You can't just want the idea. The name. The "truth". The declaration. The tradition. You must want love, peace, and freedom for people. You must have a heart for.. People. Anything we say and do, can be good. But where it matters is; Is your heart being changed for people? Or are your ideas of … Continue reading Today
As change makers, we have to desire to give people hope, freedom, joy; you know, Heaven on Earth stuff. Not our ideas and theories. Most of what you see is what you get: Peoples theories and teachings. Empty words do not create change in our world. They have to be living.
Life is patchwork; Not a single thread. But threaded together instead.
Who says solitude and even suffering are no good for us? But on the contrary; usually only then have I come face to face with the divine.
I have to remind myself, that we are all the same: Where it is meant to matter. None of us have asked to be born here. Whether under this flag or that. With this faith or the lack of one. With their parents and their own personal baggage. No one has chosen their birthplace, lineage, … Continue reading Today
We focus a lot in our society on outer appearances. The impressions we make and how we appear to the world around us. And our inner world is not regarded as sacred anymore: Worth exploring, delving into, transforming, giving precedence to. Being aware of. What lies within, needs tended to, weeded out, made new. I … Continue reading Today
Of course I don’t want to be a complaining, critical, cynical individual. Why shed tears forever and live in resentments chains and fetters; if I need not to? I am aware that peace, patience, kindness, goodness, life and light are the goals. Summed up in love. I’m working on it. This is me crawling there. … Continue reading Tonight
If it is primarily the marginalized that are having problems with you; it may be time to re-examine your gospel.
People in the West, seem to have truly made their intellect god. Even our spiritually here is relatively that. We have lost touch. And made our ideas, theories, explanations, concepts...our spirituality. We have been taught not to trust our spirit. It is to be feared. We are caught up in word play, that’s all it … Continue reading The People’s Spirit.
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I’m no good on empty....
I feel guilty for wanting a break. My own space. Is it a necessity? I feel for me, it is so. That’s one thing I have not had in years and it was a daily thing for me: Solitude. Stillness. Silence. Time to listen, To nothing. Is it necessary? Some would say so. Don’t give … Continue reading Today
In a world full of skeptics, contradictions and questions How do you navigate so many stories told by so many clever men? I know I've experienced both the evil and sacred, Both in the spiritual and physical I've sensed it. I can't always explain the shit, but I can never escape it. Like they say, … Continue reading In a World
From our pulpits, preach service. And not just a here and there, food pantry, holiday fundraiser thing. Teach the laymen, teach the youth...service. Get out in the neighborhoods and find the elderly who need their yards worked on regularly. Find kids that need mentors. Seek out the lonely and lost. Find people in need. Learn … Continue reading Pulpits
I'm tired of being the judge, judging. Me, myself, and I; and others... Wanting to know good from evil, and who is leaning toward which side and which isn't.. Myself included. I'm a hoping sinner, a repeat offender..hypocritical individual..I don't get it. I'm tired of being the thinker. The analyzer. I am tired of my … Continue reading Tired
Whatever thing you are finding in someone else; be it charachter traits, "immoral" habits, pride, gossip, greed....any thing you claim or believe to see.... Choose to sit for a minute, and see it in yourself. Where does pride lie? Where does greed in any form or degree live in me? Because even a tiny seed, … Continue reading Whatever
Don’t just fool with words... But, understand the message.
You can discern your creed from the next mans. Distinguishing precept upon precept. Dogma vs dogma. Yet you can’t discern with spiritual vision. Need VS want. Love VS hate. Real VS fake. You’re stuck in your heads and well equipped for arguments.. Yet you know not how to crucify the dark within your own heart, … Continue reading Your Sacrifices
Maybe not everything and everyone, are meant to flow together. To sync. Vibe. Make melody. Now, I must learn not to judge why. Is it them, or I? Because typically, my ego is going to lean toward it not being I. I am not the problem. But, I very well could be. We are all … Continue reading The Flow
When you love to write, live to read, and are the self-proclaimed word nerd... Then you gradually come to see.. Words can be so fruitless, empty, tempted to flipping, and can be twisted and manipulative. Filtered though our own heads, Used to wound ... hidden... Are ones intentions.. Words...they lack real essence. We fuck them … Continue reading Today
God, many times I wonder how, if so, you could love and continue to pursue an often angry, contradictory, troubled soul as me. Thank you.
and into Your Heart. For so long I’ve been taught that I couldn’t trust my heart. That it was a dangerous thing. So I was taught to listen to what was understood. Man’s opinions and descriptions. Teachings and traditions. Knowdlege of…others commentary and prescriptions…of what was “true religion.” Only a few verses and lines to … Continue reading Get out of your head
You're already accepted; now time to accept(see, experience, claim, be revealed more) it. ~God
Hey baby I love you and I miss you, Won't you sit down and just listen Cuz I've been thinking here and sitting Memories in my head, reminiscing About your humor and your kisses How I'm happy when I'm with ya You keep me going whether you know it Make me feel like something I've … Continue reading Hey Baby
God speaks to those who listen And "He" is not as concerned with the logistics, words, traditions, pronunciations, and so forth..like we are. Men are so consumed by it. They want to have rights to it all. Even the way to God( wisdom, knowledge, doctrine, saying, church, ect) He is more concerned with New Birth … Continue reading God
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Feeding the 5,000. What if the biggest miracle is in the principle of this story? Would it not be a miraculous thing, to see the hearts of men so transformed that they would take what they had; and in faith divide it amongst the "hungry" ripe on the vine, community in search of hope? That … Continue reading Miracles
If we were to be a walking, talking, synoptic Gospel, what would that look like? Riddle me this.
Pay what you owe Don't buy what you want And give what is needed. Riddle me this
I felt like God was asking me to read today's devotional(it's actually my sons, and him and I randomly will read it here and there). And before I did so, I felt Him( whome I call God) ask me to hesitate. And He asked me(I felt so, not some audible voice) if I would actually … Continue reading Today
Why can you use Jesus as an example? For your beliefs and actions. To tell me to be kind and loving, gentle and meek? You tell me I am not Christ like.. my life, my speech. I get it, I'm not perfect, I'm working on it. He's working on me. But why can’t I use … Continue reading Today
You’re religion taught me God is a monster; you gave me the law and the prophets and walked me not through the Gospels. Your example was that He surely does abandon, He is not as tolerant for my sobbing, and He can’t handle my pain...I am the problem... and it was up to me alone … Continue reading Retrospect
Just as I have noticed the many things I was once critical of in others become manifested in my life: things I thought were "sinful and un-godly", evil, worldly you name it... I am also noticing the same things I have accused others of(religious systems in particular) not doing (Christ like service, giving, thinking, sacrifice, … Continue reading Today
Our discernment should be on what's right or wrong. Just or unjust. Merciful or merciless. Loving or hateful. Life Giving or Destructive. Selfless or Selfish. Humble or Prideful. Truthful or Misinterpreted. Intentional or Mistaken. Holy or Unholy. In whose best interest? Heaven on Earth or some other wickedness? Not some mind twisting, encrypted, one million … Continue reading Discernment
To the man with all the flags in his yard that read: God-Trump-And Guns, Get rid of Joe and the Hoe, and Trump is my President and Jesus my Savior. Also, to my critics who critique me for being a critic of the church. For those that say the church is not perfect; well neither … Continue reading Why Don’t We Preach This?
We want to be THE BODY of Christ when it implies gathering, studying, missions trips, spiritual experiences and outings... When it gives us a microphone, a voice, a purpose. A stage, a song, a personal reason. When it gives us a name, or the feeling of power and pride in our "goodness". Yet, we want … Continue reading Convenience
Learn to not compare yourself with others. Or have the same expectations of others you place on yourself, and vice versa. People are born into all types of circumstances. And then, circumstances change throughout life. Our trajectory is dependent in a sense. One man may have been born into a more privileged circumstance for example. … Continue reading Today
I think I need to work on quitting smoking weed. I've learned throughout these last several fucked up years that God is there. Like there there. Anytime, anywhere. For us. All of us. Even those mf's we can't stand. He wants to be there. For us to know He really is OK with our mess. … Continue reading Drugs and Jesus(un-reread/draft).
I get these instant panics Like armageddon's landed They say it's symptomatic You know, Post Tramatic Some type of stress, who'd imagine? I feel like am always running Inside mind, and nerves likewise Little firefly's, but the angry kind Worry worry fast and fury Racing Crazy Hate me Shame me Entangled in this spider's web … Continue reading Tonight
God is more in the mundane than anything. The Everyday. The grey. More than He is in our minds where we are so intently trying to find and bind Him. Get rid of the screens, all the teachings, doctrines and theories...and breathe in... God again. Live amidst Him. Not in your ideas of Him.
Noticed how online shopping and just anything online or media wise in general can keep us hooked. It keeps us out of reality. Our focus off the present. It enables us to avoid things. It numbs us in a sense. Out of touch. Not always bad, but never enough.
The man beaten on the side of the road and stripped by thieves. Unable to get back up on feet. It took the Samaritan to see him. As the holy walked by to their holy city. They left him, unattended. Satan is called a thief, a destroyer; where are we in the lives of those … Continue reading
We're called to be like Jesus. And then we go digging into almost everything in our beloved Scriptures, but the life of Jesus Himself. We are stuck in the laws and regulations. The ends and outs. The bells and whistles; and I don't see much of the four Gospels...Jesus's life on Earth and the example … Continue reading Like Who?
I sit here at almost 37, wishing I had a father to talk to. Crying over it like I lost something. I put fragments together of the father figures I've had throughout my and imagine how they would guide me now? What wisdom they would give? What tone of voice they would have, what direction … Continue reading Just thinking of my situation and how to see it to help the next generations coming.
Most the time, I am arguing with my own self. My own mind. Whether it's the weather I'm complaining about, or another...within or spoken. It is only my own thoughts and conclusions of the other. The feelings and assumptions..I own them. Or maybe they own me? Even my closet and dearest I see through a … Continue reading Most the Time
I wonder if there are still any significant lessons to be found when it comes to the Jews(supposed chosen image bearers of God) not accepting a crucified Messiah, The Temple being destroyed, and God sending the Good News out to the Gentiles? God giving His promise that was meant for the Jews, to the ones … Continue reading Just thinking( draft)
I've been questioning how real my love within really is? How Christ like, that is. Because more often that not, I find time and again...a forcing it. As if my sorries and apologies are nothing more than my own attempts to find forgiveness...for myself. A law like system in my mind I sense it. Or … Continue reading Today
I want to apologize for anyone I did hurt during the last several years. I have been a hot mess. I never would have expected to get such bad depression. (But with my history of it, maybe I should have). I never knew those types of nights were possible again, and esp to that extent. … Continue reading Today
Having horrible anxiety and smoking weed in attempts to fix it. I felt asked if it helped? To some extent. It makes it all more tolerable. This kind of anxiety is a painful thing. And that pain stayed, regardless of the lifting. But, there are other negative physical aspects it seems to suppress. Maybe slows … Continue reading Today (unedited).
"I learned from poor and homeless organizers, when I was without health care and adequate housing, that poor people are not sinners-but poverty is a sin"......"Why do we worship a homeless person on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?" ~ Liz Theoharis Expert from Sojourners magazine March 2021 page 7.
I began to lost heart, when I seen all that they invested in. Good times, comfort first. Dazzeling lights. Emotions high. Towers built, to the sky. Make it huge! Make it a sight! And they all get to go home; home to typically unbroken things. Light bills paid, good insurance, kids given more than they … Continue reading It Began
There comes a point, or multiple points in ones life; where we must decide if we want heaven or hell. And not in the traditional sense. But, the deeper, possibly truest since. In the now. You know, here on earth. We surely choose our own heavens and hells. Every seed does produce after it's own … Continue reading Heaven or Hell
Me just putting my thoughts on paper. Anxiety: We were surrounded by stimulants. Noises all around. Screens. Information. Advertisements. Voices. I wonder if we are biologically able to handle this and remain stress free? Or are we unconsciously trying to keep up, gather, process so much shit that we are harming ourselves? What kind of … Continue reading American Anxiety
“We really wanted to make sure there was a service component to this,” Ms. Grose said. “Because there are a lot of stories about what the problem is and not a lot of solution-driven content.” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/06/insider/primal-scream-section.html
"Ironically, one of the few things I can say I truly know is that not-knowing and often not even needing to know is—surprise of surprises—a deeper way of knowing and a deeper falling into compassion. This is surely what the mystics mean by “death” and why they talk of it with so many metaphors. It is the essential transitioning."~Richard … Continue reading Dose
It really has been bothering me, the Nationalism..mixed with Jesus and all that He was meant to represent. How history is so suitably fit..to those in controls best interest. People defend certain flags...declarations written by old ass men. We say historically such and such..and this and that..to defend our resentments and belief systems. We call … Continue reading
Don't be assured that every message is palatable like sugar and spice. For many times it's conflicting, it gets to ya..it ain't always "right"(in feeling). But like earthen, imperfect vessels, that crack, leak, that need set right.. They may show forth their frame..from dust from clay..mud ..washed away. God breathes spirit..this part is life. Listen … Continue reading Don’t Shoot the Messenger lol
Anytime I felt a resistance to listening, because it was in opposition to my own thoughts and feelings... Was when I ultimately should have let that ache, irk, pride, and bias die. Now I find more truth in their words, and it took more time and hurt to get me here. *This is in regards … Continue reading Reflecting
"Any interpretation of a biblical text that would not have made any sense to the author of the text and to his original, intended audience should be roundly rejected,” he stated.(YEEEEESSSS clears throat) According to Harlow, the mark of the beast is a symbol of the Roman empire’s oppressive political, social and religious system. The … Continue reading Context and Reality
You're much more a better friend, than they told me you were. You're much more a bigger confidant, than I thought before. Unholy they told me, religious feigning to be you're only resting place. You like what's broken though you told me, while you rocked me while you hold me. You get the conflict within … Continue reading Today(draft)
I don't feed into the worry about what exactly the "mark of the beast" is anymore now a days. We really have lost our ability to think beyond the material world and in a transcendent, spiritual, symbolic sense. We don't even look back far enough to see how young and immature the idea of Biblical … Continue reading Pondering The Mark
With God, all things are possible. Not so with men. Our minds bend and twist. We make universes out of fragments, We name, we box in. We are the Kings. We are with sin. We don't look at it, Justify, justify, justify it. No crucify, crucify, crucifying. Unless it's them, it's always them, they are … Continue reading Today
I will always hear someone's words through my own interpretations of those words. The words are the shell, not the essence. The carrier of a message, not the complete message. We have to get beyond our own languages, and be insistent on learning the language of another. Soul language. What they really are trying to … Continue reading Pondering Kite Status
Do many of us, if not the majority in our culture, resist the next cycles of life? Does the way we hold so tightly to youth, beauty, being desired, being relevant..speak of our spiritual deprivation? Is it misunderstanding of what it all represents and symbolizes? Death, rebirth, karma, resurrection. We want to stay in the … Continue reading Pondering/Karma/symbolism/Rebirth
Something running across my soul a lot lately is the idea of showing grace toward the other, the "enemy" of my ego and pride in particular and more "judgment" towards myself. Not judgment as we might be use to understanding it; but rather just looking at myself, and honestly working soley on myself. In thought … Continue reading Themes
I think a lot, more than normal. The craziest thing for me that I find; is that I don't have to think to write. I just write.
The Western Church is so stuck in head knowledge. We fear the "heart" and yet use only a few verses to back up our reasons. Maybe not knowing in Jewish thought, the heart had a lot more to do with our mind and thinking; than our intuition, the center where we at times feel something … Continue reading Pondering
I'm not good at life
Unlike Jesus, we are usually much more concerned with how people get "saved", than if they get there... We are much more dedicated to gaining the wisdom and experience of becoming the healers and elders, than we are dedicated to those in need of healing and leaders. We want a specific formula, enough prayer and … Continue reading Today
I'm so tired, so worn out Nothing slows down for me I get no recess No Sabbath in sight. I cannot find. Stress will be the death of me, if not me.
This makes me want to cry!! Lol, remember emotional dysregulation. But, just thinking of how I've always been told to control myself, or considered to be too much, wanting attention. I've always sort of wrestled inside, because many have said things concerning my behavior or actions, or assumed things about them... and I've always felt … Continue reading Watch “Neural basis for symptoms of emotion dysregulation in people with BPD” on YouTube
I see The Creator, God, as looking a lot more like Jesus than we've made "him" out to be. A lot more, in that he is not as interested in how people are made whole, as long as they are made whole. Not as consumed with the loop holes and right sayings and thinking (man … Continue reading I See God
We are all living in judgement; and we are the judges, judging.
May I be honest with you? ...I'm just trying to whether this storm. Maybe I shall stop kicking and wailing so frantically, so alarmingly? Maybe I shall let this beat however it desires against me? Grasping for air wildly Hoping to breathe Let it cover me, sink me, carry me, move me... There comes this … Continue reading Today
Advocating for your own mental health in a world of stigma and misunderstanding can be tiring, taxing, and seem so pointless at times. Don't give up. Keep fighting. People will have their many opinions and ideas. Some will give up fighting for you and beside you. It's OK. They don't get it. If they can't … Continue reading Today
"The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge." ~ Carl Jung
I am in that house again. The one Jesus is at. I am at the table. This time I have my head down on the table and I am pulling my hair and then punching myself in the face over and over. I'm sure this is just my own imagination. Symbolic of how much I … Continue reading Today
What are the challenges and difficulties that the poor, widow, and fatherless faced, that would cause God to repeatedly remind Israel, and then as Jesus did in His ministry; to consider their well being in particular?
I've had this saved neatly in a folder for I suppose just a time as this. It had been given to me with a few other prayers some years ago, and I've just had them tucked away ever since. I came back across this folder yesterday while looking for documents I needed. I originally kept … Continue reading His Constance
I want to be free from these pains that keep me from being a loving, kind, hopeful person.
I am finding it difficult trying to persuade myself that my mind is the problem. That I can’t trust my own view of things.
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I have to accept that I am a “sinner”. A broken man In need of more than I can perform by my human hands I have to be OK with this wretched man; not to want to stay the same...but to understand His pains and aches and all that quakes His rage and shame and … Continue reading Today
I don’t seem to even fight thoughts of dying anymore I welcome it I want it
Why would anyone consider suicide? For me, it was always about the relentless feeling inside. I've described it as best as I can in other posts. But, to keep it brief it is like a tormenting feeling inside of you. That makes you want to do anything to escape it. As I've gotten older, other … Continue reading Today
I think there are deep seated truths to my critiques of the church and it’s people. I just might not go about it all the right way. It’s not resentment; but a feeling of profound confusion from seeing what poverty and struggle is like first hand, and seeing how people respond to it.
Depression is not your ordinary melancholy sadness. It is far more long lasting. Far more debilitating and far more painful than a mood or attitude problem. It steals lives. And the lives of those connected to its oppressed. It is much deeper. It is profound sorrow. People don’t understand why many would choose death over … Continue reading Clinical Depression
I need stillness, I need quite, I need silence to get by....and I seldom ever get this So much shit All around me It don’t quit I can’t handle too many noises.... what is it, I don’t get it I need limits I tried to fix this I went everywhere and to everyone imaginable in … Continue reading Today
Unfortunately, most my holidays are spent having flashbacks and being nervous for the present ones. Mine have been known to be filled with arguing, drunkenness, not eating because everyone fought too much before the food was done, and the ever present fear of shit escalating and pistols once again being pointed at heads. It’s always … Continue reading Holiday PTSD
“I am my own muse. The subject I know best. The subject I want to know better,” ~Frida Kahlo
What if I told you I don’t want to do this no more? Like really don’t. Would you get it? Would you get that I’ve fought, and fought as hard as I can imagine? Would my fight be enough for you? Would you believe I want to be this happy person, this doting mother, this … Continue reading Today
The Quest for the Historical Paul - Biblical Archaeology Society — Read on http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/the-quest-for-the-historical-paul/
Language is man made. If you couldn't use words, definitions, lingo or logic?...How would you then speak/relate/feel out God? Shhhhhh——-listen....hush——-be still. No comprehension, limitless.
Life, the great dilemma. Where you are the hero, the villain, the god and the victim.
Me: God, I’m so neurotic. I’ve always been so negative... God?: Start praising everything. Sing praises of what good you see, in people and in things. See only the good, even in your thought life.... Me: 😒....
We are all living in judgement; and we are the judges, judging.
I've had my fists raised towards the heavens and I've been cursing at them lately. Like Job, I am prone to question the goodness and kindness of a God who allows so much carnage. As I pondered this the other night, the story of God giving men dominion over the whole earth came to mind. … Continue reading Wondering Aloud
My minds a rebel, yeah she’s a bitch She starts all the trouble, on her thrown she sits.
We must not raise our fists in rage hollering, conquer them, conquer them. No more for them!! We must join hands, hang our heads and whisper, heal our lands, heal our lands. All of them.
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God, why would you want me? Because I love what’s broken. That don’t make sense though.... It never does.
I’m afraid of what might happen when the pain pills they gave me fade away and I am left to my own to numb it. The physical pain is doable, the fact it likewise dulls the emotions, this is what I fear.
Note: I think a lot of what I write are projections. It has taken me a long time to understand this. But, I am trying to figure out how all that works. So with that said, keep in mind that much of this stuff is what I should be preaching to myself alone, I just … Continue reading Ah Shit
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It would be nice to find a place to lay in the sun and give up the ghost.
The Uniquely Kingdom Approach to Abortion The unique Kingdom approach to abortion doesn’t focus on figuring out the “right” political solution, getting “the right” candidates into office or getting the “right” bills passed. As with everything else about the Kingdom, it rather focuses on manifesting the self-sacrificial love of God towards women with unwanted pregnancies … Continue reading Abortion and Kingdom People, excerpt by Greg Boyd.
I wish I would have cherished them more; those little moments, that at the time being, you don’t realize are little moments... It is a paradoxical blessing: having to rely completely on God.
When we are able to help a mother deal with her mental health, we are essentially reaching the whole family," says author Dr. Marian Earls.
It’s not that I want my world to change(the things around me). Even though I complain and it may seem that way. But in reality, I just want this pain inside to subside. It’s not a subtle thing, it’s intense. Like an itch... That you can’t quite scratch, yet it doesn’t itch.... It pan-ics It … Continue reading Anxiety