A love poem….

In The Year 2014
It was the 17th day of November, forever a day to remember.
Your face, your eyes, your lips and mouth drew me in. Drew me in.
Like a child born blind I had no way to know my life was about to begin.
After a life long chase in exhaustive pursuit, love finally appeared. A love absolute.
Like a cool spring morning your kisses refreshed and were to me transcendent.
So bright they beamed in my soul resplendent.
A time I owned the earth and sky.
Heart full. Soul satisfied. Oh, what a ride.
Each day more exciting than yesterday. Floating deeper and deeper into an endless chasm. Falling, oh yes, falling with unrestrained enthusiasm. In love with you.
Foolish and wicked behavior caused me to slowly lose my grip. Like a mindless animal running witless into destruction. I pitched my tent next to a volcanic eruption. Soon to be burned alive.
I wilted my tender flower. Now I must do all I can to recover every hour.
Slowly and deliberately I hold onto what remains, though love for me wains.
Whether wise or foolish I know not. This, my struggle must be fought.

Will We Have Desires in Heaven? Randy Alcorn / May 25, 2018

We’ll have many desires in Heaven, but they won’t be unholy desires. Everything we want will be good. Our desires will please God. All will be right with the world, nothing forbidden. When a father cooks steaks on the barbecue grill, he wants his family to listen to them sizzle and eagerly desire to eat them. God created our desires and every object we desire. He loves it when our mouths water for what He’s prepared for us. When we enjoy it, we’ll be enjoying him.

One of the greatest things about Heaven is that we’ll no longer have to battle our desires. They’ll always be pure, attending to their proper objects. We’ll enjoy food without gluttony and eating disorders. We’ll express admiration and affection without lust, fornication, or betrayal. Those simply won’t exist.

I tried to express that in my novel Safely HomeWhen one of the characters reaches Heaven, he has a conversation with the King: “I feel like I’m drinking from the Source of the Stream. Does this mean I’ll feel no more longing?” The King—the Source—replies, “You will have the sweet longing of desire that can be fulfilled and shall be, again and again and again. [Heaven] is not the absence of longing but its fulfillment. Heaven is not the absence of itches; it is the satisfying scratch for every itch.” [1]

Not long after we finish one meal, we start looking forward to the next. When a fun ride is over, we want to go on it again. Anticipation, desire, is a big part of joy. Since we’ll be resurrected people in a resurrected universe, why would that change?

Christianity is unique in its perspective of our desires, teaching that they will be sanctified and fulfilled on the New Earth. Conversely, the Buddhist concept of deliverance teaches that one day people’s desires will be eliminated. That’s radically different. Christianity teaches that Jesus takes our sins away while redeeming our desires. Desire is an essential part of humanity, a part that God built into people before sin cast its dark shadow on earth. I’m looking forward to having my desires redeemed. (Even now, as redeemed children of God, we get tastes of that, don’t we?)

Won’t it be wonderful to be free from uncertainty about our desires? We often wonder, Is it good or bad for me to want this thing or that award or his approval or her appreciation? Sometimes I don’t know which desires are right and which aren’t. I long to be released from the uncertainty and the doubt. I long to be capable of always wanting what’s good and right.

In C. S. Lewis’s The Last Battle, his characters arrive in New Narnia. Lucy says, “I’ve a feeling we’ve got to the country where everything is allowed.” [2]Augustine expressed a similar thought: “Love God and do as you please.” [3] We will love God wholeheartedly—and therefore will want to do only what pleases Him.

God placed just one restriction on Adam and Eve in Eden, and when they disregarded it, the universe unraveled. On the New Earth, that test will no longer be before us. God’s law, the expression of His attributes, will be written on our hearts (Hebrews 8:10). No rules will be needed, for our hearts will be given over to God. David said, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). Why? Because when we delight in God and abide in Him, whatever we want will be exactly what he wants for us.

What we should do will at last be identical with what we want to do. There will be no difference between duty and joy.

Excerpted from Randy’s book Heaven.

WHAT makes a church.

This is a guest blog by Patricia Shanks used by permission.

The Reverend Billy Graham funeral is what church services used to be and what they should still be like. Today’s church is filled with fluff and stuff and nonsense. Showy and not know-y. People need to dress to respect, act respectfully and get out of their egos, whether in front of or behind the pulpit. Congregational hymn singing. That means people singing audible, meaningful words and uplifting tunes TOGETHER. It’s not corny. It’s not difficult. And it doesn’t matter if it isn’t very good singing. Again, dumping of ego is required. Humility. The church is the people. The church isn’t here to serve the church, however. The church exists to serve Someone else. All but forgotten, it would seem. No matter how large, or how small, the purpose is the point. Three people are a church. Hundreds of people entertaining and assuaging themselves with pap and pablum and the desire to increase in numbers to match the media megachurches is less of a church than is the three with their heads and hearts and hands in the right place.

I hated Juvinile Hall

I hated Juvinile Hall in Los Angeles County back in 1964.

For reasons still not clear my dad had the Long Beach California police department take me away for “incorragable” at the age of 12.

It was lonely and scary. Locked up in a cell by myself I tried to reconcile how this could happen.

It hurt with a pain I can’t describe. I knew my mother was not part of it and was forced to go along against her will.

After several months they shipped me to “camp” where I was locked up another 14 months. Eventually they sent me to the California Youth Authority and state prison at Tracy California. Four and a half years later they let me go.

I was no Angel, but could never figure out WHY all this happened.

But, it did. Which is the point of this blog. People will devastate you with no reason. Leave you alone and stranded at the side of the road. People you know and love and trust. People you would never in a million years think would cast you aside like this.

But they do.

So what do you do about it?

Simple answer. Take it. Just take it. You can’t hit back. You can’t ” make sense of it”. You can’t talk yourself into feeling better about it. Just take it. There’s a REASON all this happened to you. And, contrary to what you may reason,  it’s NOT all your fault. There is, in fact, a higher purpose for this. God has allowed this to happen to you. A plan and a purpose high above what you’re capable of understanding at the moment. 

Why all the tears? Why all the heartache? Why all the misery?

Because God is going to USE IT for His own good purpose. For OTHER PEOPLE.

Look at (Take your pick) Joseph, Moses, David, Paul, Job, John, and countless others. ALL of them suffered untold sorrow grief misery and pain for God’s purpose. But look at the end result.

Did you think you’re special and will get around God’s plan for YOU to suffer? To meet his good purpose for You? Uhm, NOPE.

Ain’t gonna happen. You will suffer. You will hurt. It will be ugly. It will be THE LAST THING ON EARTH you’ll want to happen. But it WILL happen. How you manage it is the biggest question. 

Will remain true to Him? Or will you slink off to take care of it on your own?

People WILL hurt you. And they’ll hurt you BAD , where you really feel it.

I say to you beloved reader, trust God for relief. Trust God to deliver you out of it.

Paul said,  I reckon these present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us. 

I’ll see you on the other side.

With great affection
Roland

Fear of flying. Fear of Dying. Fear of God.

Facing Fear. Some good surprises in facing fear. I have been flying ultralights for about 15 years and it’s a blast, but starting out it rated about an 11 on the fear factor from 1 to 10. But, a funny thing happened. As scared or terrified as I was, the more I flew the more I realized several good things. One, God is in control. Flying like many things creates irrational thoughts that can be completely overcome. And, discovering who you really are. Overcoming fear helps us to see ourselves from God’s perspective. If you see yourself like God sees you, you’ll feel pretty good about yourself. Truth is, you’re pretty cool. You can handle wayyyy more than you think. Like the bible says, “perfect love casts out all fear”. And I have found it to be true.

Have only had this little blog up for a short time and have met a few wonderful people. I think this post is mainly for them. I have taken so much from others and left little to nothing on the table myself. Well, here’s sumthin from me. Be it so feeble.

Yeah, I got to thinking about fear and and how (at the time) utterly frightened I was and thought, this would be a good subject for a blog. Another great thing about facing your fear is it forces you to understand just how vulnerable you are.  which in turn makes you cry out for help.

Have had six forced landings in 15 years and each time it strengthened not only my piloting skills, but more importantly my ability to discern real danger from perceived danger. What do they say? 98% of what people fear never comes to pass? All of the photos are at an altitude of approximately 350 feet AGL – with an airspeed of about 45 mph. Open cockpit – wind in your face. No cabin walls to block the view. Breathtaking.  I apologize for “slapping this blog up”, but I wanted to get something out right away. Couple of shout outs to my new and dear special friends who have been so kind to me. If you want to see a REAL blog, go to beautybeyondbones.com reading her blogs is equivalent to going to church and seeing a personal counselor and being touched by God all at the same time. Check her out. you will not be disappointed.

Likewise my friend at Christinas Corner a deep thinker and awesome writer. Always puts out a burner of a blog. This gal will make you think! And finally, an incredible little writer named Lea (Faith) who is way old for her years. Check out her 17 things I’ve learned in 17 years.

Well, this is my first blog I put up completely by myself and as time goes on I’ll get better at it. Sorry for the slim pickings today, but hang around, I’ll do better.

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