"The depth to which the light softened the darkness into something manageable was significant." - A Fugitive Love
Why? because Jesus is a genuis.The genius for that matter. It stands to reason I might add. I've never met anyone like Him on earth (except Him...yes, He's around, lovin' and doing His thing in all of our lives). It makes complete sense to me. And in that, He/She goes well beyond complete sense as in Human, for where logic ended, Grace began. And as "beyond sense and reason" started making real, practical and life-changing sense to me (read that one again), Grace of course began to complete itself in my life during some very disastrous situations. Grace. An amazing thing. That's just one reason. It, Grace, also leads to trust. And for folks like me, not so previously keen on trust, the abili...
"When only love, could make a way...You gave Your life, in a Beautiful Exchange." -Hillsong: A Beautiful Exchange
What no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him -1 Corinthians 2:9-10
Wu Wei - Effortless Action
Something Taoists say we can learn by watching water.
When a stream comes to some stones in its path, it doesn't struggle to remove them, or fight against them, or think about them. It just goes around them. And as it does it sings. Water responds to what's there with effortless action. -The Te of Piglet
One of the many advantages to seeing things as they are is that we can solve problems through observation and deduction. After all, how can we solve problems if we can't first clearly see what they are? And the best time to see them is in the beginning. "Trouble is easily stopped before it commences," wrote Lao-tse. " Put things in order before chaos occurs." In other words, an ounce of prevention. Is worth a pound of "pesticide." -The Te of Piglet
Everything is about Him. And freedom is a process that happens inside a relationship with Him. Then all that stuff you feel churnin' around inside will start to work it's way out. -Papa
Mack, pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly. She waited a moment, allowing Her words to settle. And if left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place. -The Shack
The Big Book of AA outlines thirteen, if you will, bedevilments…
“We were having trouble with personal relationships (1), we couldn’t control our emotional natures (2), we were prey to misery (3) and depression (4), we couldn’t make a living (5), we had a feeling of uselessness (6), we were full of fear (7), we were unhappy (8), we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people (9).”
These of course are a count of nine distinct thinking disorders and emotional problems, all quite familiar to us now as we continue to read through our journey. The final four bedevilments are specifically named in the Big Book of AA as the four horsemen of king alcohol...
“The less people tolerated us, ...
“Just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn't mean I orchestrate the tragedies. Don't ever assume that My using something means I caused it or that I need it to accomplish My purposes. That will only lead you to false notions about Me. Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.”
― William P. Young, The Shack
“...if anything matters then everything matters. Because you are important, everything you do is important. Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, My purposes are accomplished and nothing will be the same again.”
― Wm. Paul Young, The Shack
An Archer competing for a clay vessel shoots effortlessly, his skill unimpeded. If the prize is changed to a brass ornament, his hands begin to shake. If it is changed to gold, he squints as if he were going blind. His abilities do not deteriorate, but his belief in them does, as he allows the supposed value of an external reward to cloud his vision -Chuang-tse
The final problem we might mention about the Tigger Tendency is that the worthwhile and important things in life-wisdom and happiness in particular-are simply not the sorts of things one can Chase After and Grab. They are instead the sorts of things that come to us where we are, if we let them-if we stop trying too hard and just let things happen as they need to. -The Te of Piglet
We would stop at places I could not see beyond, hopelessly entangled neurons representing shadows of ideas that would, when prodded, cause resistance and an immediate plummet towards doubt. Once doubt came, the brittleness of fragile light would diminish into darkness, seemingly snuffed out. From out of nowhere a wave of sparking electric rainbow-like energy would sweep across my view and new intensity would enliven again those places seemingly deadened and lifeless. God has the unique ability to touch each thought and bring to light its sub-meanings, the various sources of being and their fundamental and functional intentions. He sees our intentions as easily as He/She sees our actions and b...
I hear Your Voice…on the wind.
And, I hear You call out my name.
"Listen, My child," You say to me,
“I Am The Voice of your history.
Be not afraid, come follow Me,
Answer My call, and I'll set you free.
I Am The Voice in the wind and the pouring rain,
I Am The Voice of your hunger and pain.
I Am The Voice that always is calling you,
I Am The Voice, I will remain.
I Am The Voice in the fields when the summer's gone,
The Dance of the leaves when the autumn winds blow.
Ne'er do I sleep throughout all the cold winter long,
I Am The Force that in springtime will grow.
I Am The Voice of the past that will always be,
Filled with My Sorrow and Blood in My fields.
I Am The Voice of the...
He/She sees differently from us. I cannot describe it as I am not Him. One of the many things I lost throughout these experiences was my God complex, my need to run the universe around me, my need to control everything and everyone. Nor do I feel the need to tell God how I think He/She should take care of His business. I am a human being…or rather, being human, a sojourner barely hanging on. We are limited by our body of flesh. Our bodies are a chain to this world, a boundary if you will. God is not human. God is not limited. God is not in an eternal state of being, God Is The Eternal State Of Being.
Ego Eimi…I Am
The movement of hot air through a fan I had been using suddenly...perfectly timed with The Voice...suddenly turns cool, calming even...a steady whirring of windy surf and salt spray lapping softly upon a shore...It was accompanied by a gentle glow from within the spinning blades, the soft Light of a rising Sun that comes from nowhere and everywhere at once, bathing the trailer in a Luminescence not of this world and if it could have been said to have been of this world, it would have been the original Sunrise over the first Ocean…birthing it’s endless waves on their initial journey towards the summer plain until my own time and place found them, immeasurably ancient, lapping at a sandy and pr...
Looking back, I think it gave us an affirmation of our assumed invincibility as young people, that above and beyond all other problems plaguing our little town we were tuff (not tough, that was for the Denver yuppies) …we were tuff enough to sit a’top a radiation pile getting high with a middle finger held up in one hand and a beer can salute in the other. Little did I know, only to find out recently, it wasn’t nuclear waste we sat upon…t’was chemical waste that carried handles like VX gas, Napalm, Mustard Gas, White Phosphorous, Arsenic, Mercury…DDT, all accompanied by a whole slew of other nerve agents and various chemicals even more sinister than what we innocently considered to be “The Bo...
Jesus? He whispered as his voice choked. I feel so lost. A hand reached out and squeezed his, and didn't let go. I know, Mack. But it's not true. I am with you and I'm not lost. I'm sorry it feels that way, but hear Me clearly. You are not lost. C'mon, said Jesus, standing up and reaching down for Mack. You have a big day ahead of you. Let's get you to bed. He put his arm around Mack's shoulder and together they walked back to the cabin. -The Shack
Taoism is happy, gentle, childlike and serene-like it's favorite symbol, that of flowing water. -The Te of Piglet
The stars fought from heaven. The stars in their orbits fought against Sisera. The Kishon River swept them away-that ancient torrent, the Kishon. March on with courage -Judges, my soul. 5:20
For most of my life I had been learning those principles from various Taoist teachers-some official and some not, some Chinese and some not, some in humsn form and (the best instructors of them all) some not. -The Te of Piglet
Even when my eyes are clouding, and my mind and brain are fogging, when my body feels as if it's coming apart, or even just falling apart. Throughout my doubts and impatiencies...through my word view issues and my focus issues, through everything and always you bring breath and freshness to days that are dry of heart and filled with suffering people, through my times of great triumphs and ego falls, You hold me in Your careful and loving arms in ways that truly open up in me the desire to be what I see, and that is Your love in me. To be loved. To live...loved by You. You have brought great change in me through Your Love and Beautiful Spirit. In you in all ways help me to forever be grateful ...
The Greatest Gift
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in t...
Watching a Falcon fly so stunningly normal it is motionless on a high wind as a spring storm blows in. It had circled and danced on the currents for minutes and minutes, chased a bit by the sparrows guarding their place. It moves higher in the air and then takes a position that is perfectly timed and tuned with the wind so as to "sit" motionless in the air, while the storm wind blew against it. Not even its wings need moving. It was completely still in flight. It had turned directly into the wind as the buffalo are famed to do. It was completely still in the air as the wind and the rain began to blow through. It held this position for minutes it seemed, and for me watching in open mouth awe ...
Spirit of Life, Kindle in us the strength to be bold in love, peace giving and kind in all ways as You change the world in us, through us and around us. Thank you for family, new and full of years. I am so extremely blessed to have been given such blessings of joy. Such blessings as these give a wild light, Your wild light in my heart...and in my smile. You are stunning beyond everything imaginable and are breatakung and breathgiving beyond the unimaginable and awe inspiring. Guide us in all ways of Your Beautiful and Glorious Wisdom and I pray for the kindness of heart that this world so desperately needs. Help me in Your Song of Songs in the Drumming Rain and Your Reign. The Truth of Love ...
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man/woman believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between Jew and the Greek; for The Same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9-13
Paul speaks this in one of the truly great statements on letting go I have ever seen…
~But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is from the law but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means I may attain to the resurrection fro...
Deep down, deep in my heart I believe it was for the lives and the hearts of others, especially my family and children that He came after me and chased away the coming terror of night threatening to usher in the onslaught of my impending insanity and death. Who can really say? I do invite you to ask Him though, if this idea bothers you. He/She likes to talk to us and it is my experience He answers just about everything I ask...prefaced with a question of course…the question being…am I ready to listen, am I truly prepared for the answer I seek?
The level of grief I produced in the lives of those having care for me was undeniably astounding and yet they continually chose to pray, overlook and forgive in a manner that truly loved me right back into a relationship with life. I see it no other way. It was Grace and Grace alone pulling me out of the darkness…t’was Grace that brought me home.