The Burning of God

June 14, 2016 at 5:44 am (Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , )

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What nature of God should consume as fire a child He so beloves? What is this Holy fire that over-takes a bush, without destroying it and spreading is wrath with it’s surrounding neighbors? Is it possible that inside of me, lays a landscape of tree and brush that builds idols and calls my worship to the created itself; that must be such that the fires of jealousy begin to burn it from the One who made it and me? If so, how do I begin to walk into the flames of His desire to purify me? Ahhh, how we avoid pain! Forgetting so often that it lays within a corrupted and broken part, the relief we seek is not so much the healing of the wound as the ridding of the effect of it (pain). Cause and effect. What so causes us to ignore the greatest feature of our salvation (cleansing)? I love the thought that God sees me as I am complete, growing into this completeness or capable of such that He sees. Each stage of my growth a celestial celebration. Yet, how can I stop this urge to run from how I see myself as ineffective, delinquent in His eyes? I have days, that my feet have put on their running shoes as I move towards His presence, it seems, quite apart from my awareness. I look down and wonder, “how did that happen?”

This house-buying/moving process has been a lesson of burning away the destructible I knew not lay within me. As you know, as my absence of post may indicate, the recovery time from the burns is long. Though not without it unshakeable foundations laid upon the waste of smoldering ruins. Spring rains, and gentle breezes have produced new flowers that could not have grown without the fiery blazes He blew inside to wake me. Most days all I was able to do was will myself to lay still while the flames overtook me. The urge to run and escape, fight or flight, so cemented in my habits and reactions, almost too much to train. My willing heart, a thing only He can move, was His grace. I know something of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) fortitude to walk, though heavy with pain, towards the flame of the Cross. His voice ringing in my ears, “Do as I did, do.” 

Before the house-hunting escapade, I thought I was ready to do away with possession and things. Indeed, I was more ready than before, as the desire was the flickering flame to begin the first fire of purity. All great things start small. Our Savior was a seed, embryo, fetus, babe; before He was a man. A mountain was a bubbling cauldron of lava before it became a breathtaking appendage of earth. There is a striking balance now seen, between really receiving the blessed things He gives us, without guilt or wondering if it’s right, and feeling deserving. ..wanting more. Another balance or clearing of perspective; that the wanting of more after a bestowing of blessing in things here on earth, turned inward to see the true desire is the wanting more of Him, not the things.

The startling thought, though still, is that nothing resulting in the process guarantees my fingers shall not hold tightly things again. It’s a controlled burn, all things God does inside, this side of eternity. I think perhaps this is what makes His ways so undesirous to people. We like a ‘start and finish’ kind of life. No dragging out of things. We weary easy of all things that go on for an extended amount of time. If the wind blows for days on end, we pray for stillness. Upon granting that, the sweltering heat with no breeze then compels us to pray for the wind again. Rain upon rain without ceasing drenches the spirit and begs for dry wind. Flooding the senses with moist and mildewy perspectives. Left to us, our ordered climates are always to our comfort, not at all to the growth and strength building, stretching, He has willed for us. The earth must expand and contact, remember it’s in labor; but also that all things that are alive must breathe! So, too, are we who call ourselves the Forgiven Children of a Consuming God. The only cure we know this side of heaven, is the antidote called – waking. The Spirit comes inside to wake us everyday to the Kingdom of heaven, which would rise within us, if we will but let go of the world we see. Grace not only pours out love and faith on the undeserving, it stirs the flames of that which will purge us of all that would fuel a destructive soul. It’s hard, and painful and requires a Holy endurance that can only be found in the fiery presence of God.

One day a finish shall reign, an end to the process of purification. Oh! What what a day that will be! Or…mayhap – not? Perhaps the only difference will be that we will no longer resist it, it will no longer be considered a “pain”. Oh that God is answering my prayer that my comfort won’t call the shots to my living anymore!

I leave you with some ***quotes from George MacDonald*** in his sermon called Consuming Fire. What perspective our Lord bequeathed to him! So great a heritage we have! Where knowledge brings true growth -Life! And that knowledge moves our feet into action. Obeying the laws of God as joy.

***Nothing but the burning love of God can rid sin out of anywhere. It is the law of nature – that is, the law of God – that all that is destructible shall be destroyed. When that which is immortal buries itself in destructible – when it receives all it’s messages from without, through the surrounding region of self, and none from within, from the eternal doors opening inward into God’s presence – it cannot, through immortal still, know it’s own immortality. The destructible must be burned out of it, or begin to be burned out of it, before it can partake of eternal life.

God is against sin: insofar as, and while, they and sin are one, He is against them – against their desires, their aims, their fears and their hopes. And thus He is altogether and always for them.
God thinks and feels against vileness and selfishness, of the unrest of inassuageable repulsion with which He regards such conditions. God thus revealed Himself in such anger so the thoughtless people, fearing somewhat to do as they would, might leave a little room for that grace to grow in them, which would at length make them see that evil, and not fire, is the fearful thing.

A chimney above a huge house indicates the greatness of the building below, as the volcanoes of the world tell us how much fire is necessary to keep the old earth warm. For it is not the sun itself that warms the planet. The earth is like the human heart. The great glowing fire below us is God in the heart of the earth, and the great sun is God in the sky, keeping it warm on the other side. Our gladness and pleasure, our trouble when we do wrong, our love for all about us, that is God inside us. All the beautiful things and loveable people, all the lessons we get from life, and whatever comes to us, is God on the outside.***
– George MacDonald

The God of Shalom (peace – completeness) brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Yeshua, by the blood of an eternal covenant. May God equip you with every good thing you need to do His will; and may He do in us whatever pleases Him, through Yeshua the Messiah. To Him be the glory forever and ever, amen!
– Hebrews 13:20-21

♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Seriously

February 1, 2016 at 11:50 pm (Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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I was recently asked why I take life so seriously.
Teehee, for the first time in my life, I actually giggled at the notion. Nor found criticism in the question. I do take life seriously. In fact, what often other people will make “light of” I’ll find rather dull to do so. To be fair, I do often have to work hard at being light hearted in some matters. Yet, taking life seriously, is the reflection I see in Messiah Yeshua’s (Jesus Christ) face. The Brits wouldn’t have called Him a jovial’ol chap. Americans would never have said He was the life of the party (not real life being referred to). In France, they would have never been able to grasp His love because it came not in the form of intimate relations, and often defied what family loyalty in the world’s terms can seem. The times we live in are serious. The Germans in world War II were serious. It made everyone else take on a certain seriousness. Often people trying to make light of thing at that time would get a very serious response from the majority at the time: “don’t you know there’s a war on?”

My whole life I’ve rather leaned into the direction of humor for escapism. Fully able to sense deep down the seriousness of life, it would pull me down, humor lifted me up. I’m so glad my parents were laughter oriented. My Dad in particular could always make us laugh, even when he was trying to be serious. We were free with laughter, passionate in feelings, and serious about taking life seriously.

My answer to the above inquiry is this:

I’m serious about children being free to be silly and carefree while they can. Balanced by creative teaching of life and it’s seriousness.

I’m serious about seeking out times of humor and laughter, it really is a healing medicine.

I’m serious about all humor not being funny at another’s expense.

I’m serious about the Life God calls me to. His mission for me, His instructions to me and following them resolutely.

I’m serious about joy. Being joyful to others and letting them be joyful to me.

I’m serious about not worrying about things that God says its His job to do.

I’m serious about the Truth without apology. That it most often comes in a serious nature, and should not be ignored.

I’m serious about love, it’s sacrificial nature, and it being a choice rather than a feeling much of the time.

I’m serious about paying attention to the world around me that God has made, and delighting in every inch of landscape, every single sunrise and sunset, every drop of rain, and flake of snow. Every cloud, every rainbow, every breeze and squall of wind. I’m serious about learning all the lessons the seasons teach us. Every tree, bush, blade of grass, weed (these are all flowers by the way – smile). Every form and body of water, every star and planet, the Sun, moon and heavenly shape of their work.

I’m serious about food, the true enjoyment of it and it’s purpose in the human body. The creativity that can be found in it and enjoyment of its riches and strength of its provision.

I’m serious about relationships. The ultra hard work of them, and the profound rewards and benefits of them. These are treasures we take with us forever. I’m convinced of their immense importance over all things in life, business, pleasure etc. People always matter first, their lives, their struggles, their joys and delights.

I’m serious about fun. Teehee, this can get me in trouble, but God knows my heart, and brings balance.

I’m serious about responsibilities in all things. To do all things as unto God, no short cuts, no excuses. In such a vein I’m serious about money, work, and duty. Honor in instructions and how things work properly.

I’m sure if I kept thinking about this I could fill two pages. I think life IS serious. And there IS a war going on. I take seriously an enemy that is a robber of joy, thief of love, strangler of truth, teachers of lies, harbringer of bad news, bad choices, bad things. Most especially these days the duller of hearts and minds to the joys of being serious about serious things. His passion to blot out the Name and character of the Creator, our Savior and Spirit which brings all balance in this life to serious stuff and joyful stuff. I’m serious about God’s work of pulling the teeth out of fear and the weariness out of doing good.

I am serious, much of the time. These days Life is not taken seriously enough. Apathy and laxness mark the generation I see coming up. Self entitlement seems to be winning the days, and expecting something for nothing. I’m serious about that. It’s a cancer. I’m serious about freedom, but not the freedom mankind often is deluded into thinking is a God given “right”. God has given one freedom to all mankind, that is to choose the right (His way) things or the wrong (not His way) things. God is a monarchy, a ruler, THE Ruler. All things are His subjects.

I’m serious about education in so far as that education starts first and foremost with knowledge of God, His ways and getting to know Him as His person. All other education, valuable as it may be in His will, is secondary. I believe in those times under heaven as essential elements to reality and peace and true enjoyment in life, death, life, sadness, joy, health, sickness, and so on. The acceptance of our failures as well as celebration of our strengths – all given by God, none being our own to keep. I believe the rewards of a “well done” by God will far outshine and reward the soul than all the treasures on earth – and this is worth waiting for, though He doesn’t make us wait till eternity. I believe God speaks to each of us daily, through His Word and with His counsel. I’m seriously serious about that. I do not believe in the rule keeping, self checking religion that Yeshua’s Life and teachings have become. I believe in a loving, kind, involved, and supremely intimate God, made known and knowable through the Life work and death of Yeshua His Son and His Resurrection; and the Spirits power to over come death and sin once this choice is made in the life of every individual. I believe that Love is the greatest debt human beings owe each other, none greater. That love comes in very serious forms, such as truth telling, and feedback and reflection in accountability. Yet also steeped in grace and mercy and lack of judgement. This is called encouragement.

Seriously, what is NOT to be taken seriously is the question.

We serve a very serious God about restoration and repentence. Praise Him for it! He takes no ease on this thing He made called Life. Neither should I. When what He takes seriously is taken seriously by us, all the enormous joys and delights of this Life come as natural a byproduct as green grass to rain and sun. Life is serious, seriously amazing, fun, and hard. One day. …one day the only thing I shall know is its joys, delights and pleasures. For now I’m serious about getting the taste of them as He gives them on occasion here, now. Serious about speaking with my mouth but more my life the reality of that in balance . I’m not sorry I’m serious. I’m grateful He had made me thusly.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to pen such words, though they strike me too much about me, with all the I’s. Yet honestly, questions like these give opportunity for me work out a ready answer, and a “mission statement” if you will. (1 Peter 3:15; Phil. 2:12) These things will be shown in my life as a whole but it is good to know that my children and grandchildren can read my mind and heart one day. I’ve always been accused by the “serious adults” of being too child-like. But then, again I get this alot too, being told I’m too serious. I think much of it is timing and perspective. When I’m accused of being child-like, it’s because I have no problem running around chasing my kids in the church parking lot for fun. When I’m told I’m too serious, most people are at the moment trying to escape the harshness of life in that moment. Given my past, it’s hard not to join in at these moments. Balance is the key and I admit without a conscious effort on my part to invite the Spirit to achieve it for me, I’d be stuck in one of the other extremes most the time. There’s a time to laugh when circumstances warrant a good cry. There’s a time to restrain laughter when the circumstances seem to open the doors for nothing but. Serious perspectives are hard to live in 24/7. Yet there’s so much serious stuff these days.

Right now I’m sitting out in the snow, blogging. Literally it’s falling on my phone as I type. But the flakes don’t deter me. They make the experience that much more memorable. It’s seriously a good thing to do things most people call crazy or stupid even. If God says do it, seriously. ..do it!

What is your “take” on life, what’s your perspective? Do people know? Do they hear you speak words that don’t line up with your actions and daily living? Can you be serious in a conversation but still make one laugh? That’s a gift. Can you laugh at serious stuff? And when was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? That’s the medicine!

God is serious, but He takes very serious delight too. Look at the creatures most ignore on a daily basis: birds, squirrels, rabbits and the like. They work everyday, but almost seems to me they play as they do. Especially squirrels, they have the monopoly on play, yet from sun up to sun down take very seriously what’s needed. I feed these furry “rats” as some call them and every day I’m reminded there is a balance to each day that can be found in joy and hard diligent work.

God is the only One who helps us stay grounded between humor and seriousness. Does your relationship with Him provide giggle times with Him? If not, oh boy are you missing out! Giggling with God is the best treasure I have. He’s with me always, sometimes we giggle together about my seriousness, sometimes about the things around us at the moment. The whole world tilts a bit and shakes pixie dust all around when God giggles with His children. It’s better and beyond anything Disney could attempt to make it look like. I’m serious about delighting in and with Adonai! As often as I can, I pursue this. He delights that I do, I believe. God is such a serious subject to most. Rightfully so in its own right, but on the other hand, He is the epitome of joy too. I truly believe those who lose sight of that, haven’t spent enough time out in the wild with Him. It’s there, He can show His delight the most. A close second is hanging with children 7 and under. used to be 10, but ahhh, they grow so serious so fast these days, but honestly it is not altogether unwarranted.

A delightful heart is full of very serious realities, but it’s anchored in the Joy of the Lord, His presence. It’s my sincere prayer that Adonai will profoundly illustrate this to me and carve it into my soul. Serious joy, serious integrity, serious obedience to Him, serious delight in Him. Serious, firm, rooted, steadfast, and immovable – these things!

Glory to God in the highest, glory to Him who takes very serious all His works in this world and in His people. May He get the glory for it all. ..seriously!

Titus 2:7

and in everything set them an example yourself by doing what is good. When you are teaching, have integrity and be serious;

♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Celebration

February 21, 2015 at 5:04 am (Mile Stones) (, , , , , , , , , )

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Yesterday was my birthday.
Birthdays have always been special. I wonder where the tradition began to celebrate the birth-day of a loved one? I remember as a child wondering why the mother didn’t get special mention on them. I can’t say why the impression moved me so young. Likely because I figured she did all the “work” that day. I figured it wouldn’t hurt for her to get a few balloons and some cake too. I went along with tradition and kept my thoughts to myself, but I mentioned it to God and asked for a special blessing for my mom anyway.

The older I got, sadly the more I argued with God about how He made me. Birthdays after the age of 18 were not a welcome thing to me for many years as a result. I had missed the “big picture” – errrr at least the truer one. Then about 10 years ago, God began to show me who did all the “work” putting me together. Using many words directly to me intimately but with His Word in many scriptures like the one above. One in Romans stuck out too, talking about how the pot shouldn’t argue with the potter about how it’s made. I began to submit to changing my thinking. The result? My birthday has a different element of celebration now.

A group of 25 people met up for dinner to celebrate me. I didn’t resist. Why do we resist taking love in? This is one change. I don’t resist love like I used to – by the Grace of Yahweh! I’ll tell you a secret though…shhhhh…lean in…

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2/20/2015, many loved ones not shown

I went to celebrate them! Them and all those who could not make it there. Many more of them. I would not be who and what I am without all those Adonai used to mold and shape me throughout my 40 plus years. I celebrate them and Him who made me. It’s another change. Perspective is everything. It’s not about me. Never was, but He means to make sure I know I’m His and that makes my worth beyond reckoning. It’s the difference between truth and trying to be true.

I recently heard a different perspective on prayer too. It resonates with the same frequency of the change in celebration for me.
One was asked, “what do you ask God to do for you when you pray?” Response:”I don’t ask God to do things for me; I ask what I can do for Him.” You see it? So small a tweak, but the whole picture suddenly comes into focus.

I am basking in the love showered down on me everyday from the same One who used that love to mold and shape me before I entered my mother’s womb. I basked in the love of those who called, texted, sang, sent messages and pictures, and came to dinner last night; the same love that shaped and wove them too. I let it in, and let it pour out of me too.

I celebrate Life. L’Chaim. It still includes a special mention of my mom. But it includes every single life that has brushed up against mine and held me safe and fast in a womb-like love throughout my life. So I celebrate them, celebrating me. I celebrate Him who made us all, wonderfully – His works are wonders – I do know this well!

Thank You Abba, for Life!

♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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