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9 March 2012

I have become much too sensitive recently:
After being asked “Does anyone speak Italian?” I responded, ” Un poco,” to which, my professor said, “Un po, poco is spanish.” Although, during my time in Italy both passed, in this moment I felt besided, as he refused my ability to translate Leonardo’s sayings after my initial mistake of the language.

It is hard, being in a place where everyone knows multiple languages, and I just came from an extended stay in a country and cannot speak the basics of their language.

I desire to speak in Italian, be in Italy, but when approached with the language, I immediately feel inferior.  I have no confidence in my own abilities, and in experiencing a way of life that I do not know so well, I have lost my sense of consistent self-esteem.

Leonardo da Vinci is known as one of the most creative men in all of history.  As an artist, musician, architect, sculptor, engineer, inventor, drawer, and scientist; he is an inspiration.

In my studies to become the best leader among the world’s citizens that I can, I have repeatedly been warned of the necessity of charismatic creativity. Not only do I need to break the ice through innovative thinking, I must also walk the walk and draw supporters of all cultural backgrounds.

A psychologist recently identified a clinical psychologist to be both: scientist and practitioner–researcher with multiple knowledges.

Leonardo, although not a clinical psychologist, is the best example of a wise man with multiple skills.

He believed in curiosita, dimostrazione, sfumato, sensazione, corporatlita, and connessione as the key concepts in achieving creativity.

It was in discussing da Vinci, that I muffled my Italian, it was in discussing his proposed brainstorming starters that I recognized a certain sensitivity in myself.

Looking back at my time in Italy, the 5 months were spent in an environment of intense smells, thunderous sounds, charming sights, and tasteful eateries.  In the market, a farmer would not let a customer pick their own produce, for the farmer is the artist, the nurturer of such crops and cares for their products until the personal delivery of a customer’s goods. Everything was personal–Italy is an intimate experience.

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8 March 2012

Recently, I had the unique experience of worshiping in my empty apartment–loudly.  It was a privledge I am grateful for.  However, once my direct roommate returned–the roommate who appreciates me most, not for my beliefs, but for my humor and patience–she said, “I do not like these lyrics!”  She was speaking about Chris Tomlin’s  “Our God.”  She disagreed, for although she believes in a god, she does not believe in the Christian God. She hated the fact that while the song played I praised my Father in Heaven, saying “Our God is greater.  Our God is stronger. God, you are higher than any other. Our God is Healer. Awesome in power, our God. Our God.” She saw it as Christians diminishing the authenticity of any other god, any other religion.

My question–although not stated to her–is: Do you believe in creationism? What about evolution? Or do you not take the extremes, and believe that a mighty being was first and created the first being, of which evolved into what and who we are today?  If you chose the third option, how is this so? In Genesis it clearly states 6 days of creating and a 7th of rest.  If you still think this way, and you also think that there is not only the Christian God, then how do these gods share their power?  Did the Christian God create the world and everything in it, and He allowed greek gods, Buddha, Confucius, and all the other gods to bring peace to the nations?

God does use His people, but giving them the title of a god, I don’t think so.  There is one god, the Father, who desired the nations to know Him more and delivered His Son to the earths, and through the Spirit, both Jesus and the rest of us are able to communicate with the Father in Heaven, who is preparing our home.

How, who could ever deny such the privilege of a perfect home with the perfect love?

Chris Tomlin joined by the churches continues, by chanting: “And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against?”

“[Praise to the God of All Comfort] Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV

Even those who do not choose Him now, He comforts through the love and compassion His followers display, in His image.  He loves those who do not choose to love Him back, and we all as well–we all try to mimic the acts of our great leader–the one true God.

Isaiah 42:16-18

16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.
17 But those who trust in idols,
who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’
will be turned back in utter shame.

Israel Blind and Deaf
 18 “Hear, you deaf;
look, you blind, and see!
He desires for us to all experience life with Him.  He has prepared a wondrous place for us to explore through Him, and to deny Him of these personal interactions is a slap in the face to the One who made you.
This is a world of acceptance, not of agreeableness.  It is a world where being liked by the people gains power, but Heaven is not a place of selfish ambition, nor should the world be a place of self-gain. To choose to accept all gods does not make you in the favor of any one god who will grant you a life of eternity with glorious endings.  What good does it do for you? None. Whether choosing the Way or the right religion is of more importance to you, it is necessary for a healthy life, to have self-worth granted to you by none other than your own esteem. God, the God, helps by calling down to us as sons, daughters, the current generation of royal blood line raising us into Heaven, where we meet God, King of all nations at His throne.  He sees me for who He is in me, and I could never be anything else, for that is the greatest blessing of all–the breath within me is of the Spirit of the One who made all that exists today, and He will never forsake me.  How does mankind continue to forsake Him?
What do other religions offer that is greater than a relationship with God? Religion is scene as a cultural experience, which is all great and dandy, but it is not what counts.  It is a life choice, a choice that grants us a lifetime of walking hand in hand with Jesus Christ–Lord and Savior of all the earth.

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8 March 2012

I am in belief that Jesus existed through foreshadowing in the very beginning of times–in the Old Testament.  Although, for this trip I have studied the Gospel of Luke in every which way, writing a journal full of notes and scriptures to parallel the journey I am about to embark on with Him.

I will be stepping where my Savior was born, walked, taught, prayed, suffered, and rose again.  I will be in the places that made me who I am today, without having been there before.  I will be experiencing this adventure with the Lord…

…and my mom…

She has visited churches for the holidays and attended a Bible study for a semester this past year, but her heart, I do not know of its’ location.

My mom was the angriest person I have ever known up until 2 years ago, about.  It was then that I witnessed my parents kiss for the first time, her taking responsibilities that she enjoyed, and planning travels because she wanted to see more in her life.

This past December, I made a promise to my Father in Heaven that I would visit the sites of His first known works through Jesus, and when it seemed this trip could not happen any longer, I nearly gave up.  It was in this moment that my mom began researching flights to fly out to Cyprus and from here we would travel the lands of Jesus together.

Now, the trip will last 2 1/2 weeks, of which we will see Istanbul, Turkey; Israel; Petra and Amman in Jordan.  This will be the longest amount of time I have ever spent with my mother–ever. The only comparison would be our 16 days in Colorado after my knee surgery, 25 months ago. However, during that stay we both remained glued to separate televisions in separate rooms.

Have we come a long way?

I would say so.  My mom is sacrificing a lot for the sake of her daughter. This reminds me of the Easter film North Coast Church of Vista, California played 3 years ago: Most (make sure to watch all 4 parts!).

This past week I spoke on skype with my childhood best friend.  Heather has known my family for 16 years now–since she was 4.  When I told her about my mom and I traveling together, she broke down crying–CRYING! My testimony with my mom has served her a reminder of how great our God is in power, love, and his blessings during trying periods.  He is great, isn’t He?

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