If you have followed me at any time in the last several years on social media, you are aware of my eclectic side. I like to always learn new things and I love paving new paths for others to add their findings as well and run with it.
Dale and I moved 2 and a half years ago from the coast to more inland. We consider this a pit stop to the next adventure. Our family needed us at this time as their seasons had changed. My parents moved from their home of 46 years into a senior retirement facility unaware that 6 months later Covid would bring more change than they had never experienced before.
Granted everyone was affected by the onset of the virus and it was hard to sort through fact and fiction during this time.
Since My schedule hasn’t been flexible to write my books like I would like, I am filling that void writing devotionals for projects an author friend does.
I wrote a devotional for a book called “Beneath the Mask” concerning the church lifestyle during this virus season titled “Gentile to Hebraic”
It talks about the change the church is going through as a whole with the lockdowns. God has always had a plan for worship and the Hebraic Model was the format and now seems to be a good time to put it to practice. Several scriptures talk about how we as followers of Jesus are to attain in our daily activities.
John Scotland, an evangelist from England does an fb live in the mornings there (it’s at Midnight in the Pacific Northwest). Most of my devotional in the book are on his thoughts. John discussed the format of the Hebraic church and where we were heading which is a closer and deeper relationship with the Father.
A pastor of living Praise in Central Point Oregon did a teaching on making it a lifestyle. That was my second part to the devotional (I dabbled a little with it in Part one), but time and schedule prevented me from getting it in the book.
Below are the notes in an outline form from Chris Cox. One of the pastors of Living Praise church.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies
of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
What we need to do to begin to live this lifestyle is:
1. A holy body
Every aspect of our lives should be in worship
2. Be separated
When you become a Christian you become one with Christ. Our lives should be different that the rest of the world.
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
3. Transformed mind
We’ve been called to be a non conformists.
John 17: 14-17
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Recognize this and put it into practice
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
4.when you transform your mind, ask Holy Spirit to see if it’s in align with His will.
What this new season taught us as Followers of Jesus, is that even though the churches were closed for a time and we used social media for Sunday services, we found ourselves learning to lean on God to hear His heartbeat above the noise and business of the events in the world.
A few things that thrilled me during a time that we had to be apart were videos of different countries doing things to stay together. One video that I saw was from Italy where a young man had his keyboard on his deck and few other musicians joined in as he played music for his other apartment dwellers to listen to.
It was a time to reflect on our lives and take out what was important to us or not.
I still strived to keep up with my natural living with the move and even with Covid. Being a caregiver I was working 60 + hours a week between two jobs. I still haven’t made my my laundry soap since the move 2 years ago, but have made the shampoo, pain reliever, and my toothpaste and other items.
I started doing tinctures this year. Eventually I’ll be mixing them for healing purposes for my local friends.
As most everyone who knows me I have a lot to talk about and mull over. I’m always learning something new and trying to get one step closer to my dream of doing everything if not at least 80% of my life being in the natural state with fabric, fiber, stones and metal. Food is an issue that I struggle with and hopefully my new schedule will get me back to cooking and finally doing my cooking show I’ve been trying since January to do.
So stay turned. Things may change tomorrow. After all I am a caregiver.