Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

How much do you want it?

I want to start with that question.

How much do you want it?

Did you answer alot? Good.

Now I have another question for you.

What are you willing to do to get it?

I am convinced that when we want something enough, we will do whatever it takes to get what we are after.  If we don’t, then we don’t want it that much! And if we want something enough we will also do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to get it.

In the Bible, God promises a lot to those who believe in Jesus.  A lot.  When I look back at our 12 years as a Christian, I can see many, many of those promises have come true.  I also see that Jesus has changed both Robert and me.  I also see that while many promises are true in our life and God has blessed us; I also know that God has tested us and taught us.  Each time we have been tested, we have been blessed.  Each time God has taught us a lesson and we stopped doing what we were doing and starting doing “it” God’s way we were blessed.  So, this has made us want more.  More of God in our life.  More living God’s way. Our life, as we have gotten closer to God has improved exponentially and that is a major motivator!!

So when we read the Bible and then looked at our life, we realized things had to change in order to experience more of God. Compared to how we were living, living in relationship with God and doing life His way has brought us much more happiness, joy and peace!  We wanted the tsunami to change from American culture and this world crashing in on us to Jesus crashing in on us! We wanted it and still want more of it – a lot.  A whole lot!

I will now speak strictly for me.   The first “shift” was taking a look at how I spent my time.  A good hard look.  How much tv did I watch?  How many hours did I train?  How much was I reading the Bible?  How much was I studying the Bible with others? How much time did I spend on facebook?  Twitter?  The internet?  How much time was I spending alone with God?  How much was I looking for opportunities to help others?  What was my mind busy thinking?  What was preoccupying me? I realized that in order to get more of God, I had to give up a lot of other things – perhaps temporarily.  Perhaps long term.  I didn’t know. I had to start focusing on God!  Over the course of about 2 years, I really stripped my schedule down.  Sometimes I wondered just how much I would need to cut out of my life!  What I learned was God really wants to spend time with me and wants to be with me.  This was stunning to me.  Me?  God wants to be with me?  So, I began to tell myself, “The God of the universe is asking for your attention.  You.  He wants to spend time with you, so what are you going to do?  You better spend time!”.  And this is one of the big shifts  that starting causing the J-Wave to roll in my life.

Once I began to say yes each time God asked me to let go of something that took my time and my interest, it got easier to say yes.  And this caused a big shift.  I believe with each yes the J-Wave built momentum!

This is my story.  My experience.  Your experience may differ! See God created each of us uniquely and He plans to relate to us just as uniquely.  There is no one more inexhaustibly creative than God! If you will quiet yourself and look and listen in His direction you WILL know that God is asking you to spend time with Him and give Him your attention because He wants to spend time with YOU..yes YOU.  What could be a better investment of your time and attention?  The answer is unequivocably, nothing.

I pray that you will take the offer God gives below in Jeremiah 29:13 and that the J-Wave will gain momentum in your life!

Jeremiah 29:13 (the Message translation)

When you come looking for me, you will find me.  When you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I will make sure you won’t be disappointed.

(How’s that for an exciting invitation?)

Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.

I John 2:15-17 (the message translation)

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you don’t have the love of the Father (God) in you.  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see and pride in our accomplishments and possessions.  These are not from the Father, but are from this world.  And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave.

Proverbs 15:14 (NLT)

A wise person is hungry for knowledge while the fool feeds on trash.

Tomorrow:  Shift #2 – 11 yrs in the dessert finally ends

Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

Who ya gonna call? Who ya gonna trust?

During our stay in Houston as we began to live in and use the Tsunami, we experienced a hot water problem – there wasn’t any!  Now, the Tsunami has a super cool and spiffy instant hot water system, so we were looking forward to experiencing it. But it wasn’t working like it should.

So, we went to tell the boss lady, Marilyn and Al, the guy in charge of getting the Tsunami ready to go about this problem. They called a certified service tech to come out and take a look.

About an hour later, Rudy the certified service guy arrives and begins doing the appropriate testing and diagnostic work to figure out what is wrong.  He can’t quite nail it and there are two steps that must be taken to eliminate possibilities and hopefully resolves the issue.  These two steps involve the purchase of parts.  Expensive parts.  Parts that need to get replaced anyway but may not solve the problem.

Visualize, in a small office Robert and I, Marilyn and Al and the service guy, Rudy.  As Rudy explains the situation and his analysis and as Marilyn and Al realize there are expenses involved and then possibly more expenses involved, a little tempest begins to brew.  Rudy wants to sell the parts he has in his truck. Marilyn and Al know they need to get this fixed for us and yet they know that they are also spending other money on our Tsunami.  Robert and I are thinking, “Hey, we should be able to buy the Tsunami with full working hot water” so we don’t really want to pay either.  The room is full of talking and discussing and a few sparks begin to fly because this involves money!  Robert and I are quiet as the other three keep going round and round.  Finally, Robert and I look at each other with the look no longer requires words.  The “look” means, “time to pray.  Much prayer. Much power.”

So, with our eyes open and continuing to listen to the brewing conversation, we separately and silently begin to pray for God to move in this situation.  I’m not sure Robert’s specific prayer, but God led me to pray in a particular way.  My prayer went something like this, “Jesus, I don’t want us to pay.  I think Marilyn and Al need to fix it, but I know they are already doing so much for us, so I don’t want them to get gouged.  Jesus, I also want to go home tomorrow and not have to stay any longer trying to solve this.  Rudy, help him to fix it if we can get him parts that aren’t a fortune.  Lord, please move.”

Al and Rudy leave to go out to look at the hot water thing again.  Marilyn gets online to find the parts while muttering, “I can find these parts cheaper.  I’m not paying that much.  I’m already putting so much into this motor home…blah, blah, blah…”.

Robert and I are silent.  Not saying a word.  Not really moving.  Eyes wide open and praying.

In just a few minutes and a few clicks on her keyboard, Marilyn begins to say, “No way.  Uh-uh. I’ve never seen this website before.  I’ve never heard of this company.  Look at that, this part is only $xxx instead of $yyyy.”  She dials the phone, talks to them, confirms the $xxx price and it’s so much lower than the $yyyy price.  She orders the part and then tells the company, “I don’t know where ya’ll have been or why I haven’t heard of you before today, but I’ll be using you a lot.”

Robert and I look at each other and laugh.  God moved. Marilyn got the part inexpensively, Rudy will come out tomorrow morning and do his best to fix it.  God has resolved today’s issue.

The part comes the next morning.  Rudy comes out to fix it; it doesn’t fix it.  Robert and I decide to go run a couple of errands while Rudy does more diagnostic work.  We get in the borrowed car, give each other the “look” and we begin to pray, “Lord, we really want to go home.  Please help Rudy to find and resolve the problem so we don’t have to stay.  Please may no more parts need to be ordered and no more expenses incurred.”

We receive a call while we are out running errands and guess what?  Rudy fixed the problem and the Tsunami is now ready for our first road trip!

Lesson:  We are often in situations where there are problems, confrontations and even conondrums. We feel we are not in control. We have fear, doubt and stress. We want to protect ourselves.  So, we try to get our way, even if it’s “fair”.  We try to bring resolution, or get the situation turned in our favor or we sometimes even just decide to take the hit and walk away.  The truth is that, we are using our human mind and human possibilities and we aren’t thinking of God.  We are trusting in ourselves or trusting in others.  But, we need to be trusting in and calling on God! God can do anything!  God can make a way where there is NO way! As His child, I know He has promised to take care of me.  So, I am learning to call on Him and trust in Him; He has never, ever let me down!!

So, who ya gonna call?  Call on God – He can do anything.  Who ya gonna trust?  God because He is always working everything out for our good! Sometimes I forget and it takes me awhile to call on God.  But, as I grow to know Him more, as I remember and record all He has done for me, I am able to more quickly,  more often and more confidently call on my God for help!

Next week: I will introduce you to the concept of the J-Wave and how we are learning to ride it! Our motor home being a Tsunami is not a coincidence!  Have a wonderful upcoming weekend!!

Psalm 27:7

Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
    Be merciful and answer me!

Hebrews 4:16

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.