“In Pursuit with Purpose and Passion”

Most of us at times enter into moments that serve for us to be “reality checks”. These have a way of stopping us in our tracks and examining in a pause just what life may be trying to illuminate to us right now in the moment; right where we are at.

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

God set it up this way for everything to be given a time and space in life to be born, come to fruition, serve, and fulfill a distinct purpose and then it comes the time for that to fade and give way for something new to come in and compliment and expand upon that which has been. Every matter under heaven is given this and once fulfilled must be released simply to be what it has been, and now room and time is to opened up and cleared out for something new to have the opportunity to be born, flourish and come to fruition.

How many times do we tend to gravitate toward thinking back to those blessed fulfilling moments of the past that brought us much joy, fulfillment and satisfaction? Sometimes we regard them as our “glory days” and are we not prone to sometimes dwell on them so extensively that we begin to try to recreate them to bring back those feelings that we believe can continue to fulfill us? However what are we truly aspiring for? Is it not to be fulfilled?

Those past moments and times gave us what we allowed ourselves to derive from them. They served that time and place in our lives and now we must cultivate who we have been into reaching and expanding out into something greater than ourselves. Yes, I believe God wired us to always look to something greater than ourselves to multiply ourselves into. I encourage you to read and and spend some time focusing and dwelling on what the 3rd chapter of Ecclesiastes has to say about this process in life.

We can easily and readily grow weary in well doing. We in most cases do not like to have to wait for any aspect of our lives to mature do we? We want “the instant potatoes” that we can mix up quickly in a a bowl from the ingredients out of a box rather than take the organic raw material that can be grown in a garden and mixed in a process of patience, combination of scratch ingredients and physical effort which require time and space to be set aside and allowed for. “Be not weary in well doing for we shall reap if we faint not”, scripture admonishes us.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV) The old must be allowed to pass because the new arrives and seeks to come in. Are we welcoming “that new” into a prepared seedbed so it can take germinate, take root and be propagated into something more than that which has already been or are we trying to rehash back to life that which already been harvested?

A crop that has already grown and matured though its season by nature withers and returns to the ground to be recycled in its period of changing form in it’s dormant season. You get the picture here, right? If you are not living in today, you are looking backwards. It will leave you offended because you perceive that which you don’t have and what was done unto you and what you did not receive and you will keep trying to bring back which is no longer true and part of who you are now and are to become. Don’t get snared in offense; it will paralyze your life expression. I know, I’ve been there and I had to wake up and take in the aroma of the roses now blooming and beckoning me into something greater than me. “Just being me” got old real fast and it was stagnation and had me stalemated. Don’t be stalemated by deception; living in the shame or nostalgia of the past.

May we not get so focused and stuck in our yesterdays and who we have been that we miss the beauty that life awaits to to bring and unleash in us today who and what we are to become. We must cultivate the container of our lives in order to carry and bring forth that which is new and fresh which can always aspire us to reach beyond the limitations we often tend to impose upon ourselves in our minds.

Live to the fullest today, because you do not know what tomorrow will bring.

“I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away”. (Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 ESV)

The journey is more important than the destination. You are always on your way but never arrive. The patience in the process produces a prevailing eternal weight of goodness that will reproduce itself over and over again into continual expansion of something greater and the rewards thereof never end. You finish a race well run because you kept moving and pressing for more with relentless passion. May we live life to the fullest, loving with our utmost greatest and is this not producing the greater glory where everyone wins in the end?

Cast upon the Waters, for Such a Time As This

As my body is afflicted in measures of pain and discomfort that exceed the threshold of any previous experience throughout this past night there have been periods of relief; yet the issues return with a fierce intensity. I have not grown any weaker and seem to leveled out in that respect so I can function around the house marginally this morning. It is rise and fall with the remainder again and again. It began just days ago and I trust so it shall end.

I am cast down repeatedly and, oh my body grows so weary, yet my soul stands strong in the grace Jesus brings me. He comes in the night when I want to give up. I can’t give up. He put me in a race. One I must finish and finish well. In the depth of my greatest point of weakness, His grace prevails.

When troubles come and troubles go, my heart burdened be;
Then, I be stilled and wait in the silence, as He sits with me.
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He raises me up, so I can ascend the slopes to the mountain top;
which I shall reach. I have seen myself at the summit gazing over the land of the deep. The call to climb draws me out of my sleep.
Keep going, keep going; just one more step.

He destined and called me to walk these stormy seas. He raises me up, to walk on billows of tempest as the waves break over me.

I am strong, when I am carried on His shoulders
He raises me up to become more than I can imagine than I could ever be. This has been and is His word to me; Yes, and Amen to every word ever spoken.

The years the caterpillar ate away of my life shall be restored once again. He brought me out of my darkness and sin. Much forgiven, so with much I love. Love divine all loves excelling in me is indwelling and compels me to come to you again and again. That you may know the One, Jesus whom through it all began.

Am I delirious in my mind? Well maybe, but does it really matter? I trust someone receives these words. Someone must be in need of them. My Lord sends me and I am to go just as I am; such as I am. I will write as long as I can draw the breath to do so.

This is not about me. It is about Jesus and His church. Listen church and listen closely. He calls for a greater measure of faith to be stepped into. I am merely a messenger and He asks us to wake up. Waken out of our slumber. You have no idea what hangs in the balances right now. This is not a time to keep sitting on the fence. The fierceness and intensity of the pain I feel right now accents a fire and strength in my bones and surges into my body.
This why my affliction continues to wax and wane. Until into the fullness of the body of the One, we see one another as the Father sees the Son. I live the prayer of Jesus in John 17. There is no turning back for this one. I lay my life down. To the one who gave it all.

I turn to You, Jesus, I turn to You, Lord as I am reproved.
What else can I do, Jesus? Your rebuke is measured out in the greatest of love. The Love of loves!

For the faith to move ahead and to let go of the past!
All that holds my sails to the mast.
May “I” see me, as “You” see me.
In Your holy presence, it’s all that I can do is to give my all to be who You have called me to be; who You say that I am. This I declare. For with the heart through faith one is saved and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Then one’s walk aligns with the confession and declaration. I walk out the story of the Author and Finisher of my faith.

You alone are worthy. Alpha and Omega, First and Last
The Father of my heart, help me to keep turning to you. What else can I do?

There is a river of gladness from which Zion flows. Issued from Emmanual’s veins. Yes, “God with us” took all of our brokeness and pain and shame and bore it all for you and I. God for us; who can be against us?
We walk in forgiveness, all of our guilt erased. Receive it! Let go of what you are not. Lay hold of who God says that you are!

Undone by the mercy of Jesus and by His goodness.
This is the glory of His Presence!
In His glory restored and made whole again.

He holds me, He has me.
I’ve got Jesus and so how could I want more?

His goodness! Encompasses all; there is no more than that of Eternal Value to hold to.

Tested and and tried, I’ve tasted of Your grace, Jesus

I’m undone, I’m undone; in His Presence I’m undone. I’m overwhelmed; yes and very much so.

A race awaits to be run until the last song is sung. Grasp the for the next rung and know you have begun. May you fare well my friends!

A New Song for a New Sound

You may have noticed I haven’t posted for a couple of days. Sometimes life just has a way of coming at us doesn’t it? Such has been the case as over the last few days with me.

I entered new territory that was unfamiliar and so there were levels of uncertainty that surfaced as I sensed the very distinct call of the Lord to step into what looked like revisiting some ground that represented part of my past yet I am seeing that in a very new way, in new light, with new eyes. I was compelled to step into this boldly in a faith level that far surpassed any I have ever walked in previously.

God asks us to come boldly to His throne of grace to find help in time of need. I certainly felt I was in a place of great need being stretched far beyond current resources that appeared to be at hand. It was enough to lead me to believe I was feeling weak and beginning to experience infirmity in my body. Was I up to believing God for the impossible? But God is greater than my than my greatest challenge at hand in the moment. His grace is sufficient.

I had to come to the conclusion that I am God’s “impossible possibility”, in light of the “seen”; through the eyes of man… likely to fail. Failure however is not carrying a sentence of finality. Failure is fuel for the fire as I keep my eye on the prize, as I am in a race that I am determined to finish well. All run but one receives the prize and that is the the one that wins. For me life is a win and one that I press into fully.

Every promise given me of God is true and whatever He asks of me gets a “YES” because I choose to believe and take God at His word explicitly for who He is and who He says that I am and I am a word from God manifested and manifesting. Every promise “YES” and to every yes, Amen! He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him and without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

So it came down to the realization that it is time to let go of what surmounts to the old standbys of “comfortable and familiar” wherein security has rested confidently for a very long time. It time to embrace what I describe as a “new sound” in my spirit; one that I can no longer refuse or deny because it has become a very pronounced rising call and beckoning, welling up from deep from within. This built up pressure crying for release and when I opened unconditionally in total surrender up sprang forth a river of living water that introduced to me a better version of myself that I must embrace wholeheartedly and choose to be henceforth in every succeeding moment. I now am finding ways to express this sound. I will be sharing some of this in coming days.

I base my premise solely on the Word of God. I pray and decree scripture continually over every point of my being and experience as they are highlighted to my awareness. I pray believing unceasingly until the unseen begins to take shape and form and it always shall but not necessarily in the manner I would naturally choose to perceive it.

So the divine story that God wrote for me now is being unpacked and is rolling out. I am utterly amazed; rather taken by surprise, but God so desires to surprise you and I to ends beyond our wildest imagination. I have realized His Love for me in a way I never knew. I no longer question this and find myself sharing such far and wide as to just how great and majestic and real He is!

An alabaster box represents what is likely a prized possession that we may we offer and surrender to Jesus in an act of total submission. This may be something we have prized because it may consist of what we have deemed to represent what we have been best at and most comfortable and familiar with.

Perhaps it is time to release such; breaking the alabaster box as life poured out to the Master. Allow him to break the box that we have held on to for so long. So why not offer your very best to the Master as the clay that it is and allow the Potter’s hand to mold and shape it into something new?

Would you or I allow what we might value as our very best to be shattered and poured out? When making an offering, should it not come from our very best that one can offer? This reflects excellence. May we always offer only our very best.

It is a new day and may I suggest a new time for a new sound in our expression of how we do life. I wish to invite you to enter in with me in agreeing for such. Will you with me, just stick with these two words; “Yes Lord”? It is time to embrace and step into new lands that await you and I. Amen?

Pressing into the Race Set Before Us

As I begin today I ponder a picture in my mind of a race being run; a marathon of runners. They reflect of an array of varying representation from every tribe, tongue and nation; each unique in their reflection and expression. No one runner looks exactly like any other. Each has distinct and unique qualities.

The race has a both a starting and a finish line; a beginning and an ending, where one will start and commence to the finish line. Only winning the race will capture a prize for having crossed the finish line. The object of the race is to keep one’s eye on the finishing line and to cross it while keeping their endurance in equilibrium so as to measure it out in portions in order press forward with their very best while at the same maintaining a reserve to hold steady their pace.

This all is to preserve sustainability in the body to assure they will finish the race. Yet at the same time they must keep their eye on the prize which is the finish line. Both are equally important as each aspect relies upon the other. Both must be maintained in balanced proportion with the other.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

As we walk out our life perhaps one of the first things we need to consider is to preface how we start and how we will finish the race.

I am healing from 11 years of a chronic illness that was of unknown origin and therefore had therefore received no diagnosis from the medical field. Disease with no name and therefore no proven treatment could be offered. It left me feeling rather weak and unable to consistently maintain my equalibrium.

Therefore my life was experienced as an unpredictable, unsustainable and unaccountable roller coaster ride of dips and spikes. Who could count on me when I lived as such? Why I could not even count on myself.

With this unstable and wandering sense of limitation, which kept my life experience all over the map, I never could go any place with destination nor determination. I could not stay put in any one point long enough to establish any degree of foundational integrity and therefore could not keep a destination in my gaze to fix my focus upon.

So in essence I was going nowhere and experiencing little and lasting sense of fulfillment. I felt as though I was living without reason or purpose and at times life became quite dull and boring and I had little confidence in what I could ever do with any sense of consistent continuity.

So I was meandering in a state of confusion looking for a physical place as in geographical location and a certain type of person to make my life feel complete and whole. Neither seem to remain for very long. I merely found short term fixes which only left me in disappointment and constantly wandering and searching. I guess I could have named myself the traveling wanderer and so that became my story and I seemed to attract to my experience others without purpose and found myself entering situations that drained and depleted the very life right out of me leaving me feeling quite empty and going nowhere. I was “not” living but rather merely existing and getting by. I was always looking for greener pastures that I could never find.

This is not how God designed us to live out life. Now allow me to express my “now experience” of embracing and greeting life. May I simply say that He gives us a recipe for a life of relentless pursuit of fulfilling ecstatic inspiration of creative and expressive application in a richness of gifting that we can draw out of ourselves. This we only wish to offer back to Him in loving adoration of His goodness and loving sense of identity that He brings.

“But, as it is written “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined what God has prepared for those who love him”. (1 Corinthians 2:9

Our God is one of imagination and we are created in His likeness to live and walk out the same.

What holds us back from attaining such?

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,as there is always in a nucleus of others that have gone before us by way of example, to inspire and ignite incentive to live our life to fullest of it’s potential of expression.

Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. We are in a marathon that is meant be exciting, fulfilling and filled with continual joy.

May we be looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. Yes, by faith. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 1:11-3)

For we fix our eyes not what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

He, Jesus, the matchless One who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (I recommend that you read the 11th and 12th chapter of Hebrews).

As I am healing I am starting to run again. Part of my ministry has me in a city where I can run around on a beautiful path around a scenic lake with the capitol building up on the hill reflecting in the stillness of the lake and a park that reflects the life of a city that calls to me that feels so much home to me now and it has for years as I resided in the area for over a decade. I don’t live in that city “yet” again but I commute to it because I am determined to live my life out through the pursuits of my highest expression of love and compassion, in action. We are meant to be moving through such expression vibrantly alive with all of our being.

We are to run this race in life with perseverance and purpose in pursuit of the prize that awaits at the finish line. Crossing that finish line we represent the author and finisher of our faith. We don’t have our eyes on the the other runners but rather on the prize that awaits. In the race there are trophies awaiting along the way to reward each interval of the pace achieved. I am a trophy of grace as well, being molded and shaped as the potter’s clay in the Master’s hand. I don’t look at the other runners as competitors but rather as fellow artisans who are destined for great achievement to express and to meet the One who authored and will conclude this race with all of us runners in His grace, running into His open arms of loving embrace.

Just remember along the running path you will encounter thresholds that in order to continue the race you must step over. So when your body feels like it just can’t go and make it through, then just take one more breath and press through just one more step and you will cross over that threshold and step into a better version of you. This will occur time and time again as long as you stay in the race and do not relent. At the end I hope to hear a “well done” as I cross the finish line. The winner is not the one who crosses the line first but rather the one who finishes. May you and I be ones that finish and do so well.

Running the Race and Finishing Well.

Where do you place your faith in life and how are you advancing or are you?

God asks us to place our faith not in what we think we can do or in who we think we are.

It is likely most of us are living out an identity that is not necessarily entirely true to who we are.

So how can you discover who you truly are?

Go to the source of the One who created you.

God says that we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses. Let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. We are to look to Jesus, the founder and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:1,2)

Whether you realize it or not there are many eyes that watch you and observe the manner in which you or I live. Your testimony testifies as to your identity.

Are there elements in your life that are weighing you down?

God never holds anything back from you. We hold ourselves back often unawares. God is all for us. (Romans8:31-39)

He destined us for a victorious life. Unbelief is the greatest entangling obstacle. Do you believe God for His promises that He has given you from His Word? Without faith therein is impossible to please God for we must believe that He is who He says He is and that He is a rewarder of those that earnestly seek Him.
(Hebrews 11:6)

We must look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

We are to run the race set before us which is the story God wrote for you and I to live and walk/run out. (Psalm 139:13-16)
(1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

The key to running well is your Joy in the presence of the Lord coupled with unshakable and unwavering faith. Being immersed and bathed in His extravagant love for you will give you an impetus of great measure for being the very best you be; out of your love for Him and the same love he gives you for others. You will serve and sacrifice and it will be pure joy to live so. If you have or are not experiencing that then pray and ask God for it that the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:18)

As the eyes are opened as to who God truly is then you will begin to discover who you truly are. It is totally transforming beyond anything you can ask or imagine. Then it is a journey of prayer and action. He will direct your steps. Only believe and trust Him. He is faithful as he has called you and will be faithful to complete the work that He has begun in you.