Whimsical Saturday- Looking Up

14 12 2013

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

Love sometimes means looking up…

Looking Up

to find your way in this world.

“Set your mind of the things above, not on the things that are on the earth,
for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God”
Colossians 3:2-3

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Whimsical Saturday- Art

22 09 2013

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

Sometimes love means making art…

Greg Poppy Maui

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 Saturday- The Trees

13 07 2013

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

Love sometimes means…

https://gregpoppy.wordpress.com

missing the forest for the trees.

“O LORD, help me understand my mortality
and the brevity of life!
Let me realize how quickly my life will pass!”
Psalms 39:4





Day 12 Journal

3 05 2013

The original prayer can be found at prayhawaii.org

Jesus,

Thank You for the businesses owners and jobs that they create here in the islands. We also thank You for all believers who own businesses and give them trustworthy employees. I
Please increase the growth of all businesses and provide the business owners with encouragement and fresh inspiration. Let all employees live up to Your standards with integrity and provide them with bonuses and raises.

In Your Name, AMEN!





Learning to Dance

7 04 2013

I have been studying a lot about dreaming and following after God’s call for my life.  While studying this idea I was reminded of trying to learn how to dance with my wife.  For most of our married life, we just simply swayed back and forth to some slow songs while at dances at our local ballroom, or if a swing song played, we would do the “rock” step with a few turns poorly executed by me.  You see, dancing is all about moving with the beat of the music.  It is about feeling the music, knowing the steps, and following each step with automation, without thinking of each step.  There is also the pesky thing of having rhythm or not, and I fall into the latter category.

The thing about learning to dance is you have to be willing to look like you don’t know what you are doing in order to learn what it is you need to do.  You can’t  be too concerned with how ridiculous your missteps or other off-beat moves look.  The fact is the more you get out on the floor, the better the dancer you become.  Of course, you need instructions, but even with the best instruction if it isn’t coupled with practice, all you have is knowledge of dancing.  You are not a dancer.

This thought occurred to me while thinking of following God’s call.  There is rhythm to life, an ebb and flow, and in order to hear from God you’ve got to get out on the dance floor, to be vulnerable, risk failure, and possibly looking foolish.  Whatever it is, Papa God asks us to step out in faith, having no concern of how we may look or that we might fail.

He actually tells us, in Christ words, to “keep asking…keep searching…keep knocking” (Matt 7:7). If we do, we will find, we will receive, and doors will open for us.  Will we receive everything for which we ask? Will we find everything for which we search? Will every door open for us? No, of course not! However, we grow in learning to dance with Him through His answers, positive or negative, to our requests. And just like dancing, we may look foolish when begin to follow him, but we cannot worry about how things appear.

I believe that Papa God loves our attempts to learn His heart, and whether or not we get it right, we are learning how to follow his lead. We are learning how to flow, and eventually the steps will become second nature to us.
When is the last time you asked Papa God for something? Did you get what you asked for? Did you learn from His response to you?