11 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Einstein

When most people think of Einstein, they think of the theory of relativity and “the world’s most famous equation,” E=MC². However, we can learn a lot more from Einstein than just scientific formulas and theories.  Albert Einstein also offered renowned knowledge in how to become your best self and enjoy life to the fullest. Even if you have no interest in science, you can still apply these valuable lessons to your life today.


1. Value Your Imagination

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” -Einstein

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” -Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” -Einstein

“Imagination is the highest form of research.” –Einstein


2. Never Stop Being Curious

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ? Einstein

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” -Einstein

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” -Einstein


3. Be Willing to Learn New Things

“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” – Einstein

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” -Einstein

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” -Einstein


4. Realize that Growth Comes Out of Failure

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

“The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.” – Albert Einstein

“You never fail until you stop trying.” -Albert Einstein

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. – Albert Einstein

“Only the one who does not question is safe from making a mistake.” —Albert Einstein


5. Dare to be Different and Take Initiative

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” – Albert Einstein

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. – Albert Einstein

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” – Albert Einstein


6. Live in the Moment and Realize that Beauty Exists Everywhere

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“I never worry about the future. It comes soon enough.” —Albert Einstein

“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.” Albert Einstein


7. Live Selflessly and Value Others

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

“Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.”

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”

“We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.”

“Enjoying the joys of others and suffering with them—these are the best guides for man.” – Albert Einstein


8. Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

“I admit that thoughts influence the body.”

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein


9. Unleash Your Greatness

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein


10. Be Kind to All Living Beings On Earth

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Albert Einstein


11. Trust Your Inner Voice

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

“Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.”

“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” – Albert Einstein

God Who Sees me

Hagar’s name for God when He saw her affliction (Genesis 16:13).


At a spring in the wilderness

on the road to ‘Sure’

where I am in the in-between

of where I’ve come from

and where I am going…


God meets me

to help me

on my way to ‘sure’

by asking His timely wise questions

helping me to see and know

Where is it I have come from?

Where is it I am going?

He doesn’t come to tell me

He comes to ask me

to tell Him.


This God Who Springs forth

in dry places

where I don’t know where I’m going.

I drink.

I listen.

I answer.

In the answering I understand me

and I realize I am understood.

His breath blows on my understanding

it’s like a dance

He and me

figuring out me, together.


Peace comes…

even in this unknown place


as I comprehend

I’m never alone

but known,



And suddenly

little me

“Slave girl of Sarah’

carrying child not Your plan

know Who You are.

You are El Roi.

For I have seen

the One Who Sees me.


In the seeing Who You are

I know who I am

and where I am.

I am ‘one who is seen’


I am in Your watchful care.

No matter between

Wandering (Kadesh) & Cold (Bered)

on the road to sure….

and the most amazing thing

is You allowing

little woman slave me

to NAME God.


I know You see

I know You see me

and I know this:

You are The Mighty

who condescends

to the low.

You, All-Knowing


onto every path I go.

You – Living Water

spring forth in my thirst

and memorialize my passing

with a well named after Yourself.


~ thoughts inspired from Hagar’s story in Genesis 16.

BY: Janet Robinson

I See You

“YOU – FULLY ALIVE” series…
by Janet Robinson


“I SEE YOU.” A few years ago the movie Avatar made this phrase famous. It means: I see into you – I see the substance of who you really are.

Lately, God has been highlighting a similar phrase to me, from Psalm 139: “Your eyes saw my unformed substance.” We usually attach this phrase to our in utero beginnings alone, which is the context for David’s original prose: “My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].” (AMP) But the way God has been emphasizing it to me lately is: MY EYES SEE YOUR UNFORMED SUBSTANCE – present tense.

Quantum physics has revealed the truth that in order for something to exist, it has to have a ‘conscious observer.’ How meaningful is it that GOD SEES our unformed substance?? God sees things into existence! Namely, you and me! His observation causes ‘the substance of who we are’ to come into being throughout the course of our lives!

As a counselor, I meet men and women all the time with ‘unformed substance.’ Isn’t it true of ALL of us? We each arrived on the planet with ‘substance yet unformed,’ needing to be SEEN in order to be called into existence. In Ephesians 1 we’re told that God thought each of us up before the foundation of the world. All He dreamed you could be is in seed form within you – waiting to be observed, noticed, validated, fertilized, watered and called to life. Who of us had parents with enough time, patience, wisdom or love to actually see all their was to see about who we were made to be? Many or most of them were not truly ‘seen’ by their parent’s either…. and the unseen substance of many generations, therefore, has remained unformed.

BUT GOD. The God of Ephesians 1 also promises through the prophet Isaiah (58:10-11) to bring ‘who we are’ out of ‘obscurity’ by guiding ‘us’ continually and satisfying ‘us’ in drought and in dry places – to strengthen our frame (or the framework of ‘who we are’) – until ‘we’ become like a well-watered garden; like a spring of water whose waters fail not! And He develops this promise further saying once ‘who we are’ is strengthened… we will become the ones who bring to life the ‘unformed substance’ of many generations: “And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of [buildings that have laid waste for] many generations; and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.” (vs. 12)

Take heart! Because God continually SEES YOUR UNFORMED SUBSTANCE,  ‘all we are meant to be’ can still be formed, or called into existence! “Who you really are” has a constant ‘conscious observer.’ The God who, “calls things that are not (yet in existence) as though they were” (Romans 4:17), knows and sees who you are! He has foreseen your unfolding, and is orchestrating your becoming, throughout every day of your life! “Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139 : 16)


Lord, sometimes I realize I don’t yet fully know ‘who I am.’ Whether because of neglect or trauma – I am not whole. I thank You that You have known, and loved, ‘who I am’ from before the foundation of the world. Thank You that Your plan is to unfold all of me throughout the days of my life. I give to You my “YES.” My permission. From Your position of ‘conscious observation,’ keep calling to life the ‘unformed substance of me’ that You see. I choose to cooperate with You in the process of my continual unfolding… to satisfy Your Great heart and bring Glory to You, my Creator and Lord.

Sing your Song

Remember The Carpenters? (this will date me!)
“Sing… sing your song…sing out loud…sing out strong;
Don’t worry that it’s not good enough, for anyone else to hear…
just sing…sing your song!”

If you know me, you know I love to write. I absolutely believe in the power of daily journaling. It has been such a key tool in my personal journey to becoming ‘what God meant when He meant me,’ that I have a not-so-secret desire to inspire everyone I know to journal!

There have been several days in my life that I’ve come to look back on as ‘a first day of the rest of my life.’ Many of those transforming moments happened while journaling. Here’s one I will never forget… It was early in my ‘journey.’ I had begun being counseled and was in the early momentum of discovery. One morning this truth rolled (exploded?!) off my pen: “I AM A BEAUTIFUL SONG THAT HAS NEVER BEEN SUNG.” I was stunned. It was so true. I didn’t yet know ‘who I was.’ Let me make it personal: THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL SONG THAT HAS NEVER BEEN SUNG: YOURS!

Now think for a minute. Can you imagine if the most amazing composer of all time (David calls Him the Chief Musician) wrote the most beautiful songs ever written, and then some (most?) of them were stashed away…. hidden… forgotten… never seen. Never heard. Never known.

Years later I would hear for the first time that every living creature’s DNA is made up of….musical notes! WOW. Did you know ‘your song’ can actually be ‘played’ from your DNA? As well as a swan’s… or a leopard’s…?! At the same time I learned that flowers don’t actually open in the morning because of dawn’s light, but because of the songs of the birds at dawn. Music…. causes all creation to open, to live!

Look with me, for a minute at just a few places this truth about ‘YOUR SONG’ is hidden in the scriptures… The Song of Songs:Solomon is said to have written 1005 songs and this was “the most excellent of them all.” It’s a love song. A duet, really, between him and ‘his favorite’ among all his lovers. A friend wondered out loud, one day on the phone, why would God use the story of a polygamist to demonstrate Christ’s love for his bride?? Great question. These are my thoughts: As ‘the redeemed’ – we all, together, are ‘His Bride.’ I challenge you – spend time soaking in The Song of Songs – take it personally, and you will begin to discover that out of all the others who make up ‘The Bride of Christ,’ YOU are singled out in His heart. Your own relational journey with Him is of massive importance. And ‘your own Song of Songs,’ literally – a duet you alone can make with Him – is waiting to be heard. It is His deepest desire – and yours – and the world’s around you… that your own ‘Song of Songs’ be heard!

Then there’s Genesis 4. This story has always fascinated me. Maybe because I’m a counselor and deal with family dysfunction regularly, but REALLY: fresh out of Eden’s perfection, there was first degree murder in the first family on earth! In the middle of this story God interacted with Cain to woo his heart away from the devastating power of his unresolved jealousy and hatred. He gave him this instruction: “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” I’ve studied it out. Most fascinating: One of the meanings of “do well” in Hebrew is to “make a beautiful sound!” God was, in essence, saying to Cain, “Son, you are a beautiful song that has never been sung!” I compare you to no one. Don’t covet your brother’s life – I’ve given to each their own unique ‘sound.’ Find yours. Become it, live it – sing your song – and you will not be disappointed!

Remember: You will always make a good ‘you’ and a crummy copy of somebody else.
There IS a beautiful song that has never been sung – YOURS!
I challenge you… Sing YOUR song!


I read a prophetic word for the Body of Christ recently that said, “You’re in the ‘Big Leagues’ now… that’s why you are taking ‘bigger hits’ than ever before.”

Do you relate to that word??

Two Awake & Arise conferences ago, I felt in my spirit so strongly, and spoke, that ‘The stakes are really high.’ It matters so much that we heed the voice of God and say YES to his leading – right NOW.

I am seeing how true that is in my and many other’s lives around me. I am witnessing the fruit of people saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to His voice and have never been more aware of ‘the power of our own choices’ in leading to life or to death.

Last September I received a prophetic word that said, “There is a storm coming, the likes of which you have never seen,” followed by some reassurance that I would be ok. I wanted to reject that word, but as I asked God about it, I kept seeing a vision of a huge wave, like a Tsunami, coming toward me. During worship one evening I was asking God about it again, and asking Him what I was supposed to do to prepare, if indeed this storm was on it’s way. Suddenly He showed me a doorway in the midst of the wave, and spoke to my heart, “Janet, I want you to step through this doorway in the wave – and come into My rest. I don’t want you to ride out this storm.” At the same time someone handed me a note that said “Psalm 91.”

“She who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand.] I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! [Then] He will cover me with His pinions, and under His wings shall I trust and find refuge.” I’ve repeated this out loud every time I begin to feel anxious or upset as I walk out my present circumstances.

Further, verse 8 and 14-16 promise: “Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.” And, “Because she has set her love upon Me, therefore will I deliver her; I will set her on high, because she knows and understands My name [has personal knowledge of My mercy, love and kindness – trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake her, no, never]. She shall call upon Me, and I will answer her, I will be with her in trouble, I will deliver her and honor her. With long life will I satisfy her and show her My salvation.”

Two Psalms later David says: “The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up the roaring of their waves. BUT the Lord on high is mightier and more glorious than the noise of many waters, yes, than the mighty breakers and waves of the sea.” (Psalm 93: 3,4)

Selah. Pause and calmly think about that. 🙂

If your life is facing a storm right now, welcome to the Big Leagues. Set your love on Him, heed His voice, and come join me in ‘the secret place.’

The stakes are high.

This coming August 2-4 is our next Awake & Arise weekend conference. It will be held at 3210 Meridain St., Bellingham, Wa. It’s sure to be a most glorious, powerful time of transformation in His presence. You may want to join us. Consider whether this is your time to SHINE! [You can register at https://awakeandarise.com]

Living Out Your Liberty!

We just completed an Awake & Arise weekend in Bellingham, Washington. It is always an immense privilege, for me and the intercessory team, to see, experience, and be part of God at work, setting His children free.

I always rest for two days after, soaking in His Presence and rejoicing over what He’s done (as well as get a massage, eat pizza, and watch a movie with my husband) before re-emerging into my work and daily routines. My thankfulness is always heightened by reading all the written testimonies of transformation from those who attended.

Now, for the crucial follow-up work of WALKING OUR YOUR HEALING

James 1:25 says: But (s)he who looks carefully into the faultless law, ‘THE LAW OF LIBERTY,’ and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], (s)he shall be blessed in his/her doing (his/her life of obedience). AMP

This is one of the most exciting scriptures of instruction for continuing in your new found freedom! Exciting because of what it actually means:

‘The Law of LIberty” means:
~ The principle of
‘unrestrained exemption from obligation or liability!’
‘Free citizenship!’
~ A
‘prescription’ to ‘go at pleasure’!
~ To
‘graze’ at will, in God’s good pastures.

THIS is the ‘law’ we are exhorted to continue to look carefully into, to persevere in heeding!! Remember and obey the principle of unrestrained exemption! You are not obligated! You have been pardoned from liability! You are free citizens! You have received a prescription, written by the hand of ‘The Great Physician’ Himself – “Go at pleasure.” You are invited, daily, to graze in green pastures your Shepherd will lead you to (Psalm 23).

Focus on this – faithful to persevere in looking into it – and you will walk out your healing and live out your liberty. Every day keep your eyes on the truth – the GOOD NEWS – you ARE FREE, and you are BEING SET FREE!

Daily Prayer/Declaration (agreement with TRUTH):

Dear Lord,

THANK YOU for all You’ve done for me, and will continue to do!

IT IS WRITTEN: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY (emancipation from bondage, freedom). [II Corinthians 3:17]

I CHOOSE LIFE! – that me and my descendants may live and may love the Lord God, obey His voice, and cling to Him. For He is our life and the length of our days, the we may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to give to us and to our descendants forever.” [Deuteronomy 30:19-20]

IT IS WRITTEN: “So if the Son LIBERATES me [makes me a free man/woman], then I am really and unquestionably free [FREE INDEED]!!” [John 8:36]

In this freedom Christ has made me free. I will stand fast then, and will not be hampered and held enslaved and submit again to a yoke of slavery.” [Galatians 5:1]

YES! I give you continued access to all that I am today. You have my permission to continue working Your Truth into my life, setting me free!



All Is Well — and All Will Be Well

Father’s Day. A happy day for some and a very difficult one for many – depending on the quality of ‘fathering’ we received from ours. A father’s role in our lives is to SECURE us, by PROVIDING a sense of IDENTITY, PROTECTION, STABILITY and SAFETY. The good news is that our earthly father is not our bottom line. As Christians, we actually share the best dad in the world – our HEAVENLY FATHER.

When Jesus came to earth – He brought His Kingdom with Him. In His first sermon – on the mount – He introduced to us the King of the Kingdom – His Father. Except He didn’t say – “My Father” – He said “Your Father in Heaven” – twelve times in Matthew 6. His introductory statements in Matthew 5 are:

Matthew 5:45 …your are the children of your Father Who is in heaven, and…
Matthew 5:48 your heavenly Father is PERFECT.

The hebrew word for SECURITY is shalvah. It has nothing to do with insurance policies or large bank accounts or stock piles of weapons. The root meaning is leisure – the RELAXED STANCE of one who knows that EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT because God is over us, with us and for us in Jesus Christ.

The biblical message is: Relax. We are SECURE. God is running the show. Neither our feelings… nor the facts… nor the possibilities are evidence that God has abandoned us. There is nothing more certain than that He will accomplish His salvation in our lives and perfect His will in our histories.

Three times in His great sermon, after introducing HIS FATHER AS OURS Jesus, knowing how easily we imagine the worst, repeats the reassuring command, “DO NOT BE ANXIOUS…” (Matthew 6: 25, 31, 34).

While in Germany recently, a new friend shared the best definition of ‘worry’ I’ve ever heard. WORRYING = dreaming with the devil. The opposite, then, would be to HOPE. HOPE = dreaming with God. Hope is possible because… evil is always temporary. The worst does not last. Nothing counter to God’s justice has any eternity to it.

Scripture does tell us some things that are EVERLASTING:

Isaiah 9:6 His Name shall be called … Everlasting Father.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge and dwelling place, and UNDERNEATH ARE THE EVERLASTING ARMS.

At the bottom of everything, always, are our perfect Father’s MIGHTY, POWERFUL, OUT-STRETCHED ARMS that are ETERNAL, WITHOUT END. WE ARE SECURE.

All Jesus teaching seems to hinge on this singular truth concerning the nature of life: It is all right. Do not worry about tomorrow, I have come that you might have life abundantly. Be not afraid. Over and over, in parable, story, and example, He insists that regardless how it goes for us, we are cared for, we are safe, we are all right.

To live this out in our daily lives, we all have a need – to be restored, at a heart level, to THE HEART OF THE FATHER. The Old Testament ends with 2 verses that announce this theme as the central focus of the New:

Malachi 4:5, 6 Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

This verse has a New testament counterpart:

Luke 1:17 …turn the hearts of the Father’s to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

We understand the nature of the curse that has to be reversed, in studying the meaning of the word disobedient children. When father’s abandon their children (by turning their heart’s away from them) the children become “disobedient”: the Greek word apeithes (from which we get our english word apathetic). This word means unpersuadable and contumacious (a new word for me). Contumacious means insubordinate; rebellious; willfully resisting authority. Syn. obstinate, stubborn, unyielding, headstrong.

The root words of apeithes are I (as neg. particle) and peitho, which together mean: a child who has become disobedient is no longer able to ‘be convinced,’, ‘be pacified,’, ‘give assent’ (to evidence or authority), no longer able to ‘rely’ (by inward certainty), or :- agree, be assured, believe, have confidence, obey, be persuaded, trust or yield.

This is what happens to a child’s heart, when he or she experiences their father’s heart being turned away from them. This embodies the curse released by to the next generation by abandoning fathers. This is why the heart’s of father’s must be turned back toward their offspring, and the heart’s of children turned toward their father. This is the curse Jesus bore, and broke on the cross, when He cried out:

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour (three o’clock) Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? – that is, My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me [leaving Me helpless, forsaking and failing Me in My need]?


Our Father in heaven, break this curse off our land, and our lives – today! Father forgive our fathers – for they haven’t known what they’ve done to the children. Forgive the children, for they haven’t known what their hardened, disobedient, hearts have released in their lives and the land. Thank You Jesus for what you did for us on the cross. Thank You for experiencing Your perfect Father’s turning from You, so that our hearts can be fully reconciled to His perfect Fathering of us all. As we forgive our earthly fathers for the ways they’ve wounded us, reconnect us fully to the perfect heart of Your and our heavenly Father. It is what you came to do. It is what the land cries out for – let us, in this time, manifest as the glorious children of God in the earth. Thank You that we are SECURE. That ALL IS WELL and ALL WILL BE WELL because… UNDERNEATH ARE THE EVERLASTING ARMS!

Honor Asks

“Good question…”

A good question is powerful. It causes us to search for an answer that needs to be found. I aspire to be one who asks good questions, because I believe others finding their answers is more important than them hearing mine. It is a guiding principle for all good counseling sessions. It is a guiding principle for all respectful relationships. Honor asks. Good questions empower people. 

God’s first questions in the Bible tell us a lot about Him. His response to man’s fall from glory is,  Where are you?”  Then, “Who told you that…?”  And right after the exodus from the garden, to Cain… “Why are you angry?” He asks questions not because he doesn’t know the answers. He knows. But His way is not to tell what He knows. His way is to invite man into relationship with Himself. He asks because He is inviting Adam to contemplate and then relate ‘Where he really is…’ and admit the truth about ‘Who it is who told him he was naked…’ He invites Cain, in the midst of his melt down, to bring his feelings and struggles to honest relationship – ‘Come and tell Me about it.’  In relating, there will be in-to-me-see, there will be honesty, and there will be a transfer of life.

The enemy, too, knows about good questions. Leading questions. His questions, from the garden with Eve to the desert with Jesus invite to relationship with lies and destruction.  “Did God say?” “IF you are who God says…” And with a good question, the seed of doubt is planted. 

God is relational. As His image bearers, so are we. To the core. He invites our questions. The God of the Universe wants to discuss things that matter to us, with us. He does not tell us the answers. He loves our process of discovery within a safe, honoring relationship with Himself. He assumes we have something important to say. Something worth listening to. He even allows human beings to change His mind. He allows Himself to be ‘affected’ by us and our perspective. He is secure. Secure enough to not have to be the ‘know it all’… the one always ‘in control,’ although it is His right. “Come let us reason together…” says the God of the universe to the little man He created. I value your thoughts, your opinions – lets sit down and discuss this together. Tell me how you see this thing… 

Revelation 4:1 Come up here.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord.

Psalm 18:35 Your gentleness and condescension make me great .

Some good question I’ve been asked:

“What kind of fish do you want?”
This question came from God to me during Bible School. The obvious context is “I  will make you fisher’s of men.” He was asking me who I wanted my life to impact. I knew He would give me what I answered. I answered carefully!

“What are your life’s three passion words?”
Mine? ‘Awakening.’  ‘Grace.’  ‘Glory.’  
What are yours?

“What is your life message?”
My life message has to do with ‘Transformation: the awakening of who we really are, by the power of grace, for the glory of God.’ I live to make ‘Spiritual realities emotionally practical’ for others. This has been my life journey in God, and we can only impart what we’ve become.

Good questions. God questions. 

Now it’s your turn.

God, what question do You want to ask me today? 

Keep Looking Down

Ephesians 2:6 And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). [Amp]

A few years ago while on a ministry trip to central B.C. in Canada, a friend of Awake & Arise said something I will never forget: “Keep looking down!” I had to ponder this for a minute, being used to hearing the opposite, as in “keep looking up!” I’ve decided I like his version best, for it is more ‘true’ of who we really are, in Christ. Pondering this in my quiet time today, the following rolled out of my heart…

Holy Spirit, take me
into all You have for me
don’t let me live a small life,
less than ‘eternity.’

You’ve called my life to walk anew

in paths You’ve made for me and You
that lead to undiscovered lands
approached by those free of world’s bands…

With ‘fear of man’ under our feet

and ‘awe of God’ allowed to lead
and ‘sights’ not down in low doldrums
but set on Heaven where life comes from!

I’m made for more than just this life

‘earth-bound’ I enter needless strife
like eagle’s taunted by the crows
but soaring; high above earth’s woes.

This is the life You’ve made for me

Heaven come, till I’m ‘made free!’

Remember… Keep looking down!!! 
(Thanks, Todd!)

Consuming Fire

Hebrews 12:29
For our God [is indeed] a consuming fire!

Swirling Glory
Powerful Fire
fierce & glowing
higher & higher

Burn the dross
till all is new
Make my life
as fresh as dew

that can distill
at God’s own will
in places broad
or unknown still

For I am Yours
sent by Your love
to release Your grace
to any place

fulfilling with pleasure
what You desire
at the bid of Your Wind
at the sound of Your Fire