Listen to the Raven

Sharp_Raven_wallpaper_by_LadyLuminalToday we saw a raven and I thought of Elijah. Then in conversation with a friend I mentioned ravens and God using them to feed His friend. I decided to read a post I wrote some time ago and it helped me today.

In 1 Kings 19. I believe there is some wonderful advice that I have in the past put into practice. It works for me. I need to start finding that special time for me again, to keep doing that which works well with my soul.

I have had many thoughts about Elijah and I have read this chapter quite a few times. This post is one I keep returning to because I keep forgetting to let God look after me.

I have an online Bible devotional come through that is a excellent place to start. There is reference to this as I share my thoughts on Elijah. However the devotional started with Mark 1:35

Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

There are two guys I know

Both of them want to please God and both of them are emotional beings. They were created this way and God understands them. They have all the same feelings and hurts as us. They also have the same fears and anxieties too. The one guy I have written a poem about in the past I also painted a picture for him. He is always there when I hit the pit. He is so real to me, so open honest and transparent. His name is Jonah.

The other friend of mine, his named is Elijah

Elijah helps me to get through my worst meltdowns. God has been allowing past hurts to surface lately and things I never believed I would have to face are being healed. In prayer and through tears I feel me growing. God is so good!

Reading 1 kings 19 is a Godsend for me.

When I first got the email I felt totally drained. I really couldn’t be bothered to read it. But that Still Small Voice inside spoke and said, “Read it Lisa!” I said, “No, reading is too hard and I feel like crap!” Again the voice inside said, “Read it!” I struggled with this for a bit, but I know when God directs it is always for our good. His plans are to prosper not harm.

This is part of what I received and decided to follow.

In the Bible we see many who experienced times of burnout. After Jonah’s miraculous delivery from the big fish and prophetic announcement to the people on Nineveh, he sank into a depression and wanted to die (Jonah 4:3). After Elijah called down fire from heaven that miraculously burned up the sacrifices of Baal, the fire in his own life went dim (1 Kings 18-19). Elijah prayed, “I have had enough, LORD. Take my life,” (1 Kings 19:4). Both of these men wanted to quit.

How do we avoid those same feelings of burnout? The first step is to realize that it can happen and does happen to the best of us.

What was God’s response to Elijah?

Let’s take a look at 1 Kings Chapter 19.

  • He allowed Elijah to sleep. (19:5) – rest
  • He sent an angel to provide food for him to eat. (19:5) –  refreshment
  • He allowed Elijah to sleep again. (19:6) – more rest
  • He sent an angel to provide food for him to eat again. (19:7) – more refreshment
  • He caused Elijah to ponder what he was doing. “What are you doing here?” (19:9) – reflection
  • He spoke to Elijah personally. (19:11) – response
  • He caused Elijah to ponder what he was doing, again. “What are you doing here?” (19:13) – reflection
  • He told Elijah what to do next. (19:15) – redirection
  • He showed Elijah who He had appointed to help him. (19:16) – reinforcement

Rest

Refreshment

Rest

Refreshment

Reflection

Response

Reflection

Redirection

Reinforcement

Burnout happens when I focus on people and fitting in.

That includes me thinking too much about myself too.

“You can’t see yourself “in yourself,”

you have to learn to see yourself in Christ.”

~A Joyce Meyer’s fb status.

There was a reason why Jesus went off to solitary places to pray.

If Jesus had to do it maybe I should be more willing to do it too. My shutdowns are not such a bad thing if I give them to God at the foot of the cross. But I do believe that if I was more ready to listen, I wouldn’t overload myself in the first place.

Love and hugs.

Lisa. xx 🙂

“Uncluttered…What are you doing here?”

Hello my lovely Bloggy friends,

Today’s thoughts are a bit of a ponder after reading 1 Kings 19. I have had many thoughts about Elijah lately and I have read this chapter quite a few times over the last few months. This week I had an online Bible devotional come through that was focused on this very chapter.

However the devotional started with Mark 1:35

Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

There are two guys I know

Both of them want to please God and both of them are emotional beings. They were created this way and God understands them. They have all the same feelings and hurts as us. They also have the same fears and anxieties too. The one guy I have written a poem about in the past I also painted a picture for him. He is always there when I hit the pit. He is so real to me, so open honest and transparent. His name is Jonah.

The other friend of mine, his named is Elijah

Elijah helped me to get through one of my worse meltdowns ever. God has been allowing past hurts to surface lately and things I never believed I would have to face are being healed. In prayer and through tears. God is so good!

Reading 1 kings 19 was a Godsend for me.

I felt totally drained when I got the email notification come through.

I really couldn’t be bothered to read it.

But that Still Quiet Voice inside spoke and said, “Read it Lisa!”

I said, “No, reading is too hard and I feel like crap!”

Again the voice inside said, “Read it!”

I struggled with this for a bit, but I know when God directs it is always for our good.

His plans are to prosper not harm.

This is part of what I received and decided to follow.

In the Bible we see many who experienced times of burnout. After Jonah’s miraculous delivery from the big fish and prophetic announcement to the people on Nineveh, he sank into a depression and wanted to die (Jonah 4:3). After Elijah called down fire from heaven that miraculously burned up the sacrifices of Baal, the fire in his own life went dim (1 Kings 18-19). Elijah prayed, “I have had enough, LORD. Take my life,” (1 Kings 19:4). Both of these men wanted to quit.

How do we avoid those same feelings of burnout? The first step is to realize that it can happen and does happen to the best of us.

What was God’s response to Elijah? Let’s take a look at 1 Kings Chapter 19.

  • He allowed Elijah to sleep. (19:5) – rest
  • He sent an angel to provide food for him to eat. (19:5) –  refreshment
  • He allowed Elijah to sleep again. (19:6) – more rest
  • He sent an angel to provide food for him to eat again. (19:7) – more refreshment
  • He caused Elijah to ponder what he was doing. “What are you doing here?” (19:9) – reflection
  • He spoke to Elijah personally. (19:11) – response
  • He caused Elijah to ponder what he was doing, again. “What are you doing here?” (19:13) – reflection
  • He told Elijah what to do next. (19:15) – redirection
  • He showed Elijah who He had appointed to help him. (19:16) – reinforcement

Rest

Refreshment

Rest

Refreshment

Reflection

Response

Reflection

Redirection

Reinforcement

Burnout happens when I focus on people and fitting in.

That includes me thinking too much about myself too.

Joyce Meyer’s fb status yesterday

“You can’t see yourself “in yourself,”

you have to learn to see yourself in Christ.”

There was a reason why Jesus went off to solitary places to pray.

If Jesus had to do it maybe I should be more willing to do it too.

My shutdowns are not such a bad thing if I give them to God at the foot of the cross.

But I do believe that if I was more ready to listen, I wouldn’t overload myself in the first place.

Love and hugs.

Lisa. xx 🙂

 

“I’m waiting to find out!”

"I'm waiting to find out!"

Hello my lovely bloggy friends,

Collecting thoughts and processing them is something my Aspie brain does constantly. I have SO MANY thoughts throughout my day, so many connections that could be linked but SO MANY of them escape and are forgotten.

About 6 years ago I started to journal my personal thoughts, this I find so helpful.

My blogs have become part of this but I still have other journals too.

I find it best for me to be organised with my thoughts

My Alienhippy blog is for me to share what I have on my heart to share,

“A place where I can be me!” In a world where it is hard to fit.

Listening through the Loops is for my deeper thoughts,

my inspirations, creativity, help, dreams and imagination.

I have a personal journal that helps me,

I also choose to share my deeper thoughts with those I trust 100%

I keep a prayer journal which I find very, very helpful.

Also I keep a reflective thoughts and letter writing journal.

I don’t write in all of these every day.

My personality is one that needs to share and express.

So I go with what feels best on that particular day.

Some days I can’t express through words, this is where art and music are so very important to me.

Other days I can only express to close friends and they are very patient because believe me with all my looping thoughts I can REALLY babble.

We are all created to be unique

Aspergers Syndrome to me is all I know, when I read about cures for Autism I actually feel quite offended and hurt.

I can only speak for me, I can’t speak for others. I’m quite aware that for those who love and care for children with low functioning Autism I can try to understand the hurt and desperation felt. I don’t want to hurt anyone with my feelings, I can only share how the word “cure” makes me feel.

Being someone with High Functioning Autism, to quote Temple Grandin I also feel,

“I am different, not less.”

To cure is to fix and make better.

I don’t quite understand what is wrong with me or my kids. We struggle to make sense of the way this world is. But we get by and give as we can to community. We accept those around us and try hard to fit the best we can, so to me to cure me means changing me to be like everyone else.

I don’t want to be like everyone else, I like being me!

There are those who manipulate

I think one of the biggest problems for those of us on the spectrum is we listen to and absorb the opinions of others.

As children we were excited by life and we didn’t see anything wrong with us.

As we get older and gain understanding, also learn to conform to societies “norm” that is when we start to lose self.

“A place where I can be me!”

My blog, is a place for me to find self again, to find who I am created to be,

to find my inner Shirley!

As a Christian for me this means to be open and honest and to seek God and His will for my life.

To keep open my Aspie eyes and heart.

That also means to recognise.

Everyone of you who reads my blog and leaves me comments help me to discover little pieces of who I lost. Your words encourage me. Thank you for helping me put this Aspie Jig-saw together.

Just as Elijah waited for the Ravens to bring him meat and bread, and drank from the brook.

I wait on God to help me see, to help me discover who I am in Christ.

I have no idea what it means to be gifted with Aspergers Syndrome.

I’m waiting to find out!

Love and hugs my friends.

Lisa. xx 🙂