Hot in the USA

It’s hot. It’s too hot.

But I have a confession, I like the heat.

I always have. Growing up in freezing Minnesota, I guess I had my share of cold temperatures. When it’s 30 degrees below zero and you are wearing two layers of sweaters, your mind starts to wander to a happy place.

My happy place? Usually a hot spot in the world – known for extreme heat. So I grew up fascinated with deserts, Mexico, India, Egypt… anywhere hot. I am not much of a sweat producing male, so that never really bothered me either. I love saunas, and hot whirlpools. I hate it when the whirlpool is not hot enough. I try not to complain about it, though. Usually other less patient folks are the complainers.

Now that doesn’t mean that I like hearing about people that die from heat exposure, or other heat related suffering. Of course I do not like to hear about those scenarios that happen as a result from too much heat.

I even like to pray in the heat. Sometimes I go for a prayer walk when it is hot. To me, it almost seems like an ethereal experience as you walk along a bike path or sidewalk or garden. Everything seems still in the hot air. It’s too hot for rain, storms or even wind. It’s calm and still and for some reason, very pleasing to me.

I know, I’m probably crazy.

Today I am thinking it would be so good to get out in the heat for a few minutes.

Of course Israel understood the desert life. They were miraculously delivered out of Egypt and ushered into freedom under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. They came into the desert eventually, and of course, as a result of their lack of obedience, they became desert dwellers for a generation until they learned to trust their Maker.

They had water and Manna to keep them and sustain them. But they grew impatient fairly quickly. Don’t judge them. Can you imagine being led through the desert with the understanding that you would soon feast on the best meat, milk and honey, only to discover that the only available meal in the desert is this strange, heavenly meal?

I like it hot, but that’s only because we have air conditioning and cool, clean, pure water to drink. Can you imagine having to wait for divine provision every time you thirst and hunger? Well, it sounds “bad”. But really, it is a blessing to watch God do his thing over, and over, and over. It was a faith builder to some folks.

But what about you and I? I hope we can trust God in the desert, and know that His provision is as real as our water faucet, refrigerator and air condition switch.

Maybe we will like it hot, at least from time to time. 🙂

So hot.

I love it!

 

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What do you hope for?

Proverbs 13:12 says, “hope deferred makes the heart sick.”  I have been thinking a lot about hope lately. I really think we need to be careful in this area. If you are like me, you may find yourself hoping for things fairly easily. When some of our hopes and dreams do not pan out the way we want, we can easlily become dissilusioned, depressed and frustrated.

It’s only natural to hope for things, or to put our hopes and dreams on things that we wish for.

This verse in Proverbs is not telling you and I not to hope in anything. It is simply stating a fact of life – hope that is delayed eventually makes the heart sick. Many of us literally get sick inside because of the anxiety and stress brought on by hope that is dissappointing us, or letting is down. We wanted to make the football team, but we were passed up. We hoped to get promoted, but instead we were overlooked. We hoped to get married in our college years, but instead we cruised on through college with nothing but our degree… No ring, no spouse.

I think it is natural to hope, but it is better to keep our hopes and dreams in God. One of the ways I do that is to constantly give my hopes and dreams to God and to be willing to never experience them if that is God’s plan. That way, if things don’t work out the way I hope, I am okay and can accept God’s direction and move forward with confidence.

On the other hand, sometimes we need to keep pursuing a God-inspired hope and to not give up until God tells us to.

If you are sick because of a hope about something that is not panning out the way you want, give it up to God. Otherwise your heart will stay sick.

Getting There

This has been one of those hot days when you just want to hit the beach and jump in the water rather than work. But I have so much to do. Sounds like a great opportunity to pray.

So on the Heart of The City front, I am redoing the opening titles and closing credits. There were some people inadvertently left out… Not really anyone that was too involved, but still I value all who were part of this project so I want to get that right.

People ask why we are doing these improvements and my basic answer is because a company called Crash N Sues has agreed to finish the film and do final color correcting and several other things including a re edit in the actual 1920 1080 digital format.

I am excited to update you on the re release of HEART OF THE CITY  with all of these improvements.  We hope to have it available on blu-ray, online, and possibly some theatrical. I have had numerous requests to show the film in churches. Should be interesting.

I am ghostwriting one novel, and writing another novel with a friend who is a huge historical novel buff. Maybe I will post some samples for you to check out. I dont have a lot of time to write, but the wee mornings are usually the best.

Well, thats all for now. Cheers!

Pressing On, Pushing Through

I don’t care too much for the word “perseverance”; it sounds kinda bland and gloomy. It sounds a little “severe”. Maybe a better phrase is “putting up with” or “waiting around until it’s over.” Whatever “it” is. Even better phraseology might be “pressing on and pushing through.” 

Maybe you are like me, and you have had to wait for many things in life. You would think this would have made me a better “waiter”, but alas… I hate to wait. Waiting involves pain, or delayed gratification. We know God allows this process in our lives to mold us and make us. 

At this juncture in my life, some things that God has promised me have come to pass, and others are in process. In some ways, I am overwhelmed as I juggle various projects. But it is okay. I am not complaining. A lot of good things are going on and I am just trying to enjoy the ride. 

I will continue to update you all on the latest news with my book THE NEW PHARISEE, as well as the feature film HEART OF THE CITY. Plus, there are many other exciting things cooking that I am excited to tell you about. I am excited about the things I have waited for. But more that these things, I am excited to simply be a child of God. 

Until next time!

Jeff

 

 

 

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