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Posted 3/8/14 at 8:46 PM | Yvonne Perkins

The Oil

I love to read particularly anything related to God, prayer, intercession, spiritual warfare, chasing the heart of God etc. My prayer room is filled with such books. Today, I want to share some of the things that struck my heart from reading Carriers of God’s Anointing.

THE OIL

  • CARRIER OF GOD’S ANOINTING BY JEAN-CLAUDE SOUPIN
  •  DESCRIBES THE MAKING OF THE OIL
  • MYRRH – COSTLY-PURIFYING- BITTER TO TASTE- SMOOTHING TO BODY
  • CINNAMON –TASTY, PLEASANT AROMA
  • CALAMUS OR CANE-BROKENESS-WHEN IT IS CRUSED IT RELEASES IT FRAGANCE BOOK OF MARK – WOMAN ANOINTED JESUS
  • CASSIA-USED AS MEDICINE,BEND, BOW
  • OLIVE OIL- TREES TAKE 2 YEARS TO MATURE,HAS TO BE PRESSED TO RELEASE OIL
  • THE INGREDIENTS MUST BE BLENDED
  • VALUABLE, COSTLY, RARE

Webster definition of anoint 1: to smear or rub with oil or an oily substance 2a: to apply oil to as a sacred rite especially for consecration b: to choose by or as if by divine election; also: to designate as if by a ritual anointment .

God gave very specific directions for the preparation of the oil use for anointing leaders, kings etc. Each ingredient different, serving a different purpose. Each ingredient of the oil was valuable, costly and rare. As it is in the natural, so it is spiritually. FULL POST

Posted 1/6/14 at 7:53 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Revisiting the 21 Day Journey (Part Four)

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.

Segment One

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.

Segment Two

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

Revisiting 21 Days Journey (PART THREE)

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:

  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, uncertain etc.
  3. Step two, identify why you feel this way.
  4. Step three, identify one area of gratitude.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.
  5. 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
  6. .Last week, you learned what a counseling session looks like.Last week we added 15-20 minutes of meditation to the journaling process. New instruction given to read all of the previous journaling entries before proceeding with the journaling process.

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

Revisiting 21-Days Journey (Part Two)

 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.

  • Journaling can help you gain insight into your emotional state.
  • There are many variations of journaling.
  • Instructions for this particular journaling are threefold.
  • Step one, identify what you are feeling i.e. sadness, fearful, uncertain etc.
  • Step two, identify why you feel this way.
  • Step three, identify one area of gratitude.
  • 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.
  • Additional instructions for journaling was to find a quiet place, listen to soft music, set aside specific time and not read previous day entries.
  • Upon the next session, we would read and explore the journal together.

 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 |

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Revisiting 21 Days Journey

Photo: Flickr/Damian Gadal - Creative Commons

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

That Was Then, This is Now

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:

  1. Exodus 28:3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office
  2. Exodus 28: 41 And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.
  3. Exodus 29: 7 Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him. 8 And thou shalt bring his sons, and put coats upon them
  4. .Exodus 29: 44 And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest's office
  5. Exodus 30: 30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office. 31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations

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

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

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 8/20/13 at 5:48 PM | Yvonne Perkins |

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Posted 8/1/13 at 8:43 AM | Yvonne Perkins

TRAYVON MARTIN'S PARENTS - COURAGE UNDER FIRE

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

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