Archive for February, 2010

Henri Nouwen Society

February 15, 2010

The Meal That Makes Us Family and Friends

We all need to eat and drink to stay alive. But having a meal is more than eating and drinking. It is celebrating the gifts of life we share. A meal together is one of the most intimate and sacred human events. Around the table we become vulnerable, filling one another’s plates and cups and encouraging one another to eat and drink. Much more happens at a meal than satisfying hunger and quenching thirst. Around the table we become family, friends, community, yes, a body.

That is why it is so important to “set” the table. Flowers, candles, colorful napkins all help us to say to one another, “This is a very special time for us, let’s enjoy it!”

from Richard’s (Rhor) Daily Meditations

February 15, 2010

PATH OF DESCENT

Question of the Day:
What stones have I been asked to turn into bread?

I believe that all would-be Christians must face the same three temptations as Jesus did. These same demons are in all of us. The first temptation of Christ was to turn stones into bread (Matthew 4:3). Sounds good, but this is likely our need to be immediately impressive and effective, successful, relevant, and make things happen right now. It is our natural desire to look good.

The false self tells you what it immediately wants and seldom knows what it really needs. You can be a very popular and successful person when you operate at this level, and you will easily think very well of yourself. That is why Jesus has to face that temptation first, to move us beyond what we first want to what we really need. In refusing to be immediately relevant, in refusing to respond to peoples immediate requests, Jesus says, Go deeper. What do you really desire? It is not usually what you first think. It is not by bread alone that we live (Matthew 4:4).

From Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, p. 294, day 308

Mantra:
Jesus said, Follow me.

LOVIN” – A Valentine’s Day Event

February 14, 2010

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One Life Reflections – Happy Valentine’s!

February 14, 2010

One Life
—Author Unknown
One song can tell a story
One act can wake a dream
One seed can start a forest
One bird can herald spring

One smile begins a friendship
One friend can soothe a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One ship can bring you home

One voice can speak with courage
One heart can know what’s true
One life can make a difference
One life belongs to you!

One hand begins a chain of love

The chain of love can change one nation
One candle lights a room
The love from One can bring a spark of hope
One hope can conquer gloom

One step begins a journey
One word begins a prayer
One prayer can heal a spirit
One touch can show you care

One voice can speak with courage
One heart can know what’s true
One life can make a difference
One life belongs to you!

Richard’s (Rhor) Meditation

February 12, 2010

TRANSFORMATION

Question of the Day:
When have I needed mercy and when have I given mercy?

In the process of transformation (conversion if you prefer), as we learn to face the contradictions that we ourselves are, we become living icons of both/and. We find the hidden wholeness of God underlying our weaknesses. Once we can accept mercy, it is almost natural to hand it on to others. (See the story of the unforgiving debtor in Matthew 18:23-35.) We always become conduits of what we ourselves have received.

If we have never needed mercy, and do not face our own inherent contradictions, we can go from youth to old age, dualistically locked inside of a mechanistic universe of counting merit and measuring worthinessat which no one ever wins! That, in my opinion, is the sin against the Holy Spirit. Jesus says it cannot be forgiven because in that state there is a refusal to even need mercy or forgiveness. We are doing quite well by ourselves, God, but thanks anyway!

Make sure you are always in need of mercy. My daily attempts at contemplation convince me of that. I never fully succeed at prayer.

Excerpted and adapted from
Opening the Door: Great Suffering and Great Love
from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See

Mantra:
God is holding me today.

The Life Line

February 10, 2010

The Life Line February 10 (taken from God Calling)

I AM your Saviour, your Saviour from sins’ thralls, your Saviour from all the cares and troubles of life, your
Saviour from disease.
I speak in all to you both. Look to Me for salvation. Trust in Me for help. Did not My servant of old say, “All Thy waves and Thy billows are gone over me?” But not all the waters of affliction could drown him. For of him was it true, “He came from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters.”
The life-line, the line of rescue, is the line from the soul to God, faith and power. It is a strong line, and no soul can be overwhelmed who is linked to Me by it. Trust, trust, trust. Never be afraid.
Think of My trees–stripped of their beauty, pruned, cut, disfigured, bare, but through the dark seemingly dead branches, flows silently, secretly, the spirit-life-sap, till, lo! with the sun of Spring comes new life, leaves, bud, blossom, fruit, but oh! fruit a thousand times better for the pruning.
Remember that you are in the hands of a Master-Gardener. He makes no mistakes about His pruning. Rejoice! Joy is the Spirit’s reaching out to say its thanks to Me. It is the new life-sap of the tree, reaching out to Me to find such beautiful expression later. So never cease to joy. Rejoice!

Richard’s (Rhor) Daily Meditations

February 9, 2010

TRANSFORMATION

Question of the Day:
What have I done with my pain?

Great suffering opens us to transformation in a different way. Here, things usually happen against our willwhich is precisely what makes it suffering! Over time, we can learn to give up our defended state, but it is never easy. This is surely what we mean by spiritual warfare.

The situation is what it is, although we will invariably go through the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, resignation, and (hopefully) on to acceptance. The suffering might feel wrong, terminal, absurd, unjust, impossible, physically painful, or just outside of our comfort zone. We must eventually learn a proper attitude toward suffering, because many things every day leave us out of control or outside of our comfort zone (even if it is just a stop light).

Always remember: if we do not transform our pain we will surely transmit it.

Excerpted and adapted from
Opening the Door: Great Suffering and Great Love
from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See

Mantra:
God is holding me today.

6 February, 2010 20:15

February 6, 2010

PRAYER: ATTUNEMENT TO CONSCIOUSNESS

Question of the Day:
How willing am I to give over the drivers seat?

Prayer is something that happens to you (Romans 8:26-27), much more than anything you privately do. It is an allowing of the Big Self more than an assertion of the small self. Eventually you will find yourself preferring to say, Prayer happened, and I was there more than I prayed today. All you know is that you are being led, being guided, being loved, being used, being prayed throughand you are no longer in the drivers seat.

God stops being an object of attention like any other object in the world, and becomes at some level your own I am. You start knowing through, with, and in Somebody Else. Your little I Am becomes We Are. Please trust me on this. It might be the most important thing I could tell you.

From The Naked Now, pp. 102-103

Mantra:
The kingdom of God is in your midst.

The Day of the Dreamers! God Wants to Empower the Dreamers in 2010

February 3, 2010

John Belt:
The Day of the Dreamers! God Wants to Empower the Dreamers in 2010
John Belt

God-given dreams carry the seed of Heaven’s glory within them. We should pursue God in such a way that He is able to deposit the dreams hand-tailored for our lives within us. These dreams are key to our lives playing a part, being weaved into the beautiful tapestry of His Kingdom glory being revealed in the earth today.

Empowering Dreamers

God wants to empower the dreamers in 2010. Dreamers are those who many times have been shut down by having been too sensitive to the opinions of others. Sometimes they can pick the wrong friends, who cause the hindrance to the plans that the Lord has for their lives. But God loves dreamers and looks for opportunities to empower them.

Just as Joseph was a dreamer, God took him through a series of events to form character, stability and faith in his life. After several seasons of testing God found a priceless jewel of a heart in the life of Joseph. He found a person who was able to forgive, move on, trust in God and never give up. These are the qualities that God looks for in all of us. God also calls all of us to be dreamers. If we don’t dream our lives are dead. There is no purpose to life without a dream. If you don’t have a dream pursue God until you get one!

Holding On To Your Dreams

Whether big or small any dream has the potential to bring forth a life of faith, for it takes God to fulfill a dream. We should dream beyond the borders of what we can do so that God can be the one to get the glory when it comes to pass. We must hold on to our dreams, never cast them aside. I’ve had many ideas, good ones. But there are those that come from God that never leave. The voice of God calls into our spirit to awaken these dreams so that He may bring us into the promise land of His purposes.

We can never underestimate the potential of a dream and never overestimate the power of our God to fulfill them. We don’t need faith for what is possible, but for what is impossible. If it is impossible then you know you will need someone beyond yourself to fulfill it. This is where our dependency upon God becomes reality. God wants to establish dreamers with confidence in His ability to fulfill the dream. He desires to cause them to come out of their shell to see His greatness and shun the doubt and unbelief of miserable people who are blinded to the truth. Misery loves company and miserable people desire to shut down a dreamer because it makes them feel inferior.

Dreamers have a superior quality because the seed and life of God is in the Heaven birthed dream. God will always provide the tests for the dreamer. But a dream gives hope and hopeless people have a hard time with dreams. Jesus is our hope. He is our dream come true. He is also the beginning of our dreams because all things are made new in Christ. In Him we are new creations where all things have become new. That means that everything is possible with God—all things! There is no dream that is too big for God to fulfill.

“Pie In The Sky”

The blessing is in the heavens with God. We must see it to take hold of it. God gave Joseph a “pie in the sky” dream where everyone was to bow down to him. It was a dream of prosperity where he would be the head and not the tail. He would be the steward and distributor of resources. But God also knew the price Joseph would pay to believe the dream. He knew what he would have to suffer, the rejection he would face from his own family and the prison time he would serve. His own family rejected his dreams telling him he was in pride. Maybe he did have a little pride but so did they. But he had a dream because he had been in touch with God.

God had visited him, giving him an invitation to believe in something that was beyond his own ability to perform. He chose to believe and the tests followed. Then the day of fulfillment came overnight. God is wanting to empower dreamers after His heart that have been through the process of His dealings. Those with dreams should align themselves with the heart of the Lord in such a way that He may bring them into their promised land this year. God is good. As Joseph said, “What you meant for evil, God meant for good.”

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

All things are possible for them that believe and nothing is possible for those who don’t.

His peace be yours,

John Belt
Live In His Presence Ministries

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The Secret Place is where we continue our journey to ‘the best version of ourselves’

February 3, 2010

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by Marsha Burns — February 3, 2010:Come into My presence and be still. Release every burden and every disturbing thought and emotion, and just rest. For, certainly as you are quiet before Me, I will comfort you, fill you to overflowing with My Spirit, and release healing and restoration into your entire being. No more worry or striving or clamoring. Just rest. I am the God who heals you and delivers you from calamity and destruction, says the Lord.

Psalm 91:1-11 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.