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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Omnishambles (05/01/14)

TITLE: Growing is a Process
By Hazel Robinson


Many of you reading this, like me, have never heard the word Omnishambles. My first thought was, is this really a word? And, of course, the first thing I did was to google it on internet. To my surprise, I read that Oxford English Dictionary had, in 2012, declared Omnishambles “Word of the year.” Thus, I began a further search to get a clear understanding of how “omni,” could relate to shambles. Synonyms given were: omini: all, in all places, without limits; shambles: disorder, confusion, havoc.

The one use I knew of omni was in relation to my heavenly Father, who is, the Bible tells us: Omnipotent – All powerful! Omnipresent – Everywhere! Omniscient – All Of course, before I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, I had no clue, and my world was definitely in shambles. It seemed I could do nothing right! But now, as the Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Philippians, “I have learned.” From the Book of Proverbs, we get another directive: “Get wisdom, get knowledge, but in all your getting, get understanding.” We get understanding through the aid of the Holy Spirit, who begins to live in us the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He becomes our leader; our teacher; our guide; our comforter. Omnishambles have to go! knowing! To support these positives, the Holy Word also tells us to: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understand. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path” (Proverbs 3:5,6). We are also encouraged to “Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you.” Growing starts here!

There is no way shambles can fit here! No disorder, for God is an orderly God! No confusion, God’s Word is both true and clear! And, our responsibility is to be obedient to the truth – to the Word of God. The book of Revelations, chapter 22:6 tells us, “These words are trustworthy and true! Every book in the Bible is true, and every book in the Bible is relevant! The Bible also teaches us that until Jesus comes again, we need to walk submissively, obeying Him and the truth He has given us. He urges us to read the Bible, follow it, study and believe it!
This how we begin to go from disorder to order; from confusion to understanding; from havoc to peace. And, we only have the now. Now is our preparation time – our God-given time to prepare – to prepare to be what He created us to be when He said, “Let us make man in our image; our likeness.” God created us to be like Him. The only way we can be like God – that is, holy and righteous, as He said, “Be ye holy as I am holy,” is to follow the example of His Son – walk in His footsteps, for He is our peace. Growing in Him will remove the Omnishambles. We need to remember, of course, that growing is a process. We take it one day at a time.

Life’s experiences are purposed to teach -
To give answers for the future.
From life’s experiences, we gain know-how.
We discern between worldly and Godly pleasures.

I am thankful to be able to truly say that my life is no longer in a state of Omnishambles. The omni art of the word (all) remains the same but the shambles part has been replaced. I refer to a stanza from another poem I wrote years ago:

I’m so glad I did meet Jesus,
And the love and peace I feel inside,
Enables me to say, it is well with my soul
For in His love I now abide…

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C D Swanson 05/08/14
This entry spoke to the reader and I found it to be a multi-layered piece. It had interesting and authentic aspects. Well done.

God bless~
Judith Gayle Smith05/14/14
I love your heart and your writing style . . .
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/14/14
This is a lovely devotion. You made me stop and think. I love the introduction of new words. This made me do stop and think. Nice job.
C D Swanson 05/15/14

God bless~
Judith Gayle Smith05/16/14
Great article . . .

Hebrews 10:26-31 KJV