My Life in Words
A weekly blog about parenting, the prophetic and God's presence here, now
I'm lying on the bed next to my two little kids, scrolling through the list of preexisting conditions that might lead to higher health care costs under the new affordable care act. I'm feeling anxious because we have a family full of preexisting conditions including 3 who have heart issues requiring ongoing medical screening and potential intervention. My two "littles" are anxious because we just moved house, again, while we try to find long term housing so I'm "snuggling" while they try to fall asleep.
As I am anxiously looking at the future of health care my youngest out of the blue says
"Can you fart in heaven?" This was followed by "Can Jesus fly?" Her older brother of course thought this was an awesome line of thought and quickly added--"do you poop in heaven or pee?" They were dying laughing but it actually made me stop and think. Heaven is our long term home. Heaven is what we are bringing to earth now. There is no sickness in heaven and so as we bring heaven to earth we are working towards healing now whether that is through the medical system or through signs and wonders. In my opinion a medical system that is set up against the sick is an oxymoron. It is the opposite of heaven coming to earth. It is kind of like farting in heaven.
Maybe you can fart in heaven--I don't know. I do know that I don't fully appreciate or understand the intricacies of the medical business and that I didn't choose to have 2 kid born with heart issues. I do believe though that there is no sickness in heaven and that we are bringing heaven to earth. I do know that I do not need to be afraid and that one day everything will be made right.
On another note...if you are a current subscriber to this blog I have transferred your email over to my new blogging spot at www.experiencegodproject.com. This is a multi faceted project my husband, Greg, and I are launching. It has video courses you can signup for, blogs, and will hopefully have products in the future designed to help you experience God more in every day life. On that website you can subscribe for a monthly newsletter or separately for the blog. I have transferred your names to the blog, not the monthly newsletter. If you wish to do so you can visit www.experienceGodproject.com to sign up for the monthly updates from my husband. Also if you wish to unsubscribe that is fine! I am unsure at this time if I will keep this blog or phase completely to the experience God project. Thanks for your interest and support!
We are live on a new website www.experiencegodproject.com. We are putting what we've been learning about experiencing God in every day life in one place. It is a soft launch with a course on Way's God Speaks, a bible study on Hearing God, blogs and opportunities for us to stay connected with you ongoing. If it proves helpful to you and others, we'll keep expanding it with more content--because we have got a ton more.
It is really important that this is something yo want. So let us know by subscribing on the Experience God Project www.experiencegodproject.com. You can subscribe for monthly updates and/or a weekly blog. Our hope is that you experience God more in normal, daily, mundane and exhilarating life because when God is in the room everything changes!!
Coming soon....a new website! I usually try to write on Wednesdays. This week, it had to wait until Thursday. Part of the reason is that I've been working on writing for a new site by husband and I are putting together. We have spent the bulk of the last 17 years focused on one thing--God is in the room with us. The God of the Universe is here with us now bringing heaven to Earth. When God is in the room everything changes. When God speaks our days change. Greg and I have been on a journey to understand how do we hear God's voice, know it is God? How does God operate? What does the bible say about God's kingdom coming now? It started 18 years ago when God spoke in Greg's head in a way he couldn't intellectually deny. It rattled us--Greg knew something about someone he shouldn't have known other than God was speaking.
This started us on a two decade long journey. After working in churches for 3 years we both went to Seminary, taking classes, learning from different professors and traditions about how God speaks--how we interpret--what the bible says. Greg continued on as a presbyterian pastor, while I went to law school and worked as a public defense attorney representing kids in juvenile court. We would would take study leave and vacation time to attend conferences from other Christian traditions around the world to understand the Charismatic--how does God move? How do we interpret it? How do we know what we know? How do we safeguard the prophetic? After 8 years pastoring junior high and high school, we embarked on a journey. We had 3 desires: to be immersed in a community moving in the Charismatic, to be mentored by a pastor fluent in the Charismatic and to study more in the bible about the Charismatic. After 5 years we've accomplished these. We spent 2 1/2 years immersing ourselves in a Charismatic community and being mentored by a pastor there. Then 2 1/2 years in Scotland where Greg was able to spend time with one of the most influential New Testament Scholars today answering some of our questions and also work on a Phd focused on helping people Experience God more in every day life.
The hope in all of this is to help people in every day life experience God more. Not as necessarily as pastors or church volunteers but while you are making your morning cup of coffee, driving kid's to school, in a board meeting. We firmly believe that God is in whatever room you are reading this. We also believe God is love--which means that God's presence is good news. Hearing God doesn't solve all our problems but it changes things. We believe that God is bringing heaven to earth here and now, in us and through us. So really soon we are launching a new website with short videos, blogs, work sheets, booklets and ways we can take what we have learned and give it away. The story of the bible is of a God who desires relationships with us, wants to speak to us and draw us deeper into intimacy. So stay tuned....!!
Ali Millikan, Author
I love Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. I love my husband and kids. I believe that God is in the room with us; that hearing God's voice is for everyone and that it will change your day to day reality.