I have fasted several times for a week, and a few times longer than a week, but this is the first time that I will endeavor to fast for 40 days. I will keep all my posts in ONE thread, as to not take up too much space:
–To keep a diary of what exactly I am doing fasting-wise.
–To document the effects of the fast as I experience it.
–To share my thoughts during this time.
–To allow others to join me in fasting, if so desired.
–To help me stick to it, since it would be somewhat embarrassing to quit.
Feel free to joint the fast; send me a personal note or email email@example.com
I believe there is a difference in quality between happiness and joy. As I see it, happiness relies on the circumstances lining up according to our desires. Joy is different. Joy shines in the darkness, blooms in the desert, it is based on faith not sight, hope not gratification, incorrupt truths, not temporary facts. Happiness may not be a choice, but I believe joy is. It is a choice made available to us by faith.
God is a father to the fatherless. When times got tough, real tough, He paid the ultimate price with His own life. He demonstrated that no price is to high to pay for us. He would lay down His life, conquer death and the grave, for us. Like a real father, a real man. Doing whatever it takes to protect and defend His bride and His child.
How much emotion and consciousness is wasted on resisting the pattern and rhythm of life? We resist darkness, yet we were meant to shine in the dark. We resist dryness, yet we were meant to be a blooming garden in the desert. We resist lack, yet we were meant to manifest something out of nothing. We resist and keep resisting. Yet, in resisting life, we are resisting good. For all that God intends for us is good, pleasant, and perfect.
“It sure doesn’t feel that way” – Well, maybe it is time to submit your feelings to the sovereignty and tranquility of God.
The truth is that you are loved.
Love is like the tiniest little drop falling inside the rushing sound of a mighty water fall of pain. Pain tries to overwhelm it with its noise and force, but love posseses one quality that pain does not. Eternity.
Deep calls to deep inside the waterfall of life. Though smaller than all other forces, love is the only truth that can never be snuffed out by anything life throws at it. For love possesses that eternal quality that can never, ever be extinguished.
When everything else has passed away; life, struggle, pain, illusions, and disappointments… one thing will remain. Underneath the rubble. Underneath the many lies and shadows. One truth will remain… You are, you have always been, and you will always be… loved.
Earthly wisdom is merely a shadow of real wisdom. Real Wisdom is God.
Earthly love is merely a shadow of real love. Real Love is God. Etc.
This is why we say that God IS all these things. Love, wisdom, grace, provision, healing, etc. We are not referring to their earthly corrupt state, but to the divine perfect quality.
In this article I address the topic of the Trinity from the perspective of social constructionism.
We can only acquire knowledge through communication. Communication requires language. Language requires labels. Labels are really models, not objective reality. Social constructionism teaches us that facts and truth are only subjectively understood to be factual and true. That is, they are factual and true within a context that is socially constructed. They depend on given truths and facts, that have been socially agreed on. We can never fully arrive at universally accepted truth because every act of understanding is embedded in a historical and social context that guides the seeker of such truth.