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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Seek peace…


Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalms 34:14 (KJV)


I should have known. When the message from my Gayle this morning was "lost my voice overnight…am going radio silent…since I usually talk your head off you will have to rest your ears…" I should have known it was a day to seek peace and quiet. When I talked to my BFF, and she was on a tear about someone saying one thing and then doing the opposite, I told her to "seek peace; to be quiet." I should have listened. 

The power went out, not once, but twice, within the same hour less than 60 minutes later. The first time, after the power company confirmed that there was a local blackout, in a panic, I mentally packed my bag and my laptop and headed for a Starbucks, hoping the outage did not extend that far. The lights came back on. When it happened for a second time, I did nothing. I felt no sudden urge to flee. I silenced my body and my mind. I rested. I was still. I'd been headed upstairs to wash my hair, but decided to lay calmly on the sofa, just above where the dog slept, snoring peacefully on the floor. I was still. I rested, finally.
How can I hear You if there is always noise?
I will learn to be quiet, so I might hear.
I will learn to be still, so I might feel.
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Lord, you will find any medium and any voice to send a message to my spirit. A friend had just posted the words of Nisargadatta Maharaj, Indian Spiritual teacher and philosopher on FB…
A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part…

The lesson of the 34th Psalms is to look for, to seek out peace. While this is not my inclination, I can learn. I will learn. Lord, I thank You for Your many and varied messengfers. In so many ways I have been changed, although You and Your Word never have. How can I hear You if there is always noise? In obedience to Your Will for my life, I will learn quiet, so I might hear. I will learn to be still, so I can feel. I acknowledge that You are my peace, and I desire more. I seek Your Comfort in the quiet places, reminded that You are good.

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