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Live YOUR Design: Pammy's Perspectives
14 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
The Holidays Part 2: Take the RUSH out of the Holidays by Taking Charge of the RUSH!
Hi everyone, Buying into the seduction of the "Holiday Rush" produces an identity crisis. Check out my podcast to find how. You may notice that what I share may not apply to the holidays, but to another area of your life. Live YOUR Design fully for the rest of this holiday season and into the New Year!Pam
23 minutes | Nov 17, 2019
The Holidays: Part 1 - The GIFT of Emotional Pain: Honor the Broken-Hearted!
I had written this article in 2007. In today's podcast, I used it as a springboard to share insights I've gained since then.The GIFT of Emotional Pain: Honor the broken-hearted this holiday season! We cannot “just get over it”. We need our pain. Our pain leads us. We must not reject our pain. We need to embrace our pain. Pain has much to tell us. Pain leads us to hope again. It cries out to be heard. Our pain cries out to be experienced; It cries out to be felt. AND, we’d rather run from our pain. BUT, please consider the following: “In a sense, our darker moments and most upsetting feelings are an opportunity for spiritual growth and for uncovering our wisdom; for waking up. Our deepest insights can emerge from working directly – with awareness – with our own difficulties. (Emotional Alchemy by Tara Bennett Coleman)"Let’s honor the brokenhearted by not expecting them and/or ourselves to be “up” just because it’s “that time of the year".Let’s not run from our own emotional pain or from the pain of others. Let’s allow pain to speak to us through the process of grief. Let’s give the gift of freedom to feel and to express emotional pain - to ourselves and others this holiday season. Let’s begin to realize that in doing so we will give our pain an opportunity to gift us in return. Let’s become close to the brokenhearted this holiday season! “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and rescures those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18”) Pam Merten - 2007
23 minutes | Nov 10, 2019
Love, Lover and Truth - or - Liar and Accuser?
Our perception of Who God Is is of utmost importance: Is god a Liar; an Accuser? A god that condemns the human soul for not living up to rules and regulations? Or, is God both Love and Truth? Is God a Lover of each and every human soul? In this podcast, I challenge one of my favorite spiritual old timers: Oswald Chambers. A friend of mine was sent the devotion I share in the podcast that was meant to encourage - but would have left my friend very discouraged had he not perceived God as LOVE . I was asked what my take is. My take: Oswald and I have a very different perception of WHO God Is based on this particular devotion. -----a. In the podcast I said that "Diabolos" means "Liar". I spoke too quickly - I get excited! "Diabolos" means "Accuser". Scriptures describe Satan as both "Diabolos" - The Accuser and "The Father of Lies". Satan's identity is LIAR. As LIAR, Satan falsely accuses us day in and day out. b. In the podcast, I quoted Oswald, "If you are the same miserable crosspatch. . . " The word "crosspatch" is defined: curmudgeon, complainer, pessimist, prophet of doom, c. Isaiah 1:18 - Come now, and let us reason* together, saith the Lord.*In the podcast I misquoted this verse in that I replaced the word "reason" with "counsel". My intention remains the same, though, because my focus was on the word "together": God is not a dictator. Together - with us and not alone - does not describe a dictator God.I did not quote the rest of Isaiah 1:18 in the podcast: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. As I ponder this piece, I'm thinking that God gives us a lot more credit than we deserve!! How many of us have "reasoned together with God" that God perceives WHO we truly ARE apart from rotten attitudes and behaviors we exhibit when we live outside of our beautiful God-given designs? In other words, how many of us have reasoned- together with God - that God perceives each of us - each and every individual within the human race - as beautiful wool - as beautiful virgin snow whose purpose is to help us to LIVE out WHO we truly ARE?Come to think of it, Isaiah 1:18 truly matches what I speak about in my podcast: Is god a Liar; our Accuser? A god that condemns the human soul for not living up to rules and regulations? Or, is God both Love and Truth? Is God a Lover of each and every human soul? If you are not sure, please ask God to make your perspective clear: But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26)Love!Pam
19 minutes | Oct 14, 2019
Don't let your heart be troubled.
"Don't let your hearts be troubled; TRUST me." Jesus said that to his disciples way back in the day. The Spirit of Truth - the Counselor - whom God sent to us after Jesus died reminds us of those same words today. The cry of the heart of God is, "TRUST me."We have REAL problems that make our hearts troubled. We get scared. Anxious. Depressed. "Is there light at the end of this tunnel of darkness?" we often ask ourselves when hard stuff happens. "Trust God????"On this podcast, I share my own struggle with trusting God when hard stuff happens.Pam Merten
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