Archive for May, 2012

Put God First

May 31st, 2012

Jesus did not commit Himself to them . . .for He knew what was in man —John 2:24-25

Put Trust in God First. Our Lord never put His trust in any person. Yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, and never lost hope for anyone, because He put His trust in God first. He trusted absolutely in what God’s grace could do for others. If I put my trust in human beings first, the end result will be my despair and hopelessness toward everyone. I will become bitter because I have insisted that people be what no person can ever be— absolutely perfect and right. Never trust anything in yourself or in anyone else, except the grace of God.

Put God’s Will First. “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God” (Hebrews 10:9).

A person’s obedience is to what he sees to be a need— our Lord’s obedience was to the will of His Father. The rallying cry today is, “We must get to work! The heathen are dying without God. We must go and tell them about Him.” But we must first make sure that God’s “needs” and His will in us personally are being met. Jesus said, “. . . tarry . . . until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). The purpose of our Christian training is to get us into the right relationship to the “needs” of God and His will. Once God’s “needs” in us have been met, He will open the way for us to accomplish His will, meeting His “needs” elsewhere.

Put God’s Son First. “Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me” (Matthew 18:5).

God came as a baby, giving and entrusting Himself to me. He expects my personal life to be a “Bethlehem.” Am I allowing my natural life to be slowly transformed by the indwelling life of the Son of God? God’s ultimate purpose is that His Son might be exhibited in me.

Journal DJR
Good Morning Lord,
Come, Lord, Let my life be a Bethlehem for you to grow bigger and bigger in. Oswald says “slowly transformed.” I’m glad he said slowly. And I’m glad you have patience … more patience than me or most of my fellow humans have. Thanks for being God to us and not treating us as we “deserve” but rather with your Grace and Love which is non-understandably infinite.

If you have the same priorities that I did (I have come to do your will) and that Paul did:
Romans 12:2 (NLT)… Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

…Then you can relax and just do what I put in your heart. That’s how I did it … got the vision and marching orders from Dad, my father and your father.

John 5:19 NLT So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.

This is obviously the best way to live. And it’s clear when I come away and lock out the world and just spend time with you … but it’s so easy to get off track when the cares and affairs of the world jump up and scream for attention. What to do?

There are many aspects of living a life in my footsteps. Build them into habits, and work on one at a time. Start at the beginning each day with quality time with me. We’ll go over and over these basics and I’ll show you the next steps.

Thank you, Lord.

Untroubled Relationship

May 29th, 2012

In that day you will ask in My name . . . for the Father Himself loves you . . . —John 16:26-27


In that day you will ask in My name . . . ,” that is, in My nature. Not “You will use My name as some magic word,” but—”You will be so intimate with Me that you will be one with Me.” “That day” is not a day in the next life, but a day meant for here and now. “. . . for the Father Himself loves you . . .”— the Father’s love is evidence that our union with Jesus is complete and absolute. Our Lord does not mean that our lives will be free from external difficulties and uncertainties, but that just as He knew the Father’s heart and mind, we too can be lifted by Him into heavenly places through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, so that He can reveal the teachings of God to us.


“. . . whatever you ask the Father in My name . . .” (John 16:23). “That day” is a day of peace and an untroubled relationship between God and His saint. Just as Jesus stood unblemished and pure in the presence of His Father, we too by the mighty power and effectiveness of the baptism of the Holy Spirit can be lifted into that relationship—”. . . that they may be one just as We are one . . .” (John 17:22).

“. . . He will give you” (John 16:23). Jesus said that because of His name God will recognize and respond to our prayers. What a great challenge and invitation—to pray in His name! Through the resurrection and ascension power of Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit He has sent, we can be lifted into such a relationship. Once in that wonderful position, having been placed there by Jesus Christ, we can pray to God in Jesus’ name—in His nature. This is a gift granted to us through the Holy Spirit, and Jesus said, “. . . whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” The sovereign character of Jesus Christ is tested and proved by His own statements.


May 29, 2012

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, I have had so many unanswered prayers I often wonder  if your promise was meant for everyone else but me. You know the promise that…” My Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”  I did not see any qualifiers in the scripture, qualifiers like, “Whatever you ask must be in God’s will”, or “you must be in  God’s will”, or “God is going to give you something better; later”. And the one  that seems to make the most sense to my limited awareness; God will only answer  your prayers for your ultimate good.  OK,  I understand and appreciate those qualifiers”, but the scripture is very  clear, “My Father will give you whatever you  ask in my name”. Lord, what are the issues and conditions or caveats that condition  what at first seemed like a very simple promise that I could have whatever I asked?

And  God says…”Just like a little child that wants to run headlong out into the  street, I need to “parent you” until you are the very image of Jesus, or until you understand and will avoid the dangers of trying to fulfill your desires. The  ultimate and desired outcome for all of My children is to become the very  likeness of Jesus. You are not shaped and purified by getting your own way; you  are shaped and purified by living in My will. Why do you think Jesus said (Matthew 19:23-30) “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven? Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the  eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” This  scripture, “My Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” will come alive  for you and you will understand the scope of this promise when you live in intimate relationship with me. (Matthew 6:33) Seek first the Kingdom of God, which is  Jesus, and all these things will be added unto you. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Trust in God with all your heart and do not rely on your own  understanding, and He will make your paths straight.”

Unquestion Revelation

May 28th, 2012

In that day you will ask Me nothing —John 16:23

When is “that day”? It is when the ascended Lord makes you one with the Father. “In that day” you will be one with the Father just as Jesus is, and He said, “In that day you will ask Me nothing.” Until the resurrection life of Jesus is fully exhibited in you, you have questions about many things. Then after a while you find that all your questions are gone— you don’t seem to have any left to ask. You have come to the point of total reliance on the resurrection life of Jesus, which brings you into complete oneness with the purpose of God. Are you living that life now? If not, why aren’t you?

“In that day” there may be any number of things still hidden to your understanding, but they will not come between your heart and God. “In that day you will ask Me nothing”— you will not need to ask, because you will be certain that God will reveal things in accordance with His will. The faith and peace of John 14:1 has become the real attitude of your heart, and there are no more questions to be asked. If anything is a mystery to you and is coming between you and God, never look for the explanation in your mind, but look for it in your spirit, your true inner nature— that is where the problem is. Once your inner spiritual nature is willing to submit to the life of Jesus, your understanding will be perfectly clear, and you will come to the place where there is no distance between the Father and you, His child, because the Lord has made you one. “In that day you will ask Me nothing.”


May 28, 2012

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, I wonder why I have yet to come to that day when I simply trust you to work all things for your honor and glory and my good? I often wonder and worry about all the uncertainties in my life and the lives of those I love. I wonder and worry about the choices that I have made and will make in the future, and then I wonder and worry about the choices of those I love and the pain they could face. And then it occurs to me that I worry because I fail to trust and am uncertain of my status with You.  But you remind me that because of Jesus, I am one with You, and all things work for good. You remind me that nothing can separate me from You, not even my wrong choices. I think I simply need to let go of the outcomes, and trust You to be God and to unravel life according to your promises, love, mercy and grace.

And God says…”You want to trust Me in all things, but you are accustomed to trusting your natural senses and using “common sense”. You would like to step out of the boat and onto the water like Peter, but you are uncertain about your worthiness and My faithfulness. You have not lived in the supernatural  enough to trust your “supernatural senses” so you rely on what you know, your natural senses, and they tell you that you will sink if you step out; that unless you control things to meet your own needs,  you cannot be certain your needs will be met. You have not lived a life of day to day, minute by minute trust, except as you  face overwhelming obstacles that you cannot control and manage to your own satisfaction and sense of wellbeing. So I allow trials and circumstances come your way that “force you” out of the boat out onto the water with Me. Trust in Me and I will hold you up, seek first the kingdom of God, which is Jesus, and I will meet all your needs. Acknowledge Me in all your ways and I will make your paths straight. And remember that nothing can separate you from My love.”


Romans 8:38-39 (MSG)

31-39So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s  love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

The Delight of Despair

May 24th, 2012

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead —Revelation 1:17

It may be that, like the apostle John, you know Jesus Christ intimately. Yet when He suddenly appears to you with totally unfamiliar characteristics, the only thing you can do is fall “at His feet as dead.” There are times when God cannot reveal Himself in any other way than in His majesty, and it is the awesomeness of the vision which brings you to the delight of despair. You experience this joy in hopelessness, realizing that if you are ever to be raised up it must be by the hand of God.

“He laid His right hand on me . . .” (Revelation 1:17). In the midst of the awesomeness, a touch comes, and you know it is the right hand of Jesus Christ. You know it is not the hand of restraint, correction, nor chastisement, but the right hand of the Everlasting Father. Whenever His hand is laid upon you, it gives inexpressible peace and comfort, and the sense that “underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27), full of support, provision, comfort, and strength. And once His touch comes, nothing at all can throw you into fear again. In the midst of all His ascended glory, the Lord Jesus comes to speak to an insignificant disciple, saying, “Do not be afraid” (Revelation 1:17). His tenderness is inexpressibly sweet. Do I know Him like that?

Take a look at some of the things that cause despair. There is despair which has no delight, no limits whatsoever, and no hope of anything brighter. But the delight of despair comes when “I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells . . .” (Romans 7:18). I delight in knowing that there is something in me which must fall prostrate before God when He reveals Himself to me, and also in knowing that if I am ever to be raised up it must be by the hand of God. God can do nothing for me until I recognize the limits of what is humanly possible, allowing Him to do the impossible.

Our Careful Unbelief

May 23rd, 2012

. . . do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on —Matthew 6:25


Jesus summed up commonsense carefulness in the life of a disciple as unbelief. If we have received the Spirit of God, He will squeeze right through our lives, as if to ask, “Now where do I come into this relationship, this vacation you have planned, or these new books you want to read?” And He always presses the point until we learn to make Him our first consideration. Whenever we put other things first, there is confusion.

 “. . . do not worry about your life . . . .” Don’t take the pressure of your provision upon yourself. It is not only wrong to worry, it is unbelief; worrying means we do not believe that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never anything but those details that worry us. Have you ever noticed what Jesus said would choke the Word He puts in us? Is it the devil? No— “the cares of this world” (MatthewMatthew 13:22). It is always our little worries. We say, “I will not trust when I cannot see”— and that is where unbelief begins. The only cure for unbelief is obedience to the Spirit.

The greatest word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon.



May 23, 2012

Lord, why does it seem like stepping off into thin air when I let go of my concerns about my daily needs? I would like to let go of them, and at times it seems as if I can let go and completely trust You. But then my senses take over, I see the uncertainty and risk, and want to avoid the pain of failure. So I jump back into my work and worry so I can be certain of meeting my own needs.  How can I trust You to  meet all my needs all the time? Teach me how to let go and surrender my needs  to You.

And God says…”It is a daily, hourly surrender of yourself to Me that moves you into the place where you can abandon yourself and your needs to me. As long as you can meet your own needs, you will have no need of Me. Being in a daily, hourly, minute by minute intimate relationship with Me is how you develop the faith to abandon and surrender your works and worry about your life. All things will work for your  good, when you look to Me as your source. Trust in Me and praise Me when I allow
circumstances to place you where you must trust me and seek Me daily, hourly and minute by minute.”

The Explanation For Our Difficulties

May 22nd, 2012

. . . that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us . . . —John 17:21

If you are going through a time of isolation, seemingly all alone, read John 17 . It will explain exactly why you are where you are— because Jesus has prayed that you “may be one” with the Father as He is. Are you helping God to answer that prayer, or do you have some other goal for your life? Since you became a disciple, you cannot be as independent as you used to be.

God reveals in John 17 that His purpose is not just to answer our prayers, but that through prayer we might come to discern His mind. Yet there is one prayer which God must answer, and that is the prayer of Jesus— “. . . that they may be one just as We are one . . .” (John 17:22). Are we as close to Jesus Christ as that?

God is not concerned about our plans; He doesn’t ask, “Do you want to go through this loss of a loved one, this difficulty, or this defeat?” No, He allows these things for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding, and more insistent on our own way. The things that happen either make us evil, or they make us more saintly, depending entirely on our relationship with God and its level of intimacy. If we will pray, regarding our own lives, “Your will be done” (Matthew 26:42), then we will be encouraged and comforted by John 17, knowing that our Father is working according to His own wisdom, accomplishing what is best. When we understand God’s purpose, we will not become small-minded and cynical. Jesus prayed nothing less for us than absolute oneness with Himself, just as He was one with the Father. Some of us are far from this oneness; yet God will not leave us alone until we are one with Him— because Jesus prayed, “. . . that they all may be one . . . .”



Journal DJR
Good Morning Lord,
I am so glad that you are patient with us. It seems like it takes me so long to learn some of the lessons on the journey toward Christlikeness.

It takes as long as it takes. You do have some choice, but remember I dont scold or condemn. I only accept and love. So it takes as long as it takes. You are wise to surrender quickly. But if you are gaming the system, it wont work. So it takes as long as it takes. If you are walking closely with me, you will be tuned in to my ways of thinking and your journey will rapidly accelerate. Come to me … early and first thing … every day

Having God’s “Unreasonable” Faith

May 21st, 2012

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you —Matthew 6:33

When we look at these words of Jesus, we immediately find them to be the most revolutionary that human ears have ever heard. “. . . seek first the kingdom of God . . . .” Even the most spiritually-minded of us argue the exact opposite, saying, “But I must live; I must make a certain amount of money; I must be clothed; I must be fed.” The great concern of our lives is not the kingdom of God but how we are going to take care of ourselves to live. Jesus reversed the order by telling us to get the right relationship with God first, maintaining it as the primary concern of our lives, and never to place our concern on taking care of the other things of life.


“. . . do not worry about your life. . .” (Matthew 6:25). Our Lord pointed out that from His standpoint it is absolutely unreasonable for us to be anxious, worrying about how we will live. Jesus did not say that the person who takes no thought for anything in his life is blessed— no, that person is a fool. But Jesus did teach that His disciple must make his relationship with God the dominating focus of his life, and to be cautiously carefree about everything else in comparison to that. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Don’t make food and drink the controlling factor of your life, but be focused absolutely on God.” Some people are careless about what they eat and drink, and they suffer for it; they are careless about what they wear, having no business looking the way they do; they are careless with their earthly matters, and God holds them responsible. Jesus is saying that the greatest concern of life is to place our relationship with God first, and everything else second.

It is one of the most difficult, yet critical, disciplines of the Christian life to allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into absolute harmony with the teaching of Jesus in these verses.


May 21, 2012

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, this lesson is a difficult one to internalize. Our senses cry out for us to be concerned about pain, hunger and uncertainty.  Our “common sense” tells us to be concerned about what we shall eat and how we shall live and be clothed. And most of us spent the first 16-20 years of our lives being trained to take care of ourselves, to earn a living and to be independent of others. But You teach us to be concerned only for our relationship; our connection. I love the message, but Lord I really need your help in learning how to live this promise.

And God says…”All my promises are empty if you cannot live them out in your daily life.  If you truly want to learn to live them out; and if you ask me for My help with this learning, you will find yourself in circumstances where there is nothing else to do but trust in Me. You will  find yourself in situations where you are no longer “in control” or “in charge” of your life circumstances….you must look to Me for  to meet all your needs, and not for just a short period…until you are “out of the woods”, away from those trying circumstances. This is not an occasional learning opportunity, it is a lifestyle, a daily way of living; trusting Me to meet all your needs.”

His Ascension and Our Access

May 17th, 2012

It came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven —Luke 24:51

We have no experiences in our lives that correspond to the events in our Lord’s life after the transfiguration. From that moment forward His life was altogether substitutionary. Up to the time of the transfiguration, He had exhibited the normal, perfect life of a man. But from the transfiguration forward— Gethsemane, the Cross, the resurrection— everything is unfamiliar to us. His Cross is the door by which every member of the human race can enter into the life of God; by His resurrection He has the right to give eternal life to anyone, and by His ascension our Lord entered heaven, keeping the door open for humanity.

The transfiguration was completed on the Mount of Ascension. If Jesus had gone to heaven directly from the Mount of Transfiguration, He would have gone alone. He would have been nothing more to us than a glorious Figure. But He turned His back on the glory, and came down from the mountain to identify Himself with fallen humanity.

The ascension is the complete fulfillment of the transfiguration. Our Lord returned to His original glory, but not simply as the Son of God— He returned to His father as the Son of Man as well. There is now freedom of access for anyone straight to the very throne of God because of the ascension of the Son of Man. As the Son of Man, Jesus Christ deliberately limited His omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. But now they are His in absolute, full power. As the Son of Man, Jesus Christ now has all the power at the throne of God. From His ascension forward He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.


May 17, 2012

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, the evidence of late is that You are not here, you have gone somewhere else…..My prayers seem to bounce off of the ceiling and all I can notice are my failures and inadequacies. I wonder if it is possible to damage our relationship so badly that I cannot know without a doubt that You are here with me and mine. Right now all I have are doubts and worries and while I think I can remember giving them all to You, I cannot be certain that I really was able to do that. Right now I need to be reminded of Your all-consuming love, mercy and grace.

And God says…”I am with you always. Right now, last night, this morning …all the time.  I have not left you.  I am greater than your fear, selfishness, self-indulgence or anger…… Do you recall the words to the song….”He’s not mad at you, He’s not disappointed, His grace is greater still than all your wrong choices?” I am never mad at you, never disappointed, and I always hear and respond to your prayers. I always answer your prayers to your optimum benefit. That does not mean that I will always answer your prayers the way you want them answered, however, I am always taking your part; the part that is working out for your good. All things are working out for your good; your focused and concentrated attention on Me right now is good. And this is possible because of Jesus. Whenever you feel disconnected, just recall the magnitude of His sacrifice. As a result, I cannot ever see your failures, or disappointments.  When I see you, I see Jesus in all His glory.”


The Habit of Recognizing God’s Provision

May 16th, 2012

. . . you may be partakers of the divine nature . . . —2 Peter 1:4

We are made “partakers of the divine nature,” receiving and sharing God’s own nature through His promises. Then we have to work that divine nature into our human nature by developing godly habits. The first habit to develop is the habit of recognizing God’s provision for us. We say, however, “Oh, I can’t afford it.” One of the worst lies is wrapped up in that statement. We talk as if our heavenly Father has cut us off without a penny! We think it is a sign of true humility to say at the end of the day, “Well, I just barely got by today, but it was a severe struggle.” And yet all of Almighty God is ours in the Lord Jesus! And He will reach to the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if we will only obey Him. Does it really matter that our circumstances are difficult? Why shouldn’t they be! If we give way to self-pity and indulge in the luxury of misery, we remove God’s riches from our lives and hinder others from entering into His provision. No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it removes God from the throne of our lives, replacing Him with our own self-interests. It causes us to open our mouths only to complain, and we simply become spiritual sponges— always absorbing, never giving, and never being satisfied. And there is nothing lovely or generous about our lives.


Before God becomes satisfied with us, He will take everything of our so-called wealth, until we learn that He is our Source; as the psalmist said, “All my springs are in You” (Psalm 87:7). If the majesty, grace, and power of God are not being exhibited in us, God holds us responsible. “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you . . . may have an abundance . . .” (2 Corinthians 9:8)— then learn to lavish the grace of God on others, generously giving of yourself. Be marked and identified with God’s nature, and His blessing will flow through you all the time.


May 16, 2012

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, your promise here is very clear; that You will provide for our every need so that we will have plenty for ourselves and to give to others. I have learned through experience that it is not easy to hold onto to that promise until it is all that we have to hold on to. It is easy to say we trust You to meet all our needs, when we have no need. It is when I am truly in need that I learn to trust You completely.

And God says…”You could and would not learn to live in my hope and faith, without circumstances that require you to do so.  When you can meet all your own needs, you rely and trust yourself. When your health is good, bank account full, and your family’s wants and needs met, it is hard for you to experience my love, hope and provision. Your trials and difficulties and yes, the pain and uncertainty of your life create the megaphone for our communications. Notice how closely we are aligned and connected during difficult times? Here is where you learn to trust Me with all aspects of your life and where you build up a storehouse of faith, hope, love and grace…enough to give away.”

James 1: 2-7 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.

The Habit of Rising to the Occasion

May 15th, 2012

. . . that you may know what is the hope of His calling . . . —Ephesians 1:18

Remember that you have been saved so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in your body (see 2 Corinthians 4:10). Direct the total energy of your powers so that you may achieve everything your election as a child of God provides; rise every time to whatever occasion may come your way.

You did not do anything to achieve your salvation, but you must do something to exhibit it. You must “work out your own salvation” which God has worked in you already (Philippians 2:12). Are your speech, your thinking, and your emotions evidence that you are working it “out”? If you are still the same miserable, grouchy person, set on having your own way, then it is a lie to say that God has saved and sanctified you.

God is the Master Designer, and He allows adversities into your life to see if you can jump over them properly—”By my God I can leap over a wall” (Psalm 18:29). God will never shield you from the requirements of being His son or daughter. First Peter 4:12 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you . . . .” Rise to the occasion—do what the trial demands of you. It does not matter how much it hurts as long as it gives God the opportunity to manifest the life of Jesus in your body.

May God not find complaints in us anymore, but spiritual vitality—a readiness to face anything He brings our way. The only proper goal of life is that we manifest the Son of God; and when this occurs, all of our dictating of our demands to God disappears. Our Lord never dictated demands to His Father, and neither are we to make demands on God. We are here to submit to His will so that He may work through us what He wants. Once we realize this, He will make us broken bread and poured-out wine with which to feed and nourish others.



Journal DJR
Good Morning, Lord.
The message of striving only for Christlikeness … seems so logical and makes so much sense … when we approach it cerebrally … and from a distance. It is also clear when looking at it from your point of view. And it’s even clear when looking at another person going through a refining fire. But when I’m in the heat of the battle and the stress is rising … then it’s not so easy. Actually the default position is to stress out … and then beg you to “fix” things … meaning, of course, fix them the way I’m expecting. And that almost never happens. But it all works out for good in the end, so you obviously are reading from a different playbook …

You are right, I do have a different playbook. My ways are higher than your ways, etc. But I will let you look over my shoulder and see from my view from time to time. But you have to come up here on this balcony and walk with me to see it. If you stay down there in your stress mess, you will only see what you always see and what all natural humans see. But if you come up here and walk with me … you will get glances, at least, of life seen from my perspective.