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Analysis Paralysis and the Amplified Translation

Since changing from my past NIV Bible Translations to the Amplified (which I had to since I tore the others up) I have discovered some interesting verse differences.

Preferring an NIV I must admit the Amplified is growing on me.  It is wordy, descriptive, a longer narrative than other translations. However, the potential of understanding certain sentences or phrases in verses is broken down for the reader to comprehend more of what God is saying to us.

Romans 8: 6-8 are in this category.

“Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].” (Amplified Bible)

The words that struck me are “the mind of the flesh which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit.”


Many people are or have tried to make life decisions or choices by sense and reason only. While it may work temporarily or in specific situations it isn’t a recipe for success.

Reasoning leads to analyzing everything from point A to Point B leaving nothing out in between.  Dissect it, break it down, and tear it up piece by piece. Cover every angle, curve and side until there is nothing left resulting in making no decisions at all.

In Psychological circles this is referred to as Analysis Paralysis. Old wounds surface causing the analyzer to go overboard to disprove the initial wound or a present application of the wound. In other words, reliving a trauma that was never dealt with or removed.

Analysis Paralysis forms from certain deep seeded pain, low self-esteem and worry.

Sense can be sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste. Common sense is perceiving, understanding or judging that which is reasonably expected by most people.

Both can become obsessions or used in part for acquiring major goals in life. Again, these are not complete on their own nor do they promise positive results.

The Holy Spirit is the glue for the other two that holds it all together. God meant for his saints to connect the 3.
Anything independent of the Holy Spirit is subject to large voids, mistakes and negative consequences.  

God filling us with his spirit is truth, life and the best guide to keep us out of trouble.

Now how good is that? 


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The Tricks of the Scammer

Rarely if ever do I get scammed; mostly because I never engage in junk mail inquiries, online freebies or the door to door salesman.

People are hurting financially. Noticing the number of sales people walking around neighborhoods has increased. It’s like avoiding the inevitable. If a person is hungry enough they will try to sell almost anything.

For some reason our neighborhood must be a target for the local swindlers. Maybe we are generous or appear to be stupid.

Their efforts to sell lawn chemicals, carpet cleaners and magazines have become annoying. Lately more general maintenance and lawn care advertisements are found attached to the mailbox.

Two men showed up the other day. Immediately poor mouthing how one had lost his job 3 weeks earlier and couldn’t pay his bills he wanted to work. He could clean the windows and gutters, weed the flower beds, cut the grass and paint.

It was rather odd his so called cousin never said a word. He was his helper.

Our hearts were in the right place. Listening to this man ramble on about his plight made us question his motives. His cousin headed for the flower beds.

If you aren’t closely listening, missing clues will slip by. The major trick of the trade of scammers in a word is, “liars.”

He fidgeted and looked the other way while spilling his sorrows; his mannerisms invoked one who is nervous or unsure. Centering on the job at hand we stressed the need for an estimate. While his cousin or helper began washing the windows he managed to turn to walk away while mumbling,truth or lie

“I’ll give you a price once I’m done.”

Sorry, but we don’t do business that way.

Heading for their truck, it was apparent he was disgruntled. He got caught.

He needed to learn how to do business or brush up on his skills of lying.

How can you tell when someone is lying?

A few signs are:

→The first five minutes give upfront clues such as distraction or repeating themselves.

→Liars will talk incessantly possibly attacking interrogators with a smile on their face.

→Quickly, the con artist or deceiver will change course by acting as if they don’t understand or use selective memory.

→Using foul language or swearing often comes into play along with rolling eyes and profuse sweating.

→Fillers or words invoked in sentences that are far from straightforward bring about a change of subject from the fabricator.

→The perjurer knows how to give truthful answers off the point of the subject at hand.

→Deluders are masters at using “limited statements” for answers instead of responding with facts.

The truth about liars is what they are willing to do or give up for their lies. Going to the extreme to cover up falsehoods becomes an obsession for a number of reasons.trust in God

  1. Embarrassment
  2. Determined to be right
  3. Simple stubbornness
  4. One lie may be a ripple effect of other lies
  5. Covering for someone else
  6. Don’t want to be punished
  7. Giving up selfish lifestyles for money or materialism
  8. Desperation

Lying has become a national pastime. When one doesn’t receive what they want or need immediately, taking the situation into their own hands overrides patience.

The pain of knowing the truth has given into pre-conceived notions that many don’t want to hear or know the truth. Some people would rather be told a lie if it means the truth will hurt.  Hearing what people want to hear no matter the consequences is an American way of life now.

But is it worth losing your soul?

Proverbs 12:19 “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.”





The Net doesn’t always catch Fish

599131_10151372542779807_1139902426_nWhile mounting an initiative reaching out to the opposite side contains many elements of surprise. Done every day, charming words and phrases of camaraderie can foil the most unsuspecting foe.

The charming personalities or innovative schemes are surfaced ventures.  The line, “it is better to be safe than sorry” utilizes the efforts needed in dealing with the arms of flattery.

Proverbs 29: 5 “A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.”

If there is anything good resulting from the “snow job” it is they usually get caught but not until extensive damage has been done.

Trust is sacred or should be. Using it as “bait” is like throwing the fish back in the water after you have slit his throat.

Beware of those who hammer the nails of “charmed charisma.”  Intentions are not always as they appear, at least not at first.

Masters of the art of smooth talk is the demeanor they choose. Casting their lines to the innocent and naïve their underlying goal is to use and abuse. Seen as a self-promoter, each virtuous catch is one more notch in the ladder of their success.

Unfortunately these culprits of sinister gossip or backstabbing cheats are multiplying in today’s society like frogs and locusts from the plagues. More than ever is the need to be aware of getting caught in the net of sharks.

Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself” (Dale Carnegie)

The Casanova’s of the world are nothing new.  A seemingly trick of the devil, he uses pride to inflate the Romeo into believing the world revolves around them.


And do not believe for one minute this is limited to the macho gender. There are plenty of pious females who belong to this club.

“We have to pass the healthcare bill so you can find out what is in it.”


The Bible is clear we are to steer clear of those who operate in this capacity.

“For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. “Romans 16:18 NIV 

For the most part, spotting the dubious conduct of one who persevere in the “Charm School for Don Juan and Venus” is a learned profession. With God’s help we can perceive their philandering visions and prevent them from instigating future attacks on truly trustworthy people.

Be wise. Soak in the knowledge of the word of God and his presence.

It might just keep you from getting caught in your neighbors net.

“These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.”

Jude 1:16 ESV






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Sequester Trees


Dr. Keith Ablow

Dr. Keith Ablow

The above link from Dr. Keith Ablow is his psychiatric view of the sequester cuts.

We have become such an entitlement society we fear even the most minute or smallest financial cuts to our pocketbooks.

The old saying, “no pain no gain” is not welcome in a nation of Bill Gates wannabe’s.

As Dr. Ablow suggests we either feel the pain now or later; or hand it down to our children.

The Bible is clear: Proverbs 13:22 “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.”

Leaving an inheritance for our children is difficult when you have a 16 trillion $ deficit.

The good doctor has summed up the White House’s perception of the American people. The agonizing ache is laid on thick; throw a pity party of intolerance of having to pay your bills and be diagnosed with the lazy man’s disease.

If you don’t work, you don’t eat.

Dr. Ablow outlined the fact so much of what we are demanded to fund is fraudulent, unnecessary, and needs a quick trip to the garbage dumpster. I can only imagine the irritation God must feel as he blesses America more than any other nation that has ever existed only to have our leaders fill the “pork barrels” full of toxic waste.  It is disgusting.

I salute Dr. Ablow for standing up to the reality we must do something about our debt. Forced sequestration upon the President appears to be the only way cuts would be made.

Too bad the White House lawn isn’t growing “money trees” anymore.

The President cut them down by mistake and now the taxpayers are paying for it.

The latest drama from 1600 Pennsylvania Drive:






Would you wait a minute please?

Waiting is not an American dream. Waiting is no fun. Waiting is dreadful.

We wait to buy food in the grocery line.

We wait for the stoplight to turn green.

We wait for the doctor.

We wait for dinner.

We wait on each other.

We wait to get out of school.

We wait for college.

We wait for the 11 o’clock service

We wait for Christmas.

We wait at the drive through for a burger and fries.

We wait on our laptops to load.

We wait to grow up.

We wait on God.

Wait! What is the last one?

We wait on God? Do we really?

If you’re like me waiting is a school of thought. Waiting is a learned activity. You would think since we wait so much we would be good at it. Ummmm….no

Waiting is not preferable for most of us. We want it and we want it now. Forget the days of slow summers, slow cars and slow people. We are moving and moving fast.

But why?

What is the hurry? Jesus didn’t rush to do anything. He waited.

The following are a few points of interest in my years of learning to wait. Now, I don’t wait well all the time; but am headed in that direction. I will admit my nature is passive which makes it easier than say a “Type A” personality like a few people I know.

Jesus teaches us to wait even when we aren’t in “learning mode.”  Once you realize the great benefits that come from waiting, life takes on a whole new meaning.

  1. Waiting is patience. And patience rewards.
  2. Waiting gives you time to gather much needed and accurate information.
  3. Waiting gives God time to do miraculous interventions in your life
  4. Waiting is never wasted time.
  5. Waiting is an open door to the truth and more truth.
  6. Waiting brings you to trust God more.
  7. Waiting makes you stronger.
  8. Waiting reveals the intentions and motives of others around you.
  9. Waiting is the enemy of the enemy. He does not want you to figure it out.

Waiting brings the favor of God into your life.

Waiting can become an art form if you will let it.

Wait to be different from everyone else.

Waiting produces good choices and decisions.

Waiting is needed to hear God clearly.

Waiting with God is the best way to learn how to wait. By that I mean find your place of solace with him. Get quiet. Empty yourself of all that hinders. Do this regularly.

If you don’t think you have the time, ask God to show you how to get the time. Read his word as you wait. Read his word as you wait.

This works. And you may as well wait because God is not in a hurry.

While you are out rushing around trying to accomplish that which he never ordained,

He is walking through his Rose Garden enjoying his roses.


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Get a Heart Condition

My brain is in need of my heart.  It needs repair. Switching it off at times is not so easy. It is often my own worst enemy.

Renewing my mind has been a very long process. At least I figured out my thinking was crooked, negative and scattered. Having said that my brain is not where it used to be wherever that was, neither is it where I want it to be.

Training our minds to follow our heart or the Holy Spirit is like telling our cat to stop chasing mice. Yeah right.

God is the only reason my mind thinks at all Godly. And there are those moments certain alleged concepts seem to drop in unexpectedly.

I am always questioning God, “Is that you or me speaking?” “Or where did that brain wave come from?” That’s scary.

Many times God has spoken and I knew it was him. No doubt. He has given me a word, warnings or preparations for future events. I just love it when he does that.

Yearning for a closer relationship with him, I want to know his voice so completely I don’t miss it. Instead of kicking myself under the bus and ignoring those whispers in my ear, I am beginning to thank him even when I am uncertain. Getting it right may be trial and error but I am sure he is aware of my shortcomings.

One aspect of God I have learned about his character is I sense when he is pleased. The answer may be at the end but he is concerned about how I get there. In the middle of it all is his joy in knowing I am seeking him for the answer which brings about a closeness I have never had with anyone.

Switching your brain to think like Jesus is learned. Unfortunately we aren’t born with a natural capability to be selfless, nice and genuine. Our minds as children are swept away with greed, selfishness and all that is mine.

Children are blessed with a freedom from the world’s mess to a point. I remember as a child my fearless nature. No cares. No worries. Only “where is the fun?”

I didn’t know I needed to renew my mind when I was a child. Actually didn’t figure it out until way into adulthood!

Along the way God showed me a few thoughts as to how to go about renewing my mind. Seasons of being around purely negative souls who had no desire to think positively about anything began my search. What we hear eventually becomes what we believe.

  1. Simplify your life.
  2. Get quiet with God as often as possible.
  3. Read and study his word with him.
  4. Pray
  5. And if you think you can’t do the above ask God to show you how to simplify your life and give you the time to be with him. He did it for me.

The thinking that we are supposed to do everything, be everything, and know everything is now America. So when did we take over God’s job?

How’s that working for ya? If our country is any reflection of the “super humans” we have made ourselves out to be, it ain’t working folks.

Our heart should mesh with God’s heart. Getting it right, God begins to train our minds to follow. Easier said than done? Sure.

Impossible? No.

The enemy has our society “thinking”  busy. Busy. Busy. Anything to keep us from getting closer to Jesus in the physical realm because he knows when we really get into the word of God his days are numbered.

I can tell a difference in where my mind travels now. It is a concerted effort at times to keep it aligned with the word of God, but the more I practice and read his word it becomes a part of me little by little.

My thought processes have completely changed over the years from thinking less with my brain and more with my heart.  And that is good news for everyone who knows me.

Matthew 6:33
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”






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Noah Should Have Named the Ark, “Logical”

What is Logic?

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According to Dictionary.com the definition is:

1. The science that investigates the principles governing correct or reliable inference.

2. A particular method of reasoning or argumentation.

3. The system or principles of reasoning applicable to any branch of knowledge or study.

4 .Reason or sound judgment, as in utterances or actions.

5. Convincing forcefulness; inexorable truth or persuasiveness.

What? Please don’t repeat that.

I am convinced most men are logical. They see life as logical. They see us women as logical which is a no-no. They view honey-do’s as logical. Playing a game of cards is logical. Even putting a puzzle together is logical! (My husband is a whiz at puzzles and explained to me recently his “puzzle logic.” I didn’t know puzzles came with logic.)

Graduating from college required a course in Logic for me. The Professor was challenged to say the least in his “logical teaching methods.”I struggled to pass but can’t say to this day it did me any good at washing clothes, paying bills or swimming.

My thought process has evolved over the years from “doing things spontaneously and stupidly” to going to God for everything, but not logically.

Now my question is how can you be logical and process faith? Is God logical?

Did Jesus use logic to heal people? ummm. he put mud with spit on the blind guys eyes and he could see.

He gave Jonah a 3 day ride of his life in a whale.

God instructed Joshua and his armies to march 7 days around the Walls of Jericho. Blowing trumpets and yelling a “shout out” the last day brought the walls down.

I wonder if Joshua thought that was logical. or silly? or strange?

Noah built an Ark. God told him it was really going to rain. A lot. Noah was ridiculed. Laughed at. But saved. I guess he got the last laugh. Was it logical?

And who can forget Samson’s long hair? If he cut it, he would lose his “Mr. World” title. Was that logical? hardly.

Hebrews chapter 11 is an outline of faith of men and women of God written about in the Bible.

How can a logical brain believe such stories? There is no logic to them.

My pea brain can find no reasoning or scientific argument to process logic.

Now for you who have a logical side, I am sure I will hear from you. I know who you are.

For the agnostic/atheist no wonder they don’t believe it. For the rebellious teenagers it is all a joke.

For the skeptic who is a Christian, it becomes one question after another for proof.

For the person who has never heard of Christ, or God or the Bible and its herald of stories, what would they think?

Their only faith may be the chair they sit in holds them up. at least temporarily.

Or the door they walk through isn’t going to hit them in the behind.

So how can the Bible be logical? Personally for me it can’t be. I see it through the eyes of faith that has matured over the years.

As a child I never thought twice about the little Ark we built in Sunday School. I was thrilled God saved all the animals. Except roaches. We don’t need them.

Or the Walls of Jericho we built in Vacation Bible school. Later we used them as fortresses against the boys who attacked us with paper wads.

I never questioned these strange stories. I never thought twice about whether they really happened or not. It was ingrained in my heart they were true because they came from the Bible.

My faith was in God without doubt. I believed Samson had long hair that made him strong. I believed Noah opened the door of the Ark and God sent the animals in “two by two.”  I believed the Walls of Jericho fell with a shout out….don’t you?

God knew we needed logical people. They are everywhere. I can’t see why he needed so many but who am I to question his purposes.

Faith is Faith. Faith in God, the cross of Jesus is what brings us to accept stories that sound like movies made in lala land. Stories that simply make no sense to the logical mind.

Maybe we need faith to be logical.



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