Week 22a – Silence…

When I first heard the details of this assignment, I didn't know what to say. My first thought was: “Are you SERIOUS!! 2 whole days of silence?!?! That would be absolute heaven in my world!” Then reality hit: I am a full-time Mommy to an active 5 year old, Aunt to an active 11 year old (both boys – did I say active? And LOUD!). I volunteer at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with 3 working days in the first two weeks of March. I am also serving on a 4 day women's retreat weekend at the end of March with several projects to be done before then. And somewhere in there I'm supposed to get laundry, dishes, housework and meals done as well as run a home-based business (which isn't doing so well right now). I'm doing good to get my three daily readings and evening sit done every day. How am I going to get two days of silence?

Yet after the roller coaster of emotions and chaos of family and friends visiting after Rob's death and memorial service last week, stillness and silence is a welcome thought. I realized that two days isn't realistic at this stage of my life (my family wholeheartedly agreed) but I was determined to find an hour or two somewhere to sit and reflect.

I am not sure if this really counts or not, but I spent an hour watching a Poultry show while enjoying my free day at the Livestock Show. Watching livestock is very calming to me. Some people would say it's about a boring as watching paint dry or grass grow. Yet, it's always been a dream of mine to live on a working ranch and the 20 days of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo every March is as close as I will come for the time being.

During the show, I sat still and pondered where I was 6 months ago when we started this class and how much my life has changed during the course. I thought about my DMP and how I need to rework it to reflect recent changes in my world. Quieting my thoughts isn't easy for me and will likely take longer than an hour but at this point, that's as much as I can give. I will continue to seek longer blocks of time for me to be still and ponder as I am excited to hear what God has to tell me about the next steps in my life. It's all about baby steps…

See y'all soon!

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Week 22 – Master of Emotions

Update 12 March 2015: this post was written March 4th but not posted from my iPad app.

A new month means a new Og Scroll. This month, Scroll VI starts with:

Today I will be master of my emotions… All nature is a circle of moods and I am part of nature and so, like the tides, my moods will rise; my moods will fall.

These past few weeks have certainly been a flood of emotions. My sweet father-in-law, Rob Houk spent the last 2 weeks of his life in ICU before he passed away Sunday (March 1st). His 73 year old body just couldn't handle the last round of chemo for the fast growing lymphoma he was diagnosed with in January.

Up until January, he was very active. He loved to hike at Ghost Ranch camp in New Mexico at least twice a year. We spent a week every summer in New Braunfels where he always walked the mile to the Landa Park entrance for the Comal river. Over the past 4 years, he spent at least one day a week with our son and they would take walks to the library and CVS or spend the day walking around the Zoo. He spent lots of time playing on the floor with Jayson as well: Legos, Tinker toys, reading, cars/trains and puzzles.

In mid-February, when it became apparent he wouldn't be here much longer, I started praying for a peaceful transition for the whole family. My heart hurt the most for Jayson as he is still young and I don't know how much he can understand about death and eternity. We can do our best to prepare him for his beloved Papa not being home when we go to their house.

Mastering emotions includes managing my grieving process. It means being strong for Martin and Jayson as time passes. Letting the tears and memories come when they do but not getting stuck in them. Remembering the good times with laughter and joy. And ultimately resting in the promises of God's peace knowing that he is whole and completely healed in the presence of Jesus and being confident that we will be reunited with him at the appointed time.

Reading Og through this process has given me a different perspective on grief and the love we have for family and friends.

With that, I will say: while we will miss you Papa, we will remember your time with us and wait to see you again.

See y'all soon!

Here are a few pictures of Rob with our family:

Rob and Lyn Houk

Our last family picture. Rob & Lyn's 50th Anniversary party, New Braunfels July 2014

 

 

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Week 21 – Dreaming in Circles

Worlds ColidingThis week is a crazy collision of two totally separate (or so I thought) areas of my life: the Master Key System and my prayer life.

 

It started when I read the introduction to The Master Key Part 21:

In paragraph 7 you will find that one of the secrets of success, one of the methods of organizing victory, one of the accomplishments of the Master Mind is to think big.Master Key

In paragraph 8 you will find that everything which we hold in our consciousness for any length of time becomes impressed upon our subconsciousness and so becomes a pattern which the creative energy will wave into our life and environment.  This is the secret of the wonderful power of prayer.

But, unfortunately, there are comparatively few persons who know how to pray.

They understand that there are laws governing electricity, mathematics and chemistry, but, for some inexplicable reason, it never seems to occur to them that there are also spiritual laws, and that these laws are also definite, scientific, exact and operate with immutable precision.

Most believers would say that is complete hogwash.  However, I have also been reading Mark Batterson’s “The Circle Maker.”  The book starts with the story of a first century BC Jewish sage who made a stand and prayed boldly in the face of a serious drought.  After recounting the story, Mark concludes with:

CircleMakerThe earth has circled the sun more than two thousand times since the day Honi drew his circle in the sand, but God is still looking for circle makers. And the timeless truth secreted within this ancient legend is as true now as it was then: bold prayers honor God and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don’t require divine intervention. But ask God to part the Red Sea or make the sun stand still or float an iron ax-head, and God is moved to omnipotent action.

Then we see in Haanal Part 21, Paragraph 6:

Large ideas have a tendency to eliminate all smaller ideas so that it is well to hold ideas large enough to counteract and destroy all small or undesirable tendencies.  This will remove innumerable petty and annoying obstacles from your path.  You also become conscious of a larger world of thought, thereby increasing your mental capacity as well as placing yourself in position to accomplish something of value.

So, the collision of both of my worlds really follows a logical progression of personal growth.  I would not be in the position to accept the premise of Haanal’s Part 21 without my previous reading of Batterson’s “The Circle Maker.”  Once again, God’s timing is perfect.  He starts with one paradigm shift in my Theology to prepare me for an even bigger one.

It all makes perfect sense.  As we dream & pray big prayers, we naturally become focused upon the dream.  As we remain focused on the dream, it becomes manifested in our life through the Laws of Attraction and Growth.

Now some would say, “That takes God out of the act of answering of prayers!”  That was my first thought as well.  Then I reread Haanel Part 20, Paragraph 23 & 26:

We are told that “In Him we live and move and have our being,” [Acts 17:28] and we are told that “He” is a Spirit [Acts 1:5], and again that “He” is Love, [1 John 4:8] so that every time we breathe, we breathe this life, love and spirit…This “breath of life” is a superconscious reality.  It is the essence of the “I am.” It is pure “Being” or Universal Substance, and our conscious unity with it enables us to localize it, and thus exercise the powers of this creative energy.

So, to put it all together as much as possible:  God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient [Psalm 119] (Universal Mind according to Haanel); the Holy Spirit is given to live in us for guidance and recollection of Scripture [John 14:16-17, 26]; and Jesus came to show us the Father [John 14:7] and what we, as those created in God’s image have the capacity to do [John 14:12].  Also, when God created everything, He set in place Natural Laws to prevent the Cosmos from deteriorating into chaos.

So, why have we in the Western culture separated God from Science and Natural Laws when they are both His creation?  I believe our ability to comprehend and maximize His Natural Laws is the only way we can accomplish the “greater things” that Jesus predicted in John 14:12.  Back to prayer and how God answers:  I believe that He continues to work through those Laws today as much as He has done previously to answer our bold prayers and as we study and implement those Natural Laws, we then become the vessels that God utilizes to answer our (and others) big prayers.

That’s a lot to ponder so I will leave you to it.

See y’all soon!

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Week 20 – Comfort or Adventure

One of the topics covered in the webinar for this week is related to how we can use fear, guilt, anger, unworthiness and hurt feelings as tools to motivate and expand us out of our comfort zone.  It’s a really interesting idea.

To start, we really need to figure out what a comfort zone really is.  Most people live all of their lives in the known and never venture out to experience new things.  Every day becomes ordinary, common-place and, in my mind, quite dull.   The perceived risk of a new adventure paralyzes them into staying where they are.

Yet, I believe that God created us for adventure and somewhere deep down in our hearts there is a longing for something more than what we have.  The struggle most people face is what to do with that longing.  We can chose to ignore it and hope it goes away.  It might for a while only to return when we see a picture, movie or hear a story that brings it back to the surface.  We can chose to acknowledge it and spend our life with it sitting there unfulfilled because the risk is too much for us. Or we can acknowledge the longing and the risk associated with the adventure and set out on the journey to fulfill it.

I started this journey 20 weeks ago knowing that it would be a life-changing adventure and could mean some major risk-taking along the way.  I didn’t really think about life happening in the middle of everything.  As a Christian, I have a very real adversary who will do everything in his power to derail anything I do that brings glory to God or helps me become the glorious creation God intended.

I know that everything worth doing comes with a price.  Yet many times, I let the urgent super-cede the important which inevitably leads to many important things being left incomplete.  I find myself bogged in the craziness of every day life (dishes, laundry, child discipline) only to realize that it’s been 3 days since I’ve said “Boo!” to anyone outside of my immediate family.  Other times I have let my fear of not having anything to say keep me from writing a blog post.  However, when I do sit down to write I usually come up with pretty decent content.  I need to learn to refocus my fear of writing into a positive encouragement to write.

So my choice is to stay in my comfortable spot in the mundane routine of life or step out into the adventure that is blog posts, webinars, daily readings and sitting.  I am choosing the adventure and will utilize the fear of the unknown to motivate me to grow into my full glory.

See y’all soon!

 

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Week 19 – Shut Down or Reboot?

As far back as I remember, I have stopped applying myself partway through every venture that goes for more than 3 or 4 months. I currently have a cross-stitch project that I started Christmas 2013 with the goal of completing it within a year. Yet, there it sits on my table 3/4ths of the way done. Whenever I sit down to do it, there are a Bazzilion other things that I realize I need to get done before I allow myself the time to work on it. I haven’t picked it up since we moved at the end of the summer. My weekly Bible Study class always starts each Fall with the intent to do my homework daily instead of “cramming” the night before the class. Yet, by Christmas, I am back to the cramming sessions or not completing any of it at all for the week.

The same thing is happening with this course. Until about a month ago, I was keeping up with the Og & Haanel readings daily (although the actual sitting was sporatic) and the other assignments pretty well. Something happened in month 4 and I started to slip, missing an Og reading, not completing then not adding to my Service Card tasks, randomly commenting & sending tweets on others’ blog posts, not even checking the chat boards on the website. Even my blog posts have not been consistent.

I am realizing that all of this is because my old Blueprint has me pre-conditioned for quiting once I get behind. I am a black & white, all or nothing kind of person. In every element of my life, from dieting to housekeeping, once I miss a task, I shut down and give up. Then I beat myself up because I feel like a failure for not being able to follow through with anything.

I have thought several times that Mark & Davene would boot me from the class for not completing all of the requirements (both tangible and honorable) and have been waiting for the email to arrive in my inbox. I believe that it is God’s favor and mercy that has kept me in this class for this long. He knows how much I really need this!! Mark has said in the past couple of webinars that we need to “Giddy up” and get back on track and it is normal for people to start lagging and missing parts of the assignments. I realize that I am hurting myself and the people that would benefit from my contribution not only in the class but for others who read this blog and those I encounter in my daily life.

We are about 8 weeks from graduating and if I actually make it to the end, it will be the first time I’ve completed something this intense on time thereby, overcoming one piece of my old Blueprint. I plan to review my notes and do my best to continue or reimplement the assignments after the class is over. I will apply again for the 2015-2016 class with the hope of receiving a new opportunity to knock out another piece of my old Blueprint.

I heard a Matthew West song on the radio as I was struggling with voluntarily dropping the course one day and it reminded me of the prophet Jeremiah’s words in Lamentations 3:23-24: “The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh every morning.” Which then led me to Og’s theme in Scroll V:

I will live today as if it were my last…I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?…Can I relive the errors of yesterday and right them?…No. Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

So I have renewed hope and, focusing on the compass I choose to reboot and continue through the class to the best of my ability with the intent to break a huge chunk of the cement away revealing a little more of my true glory by completing the class. I am making revisions to my DMP, writing out new Service Card tasks and new Plan of Action steps for my updated DMP. If I stumble, I will forgive myself, get up and continue along my journey of self-discovery. Because when I look backwards, I miss all of the beauty of what lies before me.

In closing, here is the video for the song I heard that day. Enjoy and I will see y’all soon!

 

 

 

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Week 17HJ – Me, a Hero?

Madeline L’Engle tells us that, “all of life is a story.”  Nothing in our lives makes sense without story.  We learn and remember in stories.  Many times, I feel like I’m dropped into the middle of a story and told, “now go and live life…”  John Eldredge, in his book “Epic” tells us that’s exactly what has happened and that we are all part of a larger story.

Every story, no matter the origin, opens with an unlikely and sometimes reluctant hero.  We find Luke Skywalker in the middle of a desert planet repairing droids and working on his uncle’s farm and Frodo happily living in The Shire with his Hobbit friends. Both have one thing in common: the desire to do more, be more and be part of an adventure.  They know deep inside that there has to be more to the life they are living.  Yet, somehow there is security in the known even if it’s not what makes them truly happy.  As they progress through their story, they are tested and ultimately come back home transformed.

This week we learned about Joseph Campbell and his book “The Power of Myth.” In it he introduces us to the Hero’s Journey.

Heros Journey

Each person hears a call to adventure in their heart.  Once it happens, they have two choices: accept the call to leave the known for the unknown or refuse the call and live a life of quiet despiration.  The courage to make the change only comes after we answer the call, not before.  Once the call is accepted, the hero then gathers his helpers to begin the journey.  Luke answers the call from Princess Leiah taking R2-D2 and C3PO with him.  Frodo reluctantly heeds Gandolf’s call to return the ring to Mordor taking with him Sam, Merry & Pippin.

As they step into the unknown, they are joined by others to mentor them along their journey. Each must be tested and ultimately decide to let go of the person they have been in order to be transformed into the person they are designed to become.  Luke must battle the knowledge he is Darth Vader’s son to become the Jedi needed to restore order to the Empire.  Frodo journeys through the plains of Mordor and overcomes his desire to keep the ring in order to vanquish Sauron and resore peace to Middle Earth.

Once their quest is completed, they return back to home only to realize that their new identities make it impossible to be satisfied with the life they previously lived.  So they leave the life they knew forever to pursue another adventure.

Now, how does this apply to me, a housewife, full-time Mommy and home-based business owner? I recieved the call to this MKMMA adventure and chose to accept it.  With Mark, Davene and Justin’s support and mentoring, I am on my own adventure to discover who God created me to be.  In order to become that person, I must let go of my old Blue Print and embrace my new reality through my DMP.  I must let go of my apprehension and self-consciousness and relearn the magic and wonder of discovery.  I must merge the best of me now with the best of the future me.

We are two-thirds of the way through this journey and I feel like I’m slogging along through the Abyss of death to rebirth.  There is no doubt that becoming the butterfly I am created to be is hard work.  As I pray for the persistance to press on I must remember, as Og tells us in Scroll III:

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the begining; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never [do] I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner…In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I…persist until I succeed.

So, I continue along this path to unveil my true self and learn to appreciate the work in order to rejoice at the unveiling.

Thank you for continuing the journey with me.

See y’all soon.

 

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Week 16 – The Most Important Thing

Disclaimer: this blog post contains a very strong Spiritual perspective and several passages of Scripture.

Our pastor started a new sermon series on building our homes and families this past Sunday. The title of the sermon was: What Matters Most. The focus was on learning to live a life of balance.

As I was listening to the sermon, bits & pieces from this MKMMA course continued to run through my mind. It was amazing how everything flowed together from the concept of God’s Natural Laws through our responses to them.

The primary purpose in learning the Master Key is to leverage nature’s laws to our benefit. Matthew chapter 7 is Jesus’ discourse on how we are to live. If we want to improve the outcome of our lives, we will not ignore the key principles He teaches. In verses 24-27, He tells us:

Rock House24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

Sand House26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Just as the lessons in MKMMA build upon each other, the events in our lives are connected. What we are today is a result of the decisions (and our thoughts) from yesterday and today’s decisions and thoughts will determine who we are tomorrow. The Law of Growth is always at work whether we choose to acknowledge its existence and utilize it for our benefit or remain ignorant of its existence and impact in our lives.

A life of balance is living with set priorities and self-control. Proverbs 25:28 reads, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” When I think about a lack of self-control, I think about young children.

Boy temper fit

I heard a child development specialist once say that self-control is managed in the frontal lobe of the brain. As children’s brains develop from the bottom to top and back to front, the frontal lobe is the last part to become fully developed. Development starts about age 5 or 6 and continues through age 8 or 9. That little bit of biological information totally changed my view of my pre-school son’s uncontrolled temper tantrums. I cannot expect him to have complete self-control if he is not physically capable of it. I also think that as adults, if we do not continue to utilize and grow that part of our brain, the connections are lost and it takes more work to rebuild them. Therefore, it is in our best interest to practice self-control in all areas of our lives.

A life of balance & self-control is also built upon our coming to peace with how God has made us as individuals and accepting His direction in our lives. Og tells us in Scroll IV that we are unique and “[God’s] greatest miracle.” Psalm 139:13-16 says:

13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

As someone who struggles with negative self-image issues, internalizing this Scripture and Scroll IV is a very difficult process. 31 Days of reading Scroll IV is going a long way to cementing the ideas in my mind and heart.

We also need to learn how to balance our personal and professional lives. Og also tells us in Scroll IV:

The problems of my home will be left in my home.  I will think naught of my family when I am in the market place for this will cloud my thoughts.  So too will the problems of the market place be left in the market place and I will think naught of my profession when I am in my home for this will dampen my love.

There is no room in the market place for my family, nor is there room in my home for the market.  Each I will divorce from the other and thus will I remain wedded to both. Separate must they remain or my career will die.

In that same way, we are to balance work & rest (the Law of Relaxation). Rest is built into our makeup. God rested on the seventh day after the six days of creation and He commands us to do likewise. Just as a bow that is always bent will eventually break, a man who works continually will eventually breakdown. Proverbs 14:30 says, “A relaxed attitude lengthens a person’s life.”

As always, God knows just what I need at each moment of my life and there are times when He has to hit me over the head with it. My lesson this week was to be more balanced in all areas of my life. As this message is being taught church-wide, my son is hearing the same lessons. As I review what he learns with him, the message is reinforced in my heart & mind as well. After a crazy week of application of balance and self-control, I hope I am ready for the lesson God has for me this week.

See y’all soon!

Note: all Scripture passages are taken from the English Standard Version. 

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Week 15.1 – Becoming Benjamin Franklin Follow-Up

So, here I am over a week later and I’m still finding ways to be more decisive and seeing it in others as well.  It’s been a challenge in all areas of my life.

I think the biggest revelation is that I don’t always have to worry about what other people, especially non-family members, think about my ability to make decisions.  I am learning to take the time to pray and mediate on the available choices with major decisions then once I make the choice, I stick to it.  As with everything, it’s a learning process.  I am thankful we have started this project.

This week’s character trait is Kindness.  This is mostly an easy one until it comes to the kids and myself.  Which is especially guilt-producing since I am to model proper adult behavior to them.  When I find myself frustrated with normal pre-school boy behavior because I am focused on something else and he’s begging for my attention, I tend to snap at him and then immediately regret my reaction.  Taking a few seconds to breathe & evaluate the reason behind the behavior helps me refocus and respond in a calm manner.
Since adding my sister and 10 year old nephew into our household, my reactions have greatly outnumbered my appropriate responses.  Transition is rarely easy for adults and can be catastophic for children.  I’m doing my best to remember that part of my job as a parent is to teach him how to manage the transition to his new life in a new city.  One of the ways I can best accomplish this is to be more kind in my response to him and his behavior.

I have struggled with saying kind things about and to myself for most of my life.  I completly understand the challenges with adapting to transitions as a child.  We made 3 major cross-country moves in less than 2 years in my pre-teen years. My response to those transitions was to become an introvert.  Those who know me now would be shocked to hear me say that but it’s true.  I was also the chubby kid and formed a very low self-esteem that has been a life-long battle to overcome.  Several years ago, a friend overheard me saying something negative about myself and responded with, “would you say that to your son?” I stopped in my tracks.  I was shocked.  I replied, “of course, I would never say such a thing to someone else!” Her response, “then why would you say that to yourself? Aren’t you worth as much as he is?”  I’ve done my best to remember that when I realize I am being unkind to myself.  This week has, once again, made me more aware of my self talk.  I am God’s greatest miracle.

What a challenge!!!

I will persist and I will win!

I always keep my promises.

See y’all soon.

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Week 15 – Becoming Benjamin Franklin

This week begins a 13-week Virtue makeover.  We are using Benjamin Franklin’s self-evaluation as the foundation for this project.  In his Autobiography, Benjamin talks about creating a system to help him establish the habits of 13 virtues over the course of 13 weeks and repeating the process several times a year until all of them were firmly established in his character.

As with everything, we are adding an MKMMA-twist to the process.  Our 13 virtues are:

Self-Control, Discipline, Enthusiasm, Courage, Persistence, Specialized Knowledge, Imagination, Decisiveness, Well-Organized, Taking Initiative, Pleasing Personality, Kindness and Seeing God in Others.

We are to take 11 of them (Kindness and Seeing God in Others are excluded from this assigment) and rate them in order of what we need to focus on obtaining.  Then we place them in a spreadsheet format and are to be conscious of when we see that particular virtue expressed in others and ourselves.  We are to make a mark on our sheet for every instance we express that particular virtue.

By utilizing the Law of Growth (what we think about grows and what we forget atrophies) and the Law of Substitution (We cannot think about two things at the same time. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones) we then become more focused and aware of the virtues and they become active parts of our character.  At the end of the 13 weeks, we will see yet another transformation of our character as we become the amazing creation we are designed to be.

In my over-analytical personality, I struggled to rank the qualities in order of needs improvement.   As I reviewed them, I kept coming back to Decisiveness as my greatest weakness (demonstrated by my inability to rank them…) and realized that’s the one I need to focus on for this week.

Since this post is happening early this week, I will provide an update at the end of the week as to my progress in becoming more Decisive.

See y’all soon.

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Week 14 – I Am God’s Greatest Miracle

Happy New Year!!

January 1st means we start the next scroll in Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World.  Scroll IV starts with, “I am nature’s greatest miracle.”  Since I believe that God is the Author and Creator of all nature, I have altered the wording in my book to read, “I am God’s greatest miracle.”

I do not believe in random coincidence because God is the great orchestrator of our lives.  Therefore, I believe there is a reason we pick up Scroll IV on the first day of a new year in this course.  The most popular New Year’s resolutions each year are related to eating healthy and exercising more.  Reading through this scroll 3 times daily for 31 days this month becomes a powerful affirmation of my individuality as God’s creation.

The first paragraph reads:

Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth.  None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me.

And later in the chapter we see, “I am rare, and there is value an all rarity; therefore, I am valuable”.

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  As this tends to be one of the most difficult passages of Scripture to understand, most people will cite the caterpillar to butterfly conversion as an example of the transformation.

The same example can be used for the transformation we are going through as we progress through the MKMMA course.  The 26 weeks is taking us from caterpillars to butterflies as Mark, Trish, Davine and Derrick guide and protect us as we struggle in our cocoons made of the Service Cards, Shapes, PPNs and DMPs until we uncover the true greatness God has placed in each of us.  Each butterfly in creation is unique and valuable as are we in God’s eyes.

I have been blessed by what I’m learning about myself and how I’ve grown over the past 14 weeks.  I am looking forward to flying on my beautiful wings when we are done with this class.

See y’all soon.

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