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Journaling
November 1, 2016ArticlesComments Off on Journaling

I have valued journaling as a spiritual discipline since the early 80’s, shortly after coming to faith in Jesus. I was a “gutter rescue” in The Father’s house and the process of sanctification and healing was written up in my daily journal. It was a messy process but the Holy Spirit used this practice to create in me an awareness of my inner life (seriously messy!) and to keep a record of the process of Him shoveling out the garbage and uncovering the treasure.

For this reason, one of the “pillars” of the 40 day LIGHTEN UP journey – in fact, TIGHTEN UP and even BRIGHTEN UP too – remains, keeping a record of your 40 day experience.

It’s a practice that creates mindfulness.  It has been used to stir gratitude – remember Ann Voskamp (http://onethousandgifts.com/a-letter-from-ann) who dared thousands to live FULLY, right where we were.  Arthur Burk, John Piper and Sam Storm (http://www.samstorms.com) , were all used in my journey to confirmed and give explanation to a deep conviction that all men are created by God with a JOY BASE.  The capacity for joy and the desire to find joy is written onto every human heart!  Life, sin and wounds can damage that inner JOY BASE CAMP to such an extent that it will take quite something to find it again, to clean it up and to then service and maybe even extend it!  Thankfully, God is not afraid of messy and is committed to the restoring all His vandalized works of art!

his-workmanshipA Jesuit of the 1500’s, Ignatius Loyola (another messy life!) taught a discipline called EXAMEN.  It involved 4 basic steps in reviewing your day with God and then praying forward into the next day. Reading about it reminded me of the dinner-table tradition in our home called High’s and Low’s.  At dinner each evening, every member of the family had to share their best moment and their worst. It was an opportunity for connection, compassion, celebration and certainly discipleship.

There’s no right or wrong way to keep a journal, it just needs to work for you.  I’ve always favoured the old fashioned, write it down in longhand kind of way. The slowness of the process is valuable to me.  It helps me uncover my thinking, but recently I have been using a brand new method called DAY ONE.  It’s not new – been around since 2011, but I’ve been testing it as another option to those who value the whole idea of journaling but find themselves unable to consistently practice it.
It’s an app on my phone.  I’m able to celebrate WONDER by putting in a picture of my highlight. The immediacy of the entry is nice for me.  A song, a “key” SMS – all these I can enter immediately.  In the evenings I can savour, review and prayerfully process my day. My appointment book or diary and my journal have always been one book, because my everyday life is the matrix through which God’s kingdom either comes or doesn’t. This app lets me enter appointments in the future and edit past entries as needed. And storage is so much simpler. You might want to take a look. http://dayoneapp.com/

One of the things I discerned directly from journaling, was some of the nuances in my relationship with TIME.  One of the early patterns I found was the nightmares that occurred only at full moon.  With no real understanding I was still able to sever myself from whatever caused that destructive pattern. Those who attended our CHRONOS and KAIROS retreat will have done similar work on their timelines.

Finally I want to say that I know many people who live deliberately, who represent Jesus very well in this life and who do not journal. As with most spiritual disciplines – they have no value in and of themselves unless they position us before God more receptively.

To those who criticize the practice, I remind you that the scriptures on which we base our salvation came through about 40 “journallers” or scribes, who left us our sacred foundation.

What’s in the Pipeline? BRIGHTEN UP!
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Sample devotional from TIGHTEN UP!
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Break your weight plateau with INTERMITTENT FASTING
October 24, 2015ArticlesComments Off on Break your weight plateau with INTERMITTENT FASTING

All the greats of the Bible were fasters.  Actually MANY world-changers in history, were habitual fasters. And for those of you who are doing all you can, (see the website www.litenuf.co.za for the 7 basics of wellness) BUT your weight is not shifting and you are still a distance from your God-given “original design” – I want to suggest that THIS might be your missing key.

Discussed in the LIGHTEN UP journal on day 21, intermittent fasting is the biblical two-meal-a-day pattern.  Another very effective introduction to this concept, is to keep fasting until lunchtime.   Hopefully you’ve replaced “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” in your head, with “eat only when hungry”, but the 16:8 pattern, which is keeping your night fast for 16 hours and then resuming normal, healthy REAL food eating for the other 8, is in fact another simple way to break a weight plateau. Keep drinking water.  Add a squeeze of lemon if you like.  I even drink the odd cup of coffee to kick start my day, but no solid food. Ideally your fluids should be without calories, but even with a milked coffee, the results have been good.  

Warning: If you are still addicted to sugar then this is not recommended.  (PF) Partial Fasting ie full abstinence of sugar, is the 101 of FASTING and should not be preceded by (IF) intermittent fasting.  Your hunger and cravings will just be enhanced! This is exactly why we only introduce it in the LIGHTEN UP program on day 21, once your sugar dependence is broken. But if you’re free of your sugar addiction, give IF a go and let me know how you get on!
God bless your efforts to be the best version of YOU as you partner with The Holy Spirit.

This article was extracted from LITENUF news Sept/Oct 2015Fasting (resized)

LITENUF & FIT FOR PRAISE RETREAT 2015
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The weather was bitterly cold on the 4, 5 and 6 June 2015 BUT the company of The Holy Spirit was warm, as was the fellowship with the 20 delegates who gathered at The Stable-Studio!

 

We looked at TIME (chronos: seconds, minutes, hours etc AND
kiaros: a God appointed moment) and discussed how to live in CHRONOS with our hearts set to KIAROS.

We also looked at the 3 appointments GOD booked annually with His people as a clue to what they reveal about The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit.

Thanks to the team who served seamlessly –
I loved teaming with you!

THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT FOR YOUR EXQUISITE COMPANY!!
You taught us and led us into an encounter –
lest our knowledge make us religious!

Grateful. Again.

New EDITION 2015
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After 7 years we have had opportunity to upgrade the original journal in English. Here’s a peek inside at day 1’s devotion.

Spring Retreat: 31August & 1September 2013
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Spring Retreat 2013

Discover your REDEMPTIVE design and maximize your kingdom effectiveness!
This is one of the most empowering teachings available to the Body of Christ.

Biblical teaching, good company and delicious refreshments.
Special rates for FRIENDS OF LITENUF.

Limited accommodation for out-of-towners.

Email Viv: vivienne@litenuf.co.za

 

Retha goes HOME. 20/06/2013
June 20, 2013In The News, TestimonialsComments Off on Retha goes HOME. 20/06/2013

God has apportioned us each a number of days. They were written in His book long before we even saw our first day. Psalm 139:16
Today was the expiry date of Retha’s earth-suit, but because of Jesus – His life, His death and His resurrection – she LIVES and so we mourn our own loss and celebrate her transition into the next world.

She was a friend and prayer partner in the pattern of Epaphras, Paul’s fellow-worker and friend. She was “always labouring in prayer for others…” that they “would stand firm and complete in the will of God”. Col 4:12

Pray for us who remain behind, that we would process our loss and pain IN and WITH God.

Until next time,
Viv

2013
June 10, 2013In The NewsComments Off on 2013

My dear and precious friend, prayer- partner and co-labourer in LITENUF, is in a dire space.

The cancer that led to RETHA making some radical changes to her toxic lifestyle 11 years ago, has returned.

The official diagnosis is bone cancer, spread to some of her organs.  Dr’s are considering radiation to shrink a particular problematic tumour, but have said that her condition is so far progressed that there is nothing to do but make her painfree and wait for the end.

In our year long battle with various symptoms that we fought on a spiritual, emotional and physical level, we eventually called in “the big guns” to help us.  This included people we have developed relationship with through our ministry.  People we refer to when LITENUF journeyers face problems that exceed our experience, or our authority. These people (from various streams of the Christian faith) are speaking with one voice on this matter.  They are all speaking LIFE and HEALING, not in the life to come, but HERE IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING.

This last week was earmarked for our annual retreat together.  A time each year when we separate ourselves from our normal routine/homes and seek the Lord for new direction or course adjustments within our small organization. Instead, we continued the same pattern of palliative care, with time for prayer, praise, communion and scripture reading.

Today Retha’s congregation sent out some members of their worship team and blessed her heart so!