Glimpse

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Have you seen me?

In the night, in the dark
By the streetlamps, abandoned cars

We have spoken

In the allys, in the streets
In vacant desert lots

Did you hear my voice?

In the distance, on the wind
In the sun, the pouring rain

Or feel me touch your hands?

Pray for summer in the blizzard
For Warmth in the dead of winter

I offer understanding
Consolation reimagined
Meaning redirected
Purpose wrapped in life

Have you given away your reason?
Your substance or your time

Everything has its season
It’s reason and it’s rhyme

Can you read the message?
Written on your walls
Answering the call

Do you feel the expectation?

creation is still waiting
For the moment, for the day

That you find the way

catch a glimpse of meaning
And step into the light

Desert

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I came to the desert
To leave the shadows I’ve known
To follow the wind
And to be alone
I came to this place
To look for my soul
To learn the secrets of silence
That have never been told
And its here in this place
Away from myself
That the truth comes closer
Then anywhere else
And here it’s revealed
It’s here that I know
The fabric of time
And the essence of hope

car trouble in paradise

Life in abundance, or to the fullest, can look funny sometimes. Not ‘ha-ha’ funny either. Sometimes it looks like maybe it’s a series of unfortunate events.

It’s not like we don’t have an abundance of ‘stuff’. Most Americans have way too much for their own good. Cars, dishes, bric-a-brac, photo albums, tools, coffee makers, don’t forget the espresso maker, grills, iPods, iPads, internet, cable, I’m sure you get the idea…

But I believe we all know, deep down, that all that stuff is not the key to peace and contentment. Every bit of it is a  distraction to keep us from facing the real issues. That’s the real ‘value’ of entertainment anyway-to make us forget our troubles.

But Jesus said that in this world we would have trouble. And the truth is, we do. The fact that all the above things have such a hold on us tells us a lot about how we deal with it.

I know from personal experience how things can just pile up around you. Do you ever feel like you’re being buried alive by one problem on top of another? It’s like you’ll never dig your way out in a hundred years! This is the nexus of the crises, so to speak, and this is where most of us crumble, roll over and veg-out in front of the tv. This is the worst thing we can do.

Isn’t it strange, that when we need to be in prayer the most, when we need Gods presence, peace and strength the most, is when we often run the other way.

It really betrays us, and exposes our greatest weakness.

Our lack of trust.

I’m sorry to admit this, but God has been dealing with this issue in me for decades. Without faith it is impossible to please God. And how can you have faith in God, if  you don’t fully trust Him? This is a major issue with a lot of christians. We SAY we trust God, but we don’t act like it. We hold back on giving, or we make our own plans without seeking His will, because we’re AFRAID of what might happen. This is not how you act when you trust somebody.

Do you trust God with all your heart? Would you trust Him with your future, your possessions, your family?

Stop for a minute and think about it.

It’s where we all need to be, if we’re going to continue to call ourselves christians…

Will you go to Him in your time of trouble? As in turn off the tv, walk away from the laptop, notebook and iPad, and press into His presence? We should seek Him first, foremost and in everything we do.

This is where the true abundance lies. Here is life to the fullest.

It’s really nowhere else.

Heart of Worship part II

So, what does real worship look like? Depending on your point of reference, you might be thinking of almost anything, from shouting out praises to God at the front of a church, to kneeling quietly at home behind your locked bedroom door. Everyone has a flavor, if you will, that they prefer, for expressing their love for and to God. Shouting out praises and kneeling silently are two bookends for a wide range of expression that blends everything in between, all of which can be forms of true worship. In fact, you may run the entire gamut of expression during a single time of prayer and worship. This is because true or real worship is a matter of your heart.

God is Love. He is light and life. He is the Truth and the Way. He is also the Living Word and a thousand other ‘things’ right on into Infinity. Eternal. When you truly enter into His presence, you will know it, and you will feel a tangible difference deep within your inner being. Love, conviction, repentance, forgiveness, mercy, grace, peace, healing (mental, spiritual, and yes, even physical), are some of the things you should be experiencing as you enter into real, true, and honest worship. How you’re standing, or if you are kneeling or even face down on the carpet, are secondary to the reality of communing with god. The Important thing to ‘do’ is to follow your spirit. If you feel the need to kneel or go face down, do it. Don’t worry about what everybody else is doing. the minute you become self-conscious or fearful of what others might think, you’re slipping away from worshipping in spirit and in truth.

True worship will stay with you. It’s not just for the church service or the prayer session you’re involved in. It’s meant to transform you from the Inside out. As I’ve said before, it is instrumental in making you into the person God created you to be. We should feel the effects for days, with each prayer time strengthening and confirming what we were given, right up to the next time of worship. In the time in between, this also equips us to minister to and serve others.

God dwells in the midst of our prayers, and in our worship. It is the natural manifestation of our supernatural relationship. We need to press in, and receive all that God intends for us, so that His kingdom may truly come.