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Wild adventure with God

I know a person who embarked on a wild adventure with God. He used to go around the country speaking about it and trying to convince others. He advocated going to a quiet spot somewhere out in nature where you could pray vocally to God, and to see if you could pray for half hour every day. I remember wondering how he could justify leaving his wife and ten children home in the mornings while he went off to pray, but oh well, I tried it too. Three things happened. Yes….

  • I definitely did develop a personal relationship with my Savior. 
  • I felt dumb when a neighbor happened to see me kneeling beside my favorite tree along the road where I walked. 
  • My family started to complain about breakfast not being ready on time because I would be gone when they got out of bed. 
  • I started looking at others who probably weren’t praying like I was, and suppose I did place myself up on a pedestal. I felt like I was the one having the personal relationship, and since no one else was, yes, I was special.

I tried it some time later at night after everyone was in bed. I would go into the office, sit on the recliner, and pray until I was able to connect to the one thing that was not amis. I was trying to prove the scripture which said if you prayed not amis your prayer would be answered. To me that meant what was in accordance with God’s will, or one with God. I found that it was possible to do with effort, but after awhile I got lazy. Actually I think what happened was I learned that along with relationship came greater trials, and somewhere along the line the house burned down, and I lost my cozy chair in the office. But I had planted it there for another purpose, one which God did not sanction, and that’s another story.

Although that happened fifteen years ago, I can still remember some of those prayers, and some of the wonderful things that happened as a result, and also some of the not so wonderful things that happened. So, I would highly recommend to anyone that wants to know of the reality of God to try it for a couple of weeks or a month and see for yourself. Trust me when I say it will be a wild adventure.

I think in a sense this is what Dena is going through now. She and I seem to be on a similar journey, with me about 10 years (older) ahead?. We both have eight children, our birthdays are a day apart, our dad’s birthdays are near the same day. Our journeys are different, because we are on different paths, but similar in that we are on journeys of discovery, where we want to learn for ourselves the basic concepts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Years later I read an article criticizing this gentleman that taught me how to gain a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. here. I am sorry that some left the mainstream of the church because of it. Since that time I have learned there is more safety in the mainstream than there is when you are perched up on the highest limb, and that it’s ok to flow with the mainstream. God wants to hear from us morning and night in prayer. He likes us to say the blessing on the food before we eat, and he likes us to open and close each meeting with prayer, just a short, simple, direct prayer. He wants us to stay in tune with His Holy Spirit all the time so that we can capture the moments that count. His spirit is here to guide us constantly, and as long as we’re not trying to live our life from both ends at the same time, there will be no conflict. What I mean is that you can’t be planning to kill someone while you’re dealing in drugs, or planning an affair while you are holding a family together, and on the other side wonder why God isn’t answering your prayers. Although God will meet you at the depths of your despair if you reach for Him, and He will guide you out of any hole if you exercise your faith in Him, it is not easy. God loves everyone no matter who we are or what we’ve done, and anyone can believe. But there are conditions that are attached to having the Holy Ghost as a constant companion.

To quote a friend, “I’ve done the best I know how to do, to relay, in mere limited words, what it is that I”ve come to believe. It’s a journey, over much time, with many experiencees, and really, what I’d love to do, is not to convince you of what *I* believe, but to inspire you to launch into a deep and wild adventure with God, of your own.”

My fear is that I won’t be understood, so if there are any who might be reading this who think I don’t know God or think that I believe in the wrong Jesus, as I know some think, here are some links:  link  link  link  link 

The blogosphere is an interesting place to dwell. You can find as many different ideas and ideologies as sands by the sea. If anyone out there on the sea shore happens across my little hill, I would be interested in knowing about your wild adventure with God.

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I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Being a Canadian, who once lived in United States, I grew to love certain things about the USA. I loved standing at attention every morning and reciting the pledge of allegiance in High School. I loved the swelling feelings of true patriotism as we sang the songs of liberty at patriotic events, like at Disneyland.

Canada is a wonderful little country. Big land with most of the population hugging close to the 49th parallel. Here we don’t get all patriotic like they do south of the border. They think they are the best country in the world. Maybe we think we’re the worst. Canada has always been at odds with the French. The French are a little Democracy in the middle of a struggling Republic. The Federal Government has always tried to inch its way into our Provincial pockets, stealing from us and trying to give to the welfare state in the east. However, Canada has not allowed herself to be taken over by such corruption as is going on in the USA right now. Shame on you United States. Perhaps you should take a lesson from us. It is not good to be too proud, or arrogant. If you are a true republic you should feel modest and grateful; be protective and pro-active of your liberties, and hold them close and dear.
Some quotes I like:
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. – Thomas Jefferson

“Democracy is the road to Socialism.”- Karl Marx

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” – H.L. Mencken  More Quotes
It is long past time for the masses to educate themselves on government. While we sit by not paying attention our treasury is being robbed, and our country destroyed, for where America goes, Canada follows.

There is no use in fighting unless we have quality replacement options. It is not enough to just be mad, we must also be wise, and turning inward is the beginning of wisdom. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the holy is understanding”.
Or, Confuscious put it best in his classic essay, “The Great Learning”:

The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the
world, first ordered well their own States.
古之欲明明德於天下者,先治其國
Wishing to order well their States, they first regulated their families.
欲治其國者,先齊其家
Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons.
欲齊其家者,先修其身
Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts.
欲修其身者,先正其心
Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts.
欲正其心者,先誠其意
Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost of their knowledge.
欲誠其意者,先致其知
Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.
致知在格物
Things being investigated, knowledge became complete.
物格而後知至
Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere.
知至而後意誠
Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified.
意誠而後心正
Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated.
心正而後身修
Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated.
身修而後家齊
Their families being regulated, their States were rightly governed.
家齊而後國治
Their States being rightly governed, the entire world was at peace.
國治而後天下平
From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must
consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides. (…)
自天子以至於庶人,壹是皆以修身為本 (…)

Not only does turning inward lead to wisdom, but it also leads to power. This is the core message of the Cause of Liberty. Fixing ourselves as individuals is what fixes the world.

“The most influential leaders from Jesus Christ to Gandhi, have taken this approach. They seem to have done a pretty good job of improving the world.” If our education was deep and broad enough we wouldn’t have to ask fruitless questions. We would rather be prepared with the answers.

Where should I file this, and will it fit somewhere on my personal covered wagon that I travel through life in? I’ll add this to my wheels.
WHEELS:
This is not about God; it is about me. God in me allows me to think for myself, plan, and carry out the plan. What do I need to keep myself moving? Label your wheels with four self-propelling titles that cover your general well-being. These are mine. I need:

Focus: Motivation & Organization (for education)

Belief: If I think I can change I can change (for education)

Love: Love and Social Support (for education)

Health: Nutrition, Rest, Exercise (for education)

Everyone travels through life in a covered wagon and lives in a tee-pee.  They just don’t know it.

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