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We are one step closer to release!  These last two weeks I have been working with a superb graphic designer who has crafted a design for the album cover and CD labels.  The masters and first fruits albums have been burned and assembled and are nestled in my suitcase for my departure tomorrow.

Do you wonder where they will be dedicated?  Well, I am not going to tell you that quite yet, but it’s a bit farther away than my favorite hiking spot here in California!  I will be partnering with some friends who took the teleconference and believe deeply in the material.  It will be a precious time of celebrating and blessing the seeds to grow into something beautiful and powerful.  What is very special to me is the friend I am going to see is learning some cool new things about her personal connection to structures.  Go God!!

My hope is to release the album the week after I return.  We will see if that hope becomes reality!  I will send a newsletter announcing it.

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The Magician’s Nephew

“When the great moment came and the Beasts spoke, he (Uncle Andrew) missed the whole point; for a rather interesting reason. When the Lion had first begun singing, long ago when it was still quite dark, he had realised that the noise was a song. And he had disliked the song very much. It made him think and feel things he did not want to think and feel. Then when the sun rose and he saw that the singer was a lion (“only a lion” as he said to himself) he tried his hardest to make himself believe that it wasn’t singing and never had been singing-only roaring as any lion might in a zoo in our own world. “of course it can’t really have been singing,” he thought, “I must have imagined it. I’ve been letting my nerves get out of order. Who ever heard of a lion singing?” And the longer and more beautifully the Lion sang, the harder Uncle Andrew tried to make himself believe that he could hear nothing but roaring. Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. Uncle Andrew did. Soon he couldn’t have heard anything else even if he had wanted to.”  –CS Lewis

The context of this excerpt is the creation of Narnia. Aslan is singing his new world into existence and the humans are watching with a mixture of joy and anxiety. Uncle Andrew, however, was entirely void of joy and only determined NOT to see the picture for what it really was. He was a high and mighty sort of man whose extreme insecurities caused him to be a first-rate bully, though he was only a third-rate magician. And he was a coward to boot. It takes courage to look at things around you that are not what you expected, or don’t into any previously known understanding, or could pose some risk or harm to you. When Uncle Andrew was faced with a situation far beyond him, he absolutely lacked the courage to embrace it. Instead he convinced himself it didn’t exist. We can pity him for being a fool, which is indeed sad. But to me, the far more sobering matter is the ultimate effect of his efforts. He soon lost the option to see anything different.

This illustration has always been a stark reminder to me of the danger in convincing yourself of an alternate reality. You don’t have to like it, you can even been shaking in your boots about it, but do not try to convince yourself that something else is true. While you may not commit an outright sin with your non-reality, you are most certainly contributing to the decay of your perspective. The more you convince yourself the Lion isn’t singing, the more you will lose the option of changing your mind. It is a cause and effect principle based on our denial of the truth.

On a more intense scale we can see the principle playing out with those who override their conscience. It’s there for a reason. While legalism is a distasteful alternative, it is a grave consequence to push your conscience repeatedly into silence. We talk of people who seemingly have no conscience – no inner sense of good and evil at all. There is no capacity to choose one or the other. While there are sometimes more sinister forces at play, much of the time those people get there one decision at a time.

In the midst of the sobering effect of this illustration is the joy of God’s redemptive power. There are some who may reach a place such as Uncle Andrew and never return. But for many of us, this verse is a constant encouragement for us to grow: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

To me, this verse speaks of the literal change of our physical mind, the rewiring of thinking patterns, the changing of perspective, the growth of our spirit and soul so we can embrace the will of God and the nature of His fingerprints in our lives. Continually we need to pursue a greater level of renewal, so as to continue moving upward in the health of our mind and the ability to see the truth. When you are faced with a reality you don’t want to accept, remember Uncle Andrew and then ask God to transform you through the renewing of your mind and give you the courage to face the day and emerge triumphant!

www.GoBeyondtheHorizon.com

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There was great celebration today!

It always feels good to finish a recording session, and it feels even better to feel good about the recording.  I haven’t finished editing yet, so I can’t give any final opinions on that one.  The acid test is always whether or not you still like what you said a day or two later.

Meanwhile, today’s recording session was a glory story about the primacy of God’s timing, which was incredibly apropos for a teaching that talks about synchronizing with God’s timing!  I had actually planned to record the teaching last weekend, on the last day of the year.  It was a bust.  Major.  I showed up and gave it a good push, just in case it was something I needed to arm wrestle through, but it became quite clear that it wasn’t right.  God was not in it.  So, I went home and ended up re-writing an entire portion of the teaching which improved it significantly.

I set a new date for today – subject to change, of course.  But today was night and day difference.  The words flowed.  The concepts came together.  I believe it was a good delivery and so far, the editing necessary has been light.  That’s always a good sign!

It is amazing once again how much it matters to be in alignment with God’s time, and I think it is especially important in this season.

Meanwhile, tomorrow I have a morning call with my graphic designer, which I am looking forward to.  We will brainstorm some ideas on the album cover and CD labels, and then it will be back to editing for a few more hours.  My goal is to release the album in early February.  I will release it on CD and hopefully as an audio download.

So, if you feel led, please pray into the rest of the process, as well as the dedication of the teaching to God.  I have not decided yet what that will look like.

If you would like to receive a notification when the album is completed and available for purchase, please sign up for my newsletter.  Here is a link to the sign up page:  Beyond the Horizon Newsletter.

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