As we read the scriptures, we can do more than simply let our eyes scan the words that travel across the pages; we can let those words become messages that sink into the depths of our souls. We can liken them unto ourselves.
As Karyn discovered her passion for her early morning scripture study, at age fifteen, her passion grew into a time for "scripting" sweet journal entries where she envisioned and imagined how each woman might have felt; as she put herself into each setting found in ancient days. One by one the stories and songs were written...
"About My Father's Business" Story and Song #1 - Beginning with Mary's experience with fearing she had lost her son, Jesus, Karyn visualized what it might have been like for Mary, the Mother of Jesus, when he said to her, "Mother, wist ye not that I shall be "About my Father's Business"?
Question: Who can better understand our hearts than Mary, the Mother of Jesus, when we fear we have lost a child to death, to sin or to the sorrows of this world?
"Child of Truth" Story & Song #2, In the next portion of this podcast, Karyn further shares what Mary, the Mother of Jesus might have been felt as she stood at the edge of the River Jordan at the time of the Savior's baptism. Karyn shares her visualization of what Mary might have felt, in storytelling and song, in her ponderings she has entitled, "Child of Truth".
Question: What joy might a nameless woman have felt on her baptism day, being born into the kingdom while following the Savior's example into those waters?
"In the Wilderness", Song & Story #3, Karyn envisions what Mary might have felt and expressed pertaining to her Son's ability to "Be of Good Cheer" while overcoming the world and receiving the grace and strength to follow in His footsteps along the path of Salvation while overcoming temptation.
"In His Loving Arms", Song & Story #4, Karyn ponders what any nameless woman, in Ancient Days, might have felt who may have struggled alone to climb the hill that led to Jesus' sermon on the mount while carrying her baby and shepherding her other little ones... (written during Karyn's experience as a single mother.)
Question: How can I show greater trust in the Lord as I place my child (children) in His loving arms when it is difficult for me to trust that their Father in Heaven knows best.
"Sermon on the Mount", Story and Song #5 ,Karyn meditates on the lone and nameless woman who immersed herself in the Savior's love while drinking in the beatitudes on the mount where He spoke sermons to the multitude. What might she have felt if she were doing all within her power to follow Him while carrying a silent burden buried in her heart....
Question: How would it feel to take my own silent burden to the Lord and drink in His peace and promise --- knowing that I am doing all in my power to love Him with all my heart, might, mind and strength during times of personal trial and affliction?
"Love Your Enemy", Story and Song #6 becomes a guided visualization for the nameless woman who may have knelt at the foot of His cross and learned by His merciful example, how to love and forgive her enemy.
Question: How can I offer my broken heart to the Lord and ask Him to bless me with the miracle of forgiveness; for my own mistakes, follies and errors in judgments and for those of the one "knows not what he does"?
Remembering the Savior's words upon the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do..." can bring the sweetest release for any soul suffering from the hurtful actions, words or deeds of another.
"Trim Your Lamp" Story & Song #7 - Karyn reflects upon her own times of neglecting her scripture study and the sorrow that brought her heart and the joy of keeping her personal divine appointment with the Lord each morning. Experiencing times of neglect has only further substantiated in Karyn's life, her personal need to "Seek the Lord early while He may be found.".
Question: How can I do better in keeping my divine appointment with the Lord so that I can continually "trim my lamp" with the oil of joy and gladness?
"The Morning Light" - Story & Song #8 - Visualize yourself as the woman in this song. Imagine what it might feel like to rise up early in the morning to seek the Lord's spirit at the start of each new day. How would it bless other's along the way?
Question: What joy might it bring, what peace to one's heart, what comfort to one's soul might be afforded if the practice of a "Daily Divine Appointment" could be devotedly kept with the Lord each new morning?
"He is My Savior Too" - Story & Song #9 - Letting this message into your heart can bless your heart as you fully embrace the realization that the Savior's love belongs to you. He is your Savior too!
Question: What love, joy and peace could I possibly feel in deeper measure if I allowed myself to more fully receive the gift of the Savior's infinite love for me too?
How might it bless my life to receive the Gift of His Atonement in my behalf rather than deny the Giver the Joy of bestowing His Gift of Mercy to me?