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42 is the answer, what is the question?

Today I turn 42 and share this clip as a way of introducing the value of questions.

“Only when you know the question will you know what the answer means.”

I have not read nor seen the entire movie, but I am familiar with the sci-fi movie Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the #42.  I love this clip because it gets at the importance of what we are seeking.  This past year I’ve become aware of how important our desires are in terms of becoming the kind of people who can live the abundant life.  The questions we are living reveal our deepest desires. Lining up our desires with the best vision for our life gives us great freedom.

I encourage you to pause, step back and consider the questions that you are asking yourself.  Often we are living with questions that unaware of and I think when we become aware we can change in the direction of Love, if that is something you desire.

There are 4 Questions that Dallas Willard talks about as the 4 great questions of life.  I love these questions.  At first glance they might seem very simple, but I think if you take them to heart they can help you reflect on what is truly important to you.  I believe that if you took 3 or more minutes and honestly reflected on these questions and shared with a friend your reflections you would begin to see some amazing changes take place.  What are the questions you are living with?

Jesus’ Answers to the Four Great Questions of Life

1. What is reality? God and his kingdom.
2. Who is blessed? (Who has the good life?)  Anyone who is alive in God’s kingdom.
3. Who is a really good person? Those who are pervaded with agape love.
4. How do you become a really good person? Apprentice yourself to Jesus.

I begin this year asking Jesus what area he desires me to focus on this year.  Instead of New Year’s resolutions I wanted to ask Jesus where I should focus my energy.  Here are a few areas.

Walking in the Spirit
Creativity
Diligence

How about you?

Some random thoughts and thanks.

When I think of 42 I am reminded of Cameron Lee’s photo blog.

It is interesting to me that the Spirit was leading my friend Benjamin Robinson in similar way as myself ~ growing in being Spirit-led.  Thank you for your modeling and inspiration my friend.

And, thank you always to my friend and mentor, Edward Santana-Grace, for continually conversing with me about how the Mind of Christ can be developed within myself and community.  Thank you!  It is awesome to see how a growing community of people are practicing My Daily Bread as a spiritual discipline.  I’ve seen and tasted the great fruit.  I hope to see others experience the great freedom.  (Notes on God’s Will)

Audio Lectio Divina is coming to YNCC read by yours truly.  :)

Come To Me All Who Are Weary (Audio Lectio)

AUDIO LECTIO – “Come to me all who are weary.”

Jesus calls us to rest.  Do you know how to enter that kind of rest?
Jesus has something to say to the disciples.  Listen in….

I am sensing that the Spirit is calling me record audio lectio regularly.  If you find these helpful please comment below so I can sense where the Spirit is leading me and bringing fruit.  Feel free to share this if you find it helpful.

I know that some people have shared this with their small groups, or leadership teams.  If you happen to do this share here below or email me.  This encourages me and I’m open to doing things for your group.

If you have a favorite text you’d like me to record I’m open to that as well.

 

Jesus has something to say to the disciples.  Listen in….

“Come to me all who are weary”

 

If you want to share your experience or give feedback or request some passages please share below.

 

Lectio Divina – John 1:35-39

Lectio Divina is one of my favorite ways to interact with the loving presence of God.  Lectio Divina means Sacred Reading.  I first came across Lectio Divina while in Graduate school.  It is a formational reading and meditating on scripture.  We come to the living word of God with an open heart to hear the Spirit of God speak to our spirit.

There are 4 movements in Lectio Divina.  Read, Meditate, Pray, & Contemplate with moments of silence and listening and being with the presence of God.  In a future post I shall share more about Lectio Divina.  Lets jump in and hear my first recording of Lectio Divina.  I have lead many groups in this process.  This was and is my first reading and recording of Lectio Divina.  I welcome all feedback to make this process better and richer.

John 1 35 – 39 | 1st Lectio Divina

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Creativity as the Fruit of Wholeness of Soul [Alan Fadling]

Creativity as the Fruit of Wholeness of Soul.

Thank you Alan for sharing this.  My soul resonates with what you share here.  I can see that in my life and in my marriage.  Its funny to me, yesterday, I sensed the Spirit stirring within me that His Creativity will be born in this life of mine.  Your words spilled on the inter-web shine light.  Thank you.

I see the creativity sprouting within friendships, new and old.  The interesting experience for me to see this as evidence of God’s goodness and love arriving within me in a fresh way.  It is the gift of the Spirit for the sake of others.  And, it is my honor to be able to participate in His Love for others.  Thank you Lord!

Where do you see creativity bursting forth in your life, your relationships, in your new freedom?

 

God is the Creator - Creativity is Divine

 

Help Me Jesus – The music that helps me

Tomorrow Sungshim and I teach and train couples in skills and knowledge on how to build up their marriage.  I wanted to prepare a little song set to play in the background.  The 1st 3 songs are a sort of “Help Me Jesus” songs.  I thought I would share here.

 

Lord, I Need You (feat. Audrey Assad) – Acoustic

  • Wow, Matt’s voice is soothing and piercing at the same time.
  • I found out about Matt because I really enjoy Audrey Assad’s music.

 

“Help Me Jesus” – The Staple Singers

  • I got my family into Mavis Staples.  She is such a wonderful singer and storyteller.
  • This song is from her earlier days.

 

You’re Not Alone by Mavis Staples Lyrics

  • I found this today.  A real gem.
  • This song is all about how Immanuel is with us and understands us.

 

Hand Model of the Brain [Dan Siegel]

Learning about the basics of the brain has propelled my relational wisdom and knowledge. Dan Siegel has been one of my main teachers via books, seminars, videos and articles.  He has some videos on YouTube that have proven tremendously helpful.  This short video describing some basic functions of the brain and how we “flip our lid” and can do something about it to calm ourselves down.  Watch this two minute video and share how you can imagine this being helpful to you in your relationships.  (FYI – Sungshim and I have taught this to our children when they were 4 years old.  If they can learn it so can you.  :)

 

 

I encourage people to reflect on a few questions.

  • What stands out to you?
  • What do you think will be helpful in your relationships?
  • How can you imagine this would help you grow spiritually?

Shalom My Body

 I have taught people about the importance of slowing down and calming yourself down when you notice that you are upset.  I ask people to brainstorm ways that help them to calm their bodies down.  And, I think many people come up with good ideas.  Some come up with not-so-good ideas.  This process call Shalom My Body was something put together by Jim Wilder greatly influenced by Karl Lehman.  I have found this process truly helpful in creating a shift from some form of “upset” to a much more calm state in a fairly brief amount of time.  Much quicker than other options I’ve tried.

I have found that when people are willing to try something new transformation can more readily flow.  Especially if the “new thing” comes recommended by someone you trust and they report positive results.  Of course, I also believe that you should test these things for yourself.  Do not just take my word for it, try it out for a period of time and check the results.

Jim Wilder demonstrating “Shalom My Body”

I welcome your thoughts and actually I appreciate them.  You help me make this a better place and provide me valuable information through your sharing.