Tuesday, December 29, 2009

For Your Healing

I have just posted a number of entries devoted to healing in my blog Journey Of One Step.

One is for when you need physical healing, another is for renewal of the mind, and another is for when you are depressed.

Classy People You See At Walmart

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Christmas Card to me!

Look at this lovely Christmas gift from a commenter, who is also a prolific artist!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Ghosts Of Christmas Past

This is a post and a ghost from a Christmas past:

From December 23, 2006

For My Republican Friends:
Here's wishing all of You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

For My Democratic Friends:
"Please accept with no obligation, explicit or implied, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee. By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher."

Author unknown-

Here is another ghost from Christmas past. It's called "The Inn Alternative" - an idea for a ministry during the holidays. It was posted on December 28, 2006.

Here is another ghost from Christmas past. It's a poem I wrote called "This Holy Christmas Eve," from December 12, 2006.

Here is another ghost - a Christmas card from December 09, 2006.

Another Christmas card from December 09th, 2006.

Yet another Christmas card from December 09th, 2006.

Reflections on Christmas from December 09th, 2006.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I won't be Posting as Much!

I need to give my eyes a rest. I read that video games and texting is hurting people's eyes and causing them to need glasses early, and being on the computer is no different. I am fighting for my eyes, which have always been good, but have been giving me trouble lately. I realize that all my time on the computer is a large part of the problem.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Divine Discontent

I have the worst discontent but it's about this: I want to be in fellowship with believers who push back the powers of darkness in the place where they live. I want to worship God until the lid that is on us is lifted and we reach heaven. I want to see deliverance and healing. I want to see the power of God manifest in the worst way. I want to see God's glory.

I am getting tired of people who settle for second best, who wallow in mediocrity. I feel that Minnesota, and America are places where people dwell in mediocrity spiritually, and settle for so little with regards to their relationship to God. People don't reach out for all of God. I am tired of waiting.

When I was involved with the Toronto Blessing, the thing that characterized it was this: the city of Toronto is heavy with dark principalities and powers. To go walking through the city during the day would be to feel those heavy powers and to be overwhelmed with the oppression. But you walk into the huge church and join the large congregation and begin worshiping, and immediately you are aware that the powers of darkness have been dispelled. You are able to reach heaven and your soul and spirit are totally refreshed. This was an amazing revelation - that a church could push back all the principalities of the city in which it is placed and provide a place for people to gain access to heaven. Within it then, there is great deliverance and healing.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Are You Jesus?

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their almost nearly-missed boarding.
He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.
He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.
He was glad he did. The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her; no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.
The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, 'Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?'
She nodded through her tears.. He continued on with, 'I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly.'
As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, 'Mister.....'
He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, 'Are you Jesus?'
He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered..
Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: 'Are you Jesus?' Do people mistake you for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.
If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It is actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.
You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.
Please share this, {IF you feel led to do so}.
Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really need to be sharing what we know...

The Dentist

I went to the dentist today, and thank God she isn't as incompetent as this one. In fact, she isn't incompetent at all. My dentist is a woman. I like having a female dentist and doctor. As a woman it's just more comfortable.

BTW, this was Tim Conway and Harvey Korman back in the 70's.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I feel like Scrooge

Even though I'm being more generous in my gift giving this year, I am feeling more like Scrooge. When Christmas rolls around, I am not ready for it. I am still longing for the warm weather.

The season isolates people who don't have family, and who are lonely. It forces people to scramble to buy gifts, and puts a huge emphasis on the material.

It just bugs me for this reason.

So, I feel like Scrooge.

This is what Dickens says about Scrooge:

"Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind-
stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping,
scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and
sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out
generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary
as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features,
nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek,
stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue;
and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice." - A Christmas Carol, Stave 1: Marley's Ghost

OK, so I guess I'm not that bad!

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Blind Side - Wow!

This is one amazing story! I was strongly convicted by the courage of the Tuohy's who took in a young black man from the streets, into their home, and made him one of their family. This changed his life, and theirs. What courage, what love, what a difference it makes in our society, in our world! If only more people would, could do what they have done. If only I was able to do such a thing!

This was a story worth telling, and makes one great film. That is not to mention Sandra Bullock's awesome performance as the Christian mom who was at the heart of this venture. Bullock was supposedly inspired by the real-life woman who took in Michael Oher and helped him to make something of himself. People in Hollywood, such as Bullock, need more examples like Mrs. Tuohy in order to come to faith.

What an inspiration for all of us!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Jesus is watching you...

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said,

'Jesus knows you're here.'

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze.

When he heard nothing more , after a bit, he shook his head and continued.

Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard

'Jesus is watching you.'

Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice.

Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

'Did you say that?'
he hissed at the parrot.

the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to warn you that Jesus is watching you.'

The burglar relaxed. 'Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?'

replied the bird.

the burglar laughed. 'What kind of people would name a bird Moses?'

'The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sandra Bullock Inspired by 'Real' Christian

Read here the story of how Sandra Bullock became inspired by the real life person she portrayed in the movie The Blind Side. I'm going to see this movie Friday and I can't wait!