“What is Life”?

What is life? Is it not as a vapor that appears for a short time only to vanish away?

Here but for only as a moment, as man measures time. Do we not get stuck in and hung up on the temporal? I conclude that most of us do so to some extent.

That extent can become the measuring rod for what we call life; and can end up defining life for us. However, God is Eternal in nature. He states that we are created in His likeness.

Why do we not see through His eyes of Eternal perspective naturally? Is it simply because we do not allow ourselves to be truly born again by His Spirit; born of both water and Spirit?

I seemed to have lost the ability to think in complexity or detail. I must keep all my thinking quite basic and simple or I get lost in process of life and can not arrive at a place of making a decision for a next step. I wait and pray. I have pondered what to write. I have waited for a deeper message from God. There seems to be no deeper message than the simple Gospel; which is my conclusion.

Why has much of the world made life so complex? Simple and basic seem to hold little value for many in this day. Does one have to muster up an expression of uniqueness to be heard, seen or acknowledged as someone having something of value to offer to their world? Why does that matter so much? We forget so readily that “in Christ” we all hold the same intrinsic value. Is Jesus’ sacrificial work on the Cross no longer enough that we readily dismiss it to assume way of making a life for our self that is self centered or inward focus oriented? Why allow someone else to define who I am? I am who God says that I am.

Contemporary thinking seems to elude my understanding at times. Is it possible to lose one’s mind’s ability to function in contemporary conventionality? Yes, I conclude; sometimes this may be so. Is that a good thing? It depends on the reason for the question. Sometimes God’s call eludes our defining of it.

What happens when my thinking no longer meshes with what comprises the here and now that I see with my eyes and how I feel about such? It is then when the surrounding becomes so overwhelming that I simply must close my eyes and sit in silence. It is then when there is nothing to do but be still and then the Words of God can become so very clear.

As I listen now to old Gospel songs and hymns their message is so clear, concise, and to the point. Yet the world has moved on in the greater sense. The message of such music composition no longer deliverers to the soul of many it’s original message. Why is this? These lyrics are ever so clear that I wonder how can anyone miss their message? Why do we always have to seek some new thing? Sometimes I gloss over in what becomes too familiar. It loses meaning. I sense that the church has been infiltrated by and for the greater sense, a religious spirit. Has such pervaded our thinking over many years of time and rocked us to sleep unto the Eternal perspective that should by nature, direct in the spirit of a child of God?

Heaven calls to me in this moment more than ever and it is not a place one goes to. Heaven can be already present if one is “in Christ”. Heaven can be, I believe a state of being and not necessarily a destination. Jesus’ work on the Cross is full and complete and lacking nothing. Heaven must be introduced into wherever we are in life and into whatever place we may find ourselves in. Yet “there” conflict can arise.

Why does so much of the world find itself so far from what God defines as Heaven? Heaven feels so natural to me at this moment and it is as though now it beckons me to come and merge. The Spirit and the bride do say “come” indeed.

What happens when one dies to this world in order to embrace “Heaven” that God’s Word addresses? Is this “going home? Is there “a letting go” process so that one may return “home”? The functionality of the mind can pose many questions when it’s integrity becomes compromised; be it due to disease or the need to be transformed rather than continuing to conform. Then walking by the Spirit is the only way through. Therein one comes into the peace that passes all understanding when it feels like I’m losing all then becomes one of “gaining all” as in the Presence of the Lord is true liberty discovered.

If one is truly born again from above or “in Christ” they are Eternal in spirit and never really die. They merely leave the body at some point. To leave an aging and suffering body’s constraints is immense relief is it not? So why is so much effort spent to “achieve” the worldly goods within this life? Why can’t we be and remain in a perspective of Eternity in walking out life; where a sense of nothingness can be engulfed in a fullness? When death is arrested then one is truly free. He who the Son sets free is free indeed.

Life begins in the Presence of Jesus and there all else gains reason to matter and remain. In Him all is made new. So then, what holds significance and preeminence with you and I?

I hope that what I have stated here today amidst my questionings, applies in some way. It is the first prompting I have received to resume writing. I hope to continue as long as have capacity within me to express what I sense is being asked of me; a day at a time.

As a City set on a Hill

I wanted to check in merely to let you you know I had some health issues re-surface again and have not been up to writing as I had projected in the story form. In this interim I am taking time to refocus and refine this blog so that I can better facilitate the rise and fall and ups and down with the health issues that I am encountering.

So I plan to be back back soon as I am currently seeking God for direction in this to come up with a more consistent flow of sharing the message I sense He is wanting to bring through this adventure.

As a city set on a hill cannot be hid; it is meant to shine forth as a beacon. So are each of us.

Just a few thoughts I want to leave here with you;
He wants to connect His people to the resource that He is to the unexpected places.

Our resource is is not in our ability but “in Jesus’s name”.

If “all things are possible” then you always have something to give.

Sometimes we have to look into “the unexpected places” and explore turning some stones over until we come to the very place He wants us to be. He doesn’t just bring it to us. He wants us to go after it; seek and we will find. Contend and remain faithful until we secure that discovery.

This is a process I am engaging in at this moment. So I’ll see you back here soon.

“And I share with you A Great Mystery”

Have you ever had God speak to you by trying to show you a solution to an apparent dilemma in your life? It may be addressing something or a situation in your life that is seemingly holding you back from taking that “one mere step” that would place you in the zone of “uncomfortable”. This may lead you to say “God, I just don’t know; I just have never attempted anything like this before. I have never ventured there. I feel more comfortable simply going with what I know I can do based upon what I have already done before”. The “risk factor” can strike fear into our “thinking out process” can it not?

Today I am bringing you into a story I am currently walking out; which is the divine story for which God has already written the script. I will attempt to as the natural storyteller that I am, to illustrate from my life something God wishes to illustrate to those desiring to follow out exploring what God calls “a great mystery”. This mystery pertains to Christ and His church and His recipe for this relationship. This is a story of intimate radical love. Yet it begins in a setting of doing business or the commerce of life. It begins with building a foundation of practical and sound wisdom centered in and from the heart of God. Until I began to write this piece today, I did not know to where I was to venture.

May I begin by illustrating from such an example where God has presented me with an invitation into an opportunity that seems to be of divine appointment. It appears that He has brought together circumstances and connections that require my exploration simply by faith that as I step into where vital pieces seem to be missing, believing that God can and will meet and fill those empty places with divine compliment which is to come from another person. I have been given repeated scriptural references to proceed and yet will I dare to simply take God at His Word? You see it is an “unknown” until I take the steps. This pertains to a business relationship potential where I am to take gifting and talent that God has placed within me which I have previously used in the market place in other ways in life. God has a new recipe for which my skill set and expertise offer key ingredients. The other person is in similar straights, over maxed in trying to achieve success with their expertise. So I and this other person met in a class we enrolled in months ago and now there seems to be an “intersection” forming which is awaiting “appointing action”.

I creatively write mainly around a focus of the home environment atmosphere and that of community and the enhancement thereof; as in bringing the two together. As a natural storyteller, I help bring people and their dreams together. Utilizing my talents and skills in an artistic flair for interior and exterior design, I serve as a unique expression to bridge the home with the market place. I elect to not go into much detail on this now. This is where I have begun to copy write to align people with their dreams of expression. I have a knack for bringing the mundane into beauty in practical but unusual expressions; an artist with an uncanny imagination to capture what people envision and to come up with a means to cater to their hopes and aspirations. I meet them, observe and assimilate their aspirations into a mosaic. I assimilate the history of the conduit through which a particular portion of the fulfillment of their dream is united with them in material form. This can be a piece of real estate or it can be another point of intersecting destination. Each contains it’s story which is matched to the client’s story in the making. I help to unite people with their dreams tangibly. What surmounts to a higher skill set in formation is being given definition through this story. I’ll introduce you to the other characters as we proceed.

So God is asking me to take the “conventional” of what I know into something “unconventional” in His unique design. So I find myself on a set of scales with the wisdom of God on one side and the “comforting going with what I know” on the other. I am at a “tipping point”. The wisdom of God vs. the wisdom of man. How many of us are at such a place right now?

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men”. (1 Corinthians 1:25)

“For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” (1 Corinthians 3:19)

So what discoveries need to be made here? There are four basic points I wish to cover. Today we will merely touch upon the first; which is the basis for humility.

First, we learn that truth is the basis for humility. It is easy for us to think we are better than we really are. It is also easy for us to conclude we are not good enough or don’t have what it takes. So we continually reciprocate the same old same, over again throughout life, constantly rotating in and out of failure and success yet never advancing. What does this illustrate? An absence of a standard of truth.
Arrogance is a distorted view of oneself and of reality; humility is seeing matters as they really are. What is God’s prescription here? It is, I believe to expose and to expound a mystery. In its broadest terms, a mystery is that truth which mortal men would never have imagined and which they are unable and unwilling to believe, even when it is revealed to them.

I conclude that God’s mysteries have four stages. So in order that we may give these adequate exploration I will leave off here today on this point. Yes, I will leave you hinged upon a mystery in hopes you will be back and wish to stay with me on this. This is a process without a timetable. It seems God is giving me this story that He wants shared; perhaps a greater story never yet told in this way. I am discovering and growing into a better version of myself as hopefully you will as well, as we proceed. I plan to take take this adventure in short daily dices so patience be with the process. Today’s piece has been merely a segway introduction into where are headed; so I’ll see you here next time.

A slice of Surreal in Light of Eternity

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

I write at all times, totally transparent from where and how life shows up to me; good and bad alike. You will see me at my best and worst of times.

It feels like I now stand in a moment where it seems that no one cares or sees. As no one seems to take note of my most earnest plea. When no certain answers seem to come unto me. As resources seem to dry up and cease to be enough for sufficiency. When infirmity is overcome only to be replaced with yet more adverse diversities; I will lift up to my eyes unto the hills and see. From what comes my help?

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines,

The produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food,

The flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. (Habakkuk 3:17-19) My Portion, my Strength, my High Tower, and my Rock. I stand right now solely by faith, and faith alone.

I cannot see in my physical senses a way through in this moment. Jesus is however my way maker as when I feel there is nothing left to fight with. In the natural my tendency would be to give up. I’m tired and weary from all the rise and fall of the breakers of the sea that assault me relentlessly. But I’m in a race, you see. One I must finish.

I’m just being real and true. I still get ensnared by what I feel and see, and like some of you, may have moments that raise the questions of; when shall I ever cling to the taste the victory in all of this? It is like one thing after another, relentlessly pummeling me into the ground.

A time when all around is me seems to be silent and filled with moments where I feel utterly cast down, yet know I am not forsaken.

A time when the joy of the Lord is to be my strength. Yet it seems not readily within reach at the moment. May it fully be restored in Jesus’ name.

A Loving Embrace Unto the Last Dance

Sometimes it seems I’ve been around forever.
Not without a song, no not ever.
A melody so sweet and low
Reflecting the one, with whom my heart does grow.

Jesus is the sweetest name I know
The name above all names in which all melody flows.
This is my story and this is my song,
From which Heaven and Earth shall resound, all the day long.

As I write and sing; night and day, day and night.
A tapestry is woven, of His story and song delight.
A song to which the whole world shall sing,
And joys rapture what the heart can sing.

Songs of love and special things,
Putting a step to my dance, I take a chance.
How about a little rock and roll,
Releasing the abundance of the soul?

Determined to just do it right from the start
Wasting no time trying to figure it out,
Simply jumping in no matter what;
Just going to do it anyhow.
Knowing I’ve never been this far yet.

Coming from a love so deep, I can hardly speak.
So rich and sweet, never knew my sleep could fleet,
Yet with a fullness, my all, it does meet

Holding that Word so close in my heart
That from my mouth, may it never depart.
Chasing the softness of its effervescence,
My song with it does mingle in the night,
Sparking such a loving delight;
Puts the enemy of my soul to at once to flight.

Eclipsing Light that apprehends my dreams,
Figuring out what love really means;
All darkness is dispersed and flees the scene

Giving Jesus all of my heart
Tis’ a real fine place to start.
Something’s happening I just can’t explain,
Surely can it touch what’s so real in the heart?

It calls to you and I
Beyond all doubt and fear
A song to last the night, until the day appears.

Make it simple to last a whole life long,
Does not matter if it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear,
Just sing it dear to the One so near.
Sing it simple that all might hear.

Singing of love for you and for me.
Only here comes release, where all are set free.
It’s changing everything I see,
It’s changing most certainly, you and me.

Right here, right now, tis’ plain to see
The perfect spot, the perfect time, the perfect moment;
Is now for loving you and me, don’t you see?

A divine moment, tis’ a really fine place to start.
I write the songs that make the whole world sing.
Songs of love and special things,
Capturing the heart and allowing it to ring,
Of the story and the song;
Apprehending the One I know and to whom belong.

Like A Dove

​​​In order to see where God is taking us, it helps to understand where “we are” in the process. Note I said “process” and not “moment”. The process​ is temporary and can be adapted, shifted, or corrected. “Correction​” here in the way that I am using​ it does not imply right or wrong. It means rather an “adjustment of perception”.

When we set about to establish “who is right or wrong”, then we are setting ourselves up to be deceived by what we may feel or physically see with our own eyes.
Every man doing what is right “in his own eyes”. No King in the land, such as we see illustrated in the Book of Judges in God’s Word. Is Jesus reigning and ruling on the throne of your heart or are you perhaps leaning towards your own understanding because it “feels better or easier” to do so? May we give up the “right to be right”. May we not lean unto our own understanding.

May we esteem the needs of the other over our own. May we fully extend our heart to the other without respect to conditions subject to what we feel, see, hear, smell, taste, or touch with our physical​ senses. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Guard your lips with heart discernment​ “before” you act. Oh, Lord Jesus, have mercy upon on us! And He does and shall. Are we moving, living and having our being “in Christ”? May we carefully examine our hearts this moment!

Remember, God may call things that are “not physically yet present” as being as “though they already are”. If we are “in Christ” in the manner that we are walking out our lives, then when aught to be seeing more in alignment with “what He sees” in our situation​, how we are enacting our very being in real life.

Are we taking that “next step” that He shows us when it feels most uncomfortable to do so? It even may seem impossible to do. That is often when can get stuck and not transcend the very issues in our lives that are holding us back from drawing near in a true heart in full assurance of faith.

Jesus is always moving from point to point in our lives simultaneously, while at the same time not losing focus of intent or perception on any one point while remaining centered in the very purpose of His heart. He keeps all points encompassed, connected and relating, each to the other. Are we moving with Him and keeping our perception purified through His eyes?

“Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus. Look to Him as your example in selfless humility. In all things and with all relations​ with others.

Although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God, as One with Him;
He possessed the fullness of all the nature of God and did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.

It was not as if He did not already possess it; but emptied Himself and assumed the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men, He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and man. (Philippians 2:5-7 Amplified and condensed)

So we aught to avoid the trap of thinking we know better. Only in the mind of Christ is discovered the fullness of the best outcome in your mind that illustrates the very character of Jesus which we are to demonstrate to one another. Lord Jesus, have mercy upon us. May we, as we behold one another, visualize that moment, as if we are looking at Jesus,​ face to face. There we must not look or discern through filters of judgment​ or preconception.

I know I am going very deep in subject matter here this morning. I hope you can stay on this journey. I sit face to face in the Presence of Jesus and this is what He asks me to express and to make known to the best of my ability. I am on the same level playing field with you. We​ are sons and daughters of the King Most High; Jesus. Each of us is​ special and unique in His eyes. May we see one another in the same light. This is Where I sense God​ is taking his church in coming times which is already underway. As we have eyes to see, then we shall so be.

I had a dream early this morning where I observed that we all had wings to fly, but they had not been used perhaps in a very long time. We perhaps had forgotten how to use them. But we each had the wings attached but they were like sails on a sailboat still bound to the mast. As the bindings are released the soft breeze begins to fill the sails until they are fully extended and the winds crescendow into a full gale. The ship begins to move​ faster and faster. Each of us are holding a little child in our arms. The children are begging​ us “please mommy or daddy just lift me into the wind and let go because I know I can fly, please release me into the wind. It will be okay, really it will; pretty please?
We did so and our children​ opened their wings and were suspended momentarily in the air and then they settled back into our arms. “See it is okay. I can fly. Now you know I see and believe just because I can. I want you to enjoy this with me. Can we play like this every day? Now you believe me, right? I was born to play. We all are supposed​ to live in simplicity and innocence. Jesus loves me​ and you so much because He tells me so all the time. Don’t you believe Jesus like I do?​ I pray that you can. If I can see, then so can you play like me”?​

Will you and I believe God? In the Father’s arms the impossible is made possible. Now I will wipe my tears and say goodbye until we meet again. There is no more to say in this moment. God bless you!

His Presence made Real

My highest desire in this moment is to bring honor and glory to the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus. To be one in Him, to lose myself completely in Him that I may stand in His fullness and that constituting what I reflect and emanate into this world. Anything that would resist the flow of His Presence in purity and freedom of expression, I ask to be burned away and out of me. What I desire to touch, taste and experience in this life I fully surrender to Him. He is more than able to direct that and all of my paths so as to reflect Him in the highest of expression. So may it be Lord Jesus!

Father, in and through my life may your Kingdom come and Your will be done here on Earth as it is in Heaven. My will is to do the will of Him who has sent me. So here I am Lord, send me forth this day. May Your heart be what is reflected from my heart and may I acknowledge You in all of my ways.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy fellow readers, by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Please may you do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

Remember that Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. He made it a point always to have emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant.

Being born in the likeness of men and being found in human form, he humbled himself.

He became obedient unto the point of death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name. At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

So this is my prayer for you today that you become more and more into His likeness by allowing the old and former things that took you away from who you are in Christ, to fall away and be burned up and consumed so that His fullness would come forth in newness of life and that you shine forth as lights amidst the darkness that pervades the world and that you become as beacons that are as a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hid. Behold what is set before you in this moment and choose and run well the race that is set before you; looking always to the Author and Finisher of your faith. God bless.