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Topic: Paths (05/17/04)

TITLE: Preparations of my lifeís Paths
By Deborah Shepard


Preparations of my lifeís Paths

Trusts in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3: 5-6 NIV)

This scripture passage states so clearly to me, whom I am to acknowledge and whose understanding I should lean on daily. For through this process my lifeís paths will be made straight. This weekís topic brought a passage, of my days of a youthful adventure with close friends. This adventure took place in Eureka California; there were several of us planning to take a great hike in the mountains. Our goal was take make the top before night fall. This was going to entail about eights hours each way, so this meant and early start to precede this great feat. Of course each person had declared there expertise in this type of hiking. We were all pretty confident in each others knowledge of what to do. So the plan was implemented three people were to stay at the camp site, to watch over things and four of us would do this hike. The paths can be very misleading for where the campsite was no snow was to found. But as we proceeded along the paths, things were quite different, there was an enormous amount of snow left on our chosen paths. Well the test of wills were rising high, do we turn back and try another time, or proceed forward. A few were determined to follow through, even though our paths ahead clearly shown us they were impassable. The snow was waist deep and there were fresh mountain lion tracks every where. At this point I made a firm declaration; Iím heading back to camp and try this another time. Well you can only quests the other three were going to go ahead anyway. I fealty the presence of the Lord, around us warning do not pass at this time. Suddenly we all had made the decision to return camp together. This could only been through divine guidance of the Lord. Had we not obeyed this course, we all could have met face to face with the mountain lions.

Oh the chance we take in the days of our youth, we like the paths of excitement and challenge, it is a great way to be entertained in youth. Itís now been thirty years since this little life adventure, but the lesson I learned had enormous impact on my life. When I think of my life in the vast frontier, it is breath taking and very exhilarating as well. There are many scenic views to behold and explore. Yes it is possess a certain fascination and exciting life challenge. But if you travel any of these paths unprepared for unforeseen events that may take place. You may encounter more than a mountain lion like in Califorina,you will encounter wild bears, and moose as well as other wild life. I hear stories every day of people venturing out to wilderness with their human wisdom and expertise and knowledge. If you leave the Lord out of this equation, you countless stories of drastic consequences. Whether you traveling by air, land or the oceans and seas. Before I go anywhere in Alaska daily, these are my survival items I always carry. My GPS, my covering shall be (Psalms 91 NIV); prayer of protection, my water is the living word. My flashlight is the light of the Lord Jesus Christ, shining on my paths daily. My cell phone will have unlimited minutes to connect with the Lord. My first aid kit will be the great physician healer the Lord. My Manuel will always be the instructions of Holy Scripture. Frequently I hear people talk of the (GPS), whenever traveling, what came to my mind was Godís, protecting signals to me. So in my daily life paths I will always carry my spiritual survival kit with me. As well as the regular survival items with daily, so Iím fully equipped to travel down my daily lifeís paths. This caption mentions in (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV) Trust in the way of the Lord. Commit your way to the Lord. Like Israelís forefathers, who trusted in the God and were rescued. Acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths. In my daily life I will always choose these paths, which lead me to his promises, for inner peace, spiritual life principals, and daily spiritual conduct. That will keep me from not leaning, on my own understanding and human knowledge, so my lifeís paths can remain straight. What a glorious life blessing this has been for me to learn. This has been reverent time for me still house sitting in the Sutton wilderness for next eighteen days. I keep in touch with my loved ones daily, we exchange the upcoming life paths we will undertaking. Also this has been the wonderful time of my lifeís paths, venturing through the knowledge and wisdom of the word. In the pristine beauty of the wilderness, communicating with the Lord, oh how my heart and soul does rejoice in him. While the sun is breaking through the clouds, shining upon the majestic mountains, which Iím viewing from the kitchen window. I do send all you wonderful life blessings, and shall the heavenly light of the Lord, shine upon each one of your lifeís paths daily. Love and prayers to all of you, shall all of our lifeís paths be made straight before the Lord daily.

Deborah A. Shepard

Member Comments
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Naomi Deutekom05/24/04
You have some really good thoughts here. May I suggest that you break your work up into more paragraphs. Watch for tyos and sentence structure. Having struggled with these issues myself, I know it can be difficult to see them. When is doubt simplify. The more you work at it the better recieved your writing will be. You have great potential so keep working at it!
L.M. Lee05/24/04
nice thoughts...preparing to walk on the path.
Lynne Gaunt05/24/04
Your examples of the reckless paths of youth are great, and I really liked your analogy of the spiritual survival kit. But you have many grammatical errors and incomplete sentences. Is there a friend who can proofread your article before you post? Another pair of eyes always helps!
Mary Elder-Criss05/25/04
I have to be honest. I just skimmed this article. The big blocks of text make it too difficult to read, and I did see many fragmented sentences. From what I skimmed over, you make good points, so don't give up. Find someone to proofread for you, and break your stuff up into smaller paragraphs. Keep writing. Mary
Leticia Caroccio05/25/04
Although I found this a little difficutl to read, you did make many really good points. There were also many good comparisons: God as our own GPS and carrying our own spiritual survival kit.

Try breaking up your paragraphs for an easier read.

Really good effort.
B Price05/26/04
It was a little hard to understand as it needs to be put into paragraph
the story within itself was cute.
I have tooken a few hikes in my life and it may me think of one of the hikes .
Liked your (GPS), Godís, protecting signals.
You were the 2nd one that had that in thier story...
keep working at this and keep your writting.
Deborah Porter 05/26/04
Dear Deborah, we readers are terribly lazy things at times and I have to agree with the others who said that the large blocks of text without paragraphs made it very hard to read. Unfortunately it actually does turn the average reader off and a good message gets lost - which is a terrible shame. And your message was a good one, with a wonderful uplifting ending. Deborah, I'm not sure if there's a friend you could ask to read over your work before you submit it. There are a number of little things that keep popping up in your very heartfelt writing. Things like over use of punctuation (commas especially) and then there are some spelling/typo errors, such as in the line, "I fealty the presence of the Lord". I wasn't sure if the "fealty" was an unintentional contraction of "really felt". When one or two little things pop up in a piece, the average reader just skims over it. But if it happens too often, it's another turn off. That's why I think it would be such a blessing for you if you had a friend with good English skills who could have a quick read over what you've written to catch those sneaky typos and things. With love, Deb
Dave Wagner05/26/04
I like your spiritual survival kit...kinda reminds me of an updated version of the "armor" we're told to put on in Ephesians.