Daniel wants to learn karate.
But Mr. Miyagi has had him slaving around his house for the past 4 days. Sand the deck. Wash the car. Paint the house. Paint the fence.
And Daniel is angry. But he’s been in training nonetheless.
What is The Lord training you for?
If you’ve read the Old Testament stories, you know no one’s journey followed an easy path. They all messed up. A lot. And God used their circumstances to prepare them. Continue reading “Joseph the Dreamer”
Once upon a time there lived a girl who was greatly loved by her Father. He passed away suddenly, leaving her under the care and direction of her step-mother. Instead of being cherished, she was forced to work as a slave for her step-mother and her two step-sisters.
She quickly lost her identity as a Beloved Daughter.
Fortunately, she had inherited her Father’s optimistic disposition, which enabled her to accept her lot in life without question. She found comfort in Beautiful Dreams of Adventure and Romance. Her Imagination kept her going. She didn’t realize that it, too, was a Gift from her Father.
One Day she allows one of her dreams to become her wish. An Impossible Wish. The Prince is giving a Ball, and she wishes so very hard that she might be able to go. After reviewing just how impossible it is, she and her Fairy Godmother conclude:
“But the world is full of zanies and fools
Who don’t believe in sensible rules
And because these daft & dewy-eyed dopes
Keep building up Impossible Hopes
Impossible Things are happening every day.”
Meanwhile back at the Castle, The Prince is expected to choose a Bride from among his guests. So many girls — all eager to be his dance partner. Yet they are more like hungry wolves, seeking access to his virtue and his wealth. He’s bored with them all.
Except One. She catches his eye as soon as she arrives. She is so different. Delightful. There only to enjoy the experience – and him. And they soon fall in love.
They have One Unanswerable Question
Do I love you because you’re beautiful?
Or are you beautiful because I love you?
Am I making believe I see in you
A girl to lovely to be really true?
Do I want you because you’re wonderful?
Or are you wonderful
Because I want you?
Are you the sweet invention of a lover’s dream,
Or are you really as beautiful as you seem?
Suddenly she disappears.
Leaving behind only one small Shoe-Clue to her identity.
At home shortly after midnight, she assumes that’s all she gets of her dream. Determined to savor her memory of her encounter with The Prince, she goes back to taking orders as usual. But this time, with Stardust in her eyes.
Little does she know that The Prince’s desire for her as his Beloved consumes him. And he is also determined. To find her. Whoever she is. Wherever she is.
Unlike her, The Prince knows who he is. Royal blood flows in his veins. But he also knows that the Completeness of His Joy depends upon being with her.
Furthermore – He is confident that He is Her Joy & Bliss.
After an agonizing search, he finds her. And she takes her place as His Beloved.
Impossible Hopes? Nope.
So Very Romantic. Just like Jesus and His Bride.
Though we run away in shame, Jesus seeks us – wherever we are – whoever we are. He restores us to the Truth of who we are in Him. And we have the blessed opportunity to demonstrate that. Here and now. To one another. And to the World.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
“You are My Beloved. My Dream come true.”
I love to see a woman who knows how to love her man. She knows he’s sensitive to her. And she uses that knowledge to build him up.
She responds lovingly to the man that God created him to be. Affirming both who he is – as well as who he is is becoming.
How does she do it? Continue reading “The King’s Heart”
Can you imagine what it was like for the disciples that Saturday? They’d heard Jesus say something about “three days.” Did they fully understand what He had meant? Or were they just too despondent to remember His words? His opponents remembered. Continue reading “What Are You Waiting for?”
You don’t have to go around feeling powerless. Embrace the exciting possibilities of your “instead”! Jesus has given you new life in Him … instead of your old life. This is the Scripture He quoted when He was in His hometown synagogue. It’s one of my favorites. Continue reading “The Power of Possibilities”