I think a lot of these habits are ones we are cultivating or trying to cultivate. It is helpful to have a kind of guide to see how we are doing. I think I will bring this up at our meeting and we can see if there is anything we need to work on.
I am so excited. I have been hired to do an organizing job where people from local churches will be trained by me to help do a whole house job along with follow up so that the home and its residents can continued to be nurtured in Godly ways. I can’t wait to write about it more. But this is a great start because I will be able to do all the things I love to do in this job, which I hope will expand to other jobs. Our community can be involved in local jobs as well. But this is an out of town gig.
I am going to start writing my experiences with Immanuel Approach so that I can inspire my community to try this wonderful method of prayer as well as encourage others. You can find out more info at http://www.immanuelapproach.com
The description of what I experienced is just an approximation. I don’t hear Jesus speaking audibly, but I sense what he is saying and doing. If he ever says or does anything that does not fit in with the picture of Jesus as described in the Bible, I don’t accept it. But for the most part, what he says and does is in alignment with what I know about him.
After going through the very simple steps to connect with Jesus, I decided to work on healing my teeth. I felt lead to go back to my experience as a child going to the dentist where I was so afraid of getting a shot with a needle in my mouth that I asked the dentist to drill my teeth and fill them without pain killers.
I envisioned myself in the dentist chair with all that pain that was inflicted on me with the drill humming noisily. “Where are you, Jesus,” I asked. I heard him say, “I am here, right beside you.”
“Why didn’t they tell me that the shot didn’t have to hurt that much–that I could just close my eyes. Why did they do what I asked them to do. They were the adults. I was the child.”
I sensed Jesus saying something like, “They were ignorant. They didn’t know any better.”
I saw Jesus then holding me in his arms. I think he was weeping with me and my pain. He didn’t intend for us to eat sugar and junk food that then lead to tooth decay which then lead to going to the dentists. He reminded me that he gave people free will which they misused. He was very sad that I had to go through this pain. But he could not stop it. But he said he planted seeds of love in my heart and brain so that later they could sprout. I was not able to feel his comfort at that time because I had not been taught about his love. My Sunday school teachings as well as experience of my parents were that God was a distant being. I was not taught to have an intimate relationship with him, or my parents.
I cried a lot, and felt Jesus just loving me and having compassionate. I remembered an incident where as an young adult a dentist told me something like, ‘Why have you been so stupid? You haven’t been to a dentist in years and now your teeth are in really bad shape.” I remembered the hurt I felt–of being worthless and stupid even thought I was in so many ways talented, successful, and responsible.
I then remembered a very kind dentist who did a lot of work on my teeth which I know he thought was good for me, and now I know was not-like nickel crown and root canals. I really believe he was ignorant.
I felt Jesus presence. He said, “Those thoughts you had were not true. You are my child of unsurpassable worth. Remember when I was on the cross and I said forgive them for they know not what they do? They were treating me so horribly. But I did that. And I want you to do that with every dentist you have come in contact with who has hurt you or done things in ignorance.”
“I want to heal your teeth. I am going to heal your teeth,” I heard him say.
“I believe. I want that so much. I want to have a beautiful smile that won’t turn people off. Most of all I want a testimony. If people see that my teeth are restored miraculously, I know that this is going to inspire them to know you. I believe. But help my unbelief.” I said.
I envisioned a beautiful mouth full of teeth and me smiling with all my teeth intact.
I sensed it was time to end. I felt compelled to write down what happened, and now I realize I forgot to thank Jesus. So now I am going to do that.
Thank you, friend, for reading this. I hope you can connect intimately with Jesus all the time–that is my goal.
Rocket stoves have come a long way since the idea was first conceptualized. Now you can make a rocket stove into a couch with an oven at the end. That is what we are planning to do in the Ella Dome House. Of course our technical expert Robert is going to spearhead this project, but Mahriyanna and I are doing all we can to help pave the way.
We are poised to clear about ten feet of wall space so that Robert can start laying out the rocket stove. A few months ago this would have been an impossibility. But thanks to the organizing skills and determination and obsession by me to get rid of stuff and put stuff in storage that we are not currently using, we now have extra storage space in the dome to put this stuff that was on the wall. My organizing skills have been stretched to the max to try to find a home for everything in a very small home, but it has been a satisfying endeavor that Robert and Mahriyanna have helped with.
We have also received word that a gift is coming from someone who’s name will be kept confidential to help fund the rocket stove. That is a real plus! Our electric bill will be minimal this winter, and our pollution will be almost zero due to the efficiency of the stove. Plus we have a bunch of fire wood that we cut on a tree job.
I pray that Robert will have lots of energy and time to complete this project soon. Won’t it be sweet to sit and sleep on a warm couch while bread is baking on one end? And we will take out our futon couch which really takes up too much space so that our community can more easily dance, sit around the table without moving furniture, and sit in a circle.
Oh, and we can teach others to make rocket stoves as well.