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June 7, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — anoffering616 @ 5:39 pm

During Intercession a few weeks ago I roomed with my friend Melissa Scott. Within days of completing our finals for the spring semester we were caught up in something like a training camp, it felt like a virtual world that did not yet fit into the way the world was at the time. It was there in the land of strange things that we encountered “Shaker Man” (I have to call him that because his real name is unspeakable). At His feet things in our heads and hearts that had been detached and cast into corners making dust and leftover ruble throughout the past year were shaken off and vacuumed away. Fragments of boxes that I had been disassembling all year were taken, cleared from my head and the disorganized pieces of machine that were left from their original destruction earlier were cleared away and destroyed forever.

And the Lover beckoned, “Come here. Trust me more. Love me better. Love me deeper.”

Many of us have fallen and risen again and in both our falling and rising God is glorified, His name is lifted up because when the wind blows even the trees dance and none of us – even the dead – can keep from being shaken, being moved, being beckoned to join in the dance.

Sometimes hope is our most desperate need in order to be able to move forward toward something better. God is teaching me through stories, through mine and Melissa’s stories and the stories of others that a bigger change and a bigger vision than the ones that I thought possible are within grasp. And, the great things I saw from a distance beckon me to move forward through hope. At the time, a world that was not possible and much bigger than anything I could have imagined was opened up to us as God said “Yes” to desires I had not even realized I had before.

God is ahead of us as a people and leading us forward to a place way above that cleft you are aiming for.

Watch for the King, He will move even in the last days and He is brilliant.

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Something that has been very much on my heart for this summer is my relationships and what some might call “personal ministry.” I have kept this in strong consideration as I make decisions about what I will do this summer. I don’t have a job yet but I’ve been making a game out of applying to a lot of different places. Yesterday I had an hour to race to pick up applications from 8 places I would think seriously about working for. I won! Then I realized I filling out applications doesn’t pay. My glory was short-lived.

Most of my time though has been filled with taking many purposeful steps toward several important things in my life. First, I have been spending a lot of time with people. A friend of mine, David, is leading a group he calls Momentum where four of us get together twice a week and to journey together, grow to know one another more, seek God together, and dare to move as a response to God’s movement in our community and world. Second, I am looking for God’s direction on further outreach efforts because while I have had many many ideas for things to start or get involved in that would expose me to more people I have not seen much movement directly towards any of them. I anticipate all the things God is doing and I’m pretty sure I will be seeing something along these lines pretty soon. Finally, I have been working on a number of projects, one of them being my room which consists of many different smaller projects. I have been trying to surround myself with reminders of who God is and who I am as a result (not just in my room but I have been setting it up with this purpose in mind). I’ve put some pictures here of the way it looks for Calea. 🙂 (Thanks for inspiring me so much by your own creativity and helping me with ideas Calea!). I hope to make some changes but I like it so far, it’s pretty and comfy. I keep the ceiling lights off most of the time and get some soft light coming in from the curtained windows and lamps that I have.

 

June 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — anoffering616 @ 4:36 pm

I’m having trouble with this blog thing because I want you all to know what I’ve been learning and doing and how God has been moving but there’s just sooo much to tell!  Then, I realized that God works in stories and that’s part of us being made for relationships.  We are designed to know people and know them well and follow them through the stories that God is writing in their lives.  So, I can tell you small pieces but that bothers me because I don’t want to reduce what God is doing.  He’s sooo much bigger than that.  If you have any thoughts or suggestions on this let me know.  I might just have to sit down and tell a long story that still wouldn’t cover everything but would be better than the smaller thoughts I’ve written so far.

 

May 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — anoffering616 @ 5:47 am

“Life begins at the intersection.”

Every choice is an intersection from which we have the power to move towards life or towards that stale, half-eaten lemon pastry you found in a paper sack on that bench you sat in while waiting for your mom to get done grocery shopping yesterday.

Every choice requires of us a portion of this power we have, the power of volition, the power to choose, whether we realize it or not.

Every choice, in a way, carries with it the weight of the next because up ahead you want to choose right but right won’t be the same if you turn left here.

Every choice, in a way, has nothing to do at all with your past; it has everything to do with the present intersection, the intersection from which God is prepared to perfectly play the rest of your song or write the rest of your story.

Every choice – life begins and ends there.

Choose life.  Look for the King.

 

May 27, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — anoffering616 @ 11:14 am

Here are the meditations of my heart tonight:

God’s love is great, love which He has lavished on us.
Remember who you are.

Here is what the Lord says to you, the One who calls the earth to life:
“’Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you,
I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you…
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
Who have ears but are deaf…
You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He.
Before me no god was formed, nor wil there be one after me.
I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.
I have revealed and saved and proclaimed – I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘that I am God.’”
Isaiah 43

Wake up. Open your eyes. God is showing Himself in mighty ways. He is moving now. Watch.
Live strangely today, in a peculiar way that brings powerful hope to the deafened heart of this machine.

 

May 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — anoffering616 @ 9:33 pm

There is a Pygmy legend in which a boy finds a bird with a beautiful song in the forest and brings it home. He asks his father to bring food for the bird, and the father doesn’t want to feed a mere bird, so he kills it. The man killed the bird, and with the bird he killed the song, and with the song, himself. He dropped dead, completely dead, and was dead forever.

I have a friend from Ghana whose name is Eric. The other day he was telling me about the sad things that have been happening to him. He doesn’t have many friends here and it makes it worse that he lives off campus, his grandfather died this semester and he can’t be with his family, and his fiance called him and said she couldn’t wait so many years for him to come back and broke off their engagement. He was telling me about how sad he had been and then he looked at me with a big smile and big, bright eyes and said, “I’ve been so sad over this but, as we say in Ghana, you can’t die before you die, ya know?”

What do we kill that brings us life?

 

May 3, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — anoffering616 @ 2:09 pm

Do not be defined by who you are not.

Let who God is define your dreams.

 

May 2, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — anoffering616 @ 3:45 pm

Clap your hands.

Swing, like a chariot
At the trumpet call
When we’re all unsaved,
Swing like a wrecking ball
Like the heart of god
What a mystery
Filled with the wedding feast
For the snakes and bees
With the angel teeth, swing
Come and carry us
Come and marry us

To the blushing circus king

Dance like elephants

As he comes to us
Through a fiery golden ring
With a violin and a song to sing
As he brings for us our wings
Now he’s one of us
Plays the tambourine
Breaks the bread for us
And sings
Will you wait for us
Will you stay for us
Will you grace us everything
You’re a wrecking ball
With a heart of gold
People wait for it, swing
Like a chariot
Swing it low for us
Come and carry us away
Fire come and carry us
Make us shine or make us rust
Tell us that you care for us
We need to hear a word for us
Let your body stand with us
Or let our rags be turned to dust
Chariot you swing for us
We think that you can carry all of us
So we will become a happy ending