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Gifts of the Spirit – SEEDS

Post #247

24 October 2020

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Gifts of the Spirit – SEED

Pennsylvania author

Lynda McKinney Lambert

insight into her next full-length book –

Gifts of the Spirit: Stories & Poems

 You can watch a new book developing over the next FOURTEEN MONTHS on this BLOG.

 

Right now,  I am participating in a

50-Day challenge

from

October  18 to December 7, 2020.

Fifty Days of Blessings –

Join the Challenge

TODAY

I planted a seed in the ground and I am going to WATCH

my SEED GROW  and MULTIPLY – over the next 50 days.

Do you understand that if you don’t PLAN  and PLANT YOUR SEED  for a harvest, you will never have one?

For an abundant harvest you must first SOW your SEEDS into the GROUND.  Faith is a Person

What does the Bible tell us about PLANTING seeds and expecting a HARVEST?

Keep reading and you will find out.

Last Sunday (October 18)  I began the FIRST DAY of the  “50 day of blessings challenge ” along with others who are participating through Cornerstone Television.

I expect to see miraculous blessings  in my home, my community, and my country.  Supernatural Blessings – from our Supernatural God.

I read the first chapter of Joshua.  In this chapter  we can see the importance of staying close to God’s word if we want to have success and prosperity. Read it for yourself, and see what you find.

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Joshua 1: 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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This podcast was a high-point of my week.

We were made to live a Supernatural Life –

What is the invisible world? Click here.

We, in America, have so much to celebrate right now.

Let’s get our priorities in order, and lets  move into a new worldview.

Join the Celebration

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When you think of me please stop for a moment to whisper my name in a prayer to our lord, Jesus.

Thank you for your interest in my writings.

Please contact me at any time if you need to speak with me or need to ask me to pray for you.  I am a Prayer Warrior.

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Who is?   Lynda McKinney Lambert

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My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I write spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
  • I create art with brilliant colors &  precious materials – one stitch at a time.

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Gifts of the Spirit – WAR

Post #246

18 October 2020

Gifts of the Spirit – WAR

Pennsylvania author

Lynda McKinney Lambert

insight into her next full-length book –

Gifts of the Spirit: Stories & Poems

 You can watch a new book developing.

 

 

Yesterday, I wrote  my article “Gifts of the Spirit – HOPE .”

Read it here

I discussed my  current writing project.

I am working on my next full-length book,  Gifts of the Spirit: Stories & Poems from now till the end of 2021.

The new book is a companion of my book Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, published in 2017. See it here.

~ My Writing Process ~

I began writing  stories and poems for the new book a couple of years ago.

I always like to start with a plan that gives an order in which to work out the process. I laid out a skeleton or structure for it several times over the past couple of years. I gathered lots of ideas, writings. I divided the book into categories or topics – several times. I try to put everything into a cohesive whole, bring order to the myriad of concepts.

 

Each new version of my draft eventually is altered.

But, not all of it is erased, discarded or moved. No, it is more like a palimpsest manuscript. Layers of words remain as other coatings vanish. Spaces appear, created, holes filled. When one works in layers, some fragments remain, some punctuation altered or deleted, meanings changed, paragraphs removed, and some words, sentences or paragraphs are shifted to new locations. I use the Socratic method as I continually ask questions in the working process. I search under, around, and through the rugged terrain of my verbal landscape.

 

Over my years of writing, I’ve come to an understanding of how I work. I have a process, and it’s messy!

It’s war.

I am going to war, and I know it before I write that first sentence.

 

I step into chaos. I always begin with the disorder in just about everything I do in my creative life.

Nothing magically happens when I am creating – no magic bullets and no writings that plop down on my pages. Writing, for me, is more like an excavation site. I have to dig through layers upon layers to sort, sift, discard, build, destroy, explore, and patch.

 

My process is physical, a painful boxing match. I am a warrior woman going into battle.

 

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Lynda McKinney Lambert – Author/Artist

Your comments and questions are most welcome.

Most of all, I need your prayers  over the next year.

When you think of me please stop for a moment to whisper my name in a prayer to our lord, Jesus.

Thank you for your interest in what I do.

Please contact me at any time if you need to speak with me or need to ask me to pray for you.  I am a Prayer Warrior.

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Who is?   Lynda McKinney Lambert

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My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I write spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
  • I create art with brilliant colors &  precious materials – one stitch at a time.

 

 

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Book Review – Christ Crush: Poems & A Story

 Post #231

July 25, 2020

Saturday is for SHARING

A Book Review

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

 

Christ Crush: Poems & a Story

By Shelley J. Alongi

Find this book on AMAZON

Paperback $6.50

Kindle –$2.99 or Free with Unlimited

Book Design:

Size: 9 ½ x 7 ½ inches

Front Cover:

bold and memorable

There is a large pink flower in full bloom in the center. The tips of the flower touch the right and left side of the cover—it stans alone on a dark marble background of black and deep brown.

BACK COVER

features a photo of the author playing the piano, and the turquoise colored text is on a light pink background. Information about the author is on the back cover.

Book Details:

This book is more abundant than expected for a short collection of poems, which was a pleasant surprise. Shelley dedicated her book “To Christ, my crush.”

The most unusual discovery that I quickly saw is that the book does not have page numbers. There is a chronological list of 10 writings in the “Contents” beneath the Dedication. No page numbers are listed.  This is unusual but the lack of page numbers really gives a sense of timelessness and space, which I liked.

The first poem of this collection asks, “Who are you?” The poem is a listing of attributes and a variety of circumstances in the life of Christ.

In the long poem, “Creator of Time,” we are taken step by step on a journey not only of Christ’s life but also into Shelley’s life of redemption and anticipation of the future with Christ. The poem explores the many nuances of time.

In the poem, “Christ Crush,” we have an intimate view of the relationship she has with Christ.

No place to lay your head,

Birds have nests,

Lay your head here,

In my heart…

I am content,

where you are,

You are with me.”

In Resurrectionthe poet is standing as a witness at the empty tomb of Jesus. She listens as Mary Magdalene does not recognize Jesus as he walked up to ask,

“Why are you weeping?”

This is a stunning moment. I felt like I stood there, too, exploring my own emotions. Mary’s eyes were opened. She saw Jesus indeed rose from the grave and standing in our presence.

Through Shelley Alongi’s poems, we are taken on an intensely intimate journey through her reflections and personal responses to the ancient texts. Shelley  tells the significant details  so that we are there with her as she goes through the historic and world-changing stories.

I highly recommend this little book of enormous poems and a story. I think that each piece in the book could be used as a daily devotion, thus, reading through the book slowly and savoring the experience. I wanted to stop and ponder the experiences in each poem.

She explores other memorable references: the heavens, the Brightest Star, betrayal, pain, forgiveness, death, Resurrection, history, and redemption.

The selections of poems end like a victory dance with God, as he says to Jesus,

“You’ve got this!”

After the poems, there is the story “The Tree.”

I will leave this remarkable story a mystery. You will have to read it yourself and see what you discover.

My recommendation is to buy several copies of this little book, and give them to friends or family members for a birthday or holiday gift.  The beauty of the book’s cover make it particularly appealing for gifting.  And, the poems and story  are excellent.  You do not have to be a poetry expert to appreciate and enjoy this book.  It’s a good read!

 

Visit a previous Saturday is for Sharing story about Shelley Alongi and her 4 published books – from 2018.   I recommend her books to you – you will be very pleased with any of them.

 

Tell me what you think about this book!

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Gifts of the Spirit Blog, by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

 Lynda is the author of 4 books:

* Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage Buy it!

Lynda’s first collection of stories, poems, and journal reflections. Kota Press, January 1, 2003.

* Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems Buy it!

Lynda’s 2nd book.  Publication DLD Books, 2017.

*Star Signs: New & Selected Poems     See it here!

54 poems 145 pages.  DLD Books, 2019.

AND… her FIRST CHAPBOOK

first snow   Check it out!

Poems with a Wintry Theme.  Published by Finishing Line Press, January 2020.

 

 

Thank you for visiting today.

Miss Opal and Lynda McKinney Lambert

Contact Miss Opal and Lynda at:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Your COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, and SUGGESTIONS are always welcome.

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About Your JOB Description

  Post #212
31 August 2019

Do you know what your J O B in life is?

ONLY YOU CAN Do It!

 

 

Below:  Photos of Lynda at work in her fiber art studio.

Top Photo shows a collection of beads she will be using to create a talisman.

 

 

Bottom Photo: Lynda at work using her Acrobat CCTV.  

Lynda, at work on a fiber art project. She uses an Acrobat CCTV, which magnifies the tiny beads and stitches for her on a closed circuit television screen. Lynda is visually impaired and uses a variety of technologies for the blind to do her intricate work in art and writing.

 

 

 

Your JOB DESCRIPTION is CUSTOM MADE  for YOU!

Have you contemplated what God has for YOU to do in this world?

I received this note yesterday from a dear friend 

who has always inspired me to be the best “ME” that I can be.

Let this be a reminder, Lynda, that our job is to do our job and outcomes are up to God.   Someday you will be amazed when you find out how many people you have inspired.

~Dr. Ann Paton, E-mail message, August 30, 2019.

As an Artist and Writer, I have a very clear JOB DESCRIPTION.
I preserve MEMORIES and I celebrate BEAUTY.
This is MY JOB DESCRIPTION.

“Do the WORK.

And, Keep on DOING THE WORK.”

That’s it!

God takes it from there – my WORK is COMPLETE when I have shared it and only GOD knows WHO will benefit from it.

The PEOPLE my work will reach and what they will receive from it – is not my  JOB.

This article is written and shared by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

See all of my books right here!

My newest book is   Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, KDP, 2019.

Lots more about Lynda’s books – click here!

 

Lynda’s  SMART TIP:

The holidays are not-so-far-away.

Perhaps you would like to purchase a few copies of my books,  for gifting  this year.  Several people have contacted me and want me to sign the books they will be gifting and I can do that for you – just let me know how many you want and send me a list of the names you want put into the book.

My interview with  the amazing author, A. L. butcher,  was published on her blog.  I think you’ll know more about me after you read this interview.

I appreciate the opportunity of sharing my life with friends and supporters.

Thank you, A.J. Butcher,  for this feature article.  I really enjoyed doing it with you.

A Day in the Life of… Lynda McKinney Lambert: 

Read it Here!


Lynda
MFA, West Virginia University
BFA and MA from Slippery Rock University of PA

Lynda  was professor of fine arts and humanities at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA until her retirement in 2008. Since that time,

Lynda  writes and makes her mixed media fiber art full-time from See it here!

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Lynda authored 3 published books:

*** Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, KDP, 2019.

*** Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems,  CreateSpace, 2017.

*** Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage,  2003, Kota Press.  See it Here!

 

 

For signed copies of Lynda’s books, inquire here:

E-mail: riverwoman@zoominternet.net

 Visit Lynda’s Blogs:

SCAN-a-BLOG:  See it Here!

Walking by Inner Vision:  Read it Here!

 

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Friday Favs – Someone Left the Gate Open!

 

 

Article #144

Friday Favs

 

My THEME for TODAY

“Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open”

 

I tucked this thought into my

PONDER FILE

 

 

 

I love OPEN GATES, don’t you?

Along with this thought, I will remember to

STAY IN MY OWN LANE.

That means I will keep my focus on my own unique creative activities and not look at another person to follow or imitate.

There is only ONE of ME.

It is so easy to let other people try to put their stamp on me or allow anyone to influence me to turn my intentions into another direction that is not mine.

For 2018, I adopted the word, ABIDE, as my ONE WORD for the year. This is something I do each January 1st – when others are making New Year’s Resolutions or Setting a Yearly Goal.

I no longer do this. Instead, I set my INTENTION for the year by selecting ONE WORD to LIVE BY.

During the past twelve months, I’ve kept the image of me, ABIDING, on the front burner of my thoughts.

 

We EACH have a PLAN for LIFE that is ours alone. It is OUR PERSONAL LANE.

Remember this:

NEVER glance over your shoulder into another person’s lane.

Your PLAN IS not their PLAN.

 

Never envy another person’s achievements.

Instead, applaud them and cheer them on.

 

You have your OWN plan – UNIQUE to only YOU.

Did you know this?

Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)

 

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.

By now, you may be asking:

“How do I implement my unique plan”

First:

Accept the fact that there really is an individual, Divine, plan for your life. And it is a GOOD ONE!

Second:

Resolve to discover this plan and walk in it. No one else can know what your gifts are, except you. Remember, you are going to walk in your own lane, not in anyone else’s idea of what your lane might be. Others will try to fashion you into their vision of who you are. Don’t fall for that. You are far more than anything another person can dream up for you.

Third:

Become the person you truly are. This is when you decide to make your own changes according to who you know inside that you are. There is a sill, small voice that directs us and if we are quiet and seek that voice, we find it.

Fourth:

Think about the gifts you already have. Begin to use those God-given gifts that are yours.

Finally:

You will arrive at the place where you shine. The real you comes out for all to see. It is not a copy of anyone else. God is not in the cloning business.

You surely will…

Live EACH DAY LIKE SOMEONE LEFT THE GATE OPEN.

Because

Someone did!

 

John 10:10

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.

~Jesus

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SCAN: A Quiet Place of Inspiration

 Friday Favs is a Special Feature on the SCAN BLOG

This is where I

RANDOMLY post articles

about people, books, articles, blogs, re-blogs,  & places.

Enjoy some FRIDAY FAVS as published by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Lynda owns  SCAN and all articles are copyright.

You can re-blog or share on Social Media but please include the entire article with copyright information and authors note at the end.

 

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Stewardship

Stewardship – Take a Time Out

 

The inner life of a Christian  has to be different.

We don’t walk to the same drummer as many other people.  We need to recognize this and HONOR it.

A  gift  was given to us by our Creator. And, with every gift we are given we see a glimmer of how another person sees us.  With the  gifts we receive, we have insight into who we are. Each gift brings with it a responsibility to be recognized and honored.

Guard your time for it is precious. Set time apart to be alone in solitude. For in being alone and set apart, we can listen to the voice of God and know our purpose.

Busy-ness is not to be desired.

“Crazy Busy” is just that – CRAZY!

“BUSY” is not a virtue.

When is the last time you were still and quiet?  Perhaps you need to be a good steward of your time? Take some “time out” to allow the Holy Spirit to communicate with you and guide your day.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Ps

Psalm 46:1

Article and Photography by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright, June10, 2017. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

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Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage (Kota Press), 2002.

   

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017 

Lynda is a Peer Adviser  and writes articles on sight loss and blindness for  Vision Aware Blog

CONTACT ME: riverwoman@zoominternet.net

 Author – Blogger – Visual Artist

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The Dreaming Prayer

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The Dreaming Prayer

by Lynda McKinney Lambert, 2016

 

Are you at a place in life where you are thinking, “Now what?”

Do you feel like you have reached a dead end?

Maybe nothing really works out for you?

Or, maybe you just have no idea that life can be different than what your life is right now?

Feeling hopeless or unloved?

It does not feel good, does it?  It is not where you wanted to be right now, I understand that so well.

Please be patient, my friend.

LEARNING  is a life-long journey.

Where are YOU GOING?  What will you GET? You can make the changes now to make your life  different than what it is today. I have done this. I promise you it will change forever and for the BEST.

You CAN ASK GOD to guide you and give you the insight you need, day by day.

 

What do we want more than anything else in your life?

PUT YOUR DESIRE into WORDS!

Are you facing a more mountain that is too high to even  think you can scale?  

Are you in a treacherous place where you would not choose to be standing?

Have you experienced  loss or failure?

Maybe it is time to make some adjustments in your life.

Do you need some divine help and guidance from God? 

Let me recommend something that changed my own life many years ago.

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The Dreaming Prayer

 

 

 

 

First introduced by Catherine Marshall, in her 1961 book,

Beyond Ourselves

Read: Chapter 11 – “Dreams Come True.”

Catherine’s mother taught her about the Dreaming Prayer.  You see, we are really on a pilgrimage all through our life. But, we don’t know that. Someone has to help us understand it sometimes. Catherine helped me to learn The Dreaming Prayer one day in the 1970s as I read her book.

We have a DIVINE PURPOSE in our life.  We have an “inner voice” that speaks to us but we have to be quiet enough to begin to listen for it. That “still, small voice” is the voice of your CREATOR. He is speaking through the Holy Spirit, directly to YOU. But you have to be quiet and begin to listen to hear it.

The Dreaming Prayer is a prayer of helplessness. We are asking God to help us and to set our feet on the best path of his plan for us. But, best of all, the prayer will open the windows of heave for us and it is nothing but the BEST POSSIBLE life we can imagine.

Ask God to guide you in your prayer.

We need help!  We need to REGROUP.

The Dreaming Prayer will do that for you!

 

This prayer is about YOU! What is it that is deep inside your spirit that is longing to have a presence in your life? Speak it out loud to God right now as it comes to your mind.

You may ask – What if this prayer is not right for me?

 

TEST the prayer!

  1.  Does it fit  with the scriptures in the bible?  God would never ask you to do anything that is not affirmed by His Word! Seek his guidance through his word. Spend time reading the scriptures and listen for God’s voice to guide you as you are meditating on his word. He will do that for you. He will speak directly to your heart and you will know his presence in your life at those moments.
  2. Does it benefit  or edify other Christians? God will never ask you to do anything that would harm the body of Christ (other believers).  Does it lift up others as well as yourself?  Your life purpose will be a benefit to yourself as well as to those who are around you.
  3. Expect to have some closed doors. This is often God’s way of directing you to his higher purpose for your life. DO NOT KICK DOWN DOORS!  That door has been closed as  a providential circumstance in your life – Use your common sense and not your emotions.  Stay CALM when you come upon a closed door. Doo NOT panic! It will be for the good that you would not have been able to encounter if you had walked through an open door that was not right for you.
  4. Be sure what you are asking for is not for God to take anything from another person to give to you!  Never covet what another person has and never ask God to take away something from another person to fulfill your prayer. What God has for YOU will be just for YOU – a new thing that he has planned for your life that is yours alone

Go ahead, find our for yourself. Go beyond yourself. You will be so glad you took the plunge and prayed The Dreaming Prayer.

 

Note: Photos on this page are by Lynda McKinney Lambert.  They were taken in Austria on her summer teaching trips each year. Lynda says, ‘My Dreaming Prayer (my heart’s desire)  was to spend every summer in Europe.  God opened all the doors for me to live my prayer. I was able to spend my summers in Austria and visit other European countries  for many years.  I took students with me each year as I taught the course – Drawing and Writing in Salzburg.  The Dreaming Prayer has been at the center of my life since I first read about it in the 1970s.”

 

To find the book, Beyond Ourselves, click here: Beyond Ourselves by Catherint Marshall

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Lynda’s 2 blogs:

“Walking by Inner Vision” Link:  Walking by Inner Vision Blog
“SCANdalous – Recollections” Link:  SCANdalous – Recollections Blog
Contact Lynda:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net
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Lynda’s Bio

Lynda McKinney Lambert is the author of “Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage” published by  Kota Press. To order this book, click here:  Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
Lynda  authors two blogs on writing, the humanities, arts, and faith.
She is a freelance writer and her poetry and essays appear in numerous books and literary journals.  She is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities and she exhibits her fiber arts in exhibitions worldwide.
Currently, Lynda  has two books in development for publication in 2016.
Contact me:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net
If you would like a signed copy of my book, contact me for information.
Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.
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One Word – EXTRAORDINARY!

For 2015,  I adopted ONE WORD

for the entire year –

EXUBERANCE

I chose to live my life in a new direction at the beginning of 2015.  I prayed for guidance and this is the word that immediately came to me.

I wanted a life that was alive with God’s promises and I wanted to know I was no longer going to be a person who sets goals or makes resolutions. or set my own life-path.

Instead, I turned my thoughts to be a person of INTENTION and EXUBERANCE. I found this new path to be one of kindness to myself, a much more  God-directed, personal life of intention. This is not a life that is focused on meeting goals and crossing off the completed ones, but instead a  sought a life of waiting on God’s leading in all I do. It is a spiritual life, not a secular life of striving, resistance  and self-serving achievements.

When I hear people say they are “setting goals and intentions” then I know they have no clue what an INTENTION really is. In no way is an INTENTION a GOAL.  A goal is self-driven striving, and an intention is leaving everything in God’s hands and waiting on HIM. It is a spiritual way of life.

I have read “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success,” by Deepak Chopra several times, and he outlines seven spiritual steps to a life of exuberance and it is extraordinary.

 

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The  “law of least effort.”

I embrace that wisdom.

Instead of doing “more”

or putting forth “more effort”

we  “do less” and not force anything and put forth no  resistance.

 

 

 As you can see, this is in no way the mindset of a person who is a goal setter or one who sets New Year’s resolutions.

 

God opened up doors for me in 2015 that were beyond my wildest dreams!

 

He actually gave me an entirely  new way of life, living in EXUBERANCE and with INTENTION.  Along with the new life, He gave me a new career in WRITING.

 

I write 2 blogs.  Occasionally, I feature  guest bloggers so that I can provide a platform for them to share their thoughts, too.  Both blogs had tremendous growth last year and I have a nice group of interesting people scheduled for this year, too. It’s so exciting to present their ideas and achievements on the blogs.

In addition, I was blessed to have my stories, articles and poems published in a number of venues – all new to me! It’s  such a wonderful experience to meet the editors and publishers and work with them. I love it!

For 2016, my ONE WORD is EXTRAORDINARY!

Here is the GOOGLE DICTIONARY explanation of

EXTRAORDINARY:

 

ex·traor·di·nar·y

ikˈstrôrd(ə)nˌerē,ˌekstrəˈôrdnˌerē/
adjective

remarkable; exceptional; amazing; astonishing; astounding; sensational; stunning; incredible; unbelievable; phenomenal; striking; outstanding; momentous; impressive; singular; memorable; unforgettable; unique; noteworthy; out of the ordinary; unusual; uncommon; rare; surprising; informal/fantastic; terrific; tremendous; stupendous; awesome; literary/wondrous;

“an extraordinary coincidence”

 

Photo15_Lynda_Feather in HandMy prayer:

Jesus, I am releasing my intentions today – the  innermost longings of my spirit.  Like a fragile feather,  I am carried  on the currents of a summer breeze.  I release myself to you, like  this  beautiful feather I found in the woods on a summer afternoon.

I release my intentions  to be carried  on the  life-giving breath of your EXTRAORDINARY Divine calling on my life. Amen.

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Copyright 2016. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

 

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Lynda’s 2 blogs:

“Walking by Inner Vision” Link:  Walking by Inner Vision Blog
“SCANdalous – Recollections” Link:  SCANdalous – Recollections Blog
Contact Lynda:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net
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Lynda’s Bio

Lynda McKinney Lambert is the author of “Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage” published by  Kota Press. She authors two blogs on writing, the humanities, arts, and faith.  She is a freelance writer and her poetry and essays appear in numerous books and literary journals.  She is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities and she exhibits her fiber arts in exhibitions worldwide.
 Currently, she has two books in development for publication in 2016.
Contact me:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net
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Symbols of Advwent – The Candle of Joy

Symbols of Advent

Part 3- Week 3

The Candle of Joy

Also known as  the Shepherd Candle

 by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

GET READY!

LIGHT the 3rd  candle of ADVENT

A miraculous world-changing event will take place.

For a Christmas delight, click on the link below to listen to a Christmas song.  JOY  to you today.

 

Listen to _While Shepherds Watched Their Flock by Night”

Kings Choir performance

One thing I know for sure is this:

God comes us  in ordinary and everyday events.

 

We can be visited in unexpected times and in unique ways.  I have experiences visitations and deliverance many times in my seventy-two years of life. I bet you have, too! Pay attention to how God comes to YOU in the mundane activities of your life.

Begin to have a consciousness of God’s presence in the ordinary!

For the birth of Jesus, historical documents and texts show that  God prepared this event in advance.  We saw that preparation in last weeks Symbol of Advent – the Candle of Preparation.  Week 2 _Candle of Preparation

 

For Week 3 of Advent, we see that  sent ANGELS  to make an announcement to  LOCAL SHEPHERDS as they were working at night in the fields near Bethlehem.   Just another silent night in the fields!  An ORDINARY night, so they believed.  But then, the MIRACULOUS came to visit them. It would become a night that the  entire world would remember. Even now, over 2,000 years after the event people all over the world stop to remember it.

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A miraculous visitation of ANGELS, sent from the Divine, happened without warning.  The humble shepherds  were summoned to leave their fields.   The destination of their God-directed trip was a stable in Bethlehem  where the shepherds would see a newborn baby.

My extensive background in art and art history leads me to look for a connecting thread from one event in history to another. Historical context is what I seek to understand contemporary events and life in the 21st Century.

 

The one thread connecting every character in this ADVENT story is that each person was required to make an unexpected, unplanned, trip from one place to another.  Every single one!

I feel the  underlying loneliness that underlies  this miraculous story – everyone had to give up something that was familiar  and travel to an unfamiliar place to do unfamiliar things, with unfamiliar people.

Travel – Journey – Go – Trip – Excursion – Passage – Flight

 

Mary and Joseph had to leave their home at a time when no pregnant woman would choose to be going anywhere on a trip – especially by foot and by donkey. Yet, the trip was mandated by the LAW  and they had no choice but to go.

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When I was nineteen, I gave birth to my first child.  Eighteen months later, the second daughter was born. At age twenty-five, our third daughter was born. For all of those births, I was living in a comfortable home with my husband.  I had a local doctor, and when the time came, he delivered our daughters in our local hospital just 2 miles from our home. And, I remember how frightening it was – every time – when the pains of labor were intense enough that I was bent over double, unable to even stand up straight and I knew it was time to leave for the hospital and give birth.

OH, how did young Mary bear the long days of rugged travels when her body was heavy with her baby boy?

How did Mary  straddle the back of a donkey and ride those many miles with her bones and her muscles aching and cramping?

How did Joseph bear it to see her pain during the long journey to Bethlehem?

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Dear Mary,

Oh, Mary! As a mother living in the comfort of my own time in history, my  heart is sad when I remember  that you did not even have a warm bed or the comfort of your family  that night in a barn, in a city that had no room for you. You must have been so frightened – your first birth, your unfamiliar circumstances, your willingness to be obedient to the visitation you had from the Divine.

Mary, you knew you were carrying God in your womb, but how you must have wondered “why” you had to be so far from h home, so lonely, and in such a strange  place as a barn that night.

Mary, when I need strength to meet the demands of my ordinary life, I remember you.  Your courage, your love, and your obedience to God are more than enough to bring me through in victory from very inconvenience, every strange journey, every lonely day, and night.  Mary, I hold  you in my heart today as I write this letter to you, across the centuries.

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I know that in art through the ages, in songs, and now, in contemporary depictions of the Nativity, we see Angels, the Holy Family, Shepherds, and Three Kings all there together with the animals. Yet, when I read the ancient scriptures that record this event, what we see in the depictions of it are not at all accurate.

The nostalgic Christmas card scene has been pieced together over the years into a fantasy world that never existed in that way.  The centuries of lore have put together a very odd mixture of Christian history mingled with pagan practices, ideas, superstitions, and myths.  And, then add to this mixture, the cultural and racial confusion that exists to add to the fantasy.

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One evening in October 1997, I heard Him whisper to me, “Come away, my beloved!” I turned, and walked towards Him, and as I walked, I remembered the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “When Christ calls a man (woman); he bids him (her) to come and die.”  Like one of the shepherd’s in the fields near Bethlehem, I too became a shepherd who came to see, the infant who would one day be known as “The Good Shepherd.”

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There were only a very few worshippers around the manger in Bethlehem – just a handful of shepherds.  Oh, yes, the Three Kings were on the way, most likely, but it would be quite a long time before they traveled the distance and bowed before the little boy.

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Luke 2:7

“[Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

A lonely birth. There were no midwives, no assistance to Mary at all. The Bible doesn’t even mention that Joseph was present. Perhaps he was, but if he was typical of first-time fathers, he would have been of little help to Mary. She was basically on her own.

 


Unlikely Testimony

Luke 2:8-20 describes the experience of the shepherds when Jesus was born. Think about that for a moment. Out of the whole of Jerusalem society, God picked a band of shepherds to hear the news of Jesus’ birth. That’s intriguing because shepherds were among the lowest and most despised social groups.

The very nature of shepherds’ work kept them from entering into the mainstream of Israel’s society. They couldn’t maintain the ceremonial washings and observe all the religious festivals and feasts, yet these shepherds, just a few miles from Jerusalem, were undoubtedly caring for sheep that someday would be used as sacrifices in the temple. How fitting it is that they were the first to know of the Lamb of God!

More significant, they came to see Him the night he was born. No one else did. Though the shepherds went back and told everyone what they had seen and heard, and though “all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds” (v. 18), not one other person came to see firsthand.

We are left to wonder when we search the historical, scripture accounts – about the shepherds.  We don’t   how they knew where to go. I imagine they just came into Bethlehem and began walking about, asking, “Do you know where a baby has been born tonight?” The important thing for us to know is that they came!  They came because angels had visited them while they were taking care of their flocks at night. They had a visit from God, and they left their fields and followed the direction of the angels to go find the baby.  The shepherds became that night, the first Christian evangelists. They went out from the manger, and they told others what they had found.

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Well, now that I have talked my way through the meaning of the shepherds, I can better understand Psalm 28. (NIV) and, here is where I find the connection between “joy” and the journey of the shepherds. I wish you a joyous journey to the Christ Child tonight, too.

 

 My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.

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As you complete this essay, you will LOVE the music and video I have placed here for you today – Check here!

 Come, Let us adore him, Christ the Lord

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Link to Week 1 – The Candle of Hope at this link:

Go To Week 1 – the Candle of HOPE

Link to Week 2 – The Candle of Preparation (The Bethlehem Candle)

The Candle of Preparation (Bethlehem candle)

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Note: Photos by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2015. All Rights Reserved.

This essay was written by Lynda McKinney Lambert.  Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.

Please share it with your friends! Thanks!

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Next week:

Look for Week 4 – The Candle of Love (The  Angel Candle).

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Lynda McKinney Lambert is the author of “Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage” published by  Kota Press. She authors two blogs on writing, the humanities, arts, and faith.  She is a freelance writer and her poetry and essays appear in numerous books and literary journals.  She is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities and she exhibits her fiber arts in exhibitions worldwide.
 Currently, she has two books in development for publication in 2016.
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A Visitation from Butterflies

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A Visitation from Butterflies

This blog article is written In Loving Memory of Isabella Emily Daley.

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The Ancient Greeks believed a butterfly was the soul of someone who had died.  The ancient Greek word for butterfly is “Psyche.”  Translated, it means “soul.”

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Summer gardens offer a wide variety of exquisite flowers  that are fragile, colorful and .sweet-scented. The floral delights  are accompanied by lively insects in luminescent hues; they move gracefully on the warm summer breeze.  It’s an annual “dance of life forces.”  These dancers seem to pick up speed as earth becomes warmer. Every living creation develops into a visual cacophony of the celebration of life. We call these the “lazy summer days.”

In our joy of the moment, we are unaware that  time passed too quickly Before we realized the summer days were growing shorter,  the months and years passed. The  glorious dance of the butterflies, insects, and wild flowers gradually began to change.  It was such a  subtle  changing we barely noticed!  There was a final time of blazing colors  when everything was intensified.  Autumn brought a different  kind of landscape to our vision. It was a beauty that was even more intense than our summer days had been.

As the fall season cooled down the earth, we  laughed together as we walked through the brilliantly colored leaves. They drifted and tumbled so quietly  to the ground. We stood  together holding hands beneath those trees; we felt the transformed leaves fall around us.  Soon the layers of autumn’s leaves covered the ground where we stood.

The day came when we stopped what we were doing,  looked around at our altered world.  We saw that we were left standing here and realized everything had changed.  But even though our world was different now, our hearts were full of the memories we carried within us.  Each of us held onto memories of the delights we had experienced when we walked together, singing songs and laughing  together in the sunshine of that long, glorious period of our Summertime.

There was one exception to this though, as I think about it today.  I remember one miraculous afternoon in January when I watched quietly while two butterflies played together in the stillness of the thin air, as though time had vanished. I was permitted to enter a spiritual realm for just a little while. It was magnificent!

These days, when I see a butterfly in the field, it brings back a specific memory for me. The images from that memory are as vivid now as they were eight years ago when I saw them.

I stood for hours at the bedside of our daughter, Heidi Melinda. She was in a medically induced coma following surgery that removed the tumors of  two cancers from her body.  Within a couple of days, she was near death.    Each new day, I watched as she steadily went one step down after another.

She was often motionless, with tubes sprouting out of her body and up to the ceiling or attached to machines on both sides of the bed.

Heidi was kept in a coma for over 2 weeks. Nurses and doctors were at her side or directly outside her transparent room  as they worked on the computers continuously monitoring her.   There was nothing her family  could do but pray and wait.

One afternoon, I sat in a chair at the foot of her bed. My eyes focused on  her. I realized suddenly we had two unexpected visitors. They did not come in through the door.

Everything seemed so normal; I watched silently as two enormous butterflies emerged from the atmosphere  near her feet.  The pair flew gently forward, playing with each other as butterflies do when you see them gliding and hovering around the dancing blossoms in a field. The two butterflies were a deep red crimson and each of them was  the size of my hand. They were dark, yet bright.  Their wings were velvety  and large. In all my life, I have never seen a butterfly as large as these two.  As I watched them, it was as though these dancing and frolicking butterflies were the most normal scene I could ever have experienced. Yet, they were not normal at all!  This was a miraculous moment; it was something from another time and place. Heidi’s body was the field over which the butterflies  zig-zagged back and forth. They moved towards her head. It felt like I watched them for quite awhile. I believe it was probably only seconds. It was like an eternal moment when time did not exist

The butterflies had emerged from another dimension, it seemed. The brilliant pair made their presence visible to me. They gave me new hope for my daughter. I sensed that they were a pictorial symbol of the Holy Spirit.

I thought, “The  Holy Spirit has come to visit us!”    I felt an inner peace and divine assurance at that moment when I saw this vision. I knew my daughter would heal; she had experienced a miracle.

It has been over 8 years since her surgery, Heidi remains free of ovarian and kidney cancers.

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Sometimes, a person will mention  how they suddenly saw  a butterfly that appeared  unexpectedly  after a loved one died.  They appear without warning, and often they fly around a person, or even bump into a person as though trying to get attention.  It seems the butterfly is trying to communicate with a human.  One woman related how she had just been “head-butted by a butterfly.” Sometimes, butterflies come in pairs; often, they are exceptionally bright and larger-than-life. They appear to be so otherworldly that you could not possibly miss seeing them.

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Traditionally, it is believed butterflies are harbingers; of renewal; transformation; healing; Divine presence and even gratitude. These butterflies are always right on time!

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Butterflies   are  an ancient symbol with deep roots as a metaphor in folklore and the narrative accounts of antiquity.  Inspiration and ideas from the ancients are all around us today.  Through the centuries of human time, there  will always be connections that bring together the distant past with our  own present moment.

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The Mandarin Chinese word for butterfly means “seventy years.”  Therefore, in that culture butterflies are a symbol of a long life.

Japanese culture says the butterfly is thought to be representative of maidens and marital bliss. Many Japanese families use the butterfly image in the family crest design.

Germany has a  unique belief about butterflies. As butterflies can often be found hovering around milk pails or butter churns.  The German word for butterfly is “schmetterling.”  Isn’t that a beautiful word? That word is actually derived from the Czech word, “Smetana,” meaning “cream.”

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My favorite depiction of a butterfly,  though, is the ancient Greek mythological meaning of butterfly. . It means the “human soul.”  And, to the Ancient Greeks, a butterfly was the soul of someone who had died.  The Ancient Greek word for butterfly is “Psyche.”  Translated, it means “soul.”

We can find references to the butterfly as a soul in the lore of Russia and Ireland. There, the butterflies are always symbolic of a celebration and resurrection.

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Because we  hold the hope of resurrection, the symbol of the butterfly is an important image to Christians. You will find it used particularly at Easter to signify that Jesus was put to death and after three days, he arose.   Every person who has accepted Jesus into his/her life is filled with the resurrection power of Christ.

At funerals and memorials of a Christian, there will usually be references to a butterfly as an example of how we all will shed our body at death, and then we will come alive again with Christ. We are eternal spirits who have been living in an earthly body. We will shed that body and our spirit will be with God for all eternity. We are transformed.

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“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”

~ 1 Corinthians 15:42-44

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What do we know about Heaven and who will be there?  Jesus answered the question in a way that surprised those who knew him and followed him when he was here on earth. He gave a very clear example of who it will be that enters Heaven. The answer surprised the disciples and what Jesus said at that time is a good reminder for us – it  is children!

Another, and perhaps the most important aspect of all, is that butterflies are connected throughout history with children.  And what would make it so significant that they are depicted with children in nearly every culture? Why are children so important?  Let’s take a small glimpse into another story  in the Bible that show us the importance of children. 

In Matthew 18 (NIV) we read how the disciples asked Jesus one day “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

Jesus called a small child to come over to them  and Jesus placed the child right in the middle of the men Jesus told his followers  that they must become like a little child or they will never enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

“And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me,” he said.

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And, finally I come to one  final story I want to share with you.  This story is about a  little girl who came from Heaven to stay  for a short Summertime of life.  We can say that she  is a glittering “butterfly from heaven.”

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Princess Isabella Emily Daley – “Bella” is the 6-year-old daughter of David and Betsy Daley.  Bella has two  brothers, Steele, and Jake. Her two sisters are Michaela and Bailey. After a short time here on earth, Bella left to be with God once again. It was on Sunday evening, June 28, 2015, at 6:46 pm.  Before she left, her Heavenly Father granted her just the right amount of time  to express how much she loves her family.  In her final moments of life here on earth, she kissed her mother, father, and sister “goodbye” and then departed.

Princess Isabella  loves everything that is pink. Bella loves rainbows and butterflies!  She loves sparkling things, glitter, and music for dancing. Because God is so gracious and loving, he granted Bella one final “farewell..”  I am happy to relate that she was last seen here by her 3-year-old brother, Steele, the following morning.   When he was told that Bella went to be with God, he replied,

 “She’s an angel and I kissed her face;  she dancing like an angel and she’s running” he said, as he pointed outside.

Don’t be surprised if one  day, when least expected, a sparkling pink butterfly comes flying around you and insists that you notice – and you’ll  remember dear little Bella, a “butterfly from Heaven,” and you will say, “Doesn’t  she shine!”

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Thank you,  Dave and Betsy Daley and family for your generous sharing of Bella with the world. We are forever changed.

by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2015. All Rights Reserved.

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