Greetings and Joy in Abundance!

Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?

I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.

Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.

Random? Probably not.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Being Still

I admit it.  I am hardly ever still.  Even when I think I'm still, I'm not.  I will wiggle a joint or tap a toe or flex a muscle.  My mother would tell me as a child to be still, and I don't think I every understood how to do that. 

The few times I have been still are memorable.  I remember lying in the grass in the backyard when I was about 10 years old, purposefully not moving, being still, completely still and gazing into the heavens.  I remember talking to God in my mind and wondering so many forever questions.  These are the questions that will be questions forever.  Until the day I enter heaven I'm certain I won't have the answer to some questions I posed that day.  After 36 years, I'm still waiting for the answers to those questions, so I am basing my answer on patterns here.

The second time was when I was prepped for surgery - this is being still.  Strapped down, there is nothing to wiggle.  Intentionally clearing the mind to avoid that creepy fear that comes with the lack of control over your own body...praying with a deep fervor!

It is in those times I most clearly heard the whisper of the Lord in my mind.  I am so grateful that I had those few moments of stillness - this way, I know what it is to be still.  I rarely allow myself to get to that point of stillness, but I need to do this more often.  I encourage you to also find a way to be still and know that the Lord is in control!

But how, you ask?  Well, I know that for myself, I need to completely relax my muscles, including that great big muscle in my head - the brain.  This is not an easy task, but I encourage you to try it.  Relax and open your mind.  Listen to the sound of the world.  If you can, sit outside in the great expanse created by deisgn.  Let me know how you do.  I'm interested to hear your experience.  I know that when I am still, it is amazing!  I tend to go long periods of time between being still, but I occasionally find that moment, and hear the whisper of God clearly and definitely.  I love being in that moment, and if you have never experienced this, I encourage you to do so! 

Be still, and know that He is God.  Psalms 46:10

Monday, August 9, 2010

Yikes! What's going on?

Sometimes, I must confess, I feel like this.  My anxiety builds and builds and I get frustrated and worried about what is happening right now and what implications this moment has on the next moment - even to the next days and weeks and years.  This is when I become pulled into that cyclone of downward spiraling that begs the question, "what are we going to do?"  and possibly the other question, "how are we ever going to make it?" and the most dreaded, "when will things ever be normal?"

Well, hold on, folks!  Today is the day to sieze the moment!  We are okay.  Things will be alright.  Everything will work out. 

How do I know this?  Well, I am actually certain of it.  I am promised that no matter what, I cannot escape the love of God.  I know that God loves you and me so much that not only will He provide for us here on earth, but He provides a place for us in heaven as well.  Not only that, but we are assured that we should not worry through the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:25-34.  He tells us not to worry about our life.  Asks us how much time will we add to our life by worrying and then comforts us by reminding us that each day has it's own trouble.  Don't borrow trouble from tomorrow - through faith, our needs will be met.

So, join me today in taking a deep breath - Thank God for our breath and life - and relax for a moment.  Make a plan for your day and work toward completing it.  One thing at a time is how we get the big list done. 

I know we are all working so hard and each job has its own challenges.  Rise and meet that challenge head on!  One thing at a time.  One day at a time.  Each moment is cherished and special. 

This applies to your home life as well - don't forget those wonderful people who are a blessing to you - they are gifts given to you for your life.  Children, parents, siblings, spouses.  We must cherish these relationships and remember that they are God-given and love them through this lens.  Hard to do sometimes?  Oh, yes.  But, by being gracious and loving, we honor the relationship and weather the storms together.  Day by Day.  Hour by Hour.  Minute by Minute.  Thank you for being you.  Blessings on your day!


A quiet moment of reflection