God knows

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:28-31

God doesn’t play, His word is never a joke. When God says He honors His word above His name, there is a reason for it. That certainly speaks to God’s integrity.

God is certainly saying something in this time, in this season. I don’t know what that might be for you, but I have been learning so much lately – so many things manifesting at their appointed time.

My best possible interpretation for all of this is what Paul says in the Scripture verses quoted above. God knows. God’s got this!

JC ©2018

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Careful what you ask for

Caution: Read at your own risk

Truly, the saying Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true is a wise saying.

I recently did a series on how God sometimes chooses to disrupt our lives, as seen from the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah. The title of the first post was somewhat a prayer. I was seeing so many amazing things, so many amazing stories come alive. I’ve seen God answer prayers in unexpected ways and at unexpected times, but I was totally unprepared for what happened this time.

I had lost my voice sometime in September of last year after a dental procedure. Went a couple months sounding like I had a really bad cold, but I was never sick during that time. Despite exploring different vocal exercises I found on YouTube, in addition to my continuous consumption of warm fluids, tea, ginger candy, and mostly water – as a singer, these were really important – my voice only got worse. So, in early December, about the time of the Disrupt series, I booked an appointment to see an ENT. I was told I had a laryngeal cyst (it was a big, ugly thing in the back of my throat – I got pictures) and advised to schedule surgery – actually a microsurgery, but surgery nonetheless.

There were so many questions on my mind. Continue reading Careful what you ask for

Happy 5th Anniversary of the End of the World!

Awesome post by Mitch Teemley. Also check out The Person in the Title.

Mitch Teemley

endworldOn this date five years ago,a series of cataclysmic events destroyed the world.

Or not.

It all began with the end of a 5,000 year cycle on an ancient Mayan calendar. Which we knew to be completely factual because, dude, those Mayans had it goin’ on. Soon, experts in a number of unique (made-up) disciplines, showed the inevitability of:

  1. Our planet being sucked into a formerly undetected black hole (I hate it when that happens); 
  2. Earth’s collision with the hitherto unnoticed planet Nibiru, the world from whence emanated our alien astronaut ancestors (man, I love alliteration);
  3. Or any number of other selfie-inspiring events, including a sudden, instantaneous quantum leap in human wisdom and intelligence.

 Yeah, that happened.

There was, however, a much more obscure event that really did change the world as we know it. It happened in a tiny village called Bethlehem. And strangely enough, over 2,000…

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The Angel’s Point of View (or ‘The Visited Planet’)

Merry Christmas everyone!

Enjoy this lovely story by J.B. Phillips posted by Grace and Truth.

Grace and Truth

BEarth-Lightsy J.B. Phillips

Once upon a time a very young angel was being shown round the splendours and glories of the universe by a senior and experienced angel. To tell the truth, the little angel was beginning to be tired and a little bored. He had been shown whirling galaxies and blazing suns, infinite distances in the deathly cold of inter-stellar space, and to his mind there seemed to be an awful lot of it all.

Finally he was shown the galaxy of which our planetary system is but a small part. As the two of them drew near to the star which we call our sun and to its circling planets, the senior angel pointed to a small and rather insignificant sphere turning very slowly on its axis. It looked as dull as a dirty tennis-ball to the little angel, whose mind was filled with the size and…

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Disrupt… (III): Why Them?

Ever wondered about that?

But why not?

Why not them instead of a younger couple somewhere who had been waiting just 5 or 10 years?

God had His reasons. But as we can also notice, Elizabeth and Zechariah were tried, tested, and found to be true by God. They were consistent both in prayer and in service.

Think of it: “…your prayer has been heard…”

Zechariah had probably served as a priest all his life. So, if anyone understood the gravity of the instructions that were given for baby John, he did. He and his wife would have all the love you could expect to find in elderly folk – all that raw, pure love – without any of the compromise and the lure of the modern-day life. They would be loving enough yet also old-fashioned enough to understand instructions like “… no wine and no strong drink…”

Wow. Continue reading Disrupt… (III): Why Them?

Disrupt… (II): Your prayer has been heard

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

1 John 5:14

You know, it’s amazing how God sometimes goes out of His way to make things happen for us.

Zechariah was afraid, no doubt, when the angel Gabriel showed up in the temple. I wonder what kinds of thoughts flashed through his mind in that instant, and how many. I am almost certain that one of those thoughts may have been that he would not make it out of the temple alive. I wonder if there was an awkward pause in that moment – if Gabriel observed him for a second before proceeding with his message – or if he made an appearance and just dived in. Whatever the case, Gabriel reassured him: “…Do not be afraid…”

The next thing Gabriel says surprises me somewhat, maybe because I somehow got excited too quickly and skipped ahead too fast in the reading. But, yes, coming back to this verse really surprised me.

…Do not be afraid… your prayer has been heard…

Luke 1:13

Hold on a minute. “Your prayer has been heard?” Continue reading Disrupt… (II): Your prayer has been heard

Disrupt my world: Zechariah

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. 

Psalms 119:18

Miracles are for disrupting the status quo. I like to think of it as God’s way of having fun. God loves to do the impossible. I’ve seen it many times, both in Scripture and in my personal life.

Now, we humans love having our minds blown – but not always the way God does it. Sometimes, His methods make us leap for joy; at other times, we have to sit and wonder what He is doing. Yes, we literally have to keep shut and let Him be God. Continue reading Disrupt my world: Zechariah