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The problem with a journey of self discovery is that it is a very frustrating trial. It is the horrible realisation that perhaps all that you fled from is actually all that you are. I know I have been there!

Let me explain. You take a massive jump of ‘faith’ when you are lost, confused and sometimes basically exhausted. It is also at that time of mental fuzziness, as I call it, that people will sway you in their direction by soft words and clever speech. One day you suddenly ‘wake up’ and realise that you were not that bad of a person to start with. Yeah you needed some tweaks and turns of your character but a wholesale change, no way. Problem is now how do you get back to the land that you left behind?

That question is rarely looked at in any teaching about self-discovery I heard. All I seem to hear is “you are the best, you can be the best and press on!”. What about if I want to to go back? What if I just want to click my heels and return to Kansas, can someone preach on that or is it easier to say the fluffy things of the future?

Self discovery is not a journey for you to manipulate so you can leave current problems behind, it is a step by step questioning of your very soul, beliefs and flaws and the honest humility to know when you made a massive mistake and try to take the brave steps of going back into your past and maybe start again!

Be blessed guys and keep asking those questions

 

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Day 4

In the novel THE PEBBLE we find a girl caught in the headlights of life, desperately trying to figure out the shapes before her that form her identity. When a charming stranger unfurls his wings in a hotel room and opens her eyes to a whole new world Alex takes the invite willingly. Why wouldn’t she? 

Simply put, in the greatest of life’s storms anything can look like a lifeboat. Sometimes they are simply boats heading in the wrong direction. If you are unsure of the journey you are on it may take a severe event to show you that what you thought was a lifeboat is bringing you to the wrong shore.

So what is the lesson of Day 4? It is this, that even if you are left with a piece of wreckage to  hang onto and float for a while, then once the current is still taking you to your destination just hang on and watch the direction any potential lifeboats are moving in.

Until Day 5…. ponder your life, ask what your greatest desire is and wonder if you have taken a larger ship to a wrong shore when you should have clung onto a splinter of wood and continued on to your destiny. If that is you today, well jump ship and start getting back on your journey!

 

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Face value, we have heard it said many times to take things at face value. I challenge us not to simply accept everything as ‘the way it is’, because nothing is really what it seems, good or bad. 

Emotion and the words of those people around you that have filled your life will paint a picture of their understanding of who you are, base purely on how you fit into their plan for their life. If I am correct then you are reading this because you want to know where you fit into your life plan. That my friend, is a whole new ball game.

I have often said ‘the most depressing reading is the mind of your friends because it is written in the ink of their optics’. God created you for a single mission, a purpose that will fulfill all that is within you. However to hear God you often have to silence the crowd…… look that big leather book holding up the coffee table even says so   Psalm 46:10 He says “Be still, and know that I am God;

See you tomorrow for Day 3, be blessed and be YOU (well as much as you know so far)

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Welcome to Day One guys!

I decided to start this 21 Day session based on the background theme of my new fantasy fiction novel THE PEBBLE – Discovery Is Only The Beginning’. (check it out if you fancy a read).

Day One

Life is not made of one single event, no one definable act shapes your destiny and purpose, no one triumph or tragedy of your past makes your tomorrows. Rather a tangled thread of genetics, other peoples choices, and perhaps your own, sent you into a unsure existence today. Stop trying to build a picture with the jigsaw pieces of the past, you may find that the image you end up with is not reality at all!

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (it is a book in the bible, honest) tells us that

What has been will be again,

what has been done will be done again;

there is nothing new under the sun

This however was written when the author felt sorry for himself, there IS a new thing today under heaven….YOU! So, take a deep breath and start the steps to discovery of what you are not and maybe what you really are!

Until tomorrow,

Be Real!

 

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A Time of Freedom, But Often A Day Of Nothing!.

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Easter, that time of year we eat those cute bunnies (chocolate mostly though) and some even feel traditional enough for a visit to church. That cannot be a bad thing surely, the church visit not the bunny eating, and sadly after the black fast on God Friday and some cross kissing the majority will forget till Christmas about Jesus and that malarkey  But alas that is their want and privilege but let’s sit with them when we have the chance. 

Now the fact Easter is in fact a pagan festival and most people would be aware of that, it should still not rob the church of a great opportunity to witness to the wider audience. Tragically that is often lost in Churches with the focus on Easter Sunday events and shows and bells and whistles, when all the poor lost soul was looking for was an open door at 3pm on Good Friday to feel he is near his God.

Easter, and in particular Good Friday here in Ireland is a time of spiritual sensitivity and a yearning within people to ‘feel’ God. Good Friday should see our church calendar packed with worship, a quiet focus on the day and an opportunity for quiet contemplation for those seeking solace. When I was at my most lowest point  I did not want bright lights and a party I wanted a dark room and my Saviour, I don’t want to rob others of that experience.

Of course the true symbol of freedom is found in THE PASSOVER, but hey let us not even go there on why the church does not celebrate on Passover, it is way too messy!

Enjoy Good Friday, sense the special feel of sacrifice and salvation and if you are lucky enough to find a church open at 3pm, enjoy the touch of a Saviour!

Be Blessed and Be A Blessing..I am off to find a re-run f King of Kings and Ben Hur

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Right from the bat, straight off that is, let me throw down the division line. I am a Christian speaker ( the word minister is linked to Government in this part of the world and a dangerous link in a recession!!) who is pro life, that is I want ALL to see the fullness of themselves come into the world and impact others. I am a proper Christian, as you can see I have a beard and everything….

What I want to write about is a little piece called WHY ME?.

When I was just a newly wed, 23 years old and with a wife just gone 21 years old, we sat in a labour ward in the local hospital in Drogheda, Ireland. In the midst of the chaos, the roaring, the goo (I likened it to a scene from Black Hawk Down but let’s move on) my sweat covered wife looked at me with those two pools of pale blue eyes and begged me to answer a question as another push was needed…”Why me, what am I doing here?”.

Now my answer was simple, logical and totally male painted in a colour of black and white “Because you have to be, and you have no choice but to go through with it now. it’s circumstances!” and on my wife pushed to the birth of our first child, a cool kid called Jamie. As our country here, Ireland, is freeing itself from decades of slavery to religion, after decades of near slavery to a foreign power, people are unsure what to do with that freedom especially now the Celtic Tiger has caught a cold and died, and at the moment we are caught in the midst of a debate on legal abortion and churches are gearing themselves to form a response to Govt and trying to influence the law makers to ensure the church standard is imposed on the nation.

This current hot topic got me praying and thinking the other day as I walked and I heard the cry once more of “Why me?” in the whisper of my spirit and I began to think of those who lie in an abortion clinic, alone sometimes and scared, asking the questions to the air, “Why me?”

The answer is not what we have often wrongly tarnished at these girls of ‘Because you are loose or a sinner’ or whatever judge and jury scripture was thrown at them. The answers is the same as the answer I gave my beloved wife…..circumstances.

We, the church, have failed the girl who in the midst of circumstances made a choice and we failed to listen to her “WHY ME?” and were too eager to tell her how to live her life and not listen to the life she is living.

I believe, and I will ask Him someday, that when the woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus, the crowd wanting to stone her, and Jesus wrote in the sand with his finger. I believe the words He would have written is M  I   N  E. The woman was His, she was in the midst of circumstances, the middle of her choices, surely thinking “WHY ME?” and when she spoke Jesus listened to the life she was living………..

We Christians can as easily stone people today with placards, demonstrations and inflammatory on line comments, but where are we thinking of a God writing the words MINE in the sand? Are we too worried about building laws and not tearing down circumstances to allow the “WHY ME?” girl to stand on the rubble of her circumstances and see the liberty of her potential………………

I do think the life on the unborn child is vital and should be protected, I often wondered have we aborted the child who was to go on and cure cancer, but I am as equally convinced the “WHY ME?” girl or woman is AS VITAL. How many times have we let her be stoned and not looked at her potential and see the writing of the King of the universe say about her  MINE!!!!!!!!

Till next time

Be Love and Be Loved!!

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