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News: Since April of last year I have managed to accomplish several monumental things in my studies, but I update you now to tell you that three nights ago I had the best sleep since I last visited my aunt's house (years ago) and probably will never have another good sleep like it for years to come *nods sagely*.

--12 March 2017 --

Quote: I really dislike how glasses slide down your nose impetuously when you're glaring down at your unfinished work. -Me

The Fellowship

April 29, 2010

Good Riddance!

ISAIAH 30: 19-26

19-22Oh yes, people of Zion, citizens of Jerusalem, your time of tears is over. Cry for help and you'll find it's grace and more grace. The moment he hears, he'll answer. Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he'll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: "This is the right road. Walk down this road." You'll scrap your expensive and fashionable god-images. You'll throw them in the trash as so much garbage, saying, "Good riddance!"
23-26God will provide rain for the seeds you sow. The grain that grows will be abundant. Your cattle will range far and wide. Oblivious to war and earthquake, the oxen and donkeys you use for hauling and plowing will be fed well near running brooks that flow freely from mountains and hills. Better yet, on the Day God heals his people of the wounds and bruises from the time of punishment, moonlight will flare into sunlight, and sunlight, like a whole week of sunshine at once, will flood the land.


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Now folks, I hope your creative juices are gurgling happily! The Message translation of the Bible might not be the most accurate, but it definitely is beautiful and its attempt is to capture the idioms of the ancient Hebrew and Greek languages. We've got to learn to write this way. Seriously, when was the last time you read a piece of writing and sat back, sighing, and said "Now that was beautiful"? It happened to me today. First with this beautiful piece of scripture (which I read over at 4 the Broken) and then at Mrs. Paul's blog A Writer Writes...Sometimes. The thing about prose is that you can only give the reader a certain amount of embellishment before they scream at you because they're stuck in your bog of overly-exquisite words. Other times they'll groan as they look for water on your parchment (pun intended) of dry writing.

Most of the time, people don't think of Scripture as being a place to look for a story starter. Although I don't know if I'd want to start my story from the Bible (not that there is anything wrong with doing so) I definitely want to take a stop by its text to refresh my spirit. Is there a single poetic book that is better than the Bible? No...because the Bible was a poetic/prose book written for you! Wow.

Listen to this sentence written by Mrs. Paul from her blog's latest post (Language vs. Words):
Painted with the brush of masterful language, your message has wings.
Isn't that just beautiful? Sometimes we need to inject our bland, tasteless, dry writing with some flavour (kind of like the Tim Horton's flavour shots that you can get put into your hot chocolate [go French Vanilla!]). So my tip for the day is:

GOOD RIDDANCE TO ALL DRY THINGS!!
(Includes bad writing and false gods)
Moral of the story: let the doors of your imagination take you into realms that, until you arrive there, never existed. If you're stuck in a mud hole and need help getting out, try turning to the Bible for inspiration. As of today, I would highly suggest checking out The Message for some good news (yes, pun intended again).


Squeaks.

April 28, 2010

Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in Tongues
By Tom Brown

Speaking in tongues is the most talked about phenomena in Christianity. Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement has brought speaking in tongues to the forefront, and these branches of Christianity are without doubt the fastest growing segments of Christianity. These movements are impacting the world even more than the reformation did.

Yet with all the talk about speaking in tongues, few understand what it's all about. It is the least understood subject among believers. People will be surprise to find that the Bible mentions speaking in tongues thirty-five times. That is a lot, so this subject should not be cast lightly aside as unimportant to the Church. God does not fill His book with things of minor importance.

Many people who have never spoken in tongues speak as though they're experts in this field, when in reality they teach only from theory.

Who should know more about tongues: those who speak in tongues or those who don't? Well, shouldn't we learn from those who do speak in tongues!? Since I do speak in tongues, I feel that I can bring scriptural wisdom with experience in this article. This column will clarify common misunderstandings and show the importance and benefits of speaking in tongues.


WHAT GOOD IS IT?
The Apostle Paul writes, "He who speaks in tongues edifies himself...I would like every one of you to speak in tongues" (1 Corinthians 14:4,5). With these positive statement about tongues, why do so few Christians speak in tongues? I believe the answer is because there is very little sound, logical and scriptural teaching as to the scope and value of speaking in tongues.

Recently I spoke to a group of Mormons at the University Ward on North Oregon Street. I shared my testimony on how God saved and filled me with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. After the talk, the number one question the students asked was on speaking in tongues. One inquisitive student asked, "What does speaking in tongues do for you?" I answered, "It does exactly what the Bible says it does: He who speaks in tongues edifies himself." The word "edify" means to "build up" or "charge up"--much like charging up a battery. We all need a spiritual charge. All of us at times feel spiritually drained. One of God's ways to charge your spirit is through speaking in tongues.


A HEAVENLY LANGUAGE
Many people inaccurately define speaking in tongues as "speaking gibberish" or "talking nonsense." The truth is, speaking in tongues is the most intelligent, perfect language in the universe. It is God's language. What language do you suppose people speak in heaven? Languages are given their name based on the countries they come from. For example, English comes from England. Spanish comes from Spain. Italian comes from Italy.

Well, where does tongues come from? It comes from Heaven! Tongues is the heavenly language. It is what is spoken in heaven; the only difference is that the people in heaven understand what they are saying. Here on earth Paul says, "For anyone who speaks in tongues does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understand him; he utters mysteries with his spirit" (v. 2).

Jesus says that those who believe in Him will "speak in new tongues" (Mark 16:17). The word "new" means appearing for the first time. No one had spoken these languages before. Contrary to bad theology tongues is not an ability given to preach the gospel in the language of foreigners. This would make tongues "old" languages. It is only appropriate that "new tongues" should be spoken by those of the "new birth." It is natural and normal to speak in the language of your birth. We are born again from above, therefore we should speak the language from above--that language is called "new tongues."


SHOULDN'T TONGUES BE UNDERSTOOD?
The first to speak in tongues were the disciples. This occurred on the day of Pentecost. People often think that on this day the disciples were speaking human languages, because the people could understand what they were saying.

I don't believe this is true because there was a two-fold miracle taking place on this day: the miracle of speaking and hearing: The first miracle was the speaking in tongues. The second miracle was the enabling of some to understand the tongues. Not everyone understood the tongues, because some onlookers made fun of the disciples and accused them of being drunk (Acts 2:13); this clearly shows that they did not understand the tongues.

And the ones who did understand the tongues were perplex because each one heard only their own native language not the languages of the other people (v. 6). The Bible tells us that there were over fourteen foreigners representing many nations, speaking different languages. Yet each person heard the disciples praising God in their own language. They exclaimed, "How is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?" (v. 8) They could not figure out how this was possible.

It is clear that the disciples were not "preaching" the gospel in tongues, they were instead "declaring the wonders of God" (v. 11). They were not speaking "to men but to God" (1 Cor 14:2). The people were simply listening in on their praises to God. It wasn't until Peter stood up to speak to the crowd in one common language that the gospel was preached. So tongues are not supernatural human languages given to the apostles so they could preach in languages they did not naturally learn.

The disciples were not speaking human languages; they were speaking in unknown tongues. But God enabled those whose hearts were opened to understand what the disciples were saying. Sometimes this happens today. You see, the miracle was in the hearing of the people.



THE BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT
Let us look carefully at the first scriptural account of speaking in tongues:
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4).
This experience is what John the baptist and Jesus called the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This was the fulfillment of Jesus promise, "In a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 1:5). Every Christian believes in baptizing in water. But few accept the better baptism--the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Since you were willing to be baptized in water, shouldn't you also be willing to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?
Theologians often confuse the baptism in the Holy Spirit with salvation. They often regard these two experiences as being the same. This confuses believers. They incorrectly assume that salvation is the same as the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Bible does not teach this. The Bible clearly teaches that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate experience from salvation and comes after a person is saved, although it can occur at the time of salvation.

The story of the Samaritan converts plainly proves this (see Acts 8:5-25). Philip preached to them about Christ. The people joyfully accepted the gospel and was born again. They confirmed their faith by being baptized as well. Yet, despite the fact that these folks were truly saved, Philip called for the apostles to come and pray for them that they would receive the Holy Spirit. It is clear from this story that being saved is not the same as receiving the Holy Spirit. (Although the Holy Spirit is definitely involved in salvation.)

Another biblical story illustrates this fact (see Acts 19:1-7). Paul met some disciples of John the Baptist. He thought they were believers in the Lord Jesus, because they talked so much about repentance. Paul, unaware that they were only disciples of John, yet knowing something was missing in these men, asked them an obvious question, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?"

The question itself proves that Paul, including the early church, believed that it was possible to be a believer in Jesus without having received the Holy Spirit. If receiving the Holy Spirit was automatic at conversion, then why did Paul asked the question, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?"


THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE
I was baptized in the Holy Spirit at the First Assembly of God church on Montana. The preacher asked for those wishing to dedicate themselves to the ministry to come forward for prayer. The first to come forward was a tall, slender fellow name Timmy. I thought, "If Timmy can go forward, I can too." So I followed him down to the front of the podium.

Without notice, something invisible hit Timmy, and down he went on the floor. Almost immediately, something hit me too. Down I went, prostrate on the ground. I began to weep uncontrollably. God's presence was all over me. This went on for several minutes.

The thought occurred to me, "This must be what my church has been talking about all these years. What is happening to me must be the baptism in the Holy Spirit." No sooner did I think that when I heard this scripture in my mind, "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues."
If I'm filled with the Holy Spirit, then I'll speak in other tongues, I reasoned in my mind. Right then, I began speaking in other tongues--and I haven't stopped yet! Glory to God!

You see, the physical proof of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the same evidence that the disciples had: speaking in tongues. You may have other evidences as well, but the one evidence you should have is speaking in tongues.

There are five examples in the Bible of people receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:4; 8:17; 9:17; 10:44; 19:6). In three out of the five examples we are told that specific signs took place. In the other two examples, the manifestation of physical signs taking place are implied, but not mentioned. Based on these two cases we cannot build any solid evidence as to what should happen when someone is baptized in the Holy Spirit. However, based on the other three examples we can build a good, solid case as to what should happen when someone is baptized in the Spirit.

We are told in these three examples that certain physical manifestations took place. In each case, more than one physical sign took place, which teaches us that there are usually more than one sign taking place when people are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Yet, there is one sign--and only one sign--that is common to all three examples. The identical sign was speaking in tongues. Based on this observation we can conclude that the standard sign of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues.

Speaking in tongues is the physical, biblical evidence that one is baptized in the Holy Spirit. We should not settle for anything less than the scriptural evidence.

If you haven't been baptized in the Holy Spirit, seek God about it and pray for it in faith. God never lets a thirsty soul go dry.


DO ALL SPEAK IN TONGUES?
Someone may say, "How can you say that all Christians should speak in tongues considering the apostle Paul's words, 'Do all speak in tongues?'? (1 Corinthians 12:30).

In this passage, Paul is talking about public ministry gifts that are manifested in the church. He is not talking about tongues as the initial sign of the baptism in the Spirit, nor is he talking about tongues as a private, devotional, prayer language.

You can recognize this by simply looking at the language Paul uses concerning speaking in tongues. In this chapter he calls speaking in tongues "different kinds of tongues" (see 12:10,28). "Different kinds" means "not the usual." The usual kind of speaking in tongues is a language no man understands or interprets. However, speaking in "different kinds" of tongues enables the speaker or someone else to recognize the meaning of the tongue and thereby interpreting it.

So when Paul ask the question, "Do all speak in tongues?", he is referring to the public manifestation of tongues which enables a person gifted in interpretation to speak out the meaning of the tongue. Not all have been given this gift of "different kinds" of tongues.

In the fourteenth chapter of this epistle, Paul corrects the misuse of tongues in the church. He told them to stop the practice gathering "the whole church [so] everyone [can] speak in tongues" (v. 23). Notice carefully that the "whole church" was gathered and that "everyone" was speaking in tongues. This clearly shows us that everyone in the Corinthian church was speaking in tongues. Most of them should have allowed those gifted in the "different kinds" of tongues to exercise their gift, and the rest should simply "keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God" (v. 28).

Friend, I encourage you to seek the scriptural evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and to settle for nothing but the best.




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I hope you guys have enjoyed the post today! It was acquired from the website: http://www.tbm.org/tongues.htm

I've been curious about speaking in tongues lately and have been doing some research. This is just one of the sites that I have read through. I would greatly appreciate your comments and criticisms (particularly those of Madeline!!)

God Bless,

Squeaks.

April 23, 2010

Pollish Shmolish!

Polls are for some people but I don't really know if they're for me. You see, I put polls up and I never really know what to do with the information. For example, the first poll I had up (if you've been with me for that long) was on whether I should change around my theme/background. Most of you voted that I should but that the changes shouldn't be too drastic. So what did I do? I added more gadgets in hopes to pacify you but...honestly, I really began to grow close to my blog background :P It just fits with my theme. The rest of the backgrounds out there just...they weren't my style :P

Currently, my second poll, is on your favourite way to worship Jesus. With four days left to go we're standing at:

71% (5 people) voted for WRITING
42% (3 people) voted for DANCING
28% (2 people) voted for SINGING and 28% voted for PRAYING
0% (0 people) voted for GIVING, PERFORMING, and OTHER

So what exactly do I expect to do with this information? Nothing really. I guess, if you're answering my polls then you have the right to know what I'm doing with that information. Honestly, as of now, it's for my own personal interest. Like...don't you guys think that it's intriguing that 3 people voted for dancing? Of course, I was expecting writing to come out at the very top, but dancing? That's pretty sweet. Okay, to violate the rules of a silent vote, I have to say that I voted dancing.

It's so much fun to just become completely oblivious to what's going on around you and dance for God. Writing is also an awesome way of worshiping Jesus too :)

While we're on the topic of information, I also wanted to give you a hint hint that I'm going to release a special something once my blog hits 20 followers (it's currently at 18)!! I'm not going to say exactly what that special something is just yet (no, it has nothing to do with free giveaways, sorry; and how about we dub this "special something" as The Ring, just to humour Tolkien). The thing is...with 20 people following, you'll all have a chance to enter into a draw for The Ring and because there is only 20 of you, you'll each have a better chance of winning than if there were 50 followers.

Okay, enough said about polls and The Ring [I'll leave you to decide what to do about that ;) ]. I'll be marching off to check out other blogs now!


Tootles...

Squeaks.

Verses on Love


 LOVE


1Jn 4:8 God is love, and anyone who doesn't love others has never known him.

1Jn 4:16 and are sure that God loves us. God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us.

Col 3:14 Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together.

2Jn 1:6 Love means that we do what God tells us. And from the beginning, he told you to love him.

1Co 13:4 Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 

1Co 13:5 rude. Love isn't selfish or quick tempered. It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do. 

1Co 13:6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. 

1Co 13:7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 

1Co 13:8 Love never fails! Everyone who prophesies will stop, and unknown languages will no longer be spoken. All that we know will be forgotten.

1Co 13:13 For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love.

1Co 16:14 Show love in everything you do.

1Pe 4:8 Most important of all, you must sincerely love each other, because love wipes away many sins.

Pro 10:12 Hatred stirs up trouble; love overlooks the wrongs that others do.

1Co 14:1 Love should be your guide. Be eager to have the gifts that come from the Holy Spirit, especially the gift of prophecy.

Eph 4:15 Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head 

Eph 4:16 of the body. Christ holds it together and makes all of its parts work perfectly, as it grows and becomes strong because of love.

Pro 3:3 Let love and loyalty always show like a necklace, and write them in your mind.

Pro 15:17 A simple meal with love is better than a feast where there is hatred.

Psa 85:10 Love and loyalty will come together; goodness and peace will unite.

April 22, 2010

Time For Love -- A Lesson in Intimacy with God


Yes, my most recent rave has been JoAnn McFatter's amazing album "Temple Dance"!! The songs are amazingly awesome and prophetic. I've copied out the lyrics for my favourite one, "Time For Love". You can listen to it by scrolling down to my little MixPod gadget on the right side of my blog and clicking the next button until you find it (there are only four songs on my MixPod).

I passed by and I saw you in your own blood, squirming.
I passed by and even as you lay in your own blood
I said, "live!" - o I said, "have life!"
later I passed by and I saw it was the time for love
I knew it in your eyes, it was your time for love
I spread the corner of My skirt over you
covering your nakedness
covering, covering - with My own skirt
covering, covering your nakedness
and I entered into a covenant with you
and you entered into a covenant with Me
now you are Mine and now I am yours
so I bathed you with My water
and I washed the blood from your body
and I bathed you with my ointments
and I gave you My scent
I clothed you with My own clothing
and I put sandals on your feet
I adorned you with jewelry on your arms,
'round your neck, in your nose, on your ears
and I crowned you with a beautiful crown
'cause now you're Mine
now you're Mine
now you're Mine.




Isn't that just beautiful? The Bible passage that this was derived from was Ezekiel 16:6-14, which states:

6 " 'Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, "Live!" 7 I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels. Your breasts were formed and your hair grew, you who were naked and bare.

8 " 'Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine.

9 " 'I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you. 10 I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put leather sandals on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments. 11 I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, 12 and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was fine flour, honey and olive oil. You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen. 14 And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.



Haha, I guess we do have a very intimate God who's jealous of us. Don't you think we should start accepting the fact that He's written and entire book (bestseller in the whole world, in case you didn't know) and He wrote it just for you! Like...Wooah! Doesn't that strike you as a little possessive and perhaps a bit in-love?? Maybe more like, very possessive and completely head-over-heals.

The Bible tells us that our God is a very very jealous God (Exodus 34:14). Doesn't it make you feel so good inside that there is Someone out there who is so very in love with you that He spent a large portion of history compiling a book for your to read about His love and everything He's done. He even spends time whispering, talking, even yelling into your ears how much He loves you (you know, we've gotten to be a bit deaf these days and I don't think it has to do with the music-listening earbud fad).

Our God has given us a ton of different tools that we can use to get close to Him. Don't you think a girl who is dating/courting a guy would appreciate it if he gave her his phone number, email address, and MSN ID? If he did, he'd be encouraging her to get in touch with him...he's showing her that he cares and wants to know more about her.

Well hey, I've got news for you! God has done the exact same thing for us. He's given us gifts of speaking in tongues and prophecy (to build ourselves and others up). He's given us His Holy Spirit...and He speaks to us in many ways. Guys, if you haven't thought of talking one-on-one with God then you might want to do that. He gets a bit miffed with us when we phone Him (prayer) and blurt out all our problems/wishes/desires and then hang up before He gets in a word. So I would love it if today you could take the time to sit in silence before Jesus and just ask Him what He wants to tell you. Write down whatever comes to mind...any thoughts. Don't be afraid about it...as long as it lines up with the Bible then you're good to go.

Here's a verse for you to check out:

"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
--Jeremiah 33:3--

Now folks, if that doesn't grab your curiosity (the fact that God wants to tell you secrets) then I don't know what will. :) So God bless you as you go along your way. And keep in mind, our prayers are like the smell of fresh bread to Jesus. He loves it and He's hungry for more! He doesn't just want your prayers, He wants intimacy (aka. if you smell fresh bread then you want to eat it right?). So why don't you set aside some time today to get personal with your Creator and Lover.

Squeaks.

April 17, 2010

God of Wonders by Third Day

"This dazzling infrared image from NASA's...

Lord of all creation
of water earth and sky
The heavens are your Tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on high

Chorus:
God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are Holy, Holy
The universe declares your Majesty
And you are holy holy

Lord of Heaven and Earth
Lord of Heaven and Earth

Early in the morning
I will celebrate the light
When i stumble in the darkness
I will call your name by night

chorus
lord of heaven and earth
lord of heaven and earth

Hallelujah to the lord of heaven and earth (repeat 3 times)

holy......holy....holy god.....

Chorus

Precious lord reveal your love to me....
Father holy..
(background)...Lord god almighty...

The "universe" declares your majesty
"you are" holy,holy,holy,holy
Hallelujah to the lord of heaven and earth 9x

April 16, 2010

Starlighter Giveaway!

Check out Nathan Petrie's blog "Whispered Roars" for a chance to win Starlighter!! You'll be loving this awesome book by Bryan Davis, so if you don't have it already, please head on over to Whispered Roars for your chance to win!

In case you don't know what Starlighter is about, here is a very short, condensed review by Nathan:



In Starlighter, by bestselling author Bryan Davis, dragons have kidnapped humans from their planet and taken them to theirs, enslaved them, tortured them, and worked them to their deaths. Years have passed since that date, and both worlds have forgotten. Darksphere, the human world, contains an organization that remembers the Lost Ones, those stolen from their world, and seeks the gateway to the dragon planet. But these people are mocked and scorned. On Starlight, the dragon world, those who remember and hold to the belief that they are not meant for slavery are similarly mocked.

But the lost will be found.

Bryan Davis again pens a beautiful, fast passed, epic tale of four teens' determination to do that which they know to be right. The plot was exhilarating, the characters were very clearly defined, and the writing was excellent as usual. Mr. Davis did what is every writer's goal--he created an adrenaline laced plot with believable characters. Given any line of dialogue I could recite the character that would have said it, each one was that real, and the story kept me thinking late into the night.

Also, this book is clearly a story filled with Christian themes. The basic plot line is a beautiful tale and challenge of reaching out to the lost. While the themes are clearly there I do believe the story can be enjoyed without noticing or understanding the allegory.

I'd recommend this book to any young adult, 10 and up. An excellent read for teens and adults.

And a cliffhanger to boot.


Squeaks.

April 15, 2010

Questions??

Alrighty! I'm excited for this!


If you have any questions that you'd like me to answer (pertaining to Christianity or writing) then ask away. If you want me to expand on a post, do some more news, or talk about anything, I'll do it for you (so long as it goes along with my values). So if you've got any questions or you're just curious, now's the time to ask!!
 

Squeaks.

April 14, 2010

Christ Thinks Me Worthy!

Hey Folks!

  I wrote a little poem after reading the book "The Final Quest" by Rick Joyner. I guess this is kind of my reaction to the writing...I don't know; it's a cool book though! 

  I hope you enjoy the poem :) 


Christ Thinks Me Worthy!
By Squeaks
Pure light through doorway,
I look and there is light...
Everywhere.
The door is open,
Calling me; I must enter.
Slowly, one foot before another,
I step inside.
The brilliant, blinding light shines.
Powerful, Exhilarating!
Yet where is the Source?
I see a hallway. White,
Gleaming hallway.
It turns ahead; I know the
Source is there, around the turn.
One step at a time. One foot, then the other.
Around the turn; shield eyes and
Lower head.
A voice calls softly
“Dear One!”
I look up, surprised to see Him.
Dressed in white robes, white and gold crown,
Silver sandals, silver rings.
I back away and whisper
“Guilty, guilty, I am guilty”
He stops; smiles; laugh!
I wait to hear his voice, it echoes so nicely
In this chamber...this gigantic, never-ending chamber.
“You have been freed!” He shouts in joy.
“You are free!” He laughs and holds out
His arms...those hands with scars.
Reverently, I approach.
He is the Source; He is Truth and Grace and Wisdom.
Tears flow and I embrace my Lord.
“You are loved.” He whispers.
My back tingles, like a thousand drops of water running down.
Then I see, His tears.
“Lord,” I bite my lip and wonder,
“Lord, be comforted.” I kneel and wait.
His tears turn to joy and to laughter again.
My puzzlement must have been
Written on my face. He stopped and pulled me to my feet.
“For what is to come, I weep.
For hardship, trial, testing, and pain.”
“Why weep, Lord, when it is I who must endure this?”
“If I did not weep, you would be unable to endure.”
With that truth echoing inside my heart,
I smiled and walked with Him.
He showed me His decrees, etched
Upon walls of sapphires,
And paintings that made emotions well up
From the pits of my soul
I walked for a long time,
Drinking in His love and holy presence.
After a time, He turned and spoke,
His green eyes glistening with love.
“You wonder at this chamber and
Its treasures. Yet, there is much more
To be seen, for this is but the lowliest of My Father’s
Riches.”
I wondered at how this could be.
“You need not know the reason now;
Only do this:
Tell every living human that I will freely give
Them this...and much more, because I love them.”
Wrapped in His embraced, I pondered,
Would I, too, part with all I had
Because of Love?
The Lord, the Source, bent and
Kissed my forehead.
“Let this be a sign
Of how much I love you.”
He pointed to a mural; I turned and
Fell upon my knees.
Such brutal imagery! My God
Nailed upon a cross! A Crushed Rose!
His eyes...streaming with tears and love!
I could handle it no more and
Turned my face away.
“For you I suffered, for you I endured the pain
Above all pains. A deep sorrow.”
My heart trembled,
“And I would suffer again.”
“Why Lord?” He looked and smiled
“Because you are worth it!”

April 13, 2010

A Wee Bit of Humour?

Here is your laugh for the day :P I hope you folks enjoy! Again, it's under the same copyright as before.


Squeaks.


Excerpt from Chapter 2!!


With a mental map at hand, he walked the way he’d been in his mind and soon found his nose overwhelmed by the smells of breakfast. Turning the last corner, he stepped into the kitchen. A loud, accented voice bellowed from among pots and pans and serving dishes.

“Aah! I tol’ you owt! Owt, owt, owt! Blastid mongrul!”

Galeron hid behind a large open barrel of flour and followed the tree roots in his mind until he was looking down on the head chef.

The man’s pudgy face was splotted with red and he had flour on his beard. He towered over Karis, waving a pan.

“But Malcom, father told me to tell you everyone is ready.”

Karis straightened slightly and lowered her hand from her head. Malcom feinted relaxation and then whopped her a good one on the skull.

“Thad’ll tich you fer stekin yer ‘ands in mine sawces!”

Karis rubbed her head gingerly and scowled as she stepped away. She knew better than to fight back, especially when Malcom had that large fillet knife strapped to his apron.

Galeron couldn’t hold in the laughter that was bubbling in his stomach. He finally let out a loud snort and proceeded to nearly choke as he crawled out of his hiding place and stood up, shaking with good humour.

Malcom slowly turned around and glared at Galeron,

“Owt of my kitchern. Owt!”

Karis cut him off as she stepped forward.

“Why you little sneak!” She fumed. Galeron was rooted to the spot with tears trickling down his cheeks and a large, impish grin stuck on his face. He’d never seen Karis look so ticked! Malcom’s accent, when he thought of it, sent him into another round of laughter.

Karis frowned and then snatched a pan and threw it into the flour barrel. The white powder gave a loud WHOOF. Galeron could be heard sneezing amidst the haze; when it cleared, he was holding his stomach laughing. His entire upper body was covered in a thin layer of white flour.

“DAT IS ENOUGH!” Malcom yelled and brandished his large fillet knife, which he swiped anxiously back and forth on his pants. Karis’s eyes widened and Galeron managed to stop laughing.

“BOLT OF YOU! OWT NOW!”

Karis didn’t need to be asked twice. She snatched Galeron’s arm and dragged him from the kitchen.

“That wasn’t funny!” She snapped, “I don’t appreciate being laughed at.”

Galeron snorted and brushed flour off his shirt. He mimicked Malcom’s accented tenor voice,

“Thad’ll tich you fer stekin yer ‘ands in mine sawces!”

Karis spun away and walked off, but not before Galeron could glimpse a smile playing on her lips. He licked the flour off of his own and called after her,

“I saw that!”

“Oh yeah?” She responded without looking back, “Go get breakfast or my dad will be even more livid.”

With that, she turned into one of the many passages and disappeared.





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April 12, 2010

Land of Mazes

Here is a little snippet from a book I started writing but just haven't managed to get past the second chapter XD Again, it's under the same licenses as before; enjoy!


“Have a nice stay?” Thia shook her head, “How can the sign say that when all we’ve been doing is fretting and worrying about how to get home? We don’t even know how we got in here!”

“That’s what I’m here for.”

The kids swung around. A man with white, frazzled hair walked towards them. The wind blew his tunic sideways and it seemed as though it were moving in and out of focus. Thia looked at Rick and Davy, then she slowly put one foot in front of the other.

“Sir, are you here to help us?” Thia’s voice trembled. She forced herself to remain calm.

“Indeed I am.” The man approached her and held out his worn, grey hand. Thia clasped it in welcome, relaxing slightly when she realized he was old enough to be her great-grandfather.

“You see, I’m here to help the visitors get through the Mazes and care for them. What can I do for you, my friends?”

Davy cleared his throat and glanced at the sack on the man’s back.

“Well, we uhh...just fell in here, I don’t quite know how. Uh, we’d like to go back home. If you please would tell us how we’ll be going on our way.”

At this the elderly man laughed and sat down on the ground in front of them. The three friends, somewhat unnerved, also sat down. It would be rude if they kept standing and staring at his white head, right?

“My name, friends, is Milkweed. I’m the Keeper of the Mazes, in fact, I was here when my Creator built them and I know every twist and turn and dead end.” He winked at them, then continued on, “I know your story. You were tossed to this planet by an angel who saved you from the clutches of a demon and his trouble making. Good news is, you’re alive and have survived the transition safely. Bad news is you cannot go back the way you came in, you must go forward.”


Squeaks.



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