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.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Persistence, is it?

This morning, I spent some time cleaning our small camper space.  After I was done, I sat down to enjoy a bit of reading with my coffee, and my Buddy whoofed at me.  He doesn't woof, he whoofs.  Almost whispering, he just lets you know he needs your attention.  It's not a loud bark, just a whispered whoof.  He want's to go for a walk, he is saying. 

I just sat down.  It is not my desire to go for a long walk at this point, but I know I must.  So, I ask him to wait just a minute, and he whoofs again.  He now has whoofed at least four times, and I know that he will not leave me alone until I comply with his request. 

It is just like the woman who comes to the judge in the Bible.  She continues to come over and over asking for her request to be granted.  She will not relent.  Her persistence is rewarded, as Buddy's will be.

We must remember that we are children of God and we must not be derailed from the task which has been put before us.  It is never an easy road, and we don't always want to do it, but it MUST be done, and we have been chosen to do it.  Keep on keepin' on...push forward and be persistent.  We are blessed to be a blessing...let's be that blessing today! 

God's peace be with you on this weekend when we remember those who have given their life for us to be free to type our thoughts...for us to be free to persist in our faith and our freedom.  Thank you to my ancestors, your ancestors and those who have fought the good fight to keep our freedom to be who we are and allow God to be the Lord of our lives!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Learning to curb...not so easy...

Welcome to Wednesday!  I wish I were more receptive to this wonderful day.  Do you ever have a day that starts out a little off and then just continues down a path you wish it never took?  Today, this has happened to me.  As soon as I realized it, I searched my soul for something to settle my angst and challenges.  I came up with
Proverbs 15:1-5
  1. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
  2. The toungue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
  3. The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
  4. The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
  5. A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
This brought me great comfort, thinking how God is always there, in my challenging days, my moments of difficulty, and also there in my great joy!  I am so blessed and fortunate to grow up with parents who loved and feared the Lord.  They instilled in me a true sense of what is good and right and holy.  This way of thinking can help to balance us on those days that are just off and not going well. 

Balance is the key to life, isn't it?  It certainly makes it easier, for sure.  Remember that we are here on earth for a time, not forever.  What impact or legacy are we leaving?  I was thinking about this today, as a result of the strange mood I found myself in.  It made me think of curbing habits.  We develop habits in 21 days, so it is said.  It takes a lot longer to unlearn a habit.  I've been there.  I know that.  Being kind and using positive language and encouragement and healing is not easy if it is not practiced. 

This is learned behavior.  Let's try to make a new habit of using our tongues for great outcomes!  Only engage it once the plan is set and the outcomes have been assessed.  There is the challenge...knowing the result of the words you utter before you send them on their way.  Not so easy at all.  We must engage our intuition and our critical thinking skills...yes, we must learn at every age! 

Are you with me?  I'm ready for a new habit of waiting to speak until I am ready for the consequences.  Thanks, mom!  The gentle word, the encouraging word and the healing word were often coming from her tongue to my ears.  I am so deeply blessed!  Oh, and say it with a smile - it will be received a little easier. 

God bless you, dear friends!


A quiet moment of reflection