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Pull Up A Rock And Relax


Pull Up A Rock And Relax, originally uploaded by Calpastor.

I absolutely love the sound of running water. The sound of running water is very relaxing to me and helps me focus and think clearly. I know they sell CD's with the sounds of water but they're just not the same. There is a nice pottery place in Berkeley that sells these really cool, four foot tall, fountain vases that produce an amazing running water sound. I might settle for something like that but I would much rather just set up a desk right by the river and work from there.


Rising Above The Confusion


Rising Above The Confusion, originally uploaded by Calpastor.

Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the LORD—rejoice in his presence! ~ Psalm 68:4

A while ago, I mentioned that the SUN might not be shining outside but the SON was shining in the church. After services, one of the men of the church approached me and said, "Pastor, the sun is always shining, it never stops, we just don't see it sometimes because of the clouds".

Very wise insight!

This past week the sky was dark and ominous in the valley as Kathy and I headed up the mountain road that leads to King's Canyon National Park for a birthday adventure. The air became thicker as we climbed into the clouds, limiting our ability to see things clearly. Once we reached a certain altitude though, we found ourselves above the clouds. We stopped and gazed in awe as we were reminded that the sky was still blue above the clouds, the sun was still shining, and we were able to see things clearly.

The next time things seem dark and ominous in life and we find ourselves having a difficult time seeing things clearly, head for higher ground. Get as close to God as we possibly can. The closer to God we get, the better perspective we have on things. We can rise above the darkness and confusion by getting closer to God.


More Than Just Beautiful Words


From The Rock, originally uploaded by Calpastor.

It's easy to read through the Psalm and just be in awe of the words used to praise and worship God. But they are more than just beautiful words. They are honest and accurate expressions of worship. The Psalms are "God Breathed" just like the rest of scripture. They are God's revelation of Himself to mankind.

God provided water for the children of Israel from the rock in the wilderness and He can meet any and all of our needs. Even in life's wilderness moments, He is there and able to provide for us. Follow Him. Trust Him. Depend on Him.


Pumpkin Pie Potential


Pumpkin Pie Potential, originally uploaded by Calpastor.

I love this time of year! Fall weather, colors, foods, you name it. Snapped a quick photograph of some pumpkins at a local fruit stand. I like the way pumpkins look but I don't think they reach their full potential until they are served up as pumpkin pie or a delicious pumpkin soup. The interesting thing is that they once they reach their full potential they are...gone.

I think we're a lot like pumpkins in that once we reach our full potential for God we are pretty much gone... We are no longer living for ourselves, Christ is in control.

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." ~ Galatians 2:20

We can continue just being ourselves or we can surrender to Christ and reach our full potential.


Stay Spiritually Hydrated


So Pants My Soul, originally uploaded by Calpastor.

"As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God." Psalm 42:1-2

Our souls need God. We thirst for Him. Just as the body needs water, so the soul needs God. We have to continually hydrate the body and if we wait until we actually feel thirsty then we have waited too long. We would do well to continually spend time with God, so that we don't become spiritually dry.