Hi Darin, Hans,
I wish you guys would talk about this more. This subject is one that intrigues me to no end. It is a verse that I have tried come to terms with in the last 3-4 years. I've posted my limited understanding on my blog. Even still, for the most part, I don't think I truly get it.
I spend a lot of time alone as a result of divorce, back injury, blah blah blah. However, I rarely find myself enjoying that time. As much as I feel I the Lord better and better, I still find myself perusing porn sites, and not even finding any excitement, certainly no enjoyment in those alone moments. And I think its because what I really am longing for is making that connection inside with the Spirit of God. I totally (in my head, and partially my heart) get that the kingdom of God is within me. I just want to live in its reality more. Conversations like this help a lot.
Thanks again for this podcast episode.
Coolest podcast ever. Yes remember Jesus said that we must enter the Kingdom of God in the mermaid land as a little child. It is in the sacred place of the heart that the most beautiful kingdom exist. It is a magical kingdom with a playful and joyful atmosphere where love leads us into the secret chambers of the King. There in the heart we are dwelling in and God creates the atmosphere of Heaven wherever we are. It is in this place that Heaven kisses earth. The music of this place is so beautiful that it cannot be put into words. In the childlike realm of the dwelling of the heart we find calmness peace and rest in this slice of Heaven on earth. As for me God has restored my childhood in this place and has reconstructed my life to live in mermaid land. It is there that the ultimate dream is realized in the person of Christ Jesus. Laughter and love reign in the most intimate places of the heart. God cultivates the ultimate friendship with a playful and joyful spirit. Here love reigns.
Jesus wept but we never read "Jesus laughed". Curious.
My beautiful fellas,
so much of what you are saying here has been our conclusions on great beer and wine evenings over the last couple of months. I come from a protestant environment, my friend has been a Catholic all his life. It's the same in both Catholic and non-catholic environments. Same fears, same concepts, just different names. Cool stuff. Keep the challenging talks, keep the freedom.
And btw. we're living in Europe in a heavily traditional Catholic country.