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After reading the last devotion on getting fitted with His pacemaker (to help me learn to embrace His slower pace) my friend Connie graced me with this word arrow:

“Blessed are the pacemakers”
For they recognize God’s stride

When I allow Him to set my pace; not only allow but learn to enjoy His stride; I become a pacemaker for others as well. Admittedly, His pace often feels like marching in place, But I’ve discovered that the more I yield to His pace and allow His peace to reign within me, the greater impact I have in drawing others into His peace. I will …

“Let the peace -soul harmony which comes from Christ – rule
over your heart – act as umpire – deciding and settling
with finality all questions that arise in your mind. And I will
choose to be thankful….”
Personalize from Col. 3:15 Ampl.

“To have good days; good whether apparent or not; I will
speak no evil (guard what I allow to lodge in my heart – (Prov. 4:23)
and comes out of your mouth – (Phil. 4:4) – And I will choose to pursue peace
with God, with myself and with others.
Personalized from 1 Pet. 3:9-10 Ampl.

I take pleasure in sensing the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life. And I so believe that the Father delights in our taking His Word and Holy Spirit promptings personally (whether from sermon, books, study, conversations or inner knowings). His love towards us is boundless

For the LORD your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”Zeph. 3:17

I invite you to slow down and take His Word into your heart – Let Him impart what He’s personally conveying to you.

May you welcome both His pace and His grace each day

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Making another stab at pushing past a growing laze phase that’s enveloped me; holding me captive. I’ve been pinned to the wall of inactivity as surely as a skilled wrestler pins a novice wrestler to the mat. Only I had gone beyond the can’t get up to … I don’t want to get up… The melody in my heart had become an ongoing lullaby; wooing me to yet another nap. Slumber is sweet but puts no mileage on the feat of activity.

And the daze seemed so unexpected…plopped right in the middle of MARVELOUS news: RESTORED VISION !! Actually better vision than I’ve had since childhood.
I can even drive again … and read the signs ! ; compute without magnifying glass.

So what’s this Lazin’ Phase About?
I can just hear my friend Georgia urge me, “Google it on the screen of your spirit. Ask the Lord, What’s the deal here?” And so I did.

To my surprise, the words “The Law of Inertia” came to mind. I was living the definition of inertia…doing nothing; nada. But I needed to turn to earthly Google for more understanding.

Under the Law of Inertia
I learned from experience that being under the Law of Inertia is binding… As I penned a friend, “I’m sluggish in thought and pace” and nothing in me desires a change of pace.

Basically Isaac Newton’s Law of Inertia states that an object will stay at rest as long as nothing pulls on it or pushes it. (Likewise an object will stay in motion as long as …. .)

A Wave of Insight washed over the shores of my mind
The need for the surgeon to insert an air bubble over my 2nd corneal transplant to cause the new cells to settle in proved to be insightful for me emotionally as well as physically. Just as he needed to exert a little gentle pressure to push the reluctant new cells to gel, maybe I needed to give my recalcitrant will a push..

And so …
Today, I was prompted to push myself a little by computing sans any desire to write in hopes of escaping the mire of inertia. And so I dipped my thoughts tentatively back into the waters of life even though I hugged the shore.

Wouldn’t you know….
As soon as I hit the Send button on E-moDevo #20, the typo in the Subject (plus a few punctuation errors) stood out BOLDLY. In the not so sweet years gone by, the discovery would have caused a wave of extreme discomfort to wash over me. Thankfully, I’ve learned to laugh at myself and that’s VERY good medicine for my soul.

A succinct* Mary Englebreit greeting card hand delivered by friend Melody came to mind”\

“She who laughs lasts”

Holy Spirit promptings and the Dictionary
Searching the dictionary for added meaning has become a treasure hunt for me (thanks to my friend Georgia). So often, the word definitions hold Holy Spirit gems…as in the noun and verb forms of “lasts”:

Lasts – Verb (action) – continues to function well for a considerable or specified period of time

This served as a continuum to “laughter is good medicine”. When I take joy in life – even in my own foolishness – I’m actively partnering with Him in my ability to function well for “the full number of my days”. (Ps. 90:12)

Lasts – Noun (identity) – a shoemaker’s model for shaping or repairing a shoe

And this profound noun puts fresh wind in my sails. My laughter – my taking joy – is the model (the way of life) that shapes and repairs my soul .,, much like a shoemaker revives soles.

Practice what you have learned – model your way of life after it
And the God of Peace will be with you. From Phil 4:9 Amplified

I’m practicing…and experiencing His Peace…
As I prepare to go back in for eye surgery re-do tomorrow morning. I expected smooth sailing – vision restored – in my second corneal transplant (as in my first one), That hasn’t happened.
But I’ve learned that doesn’t mean God was caught nappin’ … nor is unconcerned. He’s added gems to my treasure chest in the process…and I see the gems! Some I see as through a jeweler’s light searching my inward parts, kindly revealing the growth areas the Father is setting before me and then providing the power to change.

“It is His kindness that leads to repentance.” Rom. 2:4

“Walk out your own salvation (your daily walk) ,,, Not in your own strength …
For it is God who is all the while at work in you … From Phil. 2:12-13 Amplified

Have you noticed? I’m an Amplified Bible advocate because it…well…amplifies!…providing the full meaning of the original Hebrew or Greek language. Why are the quotes shown as From the Amplified? Well, it’s possible to get lost in the amplification – very wordy – so I share the portions the Holy Spirit highlighted for this particular time and purpose.
*succinct – briefly and clearly expressed

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