Depending on your theology beliefs, there is an amazing mystery in the bible where it states, Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. We must meditate on the words in the bible, for me this is all to real at the moment. Life somehow since our 4th child has hit a speed button, that sometimes goes faster then my mind can even comprehend, coupled with a rapidly growing business and calls on my heart from God to start a church, its seems like I am driving a car at 300ks an hour, and trying to stop and watch my life as it goes by.
A few nights ago I lay on the grass outside my home and looked up a cloudy sky, I prayed and all of a sudden like a perfectly timed curtain at a show, the clouds cleared to reveal the true creative nature of our God that unfortunately sometimes takes a back seat in our super car going 300 ks an hour. The God that created all of this and one day will hang the universe up like a dirty sheet, waits with love, for his children to admire and talk to him. “Thou has ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with on chain of thy neck” Songs of Solomon 4:9. Preached by the preacher Paul Washer this is a love letter from Jesus to us his Bride. When we finally pull up our super car and lay on the green grass and look up at Jesus his heart beats faster, he is ravished by us. When my wife smiles at me my heart beats faster and for a moment its just her and I. The bible says if we being evil know how to give good gifts, how much more will the father in heaven give. Another preacher by the name of Allan Wills says that if you cant pray now on earth or spend time with him and long for his worship and presence, how are you going to spend eternity with him.
James 4:8 NKJV “Draw near to me and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts you double minded.
Are you hurting and broken? are you tired and weary? feel like life is going to fast? feel out of control? tap the brakes and drop everything. Draw near to God, hes not a God that lies, the bible says that every star shall fall to earth before one word I have spoken is untrue. He is not a God the lies but a God that will draw near to you. Whats your excuse? don’t be like the foolish virgins.
Be ready. He loves you.
Bless you Michael McDowell
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It’s a dark movie night, my wife and I were watching a show we have on DVD about a rat Plague, my wife had our gate crashing 2-year-old asleep on her. When she thought man Gracie’s hair is long to be reaching my elbow. Shortly after that I felt something on my knee, as I looked down I saw a cockroach, I said a few mean things (no beeper needed) and the thing flew across the other side of the room.
I chased it, jumped on it a few times, it then got up and ran off into Gracie’s room, I squashed it again and it ran off back into our toy room. I then got my mop and bashed it a fair few times to make sure its done. I shook it out of my mop and then went to get ready for bed, Niki came back in to find it dead and in pieces, ahh event is over.
I went back into the room to remove the feral creature, when all of a sudden it jumped up and ran off again. What! what on Gods green earth does a creature still fight be alive after such treatment. I then picked it up with my tissue and squashed it as hard as I could, I then flushed it and was done. Thank God for that. I went in and told my adoring wife the plight of my actions. I went then back to the toilet to use it and as I lifted the seat………….
It was there ALIVE! swimming for its dear life, as I stood there watching this wretched creature I had a sudden appreciation for what it had been through. I felt proud and sorry for it as I pushed the big button on the toilet and held it down as long as possible. My horror with many legs story finally came to an end.
I hope you enjoyed our adventurous date night, seriously nothing is quite around out place, 4 young kids, insects wanting to gate crash date nights.
God Bless and look out for the new mutant insects.
Billy Graham, not many people can say that they have never heard of the man. The strong evangelist that seemed to challenge everyone listening with every word spoken. From a young age, growing up in Christian circles his name would often be spoken of.
I saw a few things written about him such as did Billy send millions to hell ect, but I had no time or desire to read such rot. To me Billy Graham offered more then pulling massive crowds that sat mesmerised at the word of God being spoken by him. What was it about a this human vessel that God used to carry such anointing. I can see it now, the big booming voice entering heaven as a man that has done so much on earth in the name of Jesus, looking at the Christ he preached about and walked with daily and seeing the truth that he had explained so well. Jesus walking him into heaven as he passes and sees the millions of rejoicing souls that he helped save from the horrors of hell, the horrors of being separated from the kind of Glory for ever. I don’t know what heaven is like but for this blessed man he sure does.
Thanks Billy for such a blessing you were to us all. We have truly lost a man of truth on this earth.
You will be missed and I pray that your teachings and the anointing of God carry through the generations.
Its been a very busy few weeks in the McDowell household. Parties, celebrations, last-minute work trips to Melbourne, 5 year old’s birthday party and a busy end to the year for the business.
Such crazy chaos, noise and busyness, head spinning, mind is racing thoughts the go a little like this, let’s go, come on, get the kids ready and bathed, toilet, stay happy or Ill make you. While washing Gracie’s hands today everything changed. Her little doll she calls her baby was sitting on the bathroom bench while I washed her hands. He little face turned left to see her baby’s head in a little bit of water, her heart races, blood pumps, emotions boil and all of a sudden, PUPPA babies wet!!!! this passion for a little baby doll rises up and all of a sudden everything fades away in my mind to be replaced with dread as I rescued this baby from the grips of danger and dried the poor things head. Gracie grabs the baby and hugs it as if it just went down the Nile river and clung to life in order to see its adoring mother again.
What happens to us as adults that once upon a time would have had the wildest and adventurous imaginations? dreams of saving the world from UFO’s or pretending we could fly so that our far away friends would be so much closer, or to drop everything to make sure baby does not get wet. One of the biggest drags in life is to work at a job where imagination is about 1 percent of the daily requirements. We honour the pilgrims of imagination, the leaders that didn’t let there daily lives get in the way of them changing the world. I think of Lucy Maud Montgomery the writer of the great series Ann Of Green Gables, of Laura Ingalls Wilder that put in writing her amazing life in the wild west of America, so many others that stand out as adults that have never given up their imaginations. Professionals such as Steve jobs, the subway brothers just to name a few.
Something to think about as the 24 hour time clock has suddenly hit 98 octane and is hurdling towards the end. Time is fleeting make it count, imagine, create, love and be passionate about life as in the bible it says, it’s here, its gone, the place remembers it no more. Make your mark on the next generation, love like Christ and change the world.
Please comment and Merry Christmas
100 million years ago nothing became something and this glorious creature appeared??????
Give me a break. Everything in this universe is thoughtfully crafted by the master potter.
Niki and i have a date night every Saturday night. After all our kids go to bed we cook something yummy.
This meal cost us less then $2 per person to make.
There is nothing healthy about it but bacon cheese and wedges seem to be a great match.
Ask us for the recipe and we will tell you how to cook cheap but soo tasty and in most cases healthy.
The year was 2006, for me Christmas started in a Western Brisbane suburb called Ipswich, while I loved the usual tradition of going somewhere either to a park or to relatives houses for a hot Christmas day, something was different about this Christmas, a feeling of love was in my world.
In November that year on the way down to a church camp I asked Niki if we can officially take our relationship to the next level. I couldn’t wait to hit the western freeway and head north to see my girlfriend, I can still remember walking in that day to a house filled with Christmas decorations, lots of yummy food that I had never had at Christmas, most of my Christmas days consisted of food that you had to fight over before your hungry siblings and adults and cousins took it all. My pregnant sister in law was sitting on the lounge as her baby was kicking her. We opened presents and Niki bought me a wallet.
2008 we spent our first Christmas married, Niki and I woke up dressed our dogs up in Christmas gear and exchanged presents and thanked and said happy birthday to our Savior Jesus. We then went to Niki’s for lunch then the next day we went to my families place. Things with my family had changed, Niki and I were one and we were starting our own traditions and life together, the pull away from the normal ways of doing thing prior to our marriage was leaving and new exciting things were coming into our lives, as the bible says, I had left my mother and joined with my wife.
10 years later 2017 we are celebrating our 10th Christmas together as a married couple, we have great traditions now, like Christmas eve we look at Christmas lights and go to emergency services offices and give them hand made gifts and cookies to say thanks for their tireless efforts and safety they bring us. We do stocking, something I never did growing up, this year we are putting up Christmas lights and decorating the house as much as we can. But the biggest thing that we sit back and wonder what happened, is we are now celebrating the 2017 Christmas as a family of 6.
Our 4 children continue to challenge and bless our lives, everyday they throw new things at us to keep us constantly reacting, mostly well, to their outbursts, tantrums, and love. The feeling of your child giving you a kiss and saying they love you makes every trouble in this world disappear.
We have great traditions, we seem to make more every year. We look forward to Christmas all year round, yes even us as parents look forward to it. In my last blog post I wrote about a Christmas hater, people also tell us Christmas is only for the kids.
For us Christmas is about our family of 6. The love, the fun, the presents, the sparkle of Christmas that is only here once a year, Christ was born to save this world and we as a family of 6 will celebrate with everything we have.
I hope and pray that this Christmas will be great for you and your family. Please comment and subscribe.
After a short conversation with a sales person at a local hardware, I was taken back by his negative look on Christmas, an over marketed way of the rich getting richer, the poor being forgotten and a waste of time. For this man his Christmas spirit has been crushed by 1 or a few events in his life, where maybe he didn’t get his train set he wanted from Santa, or his mum or dad had to work on Christmas.
In Santa clause 3 the ice man wanted to become Santa, he did everything evil in his power to become Santa, he kept hardening his heart to love, and to the real meaning of Christmas. Myself being a evangelical christian, Santa is a distant 2nd to Christ but in this example the more he tried to hate Santa the harder he became, SPOILER ALERT here, but in the end of the movie a sweet little girl, gave the ice man a hug, he asked, what is this feeling that has come over me, I feel like i am warming up, in front of a big crowd of other super heroes and made up figures, Love over came him and he felt the real meaning of Christmas. Love.
The bible says Love covers a multitude of sins and hurt, Christmas is yes very material filled, tables filled and tummies filled but in the context of things this is the way it should be. We must make the most of the time we have on this earth and Christmas is a very special time. Some people do it tough but that is where us who are mentally, physically and spiritually ok should be doing everything we can to warm the hearts of the hurt and the lonely.
My friend at the hardware should be finding ways of giving this Christmas, instead of worrying about how much money is going around. Maybe he need a smile a present and a good feed with loving caring people. Maybe he needs a hug, maybe he needs some Christmas magic.
After all isn’t this the real reason for the season, our heavenly father giving his son to a world that will end up killing him? To love the unlovely, the proud and the forgotten.
Lets love, lets give, lets make the best of Christmas 2017!