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Thursday, February 4, 2016

#AfterShow~ On Temptation (and not what I was originally thinking)

But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.  Romans 6:17-18 (NIV)

Been thinking a lot about what God wants me to do with my Divine gift of Grace. I know part of my mission is to encourage restoration of our temples, but I am only beginning to realize how large a charge that is.

Temptation? Not today, Satan. 




Thinking about temptation, something occurred to me this morning, and it’s not what I was originally thinking. On some level, temptation is about ceding your power to the voices in your head instead of God. As are all things, it is about #Trust. It is having the courage to fully Trust God, Let Go, and hear His Voice over all the other noise in our lives. I even picked up a catch phrase…. “Not today, Satan.”

God teaches me in unique ways, meaning that my lessons often come from places most folks might not recognize as His Voice. This morning it was an article articulating (and refuting) the reasons why natural African-textured hair is unprofessional-subtitled for my own purposes “another reason why America will try to convince you that you are not beautiful AND why they are dead wrong.”  Not today, Satan.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

#AfterShow-Achieving balance

Last week over lunch with a dear friend, our conversation centered on achieving balance. She’s an inspiration to me having quietly lost over 100 pounds several years ago, no TV, no fanfare, and has kept it off. We talked about learning and living in a new place, where best health choices are natural and we’re not obsessed with losing weight.

I am still finding my way #AfterShow.  More than anything else, I no longer rely upon things I believed I knew before. I have learned that achieving balance is not about doing so much as about listening…and about trust. I learned to trust the wisdom and advice of experts (thanks Joy!), to stop reacting based upon habits or circumstances, and to listen, to the Universe and to my body. He created us to live lives in balance. We need to strip away the things that cloud our ability to hear Him.

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Either we trust Him, or we don't

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sacred

One day after my 52nd birthday (a blessing not lost on me), I arose mindful after a day of excess to my desire to restore balance. I earned a tomorrow.  I was grateful for that blessing, as my schedule included attending a funeral later in the day. The women whose life we were celebrating struggled with depression and saw no other choice but to take her life.

There is no divide between secular and sacred.
Do the things you love, do them well.
Enjoying God is the strongest proof that the gospel is real and enough
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He whispered SACRED to my heart. Awareness can make almost anything a sacred act of worship....in this case, caring for the temple God blessed me to inhabit and nurturing it both for its upkeep AND as an act of gratitude and obedience. Sacred was making time to be a goodly steward of my time and my life, being grateful in all things.

I am no Levite, but it is my desire to live a life set aside for holiness. Almost any action can be sacred when done with a heart of service and worship unto God. 

After coffee and my walk with the dog, it was time for yoga. Stretching slowly, listening to my body, balancing, breathing and focusing on release, I breathed in Grace and exhaled my prayers.  I’d planned to walk to the funeral; the church was small and the lot wasn’t likely to accommodate the number of people anticipated…and the exercise and the cool air were good gifts and opportunities to be thankful.

I earned a tomorrow, but I’m neither waiting nor wasting. Our present is all we have, and even that is not promised. I choose to worship God in all things at all times. At the end of my day, He sent one final reminder, in the words of my friend Alia Joy Hagenbach crafting a message she had NO idea I needed to hear…

There is no divide between secular and sacred. Do the things you love, do them well. Enjoying God is the strongest proof that the gospel is real and enough.

Allelujah and Amen.





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