My soul is provoked

This morning, I directed the media at IHOP while Lou Engle shared his testimony and some dreams about the next TheCall meeting in San Diego this November 1st. I was so provoked, I couldn’t help but cry and pray. He petitioned us to go on a 40-day fast for the state of California starting September 24.

When I returned home, I listened to a Delirious? album named “The Mission Bell”. Their song named “Take Off My Shoes” really ministered to me. I am amazed why Jesus would want to wash my feet.

Take Off My Shoes

I’ll take off my shoes, I’m coming in,
Untie this rope, I’m staying with him,
Love of my life, I’ll live and die,
Just for the moments for my king and I.

Why did you call, why did you wait,
For someone so guilty, someone so fake.
There are no words for my beautiful song,
Now I’m in the arms of my beautiful one.

Hold me, blow all the pride from my bones, with your fire.
Hold me, breathe on this heart made of stone, keep it pure.
Hold me, saviour of heaven and earth, King forever.
Hold me, love of my life lead me on, Through the fire, lead me on…

I’ll take off this crown and fall at your feet,
The secret of joy are the moments we meet.
How could a man with all of your fame,
Pull me from darkness and call me by name.

So hold me today, as I carry your cross,
Into the desert to find who is lost.
Look at my hands, they’re still full of faith,
God keep them clean till we finish the race.

Written by Delirious? ©2005 Curious? Music UK

How to order my private world

I studied today once again how to order my private world. I don’t want to stand before God at the end of my life with regret on how I spent my time, energy, money, etc. I have decided during this fast to develop a discipline how to spend my time. I no longer want to wake up thinking, “What will I do with my spare time today?”. Planning every hour of my day is a must. If I won’t carefully plan it out, someone else or some circumstance will plan it for me. God give me grace (supernatural enablement) to pursue this.

Prayer for Catholic Charismatic fellowships in Poland

I have been praying for some time that God would break in on Catholic Charismatic fellowships in Poland. Iwona will be attending the 25th anniversary of a fellowship that she helped start called Hallelujah. The anniversary will take place October 4-11 in Wroclaw, Poland. If the funds come in, I would like our whole family to make the trip. I am praying that a fresh wind of renewal and revival would spread through the nation of Poland. That they would be a living example of what one of there own, John Paul ll, told the world to do.

A page taken from Hallelujah’s journal taken over two decades ago of some of the leaders. I put a yellow border around Iwona.

Center of Wroclaw, Poland

John Paul ll, in 2000, called all parishes to become schools of prayer and places where “training in holiness” is given.

Our Christian communities must become genuine “schools” of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly “falls in love”… It would be wrong to think that ordinary Christians can be content with a shallow prayer that is unable to fill their whole life.

He also cites several reasons why this turn to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. Besides the fact that it is quite simply part and parcel of the Gospel message, he points out that the supportive culture of “Christendom” has virtually disappeared and that Christian life today has to be lived deeply, or else it may not be possible to live it at all.

Raccoon visitation

When my family and I were driving back to Kansas City, we stopped by a gas station and were welcomed by a large family of raccoons.  I ran inside to see what I could buy them.  I came out with 8 packs of donuts.  They rushed me as I started to distribute them outside the van.  After the second pack of donuts was gone, I began feeling a little uneasy with over a dozen wild raccoons all around my legs, putting their front paws on me as they stood on their hind legs begging for more. I then got in our van and videoed as we finished giving them the rest of the 50 donuts! Here is the video clip.

The Smithsonian and the Washington monument

Today my family and I spent all day at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater & Einstein Planetarium and a tour at the top of the Washington Monument. It was quite a homeschooling adventure for the MajorChange Academy students (all 3 of them).

Hiking on the Potomac River – Great Falls Park

Do we go down town DC again or take a several mile nature hike at Great Falls park in McLean, VA? As the majority of the group were Central European (Polish), they won the vote. Nature hike is was. Located just 15 miles from the Nation’s capital, the Great Falls of the Potomac (so named by the first European colonists) is considered the most spectacular natural landmark in the DC metropolitan area. Here, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through a narrow gorge.

Great Falls Park stretches along almost 2 miles of the Virginia side of the Potomac providing a series of trails and overlooks from which to view the falls and the gorge. Administered by the National Park Service, Great Falls Park also preserves the remains of the Potowmack Canal. The canal was initiated by George Washington as a way to link the upper Potomac and the Ohio River Valley to Washington and the Chesapeake. Great Falls Park offers numerous recreational activities: bird watching, climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, nature walks, and whitewater rafting.

TheCall DC – photos