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Topic: GRADUATE (08/01/19)
- TITLE: Ink Joy
By Debra Hindman
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Glancing over pages from the past week, she viewed a recent journal entry of how twenty-five years ago she had first discovered the changes that consistent private worship had made in her life. She had an hour commute to work every weekday morning and her car become her chapel as she prayed and sang worship to the King all the way through to the downtown parking garage fourth floor parking spot. Allison passed palm trees and colorful oleander as she traveled the busy freeway, singing and rejoicing, and once in her cubicle, sitting in front of her personal computer, she fairly glowed with joy and the peace of God. The Word of the Lord often rose up within her as she entered her PC password: â€œGraduate12HS.â€ Remembering Bible passages like Psalm 92:12 and Isaiah 55:12, and how her password had come to be.
For years she had chosen a variation of the same password, starting with â€œGraduate1HS.â€ Then when she had changed her password enough times to reach â€œGraduate12HSâ€ she began all over again with the number one. The reason? A reminder every morning that her greatest desire was to know the Holy Spiritâ€™s presence and power more fully. She was in the school of the Holy Spirit, working towards a type of graduation.
Allison had journaled, â€œItâ€™s been miraculous how you have shown me the way through deserts and over mountain tops all these years, Lord. I see you in so many little things, it makes me to know you are always with me. Thank you for the idea of the password, to remind me continually that I have had more to learn about the work of the Holy Spirit in and through me.â€
Sipping her coffee, Allison picked up her new pen and then reviewed last nightâ€™s journal entry:
â€œToday, I stopped at the school supply aisle while buying groceries. I picked up a pen I had not noticed before: PapermateÂ® â€œInk Joy.â€ It was a pack of all colors of pens that were offering a smoother flow of ink. How apropos for a Christian, ink causing joy. I have experienced that joy through reading the written Word. A powerful thought came suddenly while standing in that aisle with pens in hand, â€˜Change your password to derivatives of Ink Joy, representing how there is a closer walk with me through greater obedience to what you see in my written Word, especially obedience in the little things. This will bring greater manifestations of my presence, power, and joy. The result will be your fulfilling your purpose on earth in your later years.â€™â€
Allison turned to a fresh page and wrote: â€œObediently, when I arrived at my cubicle this morning, sitting in my plush black work chair at my PC, I clicked â€œchange passwordâ€ and typed â€œInkJoyObey1.â€ It seemed to fit my new commitment in life, to come into a finer level of obedience to Godâ€™s Word. My heart leapt with excitement as I pressed â€œenterâ€ and then â€œconfirmâ€ and recalled the words from this morningâ€™s Bible reading: Jeremiah 31:33. Itâ€™s not that I havenâ€™t been in the Word every day, nor sought to obey; however, I do know I have been busy helping raise my brothers children, being a caregiver to older family members, and sometimes my obedience waned, after all, I had duties to perform. Lately though, Hebrews 11:12 has been tugging on my heart.â€
Allison finished her entry with, â€œI have graduated. I am ready for a new password opening my heart every day, and for the pain of Hebrews 12:11 similar to what Jesus suffered in Hebrews 5:7-10, and now I purpose to open Godâ€™s word with new resolve, making sure with â€˜ink joy,â€ his truths are firmly written on my heart AND obeyed!â€
Allison leaned back in her lounge chair, closing her eyes to the beauty of the patio, and thanked her Father for the glorious help of the Holy Spirit and the Word, and a new goal of finishing her course purposefully and strong!
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