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Healing Begins

After a restless night of little sleep, I awoke with these lyrics in mind this morning. This chorus seemed appropriate given what I had intently been praying for the night before and into my sleep.

This is where the healing begins, oh
This is where the healing starts
When you come to where you’re broken within
The light meets the dark
The light meets the dark

Lyrics from “Healing Begins” by Tenth Avenue North

Songs of Yesterday

It’s amazing how the Holy Spirit brings certain songs to mind at times. It’s common for me to wake up in the morning with a song in my head. Or, after praying, the Holy Spirit sweeps in a tune or words. Even though we may have heard a particular song hundreds of times before, I love the beauty of hearing a song as if for the first time with my “spiritual ears.”

Below are two songs that I really enjoyed yesterday.

“Every time I Breathe” by Big Daddy Weave

I am sure all of heaven’s heard me cry
As I tell You all the reasons why
This life is just too hard

But day by day
Without fail
I’m finding everything I need
And everything that You are
To me

Every time I breathe You seem a little bit closer
I never want to leave
I want to stay in Your warm embrace
Oh basking in the glory shining from Your face
And every time I get another glimpse of Your heart
I realize it’s true
That You are so marvelous God
And I am so in love with You

Now how could I after knowing One so great
Respond to You in any way
That’s less than all I have to give
But by Your grace I want to love You not with what
I say
But everyday
In a way that my life is lived

Every time I breathe You seem a little bit closer
I never want to leave
I want to stay in Your warm embrace
Oh basking in the glory shining from Your face
And every time I get another glimpse of Your heart
I realize it’s true
That You are so marvelous God
And I am so in love with You

Wrapped in Your mercy I want to live and never leave
I am held by how humble
Yet overwhelmed by Your majesty
Captured by grace and now I’m finding
I am free
You are marvelous God
And knowing You is everything

“More Precious Than Silver” sung here by Hearts Afire

Lord, You are
More precious than silver.
Lord, You are
More costly than gold.
Lord, You are
More beautiful than diamonds,
And nothing I desire
Compares with You.


I did some studying last week to find out more about the Scriptural subject of open Heavens, and it led me to send this text message to a few friends this past Friday:

• Bethel, the place where Heaven and Earth meet.
• Where Jacob saw the glory of God and the angels of the Lord ascending and descending. (Genesis 28)
• Where God communicates with man.

Q: Where is Bethel in my life? That I may set there an alter to the Lord and see His glory. He is ready to open Heaven to us!

Below is the touching – and surprisingly unexpected – reply I received back from a friend. (Note: Since I may refer to this friend in further blog posts, we both mutually agreed that his pseudonym will be Huios. Once running from God, like the prodigal son (as most of us have), Huios has indeed made a repentant return to God.)

I have always been fascinated by the form of the cross. Is is when the plane of man (the horizontal), meets the ascendant quality of Heaven (the vertical). When you draw a cross, it goes from left to right, suggesting a journey or a distance made, and from up downward, crossing the man’s plane from his head to his feet… complete and in totality. Where the plane of man and the plane of God intersect is at the heart. It is when my heart is touched by an act that it fills and overflows through every fiber of my being, down to my soul, that to me is my Bethel. This is when I look up and know that God is smiling down at me.

Note: The info in the bullet points from above was from this sermon.

Tract #1

A chosen labor of love, my first tract written for the beginning of 2010.
I have made this tract available in PDF if you’d like to use it for your own ventures.

— start tract —

Are you searching for something new this year? Something out of the normal? Something WAY better than what you have now? Something life changing? I pray for you and encourage you—in faith—to pick up a most glorious book called the Bible and find its true message! Okay, did I loose your attention already? Please, don’t turn away or be discouraged. I know what you may be thinking… the Bible??!! Yes, the Bible. I know…it’s a big book! It was written long ago and yes, it is very lengthy. But, no, it is not hard to read and no, it is not a waste of your time. Just try it!

Okay, so maybe you don’t have a Bible. Please, I encourage you to get one. Here is a little story… have you ever gone to the bookstore and taken a quick glance at the religion section and seen all the different types of Bibles available? Have you thought “why in the world are there so many Bibles… isn’t the Bible just “The Bible”? Isn’t there just one?!! The first time I went looking for one, I saw so many, I was thinking… okay, I’m here, I see them, now what? How do I know which one to choose? Isn’t there suppose to be just one? Yes, there  is only one “Word” as we say. In essence, they are all fundamentally the same. It’s just that with modern culture, different types of Bibles cater to different people. For example there are Bibles with really big text for better legibility, there are Bibles for students, there are Bibles with notes and tabs for finding things and Bibles that highlight Jesus’s phrases in red so that His words stand out. If you’d like a suggestion on which Bible to pick up, try the New Living Translation. That’s one that I have.

Okay, so now you’ve got your Bible. 🙂 In reading, I recommend you start with the Gospel of John found in the “New Testament”. John was one of Jesus’s disciples and he lived in the same time as Jesus did while on Earth. This section of the Bible is titled “John” because he wrote it and it is his testimony of the life of Jesus.

As I mention all these things, don’t feel discouraged if you don’t know who is who,
or where things are. Over time, you will learn who is who and where is what. Consider it similar to going to a city you’ve never been to before; as you drive around and start going to places you begin to recognize landmarks, streets and things like that. So the same will happen as you read and become familiar with His Word.

As you read John’s account of the life of Jesus, I pray that you come to know who Jesus is and why He wants to be a part of your life. I pray for a renewing of mind and understanding of why God brought Him for YOU. (look up John 3:16) Jesus WILL take you away from the normal and mundane. Jesus WILL give you something better than what you have now. Jesus WILL change your life. All you have to do is let Him in!! With much love I pray for your transformation of mind and spirit. In Jesus’s holy, loving and saving name. Amen!!

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1: 4-5

— end tract —

Tract Record

Last November, I went to the Joyce Meyer Conference in Houston and on my way out, there were evangelists handing out tracts. As we walked, my friend was handed a tract. He glanced at it and tucked it away in the front pocket of his Bible cover. I was curious about it, so I asked him  if I could have it. It was a card-style tract with a color illustration on the front and a message on the back. I See Dead People was the title. I studied the illustration, then flipped it over to read the message. After reading it, I noticed a sort of varnish on the paper in the mark of a cross. (Yes, that’s my design terminology.) My friend then said, “Oh, it looks like its been anointed with oil.”

A few days later, in discussing tracts with another friend, she mentioned that she had access to all sorts of tracts and that she could get some for me. I was very excited! With the supply from her, I was going to flier cars! (My way of non-confrontational evangelizing.) Later, my friend mentioned that she only had tracts in foreign languages, so instead, she would make me a tract. In my naiveness, I thought, we can make tracts? “What would you like the tract to say?” she asked. “What do you mean?” I asked in reply. I hadn’t realized that there are actually tracts for all sorts of things like drug addiction, abuse, gambling, etc. I had only seen tracts about going to Heaven and salvation.

In her commitment to keep her word of supplying tracts for my venture, my friend made me tracts. Her extended effort to make the tracts for me was indeed an act of fruitfulness. Not only did I now have tracts to flier cars, but now a seed had been planted in my heart to make the same effort. So, later that month, I wrote my first tract. I didn’t know what I was going to write about, but surely, God provided His words, I sat down in quite one afternoon, and the words simply flowed out. I finessed, printed, cut and they were almost ready!

I prayed over the tracts and started anointing the back of each one with an oil I had just gotten for Christmas a few days earlier. Being new to anointing things, I came to discover that the cross mark I was drawing with the oil was making the paper appear translucent over that area. (Kind of like when you touch paper with super-greasy fingers from french fries or potato chips.) I thought, oh well, so the recipient will plainly see the translucent cross, I certainly wasn’t bothered by that!

The surprise:
After anointing the last tract, I looked at my piles that were now ready for distribution. I was pretty proud of myself and my work! I picked up the last tract and opened it for one last glance over. Looking down towards the bottom, where I drew the cross with the oil, I saw and knew that it was no coincidence — I had drawn the lateral line of the cross right over the word “transformation.” It was perfect I thought! What an added blessing!

I had intended to keep that tract for myself as a keepsake, but instead, I decided to give it to a friend I reconciled with just an hour after I passed out all the tracts I had made.

Whether I hold the tract in my hands or not, I still have memory of it and God’s goodness in what He let me see on the tract and what He’s doing in my life.

In the Beginning

Hello there everyone! Welcome to my blog, Afire Within!

Aside from viewing (and designing) blogs every once in a while, blogs are somewhat uncharted waters for me. You see, I’ve mostly considered blogs for those who like to write and have something to write about, and I never considered myself to have either of these gifts. However, something new is now taking place. (Isaiah 43:19). I have come to love in sharing the passions that God has placed in my heart and what He has me learn from. So, in this, I walk by faith in the Holy Spirit’s leading to start this blog. For as the more I’ve come to seek God, the more open and receiving I’ve become of His love and gifts. I’m only now beginning to express some of what He has already laid out for me, things I had never thought possible for myself or ever considered – this blog marking the beginning.

If you’d like, I invite you to follow me through my journey. I hope you enjoy my postings with a kindred heart and spirit.

In Love,

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