Suffering is Lonliness

Mother Teresa, one of my hero’s in the faith said that true suffering is loneliness. The feeling that no one is coming to get you, to kiss your cheek, to love you. To touch your soul with a kind word, a funny daggy joke.

Its a cold night, dark, alone a young boy sits in the darkness, listening to every sound, will he be caught, alone he sits, alone he waits. Hungry he waits for food. Alone with his thoughts he ponders where we will go next, how long he has left where he is living. The morning comes, morning passes, still alone he waits, waits for something.

Afternoon comes, still alone this little boy listens again for any sounds of being caught, suddenly the door is unlocking, frightened he braces himself for the worst. Desperate, afraid, what is going to happen in this next few minutes, the door opens into a dark warm unit.

As I walk in, there stands a scared little boy. For a few minutes our eyes lock, then the words come out of his mouth. I am homeless I have been living here, everything inside me wanted to help this boy. As a few words were flung back and forward like a friendly game of tennis, he walks past me, into this big world he goes. A few minutes of time and this little homeless boy will be lodged in my mind and prayers for ever. How do we as human beings live as if such pain does not exist. Such loneliness, God teaches us that we were designed and made for fellowship with the creator of the universe, God. Beyond the hardest of exteriors, the saying rings true. We are all made in the image of God, we are made for fellowship and when that is taken away the enemy is given room to flourish.

I may never see this boy again but as I came home and gave my young boys the biggest cuddle I could I saw him.

In closing, although its a heavy theme, its something we must face. Next time you see a homeless person. Connect, even in a tiny way, you could change there life and yours in the process.

May Gods Grace rest upon you as you go about your days.

Draw near to me

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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Time is fleeting

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

Michael McDowell

Its Christmas Time Again

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!

Imitating Christ

This morning when I woke up I went straight into my quiet morning time “alone”. I say alone very rarely…and I wasn’t alone. Mr almost 3 yr old followed me and my quiet time didn’t last very long, alone. But I still enjoyed it 🙂
I was reminded this morning of Philippians 2. As it states we are to be imitating Christ humility. Wow. How hard can this be? I think it can be really hard at times, and OK at other times.
This is what stood out to me…1-5 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, than make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in the spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
I pray that his passage will encourage you on your walk with Christ. I challenge my self today to really take note of others needs and interests and seek God to help me. So today I am going to put in to practice more than before to be imitating Christ humility.
Hope you have a great day and weekend! Be blessed, Niki

Our VLOGGING Adventure 2017

It started in 2016, a fun loving homeschooling family put themselves out there for the world to see, often in the cleaning Business I Michael, would be asked do you I have kids? Yes I would reply, 3 kids under 6.  After a few silent seconds after the brains commuted what I had just told them they would always say, boy you have your hands full I bet you cant wait until you send them to school. In reply I would take a breath and then calmly explain that we will have started homeschooling our kids and will continue until they graduate. The room would go from a casual chat to a cold, earth shattering, paradigm mind shifting world altering,  response WHAT!? The questions would then come, the usual, how will they get socialised to I didn’t even know that was legal in this country and why don’t you like to current curriculum and school system.

Being a debater at heart, I could hit them with enough language and argument on the benefits of homeschooling that they would loose me a few minutes into my grand speech. So in putting it into believable terms, I would explain that I have no issues with schools and I have niece’s that go to school and my wife and I were schooled at the so called “normal school”. We believe in Maths and English and core subjects that will not only improve their knowledge and IQ but also build there spirits and social IQ by getting them to deal with a lot of ages. Being Christian as well, we can encourage them in the faith.

In conclusion this is why we VLOG to encourage people around the world that they’re worth it and that if they choose to homeschool their children then good on them. The ability it can give them to be great adults with all the opportunities that other children have without the restraints of a school system that can drum them into little employees, not free minded leaders that can change the world.

-Michael