Availability

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I had a rough weekend, then I read this early this morning. ” The Holy Spirit is still greater today than all our shortcomings and failures. He has come to free us from the restraints and complexes of insufficient talent, intelligence, or upbringing. He intends to do through us what only he can do. The issue us not our ability, but rather our availability to the person of the Holy Spirit.” JimCymbala

This totally encourages, inspires and refocuses me today! It sheds a light on my dark space because it is true, I know it is true, I just needed reminded. I hope you are encouraged by it as well and you can be available to The One who has your future and your prosperity in mind. Have a great start to your week<3

Vulnerability

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I got to pray with some one this weekend. I spoke at a church and sang some songs I have written about my journey of forgiveness. Learning to forgive my self, others, and even God. This woman desperately wanted to forgive a particular person who has caused much pain in her life. I told her God can not bring the fruits of forgiveness until we forgive, even if we do not feel like it.

I have experienced forgiveness only works when you are vulnerable. Vulnerability can be painful. It is easier to be closed off and hard, but the rewards are only no pain (and I don’t really believe there is no pain in that.) But when we are soft and vulnerable, forgiveness and new life can flow, like healthy cells into a wound. Vulnerability in Forgiveness brings healing<3 Have a great weekend.

Cultivating Silence

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“Try to practice silence as much as general courtesy permits. Silence encourages God’s presence, prevents harsh words, and causes you to be less likely to say something you will regret. Silence also helps you to put space between you and the world. Out of the Silence that you cultivate, you will find strength to meet your needs.” F’enelon

All that I will say, (in the spirit of being silent) is that I wish I would have read this early in the  morning, before I engaged in an argument with my son:-(

It’s A Bloody Battle

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I go to the gym three times a week and work out like a fiend to get all the happy hormones I can get in a morning! I listen to my playlist through my headphones, but there are TV monitors in the gym that I can not escape the view of. I have purposely quit watching and listening to news over the last few years to de clutter my mind and allow space for more peace in my life.

I blogged last week about the devastation in Las Vegas and the last few day, news has been about all of the perversion in Hollywood (not surprising there;-( Devastation seems to be on every side. Hurricanes, fires, scandal, the demise of families; this is a hurting world. I have been harmed by people in my life and I have also caused harm because of my selfishness.  I understand pain very acutely and I understand stumbling and making a mess of my life. From here forward, I want to be a healer and a light to others who are in darker places.

I wrote a song last year as part of a healing process that I want to share. I had this deep pain and I had to get it out. God gave me the ability to write this song and music and it was pivotal in facing the trauma and bringing healing. A friend of mine used the term “bloody battle” to describe her journey and I resonated with that. My heart is that I can comfort someone else by the understanding I have received  and the vulnerability to give it away. I believe there is only one face you can look into, one Name that has power to overcome the world, and one voice that you can listen to, to apprehend this healing. His Name is Jesus. You can click here to hear the song on YouTube. Many Blessings and Peace to you<3

Coincidence….

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Alcoholics Anonymous has a saying; Coincidence is God’s way of doing something and still remaining anonymous! I agree with that! When we visited a forest a few weeks ago, it was apparent there had been a significant storm in the park with an amazing amount of trees that had fallen over forest stairways and paths. I was pondering the timing of our trip, comparing  the trees that had fallen over all of the paths against those that had been sawed away for us to get through,maybe even just days before. I said; “it is not coincidence that this storm happened when it did and we chose the weekend that we did. If we had come any earlier, the devastated paths would have made it impossible to navigate.”

I felt a similar thing happened yesterday at a festival I worked, at attending my Honest Aromas booth. God had orchestrated certain people to be there at certain times in my day and I would even say He had prepared me a head of time through a dream the night before and a cell message on my phone from a friend sharing a spiritual insight. It didn’t feel like an orchestration while I was navigating it, it felt like freakish coincidence in the way we all normally define that word. But as I processed the entirety of the scenario through the evening, there was no doubt that HE is at work and that this was another step on the journey I have been on toward Him and His purposes in my life and in the lives of others.

It is easy to react. It takes patience and self-control to say; “God what are you up to? What are you doing in this situation?” But that is exactly what He gives us self-control and patience for!! I am learning (slowly, very slowly!) how not to be over emotional in my emotions! Yes, I have a lot of emotions and I have always been a very caring person, but I do not need to be ruled by my emotions. I can choose how to respond and that is truly all we have power to do. So this set of circumstances gives me and opportunity to feel a broad range of emotions and ask God what He is up to, and sit and rest in His Doing something in the situation! He is up to something in your life as well and it is no coincidence;-) Tell us what’s going on in your life, we want to hear from you today!

 

World Peace

 

I went a way this weekend to celebrate 25 years of marriage with my husband. We went to our favorite place, our favorite woods in Pennsylvania. They call to us. They draw us in and envelop us with their serenity. The world and the cares of this life melt away almost instantaneously as we deeply breathe the hemlock infused, mossy, terra firma, feel the chill of  the crisp, autumn breeze and listen to glassy cascade of the nourishing, river rhythm.

Much of the four days and three nights we were immersed in peace that seemed to be worlds away from our home, deciphering our lives and bringing crucial knowledge to solve all of our problems. Taking time to pray, to give thanks and to read deep, Christian, men and women’s thoughts.  I do not just desire it, I need it to survive this ruthless world. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16- I find myself in good company.20171001_130601

Of course this kind of peace cannot be had all the time or at will…at least in this way. There is a peace from Him that surpasses our understanding and guards our hearts and minds. It isn’t necessarily felt at first, but it is remembered and called upon even in the midst raging chaos. Chaos like this morning’s news. Random devastation of historical proportion produced by a human’s free will.

So I, so you, must go deep. We must extend into the compost of love, mercy, and grace that is not from this world but available to us through Jesus’ wounding for all of the atrocities of the world, this one included. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27. 20170930_141541

This peace, this paradox, is the tangible peace we have accessible to us now and for eternity. This is world peace.

 

 

The Power of Your Thoughts

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Happy Monday….or is it?!! It doesn’t really matter how we feel per say about the day, what matters is what you tell your grey matter to think! We have a lot to do with the out come of our attitude and it is not based on our circumstances.

Dr. Carolyn Leaf, A neuroscientist, has spent a life time studying the brain’s ability to grow and renew itself based on the thoughts we allow ourselves to think and the things we say! I have read a few of her books and watched her You Tube videos (with my autistic son), and she has a lot of compelling data.

Here are a few of her quotes;

  • “You cannot sit back and wait to be happy and healthy and have a great thought life; you have to make the choice to make this happen. …
  • “Frame your world with your words.” …
  • “If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.

According to her research, your brain will actually grow flourishing “trees”, new neurons/brain cells, or diseased “trees”, abnormal brain tissue, much depending on what we speak and the thoughts we allow ourselves to think! Many years ago, it was taught that you were born with a certain amount of neurons and that it was impossible to grow new ones and this research shows, that just simply isn’t true.

So, this morning, I woke up kind of grumpy! I made a choice when I went to the gym (which is great for adding Happy Hormones!), to reject my stinking thinking and be thankful! I even watched a You Tube video on thankfulness by Malcom Smith. Of course Jesus said; “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” That is a scripture that has motivated me the last few years and that is truth! And Romans 1:21 says; “Because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Emphasis added.) I do not want to be dark, or futile in my thoughts, or be conformed to this world! I want to shine exactly how I was created to, with positive life energy beaming out of my eyeballs and out through the words I speak to myself and others! I struggle…I think you may too. Lets choose life changing words and be a positive reflection to all we meet today, especially those who are closest to us<3

You can learn more about Dr. Leaf’s research by  clicking on this link. Mind, Body Connection.