Live "in Color"

Try not to live in the black and white of conventional wisdom, judgements, or in the security of your own fixed opinions. Although a certain comfort they do bring... Instead, find a way to live in every color available on the palette of life, with a vitality as green as summer grass, a purpose as red as the blood coursing through your veins, a passion as purple as a cluster of grapes and with joy as generous and yellow as the shining sun.

Make a conscious effort to live from the heart and enjoy every moment of the vibrant hues that color your life.

Live in color...

-Chana




Considering the lilies...

A thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day and there are moments of God's grace, sweet epiphanies and great insights that are lost and overlooked because we are either too busy or in too much of a hurry to notice.  But we have to take care to notice...

There's something about the great outdoors that always centers me... and being able to intimately hear its wisdom and express some of its most beautiful sceneries through my senses and language is an all time favorite and privilege.

Although a typical eight hour day of professional work is necessary and worth its grain of salt for many things, it is not my provider or what truly sustains me. But consider the lilies and how the wildflowers grow... They do not labor or spin... and yet, the Bible says that not even Solomon, in all of his royalty and splendor was dressed like one of them.  And if God (our Father) clothes the grass of the field which is here today and gone tomorrow, then how much more will he continue to take care of you and me?

Take care to notice and consider the lilies...

-Chana

The Horizon

If the horizon represents our limits and familiar range of personal knowledge, experiences and understanding... then the only way we will ever grow, expand, improve and embark on new territories in our life is to go "beyond" it.





-Chana







Riding the Waves

When the waves raise within the ocean of my life, I try not to fear, argue or waste my time resisting it... Instead, I find a Boogie Board and RIDE that thing like it's nobody's business!

-Chana


The Posture of Gratitude/ A Quality of the Soul

Remembering to say "thank you" is a daily practice in my life, and having found the creative space and renewed strength that I need to breathe and write, I want to use some of it to give a heartfelt "thank you" to all of you for your love and support of me and for stopping by to visit my page.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is "The Ten Lepers" (Luke 17), and in remembering it today, I encourage you to practice being "one of the ten" who expresses gratitude and joy to God and others.

In the story, Jesus walked through a small village and saw a group of ten lepers.  Naturally, the lepers stood at a distance, as people with this disease were thought to be unclean... But they knew who Jesus was and that he had the power to heal them, so they wasted no time in calling out to him. They said: "Jesus! Master! Have pity on us!" And he heard them and said: "Go show yourselves to the priests"...
So they went on their way to see the priests, and as they went, they looked at their skin and noticed that their leprosy was gone! Jesus healed their disease... So they were all so happy that they ran up and down the streets singing and dancing... But suddenly, one of them stopped... and went back... And praising God with a loud voice, the Bible said that he threw himself at Jesus' feet, and said, "Thank You!"

Then Jesus said to him, "Didn't I heal ten men...? Where are the other nine"...? Has no one returned to give glory to God?

(And this is where I usuallly pause and ponder...)

I'm sure that we all can relate to being like these lepers at different times in our lives... busted, disgusted and maybe even lame... But we also can relate to the times that we cried out to God for help and Him saving us and answering our prayers.

So let us not be like the nine that got so excited about "the thing" they received that we forget (or fail) to stop, go back and thank God for providing it.  But let us be "one of the ten"... and practice gratitude.

-Chana




Rise & Grind!


Wake up hungry for what you have yet to taste in its fullness and FEAST on that which has already been given to you...

and know... the only place that "success" will ever come before work is in the dictionary.


Rise and GRIND my friends! and "stay hungry" for your dreams and visions that are filled with much purpose and success.




-Chana

Embrace the Wait

While many of us are waiting for specific things to change and happen within our inner and outer lives, let us not fail to see the "greater" purpose carefully tucked inside of this time...  For many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails... (Prov. 19:21). And to everything there is a time and a season... (Eccl. 3:1)

And since a season of waiting is "for" us and "all about us", let's use this time for what it's really for.  Total SURRENDER.

Embrace the wait.

~Chana

Dedicate this Day

Dedicate your day with the gift of dedication... for it is with the gift of dedication that a modest meal can become a feast and the simplest words can become a poem.  The simple and everyday things can even become meaningful and sacred with the gift of dedication.



With the gift of dedication, may we all experience the value in exchanging our petty concerns for the purpose of each day... and offer our time, work, and deeds (in such a way) that will help to transform people, places and things into something that's noble and worthy of another day of living...




Dedicate this day... 




~Chana


Valuing Your Part in the Whole/ "No One Alike"...

We each are born into this world distinctively different and yet, the core of what makes us different is as universal and as common as mud...



We "intentionally" have a unique mix of unrepeatable body and facial features, skin color, hair textures, muscle tones and different cultures, as well as a unique mix of environmental upbringings and experiences... and yet, some people want to be (and want "you" to be) like everyone else... (or just like them...)... but being the same would erase our very purposeful parts in the whole...


All of our parts are important... as we each have a unique song to sing, note to play, thing to create, and words to speak and write... about our life, God's blessings, life lessons, paths taken and experiences of love, losses, loyalties, dreams, doubts, disappointments, appetites, ambitions and anxieties... that "no one else" can do...


And this is just a PART (of the whole) of God's purpose for the entire universe...
So value it... and enjoy being the only you.




~Chana


Rekindle the Flame

God has set my heart ablaze with the fire of passion, purpose, and possibility... and I woke up today totally aware of my rekindled flame.

I am reminded of my process of meaning, and meaning-making... and how it has fueled the fires of purpose in my work, home, and larger life.
And my thought is...

May we "all" let our purpose find us... and discover our unique ways, reasons, and regions to serve.

And until then...

May my words be a lamp for those without light,
a ship for those with oceans to cross,
and a servant to all who are in need.

Rekindle the flame...


~Chana




My Path as A Pilgrim...

I balance the tension between longing and belonging, discovering and entering, cultivating and igniting... many people's hearts and souls.. and I like it.

But I also recognize my path as a pilgrim passing through...


I trust in my inner compass of hope, courage, and imagination... while never forgetting to bring my whole heart to the journey...

For it is only when I bring my "whole" heart to the journey that I actually "make" the journey and then an "impact".

My hope is for people to live more deeply and honestly... and to accept and honor each other's differences, embrace the unknown, celebrate their gifts, be purposeful and "passionate"...,  practice gratitude, grow through adversities, and be true to themself...

But this is my path... (or some variation of it)..  :-)
And it is simply my joy to be able to share it with you.

~Chana





Lion and the Lamb

There is a lion and a lamb inside of all of us... and it is a beautiful thing to me to be able to experience and witness them both laying down together... as we all are aggressive and passive, confident and fearful, defensive and vulnerable, etc.

But whenever I see more of one than the other inside of another... I never forget that they both "still" exist.


 ~Chana



Cherish & Spread the Light

If the Word says that "many prophets and godly men have longed to see what we have seen... and to hear what we have heard, but couldn't"... because their hearts were full, heavy, and fat... which made their ears dull... and their eyes able to only look/ but see "nothing"... so they could not understand and turn to God to be healed...

Let us be careful of getting a fat heart, yes?

And know... if you have eyes that can see, and ears that can hear, and a heart that truly understands, you are "blessed".
As the Word tells how "many" have longed for this very life.

Cherish and spread the Light.

~Chana


Improve on the Design

If you want to be successful and you want to go to the next level in your life, you have to invest in improving yourself.

Improve your behaviors, your thinking, what you value, and what you do with your time.

If you're doing what you've "always" done and believe things will (miraculously) turn out differently (at home, at work, in your health, and your emotions)... you are wrong.

You've got to improve on the design...


~Chana





Be A Winner

When you step onto the court (or the field) at home, at work, and in life... show up to win!

Be a winner in "everything" you do.


~ Chana


Decide and Dive

One of the greatest gifts in the world (to me) is time... And whenever I realize I'm wasting it, I stop and get out.

I know that making the decision to leave something is only the beginning... And diving into strong currents that will carry me someplace different is how it will end.

But some things "must" end in order for new things to begin, yes?

Keep pursuing your dreams...

Decide and dive.

~Chana





Building with Surrender

Getting to the point where we trust God entirely is something he wants us to do.
For God truly "reveals himself" to us when we trust him... and as a result... our faith and confidence in Him grows (and so does our relationship).

Whenever I find myself facing a hardship, uncertainty, worry, concern, fear, or one of life's many uncomfortable difficulties, I've learned to see it as an "opportunity" to know more of who God is by surrendering my control over to Him... and He's built on that.

And as a result, I have a foundation of solid trust inside of me concerning Him.

~Chana



The Exceptional Edge

Listening and developing strong and personal relationships with others in order to understand their requests and concerns is where I live... on the exceptional edge...

Live on the exceptional edge.


~Chana


View from the Top



If you've ever climbed a mountain, you know that reaching the summit requires perseverance, determination, and struggle...

And like a mountain, our journey with Christ requires the same thing... as he will often push us to a new and sometimes uncomfortable place in our life, but the pain always has a purpose...

And whenever we reach the destination he's leading us to... "the view"... is always worth it.



~Chana


Say “Yes” More Often



My birthday is in October, and about a month in advance I tend to pull away from things to reflect...

Today I reflect on how saying "yes" more often (to random things) brings much happiness.

Although our routines are important and help to keep our lives on track... it is the random "yes" to a lunch, a last minute dinner, a surprise visit, ride home, weekend outing, late night movie, walk, talk, or smile that keeps our lives fresh, young, and interesting.


 
Let us keep it that way and say "yes" more often.

~Chana



The Source of Our Strength

Where does our help come from?
Our help comes from the LORD...

And it is the precious treasure of the life of Christ that's been placed inside of our perishable containers that gives us strength.

Never forget that...


~Chana


Running To Win

In all of the things we hope for and pursue, let us also be sure we are running our race to win. As 1st Corinthians 9:25 said to run in such a way as to get the prize...

Athletes go into strict training and go through all of the trouble for a crown... a ribbon... or a silver cup that will not last forever.

But we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears..  Yes?

Let us keep on loving and serving one another in the places we are called to be (in our homes, on our jobs, and everything outside of that)... and be "purposeful" in "every step" while doing it as we head towards the finish line.


Run To Win.


~Chana 



Casting Our Cares



The most rejuvenating thing happens in the midst of worrying whenever I remember to "cast my cares"... as we are invited (in 1 Peter 5) to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and to cast our cares, problems, worries, and concerns on Him.

Do not refuse to let go of the worries and concerns that only make you feel miserable...

But let us "humble ourselves"... and "cast our cares"... and receive the new strength.


~Chana


A Closer View of You

Today I am refreshed by the closer view I have of you...

And (I know) it's not because of anything I've done.. but because of who you are.


 ~Chana


Rejection Is Direction

Whenever a door closes that I thought would be open to me, I see it as guidance, instead of a sign of defeat... 

Whenever a door closes that I thought would be open to me, I see it as God's direction, instead of his rejection of me...

Whenever a door closes that I thought would be open to me, I see it as a blessing to be able to avoid what "appears to be good" but is ultimately not the best for me.


Rejection is direction 


Chana


Invest In Your Passion

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If you have a passion for "anything", this video will surely stir you up inside...

In looking at the big picture, the questions I hope you meditate on are:

What are you passionate about?
And are you doing anything about it?


And if not...

Why not...?


Invest in your passion... and don't give up until you are finished.


~Chana



My Thoughts on "Potential"

The potential, talent, and abilities hidden inside of each of us is such an awesome treasure...

But most importantly, these things are given to us to enrich the lives of others...

Do not be afraid to reveal, unleash, and operate in God's brilliance resting inside of you.


~Chana


An Awesome Band Called "Kaptivated"

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I found this video and band a few weeks ago and (as always) prayed about what message God would like me to share.  And today... it all came together.   :)

The band's name is "Kaptivated", and the Spirit and power in their message
(I believe) speaks for itself...  So I will simply drop the scriptures that's been put on my heart to share and get out of the way.

Acts 1:8
Jesus said: When the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive "power" (which is ability) to testify about me with great effect.

Acts 2:17
God said: In the last days, I will pour out my Spirit (my Holy Spirit) upon all mankind... and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your "young" will see visions... and your "elders" will dream dreams...

Prior to that (in Acts chapter 2...)
Seven weeks had gone by since Jesus' death and resurrection, and the Day of Pentecost had arrived...
As the believers met together that day, there was (suddenly) a sound like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them... and it filled the house where the apostles were meeting. Then... what looked like "flames" or "tongues of fire" appeared and settled on their heads... and everyone present was filled with the "Holy Spirit" and began "speaking"... in languages they did not know... for the "Holy Spirit" gave them this ability...


So again...

In Acts 1:8
Jesus said: When the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive "power" (which is ability) to testify "about me"... with great effect.


And I believe this band (and song) does that.   :)



~Chana


Something To Remember...


Our one and only "big" job in life is to live our lives fully... as ourselves and not as anyone else... 

For nothing in life is as stressful and exhausting as trying to be someone different than who you really are.

Always remember that...


~Chana


The Hidden Ingredient...

When you discover and connect with what you are most gifted and talented to do... pay less attention to everything else.

"FOCUS"...

It's the hidden ingredient...

~Chana

A Call to Service

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Today's message comes with a  song and video by this guy name Uncle Reece.  The song is called "Until I Pass Out", and the scripture to reference is
Romans 12:1-2. 

In this scripture, Paul is encouraging Christians to live a life in service dedicated to God.

He said:
"Dear brothers and sisters, because of God's great mercy to us, I appeal to you to offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him.  For this is the "true worship" that you should offer... Do not offer and conform yourselves to the standards of this world... But "let God" transform you inwardly... by a complete change of your mind... Then you will be able to know the will of God-and what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect."

At first glance, this appeal may seem like an impossible task... But we should
all find solace in scriptures like these that reveal how we don't have to do this on our own... Yes?
As the word says... all we have to do is "offer ourselves"... and then let God do his work of transforming us inwardly...  

In the song, Uncle Reece said that he goes "hard in the paint" when he's worshiping... And I not only like this (and understand it), but want to explain...

"The paint" is an actual rectangle painted area on the basketball court (located between the baseline and free throw line)...  and it is not only the "most crowded" (and highly contested area) on the court... but is also where most of the action takes place in a game... And shots attempted here are (usually) only successful when made with a strong conviction to score (at all costs)... So to "go hard in the paint" means to play "aggressive offense" (in this area) when driving to the basket to score.

As I reflect on how this applies to us today, I can see how we all have rectangle painted areas on the basketball courts "of our lives"... And it is located between the baseline and free throw line of our hearts and minds... And it too is the most crowded and highly contested area..., and is also where most of the action takes place in the game of our everyday lives... And if we plan on winning anything (in the way of realizing our purpose, thriving in our walk with Christ, maximizing our opportunities, making meaningful connections, cultivating functional and godly families, managing our jobs, and reaching our dreams), we have to "go hard" in this paint... and put up the "strongest" of shots when driving to our baskets.


~Chana

Opportunities


When opportunities come your way, you have to take the shot...  For everything else in comparison is really just your practice and preparation....



    ~Chana

Live on Purpose

I've been wondering... what would happen if we all lived on purpose...?

If we all got together (and I mean "really" got together and connected...) and started building each other up and helping one another with the gifts that we have...

I bet that thing God put inside of you and that thing he put inside of me would bring forth something so amazing... 


~Chana 

 

Sharing Gifts


There is a place deep inside of me that is full of happiness, bliss, and peace...   And it exists beyond the surface of everyday activities.

I enter this space while working.. and bring gifts back to those that I love.


~Chana

A Flavor That Shines...

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In today's message, I want to share with you a song and video by this guy name Andy Mineo. 
The song is called "In My City", and the message is taken from Matthew 5:13-16.
 
In this scripture, Jesus is teaching his disciples about how they are the salt and light of the world...
 
He said:
"You are the salt of the earth... But what good is salt if it loses its flavor..?
You are (also) the light of the world... and a city on a hill cannot be hidden.
For no one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket... But instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 
So let your light and good deeds shine for all to see, so that everyone will praise and glorify your Father who is in heaven".
 
In applying this to us today, if you are a follower of Christ, understand that you've been given seasoning and light to add God's flavor to your everyday environments, and to illuminate the things of God...
 
But not just "in your city"... but in your family, on your job, in your school, in your marriage, in your friendships and relationships, in the way that you conduct business, and in just about every other place that God allows you to be as well.
 
~Chana



One of My Favorite Songs

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If I did this correctly, there should be a video here for you to watch today... :)
It's one of my favorite songs by this guy name Travis Greene called "Living Water".

I believe the message behind the song is taken from Jeremiah 2:12-13... which says:

"Be appalled, O heavens, at this... be shocked and utterly desolate, declares the LORD... for my people have committed two evils... they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters.. and have hewed out cisterns for themselves... (broken cisterns) that can hold no water..."

When I reflect on this today, I can see how we still do the same thing...
as I can relate to abandoning God during different times in my life... and digging out for myself a type of broken cistern I'd attempt to use to hold water I'd need to quench my thirsts... which never worked (btw)... as it was never meant to...

So this song is one of my favorites because it reminds of that... and also that the living water is all I need


~Chana

Laughing Off Guard

 
The best laughs are the ones that catch us off guard...
Yes? 
 
:)
 
~ Chana
 
 
  

The Reason We're Attracted

Attractions can be quite the mystery...

Yes...

But not all of them are limited to just a "physical" thing...

We actually meet and encounter each other for reasons
having to do with
unions... and reunions...

with our self...
with others...
and sometimes even God...

So be open.


~Chana


Friendship and Laughter

Friendship and laughter are both good for the soul... and the most wasted days are the days we spend without either...

Knowing life can present us with challenges everyday, having a good friend to laugh  at things with can make some experiences seem that much easier.


~Chana

Sell Everything

While riding my bike home the other day, the sobering thought came to me to leave everything... as I realize... that which I've been searching for most has already been found.
 
In this instant, the old country (with all of it's precious influence, success, affection and praise) lost it's charm with me...
 
I later read in the book of Matthew how the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man found hidden in a field...
 
It said  that when he found the treasure, he covered it up... and in his excitement and joy... sold all that he had in order to buy it.
 
I never understood the meaning of this scripture (beyond my intellect) until now...
 
So the message I want to share is that when you find the most valuable thing, do not hesitate to sell everything in order to buy it.
 
~Chana

A Message About Sowing...

Today I am reminded about the uncertainties of life...  And the bible reminds me to never miss a beat in sowing my seeds. 

Ecclesiastes said in the morning to sow your seeds, and in the evening withhold not your hand...  For you do not know which one will prosper... 

Whether it be this... or that...
Or whether "both alike" will be good...

Simply give in abundance in all things... so that you can reap in the same way.


~Chana


The Inner Compass

We all have an inner compass that points others in the direction of finding their own...
 
But we have to keep following it...
 
 
 
~ Chana
 
 
 
 
 

 

Changing The Lens

I'm observing more and more how the things we call problems today aren't really problems at all... They are just life situations we can either give a response to now... or simply have to wait until a later time when a means or solution is provided and respond to it then...

Perhaps our thinking (and the way we think about things) is the only real problem that exists...

But the good news is that once we see this... we can always make the adjustment and change our lens...

~Chana


A Regular Drink of Water?

It's easy to look at this picture and think... wow... I have never been this happy drinking water...

But what about "living water"...?

How many times have you tried to quench your spiritual thirst with physical things, only to find yourself thirsty again...? 

Jesus actually said that everyone who did this would find themselves thirsty again... because he was the only water that would never leave people thirsty again...

Scriptures also say that "On the last day of the feast, the great day, that Jesus stood up and cried out..., 'If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink... And whoever believes in me, as Scriptures has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'...


I imagine this kid is drinking the "living water"...


And when I see such happiness and joy (in remembering a message like this), I can't help but to be happy with him...  :)


~ Chana



The Treasure Within




Everything we pursue in life (materials, relationships, goals, etc.) have to do with our pursuit of happiness, fulfillment, and a more complete sense of self...
However, none of the things or means we appraise and believe to be able to give us this can actually deliver..... For true happiness, fulfillment and a complete sense of who we are can only be found within.

We can go unconscious and focus on "things" to be "the thing" that is of greatest value... Or... we can stay awake and see the treasure that is already hidden within.


~ Chana



Witnessing Wildlife

Knowing the soul is naturally shy... I like to create a quiet space between me and another that welcomes and support their inner journey... (whatever it may be).

And sometimes I'm lucky... and catch a glimpse of something inside of them so raw, innocent, beautiful, authentic, wild, honest, and free...

And then it fades...


But I always consider it an honor to have witnessed it...  :)

What a beauty. ..


~Chana




What about the "little things"...?

The so called "little things" is what give the BIG things in life meaning.
 
Take the time to enjoy them...
 
~Chana

An Epiphany...

I was lonely until I saw you...
I was lonely until I saw you because I thought that you saw me... and we were seeing each other...

I'm not so sure that you see me at all though... but I still see you...  I see you wanting me to see you... and at times, I also see you wanting me... 

I can't be sure it is really "me" you want though... as much as it is just my attention you seek...

All because you see that I see you...

What an epiphany...


Something I Hate..


Sometimes whenever I have a great sentence or two..., I like to show it off (in a way) ..
And I feel like I want to "spit nails" whenever someone tries to finish the sentence for me... (as if they had anything to do with it)...

Besides stopping to look at this person as if they have two heads... I tell them...please...don't do that...

But I'm learning...

Some people actually think they are being really sweet and cute, and are letting people know how sensitive and smart they are when they do this...

But I figure...
If they really want to be smart... they would let other people think they are smarter than them... by not impressing them with how smart "they" are... in the middle of their damn sentences...

But then again...
Maybe that's just me...

You Can Stop Ignoring People Now...

One day people are going to realize how much of a waste of time "and energy" it is to worry about what other people think about them.. because the truth is... you can never really know what another person is thinking...

And...honestly...? people are usually not thinking about you (at all)...  Because most of the time... they are too busy worrying about what other people are thinking about them...
So...all of those terrible things you thought people "might" be thinking about you...?
Are yes...
Just your own thoughts about yourself...

So you can stop ignoring people now and looking at them all crazy...