Are you Asleep?

Back we are!  Life is full as always!  I had a video all prepared for you on last week’s theme and then when I was just about all finished with editing I lost all my work except the video. (Thankfully!) So you’ll have to wait a little longer.  In reflecting for this week a new thought came to me over time.  This world is so full of those existential questions…but these questions seem to go…unanswered.  This culture is so full of questioning or the other extreme of no questions.

But what needs to happen in order to awaken this question?  It seems that we fall asleep.  HOPE! Trust that there is an answer for those who are patient enough to wait.

But I want the answer NOW! It is all very well to say that! It doesn’t sound like something I can actively do!

Hmm…Have you tried to listen?

Yes, all the time and HE doesn’t answer!

I see. But what direction pulls you?  Yes I know there is a thousand different directions, but what really pulls you?  Pay attention to the motions of your heart.  I don’t just mean if it feels good or not I mean a lot deeper.  Is there a deep abiding peace?  Is there joy?  Joy is much deeper than passing happiness. Because a drug addict can feel happy when he is high but he went after it by an immoral means.  True joy brings happiness sometimes but not necessarily in the way you might think.

So, God wants me to be happy?

YES!! Hope is trusting in what you do not see.  But something pulls you deeper.  DEEPER even than yourself.  I may not be an addict, but I have selfish prideful tendencies and always will…but the HOLY SPIRIT brings hope that day after day I will be better.  FOR PURPOSE is beyond myself. In heaven is the reward…but for a time we may have to undergo many trials to be strengthened for the hope that is your call. This is not a punishment but a call to deep love. To choose the best good.  Not just something good.  God does desire to bring you happiness in this life.  He will.  It is precisely through these trials that we do find JOY. It is to test how much we really trust and how far we really mean to choose to follow though we may not see. 

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ex·is·tence

ex·is·tence

noun \ig-ˈzis-tən(t)s\

Definition of EXISTENCE

1
a obsolete :  reality as opposed to appearance

b :  reality as presented in experience

(1) :  the totality of existent things (2) :  a particular being<all the fair existences of heaven — John Keats>

d :  sentient or living being :  life

2
a :  the state or fact of having being especially independently of human consciousness and as contrasted with nonexistence<the existence of other worlds>

b :  the manner of being that is common to every mode of being

c :  being with respect to a limiting condition or under a particular aspect

3
:  actual or present occurrence <existence of a state of war>

Examples of EXISTENCE

  1. She began to doubt the existence of God.
  2. <the existence of UFO’s is something that people continue to argue about>

First Known Use of EXISTENCE

14th century

Rhymes with EXISTENCE

Be Your Own Best Friend and Also God’s!

Thank you! Beautiful

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Are we truly a friend of God’s, exemplifying peace, joy and kindness in the world? If I claim to be a Christian, it’s important for me to ‘walk the walk,’ otherwise I am a stumbling block for those who are watching me and this grieves the Holy Spirit. When I was young, I expected perfection from myself. Over the years I took steps to be more realistic, but it wasn’t easy. Change isn’t instantaneous. For me it was usually five steps forward, two steps back. If that’s you too, remember we’re still moving forward!

It’s amazing how the mind can be one’s most motivational cheerleader and friend one moment and in a blink of an eye, be its worst enemy. It can build up but also break down a person so emotionally that they hide their subconscious thoughts behind closed lady looking in a mirrordoors in a far-off corner of the mind. It is simply too painful to unlock the memories to view them honestly.

It’s the same with our nutritional health…

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Sticks and Stones to Break your Bones

Hello!

Today is once again Friday. Another week has passed and schedules still run crazy.

So how can I be convinced that this God exists and He truly loves me?

That is a good question to ask.  I feel that everyone at some point asks that question.  Do I have purpose? Does He really care? It can be difficult to find that answer. BUT it is there.  That is the first step. Believing HE is THERE.  You are looking for Blessed Assurance and so am I.  In fact, for the rest of my life I’m sure I will be seeking this.

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Life commitment? Isn’t that a bit scary?  I don’t want to spend my whole life without answers!  I want direction.

So do I…as do all of us.  I suppose if you want the term for this it is called hope.  Appear crazy? Well now I wouldn’t be the first one. Can I give you one gem?

Well Yes. DUH! You didn’t quite answer my question. 

Trust.  I struggle with this fear of not having Presence. I am speaking something that I have had to grapple with myself. No it is not easy to let go of the rope. Yes, life does deal hard knocks.  Perhaps that is why it is a call to greater trust. How could a Loving Father allow such bad things to good people? Israel had to deal with this too.  The God they saw was harsh and vengeful to the appearance. Whole cities being driven to the dust.  Peoples destroyed.  Famine. Pestilence. But in this Jerusalem lost sight of Hosea, “Come back to me. With all your heart. Don’t let fear keep us apart. Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.”

Okay.  It does appear that God could care less.  The Old Testament is full of such things!

So it seems.  But the doom of the prophets is misread. Let’s look at these people who are being addressed.  Sinful and focused on their own ways and plans they built for themselves “Baalhs” and “Asherim” gods. Great cities of abundance and wealth without the Praise of the one who allows good things.  They made themselves the center of the universe and praised their accomplishments as the self-made and reliant men that could make many good things happen. So the “masters” (definition of Baahls) made themselves into God the Master. Drastic means take drastic measures.

So what about all the innocent people who did no harm? And what does this have to do with me?

When one member of the family suffers, so does all the family.  When life gets rushed and crazy isn’t it so easy to loose our focus? We do tend to trust our own strength.  But God does promise the lush Mountain and Green Pastures if we Listen and Obey HIS commands. My pride and selfishness keep me from him.  My blocks and idols keep him from working. So why wouldn’t he want to bring those walls crashing down?  This is not a vengeful punishing God, (though poor choices do bring consequences). NO! He brings down the walls so we can draw near to him. He desires to DWELL with his people. (Try reading Isaiah 24 and 25 and 26).

So you are saying that these are ‘attention getters?’ Well I’ve had enough of those! Why can’t life just be normal!

Yes. Life can be normal. Not necessarily the way we imagine. Perhaps this sounds strange to you. But the answer is simple. It is not the horrible things that define love but the purpose behind them. God wants to marry us.  He wants us to be happy.  BUT we live in an imperfect world with imperfect people. We fear the consequences.  But isn’t the real purpose of discipline to teach us there is MORE TO LIFE than silly me?

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Life is lonely. Every time I move I seem to fail.  Every time I run in joy I fall over a log or trip on rock.  Or am surrounded by SNAKES! I am afraid to move.

Yes.  So am I. Life does have logs and stumps and rocks and any manner of scary things.  Yes, I fall over them too. But isn’t the trail easier when the burden is shared?  Isn’t it nice to have a hand to pull you up? I don’t deny at all the presence of difficulty.  There will be that on this side of Heaven.  But think of this, when a child knows his father is on the other side of a field  when losing his way doesn’t he run full speed ahead without a complete knowledge of the danger around him??  Doesn’t he seek the consolation of the Father’s arms?  Here is my gem. There are hard knocks in life and mistakes.  BUT isn’t it easier to get up and to be less hurt when we don’t run break-neck speed?  What about allowing a hand to help? God desires to put his arm around you and show you the pasture. “There are snakes. But not with me as the goal.  There are sticks and stones to break your bones but can I not cushion your fall? I thirst for you. Will you not allow me to purge from you all that keeps you from me? Will you not let me take a hold of your heart and bring you to a new Spring Time?”

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Ephesians 1:3-10

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 “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to…

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ac·knowl·edg·ment

ac·knowl·edg·ment
akˈnälijmənt/Submit
noun
noun: acknowledgement
1.
acceptance of the truth or existence of something.
“there was no acknowledgment of the family’s trauma”
synonyms: acceptance, recognition, admission, concession, confession
2.
the action of expressing or displaying gratitude or appreciation for something.
“he received an award in acknowledgment of his work”
synonyms: thanks, gratitude, appreciation, recognition

Good old dictionary definition.

Acknowledgement

Hi all!

So far we’ve been talking about the need to have silence and silence in a disciplined way. Letting go of me and what I want to find the peace to move ahead.  Now I’d like to invite you a step deeper. It is only possible if you are willing. THIS WOULD BE….

Acknowledgement.

Acknowledgement
I am weak and left to my own devices and trivial pursuits I flounder and fail.

So what does this take? You said willingness. Surely there is more? Sounds a bit risky and yet well, say more.

In order to move, one needs to know where you come from. Background. AND who you are as a person. (Personality, failures, BUT also good qualities).

That doesn’t help. I already know that.

Sure but do you really? Take alcohol for instance.  A glass of wine here or there causes no harm but when an unhealthy attachment exists then you can’t easily choose out of a sick mind to be better.  Take a relationship for instance.  A good healthy friendship is beautiful but what happens when one turns self-ish and starts choosing what one wants versus what will help the other? Isn’t that use and abuse?

Okay. But I’m not an addict and I also am generally nice.

🙂 Okay. The last time you went out to just be with a friend in need or with a friend rejoicing in a good gift was when?  What time-frame? What about even sharing a burden you posses whether uncontrollable or by your own choice? 

Generosity. Yes. That is what I would like to have but I’m still wanting more.  Cause even then I don’t have everything.

Good. Me too. But I can’t carry on unless I recognize I have a beam in my eye and need to work at getting it out. I also can get no-where if I am a victim of circumstance.  There is no chance in this world or fate or anything unless there is a higher purpose.  On my own I am nothing.  Left to my own I falter. There is a higher power which is God. This God loves me. DRASTICALLY!!
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Drastically? What does he care?

Yes. He speaks he moves everyday.  Through people through scripture through events. He is gentle and does not force his love. He allows me to choose.  I’ll talk about this choice soon but now I have to go to work and do the most important thing which is love him in the Present MOMENT and CHERISH the GIFTS he gives me.

But this dialogue…

Will continue. Seek a little for yourself. He will come.  He will feed you and give you drink.  He will give you kind pasture.  He will let you know how he wants to love you. Like any good and Loving Father. Your well won’t run dry. Story soon to illustrate this. Promise.

 

What about Life?

Hey hello Good-Morning!

In this past week I’ve seen a lot about the fruits of trying to live in that quiet space.  You begin to find a Presence.  This Presence is very transforming.  Life sorta just wakes up and begins rolling through into a deep fullness.  In that FULLNESS comes JOY!!

It is all very well to say that.  Does this really exist?  What about MY life?  So much I would like to do and say and grow.

The first step is seeing you have a certain part of you that has desire that cannot be satisfied.  The World seems to have so many enticing options and chaos and schedules and events.  What more can I do to fill my time?  How can I find satisfaction right now?  Did my music upload? Did such and such get my e-mail or text? How about finding my voice?  How about building good relationships?  AHH! Work called me for the umpteenth time to fill an unexpected shift or if I can take this date or that.  OH Lesson-planning time.  Can’t think of any more words.  Phone rings. “You doing okay?” “No!” It’s a friend.  “Do this perhaps.”  Pretty soon a whole lot of noise exists and that bubble of chaos surrounds like a very dark cloud. Did I mention that my refrigerator is starting to get empty?  I propose to you the answer is do nothing.

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Wait. What?  Did you just say do nothing?  That doesn’t make sense! How in the world could nothing build into something glorious?  What about my dreams and desires? Everyone knows you can’t build a building without first a certain amount of planning, purchasing land, doing research, finding options and when the best is found hiring your crew to clear the space and then begin laying the foundation! I want my life to be successful!  No thanks!

Hmm. I want you to have a successful life too.  I want you to have blessings and dreams and desires.  Pause for a second.  You are right about building a building.  But does it all exist at once?

Thank you.  Then I’ll just keep proceeding. Wait what?

Are you surprised?  Life can’t just happen all-at-once-everything-is-answered-now-I-can-move-on attitude! Give me more stuff.  That’s like going outside and trying to build in the first open space available and cutting down trees and trying to stack them on your own. Can’t get you anywhere efficiently and you just have a pile of random stuff. Doesn’t sound very organized. Looks kinda junkie.

Are you calling my life junkie? 

No.  Life is beautiful.  It is good.  A whole endless opportunity exists for you. But you have to be willing to take a risk. And count your chances. Time and space. That’s what it takes.

You just said though to do nothing.

Be willing, my friend, to DO nothing for as long as it takes.  Slow down. Clear your schedule of all the things that are not essential for the moment according to your responsibilities. Turn your phone on silent. Shut your laptop.  Find a pen. Sit down. Don’t move.  Life has too much motion to really have a focus. Ask those questions into the silence. Yes a lot of voices will try to answer you from past experience, current frustration, and failings/mistakes…other’s voices.  The cloud has to go or that empty feeling will keep building. That’s were sorting comes in…planning.

Okay. Now you really have me curious.

Good. That is an excellent place to start.  I’m not going to give you the full answer. You need to find it.  And you need to get to the core of the issue.  Soon you’ll find a Voice.  That steady calm one that brings peace, fullness, lasting joy.  All the sudden things start to happen. They make sense.  And a deep energy comes flowing out unexpectedly. We’ll talk later about the voices. What is essential is that you are consistent with DOING nothing. This is just the first step.  Fill your life with the willingness to let go.  Order begins to evolve.  Direction.  Can that just happen on it’s own power?