Friday, October 28, 2011

Remembering Good Friday

If there is anything good people experience through my life, anything of worth, whatever brings people happiness, makes people feel their worth, anything praise worthy in my life.  It comes from You.  You are the reason.  When people smile my way, I remember that day.  You have blessed me beyond amazement!  You are the reason joy is brought into my life.  You are the reason Psalms come forth.   You are the reason I sing with delight.  Everything good in my life comes from that day.  And any good that I can bring to this world...One hundred plus percent comes from You, God.  Thank you for blessing us so much with your presence today. 

Thank you for the cross, thank you for the power of your love, thank you for what you did for me.  You are good and you are here!  You go ahead of us you are behind us and you are in us and with us.  You are the beginning and the end because You have no beginning or end.   You are good and your goodness has no beginning or end.  People are ever changing, but You O God never change.  Hallow is your name today, both now and forever and ever more!  Amen! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Standing on Promise

There is a time to act and then a time to stand.  Today, stand in awe at God.  Think about His promises and His faithfulness.  If you know this song, please do not rush through the lyrics.  Let's think about them:

The Stand - by Hillsong United. 

You stood before creation
Eternity in your hand
You spoke the earth into motion
My soul now to stand

You stood before my failure
And carried the cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon your shoulders
My soul now to stand

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart, Oh God
Completely to you

So I'll walk upon salvation
Your spirit alive in me
This life to declare your promise
My soul now to stand

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart, Oh God
Completely to you

I'll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the one who gave it all
I'll stand
My soul Lord to you surrendered
All I am is yours

[- From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/h/hillsong-united-lyrics/the-stand-lyrics.html -]

Monday, October 24, 2011

Eternity in our hearts


Are you searching?  Look into your heart.  Remember and know eternity... eternity and your heart are woven fearfully together.  Perhaps this is why no person can know the heart and why God looks so deeply into our hearts and searches each one. Perhaps this is why we are wise to be careful the condition of our hearts, what we place or bestow thereof.

It is here, not in the world, but in the heart where God speaks to us how intimately.   He speaks in the language of our hearts.  This language is his Word.  His eternal words of life...the true blood our hearts yearn for each and every day.

What a profound secret place:  the heart where he speaks to us.  Forget LasVegas. No place on earth has anything on this.  Disney Land is fun, but I'd be bold to say that the heart is where it all happens.
This is where God's word ever growing, living, and breathing life-giving word breathes into the secret places of your heart.. Let's ask God to speak and move in our hearts today.  As we read his word today and let us open our hearts to have God work powerfully in your heart today.   His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.  (Psalm 119:105)  As we open your hearts let's pray for one another today.  


Saturday, October 22, 2011

God SO loved US


God So Loved Us
Think of God.  Now think of the universe.  Compare the size of the thought in your mind about God to the size of the universe.  Now think of God and his love again.  In awe, ponder the massiveness of God and his holiness.  God stamps his word “Holy” and “glory” over our hearts.   God’s faithfulness is incomparable to anything we have ever seen or can ever imagine.  His faithfulness is holy.  There is nothing on this earth like his faithfulness.  God created the stars, yet with us, he so loved.  God himself so loved.  God who doesn't have to answer to any man.   SO loves us.  (John 3:16).  GOD.  All-Powerful.  All-Knowing.  Unfathomable in glory, spender and holiness.  


He didn't SO created the universe.  Only created the universe.   But the LORD, Creator God SO loved us.   What does that say about God’s love for us?  God so loved us.   The word "so" is an expression of immeasurable LOVE.  It is inexpressibly verbally how much God loves us.  That is why God himself  came and died for all of us.    Ponder the massiveness of the universe.  Now picture a spot so small that it can not be seen with the naked eye,  that is the universe in comparison to the size of God's love for us.    Now say to yourself:  God SO LOVES ME!  God so shows me his goodness, God so gives to me all good, God so declares his glory in and through me through His son.  God so reveals his faithfulness to me.   God so fills my hearts today.  I am so blessed today.    He has opened up every possibility in your life.  They are so for you and for me today. 




So Blessed day for you and me.     

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"The Learning Revolution" -Brian Tracy


"Welcome to the revolution… I have studied and practiced and taught in the area of human potential development for over thirty years, I left high school without graduating and worked in laboring jobs drifting from place to place until well into my twenties. 


The turning point came for me when I was about 24…The Bible says, “Seek and ye shall find for all who seek findeth.”  Searching…lead to my first breakthrough.  I learned that if you can find out what the most successful people did…and you did the same thing over and over, you’d eventually get the same results as they do.   This idea is so simple that most people have passed it over without noticing it.  Yet in every field, the people at the top, were once at the bottom.   When they were at the bottom they studied the people at the top and they did what they were doing.   As a result, they moved ahead rapidly, and eventually, they were at the top themselves.   And their success had very little to do with luck, or being at the right place at the right time.  People create their own success by learning what they need to learn, and then by practicing it until they become proficient at it....This discovery:  that learning what you need to learn is the key point to accomplishing anything [you need] to accomplish changed my life."    “The Learning Revolution” by Brian Tracy http://www.briantracy.com/blog/.   


While reading, think about:  Philippians 3:10, 11 reads, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”   

And Matthew 11:29  "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."  

Have a very successful day.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

God's Glory


“When you think ‘God’s glory,’ think ‘preeminence.’  And, when you think ‘preeminence,’ think ‘priority.’  For God’s glory is God’s priority. 
                God’s staff meetings, if he had them, would revolve around one question: ‘How can we reveal my glory today?’  God’s to-do list consists of one item: ‘Reveal my glory.’  Heaven’s framed and mounted purpose statement hangs in the angels’ break room just above the angel food cake.  It reads: ‘Declare God’s glory.’ 
                                -Max Lucado  (from “It’s not about me” Rescue from the life we thought would make us happy)  



"Why does the earth spin? For him. Why do you have talents and abilities? For him. Why do you have money or poverty? For him. Strength or struggles? For him. Everything and everyone exists to reveal his glory. Including you." Max Lucado, Author of "It's not about me."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Parable of Success: Let's Have a Meal.


What does success look like to me?   Since I love food hehe, Picture three people eating a bowl of soup:  The first man dips his spoon into the air and back to his mouth, looking satisfied as he goes over and over again.  The second man dips the spoon into the bowl and let’s his spoon stay there on the edge of the bowl.   The third man dips his spoon into his bowl and takes it back up again into his mouth and continues until the contents are completely devoured therein.  

I imagine the bowl:  life.   The delicious contents therein: knowledge.  The process: success.
The first man is like a person who gives the impression of success, but he really has no content in his life, only giving the appearance and ultimately nothing to offer himself or others.  Many people want to be like him, but later find their life pointless.


The second man is like a man who tries at success, but out of laziness, doesn't ingest the knowledge from his experiences and privileges, thus not even giving the appearance of success.  This person might be viewed as one going nowhere in life.  This is worse than the first man but better than the first man with potential to change.   
The third man experienced success.   He has dipped his spoon into the contents (which the first man views as foolishness) and has lifted up his spoon from the soup (which the second man may view as too much work) and has taken up the contents, devoured, digested, and actually enjoys what he does.  (which proves both man number one and two the foolish) Thus success to me is: learning.   What is man number three actually doing?  He is learning.  Thus, to me, success is learning.   

 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Very High Expectations: In Love And Thankfulness


Changing my thinking.  I come from Toledo.  In Toledo most people (except for my friends, of course :))  thought negatively.  But for some time I was involved with people who wanted to teach me I could not trust my own thinking.  I became negative about my own decision making.  Has this ever happened to you?  This is what I learned: It is important not to blame people for any of our own decisions even among strong influences.  This is because there is a very important lesson for all of us to discover here:  the importance of growing in trusting our own instincts and being confident and positive in our own decision-making, even among influences in our lives.  Often times it is ourselves and our own thinking we have to be alert of more than others.  How can we do keep our thought life positive and looking forward?  The two driving forces that I’m learning and thinking about today is: 

(1) God loves me and
(2) Thankfulness.   

1.  The love of God:  Jesus became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21)  so that we may become (viewed as being in, and examples of) the righteousness of God (approved and accepted and in right relationship with, by his goodness).   We are set completely free and it is virtually crucial that we know and thus our thinking will reflect this daily.  
There was an event that was really only taking place negatively in my own mind.   It was bugging me for some time, and then I realized, wait!  God loves me.   That means he only has good set up for me on every occasion of every day of my life.  That means even when I don't feel it.  He loves us so much.  Thus we don't have to waist even a moment with a single thought that there is bad set up for us.  No!  We are so loved.  And nothing can ever separate us from that, not anything that is known or unknown by another person place or thing (Romans 8:38-39).   

2. Secondly:  Thankfulness. 
The Bible says that our minds are to be steadfast on thankfulness.  Thankfulness is the joy of everything living.  It’s the affection of life.  I know, our mind, when we hear this we might hear a  familiar replay in our mind like:  “Yeah, but can we reeeeaaally be thankful aaaallll the tiiime??”  This is a lie that doesn't come from you.  Just dismiss it.   Hebrews 13:15 reads, “Through Him, therefore, let us CONSTANTLY and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.”  Here, "let us" implies that it is our decision.  Here’s something that I found: we can be joyful (read: James 1) 
Personally, my biggest lesson is to think of others always with gratitude, see them successful, wish the best of and for each human being, with thanksgiving, think of them with the highest expectations.  This, like lifting weights, takes time, but just with anything, with practice, it will get better and better!  My prayer is that we may practice this today. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dreams Given in Our Hearts


The dreams you have in your heart aren't small.  The dreams you have for God's kingdom, God has placed in your heart: Train your arms to hold to them.  Hold firm to God's promises.  Dream many dreams!   Use all of your God-given talents for His glory.   Do you ever feel frustrated?  Perhaps the dreams you are holding on to are too small, and God wants you to dream bigger dreams?   Pray.   Pray all kinds of prayers.  Be reminded:  God is a very capable God.  He always wants us to open our horizons.  Holding on to our dreams may mean letting go of any disappointments of the past.  The only past we must train our eyes to look at is, the victory of the cross and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus.  Pride looks at lesser things.  It takes strength and prayer to humbly realize that the dreams that God has written in our heart are too big to hold on to things that don't matter.   Let's let go, look ahead, and dream very big dreams Today.

Exodus 34:10  "Then the LORD said: 'I am making a covenant with you.  Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world.  The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you."

Friday, October 14, 2011

"Build Me a Son" by Douglas A. MacArthur

Oh Lord,

Who will be strong enough to know when he is weak,
and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid;
one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wish bone will not be where his backbone should be;
a son who will know Thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone
to knowledge.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

You Are The Storm!


Today's age talks much about a storm in our lives, describing it as something difficult we go through...In Mark 4:35-45 Jesus' disciples were on the boat on a lake when a large wind came and shook the boat.  The disciples were afraid and cried out to Jesus, and Jesus calmed the storm and rebuked them for their lack of faith.   As Christians now we have called difficulties in our lives as "storms" in our lives, which in connotation equates as a difficult time that we do go through...but I will be bold as to say:  :

The "storms" that we go through are just attempts from the enemy to distract us from this truth:  WE ARE THE STORM IN THIS WORLD.  How can a storm go through a storm?   We do not go through storms.  I believe God wants us to see our challenges not as a storm, but as something we go through as we journey from glory to glory.  My point is:  don't be afraid of the challenges in your life, but face challenges with faith.  

Jesus calms the storms of this world I believe mostly to tell us that when we are in Christ are the storm; He works through us to bring a storm to this world (Luke 12:49), one of fire, which consumes and changes this world.  I mean, lives changed in Christ around us, people witnessing the love of God through us, did I mention lives changed and impacted in Christ!   Let's pray that we bring a storm of the love of God by the development of our character in a world that finds such jewels rare.  Remember: (I pray this for myself as well) You are the storm!  Let's go and shake this world by God's word and prayer, for your family and friends from our hearts to theirs! (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20)

Tell Your Story


Have you ever been through something?  You need to tell it.  Don't hold back!  Someone needs to know about your story.  Open up! It is YOUR story.  You are important more than you can imagine! Everything you have experienced, Christ has redeemed and it is now more precious and has more purpose than you can ever dream!  God is doing unimaginable work in you, NOW!

Isaiah 43:19 reads, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."  That day when God works crazy powerfully in your life is not tomorrow.. No!  ITS  RIGHT NOW! Today!  Look around you and see God working powerfully in your life.  The only reason why you are alive now gives a powerful testimony in and of itself that the enemy does not want you to realize.  God is blazing light of Christ through you Today, just by walking in the knowing that God has redeemed your past and has used you Today to gives light "unhiddenable."  I'm taking this journey with you. Now tell your story. And remember:  "He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful.” Joshua 4:24a.



Friday, October 7, 2011

"iam Poet Tree"



I’m really excited about this blog.  At first I thought it could be just the filter for which to express myself to the world but something much more important is I want to use this site as a source, a prayer room, a room for us to pray all kinds of prayers for God's work to take place in our world and in the world around us.   Let's pray together under the poet tree, planted in streams of living water, that is, in Christ.    

Blogging Machines



I pray that this site may be a way we can agree with each other for the work of God to make everything possible  in our lives everyday your life and mine.  Please find the follow or add me as I'd like to pray with you as often as possible.   

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Prayer for You


I wish for you... I wish for you more than anything your imagination can see in a thousand dreams. There's more for you in what you're waiting than can fill the earth or a hundred seas just you wait and see!

Transformed


The worst of this world, held captivated by the light of Christ and transformed into the best in this world and the next, under Christ's reign.