Christianity After Religion

Christianity After Religion

I enjoyed this book. I believe Diana has identified where many people are in their spirtual lives today.  We are definitly in a “post-Christian ” age and she explores what this might look like for many people.  If you are interested in exploring the “what next” in our spiritual evolution, it would be worth your time  to capture some of her ideas. Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler Bass My rating: 4 of 5 stars View all my...
How to make your life Miserable or Marvelous

How to make your life Miserable or Marvelous

How to make my life Miserable. 1. Focus on all the things you don’t have 2. Try to meet everyone’s expectations 3. Be a perfectionist and then berate yourself for not doing it perfectly 4. Try to control everything and tell people its your way or no way 5. Resist all change 6. When somebody gives you a compliment ,discount what they say. “Oh their just being .”  “Oh if wasn’t that big of a deal.” 7. Ignore God’s drawing you to share yourself with others. How to make my life Marvelous 1. Instead of focusing on the things you don’t have focus on what you do have 2. Instead of trying meet everyone’s expectations- be your self 3. Don’t worry about being perfect just do your best 4. Take care of your own life and let others take care of their lives 5. Be open to new experiences and ideas 6. Take in compliments and love that is given to you 7. Allow  God  to bring others into your life so you will be blessed and be a blessing. Watch your thoughts; they become your words. Watch your words; they become your actions. Watch your actions; they become your habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character for it will become your destiny.   — Frank Outlaw Be A Miracle...

Who Looks Funny?

  I love this picture. Some years ago my friend Steve and I dressed up for some event, I can’t remember. I was Gas Man (I’m on the left) and he was Wonder Woman. I keep this picture out to remind myself not to take” myself or life” to seriously. When I can play and laugh at myself, it helps me to get a lighter perspective on things going on in my life. We adults have a hard time playing and letting the child inside come out. As we get older we are suppose to “act” grownup. Many of us were taught that as we got older we were to get “serious” about life. We put our child- like characteristics away. It became harder for many of us adults to “play”.                            LUKE 18;16-18 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” I wonder if Jesus wants us to keep our child-like purity and playfulness? Do you have a hard time letting yourself play? Do you have a hard time giving yourself permission to have some fun and act like a kid again? Some of us even as children were never given permission to be kids. We had to be serious and grown up even as a child. I hope this week...

Trial and Error

I am so sorry for the old post that you have been getting.This  website,blog ,mailings, is all new to me but  I refuse to give up.  I will not little errors stop me from  using new technology. To many of my friends throw up their hands and  exclaim proudly,” I’m not using any of that  tech  stuff.” I wonder what they did when  we first had VCR’s or went from  8 track tapes to CD’s? Ok , I do know one person who still listens to music with his 8 track player,but he can’t get anymore parts for his player so when it quits I guess he just  stops listening  to music. I hope everything is finally fixed but if I still have some bugs to work out , I will NOT GIVE UP!  Please don’t give up on me either  – Luckily  the mailing list  is not big yet- you are the ones who have begun the journey with me to see what is ”Beyond Z” Let’s explore it together Be a Miracle...

Trial and Error

I am so sorry for the old post that you have been getting.This  website,blog ,mailings, is all new to me but  I refuse to give up.  I will not little errors stop me from  using new technology. To many of my friends throw up their hands and  exclaim proudly,” I’m not using any of that  tech  stuff.” I wonder what they did when  we first had VCR’s or went from  8 track tapes to CD’s? Ok , I do know one person who still listens to music with his 8 track player,but he can’t get anymore parts for his player so when it quits I guess he just  stops listening  to music. I hope everything is finally fixed but if I still have some bugs to work out , I will NOT GIVE UP!  Please don’t give up on me either  – Luckily  the mailing list  is not big yet- you are the ones who have begun the journey with me to see what is “Beyond Z” Let’s explore it together Be a Miracle...

Father’s Day

“I Dare You” by William Danforth was a book that had been given to my father when he took a course through Dale Carnegie in 1959. The table of contents had a chapter entitled,”You Can Be Bigger Than You Are.”There were also chapters entitled “I Dare You To Build Character, I Dare You To Think Creatively, I Dare You To Share.” He gave this book to me in 1979. I have read it numerous times over the years. This was a theme my father lived by and challenged me to live by. As he grew up in a conservative Amish lifestyle he felt he wanted more in his life. He dared to leave the farm and branch out to explore the world in front of him.  My father taught me by his example to always examine the beliefs we have been taught and be open to new understandings. This Sunday was Father’s Day. May you take a moment to reflect on what was the best thing your father taught you? Let us give thanks for the Father’s in our lives I like the title “I Dare You.”What is God daring each of us to do? Be a Miracle...