What Does God Want From Me? A lesson From Nicaragua

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The Church—-An open structure with a new foundation laid for an enclosed place of Worship.

All of our lives are built on a foundation.  The question that must be asked is, “Is my foundation that I’ve built upon, one of truth or one which will deteriorate over time?”

The foundation for the Church we build in Los Hernandez, Nicaragua was in place before we arrived and began to build the rest.  This is like our lives.  God has already made a firm foundation for us to build upon but He also gives us the choice to do so or not.  Some will choose to build upon things they believe are sufficient.  However, if it is not from God they will suffer loss.  It is so important to accept Jesus as God’s Gift of Salvation.  Jesus is the only foundation that will last and His words are secure.

Jesus said that those who built upon the words he gave would have a firm foundation so that when the storms come they will remain.  Storms always come.

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If they did not build upon His words, then they were doomed to disaster when the storms arrived.

The foundations built in these locations of Niaragua would typically be build to stand a couple feet above ground level.  This allows the water to not hurt the building when the rains come and flood the plains.

This is the Church we built for the small community.  The Pastor oversees two churches in the area and travels miles on his bicycle with his wife riding on the cross bar so he can serve his people.  KIMG0841Part of our team went to the town of Tempelon and built a small home for the pastor.  Understand, when I say small we are talking about a structure about 10 X 15 feet.  The chapel was about 20 x 30 feet.

Being a person who is in construction,this was hard not to build like I wanted to.  It was different to have to do things differently than we would do back in the states.  I learned to respect the “Nicaraguan way” of construction and allowing them to make the choices how their building was to be constructed.  I learned to follow the direction of those in charge.

So, where is the lesson?  The Lesson is one word.

Obedience.

When I set aside “My way” that is Obedience.  This shows humility.  God says that He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.  Following the direction of those leading the project and doing what was needed gave me the confidence that I was in the center of God’s will.

I am an analyzer in life.  When approached about “what my purpose is”…..I WANT to answer that.  I want to run after my desires…..BUT what does God want from me?  OBEDIENCE!

When I Obey I please God.  In Ecclesiastes 12: 13+14  it says,  “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

It has been said that the Bible is open up for interpretation but some, things are very clear that interpretation is not needed.  God requires obedience and humility.

I remember the story of King Saul in the  Book of 1 Samuel 15:22 (NASB)  22 Samuel said,  “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,  And to heed than the fat of rams.HPIM5256

Saul was given specific instructions and he chose to go against God’s requirement so, he retained what he thought was the best of things he had been instructed to destroy.  I have often done this too.  I go ahead with something that is important to me and yet God does not want me to do it.  I reason that I can just give some of it to Him and He will be pleased.  I have even said, “Sometimes it is easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.   But……Does this please God?  Anytime forgiveness is given there has been a sacrifice on someone’s part for it.  I love God for His forgiveness but I don’t need to keep “dipping into the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross” to enjoy it.  Here I learn God shows that Obedience is His plan and desire for my best in life.

Obedience is a great act of Worship.  KIMG0866KIMG0869When I obey God, I am trusting Him that He knows best.

Being in Nicaragua with the team (including my wife, Tina) from my church was a great experience but the best part was to learn the importance of Obedience.

 HPIM5378  The Theme verse we had for our Team was Ephesians 6:6,  “ not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”  (NASB)  We wore it on the sleeve of our shirts but I pray we will wear it continually on our hearts.

I obeyed by going,  I obeyed in my service.

I thank God for His way, His Word and the trip to Nicaragua.  God is Good!

My Path to a better me starts with and leads to God.

 

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MKMMA- Week Fourteen–A Departure Determined From Within

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With a grateful heart, I thank you for letting me be a part of your life and sharing in the changes within mine.  I have loved so many things regarding the Master Key Mastermind Alliance.  From learning to clearly develop and concentrate on my desires to controlling negative thoughts, that so harshly has worked to prohibit my goals; I have established persistence and habits that are tools to build myself as well as weapons with which to defend my positions.  Learning to think, to focus, to make thoughts fire together, to positive affirmations, to cards that remind me of my successes, to learning to share my heart to the public that benefits them, to learning that I have a choice as to Hug the Kettle or dream my dream…….These have moved me to be a better me.

Thank you for all the positive encouragement and guidance along the way.  To Mark and Davene and my personal guides, to my friends who remain as such and always…. and to the new friends I have made within the alliance, Thank you.  What you have given me and what I have gleaned from this MKMMA experience to the present, I am most grateful.

With sadness I’ve arrived a point where I can no longer remain in harmony with the Alliance.  I did not expect this to happen and was surprised.  A couple things occurred within the week, prior to this event….. but it was when I read Scroll IV I knew I must make a decision.

Was it due to the value and the upcoming Paying Forward?  Oh!  Somehow, I wish.  I had considered my finances at points and wondered if there would come a time when that might hold me back BUT it wasn’t….. I was set for the PIF this time.  Christmas money was going to take care of this.  I looked forward to continuing…….. though if I had had to stop, I still had Greatest Salesman.  This was going to be the document in my possession that could carry me forward….or so I thought.

Now, most people never agree 100% of what may be said or written…… and like myself, we choose to glean the good from what we hear and experience with Hannel’s writings and the other things we learn here.  Some concepts, I disagreed with, so I just mentally changed the terminology and proceeded forward.  Much has been so useful.  I wanted to gloss over the statements that referred to God as “The Universal Mind”.  To an extent, I would make sure that it was “God” in my thinking.  The attributes of both are the same—– being Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent.  For some, this course had brought a change of knowledge that there is a God…… where there was not one prior to this study.  The problem I see with the recent readings of Key 14 Paragraphs 18-24 in Hannel’s writings is that it removes God and makes Him just an impersonal force.  This is very difficult for me.

When I read Og’s Scroll IV on New Years Day, I realized there were terms and ideas that I would be saying day after day, as our habit is, and these would be in direct conflict with what I believe and know about my God.  Thoughts from within told me not to deny Jesus.  Being one who loves God and wants to know more and more about Him, I read my Bible to a good extent.  The passage came to mind that says this, “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”  (Bible Ref. 1 John 2:23)   How do I explain this?

Within this course we have referred to Him as the Master Teacher and we have also been encouraged to follow His teachings.  His name is Jesus—-God With Us.  Shall I say that some things I will accept but other things I will not?

The Creator

God says Jesus is the creator. (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 66:2, Colossians 1:16)  Do I say that “nature” made me?  Did I evolve over time?   No.  God said I was formed in the womb. If I had a manufacture tag, it would say, “Made in Heaven by God.”

My Friend/My Relationship

 Is God a force?—–A collection of Mind and matter that moves with the collective thought of the masses?  No.  He is a personal friend of mine who created all that exists and made me for relationship with Him and others.  He uses prayer as His means of providing us an avenue of communicating with Him and in turn uses His Holy Spirit to communicate with us.  This was a promise from Jesus that He spoke about in the Gospel of John Chapter 16.

My Choices

The questions I ask myself is this, “Do I follow His teachings for my benefits or for His?”

Humility–See, Jesus also taught by bringing a little child to himself and telling those around Him, that if they desired to be great in the Kingdom of God then they must become as the child…..A picture of humility…waiting on the parent. (Matt. 18:4) Jesus was humble.  He followed God’s examples and only did what His Father did– (John 5:19).

Worship–All gods demand worship.  God himself accepts no other god and claims to be a jealous god.  “….for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”–(Exodus 34:14)  Jesus, the Master Teacher, claimed to be God.  He made a direct reference to being God by calling Himself  “I Am” (John 8:58) which was a declaration made by God in the Torah (The Jewish Law and record of history) Exodus 3:14.  Jesus was one with the Father and therefore was God.

A Path–Jesus also made a powerful declaration.  He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man (person) comes unto the Father, but by Me.”  (John 14:6)

You see, when I say I am a “believer”, this means I believe in the God of the Bible.  But, “my belief” is only part of who I am. See, there is a part about “God knowing me.”  When I was a teenager I knew about God but it was when I believed that God had sent Jesus to die to save me from my sin, that I received the gift of salvation and became a child of God.  Being known by God is far more important than knowing about God and through Jesus, this is the only way.

See, today, in church, my pastor was making reference to a passage where Jesus is speaking…Recorded in Matthew Chapter 7. He Declares, “21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’”

Lawnessness is those practices outside of God’s will and to be in God’s will one must be in relationship with Him through Jesus.

Soon after Adam and Eve were made, God, out of love, gave them a choice.  The wrong was chosen and today we (the rest of humanity) live with the effects of that cause.  However, in His great love, He has always made a way to regain the intimacy He wants with us.  At first, it required the death of animals in the form of a sacrifice.  The most common one used was the lamb.  Jesus was referred to as the Lamb both in the Hebrew writings of Isaiah the prophet in Chapter 53.  And in the New testament writings by Jesus’s cousin, John the Baptizer, says, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  (John 1:29)  http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-Lamb-of-God.html

Jesus was the final sacrifice ever needed to satisfy the payment for sin.  As Jesus gives his final breath on the cross he yells, “Tetelestia.”   This has two meanings “it is finished and paid in full”  Jesus ended any work to have a relationship with God from then on out and the penalty was paid in full.  Belief and acceptance of this gift from God was all that was necessary to be in relationship with God.  Love started with God and by Him we can love.

Hope was planted as a seed…… as Jesus was buried and now it grows and flourishes because He came back to life afterwards. Paul, who is quoted in Hannel’s readings of Key 14 number 25 speaking of Faith being substance, speaks in 1 Corinthians 15, of Jesus “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” There is and Herein is Hope!

The Bible says that Jesus sits at the right hand of God and make intercession for us.  God is truly on our side.

Jesus, the Master Teacher said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only son so that anyone who believes in Him (Jesus) will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  St. John said in I John 4:10, ” We love Him because He first Loved us. In the Gospel of Mark. Chapter 8:34-38 The Master Teacher is speaking about denying one’s self.  In verse 36 he says, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (NASB)

The Choice

To have “choice” there must be more than one option.  To know the options one must hear about them.  As we have learned in this there is an effect for a cause.  Sin is the Cause and eternity apart from God is the Effect.  The Gift is the option—-a Cause you may accept and eternity with God is the Effect.   The Jesus, Master Teacher said this in John 14:1-3, “1. “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

The Master Teacher wants us to be with Him for Eternity.

Is my thinking narrow?  Perhaps….. by the standards of many today…… but when I consider that the amount of time I have on this earth compared to an eternity with God, this is liken to a drop of water in the ocean.  How can I commit so much concern to whether I am getting ahead versus letting others know of God’s great love for people and His desire to have them be in relationship with Him?

My friends, I love you all and desire your best.  Thank you once again for letting me be a part of your lives.

A friend of God,

Daniel Fenton

MKMMA– Thoughts and insights to the movie–Cool Runnings

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Chasing an Olympic dream, four leave the Comfort of Jamaica and travel to compete in the Tundra of Calgary.  The Jamaican Bobsled Team.

MKMMA Assignment:  Can I see the four tiny habits?

1.  DMP backed by burning desire

2.  Definite Plan expressed in continuous action

3.  A mind closed against the negative influences that discourage the dream.

4.  Masterminding with the” encouragers” who direct toward the plan and purpose.

When I write MK in the body of this blog it stands for something I noticed that went along with the Master Keys.

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The name(MK) Cool Runnings was self defined within the movie…… as if Mark J. had made input…..”Peace be the journey!”  I smiled to myself when I heard them say it.

Early on, Irv, a Olympian “has been”, is discovered by the son of the man he wanted to develop into a bobsled athlete 20 years earlier.  Only after (MK) persistence pays off does Irv listen to the request of Derice.  Having long past run from his dream, Irv did not want anything to do with Bobsledding again.  Drawing Irv back to a dream unfulfilled, Derice challenges him saying, (MK) “I am your chance…….Take it.”

A commitment takes place and one friend and three unlikely athletes, who are used to competing against each other, (MK)  join to make a new beginning for themselves.

(MK)–The leader must be focused 100% of the time and is gifted with responsibility.  Sometime dreams are realized in leadership and at other times it occurs through following.  Derice was to focuse and his coach, Irv, knew that.

As I watch I realized in the scene where they were trying to recruit members for the bobsled team that only a few remained.  It is common that others will not be interested in my dream and that is ok.  I press on.

Money fails to be raise through sponsors but Derice continues to plan.  Irv says to Derice, “Does the words give up – Do the words “give up” mean anything to you?
– Not a thing.  (Burning desire….Continuous action.)

When the old sled is brought out for the team, three are looking at it in dismay.  Derice (MK) receives the sled with gladness and sees the dream fulfilled in it.  The leader will see by faith what others will miss.

When confronted with resistance from the other bobsled teams, the comment is made, “Others are always afraid of what’s different.”  When we know what to expect from people, it is easier to navigate the negativity.  (my words)

(MK)  Irv reminds Derice “Mind Clear” when he makes the run down the track.

Yul Brenner, one of the team, has a dream.  To get off the Island of Jamaica and have a castle. One of his team, Sanka, mocks him and points out how silly the “queens castle” is for a dream. (MK) Sometimes, our discouragement will come from those close to us…….  A team mate, who Yul has despised to this point, comes to his aid with encouragement.  Standing up to Sanka, (MK) Junior states, “He doesn’t have to be.  All he has to do is know what he wants and work hard for it.  And if he wants it bad enough, he’ll get it.”  Hard work and desire.  “Look, believe me, Sanka…  the more Yul Brenners we got
making it in this world… the better off this world will be, especially for Jamaicans.  Go ahead, Yul Brenner.  Go get your palace.”

(MK)  The mirror scene,  “Now, look in the mirror and tell me what you see.
– I see Junior.
– You see Junior.
Well, you want to know what I see? I see pride. I see power!  I see a *&&^$&$& mother who don’t take no crap off nobody!
– You really see all that?
– Yeah, man.”

Encouragement one day (Cause) brings about (Effect) another day……His father comes to tell Junior to come home…Here is the response,  “Father, when you look at me, what do you see?  I don’t have time for games, Junior.
Tell me what ya see!
Please.
All right, I’ll tell you what I see.  I see a lost little boy… who’s lucky to have a father who knows what’s best for him.
No, no, no, no. You don’t know what’s best for me, Father.  I am not a lost little boy, Father.  I am a man.  And I’m an Olympian.  (MK…Notice the ‘I am’?)  I’m stayin’ right here.

Sometimes we will have to pursue our dreams against the wishes of the ones who love us the most.

Alliance moment  Great challenge come from within as Sanka speaks to Derice about being themselves versus trying to be like the Swiss Team.  “Well, the right foot for us is not the Swiss foot.  I mean, come on, Derice.  We can’t be copyin’ nobody else’s style.  We have our own style.

Kissin’ an egg is no kind of style.  It’s the Olympics here.  It’s no stupid pushcart derby.
Let me tell ya somethin’, Rasta. I didn’t come up here to forget who I am and where I come from.  And neither did I. I’m just
tryin’ to be the best I can be.
So am I.

And the best I can be is Jamaican.  Look. Derice, I’ve known you since Julie Jeffries asked to see your ding-a-ling.  And I’m telling you as a friend…if we look Jamaican, walk Jamaican..talk Jamaican and is Jamaican…

Being anyone who is not me, does me a disadvantage.

(MK)  Irv failed when he made winning his all in all.  He reminded Derice, “If you are not enough without it, then you wont be enough with it.”  Love yourself and love the journey.   You will know if it is enough when you cross the finish line.  Finish and learn about you.

Last thing I noted in this amazing movie,  The ones you love will be there for you when you win.

Another segment in my Hero’s journey is being completed.

I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.

Daniel Fenton

MKMMA–Week 13–God At Work

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My Story of Faith With One of My DMPs

Worry or Concern is a feeling I often experience in the midst of wondering whether my desire will be realized or not.  I have learned in MKMMA that my feelings are the effect and thoughts are the cause…….. so….in order to change the feelings, I must change the thoughts.

Part of my DMP states, ” On or before January 17, 2015 I build a chapel in Nicaragua.”  Just about the time the MKMMA course started, I made the decision to join a team of individuals who were headed to Central America for a week to help a small congregation.  I learned that I would need $1200 to cover expenses.  I told my wife that I was deciding to go.  I knew that I could contribute some but that I would need to trust God and step out in faith and ask others to help as well.

It is a humbling experience yet my friend Rich, challenged me by asking, “If I was a millionaire, but was required to go ‘raise support’, would I do it?”  To that I said yes.

Back about Thank Giving time, I’d raised about $350.  By December 2nd I was to have $700. to cover the airline ticket.  I did not and was worried.  I called my pastor and asked him about it.  He said not to worry but just make a decision.  I decided that, even though I did not see the money, I had made a decision to go and that God may have already taken care of things but……….. we just did not know.  I called Pastor back and let him know I was still going.  He was pleased with the decision.

I came home from my vacation, made a “support letter” and sent it out to 25+ people I know.  Some had already given but I wanted them to have the letter too.

On Tuesday Dec 23 I contacted the pastor and asked where my amounts were.  He texted…….$585.  An e-mail went out from him that day, letting the team know that the total amount needed for the trip had to be in by Jan 4th.

I’m concerned.   If I don’t raise the money, will I need to contact the “givers” and return their money?  Can I afford to pay off the non refundable ticket that I won’t be needing if I don’t go?  QUESTIONS ARE THOUGHTS TOO!

———–I HAD FORGOTTEN MY DECISION———  I spoke with Rich again just before noon on Christmas Eve day.  He encouraged me, and we prayed together.  I told God that even though I felt worried, I would trust Him to take care of this.

About an hour later, I received a text that an anonymous giver had given $300 toward my trip.  Cool!  BUT…..$885 is not $1200!   Oh me of little faith!  BUT….Little is some faith and that is what I leaned on while looking to God.  Jan 4th has not arrived……God still has time.

God is good.  He didn’t make me wait much longer.  A couple hours later I get another text from my pastor.  About 3:45PM the same day. It is addressed to 4 numbers.  It says, “Your trip is paid for $1200 completely covered”.  Thank you Father!

I cried.  I text Tina, my wife, in the next room.   She came in, We cried tears of joy and wonder.

Ask and you shall receive.

I could have chosen to stop believing back when I didn’t make the deadline.  I would have lost.

A reading in the Greatest Salesman states in Scroll III, “The Prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning, and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.  Failure I may encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.  Never I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.”

I persist Until I succeed.

As a gift of love toward someone I am praying for but do not know, I am posting the following video.  He is a brother to a friend I have in my network marketing business.  Paul has just been diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer.  He is 45. He has three children and a loving gracious wife.  Please watch his video and follow his requests.  As God has answered my prayer, may the requests of God’s children be answered in regards to Paul’s health and life.

Thank you  and Merry Christmas!

Daniel Fenton

MKMMA–Week 12–EQUIPPED DARING STEPPING OUT

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Thank you Readers for the encouragement you have given me on this journey.  Your words are the hands that push me forward and pull me up.  Week 11 was extreme to say the least and I really appreciate and love each one of you.

Week 12.  Almost over and it sure has been packed!

Sunday came and with it was the web cast.  What an interesting one and fun one too!  By far my most favorite!  Learning about the senses from Mark and then having Trish teach about mental exercises get both side of the brain active while focusing on our DMPs and desires……these were great!  The Davene explaining about Bear Hugs Kettle and how we can choose our reactions of whether I let something continue to hurt me or I choose to enjoy things that build me up.   Very Good!  Top this off with the 30 to 60 Cards that Mark explains where I can remind myself twice or more each day that I am successful…..Reminds me of Og saying, “For what is success other than a state of mind.”  Usually if I goof up or someone criticizes me for something I have done I used to beat myself up with those thoughts.  I love going through these cards because it lifts me….I AM LIFTING MYSELF UP!!!!!

Then came the end of the web cast and the start of an adventure……..Are you kidding me, Mark?   was a thought in my head when Mark said to go to a mirror and state my one sentence DMP outloud for the next fifty minutes.  Seriously?  I am in my back office and there are no mirrors there but it is dark out and there are windows.  Substitution?  No! Felt like I was cheating.  OK….Plan be…..Vanity mirror in drawer of bathroom……get back to office and not have to explain to family what I am doing (embarrassment avoidance)….That didn’t seem good either so like the Polar Plunge I jump right in the exercise, standing in front of the mirror in my bathroom after telling my wife I will be there a while.

I start.  I read and look at myself.  I say it without reading and have to look at it to get it right.  I keep repeating, reading and repeating. In about twenty minutes I can repeat it with out reading.  I incorporate combination exercises while speaking my DMP to myself in the mirror.  Left knee up to right hand. Drop it. Right Knee up to left hand.  Drop it.  Right hand on left ear.  Switch. Left had on right ear.  Amazing the time flies!  Then, My mind challenges me.  About 35 to 40 minutes into this I begin to hear my head say, “But you don’t hav……..”  I cut it off and keep repeating my desire with enthusiasm and excitement into the mirror.  I feel like I am addressing a large audience and when I mention me, my hands are near my heart and when I mention others, my hands are spread wide.  When I mention what I earn, my hands return to my heart.

I felt more confidence than I have enjoyed in a long time and this was good.  I didn’t have any tearful experiences but it was worth it.  Thank you for this challenge MKMMA!

Tuesday was a special day for me.  I helped a close family share in the celebration of their father going to Heaven.  Those days of visiting him are gone now and I miss Norm.  He was 98 years old……. but about every two weeks Tina and I would go over and see Norm and Luella.  Norm share so many things (including jokes and word problems with me).  This year I helped him by using a friend, Rich, to put in a garden.  It was 36 old maple sap buckets filled with Norm’s 60 year old garden dirt and placed in three tables so that he could garden without bending over.  He loved to see things grow. Someday I will see him again and look forward to it.

Wednesday ended in a way I couldn’t imagine from the beginning it had.  As you are aware as a reader, we became foster parents to two little sisters…..3 and 15 months about 15 days ago.  Sometimes it is not a “good fit” and the stress creates conflict.  Such was the case with this placement.  However I believe God’s hand was in this.  3PM I get a call from my wife that she is requesting the assigned time frame from Social Services to place the children in a different home.  I care for Tina and I want the best for her first….above all others.  I agree and say to go ahead.  In about an hour and a half we have a call the a family wants to come meet the girls and take them home.  That night before the people came, for the first time since the girls came to our home, the oldest one held my hand as I prayed before dinner.  That was special.  When the couple came and their daughter, the girls were very comfortable with them and went right to them.  Tina is relaxed again and I am fine too.  That was our first experience with Fostering and we will see what’s next.

That same night me and another MKMMAer helped one of our MKMMA friends by giving him the “Daniel and Rip version” of the past Sunday’s webinar.  Using the notes and the slides, we filled in the blanks quite well for Rich.  We may not have had the eloquence and pizzazz of Mark, the fabulous Daven and the wonderful Trish but we got him up to speed and you should have heard him when we got to the part about going to a mirror for the next 50 minutes…….Funny….Sounded very familiar.

Wasn’t sure whether I should or shouldn’t have done it but in part twelve line 4 it says, “Knowledge of your power: Second the courage to Dare; third, the Faith to do.

Press On!

MKMMA–Week 11–Help me see where I’ve changed

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Am I changing? Will my dreams come true?

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My life feels turbulent.

Perhaps I am too close to evaluate any difference in me but maybe you can.  I remember when my children were smaller there were occasions where we might be apart for a period of a few weeks and I certainly could see the changes in growth and habits which happened in such a short time.  People, close by, could not see the differences as well because the change was constantly taking place under their care.

I feel discouraged.  I expected things to happen quicker…..To change sooner, so I could take better care of my family and myself.

The POA portion has got to me.  I have a mental conflict between knowing what “I am supposed to do” versus the memories of the past tries, where my attempts were failures.

The sit this week I have been concentrating on the Bible passage about what Jesus said concerning believing that I have already received  and that I will.

When will I see things happen?  When should I expect a change or answer to prayer?  I have no problem believing God can do anything because He can.  He made everything.

I told you about becoming a Foster Parent last week.  I am not sure it was a good thing to do.  At a time in life, where I had looked forward to getting to know my wife better now that our own children are grown, I am back to being servant to more people in the household.  Perhaps it is selfish but I wanted my best friend to be my number one player on my team.  It appears that team is only important as long as she is the captain and calling the shots.

I look at my movie poster.  I read my DMP,  I read and look at the shapes and colors.   I repeat do it now 50 times a day. I read the GS.  I read the blueprint builder.

Tonight I cried during my “sit”.  I want to change.  I want to be different.  I want to make a difference……..I know I am saying “WANT”….I could use NEED or DESIRE.  Does this mean because I am using these words that, that is what my subby is giving up to me?   A void?  Because that is what it is?

How do I grasp this aspect of declaring something is mine?  My mind just tells me that it isn’t.  How to I escape from this old blueprint that makes me check everything against the reality as I see it?

I hurt.  I am sad.  People are important to me and I like to say positive things to them to brighten their days.  I feel like I can help others to feel good about themselves but I am having a hard time with the me I have inside.

I am digging in and moving forward despite how I feel.  I just wish that I could give one of those glowing testimonies on how all these wonderful things are happening to me.  Perhaps in time.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for (I believe I already have) and the evidence of the things not seen (a promise kept).   Do you know how badly I want this as my reality?

Let’s see how next week goes.

Daniel Fenton

MKMMA–Week Ten (10) (X) (Diez)—Family Beginnings and Master Mind Thoughts.

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The Choices We Make Determine the Lives We Lead

Tonight I came home to a new family. I knew it was happening.  I had learned of the change over the past couple weeks.  A plan was put into place and my wife and I became foster parents today.

We have raised five wonderful children who are all on their own.

  Family

Last year, in the fall we decided to take a foster care class.  It has been a year.  This is a new journey for us and we are excited and happy.  Our choices brought us here.

I opened the door and met a very smart little girl and her sister of about half her age.  Cute and adorable.  (I would love to share a picture but that is not allowed.)  It was fun eating dinner together.  Before putting them to bed, I read Curious George and then prayed for them.  May blessings be on them and their parents as they put into practice those choices that will benefit all involved.

Poke poke poke……..Hey! this is not Facebook Poke!  

This is Poke (Ouch!) poke (ouch!) poke (ouch) month for all of us.  

At least that is what Og says in Scroll Three.  Who wants continual cuts with a lance?

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING!!!!!!

Scroll I—–Habit habit habit……..Scroll II—–Love love love…..

Scroll III—–Persist persist persist.

Love this part in some ways.  Things like choosing to be a lion versus a sheep.  Or, not letting the previous day (whether good or bad) dictate my attitude about this one.  How about????…..Just one more???  If I keep going, if I persist, I will get there.

Movie reference again!

Did you ever see the scene from “Facing the Giants” where, Brock, a key player is encouraged to give the best he can?  Toward the end of this scene the coach is yelling over and over again….telling him not to quit.  I started saying to myself when I heard him continue to repeat those words, “Do it now!….Do it now….Do it NOW!”  I find myself transfering the positive onto the negative when I hear it.  This was another great experience in light of my exercises with MKMMA.  When I watch the trailer I can’t but get emotionally worked up.

 I choked up and tears stream down.  My journey is not JUST about me and my choices. I affect everyone around me and I am blessed to have this great responsibility.

Thoughts on Hannel

Hannel’s writings of creativity versus constructive thought I find useful and good. This week I learn to visually create in my sit time.  Is this an easy exercise?……NO!  Not yet.  BUT I am glad to work on it.  I did draw it on a paper in stages so that when I sat and did it with my mind, I could have a fresh image in my head.   I think it may have helped.

It was good to learn of Abundance being a natural law in the Universe.  This perspective, in which the author expresses this fact, has a positive effect on me.  It gives the hope that so much more can be gained and I don’t have to live by thoughts of limitation.  It was also interesting to learn the correlation between things and power.  “Al things represent certain forms and degrees of power.”….The value of something is in direct proportion to the power conferred in it.

So, How do I apply it?  Intentionally, I weed out what is not important and gather only the best materials for the building of my vision.  I exercise being creative and merge those thoughts with the materials in my life thereby drawing into existence the best of the best for myself and others.

Moving forward to fulfill my dream.

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I am Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving , Harmonious and Happy!

Are you?

MKMMA–Week Nine–Bridges Aren’t Needed On Smooth Trails

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So where does week nine find me?

On vacation in Kansas with part of my family. Aerial shot of Wichita KS Wichita, a typical city of roads, railroad tracks and bridges.

Do you know, that if you are like most people, you will encounter a bridge if you go anywhere?  If these were not there, you would be walking through water or across dangerous intersections?  They make our lives easier because they are helping us to bypass obstacles that would otherwise be in the way.  They are made with existing materials and must be done well.

So often we become so individualized that we think that we don’t need bridges.  We choose to ignore these “helps” in our society…..and by doing so, our lives become a lot like that depicted in that famous movie about Kansas.

A whirl wind of activity brings The Wizard of Oz  to mind.

Considering this story, I can see each character.

Dorthy—Who lost her way  Dorthy

The LionThe lion—Who needed courage

The Scarecrow—Who wanted a brainScarecrow

And the Tinman—Tin Man-Who wanted a heart

A hero’s journey of sort?

Am I following the truth?

Does my life resemble these?

Do I get a twisted look at how I need to change?  Sometimes I get the impression that my defining of the future means I should put the past as far behind me as possible….. BUT that takes away from the truth that is leading me.  There is a “verification” in the past but THIS does not have to dictate the entirety of my future.

I am becoming more aware of the need for bridges  off Camera Cared on 120211 008     especially in designing my life.

So often, I’m finding that one of the ways I bridge myself to another, is in the reflection of movies I’ve seen.  MEMORIES.  Many people connect through the movies they’ve seen.

Realizing that TV entertainment is something I am limiting…. for the sake of myself, the valuable time and being in harmony with the members of the MKMMA group, I made an exception to spend time watching a movie with my family during this time off because it was spending quality time together.  (It not always is ……but it can be.)

We watched “The Giver” and so many parallels to what we, MKMMAers are learning sprang up.

Yes!  We are to have imagination and build our future with it…..but it must be built on truth and good “mind materials” from our past.  Without it, we can miss important harmony points that we all need.  If we utilize the Law of Substitution, it is from our past that we gather that material.

In this movie, This “Perfect Colony” lives lives of induced and controlled harmony.  But, without a tie to the past, they are left lacking emotion and passion.  No matter my good or bad memories, both can be “good mind material” for my “Vision” and DMP.

This is a trailer for the film.  \

Sometimes I may find it difficult to have good memories of my own that come to mind in the times I require an adjustment to my emotions.  This is where a good book can be of extreme value.

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

I read this book through once and am currently on a second reading .  What I have found this time is that all the things that I am learning in MKMMA seem to be jumping off the pages at me.  I am pretty sure he didn’t go through this but it feels like Andy Andrews, the author, did.

A man has reach a point in his life where his world has fallen apart.  He goes through a period of thinking it will get better but it doesn’t.  He decides to do the unthinkable and finds himself in an incredible journey bring a definition of success to him.  He, David, meets people in history and they each give him a key to success.

Today I read of David waking up on the Santa Maria and spends the day with Cristobal Colon.  When David challenges Columbus that he doesn’t know where he is going, his response is, “Does that have any bearing on what I can accomplish?”  He explains to David that the question to ask is not, “Do you know where you are but…..Do you know where you are going?”  Every day Christopher looked out over the ocean and he saw what the others did not……”Dawn will be breaking soon.  When it does, directly in front of the Santa Maria you will see land.  Beautiful land with trees and fruit and animals and people who will welcome us as heroes!  The water gushing from the ground will be cold and pure.  It will sparkle with diamonds!  This will be a place for men’s dreams to come true–a glorious new world claimed by Cristobal Colon in the name of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella!”…….The Traveler’s Gift page 79.

This sounds like a DMP to me.

Friends, this is not the easiest thing in the world but it is worth it.  Press On!

This is helping me with bridging in my life and I hope it will be an encouragement to you as well.

Daniel Fenton