#38. “Understanding God’s Will: How to Hack the Equation Without Formulas” by Kyle Lake

Great post by a great guy!

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“Typically, our problems in describing Jesus come when we try to paint Jesus with just one brush in just one color.”

“A successful life is a transformed life.”

“Love God. Embrace beauty. Live life to the fullest!”

The book deals with a question every Christian struggles with in their walk. What is God’s will in my life?  I’ve struggled with this question the last couple of years.

Pastor Kyle Lake gives practical advice or principles in understanding God’s will. Breaks the trends of following God’s will as a formula. He teaches that we can understand God’s will in three alternative metaphors : discipleship, kingdom and fatherhood.  The book ends with 3 appendixes where Pastor Kyle interprets some well known passages like:

Romans 8 :28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called…

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Rest

Psalm 62:1-2 I find rest in God; only he can save me. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Isaiah 30:15a This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…”
 
Yes, Lord. 

Digital Spirituality

Digital Spirituality

I’ve been thinking about visual communications and spiritual practices/disciplines in the digital (does that word even suffice now? it sounds old for some reason…) age for a while now, seeing the need for bridges between the “ancient” contemplative practices and the digitized modes of communication most of my generation and younger relate to and rely on. I fell upon this, sighed, and breathed a quiet, “Thank you, Lord.”

Feet.

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

Isaiah 52:7

 

Speaking of feet, I am moving my India blogs, photos, and videos to a linked blog: http://comewithmetoindia.wordpress.com

More free online storage 😉

First 24 hours in India

Initial impressions & observations:

1. There are a lot of men here. Way more men than women in India due to female infanticide, apparently. Sad 😦 There must be something very special about Indian (and Chinese) women because the enemy hates them… I imagine that Indian women are the crown jewels of India (while Chinese women are the precious gold -or jade- of China), but their nations don’t know it yet. Lord, let Your kingdom come to Asia! Let the women of this & the next generations be allowed to LIVE & thrive!!!

2. It’s not as hot & sticky as Hong Kong was, but it is sure smelly (or fragrant, depending on what kind of odors you find pleasant). Spices and curry, anyone?

3. There’s a lot of traffic, and rules are treated as general guidelines… in general. I anticipate that Los Angeles and even the inner cities will feel like well-organized and spacious areas by the time I’ve been here for two months.

4. Food is great, so far. Hong Kong food was really good, too, but India has got its spices down! We had Pizza for lunch today and everything had solid flavor & a kick to it!

5. Colorful. India is so colorful and just FULL of life, activity, and vibrancy. We walked quickly through a fruits/vegetables market and a fabric market for just five minutes and I was overloaded with myriad colors, smells, sights, sounds, flavors, textures, etc… it just shouted to me, “LIFE! LIFE! LIFE!!!” I loved that the markets were FILLED with women and children, some men, too. Indian (and American, if you count my American hosts/teammates) women in traditional Indian clothing (kurtas and saris) are so lovely, at every age, skin color, shape, and size. 

 

I’m totally exhausted emotionally and mentally, though I’m doing rather well physically and spiritually. The team graciously allowed me to stay home w/another team member tomorrow and rest instead of going to the 8:30a church two hour service. *Thank you, Jesus*

Isaiah 30:15a-b, “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to Me and resting in Me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.” Yes, Lord. I’ll rest in You, any day! Especially tomorrow 🙂

I had sweet times of connecting & prayer w/a few friends recently, so grateful for the love & support of friends and family… it is what keeps me grounded and steady as I step into a very dark spiritual territory and an even darker and more evil trade (human trafficking).

Seriously, thank you for sending me, supporting me financially, emotionally, and spiritually & really, for being on this journey in Asia with me as partners ❤ Because of God’s presence and your love, I am being blessed & transformed. 

yours truly,
hannah in asia.