Archive for March, 2010

From: Richard’s Daily Meditations

March 27, 2010

MARY, MODEL OF RECEPTIVITY

Question of the Day:
What fruit am I bearing?

We tend to manage life more than just live it. We are all over-stimulated and drowning in options. We are trained to be managers, to organize life, to make things happen. This is what is built into our culture, and probably into human nature. It is not all bad, but if you transfer that to the spiritual life, it is always heresy. It doesnt work. It is not gospel. We might be productive and popular, but we will not be spiritually fertile or free.

If Mary was trustfully, invisibly carrying Jesus during this time, it is because she knew how to receive and hold spiritual gifts quietly. She is probably the perfect image of how fertility and fruitfulness break into this world, by trusting our pure and given being, more than by any attempts at doing, performing, or achieving.

Adapted from Preparing for Christmas, pg. 31
(see also Preparing for Christmas (CD))

Mantra:
Here I am Lord;
I come to do Your will.
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Prayer Service For “Becoming the Best Version Of Oneself” Tues 23rd March 2010

March 23, 2010

Paper, pens, candle , lights down

Explain this seminar is somewhat different, but still part of the overall theme of becoming the best version of ourselves we can be. This evening we will focus , as we did in the Higher , Deeper Further seminars on the importance of prayer and scripture  in that endeavour…The second part of the evening, Steve will lead us in a prayer  exercise with scripture , where we will once more be practicing the ancient exercise of lectio divina.  But, to prepare us for that, the first part of the evening will be a strictly prayer session, Someone  mentioned the importance of this element in our feedback from the first lot of seminars , so my role is to faciliate the prayer exchange between you and God. So settle into somewhere comfortable, your own private space, take pen and paper and let us begin

1. Song: I can only imagine”

2. We don’t have to imagine, Jesus is present here with us, where two or three or present , present also in his word…. He wants to speak to us about us and Him, and our relationship to Him. He calls us to listen first , then we can speak to him, the communication from Him to us, is real, from the heart , so must ours be…

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Awkward Love

March 19, 2010
March 19, 2010
Awkward Love Honest communication in love is the only way to live and grow in friendships. There are ebbs and flows. There may be real hurt and disappointment. But with the grace of God firmly holding us, it is possible to nurture and sustain deep friendships. We are designed to live in relationship and share in the lives of other women. We need one another. God knows that. We have only to ask and surrender, to wait, to hope, and, in faith, to love. We must also repent.

For a woman to enjoy relationship, she must repent of her need to control and her insistence that people fill her. Fallen Eve demands that people “come through” for her. Redeemed Eve is being met in the depths of her soul by Christ and is free to offer to others, free to desire, and willing to be disappointed. Fallen Eve has been wounded by others and withdraws in order to protect herself from further harm. Redeemed Eve knows that she has something of value to offer; that she is made for relationship. Therefore, being safe and secure in her relationship with her Lord, she can risk being vulnerable with others and offer her true self.

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable . . . The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers . . . of love is Hell. (C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves)

(Captivating , 181–82)

Becoming the Best Version of Yourself That You Can Be

March 9, 2010

Lift Jesus Higher

Dream Session

Pierre Hogle February 23, 2010

Dreams are Important

Three main points:

  1. We are not just floating through life. But God has a plan and purpose for our lives.
  • I know well the plans I have for you declares the Lord – Not to harm you but to give you a hope and a future. (Jaremiah 29)
  1. Dreams are key to our happiness and key to building relationships with others.
  • Dreams are the solution to unhappiness that is so evident in the world – even depression
  • Depression is an absence of hope – there is nothing to live for.
  • Without a vision (dream) my people perish. (Hosea ?:?)
  • There is no better way to build relationships than to help someone achieve their dreams.
  • You want to build a better marriage / develop relationship with your kids – find out what their dreams are and help them achieve it.
  • As a church what better way to develop love and community than to hear about the dreams of others and to encourage them to reach for those dreams.

3. Dreams lead us to destiny and revival

  • Our destiny is when our dreams line up with Gods will for our lives. Our destiny is to fulfill our dreams.
  • Revival is when enough people in one place are living and seeing realized their God given dreams.

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from: Richard (Rhor’s) Daily Meditation

March 9, 2010

SUFFERING

Question of the Day:
What good is suffering?

Suffering is the necessary feeling of evil. If we dont feel evil we stand antiseptically apart from it, numb. We cant understand evil by thinking about it. The sin of much of our world is that we stand apart from pain; we buy our way out of the necessary pain of being human.

Jesus did not numb himself or withhold from pain, as we see even in his refusal of the numbing wine on the cross (Matthew 27:34). Some forms of suffering are necessary so that we know evil, so that we can name evil and confront it. Otherwise we somehow dance through this world and never really feel what is happening.

Brothers and sisters, the irony is not that God should feel so fiercely; its that his creatures feel so feebly. If there is nothing in your life to cry about, if there is nothing in your life to yell about, you must be out of touch. We must all feel and know the immense pain of humanity. The free space that God leads us into is to be able to feel the full spectrum, from great exaltation and joy, to the pain of mourning and dying and suffering. Then we are no longer isolated, but a true member of the universal Body of Christ.

Mantra:
God, help me find you,
even in suffering.

Adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, p. 209, day 218
(Source: Days of Renewal)

by Henri Nouwen Society

March 7, 2010

True Hospitality

Every good relationship between two or more people, whether it is friendship, marriage, or community, creates space where strangers can enter and become friends. Good relationships are hospitable. When we enter into a home and feel warmly welcomed, we will soon realise that the love among those who live in that home is what makes that welcome possible.

When there is conflict in the home, the guest is soon forced to choose sides. “Are you for him or for her?” “Do you agree with them or with us?” “Do you like him more than you do me?” These questions prevent true hospitality – that is, an opportunity for the stranger to feel safe and discover his or her own gifts. Hospitality is more than an expression of love for the guest. It is also and foremost an expression of love between the hosts.

God Calling-Mar. 3rd

March 3, 2010

Grow Like Me

Think of Me. Look at Me often, and unconsciously you will grow like Me.
You may never see it. The nearer you get to Me, the more will you see your unlikeness to Me. So be comforted my children.
Your very deep sense of failure is a sure sign that you are growing nearer to Me. And if you desire to help others to Me, then that prayer-desire is answered.
Remember too, it is only struggle that hurts. In sloth, spiritual, or mental, or physical, there is no sense of failure or discomfort, but with action, with effort, you are conscious not of strength but of weakness–at least, at first.
That again is a sign of Life, of spiritual growth.
And remember, My Strength is made perfect in weakness.

LOVIN’ February 14, 2010 Valentine’s Day Coffee and Cake at my place

March 1, 2010

Oops! There I fixed it.

Here are a few pictures! They will know we are Christians by our love” John 13:35.
“It was a blast!” Patrick.
“..just all around a lovely lovely Lovin’”. Susan
“Thank you very very much for an outstanding evening of fun and fellowship. The atmosphere was fantastic – there was such a sense of togetherness, enjoyment and LOVE amongst us. Thank you for putting this together for us…” Fr. Bob (too bad you can’t see Fr. Bob’s huge plastic clown nose behind that light fixture!
Let’s do this again. Until the next time. Lillian

Sharing our yet-to-be-fulfilled dreams…
Havin’ some fun…
Good cake and good company…

Having fun yet!?

Dreams, yet-to-be-fulfilled

Lil with cake