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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Living on Faith

We forget sometimes that once we know Christ as our Savior, we are His for Him to do as He pleases.

All we have to do is trust Him completely.

I view it like this:

We are given a pass to go to a retreat. It is given to us for free. As we get in the car with our friends we have things we have to do along the way, all are part of the plan for the trip that He has set for us.

Maybe its to feed lost children. Maybe we have clean a few toilets along the way, but we ignore the task completely, but change our minds and our hearts to do it in obedience. Even if we don't do it just right, doesn't mean the gift of the retreat is taken away. We are still on the road trip. Even if we get a flat tire along the way, spend too much on gas and have to stop a bit and reoganize the budget, the road trip doesn't end.

The only way that our pass would be revoked is if we just give up and turn back to where we began, or get out of the car and try to get there on our own. And those are not options and they won't get us into the retreat and the trip in the car was the only condition because the Holy Spirit is our driver.

"I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What my study this year was suppose to be on


I am still learning how to upload videos and I guess I should have downloaded this one and the uploaded it here. I'll try it later.

This is a video with Jack Hayford and many others discussing the Revival on Azuza Street in 1906. Very powerful movement in the Christian Faith. Saving it here for future reference in hope to do my 2000 years of charsmatic movement study in 2011.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Breaking off old thoughts

Over the years I'd been told so many things about what to believe that its a wonder that I hadn't gone nuts.

For example, and I assume it was in fun, that what I watched on tv, read or even thought about affected my health. I do believe to a certian degree it can.

I remember growing up how people made judgements on missionaries and how they gave up everything to go on the mission field that even having an ice cream cone on a family outting brought on a certian level of guilt.

So its not hard to imagine when I'm hurt by some things in the last few weeks and sometimes acted on the pain I felt that I wonder if I'm losing my grip on the faith of which I stand on for what He's called me to believe. Something else I'd been told was that you had to watch your every move or else what you prayed for wasn't going to come to pass.

For instance, I was praying for a miracle this past weekend, but it was going to involve my participation. However, in the early hours of Sunday morning, the day I prayed for the miracle to occur, I became ill and stayed home. I can't say it didn't occur because while I was praying for mine to happen it did for a friend. So did it mean that I wouldn't have my own miracle?

I fought this thought most of Sunday and came to realize that again I was listening to a lie that has been formed for years. Since the miracle involves one of God's own, whether I participated or not wasn't the question. I did my part. I prayed for open doors. And the doors were opened, but those involved either didn't see that they were there, or just ignored them. It was actually out of my hands. Whether I was well or not, it was up to the individual.

We put too much into what we think others should be doing or not doing, when all the matters is if the person is doing what God called them to do. Then we need to butt out.

By learning more and taking out old thoughts I'm also breaking off the rejection that I'd felt for so long in my life. Things that were said that were never true but circumstances at the time brought a false presentation.

I'm seeing myself on the other side of the spectrum and I'm enjoying the freedom I have now. Where I can think for myself, can enjoy who I am in Him, and not worry what another may think because they feel the same way.

I've finding the area of my life more comfortable for me. I am finding also that time spent in His presence is much sweeter when I arrive not carrying baggage of old thoughts into the Throne Room. I think He's liking that time with me also.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My year long journey so far

I had started this journey in January, planning on studying the prayer movement in the past 2000 years. I have yet to get to that study.

I have however, been studying the Spirit of Jezebel, the accuser of the brethern, and more recently "Lover of my soul". The only difference is that its been more of people watching rather then book learning.

I have asked the Lord to give me "double vision", to see beyond what we see physically but more inward so that I can pray more effectively for the person or event. I'm still working out the kinks now that the prayer has been answered because now that I see things more clearly I have to learn to use discernment in other areas and not let my passion be revealed in the event.

I had mentioned to someone last night that I hadn't really felt any growth in the past year in my life, going from doing my 50 journeys to making a year long study. I felt lost at times until I remembered that in this past year God has opened doors that had been closed in the past.

I attended PrayerQuake this year for the first time. What an awesome event that was, and a lesson in trust, grace and mercy that followed along with event.

I also attended my first Carmen concert, something I had wanted to do for many years, yet the prices of the concerts or the locations was a factor.

This year I will be going on my first mission trip, something I've wanted to do about as long as going to a Carmen concert. This too is a lesson in trust, grace and mercy. Its also a lesson in breaking off things that had been said to me or about me that was not in line with what God has had intended for me on this trip.

So I guess this year I have learned quite a bit, but in longer phases.

In my 50 day journeys, I usually picked something such as for physical; changing something from my diet, or adding excercise, for spiritual; it was a fast or taking out something in my life that was unpleasant in my walk with Christ and replacing it with something that pleased Him, and with my home it was usually taking one room during the 50 days and doing whatever deep cleaning that needed to be done to it or organizing the room better to fit the needs of my family. Sometimes it worked but most of the time it didn't.

So this year I lumped them all together and I've been a vegetarian more often then not, I've been decluttering about 7 items a week from my home by either giving it away, throwing it away. I've already touched on the spiritual end of my year long journey.

So that's it 9 months later. I have to remember its my journey to God's heart that I'm on and it may not be in my time, but His is alway perfect. He gave me three words at the begining of the year: Take only what is offered to you, be content with your wages, take jobs by word of mouth. It is all summed up by one statement that He keeps bringing back to me: To obey is better then sacrific. I'd much rather be His obedient servant then anything else. And if that is what this year is about, I'm His to do with what He pleases.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cargo Pants out of a sheet

Fold the sheet twice lengthwise. The waistline should be 16" on the fold (making it a 32" waist). The baggy part side on the fold is 13" across on the fold, and tapered to an 9" at the bottom of the pants. On the side with the open ends and an extra fold, cut a "J" 8 " from the top and 4" across. (You should get 3 pairs of pants out of one sheet). You can adjust the pants measurements how you would like, these are just the ones I had.

Cut the fold open on the side and then open the two pieces, place right side together forming a "U". Sew the two pieces together along side the "U" about 3/4 and then another 1/2 inside to strengthen the crotch area.

On the right side of the pants, will be an inside pocket, taken from two of the "J" pieces cut out earlier. Measure about 4" from the top, and pin one side of the pocket to the pants matching right sides. Sew. Do the same for the other side.

Open pocket side and iron. Sew a finishing stitch on the front pocket as shown. Do the same for the other side.

I didn't get a picture of the waistline-turn under top of pants 1/4 and then another 1 1/2 inch for waist band. Sew around waist band along edge leaving an opening for elastic. Cut 26" piece of 1 inch elastic and pull through. Sew elastic together, making sure it is even all the way around. Close opening.

Sew a 3/4 in hem on the bottom of the pants. Now sew the side seams.

For Cargo Pocket: With the other two "J" pieces, square edges to be even on the sides. fold under one of the pieces like so, and sew a 1/2 " pleat in the middle.

On the second "J" piece, fold in half right sides together and even the edges for the curve on both sides. Sew the right sides together, leaving an opening to turn it inside out as shown. Sew along the edge.

Sew the pocket on the left side of the pants as shown on the outside fold of the pant leg.

The Finished product. Its hard to see the Cargo pocket but is is there on the left side of the pant!