Write, of course.

Oh my — my mind is so a-tumble with ideas and notions, I don’t know which one to choose. And then, of course, I don’t choose any. That’s no good either.

It’s important to jump in and write something even when you are not sure what.

Today is a lesson of what to do when you are frustrated.

Write about it.

Ideas? Ideas?

I wrote a post yesterday about how to get ideas. Now I have too many and can’t choose where to go.13 Secrets to Help You Write Every Day
Is writing hard for you? Here are 13 secrets to set you on fire.medium.com

Feelings are a good topic today.

So I am going to write about how I feel. And that’s … rattled. I am working to start a publication — Koinonia, get people on board and then make sure they understand how to do Medium. And I am on a learning curve too.

That’s not been easy. But it has been gratifying. 

I feel in my heart a desire to get others to be able to write about their lives, their feelings and their desires. To write about their faith in Jesus and how their faith affects what they do and say.

But today brought discord.

That’s what I am going to write today — about how today brought discord and frustration into my life.

It started when I read a passage that is very familiar to me and probably to you.

It’s from Galatians 5:22–23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law (NIV).

Photo and words from YouVersion

I have written a number of times about this scripture. I have painted it too.

What’s the next verse?

It wasn’t until I looked at the next verse — 24 — that I saw something new to me, but not in this version — in The Message.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (NIV).

I remember the first time reading “crucified the flesh”. I had no idea what that meant. 

Killing my flesh and desires?

But now read this verse in The Message.

Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good — crucified (The Message).

The words — getting our own way and mindlessly responding to other things — are killed off for good. Those words made sense to me. 

A door opened.

Photo by Jan Tinneberg on Unsplash

This version made me think and it made me see the passage clearer. Hurrah. That was a good thing. I was happy. I felt good inside. 

Notice my emotions of elation and success. So I am feeling very good.

At least until someone told they didn’t like The Message. 

I was told: 

It was a dangerous book and no one should change scripture. I was told to read Rev 22:18–19 about adding or taking anything from Scripture.

I can’t see this. It didn’t take anything away. It didn’t add anything. It just made me see the passage in a clearer way.

I understood what I read and to me being “killed off” is the same as crucified but it meant more to me. 

I don’t want any of those yucky things inside me — like frustration and I am glad those feelings are gone quickly because Jesus has killed them — my desires… getting my own way, my passions… following stuff that doesn’t really matter. A quick prayer and the frustration went away.

What helped me get over my frustration?

Besides prayer, I listened to God and the advice of godly counsel that He sent to me.

I want God to talk to me —the way He wants to talk to me. And I listen. I cannot listen to others — no matter how much of a Christ follower they say or are. I am to listen to God. 

And that made me feel better. I also went for a walk and talked to my hubby. That made me feel better. And I talked to someone steeped in the faith. And that made me feel better.

I don’t want to judge others. I don’t want to say anything to hurt anyone. I want to build my faith and hopefully help others build theirs.

I would love to hear your thoughts on other versions or translations of the Bible. 

I couldn’t even understand the Bible when I first opened a King James Version. Those haths, begots, and sayeths were too much for me.

But I read the International Version and it started to make sense. I loved reading the Old Testament stories in The Message as they came alive with words I could understand.

What’s wrong with The Message? I don’t think there is anything wrong with the Message.

I would love your thoughts.

All in all, this was a very good exercise in thinking, praying and writing. And I will continue to listen to God — and God alone.

What do you do when you are frustrated? 

Do you find writing about it helps clear your mind? I certainly did.

Now back to deciding what I need to write about next. lol 🙂

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
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Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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