Awake with Hunger

January 27, 2014

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I recognize Him

His presence in other ones

His presence in me

His power works in weakness

That is why I qualify

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I awake with a hunger

To be near the one who loves

Who will give me a fresh look

And teach me new things

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Remember where you came from

Touched by His loving kindness

No one can fathom this love

Another worldview

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Taught me how to look at you

Taught me how to look at me

Teaches me how to live in joy

Controlled by His love

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How you view yourself

With your head, heart and your gut

Is a transforming process

A life time journey

 Living one day at a time

A disciplined focus

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The beauty of this

Found in the relationship

You are taught by God

God himself is your teacher

Question: “Do you believe this?”

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It’s  been my experience

When I come with a hunger

To know what is reallly true

God surprises me

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I meditate on His thoughts

I decide what I believe

His story captures my soul

New energy comes

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Faith comes in my weaknesses

This love surpasses knowledge

His thoughts rekindle the fire

In my inner soul

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I’m introduced to friendship

I’m being chosen and loved

A friend who will never leave

Says, “Don’t be afraid!”

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I’m introduced to friends

I never knew I needed

Friends who share the same deep love

My community

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“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.”   Moses – Deutoronomy 31:6

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“Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfailing beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”   Peter – I Peter 3:4

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“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us.”     Paul – 2 Corinthians 4: 6-7

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“But he said to me, My grace(My favor and loving kindness and mercy) is enough for you (sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully), for my strength and power are made perfect in (your) weakness.  Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weakness and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!”   Paul – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (Amp)

Dedicated to our family friend, Michelle

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Leaning

January 22, 2014

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I’m leaning on you
In a world of unbelief
May we be like stars
That shine in the deep darkness
Beauty of your handiwork
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I choose where I look
A secret discovery
Comes when I focus
I’ve learned just one thing matters
I have been surprised by joy
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Be clear on one thing
Think it through with all you are
Your head, heart and gut
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Purge your imagination
Truth is what I must pursue
Relationships are dying
Therefore, I will seek real love
And I found it in one man
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He has ignited my soul
Refreshed me in solitude
Rekindled the fire in me
And guided my steps
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His Spirit awakens me
His loving kindness comforts
His presence surprises me
Radiant love comes
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Trouble will always be there
It’s the landscape of this world
It’s the reason God showed up
Became one of us
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He gave a way to follow
Those who practice discover
The way of love is narrow
And few will find it
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If you will practice these things
Recorded on that high hill
You’ll discover a new way
That’s certain and true
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Sermon on the Mount
These famous sayings practiced
Matthew five, six and seven
Will show you the way
They tell about the one thing
They will bring light to your path
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The book ,Famous Sayings of Jesus , by James Woodroof is the clearest writings of how practicing these teachings work out in real life.  A.A. (Alcohol Anonymous) practices these all over the world and millions of lives and families have been saved because these teachings are being practiced.
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“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make at right and plain your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (Amp)

 

Joy Discovered

January 15, 2014

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Beauty in the brokenness

Out of the darkness the dawn breaks

Through death we see life reborn

Joy is discovered

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What is it that needs to die

How can light come in the darkness

Why must I start with chaos

Is there a secret

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You’re not a human doer

You are a human being

Question: How do I be me

Freedom is calling

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Question your worldview

Who defines reality

Whose voice do you trust the most

That’s your decision

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The question is not “What works?”

The question is “What is true?”

Whose voice can I truly trust?

Challenge core beliefs

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The beliefs you adopted

To survive and be secure

To gain some significance

To have some control

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Security/Survival

Searched for by the unconscious

Are developed by a child

By the time they’re twelve

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Affection/Esttem

A real unconscious longing

In the heart of all

Will determine your actions

In the world you live

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Power and Control

How others will perceive you

The image you will present

To hide the true self

A powerful protection

Is toxic as an adult

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These beliefs were gifts

As a child when growing up

Now they are toxic

That leave the mind in chaos

Hidden idols that must die

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Children: the best recorders

Are the worst interpreters

Unless stopped will define you

Keep you in darkness

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You have been given a mind

You must train to think clearly

Face the struggle with courage

Who can set you free

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These beliefs destroy

No one can measure up to

Be perfect and perform the best

Always be happy

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Where do you begin

Choose to go against the lies

That have worked so long

Die to these and replace them

With the higher love of God

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“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Paul – Philippians 4:7

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“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me.”  Matthew 14:30

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“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

 

You can find more information on this subject in my book:

Delta Blues: From Darkness to  Light  www.coachinglifematters.org

 

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New Beginning

January 13, 2014

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I failed a lot of people

My children suffered the most

When I think of it, I grieve

My heart is broken

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No one knows the depth of hurt

That another one may feel

Only One knows and can heal

Our deep brokenness

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I arise to live

Embracing a new worldview

Forgiveness made real

Kindness and mercy given

To all who believe it

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Keeping perspective

On the task of living well

Is a major work

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Each person has a story

They need to be considered

Know that their life has meaning

They count for something

A light came that day

Coming from the wilderness

His words with his healing touch

And a new day dawned

What is it I need to hear

I have no greater calling

You call me your son

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I know your blessing

You already gave it to me

I arise with fire

To fulfill your purposes

To live today with your joy

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Written after reading out loud Matthew 3 and meditating on the following thoughts:

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“This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  David in Psalms 118: 24

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“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”  I Peter 2: 21

 

Dreams and Angels

January 11, 2014

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What do you do with your dreams

Have you seen your dreams come true

God spoke to men in their dreams

I’ll reflect on that

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Two groups heard an angel

They both came as a warning

Evil’s on the horizon

The Magi and Joseph

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What’s been your experience

We choose not to talk about

Dreams that  cause us to wonder

I think we should listen

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I hear the warning

Make plans to escape the test

Pay attention now

What’s happening around me

Who can interpret these dreams

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First, I ask God to help me

He promises to give wisdom

I have his divine nature

His clear promises

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We escape the corruption

When we ask him to come near

Focus on the promises

Reflect on His love

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The angels will come

And minister to our hearts

That’s why he sent them to us

I’ll train to listen

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Read out loud and reflect on Matthew 2.

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“Are not the angels all (servants) ministering spirits, sent out in the service (of God for the assistance) of those who are to inherit salvation?”   Hebrews 1: 14 (Amp)  Salvation is His healing Presence.

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“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption of this dark world caused by evil desires.”  Peter – II Peter 1: 3-4

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“Devote yourselves to prayer; being watchful and thankful.”

Paul – Colossians 4: 2

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“Let be and be still, and know — recognize and understand — that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations!  I will be exalted in the earth.”  David  Psalm 46: 10 (Amp)

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Coaching: Life Matters

Trust

January 10, 2014

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Trust is the answer

Someone big enough to hold

The pain in my heart

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No one can carry

The depth of loss I’m feeling

He lives to restore

To make new and give real life

To drink the living water

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It’s so difficult

To stop the noise in my soul

If you will focus on love

Surrender to truth

Breathe deeply from His presence

Practice the fundamentals

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Stay in the process

Stop asking the “why” questions

Just do the right thing

See the person before you

Who needs God’s tender kindness

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Trust is the right word

It always leads to Presence

And a grateful heart

It’s the hardest work I do

A choice I have trained to make

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Because I have a mind

I’m responsible to think

Not from twelve year old beliefs

Get the big picture

Reason from reality

The question is “Who defines that?”

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That’s my decision

One very carefully made

I’m responsible

For how I will view the world

How I view self and others

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“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.  In God whose word I praise, in God I trust, I will not be afraid.  What can mortal man do to me?”  Psalm 56:3-4

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“But store up treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:20-21

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This morning as I was reading the Bible, I read out loud Matthew 2 .  After careful thought, I have chosen to view the world, myself and others through the lens Matthew presents.  This process I chose fifty-three years ago, has led me to inexpressible joy.  Matthew reveals the basic fundamentals I seek to practice in chapters 5, 6 and & 7.   I trust the process he reveals and it continues to surprise me with energy as I train on a daily basis.  This painful but joyful process, is revealed in the book, Delta Blues : From Darkness to Light available at http://www.coachinglifematters.com.

 

Presence with Power

January 9, 2014

 

He’s a very present help

The One who is there for you

One who’s there in the crisis

Calms the human soul

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What does it mean to be there
Listening to the human heart
Engaging the mind fully
Present with the soul
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Transforming presence
Those who have experienced
The power of love
Know the mystery of life
Who meets us in the despair
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No one can escape
The reality of death
There’s a living death
That we all know is so real
No one escapes either one
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Relationship death
Is familiar to us all
It’s the landscape of our souls
It leaves us alone
With no one to understand
That is where I met my God
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Then there’s the physical death
Coming sooner than later
All the noise tries to hide it
I am not afraid
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Be still and listen
The Psalmist will take you there
The Hebrew Scriptures
Tells me how to process death
And find the living Presence
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Don’t judge by appearances
What’s on the inside counts most
Good conversation helps with
Honest reflection
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Faith is not easy
It requires all faculties
The head, heart and gut
Engaged in real dialogue
With honest thinking people
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“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, even though he earth be removed.   And though the mountains be carried into the heart of he sea; though the waters rise and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling.”  Psalm 46:1-3
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“For nothing is impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37
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“What, then, shall we say in response to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”  Romans 8:31
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The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him “Emmanuel — which means , “God with us.”  Matthew 1:22-23

One Word Challenge

January 1, 2014

 

A teachable spirit comes
When you focus on one thing
That one thing will guide your ways
Be clear what that is

What is the one thing
I know what it is for me
Bring it to one word
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Yes, boil it down to one word
It’s the window to my soul
Join me and come up with yours
I’ll encourage you
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No resolutions
Just one word to guide your heart
That will challenge your thinking

Inspire you to act
To do what is good and right
That will lead you to the joy

Last year my word was “action.” This year it is different. If you want to join me in this exercise, I would be delighted.   You can share yours if you please. Happy New Year and all the best to you on your journey, my friends.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:4
My word for the year is “Presence.”  
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