Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Memoirs of the Oil Lamp

Greetings Everyone, 

It's been a while since I've done a freestyle post so I thought I'd try to write one before I head of to bed for the night.

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the Oil Lamps I have collected over the years trying to decide which one to let go of with the upcoming move. As of yet I haven't been able to let go of any of them, but I have been thinking about them, not in the way you'd expect though. 

For some reason I've been stuck on how they work. I've been stuck on how each component by itself does't make it an oil lamp but when combined we are given this wonderful little invention, that I'm addicted to collecting, LOL.

As I thought about this in more detail, I began to make a connection with it all. I'm sure many have made this connection before but still, it really caught my attention. Each component of the lamp has to be in place for it to work, if even one piece is missing the lamp becomes relatively useless. 
Without the Glass surrounding the flame it cannot be controlled.  Without the lamps base it cannot stand on its own. Without the burner it will never be able to store or control the wick. Without the wick it will never shine. Without the oil it won't light properly. Finally, without the connecting collar from the base to the burner the entire lamp can never be put together in the first place.
You see, all of these things work together to give us light and every part is important in its own special way. They are each quite vital to the function of the lamp.  After I thought about this for a while, my mind began making spiritual connections all over the place.  I can't go through all of them in this post (because that would take too long, LOL) but I think I might make some time to do so down the road. For now I will leave you all with this one...
Just as each component of the oil lamp works together to bring us light, So should we as believers. The world is a very dark place and when we as Christians work together, we bring light into the darkness.
 Here is a scripture for us all to think about "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." (John 1:5 NLT)

 Thanks again for visiting "The Gathering Room"

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you... (2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Whats new from us!!

Dear Readers,

It has been a while since my last posting hasn't it. Life with two very young children has kept me very busy. Not to mention everything else on my plate. Traci and I are working very hard on getting the book 'Ahavah' Writings for the Journey completed, (It turns out my grammar wasn't the best in the world, LOL). We are making progress though, editing is almost complete so all that will be left is to get a few more proffers to go through it and the forward done.

This is very exciting for me, as many of you know, has always been a dream of mine to write such a book as this. I know in my heart of hearts that this is the beginning of a new phase in my Journey with God and am ready to see what God will do in the coming years.

As far as Ahavah Journey Ministries or AJM we have been putting together our vision for what it will look like and how to pursue it when the time comes. I have to say, WOW!! It's going to be great and I can't wait. We are even more excited about AJM than the book, but as my mother always said, "take it a day at a time my son, a day at a time..." The end result of the thoughts God has placed on our hearts is going to be an amazing journey to embark upon.

We are also working on some ideas for Kedoshim: The Journey Begins, as well as some other books too. Needless to say, we have plenty of ideas coming our way and not a lot of time to get them going but we are working through it all one day at a time. I would love to share them all with you at some point and as time goes by I plan too but for now I am headed off to bed praying for a restful night.

Thanks again for visiting "The Gathering Room"

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you... (2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),