Monday, May 21, 2018
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I remembered the time when he fell while trying to learn to ride a bike, more than a year ago. He got the smallest scrape on his knee, and still hasn't been willing to throw a leg over and try again. I want to help him overcome his fears, but I know that if I focus on the outcome, rather than his feelings, I'll lose him.
So I said, “That was really hard when you got hurt wasn't it?” And then I got quiet.
“Yeah”, he nodded.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
you are beginning to respond in your heart to who I really am.
I am love.
So that means I desire relationship with you more than anything else.
I created you for camaraderie and companionship,
with me and with the people in your life.
This is the reason behind the greatest word I have spoken.
Love me with all your heart and love you neighbor as yourself.
It's not just a directive or a commandment;
it is a description of my state of being with you and in you.
When you stand on the shore beside a friend
and look out at the waves together,
you decide to go out into that ocean because you are together in it.
This is my love at work drawing you into all the energy
of doing something that you may never have done alone.
That is how it is with you and me.
Without my divine energeia, my dunamis, you may do nothing,
but in our camaraderie there is nothing that you need to fear.
So you can go forward into many adventures,
calling others alongside you
because of my holy embrace of you
in all my energy and passion.
I made your heart for adventure.
You dampen this with false religion
if you believe that fun and challenge
are not what I have called you to.
You are disobeying your heart’s desire
and so becoming less effective
because you reject the dreams I have placed in you.
So I am calling you into this adventure.
I want to live through you as you invite others
into the joy of knowing me in all that gives them joy.
In the midst of all the beauty that I have made
I call to you to live out the dream of my energy
in your body,
in your mind,
from your spirit where you dwell with me forever.
In whatever you do I call you to know me and be fully known.
Friday, September 1, 2017
In this “relational mode” we learn how to deal with difficult emotions, to see the characteristics of our hearts and how to forgive from a new perspective, how to act like ourselves in tough situations, and how to pass on some of what we are experiencing to the people in our lives.
When we learn to focus on seeing what God sees, it changes the way we see ourselves. I have always been passionate about helping people to discover their Identity in Christ. Now I experience the reality of Jesus teaching us our identity together as we sit with Him and wait upon His Spirit in our hearts. What amazing things He can accomplish in such a short time as He touches and heals us.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Love has taken away my practices
and filled me with poetry.
I tried to keep quietly repeating
No strength but yours, but I couldn’t.
I had to clap and sing.
I used to be respectable, chaste and stable,
but who can stand in this strong wind
and remember those things?
A mountain keeps an echo deep inside itself.
That is how I hold your voice.
I am scrap wood thrown in your fire,
quickly reduced to smoke and ash.
I saw you and became that empty.
This emptiness, more beautiful than existence,
it obliterates existence, and yet when it comes,
existence thrives and creates more existence.
The sky is blue.
The world is a blind man sitting beside the road.
But whoever sees your emptiness
sees beyond the blue and the blind man.
A great soul hides like Muhammad or Jesus
moving through a crowd in a city where no one knows him.
To praise is to praise
how one surrenders to the emptiness.
To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes.
Praise, the ocean. What we say, a little ship.
So the journey goes on,
and no one knows where.
Just to be held by the ocean
is the best luck we could have.
It is a total waking up.
Why should we grieve that we have been sleeping?
It does not matter how long we have been unconscious.
We are groggy, but let the guilt go.
Feel the motions of tenderness around you.