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Posted 1/6/14 at 7:53 AM | Yvonne Perkins
This is the last segment of the 21-day journey. You are encouraged to do a review of the previous segments. I will highlight points from those segments.
1. Journaling can help you gain insight into your emotional state. There are many variations of journaling. Instructions for this particular journaling are threefold.
2. Step one, identify what you are feeling i.e. sadness, fearful, anxiety etc.
3. Step two, identify why you feel this way.
4. Step three, identify area of gratitude
5. I shared my background as social worker with families in Department of Children and Family Services, dealing with neglect, child abuse, drug abuse etc. I also worked 12 years as a therapist with mentally ill patients, families and children who were in guardianship or adopted struggling with issues of abandonment, rejection, anger, grief, loss and separation.
As part of the therapy process, I would ask my client to commit to 21 days of journaling. The instructions for journaling is to find a quiet place, listen to soft music, set aside specific time for journaling and do not read previous day entries.
1. Scenario of counseling session.
2. Introduction of 15-20 minutes of meditation into journaling process. FULL POST
Posted 12/30/13 at 10:20 PM | Yvonne Perkins
The last three weeks we have been on a journey of journaling. If you are joining us now for the first time it is imperative that you go to the beginning and read the previous segments.
Recap of those segments:
All right, let continue with the journey as I guide you through the next session. FULL POST
Posted 12/24/13 at 7:39 AM | Yvonne Perkins
A week ago, I extended an invitation to join me on a 21-day journey of journaling. If you did not read that segment, I encourage you to do so now. I am not going to repeat everything discussed in that segment. To benefit from this segment you really need to take the time to read Revisiting 21 days Journey part one. However, I will highlight briefly that information.
Ok, now that I brought you up to speed, let proceed from this point. At the next session, the goal is to read and explore what the client has written. I then introduce the client to meditation. This is not meditation as in chanting etc. but rather I assist them in becoming in tune with their body, mind and spirit. I believe that healing must deal with the whole man. FULL POST
Posted 12/16/13 at 8:33 AM | Yvonne Perkins |
At the beginning of this year, I talked about journaling. It is not a new concept and many variations and purposes for journaling exist. Some keep food journal to help them focus on losing weight, some to keep track of places they have visited, or people they have met, some to help them improve writing abilities i.e. writers, authors, songwriters etc. Oprah Winfrey introduced many to the "gratitude journal". There is scientific evidence that journaling helps improve immune system, mental clarity, decrease PTSD symptoms etc. The journaling that I'm introducing to you is similar to that of a gratitude journal yet different. It can be applied both naturally and spiritually. The following is a repost (with some minor changes) of the original 21 days journey, I call it a journey rather than journal and you will understand if you take this challenge. Please read in entirety.
I have worked in the social work field for over 28 years and in the counseling field for over 12 years with individuals and families struggling with family problems, emotional problems, and relationship, separation, loss and grieving issues. One of the first things I do is ask each client to make a commitment of journaling for 21 days. FULL POST
Posted 12/2/13 at 8:15 AM | Yvonne Perkins
On two occasions, I have read the Bible from cover to cover. I recall my experience upon reading the book of Exodus. As I read Exodus 27:21 through Exodus 40, I had a revelation about God’s mercy and grace.
These are my observations of those chapters. In these chapters, God gives Moses the Ten Commandments. He gives instructions for preparing the altar. He gave very specific instructions about every step in preparing the altar. He described the length, height, material etc. Nothing was left to chance or interpretation.
God gave specific instructions about who would serve and minister at the altar. He described exactly how the duties were to be carried out. In chapter 29 God describes how the consecration of the priest was to take place. Chapter 30 God talks about the altar of incense, how to prepare it, the anointing oil and who was to administer it.
Aaron’s name is mentioned at least 33 times between Exodus 27:21 and Exodus 31. The following are some of the things that were spoken about God’s plans for Aaron:
Exodus 32 reveals that Aaron had succumbed to the wishes of the people and made a golden calf for the people to worship. The people had quickly forgotten the victory God gave them and how he brought them out. When I read this chapter, I was amazed. I started flipping back and forth rereading Exodus 27:21 through Exodus 32. I ponder in my heart why God who sees all, knows all, was giving these direct specific instructions about anointing Aaron and his sons and how he would use Aaron while Aaron was doing ungodly things. FULL POST
Posted 11/8/13 at 7:43 AM | Yvonne Perkins
THE LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
LORD: One who has power and authority.
Shepherd: a person who tends sheep, pastor, to guide or guard in the manner of a shepherd.Make: to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone
Restore: to give back (someone or something that was lost or taken) : to return (someone or something) to put or bring (something) back into existence or use to return (something) to an earlier or original condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc.
Shadow a dark shape that appears on a surface when someone or something moves between the surface and a source of light an area of darkness created when a source of light is blocked a very small amount of something FULL POST
Posted 9/19/13 at 8:22 AM | Yvonne Perkins
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
IF 1) in the event that 2) allowing that 3) on condition that
MY 1) of or relating to me or myself especially as possessor, agent, object of an action, or familiar person
PEOPLE 1) human beings making up a group or assembly or linked by a common interest: the members of a family or kinship
HUMBLE modest or meek in spirit or manner: not proud or bold
PRAY 1) to ask earnestly 2) BEG <I pray you; tell me where they went> 3) to address God with adoration, confession, pleading, or thanksgiving
SEEK 1) to go to 2) to go in search of 3) look to try to discover to: ask for 4) REQUEST
TURN 1) to move or cause to move: to change in position usually by moving: to set in another and especially opposite direction 2) to change course or direction
WICKED 1) morally bad 2) EVIL 3) given to mischief 4) very unpleasant 5) causing or likely to cause harm.
WAYS 1) a course traveled 2) DIRECTION <come this way 3) a course of action 4) the manner in which something is done or happens 5) a particular or typical manner of behavior FULL POST
Posted 8/1/13 at 8:43 AM | Yvonne Perkins
I have followed the story of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I have observed his parents as they endured this challenging season of their lives. As I watched them and read about their struggle, I have often said to myself this is the face of courage under fire. Reportedly, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin divorced in 1999 when Trayvon was three years old. Despite their divorce, they made a conscientious decision to put aside their differences and to co-parent their child. For fourteen years after the divorce, his parents did their best to ensure that he felt loved, cared for and protected. Together they established rules and guidelines for his life. Together they provided discipline and structure for him.
As a parent, I empathize with their pain for this is any parent’s worst nightmare. I am reminded of Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton who experience tragedy of their murder child 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. Only a parent who has experience this can truly say they share their pain. These parents represent the portrait of courage under fire. They have not had the opportunity to grieve properly for their child privately. Their grief has been open for the world to see. They have carried themselves with grace and dignity throughout this ordeal. they have continued to HONOR THEIR GOD AND TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT. FULL POST
Posted 7/16/13 at 7:55 AM | Yvonne Perkins
CALL ON ME. That is what God is saying to his people. The trial of Trayvon Martin is finally over. His parents endured each day of the trial only to hear an unbelievable verdict that left many reeling. OVER 74 people shot and 12 killed over July 4th weekend inChicago. The victims seem to be younger than ever before. Several rape cases in recent days. Children kidnapped and held hostages for years. Mothers are not just afraid to let their children out to play but cannot guarantee their safety even when they are with their children. There is no compassion and no value placed on life. Laws are being passed that not only are ungodly (same sex marriage) but do not make common sense (concealed weapons even in bars). What is this world coming to?
The police are searching for ways to combat rising crime waves and violence. The police, pastors and families are joining to march against violence. People are wondering whom can we turn to?
God is our refuge and strength, a present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah (Psalms 46:1-3) FULL POST