Personal Journey

A Reflection of Greatness

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 6 August 2013

Today my father passed away; slipped from a calm sleep into eternity. There are hundreds of religions, and thousands of doctrines and belief systems about what that might be, but somehow deep within each one of us, we know something is there waiting to greet us and lead us on.

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But When I Became A Man

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 23 September 2011 | 1 Comments

As a young boy, I dreamed of only the good the future could hold. Of meeting a beautiful girl who would share in all life would bring. Of children, and grandchildren, a house and a green lawn and flowers.

Even if a childhood is accompanied with pain, lose, abandonment; somehow we as children have more hope for a brighter future than those a generation ahead. They somehow seem to have lost their way, their focus on their dream. But as a child, you tell yourself, "I'm going to be different, life will be better for me".

As a young man, I began to witness more of the world of which I lived, and it included things that clearly should not exist in my life. Yet there was a part of me that was drawn to these things. As a child, the future was glorious, pure and full of hope and love. But now, more seems to be added. Something that dulled the glory, but still had something to offer.

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Can We Really Love?

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 29 August 2011

Last night as I sat outside on the patio gazing up at the stars, a thought came to me about Love. My first thought was back 25 years ago or so. I believed I understood what love was at the time, but was told that I didn't know what love was. As I look back on this now, I see now that I didn't know or understand love at all. I do understand now what love isn't.

The next thought that came to me was about lawns. We all have seen those lawns that just take your breath away - beautiful! I would like a nice green groomed lawn, but at the moment it has grown out and looking a bit shabby. I do understand that grass grows, I also understand that weeds grow too. When I look at it, even in the moon-light, I don't like the way it looks. So what must I do to enjoy a nice lawn? I must mow and cut away that which does not belong before I can witness a nice groomed lawn.

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What Is Your Perspective Of God?

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 29 July 2011

Over the last few months I have been giving a lot of thought to our personal unique perspective of God. I hope what I share here will open your eyes as it did mine to just how unique, yet infinitely large and wonderful God is.

The image below shows the statue of Liberty in the center, and 8 different people equally spaced around the statue. Not only does each person see the statue from their specific angle but also from their unique, possibly colorful perspective.

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How Thick Is The Surface

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 11 June 2011

I have been thinking about the surface of things, how thick it is, and if there is thickness, what is it's value.

Water for some reason comes to mind - the surface of the water. How about a tar road, a glass window or even a blade of grass or paper? If these things have a surface, how thick is it?

As a new world is slowly being revealed to me; learning about my roots, patterns and behaviors - to help me make sense of the puzzle of my life and how God fits into it, I have been separating my behaviors from the eternal essence of who I really am. There is my body, and there is my soul. A type of surface and then essence if you will - two parts.

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I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 6 June 2011

At that time, Steve in his self-righteousness came to Jesus and asked, "I have done many good things trying to help sinners see their wicked ways, will I be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

He called for Alicyn, my daughter, and had her stand before us. Then Jesus smiling at her, looked at me and said: "I tell you the truth Steve, unless you change in your heart and become like Alicyn, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." I could sense the pain in His face when He told me this, but it was how He said it that drew my attention.

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Patterns Have Roots

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 3 June 2011

Most of us understand what a pattern is as shown in this image, but is it possible that patterns exist in you and I? A tree is a great example of roots and branches and in fact Scripture refers to roots, trees, vines and branches in several places.

A seed gives way to a root, the starting point of an existence, which grows up and out of the ground and quickly forms branches and leaves, and in many cases, fruit. But during the life of the tree, the roots remain, and in fact grow larger and more seated. More rooted as we say some times to things.

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God's Design For True Intimacy

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 8 May 2011

The unique individual personalities designed into my being - by God, altered by my childhood, is who I understand I became as my person.

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What Is In Control Of Your Life?

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 8 May 2011

As I began to understand my completeness in God alone, I began to understand for the first time in my life how God and Money are not in some way equal. I have always understood that God is all I need. But until I stopped trying to reason with this truth, recognizing that my mind is a tool and not who I am, the “me” (the “you” of Steve separate from the mind) I began to also see money as a tool which is used to support the body only; the material, physical part of who I am.

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Give or Take

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 30 April 2011

God created (an act of giving) Adam and Eve perfect and complete as one in Him - their only Father. His design was to "multiply giving" by way of procreation (an act of giving). A child is born vulnerable into life and requires giving of the parents to sustain the new life.

Through parenting, man trains (giving) the child in the way he should go (to learn oneness with God). When he leaves, he shall cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh, (God's gift of oneness as an example by way of human relationship, to help us understand the oneness relationship God desires with us - His goal for our life).

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