Living In The Light

January 1, 2015

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Two important things
Knowledge and understanding
Will equal wisdom
Knowledge applied at right times
Will give power and freedom

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Waking up each day
Knowing a certain future
Anticipating real joy
Is a way to live
That is possible for all
Can be a daily practice

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Circumstances cannot rob
Take away this joy in me
It’s based on knowledge and wisdom
I”ll live in the light

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The world can hurt you
Sometimes it certainly will
I have found I have a choice
How I will respond
The power is in knowing this
Love is larger than all things

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Pride is within me
Along with lust and the greed
Basic things to all of us
There is an answer
To keep these from destroying
My soul, body and my mind

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The light in my soul
Will heal the wounded places
Received with great joy

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Happy New Year to those who choose to share this joy. I have chosen the word “light” to be my focus word this year. No resolutions just one word. This word brings clarity and understanding as I look into the heart of God through the light of His Son. May this be the best year of your life. One day at a time, walking after love, as revealed in the daily practice of interacting with the passion and compassionate heart of God, that is light to me. If you have chosen a word for the New Year, would you share that word with me in your reply? Thank you!

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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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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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Two Strong Feelings

December 30, 2013

 

 

Two strong feelings come

One is great joy and laughter

The other “I feel afraid”

Help me trust in your love

Seek your will with all my heart

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Where will this take me

A question I want to know

Give me your vision

Help me see the world like you

Show me where I can serve you

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The Wonderful Counselor

The Prince of Peace is with me

The Everlasting Father

These great voices speak

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Father shows no favorites

Each child is called to listen

Each one is beloved by God

The work: to believe

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This new world clashes

The power to receive love

Accept forgiveness

As opposed to the judgment

Man gives to one another

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The judgment we give

Will be the judgment we get

So be gentle with yourself

Go against the gods

That live in your unconscious

The ones you learned as a child

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The unconscious arises

When the pressure of life hits

When the trouble really comes

Wisdom is needed

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I will train to be ready

Consistent daily practice

Guard my heart with diligence

Out of it flows life

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Reflections written after reading Luke 14 out loud and meditating on the following thoughts:

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“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust

who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.”  Psalm 40:4

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“When I am afraid,

I will trust in you.

In God I trust, I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me?”  Psalm 53:3-4

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“Trust in the Lord at all times, O people;

pour out your hearts to him, for God is your refuge.”  Psalm 62:8

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“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”  Isaiah 26:3-4

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In the book,  Delta Blues From Darkness to Life,  the painful process of dismantling of these “unconscious gods” that keep us stuck are exposed and a process of deliverance is revealed in one man’s life.  You can read the reviews of the book at www.coachinglifematters.com.  All the best on your journey.

Anchor Point

December 28, 2013

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I will choose an anchor point

A way to look at the world

A way to look at myself

And other people

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There is a fresh spring

Of living water to drink

Each morning I arise with

A thirst for real life

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There is a fresh joy

An intimacy given

To those who seek truth

The transcendent will show up

In surprising ways and times

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Develop the discipline

Trust the process not yourself

Have faith in something bigger

And never give up

Looking for the unseen truths

That give insight to the soul

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I build space, reflecting

I choose the focus of life

That’s a privilege I have

I will trust in someone

The question: “Who will that be?”

I’m responsible for that

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The people were delighted

Seeing the wonderful things

Love demonstrated

For the broken and lonely

For the sick and afflicted

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One man has captured my heart

He told about the mustard seed

That grew into a tall plant

How leaven changed things

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Reflections written after reading Luke 13 out loud, and meditating on the following thoughts.

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“God is our refuge and strength,

an ever present help in trouble.

Therefore I will not fear, though the

the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the

heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with

their surging.”   Psalm 46:1-3

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“Blessed are those who learned to

acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence.”  Psalm 89:15

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Question:  What are some surprising ways the transcendent has showed up for you?

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Battles in the Secret Place

December 27, 2013

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“Our battles are won and lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world….Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point–a great crossroads in our life.  From that point we either go toward a more and more slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for His highest–our best for His glory.”         Oswald Chambers – My Utmost for His Highest

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I’ll walk in the light

The first thing I’ll do is sit

In the secret place

One minute, ten or twenty

Alone contemplating love

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How I interpret the facts

Will determine directions

Wisdom is needed the most

We are subjective

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And who defines love

My lived experience speaks

That’s my decision

This is subjective, I know

One life captures my soul

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Some things are true regardless

The sun rising and setting

The seasons will come and go

Death is a sure thing

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Who speaks to the death

What about the injustice

I will make a decision

Consider the facts

Interpret them in some way

I’m responsible for that

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“Since ancient time no one has heard,

no ear has perceived,

no eye has seen any God besides you,

who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”  Isaiah 64:4

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“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  Jesus – John 15:5

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“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”   David – Psalm 36:9

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Delta Blues From Darkness to Light  speaks to inward battle in the secret place – my new book available now at www.coachinglifematters.com

The Big Question

July 3, 2013

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Two things offend God for sure

When we judge one another

And indulge in self hatred

Who gave us this charge

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The higher love comes

Magnificent promises

For those who listen

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Getting past yourself

Arising to behold God’s love

He knows your story

Decision each one can make

A painful but joyful choice

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Thinking clearly brings power

It cuts through the distractions

Awakens a whole new world

From the inside out

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Transformation can take place

Energy is ignited

When I decide to give thought

And take the action

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Distractions follow feelings

Feelings are ruled by the mind

Winds of desire can destroy

Or they can give life

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So the big question

Is what do I really want

The answer shapes the vision

Then the questions form

I follow seeking knowledge

Being shaped by the answers

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Respect for myself

And for all those around me

Even enemies

Leads me to reconsider

And think about what matters

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I will decide that

Not a generational

Relational lie

That will revolve around me

But revolves around life

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Thank you, Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling, for your thoughtful comments on the following passages.Luke 6:37; 2 Timothy4:8; Titus 3:4,5; Romans 8:1

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