Purpose

1 Oct

Really beautiful and inspiring thoughts from my dear friend, Anna

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Our purpose.

It’s hard to imagine, but God designed you and your purpose long before your parents conceived you. Your days are numbered by Him, and He places you where you are in this moment.  We often question our purpose, especially during times of suffering, or monotony.

Jeremiah 1:4-5 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.

Oh, how He loves us! He has loved us even before the world began, and He will love us for eternity!

You who have been born by Me from birth
         And have been carried from the womb;

Even to your old age I will be the same,
         And even to your graying years I will bear you!
         I have done it, and I will carry you;
         And I will bear you and I will deliver…

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Bury the Chicken!

24 Sep

I never thought of letting go in this way – I like it!

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A lady shared a beautiful story to illustrate the love and grace of God.  I tried to find the story on the internet, but I could not find it anywhere.  So, it makes me wonder if her husband created this story?  I’m not sure.  Just before one of our sessions, someone brought up their time in small group devotions on grace–the “chicken story”. She boldly requested that her friend, “Share the chicken story!”

There once was a little boy who was riding his bike so fast he did not see his father’s favorite chicken.  He accidentally ran over the chicken, and the chicken died.  The little boy was sad and fearful, because he knew that this chicken was his father’s favorite.  It took awhile, but he finally approached his father and confessed what he had done.  The father immediately took him in his arms and said, “I love you!  You…

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Do it anyway

24 Sep

How many times have we not done something just because we “don’t feel like it”? This was so inspiring…

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There is a concentrated movement to “enjoy the journey” and enjoy the moment, or the process that leads to an outcome.  If we lament the details, we will spend most of our life in complaint, worry, or not recognizing the benefits of growth.

I was working with my 10-year-old in a life lesson talk.  It started off pretty rocky, but once we settled in. and the Spirit took over, it became one of those life-changing moments–the details of life.  This talk erupted in the middle of a million things going on at once, but time stood still for this conversation.  I sat there trying to explain to her that life was filled with choices that have pros and cons.  We consider the choices and ask God to give us direction.  She desires to apply to a program, and we were reviewing the application and the requirements.  As we read the…

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Shake it off and do the next thing

8 Sep

Loved this story – thought it was very inspirational!

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One day a farmer’s donkey fell into an abandoned  well. Terrified, the animal cried for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old and impossible to retrieve. He realized the well needed to be filled to prevent future losses. So he invited all his neighbors to help him.

They all grabbed shovels and began to throw dirt into the well. At first, when the donkey realized he was being buried alive, he cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s shock, the donkey quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit the donkey’s back, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer and his neighbors continued to throw dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it…

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Let Go and Let God

23 Jul

This was from Center for Action and Contemplation – Richard Rohr Daily meditation..

Letting Go into God

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To Western or comfortable people, surrender and letting go sounds like losing. But it’s actually accessing a deeper, broader sense of the self, which is already whole, already content, already filled with abundant life. This is the part of you that has always loved God and said “Yes” to God. It’s the part of you that is Love, and all we have to do is let go and fall into it. It’s already there. Once you move your identity to that level of deep inner contentment and compassion, you realize that you’re drawing upon a Life that is larger than your own, and from a deeper Abundance. Once you learn to do that, why would you ever again settle for some scarcity model for life?

But sadly, we continually do just that. The scarcity model is the way we’re trained to think: “I am not enough. This is not enough. I do not have enough.” So we try to attain more and more, and climb higher and higher. Thomas Merton said we may spend our whole life climbing the ladder of success, only to discover that when we get to the top our ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. Wow!

A daily practice of contemplative prayer can help you fall into the Big Truth that we all share, the Big Truth that is God, that is Grace itself, where you are overwhelmed by more than enoughness! The spiritual journey is about living more and more in that abundant place where you don’t have to wrap yourself around your hurts, your defeats, your failures; but you can get practiced in letting go and saying “That’s not me. I don’t need that. I’ve met a better self, a truer self.”

Adapted from The Art of Letting Go: Living the Wisdom of Saint Francis,
disc 6 (CD),
and Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, p. xvii

Gateway to Silence:
Let go and let God.

 

 

“To pray and actually mean ‘thy Kingdom come,’ we must also be able to say ‘my kingdoms go.’ Francis and Clare’s first citizenship was always and in every case elsewhere, which ironically allowed them to live in the world with joy, detachment, and freedom.” — Richard Rohr

Why we need WWW

16 Jul

Marge passed this on to me via email some time ago, but after reading her blog at http://wildwomenonwine.blogspot.com I had to post it here. It validates our WWW gatherings and time together….not that we needed validation….but it’s nice to know it is officially a good thing. Now we can really say it is therapeutic!!!!

Female Relationships
They Teach It at Stanford

In an evening class at Stanford the last lecture was on the mind-body connection – the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences.

Physically this quality “girlfriend time” helps us to create more serotonin – a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf? Yes. But their feelings? Rarely.

Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers/friends, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There’s a tendency to think that when we are “exercising” we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged, but this is not true.

In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!

So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo, let’s toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it’s very good for our health.

Forward this to all your girlfriends and stay in touch!

Thanks to all the girls in my life who have helped me stay healthy, happy, and feeling very loved.

Life isn’t about surviving the storm; but how you dance in the rain.

What is in your heart?

20 May

Our last Sunday school lesson was very powerful to me.  I am not good at recalling verses but do remember the meaning and heart of them.  I believe it was from Isiah – your people worship me with their lips but not in their hearts.  In Matthew, the verse was a riddle of sorts for the disciples.  Jesus told them to remember that what goes into your mouth will eventually come out and go into the sewer ( I believe they were concerned the disciples were not washing their hands before meals).  Then Jesus told them that the most important thing to worry about was what came out of their mouths – for that is what was in their hearts.  

 

I am going to bring the book with me and write it word for word..but for now, I have a client and need to tend to them.  Until later…

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