think! Praise the Lord!

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