Whimsical Saturday- Valentine’s Day

15 02 2014

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Sometimes celebrating Valentine’s Day is…

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as simple as buying a bouquet of flowers and preparing a fun meal together.

Behold, you are beautiful, my love;   behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.
Song of Solomon 1:15


Whimsical Saturday- Art

22 09 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Sometimes love means making art…

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Simply for the joy of creating.

          For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
        Ephesians 2:10

Whimsical Sunday- The Journey

11 08 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

While on life’s journey,

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It is good to stop and enjoy the view.

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:4

Protecting the Gift

5 06 2013

John 6:63 ESV

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The gift and the call are the same, and both come from Jesus through Holy Spirit. They are a call to freedom found in the Truth, Jesus.  We will know the truth and the truth will set us free.  Once we receive the call, our responsibility is to respond and maintain our walk through humility, gentleness, patience and love.  By pursuing Holy Spirirt and positioning ourselves to align with Him, we will protect our unity and foster peace.  At the moment our pride, or selfish ambition, gets in the way, we will witness strife, discord, and dissension and lose our peace.  May we always strive toward Holy Spirit.

In the Sun (the 100th Post)

14 05 2013

sun pic

The past few days here on Maui have been overcast and rainy.  While in parts of Maui this is a daily occurrence,  it is not normal where we live.  Today, the sun came out after a brief hiatus, and it reminded me of the dark days of our lives and how we long for some light during those difficult times.  Our relationships can be a great source of life and light during dark days.  The greatest relationship we can have is with Jesus Christ.

Scripture says, “through Him all things were made.” If He made us, He best knows what we need and when we need it.  I am blessed to call this beautiful place home, and I am thankful for the good and the bad days filled with His love for me.  Since my wife is a fan of surfer rock, I the song “She’s Only Happy in the Sun” by Ben Harper quite often.  As the sun started to shine in Maui again, I was reminded of this song.  I hope your days are filled with light of the Sun!

Please enjoy the song below

A New Family

25 04 2013

As we are sharing one car and because my job takes me all over the island, I rode a “commuter” bus to work this morning. While the ride was pretty normal, one thing struck me about the ride: the community.  The people who used the bus knew each other. They made this journey every workday together, and they talked story and knew each other’s names. The passengers knew the driver’s name, the driver, the passengers’ names. At one point, a gentleman didn’t have the correct change for the two-dollar bus fare. The driver and some of the other passengers got him the correct change (this normally doesn’t happen).  Instead of a bus ride, it felt more like a family carpool, albeit that is one HUGE family car. 

The only anonymous person on the bus was me, and I got the feeling it will not remain that way as I continue to make this journey with them. Our island is small. The anonymous ones visit, but the Ohaha (family) remains enjoying the journey together. That is how Maui feels to me: a new Ohana enjoying our journey together.


17 02 2012

The other day, I was watching “Bambi II,” and the interaction between Bambi and his dad got my attention.   Bambi’s dad, the Great Prince of the Forest, teaches his son how to act like a prince.  I believe lessons ab0ut the right mindset are lessons we as believers need to learn from our Abba Father.  Additionally, the movie led me to think of what our actions are saying about who we are and how we think.  In other words: What is our declaration?

The word declaration means an emphatic (i.e. strong) or an explicit (i.e. clear) statement.  When we make a declaration, we make a strong, clear statement.  Thinking of the Declaration of Independence, the colonists made sure the rest of the world knew that they were not under the rule of King George III, and the world took notice.  They fought a war against the king and gained the independence that they claimed.  That’s the funny thing about declarations: without action to back them up, they are meaningless.

From a faith perspective, saying and doing are also closely connected.  What we say and what we do matter.  Some people strongly and clearly say what their beliefs are, but their actions say something else entirely.  I usually encounter this when I tell my oldest son I love him, and then two minutes later, I express impatience when he’s simply being a boy (energetic, doing kung fu moves to fill up his glass with water, practicing high kicks while brushing his teeth, you know those “normal” things).  My words said I love you, but actions said you have to change for me to love you. Without matching deeds, my words are empty to my son.

In Jeremiah 7, there is a warning against empty words.  Starting in verse 3, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’ 5 For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if truly practice justice between man and his neighbor, 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin, 7 then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever. 8 Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultry and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known, 10 then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’ -that you may do all these abominations?  11 Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight?’ The Israelites lived how they wanted until they went to synagogue then they acted holy. The simple message of these verses? Change your behavior to match your speech.

Some people believe that their actions speak loud enough, but without words, their declaration is incomplete.  They are acting out their faith, but they are not saying why.  There are many reasons for this.  One, they are fed up (understandably) with those whose speech doesn’t match their deeds, so they try to avoid hypocrisy all together by remaining silent.  Another reason is that they believe by saying anything they are robbing God of His glory.  I think the opposite is true, good works done in His name bring Him glory.  By keeping silent on the reasons for their actions, these well-intentioned people miss an opportunity to share their stories for His glory.

Looking at declaration in the Greek, it comes from diegesis meaning narrative which comes from diegeomai meaning to recount, relate in full, describe.  Using the first word, our entire lives tell the story of what we believe.  As a matter of fact, story is one of the best ways to communicate ideas.  Without a narrative that clearly depicts it, the truth becomes a fact that can enter the head but might miss the heart.  And really, entering the heart is most important.  The second word, diegeomai, indicates that our testimonies should complete.

The truth about our declarations is with or without intentional effort, or lives (in deed and word) tell our story to the world.  If you are going about quietly doing good but never talking about it, start telling your story.  On the other hand, if you, like me, are constantly running your mouth, but never doing good, start acting your story.  On either account, whether speaking or doing more, Father God gets more glory.

Remember with me Colossians 3:17  “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Your life declares something, What is it declaring?