Why was The Wind Chimes of Life written?
AnswerI can only say that The Wind Chimes of Life is a spiritual gift from the Holy Spirit because I did not know that my diary, a.k.a. journal, was destined to be a book.
I was in a difficult and transitional place in my life, (as were many others close to me), and as The Holy Spirit prompted me I wrote down on paper what was on my heart. It was an "emptying out" experience for me. All the emotions and feelings that I could not or did not express to anyone were poured out on paper.
As I wrote I was very honest with my words and thoughts because I did not expect anyone to read them. Throughout my journaling, I kept seeking words of wisdom from God to help me navigate through the issues, moment in time experiences and emotions; and the soul searching of my conscious.
Then, it happened! The Holy Spirit quietly revealed to me that what I had written was a book to be shared with others because I wrote about life; and everyone could relate to what was on the pages of my heart.
I hesitated at first, but then through prayer became bold with faith. Once I made the commitment to follow-through, The Holy Spirit put everything in place for The Wind Chimes of Life to be born through me for encouragement and inspiration for you.
The expressive rendering in Chapter 8 of The Wind Chimes of Life titled "Jesus Christ, (why me?)" is my confession.
Job 38:1 “Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind.”
Psalm 63:6-7 “I lie awake at night thinking of you – of how much you have helped me – and how I rejoice through the night beneath the protecting shadow of your wings.”
Search result for 'heart' in THE WIND CHIMES OF LIFE
Chapter 1: THE SUMMER BREEZE
"...So, child of the King, take extra measures to receive and give extraordinarily as your only modus operandi! Since you are not ordinary do not accept ordinary, entertain ordinary, give ordinary, dream ordinary, think ordinary, love ordinary, or forgive ordinary, and do not have an ordinary heart for GOD or His people. You are not of this world, however Some Folks still are! ..."
Chapter 2: THE WHIRLWIND4.
"... and bullying; A LOT of disappointments, sadness, fear, loneliness, despair and unfulfilled dreams; A LOT of tears, frowns, offenses, heartaches, curses, grudges and un-forgiveness; A LOT of wants, desires, habits, addictions, distractions and greed; A LOT of lies, assumptions, ..."21.
"... less is more; more is too much and too much is burdensome. Jesus’ answer is simply: eternity. Submit to the Holy Spirit for guidance from pre-decision to final decision in all matters of the heart. Live debt-free of sin because of Jesus, and become financially debt-free, honoring GOD. College ..."37.
"... as they came.” Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value, and are safe from thieves. If your profits are in heaven, your heart will be there too.” Luke 16:10-13 (MSG) ..."
Chapter 3: THE STRONG WIND16.
"... is not a sin; but acting on it is the sin that gives way to the consequences of disobedience. Whatever gets your attention gives thought to your imagination and adds desire to your heart. The Christian’s warfare strategy is prayer and praise. We don’t see the devil coming because he ..."23.
"... weaknesses from responding to temptation’s call. SPIRITUAL END ZONE: GOD’s WORD Psalm 19:12-13 “But how can I ever know what sins are lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. And keep me from deliberate wrongs; help me to stop doing them. Only then can I be free of ..."
"...Mark 7:20-23 “And Jesus said, ‘It is the thought-life that pollutes. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts of lust, theft, murder, adultery, wanting what belongs to others, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, pride, and all other folly. All these vile things come from within; they are what pollute you and make you unfit for God.’” ..."
Chapter 4: THE RUSHING WIND36.
"... were born, I set you apart for a special work.” Jeremiah 20:9-10b “And I can’t quit! For if I say I’ll never again mention the Lord – never more speak in his name – then his word in my heart is like fire that burns in my bones, and I can’t hold it any longer. Even those who were my ..."
Chapter 5: THE WINDS OF CHANGE13.
"... find a new home, a new place to dwell; let’em move away as far as the “east is from the west.” Let peace be your heart’s desire, moving you closer to GOD’s place of mercy and grace. Fight the inner impulse to memorize past hurts, mistreatment and disloyalties. You must want to do ..."27.
"... starts the process of change within and without. Human limitation does not limit GOD; He can do anything but fail. Counsel your heart according to the Word of GOD. Cancel the debt owed; let go of the anger and bitterness of heart. Sometimes we are just wrong and holding onto that wrong ..."28.
"... limitation does not limit GOD; He can do anything but fail. Counsel your heart according to the Word of GOD. Cancel the debt owed; let go of the anger and bitterness of heart. Sometimes we are just wrong and holding onto that wrong will not make it change to right. “One problem with ..."37.
"... “Wisdom puts light in the eyes, and gives gentleness to words and manners.” Malachi 4:6a (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” 2 Corinthians 2:11 “A further reason for forgiveness is to keep from being ..."
Chapter 6: THE NORTH WIND
"...felt at ease: to share with no return expectations; talk all the time on the phone and with written words in cards and letters, too; spent time face-to-face at the cookouts and cook-ins; say what we mean, and mean what we say all with the other’s best interest at heart. We were close to inseparable so unlike how we are today. ..."9.
"... standoffish, busy watching and waiting to see what’s really up. How did we get here? I do not know for sure. The problem must be me; it could not be my family, friends, or neighbors; those I have held close to my heart. Then how did I get here? My heart is infected growing cold and hard; ..."11.
"... must be me; it could not be my family, friends, or neighbors; those I have held close to my heart. Then how did I get here? My heart is infected growing cold and hard; it is now getting numb for it is dying! I need help in a hurry to recharge, rejuvenate, and restore! This is an ..."14.
"... to recharge, rejuvenate, and restore! This is an emergency, an Aching Pain Bulletin, an APB of desperation! I want my old heart back, the one that GOD gave me; this one is not it. GOD, please cleanse my heart; make it new again; make it feel again; make it like Yours again. I am praying ..."16.
"... an APB of desperation! I want my old heart back, the one that GOD gave me; this one is not it. GOD, please cleanse my heart; make it new again; make it feel again; make it like Yours again. I am praying fervently that I am not too late, that I have not crossed too far over the line, and ..."22.
"... about a situation … STOP to pray and wait for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes an adult time out is needed to re-examine one’s heart in order to salvage a relationship of the heart that really matters. “Others are merely mirrors of you. Do not live life in deception by assuming ..."24.
"... you. Do not live life in deception by assuming you are not the problem.” (Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby)84 If I cannot trust you with my feelings and my heart, I cannot trust you in my life. Sometimes you must remember the way a person used to be in order to keep on loving them ..."30.
"... standing for the right. Don’t leave me, Lord; don’t go away! Come quickly! Help me, O my Savior.” Psalm 51:10 (NCV) “Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again.” Psalm 77:2-6 (MSG) “I found myself in trouble and went looking for my Lord; my life was an open wound ..."
Chapter 7: THE EAST WIND1.
"... be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.” Abandoning your vulnerability, sacrificing other relationships, exposing your heart, mind, and soul; Surrendering to emotional ties and weaknesses and seeing, hearing, and doing what is hardest ..."23.
"... and not wanting to let anybody down; Putting life and ambitions on hold; Having no rights of your own; Giving away your heart, voice, reasoning, conscience, dreams, and aspirations; Compromising, sacrificing, and interfering; Unconditionally giving everything; Relentlessness and ..."
Chapter 8: THE SEA BREEZE6.
"... maybe sabotage or spread vicious rumors, instead of praying earnestly to GOD for self-control? No thoughts of forgiveness, not a single thread of compassion ran through your mind or in your heart. You did not ace this test; because you caved in and did not let GOD navigate you through the ..."12.
"... as the devil raises his ugly head: do not try to handle things on your own by replying in your natural state of mind; Take the truth to heart that “the battle is not yours!” Do not hinder your prayers with anger; keep in mind that you are a child of GOD and He sees and hears ..."38.
"... be criticized. For others will treat you as you treat them. Do for others what you want them to do for you.” Luke 6:45c “Whatever is in the heart overflows into speech.” Colossians 2:6 “And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live ..."