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Be Kind

“Life is short and we have not too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us.

Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”

Henri Frederic Amiel

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Shambles

Prompted by Webster’s word of the day.

Shambles

Help me

Acknowledge

My

Broken yet blessed

Life is

Eternally

Saved: salvaged, salved, sanctified, secured.

Hallelujah!

21 because I don’t need 25

  1. I value Being more than Having.
  2. I know what is important vs. unimportant.
  3. I know what is sufficient vs. excessive.
  4. I know what is necessary vs. inconsequential.
  5. I make great decisions regarding my belongings, purchases, and commitments.
  6. I set reasonable goals, remembering that my first priority is my well-being.
  7. I am ready, willing, and able to change my relationship with clutter.
  8. I choose to be clutter-free: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
  9. I affirm Grace & wholeness; I don’t need to hoard or control things.
  10. I gratefully accept “what is;” I celebrate the reality of Here & Now.
  11. I let go of what I no longer need; I celebrate I am lighter, freer!
  12. With every item I release, I create space in my life for more joy and energy!
  13. I savor what is important to me; I don’t need more; I am content.
  14. I make my surroundings beautiful, harmonious, ordered, and serene.
  15. I define and set my own boundaries, not yielding to external pressure.
  16. I am grateful for the gift of time, so I use it wisely.
  17. I don’t need to accept any new commitments; I may say no.
  18. I am grateful for my personal growth; my pace suits me.
  19. I acknowledge and celebrate all my victories, small and large.
  20. I thank God for everything, esp that all can work together for good…
  21. I choose to be happy.

Affirmations: Being

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My Affirmations on Being:

  1. Life is good.
  2. I belong.
  3. It is good that I exist.
  4. God created me through Love, for Love.
  5. I am.
  6. I am here.
  7. I am alive now.
  8. I am grateful for my life.
  9. I am blessed and able to bless.
  10. I am sacred.

My Lord be praised, forever and ever; hallelujah!

 

Morning Musings

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Hurdles

  1. Old Wounds
  2. Pessimism
  3. Despair
  4. Bad Habits
  5. Fatigue
  6. Lack of Plan
  7. Lack of “Fuel” for Dreams

How To Leap

  1. Descab, administer balm, cover – protect what needs protecting while it heals.
  2. Practice optimism – find at least one thing I can consistently embrace as producing/providing substantive hope.
  3. Practice hope – commit to my source of hope.
  4. Pick one – change one bad habit at a time – replace with a good habit.
  5. Drink more water, less coffee; eat more fruits & veggies; exercise at least 20 mins. every day; sleep well.
  6. Plan to plan – make a habit of making plans, little ones that I can accomplish, build on each plan, even if I don’t have a “big enough” dream; just get in the habit of dreaming, planning, and doing, no matter how small.
  7. Pray. My dreams are born only of sense of purpose. Find my purpose through prayer.  Do this first, every day.

“Training Plan”

  1. Pray for daily purpose.
  2. Make a detailed plan for accomplishing something(s) to fulfill that purpose.
  3. Eat and exercise for long-term health and today’s fuel.
  4. Incorporate one specific good habit that eradicates a bad habit.
  5. Be grateful.  Thank God for everything.  Especially for Christ’s trustworthiness.
  6. Share a smile: articulate my gratitude. Write or make something that shares my joy.
  7. Affirm my need for time, space, and means to heal.
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Recognizing my wounds and weaknesses is not enough.  I can too easily fall into despair when contemplating my own frailty and insufficiency.  Thankfully I have faith.  And it’s deep.  And it’s old.  I thank God for the gift of faith, a faith that is deep & wide, old & new, mine & communal, here & transcendent, universal & specifically manifested in Christ.

Thanks be to God!

This morning I am reflecting on how debilitating my propensity to depression can be.  But faith is stronger.  I wouldn’t be here without faith: a sense of the rightness of hope in general, and my faith in Christ specifically.

I imagine many (most?) of my readers are not Christians, or wouldn’t describe their faith experiences the same way I do.  That’s fine with me.  And I’m not preaching here.  I am not attempting to persuade anyone to think or feel or believe like I do.  I am simply enjoying the luxury of articulating my thoughts, feelings, and beliefs!

One of my foundational perceptions of reality is that within a general truth there are specific truths that express that general truth in delightfully unique ways.  This view of Truth can be beautifully symbolized by a hallmark of great music: melody implies harmony and harmony implies melody.  The point here is that my experience and understanding of Faith in Christ is that most belief-systems have a kernel of Truth, and by God’s bountiful Grace, all those little truths point to The Truth Who is fully manifested in Christ.  Anyone seeking Truth will eventually find Christ.  Some journeys are more circuitous, some have many detours, but God honors all seekers with finding, and ultimately all finding draws us nearer to Christ.  That’s because Christ is the Logos, Christ is the Author of Truth; God created all that Is in, through, with, and for Christ.  And the purpose of it all is Love.  We, and all God created, are essentially Celebration of God’s Love!

Personally, my journey with Christ reveals not only God’s amazing Grace – God’s generosity toward everyone, but also the cost: letting go of anything that deforms me…  in my view, the door to Heaven is open to everyone, and it has a shape: Christ. I must become conformed to Christ to fit through Heaven’s door!  However, again, this isn’t accomplished primarily by my effort.  It is mostly brought about through Grace, by birth of the Spirit.  Yet, it does require my consent.  And every day, every little thing I choose or don’t choose is assent to or dissent from Christ who faithfully calls me.

So how does this relate to my lists noted above?

I find myself floundering in this phase of “mid-life”.  (It’s rather fanciful to call it MID life because I’d have to live beyond 100 years if this were my life’s mid-point!) Regardless, it’s a new stage of life, it’s new psychological territory, and I find it requires new dreams.  I tend to think that I have more interior resources than most from which to generate strong dreams, but I have been able to rely on and travel so very far on a simple vision (of being a musician and teacher) that its challenging to birth another, sufficiently equal to it.  In other words, I’m currently stuck in a feeling of disappointment: the world was so much bigger when I was younger.  The world seems so much smaller now, and frankly, I don’t like it as much as I used to!  I believe I need to find a “new” dream, a sense of purpose for the next 30 years.  I need to find an even deeper sense of Living in which I can fall in Love with Life.

That’s what “it’s all about” for me: Loving Life.  Giving myself to Becoming.  I.e. letting God birth me, ever more fully, ever more alive.  And the primary birth-canal for me is prayer.  So, today’s plan for “How to Leap” over my hurdles must start with prayer.

Thanks be to God!

The Race of Faith

12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

(Hebrews 12: 1-2, NKJV)

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50 Things For Which I’m Thankful

Today I am grateful for:

  1. My bed with firm mattress
  2. My home
  3. In safe, quiet countryside
  4. In a relatively safe nation
  5. Running water
  6. Plumbing
  7. Hot water
  8. And the fuel to make it hot
  9. An in-door shower
  10. Clean towels
  11. Antibiotics
  12. A body that is designed to heal
  13. And still can
  14. Eye-sight
  15. God who provides everything
  16. My husband
  17. My parents
  18. Peeps in Heaven who pray for us
  19. My students
  20. My piano
  21. Music
  22. Capacity to play piano
  23. Capacity to teach
  24. Opportunity to teach
  25. Piano students’ parents who champion & companion their children
  26. Ears to hear
  27. Curiosity
  28. Courage
  29. Hope
  30. Capacity to seek & find Beauty
  31. Faith in Christ
  32. Intimacy w/ Christ
  33. Spirit’s Presence, especially in suffering
  34. Desire to learn
  35. Desire to heal
  36. Desire to grow
  37. My friends & family, eps those who encourage me in healing/ growing
  38. Tear ducts
  39. Lubrication for eyes when tears aren’t enough
  40. Seasons
  41. Time
  42. Space
  43. Pens and paper
  44. Laptops and phones
  45. Silence
  46. Solitude
  47. Color; today: esp blues & greens
  48. Meaningful work
  49. “Free”-time
  50. Desire to write