Monthly Archives: June 2013

Thursday Intermission

Hey there! Welcome to your weekly break. Sit back, relax and feel the artistry flow through you as we watch art in motion.

The Seattle Public Library is the setting for our first video. It launched its 2013 summer reading program by setting a new world record. Was it for most books read? Most slices of pizza eaten by a group of library volunteers? Close, but no. Take a look.

What’s that you say? You aren’t sure that counts as art? Well, this should help explain the concept of high art. (Thanks to Josiah for sharing this one!)

May you see the art and beauty in your day!

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Meeting Expectations

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Amazon cat (Photo credit: protohiro)

At a quick glance, an interesting subject line appeared in my email this week: Did the Kingdom of God meet your expectations?

What an unusual question! What should we expect from the Kingdom of God?

Sometimes people seem to imply—or say outright—that if one comes to the Lord, all their problems will be solved. I think of this as “Magic Jesus Syndrome.” All one need do is pray a specific prayer and Jesus will flood into their lives, knocking aside every inconvenient circumstance. Life will be wonderful and all will be well.

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Nothing at All

You know how sometimes you’re not feeling the best and you try to communicate, but your brain just won’t cooperate? And you try writing things down that make a lot of sense to you, but when you read back over what you’ve written, you wonder what on earth your synapses are connecting with, since it sure isn’t each other?

Well, that’s where I am.

Since my mind isn’t working quite the way I’d hoped, I thought I’d share something to burst your mind wide open, too.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from  the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

–Romans 8:38-39

God’s love for us is mind-blowing! Nothing can separate you from God’s love. Nowhere you can go, nothing you can do.

Is there still sin? Undoubtedly; but God’s love sings to us over the sin, calling us to turn us away from that and toward Himself.

Read over those verses; think about them; ask God to show you the reality of them. Nothing can separate you from His love. Nothing life can throw at you, no spiritual force, no physical force. Nothing.

So embrace it. Let His love flow over you and through you and out to others. And give thanks to the One whose love never fails.

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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday!

Today let’s think about reaching our goals. Most of us have goals in life–things we want to accomplish, people we want to be. Yet sometimes we find ourselves searching for something that seems to lie just beyond our grasp.

If at first we don’t succeed, we may find ourselves trying some unconventional methods.

It is those who know us best who can sometimes help. Perhaps a friend could help us to attain our goal.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Scripture says, “Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Ecclesiastes 11:1). So keep on sharing the love and encouragement found in Christ; it will return to bless you as well.

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Abba’s Day

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holding hands (Photo credit: aarongilson)

“God is your Father.”

It’s kind of a loaded statement, isn’t it?

For some people, the idea of God as Father makes sense. Their fathers were encouraging, committed, caring presences in their lives. When they think of what it means to be a father, or to have one, they see the positive. While no earthly father is perfect, the good for these people far outweighs the bad.

But for many, the idea of “father” conjures up too many negatives: Abandonment. Rejection. Anger. Criticism. Alcoholism. Drug abuse. Physical, verbal or emotional abuse. Indifference.

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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday! Ready to relax and take a break? This week, I have a few “best of” videos to share (although the categories may not be your typical selections).

Best use of the moon in a video goes to “White Night Tel Aviv,” a promotion for a festival in Israel.

Best use of a lawn sprinkler as a harp? I know you’ve been waiting for the finalists in that category! Here’s the winner:

And finally, “Best High-Diving Giraffes” obviously goes to this clip:

Speaking of “Best of,” have the best of the rest of the week!

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“Never Once”

I apologize for the late post today. To be honest, I haven’t felt much like writing for the last few days. I’ve been struggling with some things. I can’t tell you about them, because they involve other people and situations that aren’t mine to share; but I know you understand. We all deal with things–and some days are better than others.

As I’ve been spending time with the Lord in prayer and reading and trying to listen, I’ve been coming back to a song I love.  Matt Redman sings it: “Never Once.” Here are some of the lyrics:

Standing on this mountaintop,
Looking just how far we’ve come,
Knowing that for every step
You were with us–

Kneeling on this battleground,
Seeing just how much You’ve done,
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us.

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say–
Yes, our hearts can say:

“Never once did we ever walk alone.
Never once did You leave us on our own.
You are faithful, God, You are faithful …”

Every step we are breathing in Your grace.
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise.
You are faithful, God, You are faithful–
You are faithful, God, You are faithful.

God is faithful. I know this; I’ve experienced it. That doesn’t make the struggles go away; it doesn’t make the troubles disappear. But it does give  hope in the midst of them.

I hope you aren’t struggling right now. I hope that all is well with you. But whether or not you face challenges at this moment, know that God is faithful, and He will be faithful. And it is when we walk through the difficult times with Him that we can look back and affirm, “Every step, we are breathing in Your grace. … God, You are faithful!”

 

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