Common Sense Kills Faith

images-4“If you are to ever wholeheartedly embrace the Word & Will of God for your life, common sense will be your greatest stumbling block.”  

Even as I typed out that statement in the last Blog post, I felt the “cringe” vibe.

Go ahead, be honest.  Your inner critic cringed a little bit when you read that, didn’t it?  I mean, let’s be real about it.  We live in the age where nobody but nobody ought to be walking around denying the universal need for common sense.

But what about us?  What about Christians?  Us who believe we are shepherded by an invisible God?  Us who pray continually to a God Who answers through the silent tellings of intuition?  Us who must recognize the code of the indecodable?

I’m talking about the led by the Spirit us who have staked our lives on someOne we have not, cannot, will not see until….

Until when?  When He comes back in a blaze of glory with all the host of Heaven with Him?  When the dead in Christ rise first and living Believers rise to meet them in the air?

What kind of sense does that make?  Is that so common?  No.  Not at all.  We, the faith generated, faith driven, faith led people of the Living God were not created by Him to make sense of the world, but of the things of His Kingdom.

If faith is the enemy to anything, it must first be to common sense.

Think of Abraham.  God’s call for him to leave his homeland wouldn’t have even made the front page of the Haran News & Record had God told him where he was going.  He didn’t.  “Leave, Abraham.  Leave your country, your kindred, & all your father’s house.  Hurry, now.  Get going.  Oh, and by the way, I’ll tell you where you’re headed later on, which is when I’m going to bless you for all this, too.” says the Lord.

A-hem…

Think of Noah.  He began to build, colossally, on a very jarring, if not confusing Word from God: something about destroying all flesh except him, & his family & two of every beast?  In an ark?  Together for 40 days & nights plus however long it took that dove to not come back…

Needless to say, these are extremely extraordinary conditions but we Believers believe it because it is in the Word that we Believe.

Think of Jonah.  The disobedient runaway, swallowed (not eaten) by a great fish who vomited him up three days later because he prayed & needed to get to Nineveh to preach his trial sermon?…

If you believe that, I’m telling you, you’re already so short on common sense you ought not to even flinch when it’s said in the context I said it in before.  

But what was that context anyway?  

Listen…relying on the world and all its systems of provision, protection, & promotion is idolatry.  You can’t (and won’t) be the Believer & Benefactor of the abundant things of Christ connected to that system.  It’s designed to keep you walled out of the experience of God’s true divine glory.

The world has labeled you a fool because you believe God did awesome mighty things on behalf of Biblical men & women you will never meet or know (not on this side of Heaven, anyway).

Other Believers label you a fool when you start talking about Believing God & relying on Him to lead, sustain, & Father you in the nontraditional ways.  (Nontraditional meaning any way “culture” & “folk religion” doesn’t endorse).

Yeah, yeah, yeah…but what’s this post really about???Unknown-5

Ok…Here it is in a nutshell: Fearful people are not faith full people.  Their indoctrination is defined as a dependency on the natural, the reasonable & controllable.  God is none of these descriptives.  They are doing what they’re supposed to do, doubt.

My concern is you!!!

It’s about when YOU know that you know that YOU heard from God.  When the fence posts line up as all those “coincidences” you can’t ignore.  When you know what to do, how to do it, and you want to do it, but you still back out.

You wanna know why?

I’ll tell you why: it’s because the oppressive controlling fearful culture has lodged in your heart & optimized itself in the deprogramming of your God-made-self authenticity & audacity.  All the “common sense” adages weave themselves together and erupt in your mouth so that the main one who ends up calling you a fool, is you.

You and God are the only “name callers” of your Self that matter.  And because God calls you forgiven & righteous, you are the labeler you have to get past….

Who you call you is directly related to Who you call God.  The most powerful place to be real is in the heart of ourselves.  How do the responses to these questions rattle off in your inner self?

  • Is He able, still?
  • Is He willing, now?
  • Is He for you, no matter what you’ve done or do?
  • Is He everywhere, really?
  • Does He know it all, or not?
  • Is He King, today?
  • Does He promote, provide, and prearrange the mess before it ever got messy?
  • And perhaps the most pressing question: Is He God, alone?

If you are to ever wholeheartedly embrace the Word & Will of God for your life, know this: common sense kills faith.  

That statement isn’t about living carelessly, foolishly or recklessly.  You’re not that person anyway.  It’s about putting stock, faith & trust in God, to let Him be Who you say He is in & over your life.

It’s about being willing to let go of the reigns, of the control you believe you have to have over everything concerning you.  That is, and will always be, about you sitting on the throne of your own life… you living by the works of your own hands.

Two Questions For You:

  1. Doesn’t you living by your own rule render way too small a life for you?
  2. Can you not see what a stumbling block that kind of rule is to Psalm 138:8…?

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me: Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Let common sense stay common.  Live by faith in God, which means to, undoubtedly, live outside the lines.

 

 

 

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God’s Cocoon of Care

images-3We all go through cocooning periods.  There’s power in knowing when that is.  To know is to be infinitely more patient with oneself, not rushing the “to do’s” of life and of dreams.  Do you know how freeing it is to not be moved by what’s happening on the outside because you trust what’s going on on the inside is where the real value is?

To live inside the cocoon is to steep again in the womb space of God.  And to live in His womb space is to be certain that when you come out, you will be rebirthed into a higher expression of yourself.

But it takes major patience to live there and that kind of patience isn’t easy.  Many struggle, quit, even die on the faith walk of becoming for lack of this kind of patience.

The hardest thing on earth, I think, is to keep our hands off of God’s work when He seems to be dawdling and there’s something we can do.  A few weeks ago I had to sit on my hands to keep from making a phone call I wanted to make but knew God was telling me not to.  Last week, He facilitated that call Himself.  The experience reiterated two things for me: 1) I hear Him and 2) He hears me.

Inside the cocoon, we learn to wait.  We learn to go through the fire even though we know a more comfortable way around.  Truth, maturity, trust, strength, and patience, patience, patience are all the fruits of our incubation.

The cocoon is like a divine skin.  We crawl in of our own free will and when inside, lose the customary use of ourselves.  It asks that we surrender pridefulness and willfulness and idolatry to become God’s dependents again.  We are in perfect position to witness the futility of our anxieties, and fears, to become awestruck, again, by the masterfulness of God’s Godness, His awesome care of us.

Inside the cocoon, we watch Him morph our lean times into lush paradises.  Watch Him trade our ignorance for wisdom.  Listen, unobstructed, to His melodies of Love and the countless shattered broken pieces of our hearts begin their journey back to whole.

And though the walls of the cocoon are so very delicate, nothing gets through.  In fact, they are impenetratable from the outside.  Cocoons can only crack from within.  Doubt, complaint, regret, and fear are the sorts of things that rip them open.  But defensive explanation is the most lethal thing of all.

Think about it: why defend yourself for being inside the safest place on earth?  You’ll never be able to explain your decision to choose to live inside the cocoon anyway.  And certainly not to the very people who’ve refused that refuge for themselves.

Your decision to walk with God, to trust in Him to be the Lover & Guide; Speaker, Seer & Father He is can never make sense and faith simultaneously…

Common sense is what the world has.  It is its prize possession so leave them to it…. Keep your eyes on the God Who says “I knew you before I formed you … My sheep know My voice… this is the way, walk ye in it… by faith and not by sight…”

If you are to ever wholeheartedly embrace the Word & Will of God for your life, common sense will be your greatest stumbling block.  

Your cocoon will surely suffer pecking and scratching and clawing in abundance.  Know that in advance and make plans to not give any of it a second thought.  Unless you allow in the doubt, the complaint, the defensiveness, none of it can crack your frame, anyway.

Live assured inside your cocoon that all is well, better than well, actually.  Live assured that the most divine of metamorphoses is happening in you, to you, all for the glory of God.  Amen.

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Journaling: A Self Therapy Tool

journalJournaling is the most accessible, least expensive, most powerful form of therapy on the planet.  It ministers to everything from stress, to low self esteem.  It liberates the inner genius by accessing & listening to the inner voice.  The result?  
Journaling exposes a false belief like nobody’s business!  
There’s the free handed approach to journaling where one just writes out feelings, venting on the page.  There’s also the stream of consciousness method of writing where whatever comes to mind is penned without any form or censure.  
Journals have been the launch pad for the realization & execution of dreams, poems, stage plays, movie scripts, inventions, business plans, speeches, and organizing all other sorts of brainstorming & brilliance.  All journaling expands.  It’s is just like that….
To journal one’s personal thought life, is to open up corridors of the self that could have never been accessed without it.  Writing saves. 
Self inquiry is another approach to journaling.  Because it’s more structured it’s not often the chosen method but it’s great in how it hones in on one issue to root out the individual truth surrounding it.  The reason this is so vital is because sometimes we believe things that just aren’t true.  Many of us, in many different ways are operating under false beliefs. 
Using specific questions to go in for deeper understanding about the self will reveal your personal philosophies to you like no other.     
Below are a series of questions that are in no particular order.  You might find it helpful to take any (or all) of these to ponder & journal through.  I’m sharing these in “first person voice” as if you the self inquirer were asking yourself. 
  1. Are too many options the problem?
  2. What if I’m wrong about not being able?
  3. What if the thing I think I have to have to get it done isn’t necessary?
  4. Who would I be without that story?
  5. What if a “yes” is all I need?
  6. Who told me it was impossible?  Will I allow myself the freedom to question their omnipotence?
  7. What if there aren’t any barriers, only false beliefs?
  8. If I believed I were bigger than this problem what would I do?

It’s surprisingly eye opening to discover where this kind of self inquiry can take you.  Give it a try.  And please share your thoughts and/or reactions to this type of journal working.

Blessings… and I look forward to hearing from you:) 

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You Are Worthy: A Battle Cry

You mean to tell me you are still having second thoughts about that?  Why?

The earth is 4.5 billion years old and there you sit.  Planned for…protected.  The enemy tried to take you out in more ways than you can count and there you still sit…

You know why?  Because you are SUPPOSED to be here!!!

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You were born through time, in time, on time for such a time as this.  You KNOW that to be true.  You don’t need anymore verification, no more training, no more consultations, no more head nods or hookups, and you certainly don’t need another good idea!!!

  1. You have enough…  
  2. You know enough… 
  3. You are enough…  
  4. You are worthy…  
  5. And you are ready…

I’ve heard it said that people “called” by God into their destiny have the hardest time making the transition into full ownership and action.  That the people who go to school and get “educated” in their trade have much higher levels of confidence with regard to owning their work.

That’s so backwards!  The God Who made mankind gave the education to educate the educated so whenever He decides to circumvent the middleman and just “call” somebody, they ought to get on up and go on.  So go!

Your wealthy place has already been pre-prepared by Him!!!

The reason you can’t see it straight is because you’re looking for excuses instead of the victory!  

This is your Goliath moment…  

That flutter in your stomach is the stirring of your battle cry.  Gather yourself and your Unknown-1five smooth stones.  Wrap your heart and your head around the testimony of past victories.  Strip yourself of every inch of armor that does not belong to you.  Regale yourself of your own and, don’t you dare walk, run…

Run in the Name of the Living Lord toward that thing you’ve been hiding from.

Be sure to tell it who you are, Whose you are & Whom you serve as you approach it full force.

 

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Self Image & The Definition of Procrastination

images-1Do you ever have questions or ideas in your head that you can’t quite touch?  They’re like little ghosts, darting in and out, running around in the back rooms up there.

When I was younger I used to think it was an intelligence that hadn’t “settled” yet.  I waited.  Now that I’m 40 and a bit tired of all the waiting, I just slap a couple of metaphors on what I think it might’ve been and call it a poem.  (Lol…I’m loving this age thing:)

But this time t’was a little different.  (T’was?: yes, I’m in that kind of a mood)  Anyway, this time I caught it!!!

Here it goes:

Is habitual procrastination related to low self image?

Of course, I know how we struggle sometimes with getting things done when a thousand tasks scream for the simultaneous use of our two little hands.  But I don’t consider that to be procrastination.  That’s called BUSY!  Hello?  Overcommitted.  In need of a clone.  (just kidding, Lord:)

And yes, I know about the times we don’t/can’t get it done because of the un/disorganization we’ve got going on with regard to vision, goals, objectives, plans and purposes.  But that’s not really procrastination either, now is it?  This person just needs to be orientated…. once these folk are sorted & pointed in the right direction, they typically pick up their work load and walk.

And then there’re times people don’t know how, don’t know who, or don’t know what in the world is going on.  Again, not procrastination…better labeled ignorance or tutorial need, confusion, or naiveness.

images-4Nope.  I’m not interested in addressing lack of prioritization as it typically relates to procrastination.  Neither intrinsic ability, nor even disinterest because let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t feel like it.  And no, laziness isn’t procrastination either.  Laziness is laziness.

>>>>>>THE REAL DEFINITION OF PROCRASTINATION<<<<<<

What I want to table is the real definition of procrastination (Alaina style:).  That perplexing state of wanting to, of knowing what & how to, of having time to, and having reasonable access to every other resource necessary for getting it done at one’s beck & call, and still, nothing done but the undone?  Bizarre, right?

Mmmm-hmmm…  It’s true.  Pure procrastination happens under the following circumstances:

  1. We want to get it done.
  2. We know what we need to do to get it done.
  3. We know how to get it done.
  4. We have time to get it done.
  5. We have reasonable access to all resources needed.

WHAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?

So where else do you check when it’s this clear that nothing’s missing?  When you know the Father’s download of uniqueness and talent certainly does not bear the glitch…  When there’s no question or doubt that His Promises are “Yes and Amen”…  When we know we’re more than conquerers through the Blood of Christ Who died, rose & reigns… When we can hardly turn around these days without being reminded that we’re creators creating our world, attractors attracting what’s in it…images-5

IF PROCRASTINATION IS SO ILLOGICAL, WHY’S IT SUCH AN EPIDEMIC?

There’s only one thing that can possibly stop God’s perfect [virtually] unstoppable plan for us: us.  But why?  Why would we do that?  Why would we put off doing & having what’s best for us when it’s  for us?

Because either we haven’t been exposed to the knowledge of who we are in Christ or have yet to receive what we’ve learned.

Value, worth & esteem are all one in the same.  People can’t value what they don’t understand; they typically leave it alone.  And rarely will they openly value something they feel others don’t.  Feeling misunderstood in younger years can create a mentality of aloneness.  To be starved of the open expression of value is to steep in lack of self esteem.

It’s funny how we love love, acceptance and praise.  The only thing we seem to love more is people pleasing in an effort to get them.  Especially trying to please the ones so prone to keep us starving.  We do it in hopes of paying it forward…that one day they’ll open up and when they do, we’ll be there to receive their unbridled love, acceptance and praise.

But in the meantime, we continue to work for it, to wait for it.  When it’s absent from the people we crave it from the most (say a father, a mother, a child, a lover, a spouse, etc) we begin to believe we’re unworthy to have it… and anything else worth the worthy.

A damaging self diagnosis, yes?

The most painful part is that this horrible misdiagnosis invites in all sorts of debilitating side effects like detachment & neediness, defensiveness & suspicion, promiscuity & prudishness, perfectionism & procrastination, and a practically exhaustive list of others.

By the way, those who do manage to attract the things they deem valuable prior to healing this faulty self perspective, they often find themselves in haunting cycles of gain & loss.  Core beliefs are self sustaining.  There’s no other way around it.

Your… my… our… nobody’s self worth/self image should ever be based on the opinions and treatment of another person…

People are too dangerously myopic to ever trust this way.  So often nearsighted (microscopic) on the faults of another while farsighted (telescopic) on those of our own.

It’s time to look at the self through new & able eyes because I’ll tell you something you might not know:

If you are love hungry, attention hungry or starving for praise in any way, you are in danger of being a people pleaser.  And if you are people pleaser with a core belief that people do not want to see you happy, thriving and successful, you will subconsciously create obstacles to your own happiness & thriving success in an effort to please those people.  

We can only MANIFEST from the seat of what we TRULY belief at our core, even when it contrasts with what we KNOW TO BE TRUE & WANT to believe… (that’s deep)!!!

BECAUSE CORE BELIEFS OVERRIDE DESIRED BELIEFS… 

I want you to go to the mirror and look yourself in the eyes while you ask God to show you any way in you that might be holding you back.  Ask Him to cut you loose from the core beliefs that keep you from receiving & shining in the knowledge that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  Amen.

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President Barack Obama, Dr.King & Cornel West

images-3I’m not sure how this got past me.  I watched the meaty part of President Obama’s Inauguration yesterday but I must’ve missed the telling that the Bible he was sworn in with was Dr. Martin King Jr’s personal one.

He used it to write his first sermon.  He travelled with it on his oratory tours for justice and in the trenches of his heart’s outcry: the historical nonviolent fight for peace.  According to his son, Martin Luther King, III, no one else has ever used that Bible.  No one until President Barack Obama was sworn into office with it yesterday and Cornel West is pissed!

He’s calling Obama names again, the remarkably treacherous: “Rockefeller Republican in blackface.”

“I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an election, $2 billion on a presidential election, and not have any serious discussion—poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well, no talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problems—ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So it’s very sad. I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.” 

West compares and contrasts Obama’s position as Commander in Chief with the drones dropping on innocent lives in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen to the Reverend Dr. King’s Civil Rights leader plea for justice and peace with regard to “carpet bombing” causing the loss of innocent lives in the Vietnam War.

A MOMENT OF TRANSPARENCY…

I remember having a bout of anger myself when President Obama came out in support of gay marriage.  Let me say this: I do not discriminate against gays and lesbians concerning their civil rights, but I also do not recognize marriage as a civil union.  I see it as a holy one, one instituted and ordained by God to be between one man and one woman.  I stand in no more opposition to gay marriage than I do extramarital or premarital unions and this is the Word of God.

I was offended because I saw the President’s support as antiWord.  I did not vote for him.  I chose not to vote at all.  But I’ve since come to understand that I may have been hasty in the stand I made.  It was pointed out to me that I was holding & narrowing Obama’s Presidency of the entire diverse United States to the standard of Pastorship of the Church.  They aren’t the same.

God didn’t call President Obama to teach us the Word, and certainly not to serve as a life guide for Believers.  He called him to Commander in Chief.  Because the baby’s bathwater had a little dirt in it, I threw it out along with the baby.  It was a lesson in the futileness of hair splitting for me.  To pick apart such issues is to rescind my capacity to ever vote again.  I’m not willing to do that, furthermore, that’s not the will of God.

CAN WE ASK IN JUDGMENT AND ANSWER WITHOUT BIAS?

West both “interviewed & spoke for” Dr. King in a list of hypotheticals to drive his point home.

“Brother Martin Luther King, Jr., what you say about the New Jim Crow? What would say about the Prison Industrial Complex? What would you say about the invisibility of so many of our prisoners, so many of our incarcerated, especially when 62 percent of them are there for soft drugs and not one executive of a Wall Street bank gone to jail. Not one. Martin doesn’t like that. Not one wire-tapper, not one torturer under the Bush Administration — all,” said West.

AND THIS CONCERNING OUR SOCIAL STATE ARE TRUE, BUT IS IT FAIR?

Is it fair to Obama to have to bear the brunt of all this very weighty accusation of injustice?  Yes, there are many truths to what West is saying.  The American prison system has become a twisted manipulated wicked thriving self indulgent self sustained economy in and of itself.  Yes, “they” have created a streamlined systematically targeted pipeline for those “they” want inside it.  Yes, the executives of Wall Street and the American court system are well filleted but is it Obama’s fault that the Masons’ve hid all the bones?

Is it Obama’s fault that a presidential candidate in this country, in any democratic country, has to campaign for the position?  I think we might all agree that for a Black man in this day and age of the New Jim Crow to be elected President of the United States, twice (of which I’m told he’s only the 16th President to receive a second inaugural), that that man is obviously appointed by God for such a time as this.  Obama would’ve never been privy to this appointment of power had he taken the idealistic approach West’s traditions demand.

And so what about the progress?  What about the concept of our standing on one another’s shoulders as we fight for justice in the flavor God assigned to our heart’s desires and personalities?

We’re waiting, not for another King, we had a King.  Praise God that He strengthened & graced him to do what he was called to do at the time.  We’re waiting, not even for this Barack Obama whom the media loves to make sound messiah-like with its taut of the  “second coming” today and its crucifixion of him tomorrow.

(By the way, it’s really slick of the enemy to use the media to weave the “innocent” jokes of the second coming in as a way to begin the baiting & desensitization for the leadership of the antiChrist the Scriptures promised will come as a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing…. but I digress)

We’re doing our individual work as we wait on a Christ Who’s coming back when time has reached its fullness.

For many shall come in my Name saying, I am Christ and shall deceive many.  And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye not be troubled: for all these things must come to pass but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against Kingdom, and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places and these are the beginning of sorrows.  ….And then many shall be offended and shall betray one another and shall hate one another.  (Matthew 24: 5-8, 10)

Time is compressing into itself.  The days are getting shorter and as a result, so are the years.  It, time, has changed and so is everything contained by it.  We aren’t the same country, nor world we were when God made Dr. King to shine his light.

We can be such an idolatrous people, and totally ignorant to it, too.  When our traditions are threatened, especially the ones ushered in by a beloved leader we get stuck in defending our idea about what’s going as we lose the stacking battles against what really is.

“So I (West) said to myself ain’t nothing wrong with putting your hand on the bible, even though the bible’s talking about justice, Jesus is talking about the least of these, but when you put it on Martin’s bible, I said ‘this is personal for me,’ because this is the tradition that I come out of.”

If I were to speak with Dr. West to table my views on the matter I’d tell him something like this:

Remember that the traditions of man make the Word of God of no effect.  Remember that the fight for national justice is bigger than any man could ever fight on his own.  While our beloved Dr. King fought the angst and ills of the spirit of hate, violence and discrimination, there were issues of justice God never touched his heart to passion on.

It’s why we need Him.  Because God makes aaaallllll the necessary appointments.  He sits one down in this cause, rises up another in that one.  Because Obama isn’t the Black man you think he should be, because he doesn’t hold the scales of justice in his hands the way you think he should, does that hardly make him wrong?  Is it even a possibility that you could be unjust in your plight for justice?

Dr. King’s Bible isn’t holier than the Bible, Dr. West, even though you love him.  And even though you love him (I love him, countless many love and honor him) the issues God placed in King’s (and your) bosom to fight for were not then and are not now, this nation’s only cause.”

Here’s the full article if you’re interested.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one.    http://bit.ly/XwluiV

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Life Changing Silences

images-1You try being alone, without any form of distraction, and you will see how quickly you want to get away from yourself and forget who you are.  J. Krishnamurti

So many of us self medicate using the company of other people, work, food, substances…  Just about anything we can get our hands on, we’ll use it.  Even when it hurts, irks, itches, undermines, or bores us into a slight state of madness, still we’ll take it over the eerie strangeness of being altogether alone.

Seriously, think about it.  When was the last time you sat alone in planned purposeful silences?  Comfortably?

Didn’t swap that alone time for waste by wracking your brain for names of old flames and classmates to Google criminal record searches on…  Or playing “who in the world is that” for an inexplicable amount of time with the names in your cell database… Or the senseless game of “Email catchup” by finally opening those dusty the Y2K bug didn’t delete?

WHAT IN THE DEVIL ARE WE DOING?

We pelt to death our opportunities for life changing silences by staring like zombies at arbitrary TV.  And food… oh, food’s a good one.  We cut off nice silence & good intentions by stopping & starting with “the eats” all day, not because we’re hungry, but because we’re scared.  I’ve spend whole days protecting myself from success, wisdom & failure by going back and forth to the refrigerator looking inside for an undisclosed surprise that never managed to show up.

And what about the other extreme: Killing ourselves with busy work & committing our involvement to the things we love to complain we hate are on our plate…  I mean really, aren’t you curious?  What’s everybody hiding from?

WHY…WHY…WHY…??? 

Why are we collectively stuck in all this dogmatism and cattiness just to steer clear of the one thing we know full well will midwife us into greatness: life changing silences?  It’s time we grab a hold of ourselves and stop wanting & settling to be with everybody else, anybody else, doing anything else rather than being alone listening with intentional intent to the Still Small Voice about our highest selves.

Our fear of success and failure is tied to our fear of what the Still Small Voice will say.

Rarely do we openly admit to being afraid of God’s plan for us.  We put it on ourselves and on other people.  But isn’t the idea of God having our undivided attention, taking full advantage of the opportunity to pour out His heart to us about us much more frightening than what we or “they” could ever do?

I mean, come on, God speaks.  He IS the Word.  We know He’s got something to say.  But what’s It going to be?  Maybe we don’t know, maybe we do, but what we’ve come to trust and believe is that it couldn’t be small fries.

It could be Africa for the gal who’s materialistically industrialized (ouch!).  Or a message to the masses for the woman who gets hot flashes when it’s time to talk to an audience greater than two (eek!).  Or a pastoral call for the ex-offender (ugh!).  Or writing a book for the dyslexic person who sucked in formal school (uh oh!).  This is really big stuff here!

Look at biblical examples to see how God gets down when He starts talking to “listeners” about “what’s next”.  

  • Look at Noah and the Ark.  That was crazy, it had never even rained.
  • What about Moses and Pharaoh?  That was a smoking hot mess, the man was a stuttering murderer.
  • What about Paul?  We won’t even touch Paul.  Shoot, he was a multi-murderer terrorist.
  • Ruth?  Please, she left it all… everything and everybody she knew to follow her mother-in-law!
  • And my goodness, what about Esther?  Well the poor girl could have perished by her husband’s hand…legally!!!

BUT…ER…AHHH…

The point is, she didn’t.  None of them did.  Actually, none of them could have because they were God appointed.  Knowledge of their assignment came through the silences, through still time alone with God.  Assignment known is assured insurance.  It’s guaranteed; A NO FAIL CLAUSE…

Not one person from the pages of the Bible we read, not one person from the pages of the Bible yet being written (namely about the Believer called YOU) can ever fail when on an assignment from the True & Living God!!!

SO LET’S SILENCE THE MESS!

The things we let fill up our emotional and mental space are the distractions and obstacles to our higher purpose.  We agonize about being called to serve on a higher level because we forget that we won’t be doing it by ourselves.  We know we aren’t able.  That’s what all the inner fuss is about.  But remembering to remind ourselves of our Helper would do more than do us a world of good, it would grant us a world of peace.

A little self disclosure here:

God asking me for full time committed service to Him used to scare me prayerless.  I was so afraid I’d have no time for myself.  But the days are teaching me that a prayer and its answer are one in the same.

The whole time the thing I was afraid of God asking of me, was the answer to what I was praying of Him: a fuller expression of mySelf & Love.

Intentional silence with God & with ourselves ushers us toward clarity of purpose and the fulfillment of our deepest inner longing.  Our ideas of how God is going to answer our prayers is our greatest obstacle to living in receipt of the answer.

Being quiet means letting go.  Sincere quiet is about silencing our own agendas.  Sincere submission is about ignoring them altogether.

And let me put one more nugget on the table before I go:

The thing you’re afraid the silence is going to tell you is the thing you already know.

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