Jesus, thank You for this day! Thank You for this weather! Thank You for this beautiful part of the country we’ve been able to call “home.” Thank You for the relationships I have, Lord, my relationship with You, my wife, children, extended family, friends, co-workers, and for all of the people that you have placed in my path and continue to place in my path. Thank You for this journey and everything that You are teaching me. Thank You for being closer to me than I ever realized. Thank You, Jesus! Praise You, Lord! Bless You, Lord Jesus! Thank You for helping me share my journey with others that may also be on a similar journey. I ask that everything that happens yet tonight is glorifying to You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Still so much to learn, so much to remember. If this is your first time here, please understand I do not speak from any position of authority. At this time in my life, I have more questions than I have answers. I have been led in so many different directions and sometimes I look from the outside in and wonder, who in their right mind reads so many different books at the same time? And who listens to audiobooks while driving to get in yet more books? How can someone that hated reading or at least thought they hated reading have so many books going at the same time? Are you ever going to finish a book? The answer to the last question, thank God, is yes. I have finished many books along the way and could get discouraged along the way with having so many (15+ books at any given time) books partially read, but I’ve learned to accept my plot of unfinished books as the way that God is speaking to me at this time in my life. I can’t explain to you why I pick up one book and can’t put it down for a time, only to be enticed by another book that explains better what I’ve been watching, listening to, or reading. And then, once I feel like I’m supposed to pick up a book that I’m halfway through, it feels like at that moment in my life, that is exactly what I’m supposed to be reading for one reason or another. Please do not misunderstand me, this is not to say look what I can do, because I can’t do what I’m doing alone, it is only after Jesus came into my life in a real way that this has happened. I had invited Jesus in as a child, through the promptings of my parents; I’ve been to altar calls, I’ve raised my hand in the church at the end when the pastor asks who wants to accept Jesus, you can do it again if you already have if you want your life to change? I did, or at least I thought I did, many times, but I wasn’t willing to give up control. There was a nagging voice in my mind that told me to “be afraid to give up control to God, who knows what He’s going to do with your life? If you’re in control, and you follow the rules to the best of your ability, God still has to love you because of Jesus.” While a lot of what the enemy was telling me was true, it was twisted just enough to keep me from realizing who I truly am, who we truly are. I believe that the enemy is all around, in pretty much everything we do, if we’re not making sure to put God 1st in our lives. The enemy can be in religion and can even be in the Bible or other spiritual texts if we’re not careful. I believe that the Bible is filled with truth; the truth about how to live, how to experience the abundance that God wants us to have in this experience here on earth, and how to take control of our minds rather than letting the world control us, and so much more. But, if we’re not careful, we can use the Bible as an idol, which keeps us from knowing and having a relationship with God and how He wants each of us to know Him. I believe that what I’m learning is that God wants a relationship with us, that’s right, God, Master Creator, The Creator of Heaven and earth wants a relationship with you and with me. So much so that He showed us in the Bible that He is here with us and that He has experienced everything we could possibly experience so rather than sympathy for us, He empathizes with us. Whatever we’ve done to least of these, we’ve done to Him. He has experienced it all, He knows how we feel and He wants to help us through our journey. I believe that can only truly be experienced with surrender to Him, once we surrender who we think we are, and our will, to experience what His good and perfect will is, to realize that we are one, with Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. I think, what I am learning, is that for us to know who we truly are, here on this earth, we need to have experiences to know who we are not. I hope and pray that someone connects with this, and this online journal helps provide them confirmation that what they are experiencing in their journey, while it may not feel normal the way we’ve been taught the word “normal,” this journey is living life the way God gave it to us, to have life and live it abundantly. My prayer is that once you start to comprehend the things He shows you, in whatever way He chooses to do it, You will accept it and realize that you are not the only one that’s having this crazy experience. I believe that God speaks to us all and all the time. However, the world has trained us to be distracted so that we do not hear His voice. I hope and pray that you will find a way to cut through the distractions to hear what God wants you to know at this time in your life, and that you will pay it forward and pass on the most exhilarating experience to others by sharing this good news! -A humble warrior in God’s army
“‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:35-40 ESV
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory forever and ever, Amen. -The Lord’s prayer