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A Sermon Calling for a Good Response…the Best!

I took sermon notes and I’m copying them here. visualize we have an insurmountable obstacle before us. Attack is approaching from behind! Though the Red Sea opens and we see a way to advance, our enslavers still pursue! Until..until…until our call for deliverance is seen to have been answered in a plan laid ou long before, but carried out in a moment.
A compulsive ego will lay out many ways…better ways, even an only way to gullible and frantic minds. Holy Spirit offers a Best Way.
THERe has been put together a video meant to drive compulsives bonkers. It shows duct tape solutions, coloring outside of lines, a bag being opened from theb ottom! OF the ways to get to Seattle one way suggested was to walk. You are left telling yourself, “Sure, but, there is probably a better way.”
The preacher quoted Hebrews 11 where Enoch was selected to be taken because he chose the Best way…Believing that God exists and that He is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
A better testimony, and legacy was chosen by Abel whose best and first fatling offering was esteemed better than Cain’s…”some produce.” We also can be faithful despite our forefathers’ failures. Find out the Child of a King that you are, render no excuses, resist peer influence. You only have an audience of ONE!
When someone gave you a gift with your desires and needs in mind, was it not the more appreciated? You can tell the ones just grabbed off a gas station shelf!
When I give God my first and best He says I am storing up treasures in Heaven! If Holy Spirit says give, and you hear it loud and clear, why not do what is right? Even if it makes someone mad…even if it gets you flogged like the desciples.
Martha was out to be seen as the volunteer of the year while Mary idled her work time sitting at Jesus’ feet. One was good said the ego. One was the only best and needful place… said Jesus.
what ambition is worthy? Solving worries? A tem pursuit of a trophy and fame? Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness? A great age and honorable sons? Methusela was one, but even though Enoch attained the age of 365 he was honored by God who transitioned him to an undying state.
What is worship but the humble acceptance of His Love. It is vanity to think God could be added to or needs our praise! Who is your God? A harsh taskmaster or the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him for they are convinced they have a worthy pursuit and they will attain!
Paul said that for the sake of attaining Christ he had forsaken all. What he would attain was to know Him and the Power of His Resurrection!
We seek not just a ‘good’ response but a better one…the best!

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The Challenge of Seeking for “The Perfect”

Perfection is for geometry, not expectations. Especially in human relationships. These matchmaking sites can only filter so far when one is seeking the perfect partner, I suggest.
So did you have the perfect parents, or wish they were? How about perfect siblings or children?
Let’s face it It’s a fantasy to expect people to meet your expectations. It is more of an adventure to find that they do not. Whimsy makes for more delight, being caught off guard makes for not being bored, and an error, or mistake in perception leading to an argument lends another opportunity to practice forgiveness.
Really, being grateful, thankful and appreciative for someone who is important to you is an act of self-kindness. Perhaps you haven’t measured up to their ‘Perfection-measuring’ tape either.

Hawaii 2012 Hi, everyone, Let me tell you how I finally got to my first visit to Hawaii!

Hi everyone,  Here’s the story:  I had just heard last May of a new style of Manifesting your desires.  Previous plans had the goal at the top of the chart with a ‘to-do’ list to go down beneath.  This new style was much less stressful.

  You put a wish (a drawing picture or word) in the center of a blank chart and wait for your spiritual consierge (aka Holy Spirit) to gift you with a progressive experience until the goal is fulfilled.  This gift is written at the end of a sun-ray as it is received leaving you with a joyful heart of gratitude.

  I took a large white drawing board and wrote ‘Hawaii’ in the center.  Sure, the desire was born of jealousy.  Sure spiritual masters don’t care where they are.  But, hey, my sister had gone already six times!  And I was trying out this style of working with the Universe.  I believe it has the power and wisdom to work things out for the best for all concerned better than my pea-brain efforts.

  The next thing I knew it was June 20th when I suddenly remembered it had been a year since I’d gone on my Bahamas cruise.  Oh, yes.  There was a paid-for plane ticket in Gary’s name still unused!  I put a call in to United.  Oh, no, it was already past the forfeit date, but if a booking was made today they would reinstate it.  I was on the phone to Gary in a heartbeat.  He told me to research possibilities.  Of course I researched Hawaii.  But since I planned to go the cheapest way I researched Allegiant’s deals.  I checked availability after labor day since Gary said September was probably toward the end of his work season in construction.

  I found the best deal was Allegiant to Honolulu from Las Vegas Sat.Sept. 8th returning the following Fri. the 14th. with a Castle Hokele hotel special and promo code of 50% off.  The package including one carry-on each was around $1,300! 

  The unused ticket was for United, however.  I’d better not do any booking until Gary agrees.  He says partners don’t make unilateral descisions for the other.  He said he’d check flights to and from Las Vegas on United from Bozeman, Montana.  When he called back June 22nd, the first thing he said was, “Aloha!”

  Wow! The rays out from the center of my chart were beginning to look like the many beams radiating out from the sun. I watched Hawaii 5-0, TV Surfer movies, Paintings/ Music/ News/ Books and atlases and research  all telling me what to expect, where to get the best deals and the most activities for the dollar.

  Now I like to think of myself as an excellent researcher- so I spent the next three months online for hours looking up and interviewing people.  What was the best way to experience Hawaii?

  More than one island?  No- Oahu was it.  Learn to surf…golf?  No.  But i made lists of Museums, water-parks, luaus, hikes to waterfalls, tours, art-walks and the Polynesian Cultural Center.  Gary was amazed at my ever-increasing ‘to-do’ list!

  “Wait a minute!  Don’t lock me into your huff-and-puff, go-and-do stuff!  I’m going on vacation to sit in the sand with my feet in the water!”

  “Oh, then you don’t think I should buy a $208 Go Oahu card prepaying my admission to 30 ativities?”

“No, we can’t pack all that in one week and still relax!”

  I should have put pictures of my desired activities on another poster.  I really wanted to snorkel and see fish out on the reef.  I wanted to ride a boogie-board on the foam, and have my first kayak ride.  But partner only agreed to hike Diamond-head, see the blow-hole, visit Kailua beach and one tour-bus to a luau.  “You go shop while I go to the beach,” he said.

  He gave me a start locating booths of dickering salesmen under the huge International Marketplace Banyan tree. I negotiated the price of dresses down from $25 to $14 and Gary only paid $13 for his $20 Hawaiian shirt!  BUT, as we were leaving a salesman stopped us with a free gift.  Tickets to the Polynesian Cultural Center Luau and show if we’d only listen to a sales pitch for 90 minutes!  After three hours we got  our free tickets, but still we had to pay the bus there and back ($26 ea.) and tour guide with lunch ($26each)

  Still we saved big by filling the fridge from a stop at Walmart less than two miles from our hotel.  I purchased cottage cheese and added cut up    pineapple that I brought home from Germain’s Luau.  Yum!

  The sky was blue, the sea was clear and warm and my mind and body relaxed in the tropical sun.  Hm, I’ll leave my ‘to-do’ lists up to my spiritual consierge next time.  Next time?  Oh, yes!  Definitely!Image