Month: March 2017

Lenten Safari: 40 Days/WEEKS 2 Blissful Authenticity

Matters of the Heart


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1989 (14)

Matters of the heart have the power to derail us from all that is true or propel us into all that is possible, and each of us chooses.  There is literally no aspect of life that is not affected by matters of the heart, because our motives matter in everything.  So, as I have been in this process of winding down my volunteer mission experience here in Guatemala in the midst of this Lenten Safari, it has presented an opportunity to reflect on the heart experiences that have sustained me and those that have drained me.  For the reality is that the words and actions of others can help and heal us or hurt and harden our hearts if we allow what was hurtfully said or done to us to get into us and if we then fail to reject that poison and sift it out of our hearts. (more…)

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Lenten Safari: 40 Days/WEEKS 2 Blissful Authenticity

All Signs Lead Home


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1989 (12)

Repost from…Go…Be…Serve…Guatemala Mission

Now, in following the Spirit, there is always a time to come and a time to go, and I try to pay attention to the signs so that I don’t miss my exit.  For in order to hear Spirit and not the random opinions of the crowd or your own insecurities, you may have to be silent and attentive to the myriad of ways in which Spirit speaks to know when to come and when to go.  In coming here, I saw a job announcement on Facebook within seconds of my friend Clarissa (who would become the project’s new Executive Director) posting it, and I was led to investigate the opportunity.  I went through the interviewing and screening process in November 2014 which ended in an invitation to begin service in March 2015 and in a need to raise about $10,000 per year to supplement the small stipend that volunteers received.  At the time, I had no idea how it would all come together, but I knew from experience that where God gives vision, God also gives provision.  Therefore, I said yes to Guatemala without having an airline ticket, monthly supporters, and not even 1% of my $12,000 annual budget. (more…)

Lenten Safari: 40 Days/WEEKS 2 Blissful Authenticity

Extending My Spiritual Family


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1989 (10)

Repost from…Go…Be…Serve…Guatemala Mission

As God has promised not to leave us comfortless, the true essence of who I be that transcends race, culture, and relationship status was not deprived of the bonds of family defined by our connection to Spirit.  This brings to mind my grandmother’s certain but comedic way of discerning folks.  If she did not like what she discerned, she would say, “my spirit don’t agree with” him or her.  And just like everywhere else I have been, I have found those with whom my spirit “don’t agree” in Guatemala, as well as those with whom my spirit does agree–my extended spiritual family.  In this family, there are no hierarchies or boundaries that separate but only the Spirit who unifies.  So, although I arrived in Guatemala without a defined support system, I did know the three people that the Spirit used to get me here–the executive director, her husband, and their son–and while I’ve been here, the Spirit has connected me to an extended spiritual family. (more…)

Lenten Safari: 40 Days/WEEKS 2 Blissful Authenticity

Barren In A Beautiful Place


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1989 (9)

Since we are talking about God getting our full and undivided attention and about getting to the heart of the matter, I felt it appropriate to share about how God has gotten my attention in beautiful Guatemala.  I am currently in the midst of a 4 part series on my Go Be Serve Guatemala Mission blog site about my volunteer in mission experience, and because this season of my life is so relevant to our Lenten Safari journey together, I am sharing Part 2 from that series below. (more…)

Lenten Safari: 40 Days/WEEKS 2 Blissful Authenticity

Get to The Heart of The Matter


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1989 (8)

Now that God’s got our full and undivided attention, it’s time to do the internal work that we often neglect in favor of busy work, to do the work of cultivating good soil so that we can get at the heart of  the matter by dealing with the matters of the heart.  Back on Day 9 as we touched on the yin and yang of legitimate power, we discussed how the first and great commandment “to love the Lord your God” (Luke 10:27) always begins with the heart, because “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)  Whatever is planted in the heart, sprouts out of the mouth, out of one’s actions, and during this Lenten Safari, we must deal with the matters of the heart in order to cultivate the good soil that will bear the fruits of the Spirit, to purify our motives. (more…)

Lenten Safari: 40 Days/WEEKS 2 Blissful Authenticity

Full And Undivided Attention


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1989 (6)

As I have been in the midst of a wilderness experience for the last 16 years which has mostly been a succession of two year mini wilderness excursions, I have come to realize that the places the Spirit has led me have never been just about the tasks at hand but about the work God was doing in me.  This Lenten Safari is no different in that the important external work God is calling you to beyond the wilderness, requires you to do the internal work while you are in the wilderness.  It is the hardest yet the most important work you will ever do, because it requires you to remember who you be so that you can embody the life you were created to live. (more…)

Lenten Safari: 40 Days/WEEKS 2 Blissful Authenticity

How Good Is Your Soil?


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1989 (5)It is in the wilderness that we discover just how good our soil is, because we begin to learn some things about ourselves that we might have missed while life was bountiful and on auto-pilot.  According to the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8, the prerequisite for planting good seed is having or being good soil.  Therefore, as we shift our focus this week to a more in-depth look at harvesting your heritage, we will look at what it means to be good soil capable of bringing good seed to harvest. (more…)

Lenten Safari: 40 Days/WEEKS 2 Blissful Authenticity

Harvest Your Heritage…Leave a Legacy


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We are all born into a heritage that–depending on one’s belief system–we did or did not choose, and yet we are responsible for knowing that heritage and determining the type of legacy we will leave for those coming behind us.  Now, while I have no farming skills nor even a green thumb, the imagery that comes to mind is horticultural, for taking on the duty to know and acknowledge the truth of one’s heritage is tantamount to planting good seed in good soil.  That is how you harvest your heritage and that is how you leave a legacy. (more…)

Lenten Safari: 40 Days/WEEKS 2 Blissful Authenticity

Shake the Family Tree


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1989 (2)

Our arrival in time and space, and our identities are shaped by those who came before us–the generations of foremothers and forefathers who represent the bloodline from which we descend, the heritage from which we have come.  When we shake the family tree, we find those who have contributed not only to our genetic make-up, but to our endowed and/or indebted start-up in this life. (more…)

Lenten Safari: 40 Days/WEEKS 2 Blissful Authenticity

Born Into A Hostile Context


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In the midst of this Lenten season, there is a painful awakening going on, a long overdue recognition of America’s brutal past as it is played out in the present, and a surprising-for-many, but not for most realization that the characteristics which are representative of Jesus like hope, love, mercy, truth, justice, humility, self-control, equality and unity are willfully absent from the systems of these “yet to be United States.”  It is during this season that we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and anticipate his resurrection, that we reflect on his life as Emmanuel–God with us–the Light of the world, Who announces the reign of the Kingdom of God and leads those who are willing and obedient into a new way of being–a higher level of consciousness.  So, think it not strange that the civil unrest in the face of legalized racism, xenophobia, acts of treason, corruption, state sanctioned murder, mass incarceration, Jim Crow Esquire laws, etc. has risen to a new level under #45 as president.  After all, America is a nation founded on a white supremacist ideology with a patriarchal bent that has widened the net of marginalization beyond the legalized discrimination against and murder of Black and Brown people that has been acceptable since slavery, and indeed since America’s inception. (more…)