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Phenomenal Life Strategies

"I AM that I AM."
Almighty God )

Empathy Embrace Elevation


Fascinating people boldly transforming their lives before us. Discussion for your group:

Qualities of VALUED relationships.

Dreamers Hill



 . . . the fruit of the Spirit is
and self-control.
There is no law (Jewish Law) against such things.


Dreamers Hill


“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet."


What does this all mean?





Being Fit

. . . .

Not that I have already attained or have already been perfected, but I follow after it so that I may lay hold of that for which I was seized by Christ Jesus. 

I do not count myself to have attained, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 

I press toward the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

_ Paul


living water


I am made in the image of God, not your image of God.


Today, we remember and celebrate this act of graduation, an act that for many of us who have been in schools or been in colleges, or in our workplace that we've been elevated in new positions; whatever it is that happens with our lives, I believe that we should celebrate.

I don't believe we do enough celebrating in our world.

We are called to be a people of celebration, and celebrating who we are and how God has transformed us.

I believe that all of us at some level or another are constantly graduating, that if we are trully being transfomed into the very likeness of Christ and Christ-self that worship should be that ooportunity to leave different than we arrived, that we leave better than we arrived, that something should have shifted within us through the act of worship.

If we truly embrace this notion, that worship is not just this passive activity but rather it is a way in which we connect with the divine that is within each and everyone of us; that in that act of transformation we are constantly in a process of graduating - moving from one place of our lives into another, and in that act of graduation, in that act of celebration, in that act of acknowledging the presence of God in us, then we are called by the power of the Holy Spirit to become more like Christ in all our ways.


Fetching Water

And that's another cool thing our Senior Pastor shared.


Love - Martin Luther King Jr

Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.


In The Light

FOLLOW the trail

An Extraordinary Adventure

[ Phase 1 ]

Exploring the Authentic Nature of True Love


[ Phase 2 ]

Examining blood-stained Golgotha


[ Phase 3 ]

A transforming experience of The CIRCLE, by way of land and sea, Beyond Resurrection Morning, across The Desert, through The Valley


Phase 4

On to The Lean Side of The Mountain where Jesus is delivering Phenomenal Life Strategies

Let your light shine.


I am; because of You


Be transformed by the renewing of your MIND, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


En mass, a seed is not a seedling; a seedling is not a tree; the tree is not its flower; that flower is quite often not the fruit; none of these is essentially the same as any of the other, and yet they are all very much the same thing. Amazing, isn't it? Creation is awesome. I've learned a special something from that reality. How about you? Share, if you'd like. I am about to!

Welcome to phenomenal life-thriving strategies delivered from the lean side of the mountain and embraced by many on this wondrous journey of life and learning - the continuation of our Extraordinary Adventure series.


This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine.

from a Childhood Song


"How do we cultivate young people who have the idealism, and the ambition, and the drive, and the passion to start their own journey to bring about meaningful and positive social change?"

You are altogether beautiful, my love;
    there is no flaw in you.

King Solomon

What are your core strengths?
Share your relationship.

"I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, that one will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.   The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Jesus, Son of Man, Prince of Glory, Redeemer.


a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship.

tour de force


Who made the mountains? Who made the trees? Who made the rivers flow to the sea? Who sends the rain when the earth is dry? Who made the flowers to bloom in the spring? Who made the song for the robins to sing? Who hung the moon in the starry sky? Yes, all that and way much more! Our mind. Our body. Our spirit. Our soul.

What stereotype has you bound?


Come, let us all be friends for once, 
Let us make life easy on us, 
Let us be lovers and loved ones,
The earth shall be left to no one.

Yunus Emre


"It is not our experience that makes our lives, it is what we do with it."

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true 
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

You raise me up to more than I can be.



Phenomenal Life Strategies

Life Strategy # 2: "Show Up & Be Seen"

Phenomenal life-affirming, life-thriving, life-uplifting strategies are being delivered by Our Lord Jesus on the lean side of the mountain.

"Oh, The Bliss to you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice! Be glad! Great is your reward in heaven. In the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Action Plan: Show Up; Be Seen, "Oh, The Bliss! Step out and step in." And what a place it is to step into! Phewy! Jesus gets personal with me, demonstrating we are each created with the capacity and seeded the ability to really be who we are. For that's what the universe needs! (What about you?) It takes courage to be authentic, doesn't it?

Rejoice! Be Glad!
Great is your reward.
They persecuted our predecessors too!

Welcome to my 'inter-personal' share!

You are the salt of the earth. Rejoice. Step Out. Step In.

"If I couldn't handle not being good at something then how could I consider myself successful." Gerald (the lad who knew he couldn't swim accepted on a swim team with a coach who fosters authenticity and courage).

What is salt?

"You are the salt of the earth." This is a powerful metaphor. Yes, Jesus is using a metaphor. Wow! It is pregnant with meaning and has an enormous impact across time and space. Today, Jesus is speaking to me! You too? No? That's okay.

What is salt (to you)?

Can you guess (or ascertain) what 'salt' means to me? Or anyone else for that matter?

"Salt of the Earth!"

To be fair I should share a pinch of what I've learned about salt over a coarse period of time. You see when this metaphor was first being delivered, those original tongues did not have the same sense of salt current hearers necessarily share, and yet through millenia and across a myriad of evolving cultures this metaphor has not lost its punch! Isn't that something?

I call that stamina - staying power - endurance! Ahem - Awesome!

Now I promise not to get emotional! Not that emotion is a bad thing. Absolutely not! (We'll come to that later in this series.) Empathy, though - well, let's keep empathy in play. Empathy is a trait I value. It is a design feature for the most part - seminal to a rich human experience. Empathy is a cohesive force. And I'd like to remain stuck to it while exploring this metaphor.

Just because!

Besides! "Our own wellbeing is deeply tied to the wellbeing of others: danger is shared, pain is shared, joy is shared, achievement is shared, 'home' is shared, 'sustenance' is shared." Boyd Varty.

We are inextricably bound. Humanity, that is. Natue, that is. The universe. M-hm. You. Me. Them.

Oh, boy!

Sweet Pea, that's a huge mouthful. You in de pot. Believe me. Let that simmer.

Salt is a life essential. Salt enjoys a variety of uses and symbolism and meaning unique to cultures and communities and consciences. Here is a grab bag of usage, symbolism and meanings. Add your collection to the list.

  • preservative
  • seasoning
  • flavoring
  • purity
  • Springtime
  • covenant of friendship
  • mother of all life
  • death
  • disinfectant
  • essential nutrient
  • currency
  • necessary for fluid balance in the body
  • protection
  • enslavement
  • wisdom
  • sterilizer
  • high blood pressure
  • hypertension
  • healer

What is salt to you?

Oooops! There it is again - that brilliant concept - an undergird of sound life strategies - BALANCE! I need practice. Here I go again - not gonna give up working it, working it, working it. Work it with me, work it. This is a new day. Find your balance. Rejoice and Be Glad. Let me find mine.

Working it? If not yet, perhaps this video will seed the thought to begin. Today! Improve energy. Increase productivity. Extend endurance. Reduce stress. But of course, life is not all physical. There are other components to the joy of life connected to body, mind and spirit, which are enhanced by this week's Phenomenal Life Strategy reveal, Show Up & Be Seen, a reality appearing much clearer when viewed through the blessed metaphor: Salt of The Earth!

To show-up one has to get up and go! Where? This reveal is NOT about where. This reveal is very much about STEPPING OUT. (One's willingness to accept one's own imperfection. One's eagerness to learn and discover, to stretch, to accept failure, to learn from failures, to acknowlege one's own weakness, to work on strengthening one's own revealed weakness. One's readiness to Be a Gerald!) Step out. Show up. This, for me, is about presence. It is about being present in body, mind and spirit. This is about being real. This is about being.

I was just oh-so-moved by a viral video (you probably saw it) where a little girl on stage, lined up for her a ballet rehearsal, got such a fright she began to cry, too petrified to dance, and her father (a lawyer), baby in hand at his chest, ran up on to the stage, took his crying daughter's hand and danced the ballet dance in line alongside her. And she danced. Oh, did she dance! That father showed-up. His showing-up moved me. It moved the audience. It is probably moving mothers and fathers and daughters and sons and siblings all across the world right this second, BECAUSE he SHOWED UP. His daughter was emboldened by his presence. That is showing-up - Being Present in time and space. Being! If you'd like to practice this kind of Being Present, you are welcome to check out The Hunks I Dreamed by yours truly from the I Dreamed You series. Presence is one of life's vital P's, necessary to BECOMING - that grandness and greatness of authentic being - that truth of self. Check it out! CLICK HERE. It will make for a great big difference. Your outcomes will be awesome. This is NOT about attendance. This is about being present - an attended body, mind, spirit and soul. This is about being!

The Hunks I Dreamed by Neville DeAngelou

I find it hard to Show Up when I am knocked out, slowed down, or asleep! I've got to Get Up to Show Up. True? What about you? Let's be aware of the bigger picture, for this is a growth experience I find. Which brings me to that other part: Being Seen. First, here are some thoughts I encourage us to consider. Remember: share your thoughts with those in your group. Your experience is unique! So is mine.


Sleeping Effectively! Yes, that too is coming up on this Adventure Series.

You are
Salt of The Earth!




"I give them eternal life. They shall never perish, nor shall anyone snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them from My Father’s hand. My Father and I are one." All things are possible. Start with what is just outside your comfort zone. Believe. Act upon it. Step outside and breathe.

Usable Resource:

ILICET - A Time To Begin Again


WORD TO THE WISE: Show Up and Be Seen.

Our other portion of this life strategy - Be Seen - is in NO WAY an elevation of NARCISSISM. In fact in our new reality - Oh, The Bliss - NARCISSISM, which is all about seing only oneself not in the truth of oneself; one's true self is hidden. A phenomenal thing happens when one let's oneself be seen! Awesome outcomes. It takes courage. It has a cost. But consider the ROI. Oooh-weee! (Issues regarding shyness, modesty, and the like are coming up, but you are welcome to consider this at any time - see what you unearth.)

Here, however, is something I learned practicing this strategy. I learned it from gardens and gardening.

En mass, a seed is not a seedling; a seedling is not a tree; the tree is not its flower; that flower is quite often not the fruit; none of these is essentially the same as any of the other, and yet they are all very much the same thing.

Recognizing this reality is as life-changing for the individual as it is for a parent, leader, mentor, coach, etc, I have found. See if you've found this to be true as well.

I find that if a seed is not allowed to be a seed, it is very likely not goiing to be nurtured into a seedling. If a seedling is not nurtured as a seedling it may never graduate into being a fruiful tree. You will drown it. You will choke it. You will stifle it. You will suffer it. It won't bear fruit. Everyone loses.

One might want to be a flower. One may be striving towards that, but until one is a flower it is the leaves that are available to be seen, per se.

Everything has an exception, of course, I have seen gorgeous fake flowers too. Life is what it is, isn't it? We do need a sense of humor. Maybe the universe obliges us more than our share. Ha-ha-hahh! Oh, dear me!




STAY BIG as You GRAPPLE or GRIP these.

STAY BIG Topics for Group DISCUSSION or Personal Reflection


A THOUGHT: The story you keep telling yourself is prime for a revision; revise it and grow!



From Jubilee! (How effective is your Personal Communication?)



"Knowledge that takes you not beyond yourself is far worse than ignorance." Elif Shafak.




Something To Consider

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You are

strong - brave - capable - valued - gifted - possessed of joy, hope, peace and love - treasured - entrusted - loved - courageous



Lennon on Love and Fear

Is our world better by what you just did?

May our light shine on sprinkled seeds along The Journey.

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