Saturday, July 28, 2012

What If

What if I were to tell you that God desires to meet all your needs?  According to His riches in Glory?  What if I were to tell you that more than you could ask or imagine He is willing to provide?  What if you established a mantra based upon ALL NEEDS MET?  Don’t be scared off by my use of the word mantra.  The Bible is clear about meditation, setting our minds on things above and the like – murmuring, or muttering things that align with God’s will, His Spirit and His Word.  Ergo – mantra.

I say this because, only rarely have I experienced Christians who practice what the Bible teaches about, praying without ceasing.  Seriously, most of us could not be on our knees 24/7 365, due to our debt to those we owe.   But the Bible still calls us to focus, or aim at, or dial in upon Father God and His best for our lives.  

So what does that mean for you and me?

What If we did just that?  What If we; notwithstanding our present situation(s); focused upon His promises, that are Yes and Amen.  His Word that is sure.  His truth that prevails!  So how much would things begin to change?  I think a whole lot.

But call me a rebel.  Call me Antisocial Personality Disorder, or worse.  For I believe in things that are beyond what I see.  I believe in the invisible.  I believe we can fly.  Much to most peoples chagrin.  Yet I press on.

Oh I feel pain, but that’s just lies I believe to be true, about me.  So relax.  We’re in this together.
What If All Needs Met was how you lived and breathed?  What if by the grace of God you held to that law, that principle, that precept, that TRUTH?  All things would change.

So, the next time you FEEL like something’s not going to change – just chant ANM… ANM… ANM!  All needs met, according to His riches in glory.  Remember, he does own all the cattle on the hills before your eyes, so it’s likely He too possesses any and all resources to accommodate your lacking, day in and day out.
What If – ANM?  What if you believed for more than what you see?  I believe you’ll be amazed, and will give glory to God.  Amen and ANM!


Monday, July 23, 2012


Many years ago, while in Art class at Samuelson Elementary, on the north side of Des Moines, Iowa; I had my first lesson and understanding in perspective.  Here’s a brief definition of perspective: (noun) 1. a particular evaluation of a situation or facts, especially from one person's point of view;  2. a measured or objective assessment of a situation, giving all aspects their comparative importance;  3. the appearance of objects to an observer allowing for the effect of their distance from the observer;  4. in graphic arts the theory or practice of allowing for artistic perspective when drawing or painting;  5. a vista or view.

At the time of my first encounter with Perspective, being at the ripe old age of 12, my concern for the matter was mostly based upon my desire to draw or paint a picture that seemed real, and gave the impression of distance and space.  This being a way by which I could draw the observer into the moment, into the setting, and into the mind of the artist, all with the hope of creating a common experience and understanding.  Now granted the above words may not have been flowing from the mind of a 12 year old at that time, but the clear understanding of this unnoticed power wielded from the tip of a brush or a charcoal drawing stick, was something I got; and got very deeply.

As I’ve grown older, my desire for better Perspective has only ramped up the potential for the artist and prophet within me to become more effective.  Some might argue otherwise, but I know for certain that I’m on a continuum of greater and greater perspective of the visible and invisible.

I had such a wonderful time taking my much needed, and first in my lifetime, solo vacation.  Which by the way I’m convinced I must budget and schedule into my life at least two or three trips of the like, each year, if I am to live the final volume of my life’s story.

California was great (especially OC); being with friends, family and loved ones even greater.  All of which helped me to accept the grace and privilege of artistic license, objective assessment, and the courage needed to put pen and plan into action for volume 2 of a life well lived.  Editing one’s life is such an opportunity of grace.

Here’s my point on Perspective:  Each of us from time to time; be it hourly, daily, monthly or annually, must deliberately take honest assessment of our lives.  We must rise above, step back, pause and wait, seek and find, quiet our mind and focus all our energy on a new and honest view of our life.  Thereby giving rise to adaptations, adjustments, edits, or all out renovation and remodel of our life’s story line – ultimately leading to a conclusion for the better, which is actually not a conclusion, but a further extension toward an ever increasing life in the Spirit.  I am very grateful that at this present time, God’s grace caught me up short and has directed me or privileged me to live such an opportunity as this.

You may not be able to take a few weeks away from your daily grind, but the things you can have are a will and passion to continue gaining Perspective on all in heaven and on earth.  Now is the time for each of us to move from the micro to the macro Perspective.  But take caution, rapid or impulsive actions in one direction or another, must always be weighed by the Word and Voice of the Spirit within.

Perspective – we all need more of it!  

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Castles and Covenants

I woke up this morning with a bit of wonder in my heart.  I wondered about the difference between Castles and Covenants?

It seems the differences are these: one is visible one is not.  One is made of stone the other of blood.  One represents fear and isolation the other represents assurance and inclusion.

I suppose I could go on and on with these differences, but I believe the truth to be found in this very moment is based upon one single factor: love.
Albeit love itself is invisible, it covers as if it’s visible.  It may not always be seen, but it is permanent and eternal.

As I proceed with my life, my hope is this: That I will no longer seek the shelter of a castle made of stone, but that I would seek the assurance and inclusion of a covenant not seen with the naked eye, but known in the hearts of all who’ve found shelter there.

Castles tend to be built upon a fixed geographic foundations.  Covenants on the other hand, are built upon a foundation that is transcending and without fixed location.  And that my friend, is often very hard to understand or even accept, in a world where we were taught of stability and longevity, based upon the things we can see and not upon things we can’t.

I’ll be meditating upon the idea of Castles and Covenants.  More to come!