Honk honk, the company we keep

In a chapter of my book ‘Pearls to Pigs’ the friend I called “the Minstrel” and I went our separate ways.  I’d gone the extra mile for him, but we reached a crossroads and I chose a different road. 

Before leaving the crossroads I gave him the chapters of the Kingdom, where he had appeared in the story.  I always do it for friends I am going to part company with.

Unfortunately he took if for a love story, and we did not part on friendly terms.  He read those chapters to everybody, without context.  I had been a silly goose.

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I had to learn not to give pearls to pigs.  I nearly stopped writing the Kingdom story at that point, but the main character – the King, wanted me to stick with it.  If you read my story you will see how He led a badly wounded princess to a better place and I believe He wants to use the story for His purposes.

So at this point in my journey, I had suffered harm and needed healthier people to be friends with.  A companion of fools suffers harm, but he who walks with wise grows wise.  Proverbs 13:20

I kept White Flower.  She liked to gossip but had good qualities.  Walking with her was difficult – but in the end, she proved to be true.  Deborah and Kate had joined me, and now we meet the Bright One and his wife Princess Neen, who I found while traveling through a place called ‘the Flatlands.’

They became friends with me, and my friends.  The Bright One and Neen brought in Prince Dom.  My kids brought in “Mara” and her son from across the road.  We were all following the Lord, in a natural, non religious way.

I am glad they got into formation with me.  If I had been a goose I could not have flown on my own.

Fighting the good fight

I was born under the Mazzaroth sign of the scorpion.  It is the sign of wounding.  If I felt trod upon, I would instinctively sting the aggressor in self defense.  We November people are good at it, but it makes us enemies. 

What would Jesus do?  He had his share of aggressors and enemies.  He said; “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’  But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” Matthew 5:38   

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Do you ever feel like doing this?

That is so hard.  It seems foolish.  We should defend ourselves, right?

The Kingdom way is the opposite of the world’s way.  Jesus knows that the devil is able to exploit any situation where we lash out in retaliation, and He can’t defend us.

If we act in the opposite spirit, we take the power away from the devil, and allow God to act.   This I have found to be true.

In the chapter of my book called ‘Pearls to pigs,’ I did not turn the other cheek, with predictable results.  The devil had a field day.

Luckily the Lord sent me a guide for this step of the journey, Kerri, named ‘Livia’ in the story.  An experienced warrior in the Kingdom, she became my mentor and friend, and helped me through the difficult places on the narrow path.

Prayers, Petitions, and Princesses

After I rid myself of “Silver-tongue” the abuser , I found myself alone with my children.  I took stock of my changed life and looked around me.  Who could I trust?  I now walked a different path from the one that led me to ruin.  I needed to find friends who were walking the same road, or find my way alone. 

“White Flower” had also asked the King to teach her His paths.  She lived just down the street and became a close friend.  It seemed natural to get together over coffee and pray, while our kids played together.

We hadn’t a clue how to pray together though, or what to pray.  The Lord told me to “pray the Word”.  I took it to mean find appropriate scriptures and then pray them in the context of the situation.  The King would speak a verse, and off we’d go to find it.  Back then, I did not have Bible software or a concordance.  My Bible got very well thumbed.  I wore out two paperback Bibles in six years, the first was the ‘Good News’ and the second was the ‘NIV’ translation.

We would come back to him with our petitions, speaking His word.

For example I prayed the Word in Psalm 25;

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.  Psalm 25:4-7

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I found that praying the word is a great way to go to the Lord, using His own words.  The King honours His word.

My book is full of me talking to the King – which is praying to Him using the Word.  The faithful King responded in kind.  If you read my book you will see His replies and revelations have come true in real life.

Intercession

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My husband said I’d better explain what intercession is.

Intercession is a prayer to God on behalf of others.  All Christians are called to intercede.

That’s how God, our Father in Heaven gets his will done on Earth.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit gives us the words to pray when there are no words.

 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-34

At times a Christian may be asked to “stand in the gap” for somebody.  This is a special type of intercession where we stand in the other person’s shoes and plead for them.  I was asked to do this for “Kate.”

Kate shows up in my book when she came to me for help after getting tangled up in the web of Silver-tongue, the narcissist.  What happened to me was happening with her so I was certainly able to stand in her shoes.

I certainly had no words for what he was doing – only expletives, so I had to let God do the praying.

It’s interesting but I’d named the place of intercession in the story as “Clearwater”.

Years later I met my second husband, and through him a wonderful American woman named Eleanor, his Grandmother.  Grandma is a very strong Christian.  We travelled over to the States to meet her in 2008.  She is well into her 80’s, can’t move around very much but is an active intercessor.  My husband said “never underestimate God’s power working through a praying Grandmother.”  Her prayers brought him into the Kingdom, even though she lives half way round the world.

His Grandma lived at a place called Clearwater.


After note:

Oswald Chambers, an early twentieth-century Scottish evangelist and teacher said “Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Spirit carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.”

The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams

KLost on a crooked path, Joanna could not see the wood for the trees. Denied her dreams, she’d got caught up with Silver-tongue, an evil manipulative man. 

Seeking a way out of the maze, she encountered the King, who she’d been estranged from. It was to him that Joanna turned for counsel after discovering he was Abba, her Father.

Leading Joanna to a narrow road, he told her to set up signposts and build landmarks. She was to set her heart on the highway leading to his Kingdom and a forgotten inheritance.

But here be dragons, and Silver-tongue. She had to battle her way out of bewilderment in her effort to break free.

Learning the King’s will from the Book the King inspired, Joanna found that man cannot live by bread alone.  “Call to me, and I will show you great and wonderful things” the King promised.

The King’s word came alive, and she was given dreams, with signs to follow.

Given a shepherd’s staff in the Valley of Shadow, Joanna was led by the King along the Path of Righteousness. Picking up her lamp she followed him towards the sunrise.  His word was like a light shining in a dark place.

As Joanna struggled through the Valley of Trouble she learned that you have to go through many trials to enter the Kingdom of God.  In the desert Joanna had to make a choice between Ishmael, and Isaac … the son of the promise.

One thing the King spoke – but two things could be heard if Joanna listened. She paid attention, listening to the Logos word for learning and the Rhema word for revelation.

In writing about her journey home by recording the Rhema word, she uncovered her part in a story that had been written generations before.

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