Just Write- Day 8 : Say

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When we have coffee next week ,   what do  I want to say to you? What do I want to ask you ?  It’s been so long since  we have connected. There have been massive life changes for both of us. Some very good changes where we can see God’s blessing & provision. Some  were  difficult   & perplexing . We were left feeling abandoned & alone -sometimes by people; many times by God.

I want to say how much I have missed you. I’ve missed your honesty– The way you express  joy & anger with the same intensity.

I know we will spend time catching up on family. I look forward my friend to hearing about your children’s accomplishments- things like graduations  & romances; adventures & misadventures.

I will share about moving, about gains & losses, joys & sorrows, kids & grand kids.  We will throw in a few grand puppy stories.

There will be lots of  ‘dogs have owners & cats have staff’ quips.

I look forward to both  tearslaughter over Chinese food.

It’s never ‘just coffee’ is it?

It is a time to be able to be real. To be able to say how it is for us on the inside.

Here comes the ‘Linda type question’ !

 

How Is Your Relationship With God?

How do you listen?

What is He saying?

I would tell you how Rick Warren’s post Personalize God’s Word to Change Your Life  changed mine last week.

 Here’s How

How do you make God’s Word personal?

Replace

  •  Put your name in the place of pronouns or nouns in Scripture.
  • You’ll  strengthen your faith and encourage yourself.

Re-write

  •  Re-write the verse as if God is talking directly to you.
  • God’s words to you  will bring tears to your eyes.

Respond

  • Ask  Him questions such as
    • If this is real what difference will  it make today?
  • Record His response
  • Write a letter in return

 

My Example

I’ve began this good work of writing in you, Linda.

I will continue to empower & resource you until  it is finally finished on the day that Jesus returns.

Your words, Linda will have  impact long after you have written them.

They are part of the legacy you leave behind.

Just keep trusting that this is Me.

Just keep showing up.

Just keep writing.

Your Turn

I am sure that God who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. (Philippians 1:6)

 

Make It Personal

Replace    –    Rewrite   –  Respond

Record

 

 

 This post is dedicated to my good friend Cindy. You have enriched my life. I can’t wait until Monday.

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9 thoughts on “Just Write- Day 8 : Say

  1. Sounds like a glorious meeting to look forward to! My favorite question with friends who are ready to go beyond the surface stuff (as fun as that is, like you said) is “What is God talking to you about right now?” Man, does The Spirit love to take us to stunning places of grace when we are willing to ask that of ourselves and those we love. Thank you, too, for the reminder about personalizing scripture. I hav gotten out of that habit. It’s time to start again. Blessings to you!

    • I love having friends that I can be real with. It sounds like we ask the same kind of questions. Keep asking those as I call them “Linda Type Questions”. They can be party stoppers or doorways to new life for people. I look forward to connecting with you again soon in this virtual community.

  2. “God who began the good work within Romi, will continue His work until it is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ comes back again.” 🙂

    Blessings to you.
    (A 31 Dayer)

  3. I can barely explain how much your words meant to me! When you said I express Joy and anger with the same intensity, for the first time in my life that was a good thing and not bad……thank you!!! I
    love it!

  4. The priest who is my spiritual director once gave me a penance following confession that was similar to this. He asked me to turn to Psalm 139 and pray that psalm, but wherever the psalmist refers to himself, to insert myself and read it as though it is me saying those words. I didn’t have my Bible with me at that exact moment (it was a spur of the moment, grab my priest and “hey can you hear my confession right now?” kind of things), so once I got home, I took out my Bible and a notebook and decided to write it down the way I was reading it and praying it (with my name and in my voice). It was probably one of the most enriching and beautiful penances I have ever received. Penance is meant to be sort of a tangible “I know I’ve apologized for my sins but I really want to show You how much I love You and give you a gift of my time/prayers/energy to show my love for You.” kind of thing. It’s meant not only as a gift from us to God but also as a way of drawing us ever closer to Him.

    Somewhere, I still have that notebook with my scribbled notes. I remember writing about verse 3 (“You sift through my travels and my rest; with all my ways, you are familiar.”) how astonished I was that God knows how I take my coffee in the morning. It’s one of my ways. He knows that I always let my hair air dry after a shower, that I crack my knuckles, and that when I was a child, I used to separate the yellow and the orange crayons in the crayon box because of a childish thought that they were too chatty with each other. He knows all my idiosyncrasies, quirks, habits, and, as the psalmist says, my ways. He is familiar with each and every one — past, present, and future. I mean, the God of the entire universe is so familiar with me that he knows I would rather drink no coffee than have it without cream and sugar? That is kinda mind blowing, when you really think about it. And He knows ALL of us that way. That’s an even more astounding thing to realize.

    • Thank you so much for your comment. Although not a Catholic I did have a spiritual director for many years. It was the most life giving experience of my life. My mission statement, what I want said about me is ” She knew her God & taught me how to know Him.” My greatest joy is to mentor women in their relationship with God.

      Thank you so much for your words. The ones I like best are He even knows how I like my coffee. I will be checking out your blog. It is so wonderful to have another virtual sister in the Lord. Keep listening! Keep writing! Feel His presence today!