Monday, October 20, 2014

Flora Regeida Devo Part 2

Note from Peg: My apologies to my blog readers, especially to Flora. I’ve been under a crushing deadline and I’ve let too much slip. Add to that, I detest writing my blog pages through the Blogger dashboard. It’s a fight to keep any kind of special formatting, and adding images is a big pain in the you know what. Therefore, I will leave the DEVOTIONS tab on the blog for a while. I’ll keep the contributors tab so you can see each devotional writer’s profile and picture. So, from now on those devo’s you submit will all appear on the main Whispers in Purple page. Thanks for bearing with me while I attempted to be a little clever…too clever, I guess. 
 
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The Jewel of Pondering
"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19, NIV).

 

On the title page of Pilgrim's Progress, a statement and a Bible verse stood out.

The statement was that the book had been "delivered under the similitude of a dream."

The author supports this with Hosea 12:10 from the King James Bible, "I have … used similitudes."[1]

Both echoed what I had read in the Bible about God speaking through dreams and visions. The Old Testament tells of Jacob,[2] Joseph[3] and Daniel.[4] New Testament examples include Joseph[5] and Peter.[6]

However, I believed what I'd heard from the pulpit and was taught by Biblical scholars, namely; after the canon of Scripture was complete, there was no longer the need for God to speak in any way, other than through the Bible. This is one interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:10. "But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away." (NKJV). According to this interpretation, "that which is perfect" is the completed Bible.

I heard ministers warn that Christians should be wary of wild-eyed mystics. One pastor even attributed visions, dreams and personal communion to indigestion from eating too much pizza. Along with many others in the congregation, I laughed at the notion. Now my laughter was being challenged.

The New International Version of the Bible translates Hosea 12:10 into more contemporary language. "I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them."

I lingered on that verse and John Bunyan's claim that his book had been delivered through a dream. Like precious jewels, the verse and statement contained many facets. I thought about the word delivered. Babies and packages are delivered. But could a book or a message be delivered from God?

I knew this was true of the Bible, which 2 Peter 1:20-21 describes as written by men inspired by God. Of course, the Bible is the foundation against which all doctrine is weighed.

What about individuals? Does God deliver books and messages to you and me? The questions wouldn't go away.

PEARL TO PONDER: Do you believe that God still speaks in ways described in the Bible, such as visions and dreams?

LOVE NUGGET: God is your friend and you are His. In two-way conversations, friends share their hearts. As we read in the Bible, "I have called you friends."[7]


[1] According to the Free Dictionary, online, "a simile, allegory or parable."

[2] See Genesis 28:10-19

[3] See Genesis 37:5-11

[4] See Daniel 7-8.

[5] See Matthew 2:13

[6] See Acts 10:11-16

[7] John 15:15, NKJV

 

Submitted by Flora Reigada and printed here with permission. See Flora’s Picture and bio HERE, or click the CONTRIBUTORS tab above.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cleocatra Speaks

I found this Sunday while going through some   old files on my computer. Of course, I was looking for something entirely different, but my curiosity made me click on this. It’s pretty cute, so I though I’d share it you.

 

ATTENTION ALL CATS WHO RUN A HOUSEHOLD

Are you keeping your human staff up to par? Are you keeping their guilt levels high? I didn't think so.

Recent reports seem to indicate that you've been sleeping on the job. That simply will not do. You're getting fat and lazy. Come on now, shape up. Complete the following checklist and return it to HQ within the next 24 hours.

 

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1. When was the last time you positioned yourself so your toe (or tail) got stepped on? (Note: this really works on the guilt complex.)

2. How much time did you spend grooming in the suede recliner last week?

3. Were you able to increase your stare time so your human looked away first?

4. What about that new puppy in the house? Got it totally intimidated yet?

5. Alternatively, if you like the mutt, have you got him wrapped around your paw?

6. Is there another cat in the house?

7. More than one?

8. Have you decided to get along?

9. Or have you figured out a way to keep your seniority intact?

10. How's your door monitoring technique? Remember the drill: If you're inside the room, you want out. If you're outside, you want in. No matter which side of the door you're on, insist on being on the other. Got it?

11. What's your favorite room to practice this technique? Bedroom or bathroom? (A recent poll revealed the bathroom to be the most popular.)

12. Exercise: Have you been running down the hallway ahead of your human, staying close enough to trip her but not hurt yourself? What about the stairs—if your home has more than one floor.

13. Hairballs: Are they strategically placed?

14. Playtime: On a separate sheet of paper, outline your play routine. For example, one of my favorite games is "fetch the paper wad" except I don't return it to my human, I like to drop it into my water bowl. For one thing, it gets me fresh cool water.

15. Tail-twitches: How many new ones have you developed? The object here is to keep 'em guessing what you're up to.

16. Kneading and head-nudges: Last report tells me you've all got that perfected. Great job.

17. Purring: Be very sure you keep that motor tuned. Purring is our best weapon. After all the work we do to keep our human staff on the ball, we must ALWAYS award them with a contented purring session at the end of the day. Or any time you think it's merited, or even the best tactic to avert disaster.

That's it, Felines of America. Return this to Cleocatra [at] felinehq [dot] com.

Note: Not a real link Smile

Manuscript Submitted!

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No, this isn’t the real me, but it WAS me Wednesday evening when I wrote THE END to my novel for Elk Lake Publishing, and sent it to the editor.

The Title: Somehow, Christmas Will Come.

I’ve already received a first pass edit back, and returned it. Now waiting for the second pass, which will be a deeper one.

I’ve not yet written anything for a back cover blurb, not sure if I do that, the editor, or even the agent. (Yes, I have one!) But here’s a thumbnail version of the story.

A young woman, Molly Dugan, living in St. Paul, Minnesota, flies to Las Vegas, Nevada, to help her brother, Patrick, and his 6-yr.-old daughter, Bethany, get through the death of Patrick’s wife who died tragically in a boating accident.

But when Molly gets there, she finds more than she bargained for. And it only gets worse.

Not sure what genre it will fall under. I’m thinking maybe Women’s, with a touch of romance, since the romance is not the main story.

I focus on sensitive issues such as foster care, adoption, death, and alcoholism.

Sound like something you’d like to read?

Stay tuned. At this time, since it is a Christmas story, it is scheduled to be released sometime in November

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Devotional from Lucy Adams

You know those people who’ve become very dear, close friends, but you’ve never met them?

Well, Lucy Neely Adams is one of them, perhaps at the top of the list. We’ve ‘known’ each other through e-loops, emails and other online contact for many years. I’ve come to know her heart and love her dearly.

So it is with great pleasure to, one again, post on of her Hymn Song Stories on Whispers in Purple blog’s new page: Devotions.

I am especially pleased about the song story she chose for me this week. I think it is probably one of my all-time favorite Gospel Songs, lyrics and melody, written by Thomas Andrew Dorsey.

That song is:  “Precious Lord, Take my Hand

So, to read the Hymn story, if you’re reading this on the blog, just click on the Devotions tab on the menu bar at the top. If you get the blog through email, just click HERE

Enjoy both the story and the links I’ve provided about Mr. Dorsey. Not only are the words heart-gripping and beautiful, the melody will remain with for for some time. It does for me every time I hear it, sing it, or play it.

Peg

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Contributor for the Devotions Page

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Flora Reigada has been a guest on Whispers in Purple a number of times  in the past, and I am delighted to have her as a contributor to my new Devotions page on the blog.

Flora’s post is intended to be a series of pieces from her devotional book: Where Your Heart Meet’s God’s. I think you’ll find it interesting and read-worthy by helping draw us closer to God.

You’ll find her post at: http://www.whispersinpurple.com/p/devotions.html

or . . . just click on the DEVOTIONS tab on the menu bar.

Our contributors, so far, have been Lucy Neeley Adams, and now Flora, and you can read their “bio’s” pm the CONTRIBUTORS tab.

Do you write devotional articles, or have a book of devotions, and would like to share them with Whispers in Purple devotions, use the CONTACT tab and let me know. Include a brief description of what you have.

Thanks!