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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Simple Pleasures-#GoodJobGod

I am republishing this piece from 2012...I cannot believe it's been 5 years. You're gone, friend, but always with me. I think of you often, always with a smile. Your lingering gift to me is an appreciation for everyday miracles, and that anything can be a celebration and an act of worship.
Halfway through the process, I realized I was channeling you in baking a patriotic dessert. You always brought something red, white, blue, and homemade to the cookout.
You are always with me. And everytime something goes particularly well, I quote your simple prayer, "Good job, God." I see you among the rainbows and the fireflies. No matter what the season, somehow it's always April. And the lesson is, "all the joy of my really good day is available to me every day."
 
 
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:9-10(NKJV)

 


Wednesday night I got it right. We ended a good day with a great night. After a day abounding with simple pleasures; a community parade with friends and family, ice cream in the park, a backyard barbeque with no burden to entertain (my BFF came, but she is family), quiet time, and then fireworks in an evening display launched by a breathtaking sunset. As I pointed it out to my friend, she made the comment that captured my day, “Good job, God.” Now that’s a praise.  That’s a simple pleasure.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

with salt, please?

Good morning, beautiful. You are beautiful because you are uniquely made in the precise image of God. If you remember nothing else from this morning’s restoration meditation, remember this...”hello, beautiful.”
 
I am a fan of confirmation. Each week, as part of my preparation to write a column for a community of women in prayer, I spend quiet moments with God to hear what He lays on my heart to share...and I thought I had it right. 
 
However, this image https://www.instagram.com/p/BV4t6Db... seasoning with salt resonated and was confirmation-not only is my OneWord for 2017 Salt (you might have noticed), but I’ve been writing about the Beatitudes, which I believe are lessons in balance. My intended message will keep for another day.
 
That is the purpose salt serves. In so many ways, our words, our lives, should be seasoned with salt. Salt gives flavor (perspective?), preserves, removes stains, soothes, eliminates odor. Can you imagine the power of language salted in that way?
 
Salt must be used in moderation (soberly?). Too much causes damage-it is an irritant. Seasoned speech expresses tolerance, Grace, and kindness.
 
In closing, something to meditate upon, in our continual pursuit of holy restoration. This thought...salt and fruit (forbearance is a fruit of the spirit). Sweet and salt. Balance.
Amen.
Are you good at making allowances for people? ... Our lives should say, “I make allowances for people,” for this is the language of love. Forbearance is a divine quality. Romans 2:4 talks of the kindness, tolerance, and patience of God. His followers should do no less.





Thursday, June 8, 2017

The purpose of chaos




You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. ~Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)


“Perfect Peace. The only peace that keeps us sane in the midst of the chaos. How do we obtain this Perfect Peace? By keeping our minds steadfast, focused on God, on His Word. By trusting in our Father, His Plans and His Purposes.”

It’s been a tough 8 weeks. When I think back, I’ve been fighting this weariness and this bug all week at work, resting only enough on the weekends to be able to get back to the office on Monday mornings. 



My job is a blessing for which I prayed, and I will not complain. The joy of full-time employment, being paid to write and create stories is a gift I never imagined. So many careers shattered by a broken economy and yet I was given a chance at a second career. God is Good and His Mercy endures forever. And yet, there was chaos.

And what is chaos? We are taught in Genesis that “the earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep" (Gen. 1:-2, ESV). In the beginning God brought order, but before order, there was chaos. There is a Divine Purpose for chaos.  We cannot do anything about chaos, but we serve The One Who Does.

I forgot to seek my peace. I forgot about rest. I neglected by obligation to my temple, and in my hubris, I have suffered greatly.

Yesterday was the first day I felt like myself. This time last week I’d even forgotten it was Thursday. I apologize. As I say so often, we’ve got to do better. We have a holy obligation to yield. To seek Him, mindful that we drag ourselves through chaos when we forget the Maker of our Peace. 
   
Perfect Peace. 
That surpasses all understanding. That achieved only by remaining steadfastly in Him. Trusting His Purposes and His Plan, and acknowledging that even chaos serves Divine Purpose. That we yield. That we surrender. That we mindfully, gratefully, obediently submit to rest. To worship. To quiet. So that, even in times of great chaos, we may be brought into order, by Him Who Created chaos, Who Created us.





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