This world is not my home I’m just a passing through My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you If heaven’s not my home then Lord what will I do The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.
Written by JR Brumley and sung by Rich Mullins
“To be able to see how others see your life, your family, your home.
It’s what I provide to my clients, but never before has it been provided to me.
There was only 1 person to do that ‘job.’ The very gifted Molly Flanagan.
For you see, she is a true documentarian. She doesn’t switch things around in your home. She doesn’t worry about ‘resting’ faces. She doesn’t drag you to pretty light to get the shot.
She shoots your life.. as it is.
And when our life was about to drastically change, I reached out.
And cross country she came.
Literally the day after I came home from the hospital, there was the knock at the door at 8am. A bit overwhelmed by the entire situation of new life, all of us a bit bleary-eyed, our ‘new’ story began.
Strive to be one of those–so few–who walk the earth with ever-present consciousness–all mornings, middays, star-times–that the unknown which men call Heaven is ‘close behind the visible scene of things’. -Streams in the Desert
"I have a vision of people who make the invisible kingdom visible, sinking low to the ground, picking up our crosses and shoes off the floor, eating the bread of life and serving it up with peanut butter and jelly." p.17
"When confronted with heartbreak, fear, questions, longing, frustrations, and grief, this new life means instead of running to build our cities of protection, we can set out on a different road. This road that may include loneliness, obscurity, hiddenness, and silence. It may be narrow, lined with danger, and filled with darkness at times. But we have a light that will not go out and cannot be turned off. The light of Christ burns bright within us, and wherever we go we will not go alone. This is our promise, our protection, and the place where our voice comes from." page 35-36
empty baskets . january 19, 2016
"Home isn't either beautiful or not, happy or sad, full or empty. Home is both. Home is and. Home has good parts, hard parts, marvelous and miracle parts. Home is where we celebrate and where we grieve, where we are hurt, broken and healed, and made whole again. And all of these parts are essential as we live in the kingdom of God." p 52-53
Nowhere . January 26, 2016
"'Nowhere' is not the conjunction of no and where but, rather, the conjunction of Now and Here, which is actually Everywhere and is the only spot that we can truly experience God." - Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust, ch. 3
moving close . february 2, 2016
"When I'm performing for my acceptance, burnout is always the result. I don't see Jesus calling me to excellence. I do see him calling me to himself. And sometimes, on the kingdom of earth, moving close to Jesus looks like failure and embarrassment." p. 74
job description . february 9, 2016
"It seems to me when I finally recognize my inability is when Christ shows up able within me. But he doesn't equip me to do every job possible, he equips me to do the job meant for me." p. 90
dollhouse . february 16, 2016
"When I celebrate my smallness and receive the gift of obscurity, I am free. I have hope. I can give generously. I can be who I am rather than either who you think I am or who I wantyou to think I am. When I resist smallness it's because I'm afraid it means invisibility." p. 104
to be known . february 23, 2016
"To know and be known is both compelling and repulsive to me. The way God moves on earth is through the hands and eyes and feet of people--both the ones I'm naturally drawn to and the ones who get on my nerves." p. 122
fort ninja king . march 1, 2016
"I would not choose to become a child again but I am looking to children and searching in them for a simplicity and ordinariness that makes being an adult easier to accept and miracles easier to see. - marcrina wiederkehr, seasons of your heart" p. 131
ninny . march 8, 2016
"Heather King's Shirt of Flame brought me a few steps closer to understanding one side of this particular struggle. In her book, she shared the example of enjoying your own birthday party, all the attention on you, and then a friend decides to announce her pregnancy right in the middle of it. 'We take a bit of a backseat and rejoice for her with the rest of the guests. That's not dishonesty, that's maturity. That's refraining from making ever little thing about us. That's caring about the spiritual well-being of another. That's wearing the world like a loose garment.'" p.123
handle us tenderly . march 15, 2016
"we confess our inability to discern the difference between honesty and self-defensiveness, maturity and martyrdom. may we invite You into our footnote interactions so they don't fester into headlines. may we hand over every moment into Your care, trusting You to handle us tenderly. And in the handing over, may the world become to us like a loose garment. may we have the courage to know when to speak and when to stay silent, ever moving toward others even as You move within us. may Christ be our security when we care too much about little things and our salvation when we care too little about the big ones. may we have the insight, discernment, and humility to know the difference." -p.154
sufficient in the morning . march 22, 2016
"maybe the answer isn't in trying so hard to find the light but in being willing to face the fog and remember Christ stands here too. to remember together with all the saints that he is sufficient in the light and in the darkness, in the pain and in the joy, in the morning as well as the night." -p168-169
the get along gang . march 29, 2016
"true hope doesn't come from good results, positive outcomes, or sure wins. the hope that is deep and enduring is knowing we will be okay even if the results and outcomes aren't a win." -p176
simply where i am . march 5, 2016
"I don't expect and I don't like a God who comes to me in failure, in loneliness, in poverty. Yet God comes to me where I live and loves me where I am. If I am not where I am, God cannot meet me. It's as simple as that." ~Brennan Manning, p. 233