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


Making the Path Straight

24 05 2013

After a long tumultuous year, I got the strangest blessing this past weekend. We went to a ministry called House of Expression, a ministry focused on doing life well. The teaching was on Papa God and hearing from Him. To practice from hearing His voice, we all had to create a prophetic drawing. We exchanged our prophetic art by drawing a random piece out of a hat, and we asked Papa for an interpretation of the drawings.

The drawing I received was of a person wandering on a crooked path through the woods who comes out into the sun, receives a whole heart, and is walking on a straight path. After our previous year’s journey and heartache, the drawing spoke to my heart instantly. We had stepped in faith believing God was leading us to serve a ministry in Hawaii. After several months, we weren’t getting work, and our plans didn’t seem to be working out. Eventually, we had to return to our home state, and we had no idea what we were going to do next and were crushed by our experiences.

Since we perplexed by our journey (and more than a little skeptical), we were cautiously returning to our previous life. However, Papa God also allowed to take steps that might allow us to return to Hawaii. As we completed each step, an opportunity also began to crystallize for us to remain on the mainland. This opportunity would have provided for a normal, “comfortable” life, but our dream of returning to Hawaii seemed to hang in the balance.

The art’s relevancy becomes clear because after I interviewed for the mainland job, Papa God presented us a choice. We could follow the opportunity on the mainland where we would need less of Him, or we could follow our dream where we would need Him more. Work would be less certain here, and I would have to be away from my family for indefinite amount of time. However, as we stepped out in faith again, Papa God made the way clear. It was as if Proverbs 3:5-6 was coming true. We chose to follow God and trust Him, and He has begun repairing our hearts and making our path straight.

The Dream within a Dream within a…

20 04 2013

How do dreams die?  Last year, we hosted a church’s young adult group in our home, and we watched a DVD series on financial responsibility.  The speaker appropriately started his talk with this maxim about dreaming, “If you can’t dream it, you can’t have it.”  He goes to explain that dreaming is hope.  And while those thoughts are good, when our dreams take time to materialize, it is hard to continue holding on to the dream.  Discouragement and doubt can become constant companions during the delay between having a dream and seeing it come true.

So what do we do during the delay? I actually think the process of waiting is where we get the strength to hold on to our dreams until they are realized.  The bible says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Prov 13:12  So while there are delays, we must resist discouragement and doubt.  I like how the Randy Pauch in the Last Lecture puts it:

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

What exactly is “badly enough?” I think several places in scripture define it well, and two, in particular, stand out to me.  The first is in Deuteronomy 4:29, “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”  This verse occurs in the middle of the Pentateuch, and the author is describing the children of Israel being scattered in the future.  This seeking the LORD doesn’t mean that He’s lost or hard to find, but it has more to do with the things that get in the way.  The second passage comes Matthew 7:7-8, “7 Keep asking, and it will be given to you.  Keep searching, and you will find.  Keep knocking and the door will be opened. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches find, and to the one who knocks the door will be opened.” We won’t have every prayer answered in the affirmative, we won’t find everything we seek, and we have every door opened for us.

Do you have a dream from the LORD? Has it been a while since he gave you that dream? How have you responded?  I pray that God will give you sustainable joy during that delay. 

7 MonthsTime

4 01 2013

7 Months Time

Dedicated to our friends on the Island in the sea.

Seeing their faces, I began to cry.

Why does two months feel like two years?

It was hard to stay, but boy did we try.

I know we fought through our tears,

As we said we’ll be leaving,

But only a little while!

Our new adventure eased our grieving,

But even it ended in surprising style.

Papa God knows our hearts,

He’s given us dear friends,

To go through all the false starts,

And to go past all the “dead” ends.

Our victory is all but won,

For a new way may be imminent,

Our lives we live for the One,

And all of His plans come with fulfillment.

                                                                                                                                                         ~4 January 2013


14 07 2012

What does double-minded mean?  This thought occured to me after thinking of a passage from the Book of James in the bible.  First let’s look at the text.

James 1:5-8 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the LORD; 8 he is a double-minded man; unstable in all his ways.”

Now back to the question, what does double-minded mean? According to Strong’s the Greek work dipsuchos, it means either wavering, uncertain, doubting or divided in interest.  The latter definition is particularly interesting to me because the culture that I am in believes in declaring the LORD’s truth over our lives.  Interestingly, when doubt enters our minds, we can agree with it and lose our joy, freedom, or the will to continue.

As we begin to doubt God’s plans, our minds start creating alternatives. Sometimes, these alternatives are ways we can accomplish what we just asked Him to handle.  Other, times they are the lies of the enemy about the goodness of God and His great love for us.  We come with multiple plan b’s just in case Papa’s going to leave us on our own.

The problem with these lies is that they rob us of hearing from Papa God.  Our good Daddy longs for us to believe Him, to take Him at His word, and to leave abandoned to His will.  So then, to this writer, the cure is to be single-minded without divided interests or doubt.  Jesus tells us to seek first His Kingdom and it’s righteousness (meaning rightness of thinking) and all these things (food, clothing, and shelter) will be added to us.

Have you gotten off-track in trusting the LORD? Are doubtful and double-minded?

Are you believing the lie that Papa God doesn’t care for or love you? 

If so, don’t worry, repent from those thoughts, seek Him, and wait for Him to narrow your paradigm.

In His hands…

6 07 2012

“Ever since we had the vision, God has been at work, getting us into the shape of the ideal, and over and over again, we escape from His hand and try to batter ourselves into our own shape.” ~from My Utmost for His Highest, July 6

For quite a while, our pastor has been discussing the work of God in our lives.  He constantly emphasizes the finished work of God through Christ on the cross , and how rather than letting the LORD do it, we try to do it ourselves.  We, in effect, stop God’s work in us and try to do it ourselves.  However, our work is to realize the fact that God has done it all, so we already have it all.  If we are His sons and daughters, we have in Christ the hope of glory.  This has not been taught in a lot of churches because they use verses like Philippians 2:12, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absense-continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,” to emphasize our effort in salvation while ignoring the very next verse.  “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Phil 2:13, italics mine).  The work is the LORD’s, the benefit is ours.  Our workis to rest in His hands.

This revelation is amazing and the great source of joy, but so few realize it.  So many believers walk around in despair.  Worrying about their standing before the LORD.  Thinking others arebetterthan they are.  Living in fear.  Fear of making the wrong choice, fear of failing, fear of falling out of favor.  The antidote to this fear is love.

Remember John 3:16. I do.  I can quote it easily. For God so loved…these four words define God.   1 John 4:16 states this revelation as well, “God is love.” Continuing to verse 18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…” so in His love, we find freedom from fear…we get peace.  In His love, we have confidence (verse 17). Let’s abide in this truth, today.

How different would our churches, homes, businesses, and communities look if all believers started living in this truth? For me, I believe we would see the Kingdom of Heaven manifested all around us.

Monday’s Shorts: Unknown

21 11 2011

Today’s word is unknown.  The word means not within the range of one’s knowledge, experience, or understanding.  Un- comes from the Proto-Germanic un which means not, and known comes from Old English cnawan which comes from the Greek gno.  I believe experience is important when it comes to discovering the unknown, or at least, that which seems unknowable.

  The unknown can be scary, but God want us to trust Him with it.  I was reading Dueteronomy 29 when I realized this truth.  Moses says in verse 29, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”  The secret, or unknown, things are God’s therefore we don’t need to worry about them.  Conversely, what God has revealed to us, we must obey those things.  I take this to mean that whatever God has given us to obey that is what we must do.  A pastor once told my wife that we should obey God to the end of what he has told us, and we when reach that point, He will give us the next step.  In that way, the unknown becomes ours through the experience of obedience.

What has God given you to obey? Are you scared because of the unknowns? Will you trust Him with the results and stop delaying obedience?