Whimsical Thursday- A Place in the Shade

16 01 2014

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

Sometimes love means finding a place…

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in the shade to enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

“…rest yourselves under the tree.” Genesis 18:4


Whimsical Sunday- The Path

8 12 2013

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

Love sometimes means staying on the path…

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Even when the outcome is unknown.

Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
Psalm 119:105

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.

Day 28 Journal

19 05 2013

Dear Jesus,

I thank you for faithful men and women who serve You here in Hawaii, and I ask you to give them encouragement today! Jesus, I also ask for those who are proclaiming a partial gospel to be convicted by Holy Spirit. Let their message be changed by a vibrant encounter with You. For the enemy behind their lies, I ask you to bind him and remove the cloud created by his lies. Jesus let the fullness of Your gospel be proclaimed!

In Your Name, AMEN!

Day 27 Journal

18 05 2013

Dear Jesus,

Please break the power of demonic strongholds on the Hawaiian Islands. I thank you that we don’t battle against flesh and blood, and I ask you for wisdom and protection from these forces. For those held captive by the authorities and powers of this world, I declare freedom for them through the blood of Christ.

In Your Name, AMEN,

Day 10 Journal

1 05 2013

The original prayer can be found at prayhawaii.org

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for giving us your Word and providing us the example of how to follow Papa God’s heart.  I ask for a faithful heart and attitude to obey your every word, whether it is reveal through scripture or through the leading of Holy Spirit.  I ask for courage to take risks in obey word, and through them to grow in trusting you.  As James said let me be doer not a hearer only of your word.  Grant me the humility to accept the things that need to change in my heart, thoughts, or attitude.

Jesus, please use Your word to draw those who are seeking truth on the islands of Hawaii.  Let all believer’s here develop a deep passion for study and application of your word. Thank you for the faithful who have taken risks here in obeying your Word and provided us with an example and encouragement to follow in the same way.

In Your Name, AMEN!

Wednesday’s Word of the Day: Deliberate

7 12 2011

Today’s  word is deliberate.  The word means carefully weighed or considered, studied, or intentional.  This word is often used to describe what a jury is supposed to do in a trial.  They are to look over the evidence, examine every detail, and reach a verdict based on their observation of the facts.

The word is rooted in Latin.  De comes from de which means down, down from, from, off; concerning, or entirely, and liberate comes from librare which means to balance or weigh.  So the root meaning holds true in its English transation, to entirely balance or weigh.  When someone is deliberate they will carefully consider all the angles, all the  opinions, and all the options before acting.

This word strikes me in its multiple meanings.  Carefully consider.  Weigh entirely.  Intentional.  As I read these definitions, I am reminded of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.  Jesus instructs the disciples to recognize the false prophets by their fruit, “Are grapes gathered from thornbushes…?” (Matt. 7:16) These false prophets may say  one thing, but when their actions are weighed against their words, they are proved to be frauds.

It is easy to be entice by the speech of others.  People, even well-intentioned people, can lead others astray by careless, or conversely, crafty words.  For those who speak carelessly, you should look at their lives, especially their relationships.  How are they impacting others? Is their talk self-centered and introverted?  Steer clear of these people, for they will eat your life away.  Those who speak crafty words will be easier to spot.  The speech, manners, and attitudes change based on who may be around.  Watch for fruit, and God will keep you safe.

In providing the cure for anxiety in chapter 6, Jesus tells them not to “worry, saying ‘What will we eat…what will we wear’ …Your Heavenly Father knows you need them.” (Matt 6:31-32)  In the following verse (Matt 6:33) which really puts it all together. “But seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”  Carefully considered what Father God, the Son, and Holy Spirit tell you.  First, examine your motives.  Next, examine your fruit.  Finally, admit your needs.   When the kingdom of God occupies our thoughts, when we considered the cost of the cross, we are set free to bear fruit that will last and to bring peace.

Jesus tells His disciples about two builders in Matthew 7.  He calls one wise because he hears Jesus’ words and he acts on them.  In other words he is intentional about obeying Jesus.  He doesn’t flirt with other options.  He doesn’t have a back-up plan.  He is abandoned to the call of his Savior, and he will do what it takes to fulfill God’s will.

How are we to live life? Jesus tells us later to be as shrewd as a snakes and as innocent as lambs.  The wolves surround us.  They are seeking to harm us, and we have to be careful to avoid their traps and snares.  We must do this, and obey Him at all times.  Our job is to consecrate ourselves to Him.  His work sanctifies us, so that we can consecrate ourselves.

What is God calling you to?  What is keeping you from obeying?