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I just had a most enjoyable time with two very sweet ladies. We shared about each others families and laughed about the antics of children, we spoke together about our heavenly Father and his amazing love for us and how we want to learn to love each other the way He loves us. We looked up scriptures that spoke of this love and were able to see His love in each other and appreciate it. It was a lovely time of encouragement and fellowship.

Just what I needed. And you know what, the funny thing is that these two ladies are from a religious group that I have had prejudice against all my life. I was told they were decieved and evil and would go to hell. (How many other “groups” of people have I been told this about?) I myself was “decieved” about some things. No one is perfect. Even if they pretend that they are.

More and more I find that people are people where ever you go. People want the same things. People want to be loved and accepted and they want to love others, if they could only know how. We are all on a journey, we are all searching and seeking. And I believe that “Those who seek, will find.” God is amazing, His love reaches higher than the heavens, and deeper than the deepest sea. Where can we go that He is not there?

I pray that you, my friend will find Him today as well. He is very near.

Be blessed!

I’ve decided to start an additional blog. I want to try to capture at least one “moment” from each day to celebrate, think on, share, meditate on, ect. A daily log, not necessarily wordy though. As I was joking with someone the other day, a bit more “artsy fartsy”. 🙂

Here is a link to any who are interested. Heavenly Now

Update: It was brought to my attention that my new blog title is similar to Serenity’s. I did not at all mean to copy and I didn’t even realize it was similar! Ooops! Sorry, Serenity! I have tried to figure out a different title, but haven’t come up with anything that captures what I want the same way. If I do I will change it. 🙂 I really did not mean to copy and I’ve never been a Seinfield watcher (is this a connection to your title? it was mentioned as well)

I recieved my Key Life magazine in the mail today. I love Steve Brown’s stuff! It is always so encouraging and full of the Good News. It is a free publication and if you haven’t requested it you should. 🙂 Ok, well, you do what you want, but I am jumping up and down inside with enthusiasm for this man’s way with words.

Here is a quote:

Most of you think it’s very important that people think you’re mature, pure and spiritual. I would suggest it’s far more important that they know you’re not. We’re so worried that our Christian witness will be hurt by our lack of obedience. That’s not true. Our witness will be hurt by a pretense of obedience. I don’t think I ever met a person who found Christ because a Christian was pure and righteous. More often it makes them think that this thing is only for good people. As I understand it, we are only beggars who have found bread, pointing other beggars to the place where we found it. Disobedience hardly ever turns people from Christ. Dishonesty always does. You think about that.

I just finished reading this book written by Matthew E. Narramore. Here is a link to the website if anyone is interested in checking out this book.

Tithing is the thing that really woke me up to how much bondage I had/have been living under during my former “church attendee” life. Read the rest of this entry »

This is a comment I sent in response to a group email that was warning parents about Philip Pullman’s books His Dark Materials series of which the new movie The Golden Compass is based on. The email was fairly alarmist.

This is just my opinion, but as a Christian I found
Pulman’s books very interesting. I have never heard
anything the author has said, I have just read this
particular series of books. I did know before I read
them that the author was an atheist.

I gathered from the story that Pulman has a problem
with “religion” more than with God himself. He makes
the “church” the bad guys. He plays around with ideas
of creation and demons and angels and witches. This is
a fantasy book.

What I found most fascinating though was that the
themes of love and friendship and thinking of others
first were what the story was about. It seemed
amazing to me that someone who claims no belief in God
can’t seem to get away from the very themes that God
claims as His own.

I really enjoyed the books, they are very creative and
interesting and different. My faith was not
threatened by them, though it did make me sad to think
that the author has had such a negative experience
with “church” that he made it the “enemy” in his
story.

I am not ready to let my children read these books yet
and I don’t intend to let them see the movie. (My kids
get nightmares easily.) But I did want to say that
before you decide something is horrible maybe you
should check it out first for yourself.

Different people are affected by different things,
different kids can handle diffent things also. As
parents I believe it is important for us to know our
children well enough to help them with decisions about
what to read and watch and when they are ready for
certain subjects or content.

I am looking forward to viewing this movie, if at
least for the effects. Movies are almost never as
good as the books though. 🙂

respectfully,
Amy Bowman

Have you ever ran? Just ran for the pure joy of running? Ran and ran and ran, arms outstretched, hair billowing, wind whistling, legs pumping, breath, moving in and out and in and out, deep breaths that fill and expand and come whooshing out, head up, moving forward and into and through and in.

I love that feeling.

I get that feeling when I listen to certain music or watch certain landscapes rolling by as I drive down the highway, or when I still myself to find my “quiet place”. There is always an accompanying perception of light, a glowing, a radiating light and a peace that absolutely surpassses all understanding.

There is where. There is why. There is who. There is me. And there is always the I. The I. The I Am. This is why I run, why I dance, why I cry, why I sing, this is why I am, because He is.

I ran across this quote in an old notebook of mine. It is from one of Harold Bell Wright’s books, The Calling of Dan Matthews.

Many there were of this latter class who, from the highest religious motives, had answered the call to ministry as to something sacred and holy, even as had Dan. These young men, though they knew it not, were there to learn how their leaders — while theoretically depending upon God for their strength and guidence in managing the affairs of the church — depended actually upon the very methods which when used by the world in its affairs, they stamped ungodly.

Harold Bell Wright’s books were published in the early 1900’s. I have greatly enjoyed them. Probably his most famous story is The Shepherd of the Hills.