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Here comes the sun

One thing is always for certain each night. The sun is going rise in the morning. Even more certain is God's faithfulness. The 12-step slogan, "this too shall pass", is also a profound modern proverb. I was thinking about George Harrison's song Here Comes The Sun. It's an optimistic song about good changes on the horizon for someone who's been through a tough time. Here are the lyrics. When George wrote the song, he had been going through a tough season and he believed things were about to get better. Actually longing for the break-up of The Beatles is what is believed to have inspired the song.

I've been listening to This song from Faith by Jason Upton in my car:

I will wait for You, Jesus
You’re the sun in my horizon
All my hope’s in you, Jesus
I can see you now arising.


Robust

"So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that he may be glorified."
Isaiah 61:3b

The root definition of robust is "oak, strength". Robust means physically strong, or marked by richness or fullness of flavor. It can also refer to ethereal strength in the sense of an argument or faith, or the strength of a signal. A team could have a robust defense. A cruise ship could have a robust structure that can withstand sinking.

If we think of the word picture of oaks as meaning strength, how does this help us interpret Isaiah 61:3? If we back up and look at the context, we discover that this is the passage that Jesus read from, but you will note that Jesus stopped after the first half of verse two. He was proclaiming the year of God's favor and not vengeance. However, Isaiah writes here about what the ministry of the Spirit of God does to people:
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liber…

Synchro-convergence experience

On Monday night, I had a dream about my first two cars.

While doing research on Tuesday, on "the suddenlies of God", I saw a link of an article by John Paul Jackson on Synchro-something and it stuck in my head.

On Tuesday afternoon, I was delayed and left work later than I had planned on. When I was pulling out of my parking garage, I saw a car that looked like my third car that I have not seen for 2 years. I ended up right behind it so I could read the license plate and believe it or not, it was my old car. I called my wife to confirm the plate.

And here is the picture of my old car, on the bookcase that she looked at.


Today I looked up that post by John Paul, and he says:
When we recognize and begin to value these spiritual events—learning to see them when they occur—helps us tap into God’s nature and Heaven’s activities guiding our lives. As the Bible says, we plan our ways, but God directs our steps (Proverbs 3:6). We may know where we want to go, but God decides how …

Punishing the enemy

Saturday morning, I had the French children's song "Alouetta" in my head. It is a song about a lark being prepared to be cooked. The lyrics keep adding to the list of the bird's body parts that must be plucked of feathers and other things.

The Lark is symbolic of ascension or exaltation.
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name." He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:17-19In this passage, Jesus is not reflecting on how he was there back when originally Satan fell. Some people teach this, but it's not correct. They way that the Greek grammar is written, Jesus is saying that while the seventy-two were casting out demons, he pervieved or beheld Satan falling.
Imagine that if God allows you to take out a demonic entity, that God then also uses …

One year anniversary of blogging

I thought it was kind of cool that I began doing this on 3/16. Here it is, one year later. After being an avid blog reader for 2 or 3 years, I took the plunge and started doing it myself. My friend Matt kept encouraging me to start and my friend Steve encouraged me to blog daily and complimented me along the way.

I don't believe anyone can give you 50 life-changing messages a year, much less 100, or 365.
I just try to offer a daily scribble from ideas that come to me.

two-ten in the afternoon

I have a watch that is synched up with towers receiving time information from the GPS satellite system.

MY watch read 2:10 when my son Johnathan was born. The longest and best day of my life:

We had planned on a natural birth, at a birth-center in Fullerton. Labor started on Sunday morning and we headed East on the 91, believing we would be celebrating with our families that afternoon or dinner time; certainly before midnight.

After many hours of labor, drained and disappointed, our mid-wife, Lori, called her on-call chiropractor, to give Janine an adjustment, so that her body would be in alinment for the baby to come. The chiropractor turned out to be a man I had gone on a missions trip with to Australia and New Zealand back in 1989. A year or two previous, out of about three thousand people, he was the only person that I saw at a music release celebration at the church building I used to go to as well. He is a man filled with Jesus. He came and adjusted Janine, late that Sund…

God acts

God never reacts to things or to the enemy. God always has a plan and since He is God, He already knows what the enemy is going to do.

Everything else in inconsequential.

Who God is

Oswald Chambers: "Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is."

For me, the answer to every question, concern, or worry I have is this:

"God is faithful."

Come let me love you

You fill up my senses like a night in the forest,
like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain,
like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean.
You fill up my senses, come fill me again.

Come let me love you, let me give my life to you,
let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms,
let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you.
Come let me love you, come love me again.
Annie's Song, John Denver (1974)

I woke up this morning with this beautiful song in my head. If you didn't know that it was a song John Denver wrote about his love for his wife, you might think it was a worship song about your love for The Lord or His love for you. This is one of the most honest love songs I know of. Very pure.

Background on the song's inception from Wikipedia:
Annie's Song is a song recorded and written by singer/songwriter John Denver. It was his second number one in the USA, occupying that spot for two weeks in July 1974. It also went to number one in the …

Confining spaces

"But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matt. 7:14

In this verse, the word translated narrow means to press hard upon like when grapes are crushed for juice. It also means a compressed way; metaphorically, to trouble, to afflict, or to distress.

You could translate it: "the way is troubling or afflicting that leads to life". The way of discipleship is the way of suffering, the way of the cross; but that way leads to true happiness, to life.

So, I think that when we are going through confining spaces, confinement being a word like prison that means restricted and afflicted, we striped of everything that is not of Christ and in Christ. To detour and avoid the hard way, that really is the fastest way, is to avoid discipleship and really avoid Christ.

Take another thought

If you are vexed with negative thoughts, take another thought. This is what I've heard Graham Cooke say. Take a bigger, more true, more positive thought... I'm thinking it's scripture-based, and send that thought down the path at the negative thoughts like a bowling ball down the lane at the pins.

I don't know what the consensus is in the psychological community, but what I've been told is that you cannot erase "bad" thoughts. You can only think new thoughts or restructure your thinking, so as to get a better perspective on negative thoughts, thereby diminishing or eliminating their power.

Contra

If you were a fan of Seinfeld, you might remember the episode where George decides that the key to successful living is, "to do the opposite of what I would normally do".

Contarian
Contradict

There are many Bible verses that seriously espouse this practice, like blessing those who curse you.

Graham Cooke talks about doing the opposite of what you feel a knee jerk reaction to do.
Lily talks about experiencing this in much the same way as I have.