Irreplaceable Human Being, I call your spirit to attention in the name of Yeshua the Mashiyach of Nasrath, Son of the Living God. Turn your face to the Father of Lights and receive life from Him as you hear these words of truth.
You were fearfully and wonderfully made by the Living God who designs and creates all things to work together for His good purposes. Your essence is made of the life of God and your being carries unique facets of His light. Uncovering and unfolding your personal design will release life and light into your world.
Now please try reading this aloud to someone else with all the conviction your heart is capable of feeling 🙂
The goodness of God’s glory
Needs to be proclaimed
Because it is difficult to see
When you are in the midst of it.
Since it is the ending of blindness
That is called glorious,
The cost of glory
Is the pain of surviving
That which God’s goodness
Is capable of triumphing over.
God wants you to see
Glorious expressions of His goodness
And He walks with you
Through the thick darkness
Of the thunderstorms
That produce lightning bolts of clarity.
Dear Relational Beings,
recently God encouraged me to “live full strength with raw weakness” and I’ve been trying to figure out why He prefers that difficult blend. As I relaxed today after an exercise that challenged my long-term limitations, the following perspective crystallized.
Weakness is not appealing, but it is approachable (aka vulnerable). Strength IS appealing, but also intimidating. Having both strength and weakness continually active means we can be appealing and approachable. Through this lasting blend we keep receiving more of the things that develop our strength, which in turn improves our ability to manage the enduring weakness that keeps us vulnerable to synergistic interactions.
Learning to live with contrasting concurrent realities,
A Maturing Childlike Hopeful Pragmatist
Dear Emotional Realists,
digging up degrees of heart realness is a lengthy process. So many things I thought I knew I’m discovering that I don’t know to the extent of certainty that I want to. An old question surfaced once again today: Is it respectable to have fun? I “know” that the answer is yes, but I don’t KNOW that it is so. Those who are sober, serious, and sensible act with careful caution. That way one is much less likely to carelessly get something wrong.
It seems that the freedom to have fun is anchored in the confidence that we can be reconciled to God and/or to beloved humans when we mistakenly end up doing something unwise. In the spirit of having fun, it is okay to risk getting something wrong, because God will let us know, AND forgive us, AND help us improve. Only by repeatedly experiencing that process can we mature our ability to risk.
Digging up some deep roots,
An Emotional Gardner
Is silence ignorance,
Or an awareness that goes beyond words?
Is stillness an absence of emotion,
Or a desperate attempt to control emotion?
Is hate an expression of scorn,
Or the blinding fury of outraged interest?
Is war the result of dislike,
Or the passionate desire to acquire something?
Something horrible in one context
Can be something magnificent in another.
Dear Orchard of Spices,
ever considered the “fruit of the spirit” as a sequence, with each unit growing out of the previous one? It could look something like this: love creates joy, which establishes peace, which supports patience, which enables kindness, which develops goodness, which motivates faithfulness, which fuels gentleness, which empowers self-control.
With a smile,
One Listening to Raindrops
Dear People on a Journey,
the experience of writing this blog led me into the exploration of spirit facets. The process of labeling those facets has brought me to a final description of my perception of the human spirit. I may well return to this blog in the future as my spirit is inspired to express other ideas, but for now I’m going to leave you with this word picture.
My desire is to fill my mind with the light of my spirit. My mind I perceive in the shape of an intangible palace, extending in every direction around my body with various rooms and hallways and galleries. My spirit dwells at the center of this structure like a large glowing gemstone. This spirit gemstone can be personified as a single entity, or as 7 portions, or as 49 facets, or as 490 angles of light.
Seven facets grace the surface of each portion and each of those facets has the ability to radiate ten specific angles of light. What those light flavors are is an entirely personal matter. I have begun the process of projecting shafts of spirit-light into themed rooms in my mind, deepening the interaction between spirit and mind, yet I know that the journey will be a very long and unpredictable one. I can only hope that this imagery will encourage your confidence in the glory potential of a renovated, renewed, transformed mind.
Living an endless path of personal growth,
One Dedicated to Life