Month: January 2014
Do you think God want’s religion?
God gave us a heart and free will so we could become intimate allies.
He’s not looking for good church people or moral politicians. He’s looking to change the world through the weak, broken, friends and lovers of Him.
Think of it.
Jesus came on an adventure.
He was going to save mankind.
He suffered under family, public taunts
people with wrong expectations for him
put downs, scurging, beatings, humiliations
He took the deathblow for all of us.
He ransomed our lives before the Father.
He allowed any of us to call on His name and become followers
He was so holy even death could not keep Him.
Would he trade all that so we could do it all alone?
So we would simply follow some rules?
That we would be a nice guy?
There is something much deeper going on…
Ask Him and you’ll find out.
Jesus is the light.
We all need to be yielded to that light.
He is the source of light
All life is in Him
simply draw close to get some.
and repentance is simply bringing darkness into His light.
The darkness goes away.
May His light glow upon your life
I am sitting here at 11:30 pm rediscovering the beauty of Banana Cream Pie.
It’s one of those things that I enjoy maybe once every two or three years…
but when it’s within my reach, I cannot stop myself from
devouring as much as my heart can handle….
Kinda like Girl Scout Cookies.
What was the first thing that came to mind about writing this out?
Eating little chocolates.
You see, when I read the Bible, I typically have
a piece of chocolate with it
That way my association with reading the Bible is very tasty.
So, today I have been reading from the devotional
Knowing the Heart of God
Now a little background.
I have been posting a little bit about the way of the heart on Facebook.
I have been getting a number of readers who PM me about their relationships
from the breakdowns to the neglect to the very few vibrant souls…
it’s heartbreaking for me.
There is so much going on in our world…
There is abuse, struggle and striving after wind
And these things all conspire to kill our hearts.
We don’t want to deal with what life has brought us.
So much pain, misery and heartbreak…
It’s no wonder divorce and relationships have gone virtual
because so few people know how to feel and communicate with the heart anymore.
And that is why I want to lay out these devotionals in full here.
they are heavy and weighty and worthy of your heart.
Because I don’t think that this world is going to be getting any easier on us.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Matt 5:8
There are few things more crucial to us than our own lives.
And there are few things we are less clear about.
This journey we are taking is hardly down the yellow brick road.
Then again, that’s not a bad analogy at all.
We may set out in the light, with hope and joy, but eventually,
our path always seems to lead us through dark woods…
shrouded with a low-lying mist.
Where is this abundant life that Christ supposedly promised?
Where is God when we need Him most?
What is to become of us?
The cumulative effect of our days upon years that we do not really
understand is a subtle erosion.
We come to doubt our place…
We come to question God’s intention towards us…
And we lose track of the most important things in life.
We’re not fully convinced that God’s offer to us is life.
We have forgotten that the heart is central…
and we have no idea that we were born into a world at war.
So much to speak into this…
I love that comment…
“We’re not fully convinced that God’s offer to us is life.”
Are you FULLY convinced that God’s offer to us is LIFE… like fully and abundantly?
it sure doesn’t seem to be playing itself out that way.
And how would we gauge LIFE… as abundant, high or half full?
How about running on empty?
it’s all a mystery to us.
But Jesus does say there is a place we can tap into
or maybe to abide in
where that life will manifest itself.
And I don’t think He was thinking television….
Now for round two:
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34
In the end, it doesn’t matter how well we have performed or
what we have accomplished – a life
without heart is not worth living.
For out of this wellspring of our soul flow all true caring and
all meaningful work, all real worship and all sacrifice.
Our faith, hope and love issue from this fount as well.
It is in our heart that we first hear the voice of God and it is in the heart
that we come to know Him and learn to live in his love.
To lose heart is to lose everything.
And a “loss of heart” best describes most men and women in our day.
It isn’t just the addictions and affairs…
the depressions and heartaches
though, God knows, there are enough of these to cause even the best
of us to lose heart.
But there is the busyness, the drivenness, the fact that most of us
are living merely to survive.
Indeed, the many forces driving modern life have not only assaulted
the life of our hearts, they have dismantled the heart’s habitat –
that geography of mystery and transcendence
we knew so well as children.
All of us have had, at one time or another, the sense that something important,
perhaps the only important thing,
had been explained away or tarnished and lost to us forever.
Sometimes little by little, sometimes in large chunks,
life has appropriated the terrain meant to sustain and nourish
the wilder life of the heart, forcing
it to retreat as an endangered species into a smaller
more secluded, and often darker geographies for its survival.
As this happens, something is lost, something vital.
And that is where we lie in those lazy mornings before coming fully awake
where the dream world has not fully left us,
yet the draw of the world has not yet penetrated, corrupted the magic of life.
in those moments… could we dare to dream that life itself should be magical?
Heck, could living from our heart truly be worth it?
I don’t know.
It took me a long time… decades really just to figure out I really had a heart.
it was locked up, chained… surrounded by fences and walls with barbed wire all around.
All of my issues had issues and
there was no entrance to visit the heart
much less set it free.
But this last many years
and, oh, let me tell you this is a journey
I have been setting myself to free my heart.
I have cuts and wounds, scars and blood…
just to get to the heart to deal with the pains that lie within.
Oh, does this journey get better?
yes, yes it does.
See, I have been able to let it go.
the heart is a wild beast at times.
there is no controlling it.
but the desires it contains are wonderful
full of joy and laughter and a sense of my true self.
And I see the few people who complain about me…
see the free wild-ass joy that grows out of me at times
they want to curb it.
they say it distracts them
some may be offended.
And I see that that may be how they handle their own heart.
So, i love on them as much I can,
but I will dismiss their desire to have me live without heart.
No, this is the precious gift I will never give up.
That I can dance with the youth kids in the isle during church worship time,
have them see passion and life…
have an outlet for their energy…
Kids raising their hands out…
Dancing like David did…
Dancing with joy in the heart in worship.
I’m sad that some can’t see in their heart to rejoice for others.
I’m also sad that some marriages have so neglected each other that…
all there is left is separate lives.
Oh, a life without heart
is going to destroy our nation.
and, yes, especially our faith.
It is my desire that you begin your journey.
And if you don’t have any idea where to start…
how about you pray this simple prayer
free my heart…
bind my wounds…
make me whole…
bring back my joy…
let me get some worship on…
free me to love…
You, myself and others.
I hope you enjoyed this.
many blessings to you
PS, I still have some pie left.
So, I may just have to write a little something more tomorrow night.
be blessed y’all
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitaion of people
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
Many blessings to you all
It may seem that being alone is attractive
Our wounds are not scratched
there is no rejection
We can get our closet closed enough to be comfortable
“I can do it on my own
“I don’t need anyone
“they just wouldn’t understand
“No one loves me
“I’m just fine here
“I can’t be vulnerable with people
“I’m surviving and that’s good enough for now
“I don’t fit in anywhere
And when you believe those lies…
then you will exist there
I don’t think that’s what you want.
in fact, as someone who grew up there for 25 years
I know you are dying for friendship, community
love, relationships, deep conversations, intimacy,
healing joy and something to be proud of.
I was rescued by Father.
Jesus Christ took me by the hand and led me down different paths
The Spirit revives my strength, joy, love, hope, faith and abundance every morning and as needed daily.
I live a pretty awesome life today.
Now, I’m not selling anything here.
I’m just say’n,
you have a choice.
You can starve your life until you die…
Or you can choose LIFE.
I choose abundance every day
May God bless you richly
So, today is the 4th of January and many people have already given up
on their goals and resolutions to
loose pounds or
work out everyday or
even take more time with their spouse.
Is this all supposed to be something to drive us crazy and guilty…
or is there a deeper purpose to goal setting and personal development.
Let me share something about success.
The secret to success is to have a very clear goal or dream / desire.
If you don’t have anything specific (even if it’s an emotion – to be loved, blessed or lucky)
then you will not get anything you desire.
I talked to someone and they felt they didn’t need a dream or goals.
I said that was fine, but if life was going to give them all their dreams come true…
would they even know what what it would look life?
So, I remember sitting in my car on January 1 and jotting down some realistic goals to move towards in 2014.
This is the condensed version as some I know will take much longer than 1 year to accomplish.
I will be making some 10 year goals and even 100 year goals.
Yes, I want my impact on this world to be around long after my lifetime.
but here is what I’m working forward to this year.
Write (at least) 2 more books. I just finished one children book and the other two may be sequels.
Become wealthy – I know that is not measurable so I later added (at least 1 million / year) I may not hit that number this year, but it will have begun.
A free FJ Cruiser. I don’t know if someone will give it to me, but i will not earn it… it may be some money gained for free that I decide to spend on my next car. In all, I am bringing in a free FJ Cruiser.
A large home on a large lot. This is the begining of a series of dreams first started by the book I just finished. Other parts are listed here about it too.
Create my dinosaur land. This is going to be a playland park with life sized dinosaurs around. I have big dreams for this.
Free time and play time with my kids. I am designating a certain amount of my income to weekend play activities with just my two kiddos and I. Right now, it’s starting at $25 but shall go up with my income.
No more employment for me. My desire is to be retired as we know it. I will have plenty of work to do on my dreams, goals and ministries, but working for someone else’s dreams is going to end this year.
I have been to an organization called Klemmer‘s workshops. I have seen massive life change from my experiences there. Next goal is to go to Advanced leadership workshop all the way to Heart of the Samurai this year. God will provide the money as needed. I have no doubt.
I will begin a video series on Faith and how that plays out in walking with God and our daily life. You can find success and goals with out these techniques, but you cannot walk with Him without using this. Coming very soon.
I am an affiliate in the GIN network. I am looking to advance one to two more levels in this society this year. The information and community I have received from this group has been life changing. Please contact me if you are interested in the club. I have many hours of audios
I can send you just for taking a look. If it blows you mind as it did mine, then you need to become a part of this.
I would like to find a mentor and a coach this year. I am very much a lone ranger guy, and I know too much on how detrimental that is to me. I am looking for someone who has been through the gauntlet and can show me how to get my long term dreams accomplished.
This year I would like the time to court a lady. (nuff said)
I would like to take a cruise this year. I’ve never been and think i’d enjoy it. Don’t care where or when.
I want to spend Thanksgiving with my parents this year. I have missed the last two years, and I think the kids and I are very due this year.
This may not be measurable, but I want more time walking in the blessings of the Lord. He is my source and all and all. I owe him everything, so why wouldn’t I want more time with Him.
I hope these couple of ideas are helpful in your turning your dreams into reality.
I do plan to edit and write the date on when each of these are accomplished this year.
So my last goal is to have a date beside each goal/dream listed above.
Many blessings to you
Let’s make our success assured.
We need our dreams…
then we need a burning desire to accomplish them.
If God wills it, it’ll be done.
And wouldn’t life be much more rewarding having our dreams alive in our hearts?
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