spiritual health

Harvest Insurance: Pruning & Spiritual Health

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  We reap what we sow. Choose what you nourish carefully.      Anonymous     Agriculture is a business. And with any business, there are a variety of insurance policies to choose from to ensure the farmer gets some return from his crop in case of a catastrophic event. I wish we would have applied some sort of “insurance” to an …

Praying for a Broken Heart

shelley noonan Blog Posts, Hospice, Prayer, Quieting Time, Selah, Spiritual Fruitfulness, Spiritual Health

This good Friday afternoon, during the COVID-19 pandemic, finds me in a reflective mood.  What is so good about Good Friday? During these difficult times, many hearts are being crushed from the external pressures of this world, squeezed by the absence of income, or devastated by the loss of a loved one who will not be seen again in this …

The 9 Best Resources for the Selah Method of Studying the Bible

The 9 Best Resources for the Selah Method of Studying the Bible

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A Selah study is for anyone and is an easy way to learn how to study the Bible. The basic premise of Selah is to take a passage of scripture and dwell on it by reading and meditating upon it for five days in a row. Selah helps you to meditate, understand, and apply the passage by directing you to …

Three Strategies to Simplify Your Quiet Time

shelley noonan Bible Study, Blog Posts, Lifestyle, Selah, Spiritual Health

  The often-used term Quiet Time has long been used by Christians to describe a specific time set aside to read the Bible and commune with God. For most of us, the literal term Quiet Time is a misnomer because these precious moments of silence are scarce. When I mention what I do, which is to create Bible studies for …

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Spiritual Fruitfulness: Stop Hiding Behind the Leaves

shelley noonan Blog Posts, Nature, Selah, Spiritual Fruitfulness

  “Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;” John Keats   September is the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” on our farm. This year marks my 36th September as my beloved Farmer’s wife and allows me to look at the topic of fruitfulness with at least a bit of authority. Each fall I look …

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Cultivating Spiritual Fruitfulness: Get Your Hands Dirty

shelley noonan Blog Posts, Nature, Selah, Spiritual Fruitfulness

  Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’  and sitting in the shade. — Rudyard Kipling   I know a certain someone, who shall remain nameless, who was an avid gardener…in her head.  Every spring we receive seed catalogs from Gurneys, and this little person poured over them during the relentlessly gray months of a Nebraska spring and …

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Praying Through the Scriptures with Selah Supplication

shelley noonan Bible Study, Blog Posts, Selah, Study Tips

“Answers to prayer have to be on God’s schedule, not ours. He hears us pray, and He answers according to His will in His own time.” David Jeremiah The Hebrew word Selah means to pause and reflect. One way you can pause and reflect is to pray. You and I are well on our way through ACTS; a straightforward framework …

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Encouraging Spiritual Fruitfulness: Two Things You Must Have

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And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!  Galatians 6:9 TPT   For over three and a half decades, I have been observing our Nebraskan fields and yields, and I’ve noted some remarkable parallels between the physical and spiritual crops and the conditions …

Christian Thanksgiving

Praying the Scriptures with Selah Thanksgiving

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“God is in control, and therefore in EVERYTHING I can give thanks – not because of the situation but because of the One who directs and rules over it.” –Kay Arthur Just reading through Psalm 119:1-8, I wonder if you will find things to be thankful for? While doing the SELAH method for studying the Bible, the acronym ACTS is …