Monthly Archives: August 2021

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Stuff just ours. (plus Corinne's letter)

The Gift

-You're lucky to have this relationship with God, 'coz He doesn't speak* to me… (squeak! honk honk!) Sounds wrong to you too? 

“The chance”, (in other words “the grace") to be intimate with Him is God's gift to all of His children.

Along with the forgiveness of our sins, it's the most beautiful, undeserved gift we could ever receive (I often unwrap it in the forest)  It cost God a lot: His son on the cross. 

* How to listen to God (3 videos in French with English subtitles available)

- How to hear God speak in our thoughts. https://youtu.be/sz_5yPqpsW4 

- How does God speak in our dreams? https://youtu.be/Jbm7a9n9h0Y 

- The different ways God speaks. https://youtu.be/_YOaHn24UkE?t=2 

Children colors A small comparison: I have 4 children and with each of them I share privileged and different "just us" moments. 

Their personalities, their expectations, our history and the time spent together are as many woven threads. The knitted piece varies from one personality to the other but is made of the same love. 

My kids really are gorgeous colors. When I am yellow and my son Silas is blue, the time we spend together turns into a deep forest green, fresh and invigorating, (or snot green, 'coz it makes us laugh), and with my little red Sephora, a sparkling orange sunset etc…there is no wrong color.

I adapt myself to each one of them, but I have no favorite: I love them all the same (like crazy!) 

Dad/God's number ones? Whoever you are, whatever you have been through, if while reading "Meet me in the forest", you'd like to have that kind of relationship with God, you can. But the result will be other beautiful and unique colors ('coz you're His work, actually). Why not try "my" forest tip for a start and then develop your own "just the two of you" stuff? **

God knows you by heart, He'll know how to reach you. Once you two are alone, just make sure to be true, so that He can take away the grey that grieves you (it's more than just a circumstance to be turned around) He'll enhance your own color. Come, just as you are, it's you He's waiting for, not someone you think you should look like. 

It is written “God IS love”, it's even more powerful than "God has love" (1st John 4:16) It's His nature and He doesn't have to make any effort to love you personally. 

** You may have been intrigued by what I'm talking about. For a better understanding of the context, you can download the first 30 pages of the book here: https://mailchi.mp/d8bfc27ff89a/rdvf1-30-pages-excerpt 

Below is a letter that says the same ..

Enjoy your walk…

 

Corinne's letter

After receiving her order, a girl wrote this to me: I just wanted to thank you for the dedication*, for having taken time for me, in the speech balloon there's a heart and no one else knew except for… Here's the thing, when I walk in the woods or elsewhere, I find hearts, I see hearts everywhere, I end up thinking it can't be, this must be done on purpose, I zoom in… In fact it is done on purpose. I had asked God: "tell me that you love me, but say it to me alone!" because I have often been told: "God loves you" but had never felt anything personal.

So thanks a lot, I know we sometimes send such little hearts on Whatsapp, but today the one I found in my book is special.  Here are a couple of pictures, they're not artistic but they were taken  while I was working or having a walk, when someOne wanted me to know he loved me. 

Affectionately

Corinne

      

*The dedication I had made for her.

   
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Stuff just ours

Stuff just ours. (plus Corinne’s letter) The Gift -You’re lucky to have this relationship with God, ‘coz He doesn’t speak* to me… (squeak! honk honk!) Sounds wrong to you too?  “The chance”, (in other words “the grace”) to be intimate … More… More…

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Jesus’ home

My life isn’t always easy. If I described it to you, I’m not sure you’d like to have the same... but on the other hand, Jesus lives in me… We take time for each other, and that grants me pure moments of happiness... Still, what seems most insane to me, is when I realize it works both ways… (both ways!?!) 

Easy…

I like sharing my faith everywhere I go. I do it easy without putting any pressure on anyone, especially not on God, unlike so many people who claim to be His’... Some experts try to make Him fit in texts, principles, and well organised theories that attract many people. They try to force their prayer requests and their narrow vision on God, urging Him to answer them or bless whatever they’re doing… regardless of His own desires.    

I feel so sorry for Him, for them and for me too… ‘coz I know I’m no better. 

So I just sit down close to Jesus and I give up… I give up forcing him to listen to my blah blah blah, and I talk straight instead, or else I just stay silent. And we dig it ! We appreciate just being there for each other, and without even knowing, I am learning to unlearn… 

 

Getting along

My Creator is free to come and go through me as He wishes. Okay, I admit that my welcome is a bit lame sometimes… So, every now and then, He still knocks before coming in. But deep down, He knows He’s at home in my heart.  

Here’s the truth, He bought me back at a high price, by His precious blood! He gave it all, His Kingdom, His privileges, everything He had, in order to have me. Just to have the privilege of being near me... !?! (whaaat?!) Sometimes I ask myself if this great friend of mine isn’t a bit crazy…? Hmm... crazy, He is, for sure: crazy in love!!! 

I’ll probably never understand why He cares so much for me… When I think of Him, I realize He’s as huge as the universe He created (t’was a thursday…), so I gave up trying to figure out anything, and I satisfy myself with receiving… and believing.

 

Sell it all!

I don’t know where you’re standing, but I can only invite you to do the same, open up!  The way I know Him, He will subtly bring to light what is moldering your existence.

But don’t be afraid, He won’t do the cleaning without you, without your permission. ‘Coz, yes! Getting rid of evil can be painful, especially if we won’t let go. 

So, don’t try too hard to understand what’s going on. Most of the time His reasons are beyond our understanding. Let go of control and fear (it won’t help), stop being defensive… Let Him move, trust Him, there is no one as considerate, generous, honest, intelligent, understanding, wise, reassuring (but so full of surprises), nor any one as caring as Jesus... 

 

Oh Jesus, y’ know… I love You! You are unbelievable and still, I believe You.

   

Find more of the author’s meditations in his book: Meet me in the forest

First 30 pages for free here

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Tricks, licks and injustice 

or

Response to injustice

 

Clever dog!

My little Spike is everyone's dog at home… he strolls around  from one floor to another depending on where the cooking smells come from. Be it roommates, workshop activists or family members, everybody likes him. For him, doors aren't borders (they're nothing but wood swiveling on hinges, right?). This walking stomach knows how to swing them open with a simple bark or a scratch. Especially as he recognises people while they're still in the street. He is clever! Particularly with those whom he knows he can bend. He has an inner clock to tell him when the regulars arrive, and they will have no other choice than to give in 'coz it's true: "he's so cuuuute!"

 

Oh-oh…! (ouch!)

But the other day, something really disturbing happened: he didn't finish his bowl…(!?) 

Straight away, we called Sephora, our daughter (veterinary assistant). She rushed immediately and took a blood sample. 

 

Damn

We were forced to lock him in a cage and put him on a drip for a week (he just didn't understand what was happening to him). The result of the tests was very clear: his kidneys are in real bad shape. For his own good, nobody is allowed to give him any non medical food anymore! 

 

Lord, why?

The dog just doesn't understand what is happening to him. His tricks don't work anymore! Why has everyone become so "mean"? oh… he must've had such a feeling of injustice.

 

I tried to explain it to him. But, no way! His brain isn't big enough (he can't read, can’t speak a single word of English, and doesn't even know what a kidney is!!!) 

What worries me even more than his health, is that he could think that we don't love him anymore. Fortunately we are very close: for sure he knows there is another reason.

 

God and you 

To a certain extent, couldn’t you be in the same situation as me and Spike…?

 

You suffer injustices, you feel you're a victim and you ask yourself "why does God allow such things, has God forsaken me…?" 

Hmm… You're confusing "injustice" with "ignorance", 'coz the one clear and absolutely essential thing for you to know is that: whatever happens, God loves you!*… sooo much…!!

 

*He said so (in the Bible), He doesn't lie and it's obvious to all those who know Him personally. 

 

Superiority of dog on man

Okay, we might be smarter than him, but when it comes to a relationship with a master… we could improve a lot, couldn't we?!

If I don't give in to any of Spike's tricks anymore and if I only give him yucky food (compared to before), it's for his own good, believe me. When I hold him on a leash it's in order to preserve him from his lack of obedience and self control (he barks after dogs 3 times his size). 

 

Fortunately, the friendly relationship Spike and I have, can only convince him of that. I always bring him along in the forest, I pet him, speak gently to him, play with him, nurse him and if I get tough it’s only to keep him from danger. 

 

Go in the forest with God! 

Whatever your need (or want) may be, spend time with God. Rejoice with Him, play, share, run, live with Him. And same as for me, the tears and laughter you share will fill you up. Sometimes you will feel Him cuddle your soul and His loving eyes upon you: there is no greater blessing on earth. And if ever you don’t feel it, just believe it, it’s even better! 

 

Jesus said:

“I am the good shepherd, my sheep know my voice… the good shepherd loves his sheep and lays down His life for them…” 

 

  PS: I didn’t share this analogy to hold a pity party, but in order to help those who could be struggling with these issues. I’m fine, and in his own way, so is the dog. (We know how to make the best out of the time we still have together)  

 

Find more cool stories with Spike from time to time, his master and his Master… 

      The first volume of "Meet me in the forest" is available in English as an e-book The translation of the second volume is in progress.        

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Tricks, licks and injustice 

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