In John 17:3, Jesus defines "eternal life" this way: "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."
It is God's desire that we have eternal life. Most people think of eternal life as spending eternity in Heaven. And this is correct, but only in part. By thinking of it only in this way, we miss what God really has for us--a deep and personal relationship with Him as we live this life.
When we become saved, we enter into this relationship, but as babies, with practically no understanding of what we've done. Sadly, many Christians never grow beyond this. They think that the beginning is all there is.
The Scriptures say over and over that "those who seek me with all their hearts will find me." This does not mean that those who have been saved have sought the Lord with all their hearts and so have found all there is. No! The Lord wants us to go deeper and deeper with Him, and draw nearer and nearer to Him--to know Him intimately. How many Christians can honestly say that they know their God intimately? Not many. I know because I've been there, and am just beginning to get dragged out of there after being a Christian for more than 25 years!
The Lord is visiting our church (KIC at the time of writing - 1998) with a powerful revival, a restoring of His Presence to our church and our lives. I'm finding that I've spent 25 years missing out on so much that the Lord had and has for me. I knew I was missing something, but I didn't know how to change that. Am finally learning--it gets changed through prayer and by crying out to the Lord to change me. Only He can change my heart so that I'll want what my flesh is apathetic about.
So what I'm learning, after all these years, is that I can't change me but God can and will, if I ask. I can't even desire Him on my own. Only He can plant the desire and make it grow--but I have to pray, ask, seek with all my heart. I've even had to ask Him to give me the desire to seek Him.
But God is truly faithful. He's answering my prayer, revealing Himself to me, making His presence known and felt, making me sensitive to His voice as He gives me direction, encouragement, correction. I need that desperately!
("Soaking," defined as learning intimacy with God, is an absolutely essential aspect of relationship with Him. Please use this reference for understanding soaking.)
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"COILED ART WITH PINE NEEDLES-REVISED EDITION" This book is for beginners as well as experienced coilers who want to learn more. It includes all the original Coiled Art text, including Basics for Beginners, the stitch glossary, lids, inserts, handles, loops, beading, shaping, everything. Booklet: $10.50 includes shipping. How to order.
"COILED ART WITH PINE NEEDLES AND RAFFIA" Covers everything from beginner to most advanced techniques. Very thorough and complete. Compilation of my original publications plus more. Many illustrations. Booklet: SOLD OUT - no longer available. Purchase "Revised" instead..
"BIRCH BARK QUILL BOX PRIMER" All the basics thoroughly explained, with illustrations and templates. Booklet: $6.50 includes shipping. How to order.
GORGEOUS BASKET JEWELRY: Gemstones in gold filled settings for your coiled baskets. Prices vary. How to order.
Iris Teneriffe Pattern: Explanation and diagrams for weaving the iris. How to order.
Illustrated coiling pattern: $4.00 includes shipping. How to order.
Lake Superior Agate Inserts - click for pricing. Agate photos and information.
Various Gemstone and Mineral Inserts - click for pricing. Gemstone and mineral photos and information.
Reed and Coiled Basket Patterns: Various patterns for reed and coiled baskets. How to order.
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