7/25/2014 (2:50pm)

How to adjust to exile in 24 verses.

Jeremiah 30 (NLT)

Promises of Deliverance

30 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah.For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it again. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

This is the message the Lord gave concerning Israel and Judah. This is what the Lordsays:

“I hear cries of fear;
    there is terror and no peace.
Now let me ask you a question:
    Do men give birth to babies?
Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced,
    hands pressed against their sides
    like a woman in labor?
In all history there has never been such a time of terror.
    It will be a time of trouble for my people Israel.[a]
    Yet in the end they will be saved!
For in that day,”
    says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
“I will break the yoke from their necks
    and snap their chains.
Foreigners will no longer be their masters.
    For my people will serve the Lord their God
and their king descended from David—
    the king I will raise up for them.

10 “So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant;
    do not be dismayed, Israel,”
    says the Lord.
“For I will bring you home again from distant lands,
    and your children will return from their exile.
Israel will return to a life of peace and quiet,
    and no one will terrorize them.
11 For I am with you and will save you,”
    says the Lord.
“I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you,
    but I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you, but with justice;
    I cannot let you go unpunished.”

12 This is what the Lord says:
“Your injury is incurable—
    a terrible wound.
13 There is no one to help you
    or to bind up your injury.
    No medicine can heal you.
14 All your lovers—your allies—have left you
    and do not care about you anymore.
I have wounded you cruelly,
    as though I were your enemy.
For your sins are many,
    and your guilt is great.
15 Why do you protest your punishment—
    this wound that has no cure?
I have had to punish you
    because your sins are many
    and your guilt is great.

16 “But all who devour you will be devoured,
    and all your enemies will be sent into exile.
All who plunder you will be plundered,
    and all who attack you will be attacked.
17I will give you back your health
    and heal your wounds,” says the Lord.
“For you are called an outcast—
    ‘Jerusalem[b] for whom no one cares.’”

18 This is what the Lord says:
“When I bring Israel home again from captivity
    and restore their fortunes,
Jerusalem will be rebuilt on its ruins,
    and the palace reconstructed as before.
19 There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving,
    and I will multiply my people, not diminish them;
I will honor them, not despise them.
20     Their children will prosper as they did long ago.
I will establish them as a nation before me,
    and I will punish anyone who hurts them.
21 They will have their own ruler again,
    and he will come from their own people.
I will invite him to approach me,” says the Lord,
    “for who would dare to come unless invited?
22 You will be my people,
    and I will be your God.”

23 Look! The Lord’s anger bursts out like a storm,
    a driving wind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not diminish
    until it has finished all he has planned.
In the days to come
    you will understand all this.

#Desert#JOURNEY#Health#STORY#GOD#jeremiah29:11

We each have a dream, a vision of life that corresponds to our convictions, embodies our uniqueness, and expresses what is life-giving within us. Whether altruistic or ignoble, the dream gives definition to our lives, influences the decisions we make, the steps we take, and the words we speak. Daily we make choices that are either consistent with or contrary to our vision. A life of integrity is born of fidelity to the dream.

#Dream#STORY#brennanmanning

Brennan Manning
The child of God knows that the graced life calls him or her to live on a cold and windy mountain, not on the flattened plain of reasonable, middle-of-the-road religion.

#mountain#JOURNEY#Grace#brennanmanning

Brennan Manning
The pleasure of rooting for Goliath is that you can expect to win. The pleasure of rooting for David is that, while you don’t know what to expect, you stand at least a chance of being inspired.

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Michael Lewis, MONEYBALL

Michael Robinson: 'New money' on Seahawks' roster →

One of my favorite things about the Saints and how they manage their team is how vital to them veteran presence is. This is because character is vital to them. 

Character over charm or talent has always been a big deal to me too. Over the last year or so though, in being a part of a few teams, I am learning how having a veteran presence in my life is vital to the health of not just any team I may be a part of but also a vital part of my growth.

Some people think the Seahawks are built for the long term with their youth and charm. In the above link, Marc Sessler believes that the Seahawks have the most creatively built team. I heartily disagree. To build for the long term you need balance and foundation weight rather than so much youth and excitement. 

Ultimately success is based on how a leadership cadre builds a team rather than the team itself, because teams come and go. And if you’re asking NFL.com who has the better leadership team, it’s not the Seahawks. It’s the Saints.

7/16/2014 (6:05pm)

#SAINTS#Championship#Identity#STORY#nfl

Home is not a heavenly mansion in the afterlife but a safe place right in the midst of our anxious world

#HOME#JOURNEY#brennanmanning#JESUS

-Brennan Manning

The Raggamuffin Gospel

Why You Settle For Less When You Know There’s Better (click for link) →

Trees Of Life…

There are two things I love most about life that, no matter what happens to me or how depressed or elated I”m feeling, I can always find somewhere. Birds.

And trees.

Even when I’m at my lowest, I can find one or both of those two things somewhere and I hang on. And when I’m at my best, they inspire me to fly and to climb.

The other day my new-ish roommate and I were talking about the lack of a yard we have at our home. I expressed a sadness and let her know I’d been dealing with that disappointment since I moved in over a year ago. The roommates I moved with picked this house out. They each got what they wanted out of our place, and me, wanting only a really nice yard, didn’t get anything I asked for. But I was content enough to live with them, and for them to be pleased with the place we picked out. They are not not here anymore, and the lack of a yard stings more. But my new roommate, and her son, are benefiting from this house, yard or not, and new things are growing out of each of our lives.

When I read this blog from Storyline today I felt a newer faith that, as much as I love trees and lack them at home, a beautiful growth, and an extraordinary branching out is indeed happening all around me.

6/27/2014 (1:56pm)

#Growth#JOURNEY#treeoflife#STORY

Why am I afraid to dance, I who love music and rhythm and grace and song and laughter? Why am I afraid to live, I who love life and the beauty of flesh and the living colors of the earth and sky and sea? Why am I afraid to love, I who love love?

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Eugene O’Nell

I think humanity is only fully alive when it can’t stop asking the question…

………what will it take to do the impossible?

Ode to a Champ: Bailey an all-time great →

There is something about legendary professionalism and maturity that just makes me smile. Maybe ‘cause it’s just so hard to find these days.

In other news: This also makes me smile.

A black and gold Super Bowl this close || to home? Yes please. One year at a time though. Cause that’s how legendpro does it.

6/5/2014 (5:11pm)

#Saints#STORY#blackandgold#missiondeoro#Champion#Identity#champbailey

Are You The Assassin of Your Own Ideas? (click-STORLYINEBLOG.COM) →

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion (author) who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.  After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said,

“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you.
For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?

For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

Hebrews 12:1-13

6/3/2014 (2:31pm) 1 note

#marathon#maranatha#Jesus#JOURNEY#Character#STORY#Identity#destiny