Did Someone Say, “Cake?”

I’ve got Heaven on my mind, today. That’s not entirely uncommon, though.  Quite often (truth be told), I’m thinking of how I can’t wait to get off this rock, because of how much being here sucks. And sometimes, it’s because I’ve just experienced something beautiful, and I’ve said to myself, “It just can’t get any better than this.” That immediately triggers the response, “Yes…yes, it CAN get better than this.”

I’ve got heaven on my mind.

But, I gotta get there, first.

Part of getting to Heaven is being able to live it out, here on this sucky rock. Jesus said so, when He taught us to pray…”Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.” He would not have instructed us to ask for it, if it were not something we should expect to have accomplished. But, like anything good on this earth, if you really want it, you’re gonna have to fight for it.

This is no fight that anyone with carnal knowledge is used to.  Anyone born into this world is aware that life is a fight. Some call it survival of the fittest.  You could call it the fight of the fast and the furious, or a fight of the sly, the slick, and the wicked.  It could be called the fight where he who hesitates is lost.

God calls it a fight to the death…of YOU

Being born into a sin nature, creates a piece of us that naturally distracts from our goal of Heaven. There’s a glitch in the matrix: part of us that is determined to MAKE a life for ourselves here on earth, as if THIS is all there is.  Having to live here, if we’re not careful, we can actually come to believe that this IS as good as it gets. That kind of thinking will damage our eternal perspective, and THAT is where the fight begins. This fight going on in us, here on earth, is meant to be the fight of our lives…to the death.

It is from the elements of death that the substance of victory is created.

Kinda like in baking a cake.

I love baking. It’s different from cooking meals.  There are very deliberate measurements that are required, if you’re going to bake a cake. I mean, people who are familiar with the recipes can take more liberties with them: you can go a little more or less on many things, but, deviate too much from the recipe and you will have some inedible mess on your hands!

Have you ever tried to eat the ingredients of a cake, by themselves?  Let me assure you, it’s DISGUSTING. Eating any one ingredient, in excess, can make you VERY sick. But, in their proper measure, in the appropriate combination, they are all integral to making a delicious treat.

Death of that carnal nature is of primary importance. It is akin to baking powder. The bitter work of dying to our selfish and fleshly nature is how the Spirit of God rises in us. You can’t make a victory cake without death being in the mix. Mixing is a painful, violent process…there is a reason that the phrase, “mixing it up,” is used for a fight AND making a cake; and “batter” is what’s left to be poured into the pan!! The ingredients are forced to accommodate one another, in order to produce an end product that is greater than the individual ingredients. Only after your flesh has had all the fight beaten out of it, can you blend successfully.

Finding a purpose for the pain of real life is the breakthrough. The point of life and living is in the BECOMING…becoming what God created us to be; becoming available for God to use, in helping others ‘become.’ It’s not enough for us to be Heaven-bound. We need to bring Heaven down, so we can make it into Heaven, TOGETHER. There are things about becoming that we have to maintain while, others need to be let go of.  We start out innocent and naive. While we’re maturing, it is necessary to shed the naivete. Circumstances of life will strip us of our innocence too, if we’re not careful. That innocence is the thing that keeps us light and hopeful and heaven minded. It’s the thing that Jesus was referring to when He said we must come to Him as little children – fully convinced that the Father loves us and will keep His promises to us. We lose that, and just like a cake that is over beaten, we become tough and tasteless. We can’t trust God, because PEOPLE have disappointed us…and that’s just SILLY.  People fail (we all do it, all the time), but God (who NEVER fails), is familiar with the recipe. He knows how to make provision for that, and STILL make Heaven on earth for us…if we trust Him.

It’s a daily death walk, to be sure. But, that’s why God provides new mercy for each of us, every day.  Every moment of every day presents the opportunity to be Heaven on earth, or Hell on wheels.

Oh, it’s a fight alright.

If you do it right, it could be a piece of cake.



Fool Proof Failure

Life is a ledger.  It’s a careful accounting of wins and losses…of failures and successes.  To some, that may seem pretty black and white. But, in the grand scheme of things, so many things, that we would considers successes in the here and now, are the exact opposite from a Kingdom Perspective.  Considering how we cannot see the big picture, most of how we see things will change in the rearview mirror.

I am not surprised by my failures. Sometimes, I do get frustrated, though.  It’s hard to know what the word of God says about me and what God has called me to, when I see where I am in my life and how long it has taken me to get to the bottom, coming from so far below. I wish I had gone farther, sooner.  

That’s the thing about failure.  The inevitability of it. When you are striving to do and be more, it’s vexing.  That whole thing about being made of dust and vapor gets lost in the quest for perfection. Apostle Paul put it in the best nutshell, talking about wanting to do the right thing, knowing what the right thing to do is…and still mucking it all up.  

Dust and vapor. Vapor and dust.  

Something else about failure: If you’re open and willing and LISTENING, your failures can teach you things that your successes cannot. You learn the importance of not letting your failures define you.  You learn your weakness, and how to strengthen them.  You learn your strengths, and how to capitalize on them. Mistakes are the most excellent teachers of what NOT to do (and, as I’ve said before that is equally important in effectively learning what TO do).  

God is as fully prepared for your failures as He is for your successes. He has calculated them into the plan He has for you and will use even the failures to bring you to your expected end.

Failures humble you, because you learn that God is bigger than they are, and He’s on YOUR side.

I am not surprised by my success (I bet that surprises you). That’s really easy to say, because I know I have virtually nothing to do with them. The whole thing about being vapor and dust is that you realize how much nothing you really are.  Dust can be swept away. Vapor gets lost in a breath of air.  That kind of insignificance makes you painfully aware of what you are NOT capable of, except in the hands of the All Knowing Creator.

Coming from where I’ve been, I have every right to be relegated to a statistic.  And, as it turns out, that makes me the perfect candidate for God to make a masterpiece out of me.  I could easily say, in causing me to be successful, He has truly taken the foolish things of this world to profound the wise.

Vapor and dust. Dust and vapor.

The only thing I have to my credit is my desperation for God.  I know that, in my pursuit of God, like a good lover, I did my best to learn to love what He loves and hate what He hates. I know that He only wants me to be ME.  And, if that’s good enough for Him, it’s perfect for me, because that’s about the only thing I am good at (most of the time)!

I was horrible in a classroom setting.  I was sickly and sleepy all the time…but, I tested well. In writing this, I recognize the natural/spiritual parallel of me. That doesn’t mean I don’t have an education.  Just not one that would qualify me for someone else’s career. I am a student of life, though. I am an avid ‘people watcher’.  And, in watching is where I learned it is equally important to know what NOT to do as what to do.  

And, even in watching, I have learned it’s okay to celebrate my own mistakes as well as my successes. If one never learns to celebrate them both, either can easily destroy in their turn.  


It is in the prayers of others that support and protection can be found.  In the prayers of family or friends, even in the prayers of those who have gone before, that faith in, and identity of one’s self can be restored.  I love the fact that Jesus prayed for me, as did many others in the Bible.  I thank God that I can recall my mother’s prayers and the prayers of my grandmothers.  And, I can hear the sound my own prayers in my head, as well.  

With all of that, only a fool can lose in this life.  And, even in losing, we of the Kingdom will STILL win.   


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