DesertThe lights flicked off.More Like This
We're trying something new today.
Opening a door I wasn't sure if I was ready to enter.
But I went through it anyway.
I bowed my head and emptied my mind.
Not allowing any other thoughts to enter.
The air was suffused with cascading tongues,
Weaving through the air and through my mind.
I let it soak.
Let it take me away.
My body's going numb.
I'm drifting away.
I see a desert.
Something tells me I should say something,
That I should say it out loud.
But I'm scared.
And I don't know why.
My heart is pounding,
I'm so scared.
But I don't know why.
I feel him.
I feel him staring down at me.
My heart pounds even faster.
"Desert," I murmur.
Nobody heard me.
"Desert. Desert. Desert,"
Can anybody hear me?
"Desert. Desert. Desert. Desert. Desert,"
Why won't they listen to me?
"Desert, Desert, Desert, Desert, Desert, Desert, Desert," I say it louder this time.
I'm so scared.
"Desert, Desert, Desert,
He Is SaviorI've been waiting for Prince Charming to come,More Like This
Little did I know He already came,
Two-thousand years ago,
He came to save my soul,
I was waiting for my Hero to arrive,
I should'a known He's been here all the time,
Waiting for me,
To look into His eyes,
And I know it sounds so cliche,
But I gotta sing it anyway,
Jesus is everything to me,
Jesus is all that I need,
He's a father to the fatherless,
Grandfather and childhood friend,
Husband to the prostitute,
The widowed, rejected, destitute,
He's the Judge and the One who pleads your case,
The One who grants your freedom, and the One who takes your place,
He's your lover, He's your creator,
He's Prince Charming, He's your Savior,
Been trying to fill up the whole in my chest,
Yet whatever I put in this yearning can't be put to rest,
And if I look into the deepest parts of me,
I can see the place where You need to be,
Everything I actually wanted just leads back to You,
And if I'm honest with myself, I know it's the truth,
Everything I ever
The WHO behind the WHATWhy does Twelve Gates exist?More Like This
Why do we do what we do?
It's not really a matter of what we do. It's the who behind the what.
We do this…
…because someone in this world will read NARUTO but won't go to church.
…because someone in this world will read ONE PIECE but won't talk about God.
…because someone in this world will read BLEACH but won't pick up the Bible.
…because someone in this world may really need this right now.
We do this because of a person.
We do this because of a life.
This might be the most creative, incredible, powerful, awesome, and rockin' way to speak life into someone's world who really needs a word of encouragement today. In a world where everyone and everything is trying to tear us down and break us apart, this might be the only way someone is getting built up.
You have been gifted (1 Peter 4:10).
You have been made passionate about and able to do what God has c
Your Preparation PeriodI shamelessly stole this from SareSai, who recently posted this in her own journal. Check it out.More Like This
We want greenhouses but do not get them. - John Acuff
A few things that I have been working on for 6 years are finally starting to happen.
Things I pushed on are picking up speed.
Things I didn’t even think could ever happen are starting to come together bit by bit.
But the truth is, if you told me 6 years ago that it would take me 6 years to do these things, I would have told you, “I hate you.”
Maybe I wouldn’t have been that direct or blunt. I would have just said, “Thank you for your advice.” I would have shaken your hand and calmly walked away. But all the while, I would have been thinking you are mistaken. I would have thought I could go faster. That things would pick up speed sooner.
I wanted my career and dream to be a greenhouse. I didn’t want a long, slow hustle,
LightRed light, Blue light, Green lightMore Like This
Sun light, Moon light, star lights
Beautiful lights, Artificial lights
Light that makes people see
Lights that makes people blind
* * *
I see lights bright as the Sun and pretty as the Dawn
They're calling me "come, come, I'm the One, the Light you are looking for."
I ran I chased I stumbled
lights are fading away
I stopped and looked
They're still there
Far above, bright as the Sun, cold as stone
They are calling
I closed my eyes
And darkness consumed me
* * *
The light found me when I fell
It's small, bright and warm
I touched it
It sparks out the thousand colors of the rainbow
it runs around me
Dances and sings
The darkness was chased away
The light found me
* * *
The light asks me to hold it high
to let it shine, to let it heal, to let it dance
I said I can't
I'm too short and my arm is too weak
The light says it's all right
Just hold on to me
and I will give you strength and might
Don't hide me under other l
When You Want to QuitSometimes, this is just not easy.More Like This
I won't be the last to admit that this whole manga business for Jesus is pretty tough.
In fact, I might be the first to admit it. And often.
I admit it:
Sometimes, I get wore out.
Sometimes, I doubt my abilities.
Sometimes, I think this is worthless.
Sometimes, I think I am worthless.
Sometimes, I feel defeated.
Sometimes, I want to give up.
Lately, particularly due to certain circumstances surrounding me, I've felt even more strongly that it would be best to just give up. I heard in my mind again and again to just let go. To just quit. To stop making manga. To forget about TG. To stop trying to start something or accomplish anything or hope for greater things.
And then, because God shows up perfectly on time every time, I heard a message that reminded me of something very important:
We are vulnerable because we are valuable.
We are surrounded by forces telling u
How to Glorify GodHey everyone! Just dropping by to remind everyone that the Challenge #36 deadline (August 18th) is coming up fast, and the submission deadline for the September 2013 issue (August 21st) is right behind it! Make sure you're dominating the task(s) given to you with all you've got!More Like This
Speaking of dominating for God's glory, here's a short message [I underhandedly swiped] from Pastor Steven Furtick!
I hope it encourages you to keep living beautifully by doing whatever it is you've been given to do at this moment in time!
How to Glorify God| Pastor Steven Furtick
By this is my father glorified, that you bear much fruit.
The glory of God is the single most important thing in the world to God. And therefore you glorifying God is the single most important thing you can do with your life.
But if we were honest, most of us have little to