Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I'm second guessing myself to death. 
As if I will regret this decision as long as I live. 
As if my happiness hinges on this choice. 
As if I'm the author and director of my life.

But the truth is most of the time when I'm looking back all I remember are the good times. 

                  perfect children, 
                                             perfect dogs, 
                                                                  perfect life.

In the search for the right decision, I live in the myth that there is a guaranteed right choice and if I screw this up my life is ruined. But If I make the right choice my path will be smooth. 

I must stop looking so hard for the certain path and give God the wheel of today to direct my tomorrows. 
Do you live as though it all depends on you?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Breakfast with God

[Jesus speaking] "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace..."
Luke 19:41

Just a thought
Where are you looking for your peace today?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Perfect Peace

I've shared how I'm viewing  the life around me;  time management, the ever burdening accumulation of stuff, and how you and I can live simply and reflect Christ's joy in our enviroment.

Now the lense of my camara is focused to the heart of the matter;
soul and spirit.
 Achieving simple joy from within.

My husband and I are standing on a small piece of land, just an acre or so. It sits at the highest elevation in our small town and from where we stand we can see for miles. The wind is blowing and there is nothing to block it for there are no trees on this land. No trees. On the backside you see a couple of farms with a windmill and a pond. It's quiet and there is a sense of peace as I gaze out.

And I'm looking for a feeling.
How does one look with the eyes and feel?
This is where the spirit and the soul move.

 I look up and see nothing but expansive sky
and I breathe.

My soul; that part of me that engages in emotions. Emotions that can fill..... or empty me. They run high as I look about this treeless acre. And I pray for my Spirit to be full, completely engaging with my soul.
"Give me your wisdom, oh God."
My Spirit; the place where the third half of the Trinity resides.
 God within me.
"Holy Spirit, be my vision."

My husband looks at me, "It feels right."
But how can it feel right without any trees?

Looking for perfect peace. Our soul cries out for it.
This Holy week we remember Jesus telling us He is the perfect peace, why look any further? Yet we still fall in line with those whose flesh cried, "crucify him!"
Their idea of the King of Peace didn't match up with Jesus.

What does your peace look like?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

New Beginnings

It's Saturday.
 A new week is coming. Resurrection week means new life and new beginnings.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Breakfast with God

Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. Philippians 2:3

Do everything in love. 
1 Corinthians 16:14

Just a thought
Have you ever been struck by the small miracle it is that Christ makes you strong enough to be humble? Love well.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Endurance or Perseverance?

Discovering Simple Joy: Concerning Our Days 
A Continuation of How we view the life around us.

Do you find yourself "enduring" you day? If I could just get through this day, this work week. Or in my case, If I could just stay awake one more hour I won't be embarrassed about going to sleep at 9:00 o'clock.
Enduring, not enjoying.
Most of our time on this earth is made up of a series of daily mundane experiences. So how do we go from day to day existing to pushing on for the cause? How do we complete the task the Lord has given us (Acts 20:24) for His glory and His purpose? Can you and I find contentment in the daily faithfulness to the One who put this task before us?
Enduring or persevering, it's a choice every day we face when our feet hit the floor in the morning.
This is the day the Lord has made and I'm going to rejoice in it! [My version of Psalm 118:24]

Simple joy #5 - I will choose to persevere with joy today; 
while folding socks,
while sitting in a cubicle,
while standing in line...

... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us
Hebrews 12:1

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Discovering Simple Joy: Concering Our Stuff

A Continuation of How we react to the Life Around Us.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 
Matthew 6:19

As I get older, I don't long for "stuff" like I used to. It can be suffocating as you can see to the extreme in reality shows on hoarders. When I'm considering buying something, I can sometimes visualize it sitting in my next garage sale in three years because it will be considered junk. Or I may look at it and think "it's just one more thing I have to dust."
In reducing the stuff in my life, my ultimate goal is to reflect the image of Christ. In the pursuit to possess more, it can actually block my view of Christ and dull my witness.

Simple joy #3 - Letting go of the desire for more things. They're really just dust collectors anyway.
Simple joy #4 - Look around your home for things that you don't need or want anymore and give them away. Find joy in thinking of the person who finds your junk in a resale shop and considers it a treasure. Remember that singing fish plaque you once thought was hilarious and now it's just annoying? Pitch it!

You have shown me the way of life, and you will give me wonderful joy in your presence. Acts 2:28