Archive for October, 2011

The Great Gig In The Sky

Posted: October 31, 2011 in "While The Cats Away"
St. Peter's cathedral, built of granite, ever fearful of the answer... 
When the candle in the tunnel is flickering and sputters and fading faster... 
It's only then that you will know what lies above or down below. - Death Cab

 

Why am I alive? What is the point? What’s my purpose?… 

I’ve been asking myself these questions for a few years now. What is the point of life? What do I do with my time? Why do people have to be involved? Well, God has shown me a different look on Life than culture has taught Me. I’ll share a few short things that I’ve learned through lessons The Creator has taught Me.

 

No Matter What, We all See that Bright Light.

Why do we all end up at the same finish line? No matter how rich or how poor, how healthy or unhealthy, how famous or overlooked, Our clock stops ticking & we, once separated by how Rich, Smart & Popular we are in the World, share the same fate.(As in Body, NOT Soul)

Since we all are equally as mortal as the other, what is the purpose to living this life? And Who do We live it for?

 

Just like a faucet that leaks, there is comfort in the sound…

Money: The pattern seems to be get rich & die… Whats the point? I don’t want to live 80 or 90 years & have a billion dollars to show for it. Mathew 6:19-21 speaks of Not building treasures on Earth, But doing it in Heaven, Where they can’t be stolen or decay. & where your heart is, there your treasure will be too. So, there must be more than just Money & the short term comfort/material things that it brings.  Money, it can bring you a false security. Culture teaches about putting Our Faith in it… That it makes you more or less of who you are and were created to be. I found it’s sooo hard Not to buy into the lies Our culture preaches, especially when the people you look up to preach the same message.  So, FACT: Money is NOT the way to the Father & It wont buy me eternal life… It just doesn’t hold the weight everybody says it does. Don’t misunderstand me, we need money to buy food, ect… But, Money seems to be the big purpose in life for most people.  I’ve learned if you put your Faith in money, you’ll lack in having Faith in God. (Luke 16:13 says,  “No servant can serve two masters. The servant will hate one master and love the other, or will follow one master and refuse to follow the other. You cannot serve both God and worldly riches.” ) So, Money can’t be our God because it has the same fate as Us, Its here today, gone tomorrow.

Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.”

 

It’s Not My Life… Anymore.

The day I became aware there was & is a God & accepted that reality, I gave over my old ways of living without God & making plans to do Big things with my life & accepted My life is not my own… anymore. I began a journey of changing from earthly culture to Kingdom culture. When Jesus came he showed us the culture of where He came from & where we’re going. The Culture of no death, no sickness, no more separation from God, etc…

My reason to live, is to learn to Love. it is the only thing that won’t pass away. I live & follow the Father and become more about His Business than my own. To Make Him Famous, Not myself. To build His Kingdom, Not my own. I must become Less important, and make Him more important.

1Corinthians 13:1-3( I may speak in different languages of people or even angels. But if I do not have love, I am only a noisy bell or a crashing cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy. I may understand all the secret things of God and have all knowledge, and I may have faith so great I can move mountains. But even with all these things, if I do not have love, then I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned. But I gain nothing if I do not have love.)

 

Home is a Fire…

So, I look to whats beyond this life & make the choice everyday to choose God’s will for my life. There are days it’s more difficult & almost always the least popular choice to make, But I believe it is my purpose in life to obey & follow the Fathers will.

Gods heart is a consuming fire, that once you’ve experienced it, you will be taken over  & God will have his way.

Hebrews 11:1 “Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.”

Tell Me About It

Posted: October 28, 2011 in "While The Cats Away"

Holy Spirit, I thank you for being who you are and for being consistent and true. I thank you for being the God who hears. Amen.

I’ve always wondered if perhaps I (and others) might unnecessarily complicate some things Jesus said and did – the Gospel and the living it out part.

I read of the apostles in Acts who were being persecuted, thrown into prisons (by the Church!), stoned to death, etc.

Why? ALL they did was tell what they had SEEN and HEARD.

The Gospel to them was not just stories and tales of a kingdom to come – it was a person who was reality to them right then! They had HEARD Jesus talk about His Father’s Kingdom and they had SEEN Him demonstrate it. So all they did was SPEAK WHAT THEY HAD HEARD and DO WHAT THEY HAD SEEN DONE! Sooooo SIMPLE! And yet this simple lifestyle of theirs was so radical and INFLUENTIAL that it literally turned the culture of the time upside-down to the point where even imprisonment and death could not stop it! Even Jesus said that He only said and did what He saw His Father say and do.

I read this story the other day of a man who was born blind, Jesus healed him, and his neighbors asked the man how he received his sight. I’m paraphrasing here (you can read it for yourself in John 9 – there’s so much more goodness in there beyond this application!), but he says, “Look, I was born blind, this man named Jesus spat on the ground, made mud with the spit and the dirt, put it on my eyes, told me to wash it in this pool, and I could see.” Then the religious church people asked him the same question and he told them the same thing. At this point, the Jews and religious people were all upset by who Jesus was and what He was doing so they asked the was-blind guy what he thought about Him. The guy basically says, “I don’t know if He is or is not what you say, all I know is I was blind but now I see.” They didn’t like this answer so they asked him again what happened and he says to them, “I already told you, why should I tell you again? Do you want to become His disciples too?” They got angry at him and the conversation continued to the point where they threw him out of the church. All this man did was tell people what happened to him – he told them how he encountered this Jesus; and there was such purity and truth from this man’s simple retelling of his experience that it challenged the corruption, hardness, deception, and frailty of these people’s hearts. It challenged the status quo.

Jesus, I desire to know you more, more than before. To see you and hear you so that what comes out of my mouth is honest and true and pure. So that when I am challenged or even just questioned by a seeking heart, I don’t have to complicate anything, all I have to do is simply tell them what you’ve told me and show them what you’ve shown me so that You can show them Yourself in and through this life. Thank you for never leaving me…thank you for leading me. 

Just tell them what I told you

And show them how I love you

Then let your life be the song that’s never been sung 

Megan

Who am I

Posted: October 27, 2011 in "While The Cats Away"

WARNING: Contains small parts may be a choking hazard!  

The good news, this blog will not be a choking hazard, however the more appropriate warning might be WARNING: I am not a blogger/writer may cause confusion and sleepiness. 

As this implies writing my thoughts down and having them make sense is really not my cup of tea.  However when your father, who you greatly respect and don’t want to disappoint, asks you to write a blog for a day you don’t really say no.  So on to the blog…

He explained this to me as a diary/record for his family and friends to get to know him better.  So for those that don’t know me and those that want to get to know me better I’m Jeremy Peterson.  I’m 6’4”, 32 years old, been married to the most amazing and beautiful wife for almost 7 years (need all the extra points I can get), have 2 kids (Elijah (yes mom it’s spelt with a J not sh) & Ezekiel), and I’ve worked in sales for the best insurance and financial services company, Country Financial (shameless plug), for just over 10 years.  So is that Jeremy Peterson?  Gosh I hope not.  However isn’t that how we tend to describe people, or even to the extent that we know most people, that tall guy, that guy with the crazy 2 kids, the guy with the wife way better looking than him, etc….  Not saying I don’t do that too but it was recently brought to my attention through a book that this isn’t how god describes us, or knows us, so maybe we should describe people how god does.  So how is that?  Not obviously being god here’s my best shot, Jeremy Peterson is funny, patient, an amazing father, an incredible husband, a caring friend, extremely driven, a deeply spiritual man, and someone I have GREAT plans for.  It would be nice to stop there but for those that do know me unfortunately that’s not quit who Jeremy Peterson is either.  I’m not all that patient (yet), I’m not the spiritual man god has planned (yet), I’m not sure I’ve accomplished all that great of things in gods name (yet), you get the point. 

I’ve been reading a lot of good books lately Christian Atheist, Cast of Characters, The Cat in the Hat (about 17 times now) and there was a point made in one of those books, probably not The Cat in the Hat, which involved a story from Luke chapter 7.  In that story a certain immoral woman (probably not all that patient, not that spiritual, hopefully your getting the connection) crashed Simon’s dinner party for Jesus.  Oh the thoughts going through Simons mind at that point, but before Simon even said anything Jesus addressed his thoughts with a parable.  I’m not going to repeat the whole parable but if you feel moved you know where to find it, I mentioned it above.  It’s not the parable that stuck with me as much at first, although important, it’s the point that goes unnoticed of how god hears our every thought.  He addressed Simon’s concern before he even spoke it.  I don’t know about you but that’s a scary proposition to me, know way I’m going to heaven if he can hear some of the thoughts I’ve had.  However the bright spot was followed up with the point from the parable, “I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love.  But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”  So what does all this mean and why is that relevant here?  Well it goes back to my original opening who is Jeremy Peterson?  I’m someone who has been forgiven MUCH, someone who realizes that God has an amazing amount of love for despite my thoughts at times, and someone who knows God has a plan for.  However the mort important part, someone who knows God hasn’t given up on, as I struggle to get where he wants me to be.  I just need to continue to show much love for him as he will show me that much more. 

For those that made it to the very end, THANKS.  I hope this was worth the time you spent reading it, and most of all I hope you have a little better understanding at this point in time who Jeremy Peterson is.

Psalm 77

Posted: October 27, 2011 in "While The Cats Away"

Psalm 77

1 I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.

3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[b]
4 You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.
5 I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

7 “Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters saw you, God,
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder;
your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
your lightning lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

OPEN DOORS

Posted: October 26, 2011 in "While The Cats Away"

 What comes to mind when you hear the words “Open Doors”?

Is it that we need to be courteous to one another? Maybe that something good is going to happen to you? Or maybe that’s what men should be doing for their girl friend or their wife.

Any and all of them could be right, depending on the moment or situation.

But today I want us to look at it in a different light, the light of the Father.

In Colossians 4:3 states:

“Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ,…..” (MSG)

Paul was speaking here about how if we accept Christ and mean it. There will and should be a change in our lives and through those changes the “Old Us” will be no more and the new us “The Real Us” will show up.

Paul states near the end, we need to pray that God will “Open Doors” to share the mystery of Christ, so that all can understand.

When our “Real Us” shows up, then we will want to share what God has done for us with others.

Has the “Real You” come out and become what God has called you to be?

Do you see those “Open Doors” in and around your day to day life?

Seek Him, to know where He is to be found and walk through those doors with Him.

Just a though for today!!!

Wayne

Hi I am Ethan I am 10 years old and I am papa’s grandson. When papa asked me to do this I didn’t even know what a blog was so he explained it to me and now I am going to tell you a story.

Last Wednesday I was hoping for a toy to come in the mail. I got really angry when I saw it wasn’t there. All this made me very dissappointed. So for the rest of the night I was very dissapointed that it didn’t show up. I went to sleep that night, the next day I went to school like normal. I got picked up by my mom and she had my toy in the car. I was very happy but had made a big deal out of it the day before. All of my anger and dissappointment didn’t bring my toy, all it gave me was a bad attitude. That is why you can not let dissappointment get to you. God doesn’t like bad attitudes. I prayed about what to say in my blog and God told me to tell you that having a bad attitude doesn’t get you anywhere. It sure didn’t get me anywhere!

Okay, No Blanks!

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Wandering Thoughts

i have written today’s posts three times and attempted to publish it, three times, but… well let’s just say my expectations have not been met. Fault? It matters not but after three attempts i am calling it quits and going with silence for another day. What i wanted to post today seem right and valuable but… perhaps it goes with yesterdays quote.

And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation, and dodging his emptiness. T. S. Eliot

ed writes innumerable posts; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking after his own elevation, and dodging his emptiness. T. S. Eliot

 

Silence…

Posted: October 20, 2011 in Wandering Thoughts

And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation, and dodging his
emptiness. T. S. Eliot

A house divided against itself cannot stand. – Abraham Lincoln
If that quote is true then where does it leave me with my wife, my children, my grandchildren, the body of Christ, the world?
Unapologetically is the title but that is for me. i choose to have expectations based not on what is expected but on what is my response, whether met or unmet. That will probably make more sense once i finish this post.
The time has come to put this series to rest. Truth be told i wanted to put it to rest last week but could not get a release to do so and so i continued on, hoping for something more definitive. That may not be the case depending on the day and the hour. So i am left to a conclusion that i must hope and expect is from God. i spent the time in studying to show myself approved, i asked of the Lord and others for spiritual guidance and input, i prayed, asked, meditated and sat in silence. Those are all i know to do and what comes from that or what i am left with must satisfy.

As i sat watching a movie this weekend and looking back at having watched the new movie Courageous earlier in the week, i went to a lachrymose state. If you are not familiar with that word i posted on it months ago and basically it means weepy. This fact spoke to me and said that i have hope or i would not have cared and thus would not have cried. my tears are not given up easily. i will not go into the details of what moved me other than to say that it is a sin for me and i believe the church to allow the fatherless children situation (over 50% of children born in the next year are fatherless) to go unaddressed. That’s all i can say at this time. Sorry, bunny trail.

This past Sunday i wrote this, my conclusion to expectations. i see that this topic could be discussed for months if not years but i’m not up for that. So… i am going to revert to God’s character and nature as i have experienced it.

i do not necessarily think that God has expectations as much as i believe He has desires and the two are different.

Expectations: the act or the state of expecting: to wait in expectation. the act or state of looking forward or anticipating.

Desires: a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment: a desire for fame. an expressed wish; request.

i have tried to share the why of that determination through-out these many posts. i believe that my expectations, my hopes are to be in Him.

i do not really know if i should have expectations of others but i do and probably always will. my expectations are not to bring guilt and condemnation nor undue stress but they are a desire for everyone to experience the fullness of God and that fullness is beyond any human expectations. So, i will endure long with others. i will be patient with others. i will be kind to others. i will not be envious or jealous of others, i will not be rude or act unbecomingly toward others. i will not insist upon my own way with others. i will not record records of wrongs done toward me by others. And everyone knows the rest of 1 Corinthians 13 so i’ll stop there and finish by saying that i will behave in this manner not because anyone treats me that way although i will hope, desire and yes even expect that they will find these things in their hearts and through their own relationship with the Father. But… if they don’t, or when they don’t, when there is a gap between my desire and expectations for others and their behavior, i may weep, i may sob, i will most definitely hurt, but i will continue to expect and desire toward all people or life will be empty. i was meant to do life with people, not to endure them but to enjoy them as part of god’s creation.

From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ. So, being chosen by God for this new life of love, i will dress in the wardrobe God picked out for me: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. i will be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Colossians 3

So i’m sorry but nobody is being let off the hook. i am going back to the expectations i had when we all came together, when i was surprised by a behavior that was less than what was expected. i have expectations and i make no apology for it. i see such potential in those around me, so how can i not expect what i see.  As the Holy Spirit reveals each of you to me, i am to intercede on your behalf, that in itself is expectation.

my task in these expectations is to manage the motives.

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.Abraham Lincoln

Well this is out-of-order as somehow when i uploaded my closing post from my pad it somehow published it. my expectation of my electronis device is unmet. It in no way was finished. No spell check, no grammar check, no reread for thought consistency, just my gathering of thoughts. i thought about asking everyone to delete it and wait for tomorrow but… it’s out there and so i’ll let it be. If it’s too painful to read as is, i am correcting it and posting it again. But before that my last thought regarding this topic is this…

When what i was expecting to happen…doesn’t

And he gave heed unto them, EXPECTING to receive something of them. Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have, give I thee; (Acts 3:5-6a).

i have received a Christmas or birthday gift… that was not what i really wanted or expected? The attitude in which i said thank you was probably not really from the heart because of disappointment. But on the other hand if i receive a gift that i ” was expecting”…my thank you would certainly be from the heart. God does not look on the outward appearance the way i often do, but He looks on the heart… which reveals the motives of why something is done.

There will be times when what i may be expecting to happen will not…and it is important to keep an attitude of thanksgiving because, 1Thess.5 says in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. i am not to give thanks for troubled times… but in the midst of troubled times. The lame man was expecting silver and gold, but Peter and John did not have any, But what they did have was what the lame man really needed…healing to get up on his feet and never need to beg again because he would now be able to support himself. When what i am expecting to happen…doesn’t, i am to remember God may have something far better than what i was expecting.

And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called beautiful to ask alms of them that entered the temple…(Acts 3:2).

When i expect the best out of someone… i become surprised at the worst that occurs because i know that the person is capable of much more. If i identify myself by my problems it may be that i am expecting very little because i really don’t know who i am. Notice in the text that the man is
identified by his problem (lameness). Today people are called thieves. drug addicts, alcoholics, adulterers,etc all labeled by their problem, and these
people may expect very little in life because of not knowing who they really are. Now this may sound like my conclusion to this series but not so… at least not just yet. The man was lame and could not get up on his feet like so many people today…but his support helped him to do what he could not do on his own because they expected the best for him as well as from him. People who expect something special in life plan and prepare to get to certain places in life… and they do not allow their handicap to stop them. When something is really expected…persistence and diligence in the form of small advances may happen for a long time before significant change occurs. This man was born lame and only received a small amount of alms before he got his total healing. Little successes add up to big ones that’s why God says to despise not the day of small beginnings

Disappointment in life is directly related to my expectations. When i want something, expect to have it, achieve it or experience it and it doesn’t become a reality, i feel let down, upset and/or disappointed. Why would i set myself up for disappointment by creating mental expectations for some result that may be in the control of others: parents, a spouse, a company, a boss or a friend? i think on what i don’t have verses what i have. My daughter has recently shared some news that…. well wasn’t what appeared to be the best regarding here health. i had the opportunity to be frustrated and disappointed with what i would not have should her health fail completely. i also had the opportunity to recall all that i have had with her and to come to the conclusion that i am grateful for the time and i will not let what i want or my emotions want to take that away. By the time i recalled some of the memories i had a renewed expectation of more time and more memories for the two of us.

It is often natural and/or normal to want something i don’t have. To desire to achieve something i have yet to accomplish. To accomplish some task or enjoy some special status, recognition or power. It is not natural, however, to get everything i want in life. i can have almost anything i want – if i am willing to pay the necessary price (both short and long term) for it. But i can’t have everything i want! It’s just not that kind of world.

Disappointment is a part of life.

When i was young, my parents never considered my disappointment, but later i did experience a truth life wants me to learn – everyone experiences disappointment. No one is immune. i cannot escape it, i can only learn to manage it, and that’s not by eliminating all expectations.

If my disappointment is directly related to my expectations, what can i do to ensure that i am disappointed less in my life? And this is where the closing post was to pick up and bring this series to a conclusion.