Just in case we forgot the mission

•May 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Sometimes I think we get too caught up in our lives, in our to do lists, in clues and “coincidences”

We must focus on why were are here.

WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Thanks to MJHollywoodMJ for use of his/her YouTube clip

We’re on a mission
In the everlasting light that shines
A revelation
Of the truth in chapters of our minds

So long, bad times
We’re gonna shake it up and break it up
We’re sharing light brighter than the sun
Hello, good times
We’re here to stimulate, eliminate
An’ congregate, illuminate

(We are here to change the world)
Gonna change the world, Hee
(We are here to change the world)
Gonna change the world, Ooo

So do surrender
‘Cause the power’s deep inside my soul
Sing it

(We are here to change the world)
Gonna change the world, Sing it
(We are here to change the world)
Hee, Gonna change the world, Ooo

(We are here to change the world)
We’re gonna change the world, girl
(We are here to change the world)
My brothers my brother Na
We’re gonna change the world
(We are here to change the world)
Hee, Deep down in my body,
Deep down in my soul, Baby
(We are here to change the world)
Hee, We’re gonna change the world,
Ooo

Thanks to sing365.com for the lyrics

 

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The Big Picture

•May 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hello MJ Fam!

I wanted to share from my heart a bit tonight.  I am truly sorry for not posting as much.  I really want to share my journey with you and things I come across and I have not been taking the time to do so.  I apologize.

I truly believe that we all need to share our journeys so we can learn and grow and discuss.  I’ve been hoarding my studies to myself.  Of course there is a time and place for everything.  I believe the time is now.

So one thing that has been on my heart has been what I will call the big picture.  I think sometimes we get so caught up in our lives that we forget what is really going on in this world.  We are in the middle of a spiritual battle.

I was reminded of this, this week in so many ways I can’t even begin to tell you.

So I wanted to share a couple links that you may find helpful and that, I pray, will put things into perspective for you as it did for me.

The first is called Cosmic Conflict.  It tells us of the origins of evil.  It’s basically an overview of what happened in heaven, how we got here, and a reminder of who really has rule over this world.

The second is one called BattleCry and just shows what is happening in the world of our children.

We are in the middle of a war and there is no middle of the ground in a war.  You/we need to pick a side.  Many of us are straddling the fence.  Our loyalties are to things, other people, and not to the One who created us.

The battlefield is our mind.  The method is control of our beliefs via our input (media, music, books, etc.).  The good news is we control what we put into our minds (for the most part).

The thing is, who we’ve been designed to be, from the beginning of time, is being distorted.  We need to get back to our true design.  I believe if God showed us who we really are, what we are capable of, it would blow our minds.

This is where I am right now.  I’ve been studying about who I am in Christ.  I am a pawn on GOD’s chessboard.  He is moving me where He needs me and I need to LET Him.

Anyway, I just want you all to know, I care for you.  I want the best for you.  I want you to know that we can make a difference in this world.  We need to know WHY we are doing it though.  It’s not for MJ (even though he’s been an incredible example).  It’s because we are part of the Army of LOVE and God is LOVE.  Yes we are part of the Army of God and we need to play our role in this war.

I can’t tell you what the role is…. only God knows that.  I just hope you will pray for His leading and guidance in this area.  I pray we will do the will of God and be loyal to Him.

I will continue to pray for all of you.  Some I will be able to do by name, others I will pray for generally.

I will be spending more time over at Michael’s Army of Love where I believe a great work is being done.  Where people of different faiths are coming together to discuss beliefs and work towards truth.

So I encourage you to take some time this week and figure out, what do I believe? For whom am I living my life?  Have I chosen a side?

Then enter the battlefield and fight like your life depends on it….

Because it does.

What do you believe?

•April 14, 2012 • 3 Comments

Hey everyone!

Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I’m still around! 🙂

I’ve been studying, researching, really asking myself the hard questions.  I’ve had to.  In dealing with so many people with differing beliefs, you start to question, what do I believe?

While studying I came across a fantastic site with some thought provoking, powerful videos that I wanted to share with you.  http://www.digma.com/videos/

One in particular that just blows my mind is the “World Views” video.  http://www.digma.com/worldviews/

I know for me, I was raised to believe in a little of the deterministic view, the benevolent view and the appeasment view.  You know, God has things planned for my life (deterministic) and He loves me (benevolent) but if I screw up and get off track I could go to hell and I better do my penance (appeasment). 🙂  Well that’s how I interpreted things.

I’m learning now that God IS love and benevolent theism is what I believe.  That God loves me and He wants me to love Him more than anything.  He gives me free will so that I can freely CHOOSE to love Him.

So I want to know, what do you guys believe? Where are you at in your life journey?  And why?

Remember, I won’t judge, I won’t convert you hahaha I just want to learn about you guys.

I look forward to the comments below, and on Twitter!

My Friend Michael – my thoughts

•February 16, 2012 • 2 Comments

Well I picked up “My Friend Michael – Frank Cascio” from the library and boy I couldn’t put it down!  Of course with any of these books written about Michael, several things go through my mind:

1. This person is speaking from his perspective and I must keep this in mind.

2. We’re dealing with memories that may or may not be entirely accurate.

3. I’m dealing with my own mind fighting my own preconceived image of who Michael is.

 

That being said, it was a great book!

It was such a rare opportunity to look into the life of Michael Jackson through Frank Cascio’s aka Frank Tyson’s eyes.

What I took away from it I was kind of excited about because I got to see that some things I’m doing in my life the great MJ did as well. 😀

  • Be honest
  • Be sincere
  • See  people as people; recognize people for their real selves.
  • Listen without judgment
  • Help without wanting anything in return
  • Actively participate in life
  • Give warmth and comfort to those around you
  • Open doors to new people
  • Make family a top priority
  • Have a warm and nurturing heart
  • Connect with people
  • Pursue knowledge
  • Study the world around you
  • Be humble and respectful
  • Understand what people want to see, hear and experience
  • Whatever I do, I should master my craft. Be the best at it.
  • Give of myself (even though I cherish my solitude time)
  • Be open to people and experiences
  • Learn by living
  • Document experiences… Take pictures, do research about customs and cultures, gain greater perspective
  • Make people feel special
  • Whatever you do or say or want the world to see, envision it and it will happen.
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Learn to speak your mind openly
  • Be loyal
  • Protect those I love
  • Give yourself daily “training time” with reading, meditation, study
    • The Power of Positive Thinking
    • Mind Map – book of pictures of things that inspire you – places, people, images of what you like and hope to achieve.
    • The Greatest Salesman in the World
    • The Power of your Subconscious Mind
    • Creative Visualization
    • Meditation
    • How your mind works
    • Your place in the universe
    • Jonathan Livingston Seagull
    • Study dream board pictures and affirmative words
  • Opportunities come with empowerment, ambition and self-awareness
  • Look in the mirror and tell yourself what you want to happen.  Do it every day and it will happen.
  • Feel it until you believe it
  • Be a hard worker
  • Be diligent
  • Be a self-starter
  • Be disciplined
  • Be persistent
  • Learn about the wonders of creation and the world around you.
  • Be in constant student mode
  • Invest time with your family and kids – family dinners and conversation between kids and parents
  • Life is short and we don’t know when we will breathe our last breath – live life to the fullest

I’ll be honest, I thought I was not one of those MJ fans that had this idealistic view of who MJ is.  As I saw MJ though Frank’s eyes, I found myself feeling a little disheartened.  When I took a step back and asked myself why, I had to admit I was not seeing MJ for who he really was…. Human…. With faults… with quirks…. Some lovable, and some not.  I had to admit, as I already logically knew, I really didn’t know MJ.  No one does.  Except God.  But I really didn’t like him being painted in this light.  Then I thought, if a book was written about me (and I think I’m a pretty together person ;-p) what would be said about me.  hahaha some of the moments I have had where I wasn’t too proud of my behaviour… wow! Moving on!  🙂

Anyway, I guess that’s what true friendship is: accepting someone, faults and all.  Going through the good, the bad and the ugly and still sticking by each other.  Committing to the relationship through the misunderstandings,  the happy times and the sad times.  Tell the truth even when the truth hurts and threatens the relationship.

Gosh, there was so much more to this book…  just too much for words.  You just have to read it for yourself.

Thank you Frank for writing this and sharing a bit of your life and experiences with us.

My vulnerability

•February 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Ok sometimes these things just come out of nowhere and I usually find out it resonates with someone. So this is a little something I wrote and honestly I’m the kind of person that likes my poetry to follow some kind of order.  You know…. 5 syllables, 4 syllables, 5 syllables, 6 syllables, repeat. LOL  So this writing goes against my grain since it doesn’t follow any kind of pattern. 🙂

Anyway, hope you enjoy it.

It’s just me

Here I am

An ordinary Joe

An ordinary man

Striving for perfection

Always falling shy

Never quite good enough

Expectations high

I put on the costume

Of what the public wants

Only I know who I really am

My soul the truth does taunt

Adoration pours out

To the image of me

But this love I can not feel

For they know not who they see

They love a hologram

A made up superman

If they knew who I am

Would they still love me?

I must tear away the habit

Of this nun they’ve made me be

With courage I stand naked

For all of you to see

Through the stories of my friends

Coming post a bitter end

Will they finally understand

The real me?

Yes they’ll discover the man

They never really knew

Those who remain loyal

Are my tried and true

They’ll stand with me till the end

My protectors, lovers, friends

Your love I’ll comprehend

From my vulnerability

PS Yes I am a girl 🙂  I guess I was just thinking of MJ again…. lol

What is Love?

•February 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Just wanted to share some of my Bible study notes on love:

What is love?

1 Corinthians 13:1-7.  Aka the Love chapter

Usually in the context of marriage

This extends to more than just your spouse… it’s about who you are to everyone

how we live our lives day by day.

Not focus on what love is, but what love does and does not do.

Background

Paul wrote this first letter to the Corinthians to address problems in the church.

In chapter 12 he explains the misuse and misunderstanding of spiritual gifts.

Spiritual gifts are those talents and abilities that God gives a believer to carry out His will in their lives.

There was an outpouring of spiritual gifts

Measure of holiness

Gift of tongues – very holy

God is not so much interested in what we do, but why we do it.

It deals with our service for the Lord and examines our motives for why we serve.

Do we serve to be seen of men….or to serve the Lord.

1. Love is active

Love is fully love only when it acts!

Each of us are master’s at hiding what is in the deepest recesses of our hearts…..from each other.

But we cannot hide these things from our omniscience God.

2. (1 John 3:18) “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth”

My goal should be to demonstrate this kind of love one to another.

good things that can be done for the wrong reasons.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Verse 1-3 give us a list of commendable things we would certainly admire in a child of God, but God qualifies them for us.

He says if they are done for the wrong reason they do not please Him…..they are nothing.

They will receive no reward, and God cannot bless or be apart of such things.

Speaking with the tongues of men and angels without “agape” love is worthless.

We can become great students of the Bible, a scholar no less, and show great faith, but we have not love in our hearts we are nothing…..

If we give everything we have to the poor….it will impress people, it will make us outwardly look like really wonderful people, but we are not changed inside….it is worthless as far as having any effect on us, or on honoring the Lord.

You see what pleases the Lord is what is in our hearts and why we serve

Even if we are martyred for the sake of Christ….standing firm upon the word of God, contending for the faith and are persecuted and burned at the stake…..and if our motives are wrong, if we do it not for the love of Christ and the love of others nothing is grained.

2. It does not please God unless our hearts are right we Him. Do you believe that people can do outward good works and look good, but be out of God’s will? The sad answer is yes….oh yes and here God is telling us that.

3. The Corinthians were using their gifts….but God was not in it. Their motives for service, for preaching, even giving their testimonies came from pride, not a love of Christ and a love of others.

4. May I make this clear…..listen intensely to what I am about to say….to what God wants each of us to know.

The love of Christ and the love of others are synonymous. That is what this passage is saying. The are one. God is love…and God’s love is towards others. Man’s love can be for himself….to satisfy the flesh….it can be selfish.

God then explain to us the difference between service for outward gain and biblical service done in love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

We can do a lot of hand shaking, some do a lot of hugging. These things expression of caring, but love is a lot more than this. True love is more than outward expressions.

II. Let us look at what God says is true love.

A. Biblical Love is patient…it is longsuffering (vs. 4)

The word “patient” literally means “long tempered.”

not quick to get angry….or to take offense.

allow ourselves to be inconvenienced or taken advantage of by a person over and over again.

Its primary concern is for the welfare of others, not itself.

How different this is from the secular thinking of our day, where everyone wants “their rights.” The slogan of the day is, “What about my needs?” or ” I demand my rights.”

Entitlement mentality

B. Biblical Love is kind… (vs. 4)

kindness will give anything to others.

To be kind means to be useful, serving and gracious. It is active goodwill. It not only feels generous; it is generous.

It not only desires others’ welfare; it works for it.

C. Biblical Love does not envy… (vs.4)

We want what someone else has. OR

We wish that someone else didn’t have what they had. We often resent what others have.

D. Biblical Love does not vaunteth itself nor is puffed up…it does not parade itself in front of others. (vs. 4)

In other words, love does not brag or “parade” its accomplishments.

Bragging is trying to make others jealous of what we have.

Love does not remind a person of the great “sacrifice” you have made for them.

It is trying to show we are more spiritual than someone else

E. Biblical Love does not behave unseemly, with means rudely . . . (v. 5)

True love has manners.

it seeks peace instead of putting others in their place with rudeness.

Can you see how all this ties together? If the love of Christ is in a person’s heart they will be longsuffering, they will be kind and not envy another. Where Christ lives in the heart the person does not uplift himself in pride, and does not act rudely to others.

F. Biblical Love does not seek its own . . . (v. 5)

This speaks of that aspect of the fallen nature where we always want “to have our way.”

G. Biblical Love is not provoked . . . (v. 5)

To provoke means “to arouse anger, a convulsion or sudden outburst.”

Biblical love guards against being irritated, upset, or angered by things said or done against it.

H. Biblical Love thinks no evil. . . (v. 5)

Store up the account of evil wrongdoing

Does not rejoice in iniquity

The love of Christ if in a person’s heart will not judge all they do with a critical eye….. It will not seek to find fault….a reason to criticize…. It will forgive…..and not seek opportunities to criticize or bring up past failures.

The love of Christ seeks to bring peace…..to show love and think the best of others…

I. Biblical Love believes all things . . . (v. 7)

In other words, love believes the best of every person.

If a person is accused of something wrong, love will consider him or her innocent until proven guilty. You will stick up for your brother!

And even if they are guilty it will extend love to help that person overcome their failure.

That is what biblical love does…..it stands by a brother or sister.

J. Bible Love endures all things . . . (v. 7)

It refuses to give up, surrender, stop believing or hoping.

No matter how ugly or how humiliating the attack….the love of Christ in one’s heart stops the desire to fight back, to lash out and to seek vengeance.

It keeps the door open and prays for God’s intervention…it turns the outer cheek. Oh, yes the tears will flow, the hurt will swell up inside till we think it will kill us…but biblical love is not overcome.

K. Beareth all things,

Covers all things… all sins

believeth all things,

Believes the best in another

hopeth all things,

hopes for the best – not it will never get better

endureth all things.

Love will simply not stop loving.

I was hurt so many times by people more emotionally than physically

I thought the best thing was to shut off my heart and act like I care

Really being truly loving gives us the freedom to not be so hurt

Giftedness is not a display of spiritual maturity… display of love is.

 

Well like I said they are NOTES so hopefully you guys can follow my thoughts here.  I love you all and hope this blesses you in some way!

Come Together… Taking a Stand for Michael

•January 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Come Together… Taking a Stand for Michael.

Great article from a great friend and follower of the blog!  Well done Elizabeth!  Very eloquent sharing of your heart and mission.  I love it!