Healing Thoughts Of God

Calhoun Parkway Rainbow

On my drive home today, after a detour around traffic and a storm, this rainbow was a smile from God of peace and blessing that emphasized suffering is not the full way of God. Rather the way of God is life and peace amidst everything, through trust, faith, and unshakable affection in Him. In Him we have favor and are … [Continue reading]

Songs: This Is Living Now

This Is Living - Scripture Side

THIS IS LIVING NOW – HILLSONG Y&F [Feat. LECRAE]
Artists: Hillsong Young & Free, LeCrae
Album:
This Is Living – EP
Released:
2015
Written by Aodhan King, Joel Davies & LeCrae
© 2015 Hillsong Church T/A Hillsong Music Australia
Exclusive License Capitol CMG Label Group/Sparrow Records. All Rights Reserved.

Letters: Cherishing Cherise

Define Cherish

From: Cherise
To: MyLifeInsideMyHead.com
Subject: Soul Healing

I have seen many supernatural things in my relationship with Jesus. I totally agree with Todd White! I operate in some gifting but have been mentored for a year by an awesome woman of God mainly for soul healing. I have cut soul ties, generational spirits and assignments, and am … [Continue reading]

Notes: Kyle Roger Spoken Word

Kyle Roger - Illumination

The following exposition is in relation to Kyle Roger’s spoken word on praising the Lord inspired by the Psalms. It resonated with me because it hit on the key truths of why we praise:

  • Praising God with all our being leads to an abundant lifelong relationship with God.
  • Our praise accomplishes more that we think or feel; it … [Continue reading]
  • Featuring: Kyle Roger Spoken Word

    Kyle Roger - Illumination

    I met Kyle at a concert by Jessica Holt, who featured Kyle as a spoken word artist in her set list. His words moved me because they were his personal words to God. They were direct, truthful, and complete; there was nothing lacking. Truth is complete and brief. He extolled the Lord in his revelations of scripture and the delight of … [Continue reading]

    Songs: Search Me O Lord

    Songs by Jessska- Search Me O Lord

    If you were to write your own songs, would they reflect your soul? When I first heard Jessica’s original songs, I could tell that her songs reflected her soul and her lifelong relationship with God. Her songs have a unique energy and pace to them. Her music is refreshing and upbeat. She wants all her life to reflect … [Continue reading]

    Songs: What Would I Be Without You?

    Songs by Jessska- Where Would I Be Without You

    If you were to write your own songs, would they reflect your soul? When I first heard Jessica’s original songs, I could tell that her songs reflected her soul and her lifelong relationship with God. Her songs have a unique energy and pace to them. Her music is refreshing and upbeat. She wants all her life to reflect … [Continue reading]

    Featuring: Jessica Holt

    Jessica Holt Angle Band

    I met Jessica at a fellowship of other believers. She was real. She was truthful and practical. And she had deep fellowship with God. In her weekends as a music director and worship leader at a church, she is passionate about connecting to God and inviting others into the loving embrace of God’s love. There is nowhere she would wish … [Continue reading]

    Stories of Disconnection #3

    Art Credit: Dixit, the board game

    Different hearts: One heart that believes and loves single-mindedly, and one heart that doubts itself and tries to love with a concern for self. Truth: Unbelief and lack of trust in self erodes the foundation of healthy love in a person’s heart.

    Lack of freedom: Commitment without a basis for mutual consent, mutual self expression, and a lack of mutual understanding and accountability … [Continue reading]

    Fish Lake Trails 2015 – Relaxation Experience

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    I’m not sure I want to wait for another autumn at Fish Lake Park! Each year I take a gallery of photos, but this year I was compelled to capture the serenity of nature in immersive video so that we might always be able to visit the fall colors. Relax. Be at peace. Let the experience surround you.

    Fish Lake Trails 2015

    Autumn Bike Shot 7

    1 year, 1 week, and a few hours to the day, I’m back at the Fish Lake Trails for another photo adventure! I was so excited when I saw that the leaves were still vibrant. I came very late in the season, one of the last possible weekends, and I feared the wind and waning opportunity window had blown all my plans away. … [Continue reading]

    Songs: You Don’t Miss A Thing

    You Don't Miss A Thing

    YOU DON’T MISS A THING – AMANDA COOK
    Artist: Bethel Music
    Album:
    We Will Not Be Shaken (Live)
    Released:
    2015
    Written by Amanda Cook, Bobby Strand
    © 2014 Bethel Music Publishing (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

    God, Be Here

    3 Temples

    Sometimes I’m so frustrated with God and my broken communication patterns with Him that all I want is Him in a corporeal form so that I can actually speak to Him in physical interaction. I want to see God here in THIS world, in my physical circumstances (perhaps as a little floating ball of fire on my desk); I don’t want to have to hear my own voice … [Continue reading]

    Songs: Forever

    Forever

    FOREVER – KARI JOBE
    Artist: Bethel Music
    Album:
    You Make Me Brave
    Released: 2014
    Written by Brian Johnson, Kari Jobe, Jenn Johnson, Gabriel Wilson, Joel Taylor, Christa Black Gifford
    © 2013 Bethel Music Publishing (ASCAP). Worship Together Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing). All Rights Reserved.

    The Truth In Music

    NOTW Music Truth

    Music is one of the most powerful tools in existence to move a person’s heart. Songs provide context for emotions, feelings, concepts, impressions, and they often express what we feel inside or know with particularly articulate and empathetic passion. Within each of us, we have our own personal stories and meanings that we have yet to fully express and release. Those are … [Continue reading]

    Lessons On Being A Christian from Todd White

    Todd White Interview Cover

    What is the Christian life like? What should it be like? I’ll admit, it can be hard to find something authentic amidst the dogma, legalism, mysticism, complacency, and often cluelessness in the church-going crowd at large. What is the Christian message? What is it to walk in the power of God? What is a personal relationship with God like? For … [Continue reading]

    Songs: Ever Be

    Jared and Lindsey - Bride

    EVER BE – KALLEY HEILIGENTHAL
    Artist: Bethel Music
    Album:
    We Will Not Be Shaken (Live)
    Released:
    2015
    Written by Kalley Heiligenthal, Gabriel Wilson, Chris Greely, Bobby Strand
    © 2014 Bethel Music Publishing (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

    A Clean Conscience

    Conscience Definition

    How do we work toward a clean conscience? Simply this: in your relationship with God or others, confess with an open heart to all the work that needs to be done. First adore God to re-establish an honest heart connection, and then confess any blemish on your soul. This requires awareness and being vulnerable to your intuition; bare your heart … [Continue reading]

    One More Game

    LaurenHill

    I’m 27. I’ve gone through a few important things in life, but I still barely understand anything. What was I like when I was 18? What did I know then? What was I completely unaware of? What if today I knew my 18 year old self was dying? At that age, I didn’t recognize the weight of a life. Not even … [Continue reading]

    Fish Lake Trails 2014

    Brilliance and grandeur  of life

    Another year of Fish Lake autumn trails is in the books! This year I brought a first-generation Go-Pro to capture the trails in near-HD. The pictures did not turn out as expected. The fish-eye lens instead created something completely new. The canopy was pulled into the same shot as the ground-level view, putting into perspective the towering shape and presence … [Continue reading]

    Letters: Surrender

    Surrender

    From: Me
    To: Myself (Journal)
    Subject: Sickening Control

    “Take 3-6 months and get healthy. Then when things cool off, see where we both are.” That was today. Looking back, I had been an unholy judge. In my immaturity and self-interest to create space until I was ready, I had put emotional poison into her … [Continue reading]

    A Diagnostic of Falling From A Plane

    KayleeSkyDive

    I’m surprisingly calm, yet my body is generating a lot of energy. It’s a strange juxtaposition. I feel as if my mind is holding me back in calmness while my emotions are of bridled anticipation. I’m setting myself up for a diagnostic experience.

    I looked high into the sky and saw my friends floating down as if it was the most natural thing in … [Continue reading]

    Not All Who Wander – The Journey

    NOWWAL - Journey

    This is but a recap of my journey over the past year. This has culminated at the appointed time God has made, nearly a year to the day. I had deep truths to learn, internalize, and systematically apply. As presented below, the messages are disjointed. It is more a string of conclusions that … [Continue reading]

    Not All Who Wander Are Lost

    Not All Who Wander Large

    The phrase “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” has been casually adorned as a magnet on my fridge ever since college. Despite its ordinary place, it has always been a personal mantra of mine. The quote just seemed to fit, though I really had no other context of why a quote like this existed. I felt it described my inner life and the  [Continue reading]

    Sassiness – A Missing Piece

    Sassiness

    How does one reclaim their sassiness? Is sassiness even the right word? Am I simply looking to be confident, secure, assured, and whole, from which I can enjoy a bit of humor and cheekiness? No matter, this is a power that has been long locked away in my being since childhood, largely from “showing off” my God-given talents and getting razed … [Continue reading]

    2014 Venture Expeditions Midwest Tour Interview

    VE Midwest Tour Banner

    And so it all starts with a question. Over the past week as I’ve talked with more people back home, my answers to, “How was your 500 mile bike ride?” have slowly transformed.

    How as your trip? It was totally awesome. It was an amazing experience. The journey was worth it.

    What was … [Continue reading]

    Scripture Memorization

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    Scripture memorization is a spiritual discipline that I have long neglected. The more teachings I listen to, the more I desire to know the Word and to remember the verses that have begun to change my heart. The teachings speak of the Word of God rising up to combat our thoughts, desires, and actions, giving us strength and conviction to … [Continue reading]

    Letters: Unholy Judge

    Judge

    From: Me
    To: Myself (Journal)
    Subject: A Real Account of Things

    Summary

    They say she’s moved on, but has experienced great healing. Deep down, I know part of what she is healing from, because I wanted her to face her own demons in the void of uncertainty. I rejected her. Soundly. Nearly completely. She had reached out to … [Continue reading]

    Letters: Rebuke. Enough.

    Unrequited

    From: Her
    To: Me
    Subject: Enough

    I’m sorry I’m not enough for you.

    You think we can’t be lovers, only friends trying for it; you think your feelings will never truly be authentic because they are a choice to act in a romantic way toward another instead of a reaction or response. You’re so focused on your own … [Continue reading]

    Letters: A Hope

    hope defined

    From: Me
    To: Her
    Subject: Re: Why?

    I’m sorry I hurt you! The wounds don’t easily go away. The heart run deep. But there IS hope! It’s through being real and authentic, just like your letter. It’s through vulnerability, like your letter. And it is through love, peace, and acceptance in God’s presence and His redeeming promises that … [Continue reading]

    Letters: Wounded

    wounded defined

    From: Her
    To: Me
    Subject: Why?

    You dumped me, shredded me to pieces while doing it, and robbed me of most of my confidence (I’m just really good at hiding that). In our relationship you were inconsolable and I continually had the life drained out of me.

    At this point I see no point to get back together with the … [Continue reading]

    Notes: A Poem Called Grace (Idolatry)

    A Poem Called Grace - Cross the Divide

    The following notes are in relation to “A Poem Called Grace” and discuss the spoken word with scripture references (all NIV translation) and their practical teachings. Overcoming sin is ultimately impossible if we try and do good works and be pure in our own strength. Being Christian is not hard; it is impossible by … [Continue reading]

    Notes: A Poem Called Grace (Opened Eyes)

    A Poem Called Grace - Cross the Divide

    The following notes are in relation to “A Poem Called Grace” and discuss the spoken word with scripture references (all NIV translation) and their practical teachings. Overcoming sin is ultimately impossible. Being Christian is not hard; it is impossible by our own means. We become Christians and live life fully because of God’s work … [Continue reading]

    Notes: A Poem Called Grace (Selfishness)

    A Poem Called Grace - Cross the Divide

    The following note is in relation to “A Poem Called Grace” and discusses the spoken word with scripture references (all NIV translation) and the practical teachings. Overcoming sin is ultimately impossible. Being Christian is not hard; it is impossible by our own means. We become Christians and live life fully because of God’s work in … [Continue reading]

    Notes: A Poem Called Grace (Warning)

    A Poem Called Grace - Cross the Divide

    The following notes are in relation to “A Poem Called Grace” and discuss the spoken word with scripture references (all NIV translation) and their practical teachings. Overcoming sin is ultimately impossible. Being Christian is not hard; it is impossible by our own means. We become Christians and live life fully because of God’s work … [Continue reading]

    Featured: A Poem Called Grace – A Conversation With God

    A Poem Called Grace

    This poem and spoken word highlights the battle of the common man or woman and the uncommon unconditional love of God. The authors of “Conversation with God” are Sebastian Carson and Tilmon Keaton. You can find more of their real, inspired, and divinely-dedicated work at https://www.youtube.com/user/ImperialLighthouse. You can also purchase a meditation journal to help guide you and sow … [Continue reading]

    Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili With Pepper Jack Cheese

    White Chicken Chili Crockpot Cook

    With a busy schedule during the week and wanting to be able to share lots of food with all my friends, it makes sense to cook in large batches! So why not use a slow cooker to do all the work for me? This was my logic when I asked for a crock-pot for Christmas and I will say that … [Continue reading]

    About Venture Expeditions

    Venture Title

    Venture Expeditions

    Venture is a non-profit missions-based organization that partners with local churches and organizations to facilitate Care Points focusing on education, food security and discipleship for refugees and oppressed people in Southeast Asia. Venture also partners with ministries in the region to fight human trafficking, empower oppressed people, plant churches and create sustainable futures for individuals and communities. … [Continue reading]

    Venture Expeditions: Midwest Cycling Tour 2014

    Venture Title - Refugee

    Announcement:

    I’m cycling for a cause! Cycling is one of my passions. There is nothing like riding with another person and using each other’s strengths to navigate uncharted territory. What if that territory is in another country? And what if navigating together means providing resources for those desperately in need? This summer, that’s why I’m riding, … [Continue reading]

    Stories of Disconnection #2

    Unlocking of Callousness

    The following story is the result of a tragic choice and separation from God. It tells of the hardness of a person’s heart and that detachment from all things ends up destroying all that is good in a person’s life.

    A Tragic Love

    I stared at her across the couch. She saw me. I saw her. My body was talking; my mind … [Continue reading]

    Stories of Disconnection #1

    LOTI Sunset

    My real self? What is that? My real self is the narrative that tells the story of my inner life. Or is it? Isn’t this narrative a fluctuating story of my thoughts and attitudes that occasionally run parallel to or reaches a tangent with my real self? Is this just my inner voice, or ego? What if my real self … [Continue reading]

    Stop! Be Still And Know…

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    Stop. Stop! STOP!!!

    Slow down. Your mind is going way too fast. Settle down! You have nowhere to go. Nowhere to think to. Be here! Be STILL! Let your heart slow down. With each ever slower beat of your heart, your mind begins to unwind further and further and further…

    Repeat the top instructions until you are calmed down. Read each … [Continue reading]

    Prayer of Countenance

    Cover of Countenance

    Heavenly Father,
    For all those in the coming pages, and all those in the chapters of the church, past, present, and future, we pray for an inconvenient life! We desire to produce works by faith, our labor prompted by love, with an endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Our hearts have been broken. Our eyes have … [Continue reading]

    Purposefully Backwards

    Resolve

    I am attempting to do something strange: go backwards in life while retaining all the knowledge and desires to move forward. I’m not sure it is entirely possible, but that risk is something I am determined to take. Will my mind and spirit follow my heart’s desire to dive into my past and explore my inner world? Or will I … [Continue reading]

    What Is…Windchill?

    Wind Chill

    Hmm…wind chill? What exactly is it? Let’s understand it just a little better.

    Definition

    Wind Chill is the term used to describe the rate of heat loss on the human body resulting from the combined effect of low air temperature and wind. As winds increase, heat is carried away from the body at a faster rate, driving down both the skin … [Continue reading]

    Life At The Margin

    We're just above sea level. The altimeter at ground level.

    In Clayton M. Christensen’s book “How Will You Measure Your Life”, he poses a powerful principle: that it can be perilous to assess costs marginally. If you decide that you’ll make every decision on a day-to-day basis, you’ll never get there from here. First, you need to make the decision to commit to your principles 100 percent, because without that, … [Continue reading]