Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Brief Quotes - Where Contentment and Peace are Found


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thoughts - In Spite of the Obstacles



The other afternoon there was a stunning sunset taking place. I reached for my camera and did my best to capture the God moment before it disappeared.  I became frustrated trying to snap pictures of the beauty in between all the houses around me.  I felt uncertain that I captured anything I would be pleased with or would do justice to the real thing. I wished I had noticed the sunset happening earlier so I could have driven to a better location with an unimpeded view. I was so doubtful, I simply put my camera away and didn’t even care to look at the pictures at that moment.  Subsequently, I forgot I had even taken them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thoughts - Can You Wake Up Any More?


Once you wake up, can you wake up any more?

I have come to realize that we can continue to wake up to life.  There is so much to awaken to and become aware of beyond what we already know—not only within ourselves but also outside of ourselves. 

Awakening more challenges the status quo and what has become comfortable to us in our current state of awareness.  It propels us to learn new things and adjust to new surroundings.  It is not for those who prefer to remain comfortable and undisturbed.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On a Journey with God as My Internal Compass


As I travel on my life journey, I must ultimately look to God, not man.  I must also repeatedly entrust myself and every other human being to Him and remember we are all dependent upon Him.

There is One God and Father of all who is upon all and through all and in all…
The God Who makes the world and all that is in it…
[He is] inherent of heaven and earth…
He Himself gives to all life and breath and all...
for in Him we are living and moving and are...
we are His workmanship…
(Ephesians 4:6, Acts 17:24,25,28, Ephesians 2:10)

While I pursue further discovery and understanding of God, I turn toward Him and ask Him to show me the truth of who He is and the truth of His ways and realities.  I don’t want to be convinced, confused, cajoled, indoctrinated, or brain-washed by what others say about God.  I will walk my own journey.  If God is God, then He is more than capable of revealing His true nature to me and to others.  Obviously, at this time He chooses not to have us all on seeing eye to eye in how we comprehend Him or not.  I don’t completely understand why it must be this way, but I can’t do anything to change it.  I can only take responsibility for my actions and how I personally deal with that in my own life.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Way of God's Love

I just finished reading Mick Mooney’s novel, Snap.  I highlighted large amounts of text from the novel because I resonated so much with the perspective on the subject matter.  The novel is a great read for anyone who is starting to question and/or longing for release from mainstream organized religion/church/Christianity/indoctrination, and even hell. 

This month, Mick will be releasing his sequel novel to Snap titled An Outsider’s Guide to the GospelLast night, as I drew near the end of the novel, I had to write down these important words from it:

“If we waited for people to deserve our love, we’d never love a soul.  Better to follow God’s way of love, better to love even when people don’t deserve it, because it is love that heals the hearts around us. It’s love that brings people back to God.”

Real and true unfailing love is not merely loving others when it’s convenient and they are being loveable, but also loving them when they are being unlovable.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Brief Quotes - the Bible is not God


I believe that while the Bible gives us some revelations about God and God's dealings with some of mankind, it does not fully define God or all His doings or plans. We must remain mindful of the fact that the Bible is not God.

God is God.

The Bible is a vessel and a tool, but it does not define God in His wholeness.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Walking Away from Organized Religion Leads Me to Freedom


In Mick Mooney’s article titled “A Greater Peace within all You Don’t Know”, he says:

"The further away you travel from religion and the know-it-all mindset you inherit with it, the more freedom you find in asking questions about your faith. You no longer feel obligated to pledge undivided allegiance to your doctrines. You become pleased to put them on trial, to examine then, and to discard them if they are found to be without substance."
 
A resounding YES for those thoughts!!  At the present time, I am experiencing another level of this phenomenon.