Writing is a gift from God, it is His way of blessing me, and it is also my privileged ministry. Our Father speaks to all us through dreams and visions. As a child, my dad had his insurance office in our home. On the old Underwood typewriter I pecked out my first book based on a dream. However, recognizing that my love of words, and my continuous assembly of words came from God did not happen right away. On March 20,2019 it was for “such a time as this” that I began to soak in every living word of the Bible. For many years I mused about writing a book, but the subject matter eluded me. God has been faithful to groom me for His service. A few significant dreams were recorded just before, and during the odyssey of this God given writing project. As a retired ‘Hearing Clerk’ it was my job to listen to what 20 people were saying and condense those multiple conversations into minutes. With reflection, I now know that it was God who got me that job, for His purpose! Listening to what the Spirit is saying from Genesis to Revelation, then condensing those recorded minutes into bite sized delights, has been my greatest adventure so far! My heavenly Father has equipped me through several jobs, failures, mountain peaks and valleys of bad choices.
The DREAM that launched the book “A Reader’s Delight” occured on February 22, 2019: The Word became Flesh, in this vivid dream: A brilliantly ornate golden, uniquely jeweled container that was shaped like a canoe was suddenly in my room. A voice said “open it”. With great anticipation I walked over to the glorious container and began pulling away what appeared to be straw, stubble or hay, like excelsior. The treasure that was uncovered spoke to my heart. Glistening figurines of the finest, delicate porcelain were all there kneeling beside the luxuriously gilded container. Then in a flash, all of the nativity characters were standing beside the container, alive and joyfully smiling at me. It was Jesus and His beloved apostles all standing in my room, beaming and beckoning me to take their picture. I fumbled with a substantially complex yet beautiful object in my hands. It was somehow revealed to me that it was a camera. I said “I do not know how to make it work”. Then I woke up from my sleep, still feeling like I had the camera in my hand. The day before I had been listening to books about Jesus and I fell asleep to a scripture based movie on the “Book of John”. The Word of God appeared in my room and asked me to take a picture (freeze frame My Joy and Love over you)…this scripture affirms my dream of The Word became Flesh.” —- Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 2 Corin 4:7 Our value is not based on what we do, or what we have accomplished in ministry, we are loved by our Father simply because we live. Jesus knows our past, present and future and He longs for us to draw close and reconnect with His purpose for our lives. Jesus sees us as His, perfect in His eyes, worthy of eternity in heaven. Jesus pursues us, He changes us, and by His love, Jesus allows us to see into our hearts, what He sees in us. Stammering in amazement, we accept the Sacrifice Jesus made for us. Our AWE of who Jesus is — reconnects us with our heavenly, Holy Father God. Today just like in Old Testament times, the world’s eyes and ears seem to be shut and unable to SEE truth. As we read the Gospels, in the days that Jesus walked among us, it becomes obvious that the King of kings treated people as though they could see and hear the hidden or full meaning of what He was doing. How Jesus treated Roman soldiers, prostitutes, Pharisees, farmers, tax collectors, and fishermen was a stunning contrast to that of the Priests on duty at the time. It is fascinating how Jesus still speaks to ordinary folks like you and me. Each scripture is packed with power. As the Word of God dwells richly in us, we are encouraged by His immense grace. A Reader’s Delight is a small collection of scriptures, targeting hearts that need to be encouraged and refreshed. Each scripture shines a beam of hope for the future of each soul on earth. Our “Presence over Perfection” is what our Father longs for. “Always ready to give an answer to everyone who asks…a reason concerning the Hope that is in us.” 1 Peter 3:15 – May your hope expand in Jesus! Peeking behind the veil of how we appear, we discover the deeper, the more important things that have made us who we have become to the glory of God. We give God glory when we share our story of how the Creator of all things entered our heart and ignited our passion for who Jesus is. More than anything else I want to see a demonstration of the Spirit of God falling down like rain on the people of Mexico! I pray that His Glory comes down and that Jesus touches and changes the hearts of His people! We need His mighty power to build His kingdom while on earth. AMEN – This book gives the reader the opportunity to fall in love with Jesus, the author of every soul. Allow His Words to hug your heart as He fills up the emptiness. Become defined by all of His promises. Allow your new identity to be shaped by every Word of the Bible. We are covered by His mighty force of Love. Hallelujah !
Cheers to all who wake up with thoughts to pen such beautiful tales, poems and audacious truths! Your gift to write, your bold ‘blogger’ spirit definitely lifts mine. WordPress is a safe place to spill out anonymously, while reading the wonderful works of an international group of people who enjoy blogging! Bottom line — does it really matter if we get read by friends? NOPE, as a writer, we blog because we MUST, and readers, or followers are not essential to be a satisfied blogger. Writing to me is a release of that creative spark that was given unto us all. Photographers capture passing scenes of joy, war, love, and the glory of God. Bloggers stretch our imaginations with shocking, witty and profound communications that inspire us to have a voice in what is, and what may come. It is also great to be immediately published and liked by so many kindred spirits. I extend my blessing to all those who express what they must. Blog on boldly and know your effort makes a difference! After getting married in 2012, retiring in December 2013, and moving to Mexico in January 2014 – I am in my bliss to use the gifts that I have been given along the shores of an 800 year old fishing village. During my career life I held many positions, none of which had anything to do with publishing. Now is the time to release my passion for writing whatever enters my mind without worrying about what family or friends might think. Abiding in the awesome beauty of Mexico, words of praise to God abundantly and easily pour through. My life travels had me sampling cultures in Korea, Germany, New Iberia, Louisiana, Houston, then in 2018 Israel. Working as an outside sales person, and a life coach in the network marketing arena, the hearts of all classes of PEOPLE has consistently been the main source of my inspiration to write. In 2001 – BOOM – the blogging bug got me! The ease and art of self-publishing is fabulous! I am encouraged to post deeper thoughts than I post for family and friends on Facebook. Most social media is …well, socially acceptable, not deep. On WordPress the interaction from other bloggers is thrilling. Germany, India, Australia, Spain, China, and all over the globe – making comments that the whole world is not notified of…that in itself is gratifying. Exchanging thoughts with other wordy warriors is fun! I love exchanging comments with people I will probably never meet. I genuinely do not give a rip about exposure, fame or fortune. The amazing comments from the ordinary person to the published author float in. Initially I am stunned, then I quickly reply with glee. read non-fiction books and magazine articles and remain inspired by all who have ever published their fascinations, discoveries and mysteries. I am a proud female who has experienced many delights, places, tragedy and adventures. At the age of seven I typed my first book on an Underwood typewriter in my dad’s insurance office. Seams stapled, I self published a yarn about a ribbon. It is my belief that to be speechless is to be found silenced, devoid of hope for expression. The world marvels us, it devastates, manipulates and causes all to imagine. Song writers spin magic with their lyrics while bloggers speak substance into those who may have otherwise remained silent. My faith has been challenged many times, and if one does not ever doubt, well the scriptures says “your heart is deceitful above all else”. Curious about my story – this link is the long version of my conversion, my transformation, my testimony. For a long while I DENIED that I needed to be saved, or if I could ever be loved. Denial Defined .
Writing is indeed a retreat from reality. A time to lodge scattering thoughts, a place to ponder what was, what is and what may come. I am a mother, wife and a humbled writer of “what is” true for me. My views, my ramblings, my penned words are often what I might say IF asked. The truth about this blogger is that she knows better than to speak all these words to anyone. At the seasoned age of 65 – I was able to move into my country dream home in Mexico. Many of my musings are logged here in order for me to return to when I am truly old! I shall marvel at my wit, nonsense and poetic views. I also feel safe recording the deepest woe of losing my son and mother within a month in 2016 – and how scripture, God’s Word held me together. For all who has lost a child, I have great compassion and this may comfort you Feliz Dia de Madre a homily for my mother Momma Mia Thanks for clicking in and for liking whatever post may tickle your fancy. My sincere encouragement to you today “Boldly Blog whatever is in your heart” It will be read, and not judged by me.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight. Oh Lord my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 — Reading the Psalms will connect you with the center of all life. It will give you an appreciation of pain, hope, morality, service, the adoration of God and the history of all that He created. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19 — watch the documentary in which scientists give glory to God Thunderstorm Season
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Barbara Alley Hoyle – WordPress blogger since April 2017