From His Point of View

Latha –


My Child,


You may not know me, but I know everything about you…. Psalm 139:1
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…. Matt 10:29-31
For you were made in my image…. Gen 1:27
I knew you even before you were conceived…. Jer 1:4
I chose you when I planned creation…. Ephesians 1:11
And I knit you together in your mother’s womb…. Psalm 139:13
You are not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book…. Psalm 139:16
 
I determined when you would be born and where you would live…. Acts 17:26
Because I love you with an everlasting love…. Jer 31:3
I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me…. John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry but am the complete expression of love… 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you…. 1 John 3:1
For every good gift that you receive comes from my hand…. James 1:17
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could…. Matt 7:11
 
Because I am the perfect Father…. Matt 5:48
And I am the provider who meets all your needs…. Matt 6:11-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…. Jer 29:11
My thoughts toward you are as countless as the sands on the seashore…. Psalm 139:17,18
And I rejoice over you with singing…. Zeph 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you…. Jer 32:40
For you are my treasured possession…. Exodus 19:5
 
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart…. Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires….. Phil 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine…. Eph  3:20,21
For I am your greatest encourager…. 2 Thess 2:16,17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…. 2 Cor 1:3,4
When you are brokenhearted I am close to you…. Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart…. Isaiah 40:11
 
One day I will wipe every tear from your eyes…. Rev 21:3,4
Because I love you even as I love my son, Jesus…. John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed… John 17:23
He is the exact representation of my being…. Heb 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you…. Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins…. 2 Co 5:18,19
Jesus died so that we could be reconciled….. 2 Cor 5:18,19
 
His death was my ultimate expression of love for you…. 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything that I loved to gain your love…. Romans 8:31,32
If you receive the gift of my Son you receive me…. 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again…. Romans 8:38,39
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen…. Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father…. Eph 3:14,15
My question is…. Will you be my child? John 1:12,13


I am here if you ever want to talk….
Your Father

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How Shall I Put This?

Gill Sans MT – Writer’s block. With some, it’s a nightmare. With me, it’s more like Writer’s Shutdown. I haven’t had much anything to say in the longest while. I can’t even think of anything I want to say ahead of time. Not much is going on. A strong storm suddenly appeared right over us, caused the plastic chair to fly and get stuck up-side-down in the fence. It’s a good place to leave it for now. Should another storm suddenly arise and sweep the rest of the leaves out of the yard, the chair will already be in a safe place.


Where was I? Oh yeah, … : Writer’s block is a phenomenon involving temporary loss of ability to begin or continue writing, usually due to lack of inspiration or creativity. (That could be my problem.) It is widely thought that writer’s block is part of a natural ebb and flow in the creative process. (Well it would be nice if it would go away for awhile.) There have been cases where writer’s block has lasted for years or decades. The most notable example of this in modern literary history was Henry Roth’s writer’s block which persisted for sixty years and was caused by a combination of depression, political problems, and an unwillingness to confront past problems. This kind of writer’s block seems to be quite rare, and most writer’s block lasts for shorter periods or simply a particular sitting. (That’s nice to know. At least my career does not hinge on the fact that I can’t think of anything to write.)


Some authorities have recommended the following to those suffering from writer’s block:
Taking a break, meditating, or doing relaxation exercises to relieve any pressure on oneself and on the writing.
Doing something out of the ordinary. If writer’s block comes from a lack of new ideas, attempts to spark creativity by going somewhere new or doing something different can be useful.
Returning to the writing after a lapse of a day or two.
Write a basic plot outline of the story if having problems keeping the story on the rails.
Brainstorming at the beginning of the writing can help the writer by relating every point to another.
Reading, watching movies or plays, or similar activities that might bring inspiration.
Going out to get some fresh air.
Similarly, diet and exercise are linked to optimal performance of mind and body – thus, keeping oneself in good health is important for creative output. Aerobic exercise oxygenates the brain, and walking in particular is a time honored remedy for creative block.
Set your writing down, go out and do something (something that will keep you busy) and then come back in a few hours with a fresh mind.
(Makes me think of a quote, something to the effect of “If you’re thinking of something and you say it, then you lose – forget – it.”)


(This should be interesting…)
Other factors:
Psychology:
Hypolexia/Dyslexia (in contrast to Hyperlexia), Stopping thought, Thought suppression, Blocking effect, Intrusive thoughts, Thought disorder
Procrastination, Low intelligence, Muteness


Sociology:
Censorship, Oppression, Mind control, Social control, family pressure.
Silence In debate, Vow of silence


Human geography:
Lack of resources such as time, money and skill; limitations such as poverty, literacy and education; major disruptive events such as war, natural disasters.
(Hmm. I have heard of lots of books that were written because of most of the things involved in the Human geography category. Sometimes it can be more of an inspiration.)


(This is so not helpful. I do know that inspiration literally means ‘breathed upon’. It’s a gift of the Holy Spirit who inspired the text of the Bible among its many writers. Creativity is also a good thing, it’s been a long time since we had creative masterpieces that showcased our beliefs. It may be awhile before I get through this writer’s shutdown, but I’ll still be around, me and my nothing much to say.)

Restoration

Georgia – System Restore is a useful feature, isn’t it? Last night, the computer was working better than ever. I started the machine up this morning and I noticed that the keyboard was recieving power, but the computer wasn’t recieving the letters I typed in. Further Investigation revealed that both disc drives had dissapeared from the My Computer folder. This isn’t the first time we had that issue, but we’re a little past the warranty for swapping out the drives. I used a program that cleared up the registry issues, but the hardware manager still had a problem and I didn’t know how to get past it.  Usually, we don’t have that many computer resources devoted to System Restore. Last night though, I figured that it wouldn’t hurt. Having just restored the computer to a point a few days ago, I must wonder if the mysterious fault will reassert itself in a few days from now.


Christians don’t have a System Restore feature built into their walk with God. We can’t just go back to when we began and start all over. We have to keep on going. One of my favorite passages is to a church that could have really used a System Restore feature: “4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. ” Revelation 2:4-5


We have to deal with the consequences of our choices. It’s helpful though. Do what you did at first. What does a new Christian do? They have a hunger to read the Bible, talk to God, and they are so new to the trusting Him thing that it never occurs to them to do otherwise. We don’t have a System Restore, but we do have a Relationship Restore and He’s always ready to guide you along the right path.

And Now For Something Entirely Different

Franklin Gothic Book – If I had any doubts about the changing of seasons, they are gone now. The amount of hours of sunlight have already begun to shrink. Leaves are changing and falling off of the trees. It’s supposed to get cold this weekend, but only slightly. The first year we lived here in the winter was tough. I can’t remember a day in Oklahoma when it was dark in the winter like it is here. Whoever said, “It gets late early up here.” Said it correctly. I’m just glad I don’t live further north. Wherever I live, I intend on there being sunlight at seven in the morning year-round.


Not long ago, a man with a stump grinder offered to rid us of any stumps in the yard. We had him take care of all the ones we could find, seven in total. Not bad considering this is a two acre plot of land. He had this strange symbol on the receipt, like an eye with a > on the left side, and it had a name in the cornered oval. I figure that alone should help curb appeal if we ever try to sell the place. I can say that he really lived up to what that symbol meant.


Decision making does not come easily to me some of the time. Sometimes it is really difficult to choose: Which color (all of them have really cool shades)? Which size (I might grow into it/it could fit me)? Which one (they both have something that I like about them)? What is worse is that I can’t decide what I want for breakfast: vegetable soup, beef ramen noodles, a salad with the usual fixings, chocolate cereal, or cinnamon toast. If I had spaghettios, I’d probably eat that. I hope I find some pop-tarts though, they sound good, too.

The Barn

Eras Medium ITC – Between the Oklahoma house and its pond was a small barn which housed our tractor and the food for our paint horse, Apache. Somehow, the building never fell though it looked like a strong wind could blow the building over. Even the nightmareish winds of a certain tornado were weakened enough to spare the barn when it passed over our street. Good thing we didn’t live on the opposite side of the city. Surprisingly, in the photos we recieved of the old house we can see a picture of that barn. Like the house, still standing, looking new inside and out.


The point is that a good foundation can help you to endure anything. Just having a foundation in itself is a blessing especially if it is the Bible. New Christians are told to read through the New Testament and it is a good foundation. The Bible includes the Old Testament because it is the foundation, for quite literally, everything. Without understanding the Old Testament, we will be lacking in a solid place to put our feet.


We’re humans. We can debate our interpretations of the text, but that does not change what the text itself says. That’s how Replacement Theology situated itself ino the belief systems of some churches. How can we replace that which God promises He will save? I ask this, if you do not have your house built on the theology of the rock, how do you propose to stand in the sand when the storm comes in all its fury?

Paleo News – Episode II

Courier – Reporter: “I’m so glad that you can join us for another edition of Paleo News – Yesterday’s News Today. It’s been a fairly uneventful few days since the crucifixion of Jesus and two criminals. Joseph of Arimathea, who claims that he is a disciple of Jesus, has placed the body of Jesus in the tomb that he was preparing for himself. Pilate has released a statement, he has placed guards to seal the tomb and watch over it so that it does not get broken into should the disciples want to try something.”


As the reporter speaks, a woman runs in the background.


Reporter: “Did I miss something? It appears we have an interview lined up, and you are?”


Guard: “I’m one of the guards who was guarding the tomb. I can tell you what has happened no matter whatever you might hear. His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep. Can you blame us? We’re kept busy all week with the big celebration and then the crucifixion. So that’s it. The disciples stole the body.”


As the guard speaks, two men are running in the background in the other dirrection.


Reporter: “It looks like there are some recent developments, we’ll be following these men as we try to ascertain just what events are going on. Sir? Sir! A word with you!”


The reporter and camera man follow as Peter and another disciple runs toward the tomb. He looks inside and then walks away.


Reporter: “It appears that we’ve been granted a sneak peak of the tomb and crime scene. We can see that the massive stone has been rolled away. While we’re out here, we might as well get a good look. Hmm. That’s a little odd, there a strips of linen lying by themselves. Apparently the disciples had time to unwrap the body while the Roman guards were sleeping. Even the burial cloth that is customarily placed around the deceased’s head is folded up and seperate from the linen. Clearly something has happened here, sleeping guards, an empty tomb, and a missing body. It appears that the disciples of Jesus are headed back to Galilee. It’s fitting that they’ll end up right where they began. It may be a long time before we really figure out what has happened, but I know better than to question the Romans. And that’s it for today’s edition of Paleo News. Join us tomorrow as we investigate the purchase of a field to be used as a cemetary.”

Welcome to Paleo News – Yesterday’s News Today

Corbel – Reporter: “… and the tension in this city is so thick that it could be cut with a knife. A leading rabbi was arrested last night and he has been brought before the leading council. We do not have the full details as to his crime, but we do have an interview.”


Reporter: “Sir, Were you with this man called Jesus?”


Peter: “I don’t know the man!”


The camera follows Peter as two other people ask him whether he knows Jesus. After the rooster sounds, Peter is seen crying bitterly as he runs away from the crowd after he looks at Jesus.


Reporter: “It appears that the rabbi Jesus has been extradited to the Roman officials. Details we have just recieved tell us that he has been charged with blasphemy and inciting rebellion among the people. While the former is a crime only to us, both are certainly worth the peanalty of death. We have a statement from the wife of our Roman official, she has urged her husband not to take part in sentencing this man … how fortunate for us, this is the Roman custom of releasing a prisoner and many people are here to choose whom. Pilate asks if the people would rather choose Barabbas, a notorious prisoner or this rabbi Jesus. The people choose Barabbas! Pilate asks what fate should the rabbi have. The people insist that he be crucified. Pilate washes his hands as Jesus is lead away, he will be crucified.”


Reporter: “I understand that you’re tired, please sir, tell us your story.”


Simon: “I was just in town for the big celebration this week when the Romans were parading condemned men on their way to be crucified. It’s not like you can cross the street or go anywhere easily, so I figured I’d watch for a little bit. This one man looked as if he’d gotten the usual Roman beting, a couple dozen strikes. He didn’t have anything left in him to carry his own cross. The Romans were looking for somebody to carry it for him. Maybe it was the look on my face while I was trying to get away, I don’t know. They chose me. I don’t know the man or his crime, but the next time the Romans are parading down the street, I’m not hanging around to watch.”


Reporter: “This is Golgotha, The Place of the Skull. The rabbi Jesus is being crucified along with two criminals. There is a sign over the cross in the middle: “This is Jesus, The King of the Jews.” Quite a few people have followed us out here, they don’t have nice things to say especially to Jesus.”


Reporter: “We interrupt your program for this news update, it’s been quite some time since the crucifixion began. It’s unusually dark and Jesus seems to be calling Elijah. His latest words are: quote Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? unquote our translators tell us that it means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus has just been offered a drink of something on the spunge. Did you see that? He cried out again, and has died.”


In slow motion, the camera now shows some footage that has been cut together, the curtain of the temple tears in two from top to bottom, an earthquake with rocks splitting, and the tombs being broken open as people are raised to life and they walk into the city.


Centurion: “Surely he was the Son of God!”


The camera cuts to the crowd of people, among them the prominent women in Jesus’ ministry in the distance.


Reporter: “And there you have it, the rabbi who was welcomed into town earlier this week has just been crucified. While this crucifiction was certainly atypical, it will take some time before the people who knew and loved Jesus can adjust. And now we return you to your program, ‘Passover Highlights: A Week in Review.'”