Today was rainy. A bolt of lightning followed by thunder. And then silence. A connection to eternity.
A roadside stand passes by a car window. We glance but barely remember how we felt. And then the emotions mount upon hollow hands. You grab a pair of scissors. Or perhaps you rip. Soon the layout vibes and you permanently attach a meaning to whatever it is you saw.
We all have a few questions stirring in our psyche. Our imagination hears a story and we begin to wonder. How can we find truth? And will our souls recognize purity when it is found?
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32 (NKJV)
Creator, there is turmoil surrounding every day. Wars and rumors of wars, famine, pestilence, godlessness, and selfishness. We are warned of a fall from prideful ways and yet we disregard the foolishness of our ways. In my humble being, I pray we find a way out of our cold hearts destroying the very nature of earth and human. Our priorities are skewed. Anger is rising against all efforts to find peace among nations. Yet we know it is the Spirit of this day that we fight against, not our neighbor. Please do not tarry. Shalom.
Job 12:7-10 “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
Genesis 1:29-30 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.
Resilience. We all need some strength these days. And inner peace. Calm. Fortitude. The next few months are crucial. I will pray for peacemakers to abound.
For truth to shine a light, we all should carry a candle with us. In the darkness and in the daylight, clarity of mind can be found. But how much more clarity exists in the silence of a 3am morning, alone? Join me in waiting for signs that usher in a mental springtime. Of renewal and growth in spirit and soul.
What sparks you to explore yourself? Are you feeling dull? I dare you to start peeling back the layers or dig deeper into your mind’s garden.
I wandered through life for almost 40 years not noticing much of anything. My childhood curiosity was squashed early on and my dreams and visions were ignored. So I packed up those ideals and closed the lid in fear and trepidation. Until I started trusting myself after years of therapy. Then taking expressive arts classes and becoming certified. And finally pursuing my God-given purpose in life:
TO HELP OTHERS PAINT FROM THE HEART DREAM IN THE MIND WRITE FOR THE SOUL
What artful fruits have you manifested of late? Are you in need of a companion you walk with you to discover yourself again? I would love to meet you. Let’s talk… email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into the world, so we cannot carry anything out of it. 8Butif we havefoodandclothing,we will be contentwith these. 9Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.…
How long and hard would you try and explain to your neighbors, about that wild experience that literally changed your life? What if they were to condemn you to death because you wouldn’t renounce that experience? Would you deny the spirit world to save your life? Or hold on to your faith until the bitter end?
Faith: before you give up trying to put words to the mystery, let groaning prayer become your thoughts. Mountains move eventually.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (ESV, John 16:33)
11 Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. 12 When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes. Romans 12:11-13
My youthful faith has waxed and waned for many years and far into my adult years. My first step in believing Christ as a redemptive God, harkens to my 3rd grade innocence and a longing for warmth and a purpose. I was lonely and alone, misunderstood and a misfit. And I poured every ounce of my passion into both true hope, intermingled with lots of magical thinking.
A few years ago, I found myself in a mirror, yet I didn’t recognize myself. My carefully constructed image had shattered due to circumstances beyond my control. I could no longer go through life pretending about anything. So I set forth on a course to solve all the puzzles in my life.
Fast forward to today, and the once flickering flame, that almost was extinguished, has slowly grown in intensity. I was once truly lost and despondent, on the brink of suicide over the course of 40 some years, and yet have come through it all on solid ground. The Christian studies coupled with Buddhist meditation brings joy and happiness back into existence.
Happy Thanksgiving 🍁 to America. And blessings to all. You are truly wonderful and lovable. Let nothing keep you from knowing true joy and peace.