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August 02, 2017 / Wednesday Chat with Bill

Little Magpie: Bill - I am not quite sure I get it but I do get - realizing disappointments and things beyond our control happen and that we have personal tendencies like being a planner that we adapt into our daily lives

Bill: Little Magpie: God orchestrates the moments. We don't have to go looking for them or create them. God leads us through them at the right time, in the right circumstances. Our job is to respond to them and let them have their impact on us.

 

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August 02, 2017 / Wednesday Chat with Bill

Swan: Good evening everyone

Swan: Hi Bill, are you relaxing at home this week or traveling?

Bill: Hi Swan. I am "relaxing' on the boat. By relaxing I mean I am furiously working on my computer getting ready for a couple of upcoming events. One is family camp at Cannon Beach Oregon. This is one of my favorites because I get to preach 12 times in one week. It is fun but I have to create new messages so there is a lot of prep.

Little Magpie: Swan, Bill - Good Evening

Little Magpie: Bill - Cannon Beach sounds like a Fun time. I hope sometime we can go to Family Camp there and hear you speak

Swan: Bill - What better home to have than one that can rock you to sleep? When I said relaxing, I meant at least in the comfort of home. I can be so busy I don't have time to think straight sometimes, but when I used to travel for work, that wore me out and even if I had much less to do, I just didn't seem to be able to relax and I worked in travel.

Swan: Bill - Oregon is beautiful, my dad lived in the Medford area and we would take day trips when we would visit him. I haven't been to Cannon Beach, but it sounds like fun and hey a preacher has got to preach, sharing God with others is a motivational experience.

Swan: Hi Little Magpie - how is your week going?

Little Magpie: Bill- are you able to stay cool enough with the breeze off the water?? We are going thru a heat wave and have Heat warnings

Bill: Swan and Little Magpie: The weather is beautiful where we are. Nice ocean breeze, moderate temperatures - very spoiled. We are also taking advantage of the water - kayaked to get our mail today, great fun. I am looking forward to Oregon as it so beautiful and a great week of ministry.

Swan: Bill - Preparing for 12 different messages, wow! I know pastors that take a week just to prepare for one, praying God fills you with the words that will move those hearing His word through your mouth.

Bill: Swan: I am very encouraged. I am presenting a series of messages from the life of Elijah. The series has fallen together as a discussion of Living in the Moment. It started when I realized that we know nothing about Elijah until he shows up and announces a 3 1/2 year drought. He was created and trained for this moment (and a few other significant moments). It got me thinking about the moments of our lives that shape who we are and clarify what we really believe. I started to see that Elijah experienced many of these moments which give some clear direction. Should be fun and rewarding.

Swan: Bill - for family camp is it couples or parents/children? My church here has youth camps, my grandson is away at his age groups this week, but we don't have family camps that I have seen. As important as it is for individuals to connect, I can see how it would benefit an entire family as well.

Little Magpie: Swan - this week work was only two days. I had vacation last Thurs-Mon for my H hobby and this week Thurs and Friday. Working next Monday is probably a mistake but, oh well.

Swan: Bill - Awesome, I haven't really thought so deeply about Elijah, your vision for him gives one much to think on beyond just reading about him in the Bible.

Little Magpie: Bill - that sounds really interesting.

Swan: Little Magpie - It sound like even if it is a mistake, it is one you are going into eyes wide open and that gives you a heads up on it.

Bill: Swan: The series has been a clarifying experience for me. I expect I will create an online resource after Family Camp as it appears to be turning into a framework for much of what I think is important in life. I am sure I will be challenging all of us to Live in the Moment!

Little Magpie: Swan - yes that is true. I just hope the exhaustion from being in the high heat for four days doesn't knock my brain out of whack

Little Magpie: Swan- actually - high heat, early mornings and late nights

Bill: Swan: Cannon Beach's family camp is designed to provide both together time and age appropriate time. There is a kids program and a youth program that operate during adult teaching times. The adult sessions are geared toward individuals so there is no awkwardness for single parents or grandparents who have lost spouses. Hence, the focus on Bible teaching rather than relational training. Then there is plenty of free time so families can hike, play at the beach, etc.

Bill: Little Magpie: I like the picture of "knocking my brain out of whack."

Swan: Bill - I know there are many who do live in the moment, I am not one of them, I am a planner, seriously I used to print out a detailed schedule for vacations and everyone in the family got a copy. I would be ok if we saw something along the way and decided to stop; actually I had unscheduled stops on the schedule too. I often feel out of control, it is scary for me to live in the moment.

Little Magpie: Swan - I agree, I have to have things planned out and try to control things. I have to have plenty of margin too in case things don't work out

Little Magpie: Bill and swan an example is I had to make my family leave the hotel early this weekend so I could get my car worked into a shop as my air-conditioning went out and it was in the high 90's. It worked the best of any day that weekend but I had to keep pushing to get them out. The shop was able to get it working again but I have to get a new blower motor soon.

Swan: Little Magpie - Being a planner can come in very handy, such as when I used to plan trips for groups, but I do sometimes think it would be nice to just do something without planning it to death, but like I said, it is scary for me and people that can freely live in the moment can cause me stress being around them.

Little Magpie: Bill - are you a "Live in the Moment" person??

Bill: Swan and Little Magpie: By Living in the Moment, I don't mean that we are spontaneous or reactive as we travel through our days. What I mean is we respond to the significant moments in our life that clarify who we are and what God wants to do in our lives. For instance, at some point in life you both figured out that you are planners. To be successful with this, you have to embrace this about yourself, thank God for making you this way and develop the skills that make you the most effective planners you can be. Another instance is the Moments of Disappointment where we come to grips with the fact that life is beyond our control and will not yield to our expectations. In these moments we learn to yield our will to God's will as we accept the way God has made life and the effects of sin that make life harder than it was supposed to be. In these moments we learn to trust God in deep, realistic ways. Questions?

Swan: Bill and Little Magpie - my mother and step father were two of the most unorganized live right now people and I hated the chaos our family always was, I couldn't handle it and became tightly wound at an early age.

Swan: Bill - got you, I was thinking more spontaneous. I like your view of living in the moment that I can do.

Swan: Bill - Although I have to admit, there are days when I have no clue what God want to do in my life and even though I ask, I don't always get direction or at least I don't recognize it.

Little Magpie: Bill - I am not quite sure I get it but I do get - realizing disappointments and things beyond our control happen and that we have personal tendencies like being a planner that we adapt into our daily lives

Bill: Swan: It is common to "have no clue what God wants us to do in life." We are all very limited so we get confused about the future and sometimes God withholds information because He knows we aren't ready. This is why significant moments define our lives. We can't process it all now so we have to go through a lifelong learning process to figure out God's plan and design for each of us.

Bill: Little Magpie: God orchestrates the moments. We don't have to go looking for them or create them. God leads us through them at the right time, in the right circumstances. Our job is to respond to them and let them have their impact on us.

Swan: Bill - There have been times when I was so sure that God was directing me and in obedience to what I believed I followed, at first it seemed to be confirmed, but then down the road it all fell apart, those are some of the times when I find myself questioning my ability to hear from God at all. Then of course the next thing that I believe God is directing, I start to question it immediately and sometimes am less open to immediately following. There are times I really wish God talked to us like he did Moses, that audible voice that one could not doubt.

Little Magpie: Swan - I agree with you. If we could audibly hear God's voice in unmistakable ways it would be nice. To take direction and know that it is God's direction

Bill: Swan: I could not have said it better. I think we all have these experiences. Since life comes in seasons, what God calls us to in one season may be "retired" as we enter a new season of life. I am convinced our life purpose stays the same throughout our earthly journey but the way we live out that purpose changes with each season of life. So, about the time we get comfortable and confident, everything changes making us question whether we heard God correctly. This is way more "normal" than I want to admit. I would like it if God spoke out loud but it would probably startle me!

Bill: Swan and Little Magpie: It is good for all of us to keep in mind that much of what God has said to people throughout history has been hard to hear. He always speaks the truth which means at times He is incredibly encouraging while at other times He is surgically confrontive It would be awesome and agonizing to actually hear his voice!

Swan: Bill - Oh yeah, it would scare me horribly, but I am thinking I would eventually get used to it or go completely mad. That is true; I don't think I could handle being scolded by God with his voice.

Little Magpie: Bill and Swan - Thank you! Enjoy the rest of your week/weekend. Blessings on your messages Bill. My youngest has Youth Group so I have to head out.

Bill: Swan: Too funny. I am glad God has it figured out and doesn't see us out for advice!

Swan: Well, we need to let Bill get back to his messages, you have a great week.

Bill: All: Thanks for taking the journey. Keep your eyes open for the next significant moment God brings your way. See you next week.

Little Magpie: All - Good Night

Little Magpie: Bill - I am not quite sure I get it but I do get - realizing disappointments and things beyond our control happen and that we have personal tendencies like being a planner that we adapt into our daily lives

Bill: Little Magpie: God orchestrates the moments. We don't have to go looking for them or create them. God leads us through them at the right time, in the right circumstances. Our job is to respond to them and let them have their impact on us.

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