Imperturbable

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

Today, I sought a word to help shape my focus and week. We returned home from our Maine vacation aware of all the latest news despite having no TV or internet service for a week. Let me tell you the peace of mind that accompanies this lack is worth the effort. I know news is important, I know we can’t stick our heads in the sand, but the appetite for news feeds and soundbites will leave you malnourished and depleted of optimism toward your fellow man. Devouring words from the world’s outlets will create a soulless, superficial, bitterness that will be hard to displace. I’m learning to be very careful where I place my focus and what I invest my time attending to… More

Hanging on His Words

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 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words. Luke 19:47-48

As I continue this week with the Margaret Feinberg’s #LentChallenge, reading the Gospel of Luke and closing in on the final week of Jesus’ life on earth for the third time, I find myself feeling a soul restlessness that is not unfamiliar. Winter has been exceedingly long, even for this Snow Lover. I want to shake off the cold and remember what Spring is like…I can’t recall. I headed to walk along the Ocean road this morning, the first day of Spring and was met with cold so intense my fingers were frostbitten! I think Spring has forgotten she needs to wake up.

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“Do The Work” (RJD Link February 2015)

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I may not have the best memory, but if something makes it into my journal, I never forget it! Well, that may be a bit contradictory, but either way…it is my story, and I am sticking to it, friends.

The reason I wanted to share from this “not so old” journal for this month has to do with one particular devotional I received through e-mail in 2010, through Proverbs 31 Ministries. You see the devotional, although I read it in 2010, was one of those that spoke to me so pointedly that I shrunk, cut and pasted it into my journal…and my heart. As a matter of fact, truth be told- I sort of enshrined it- or more specifically, the specific quote which encapsulated and magnified the lesson,  in a frame on my desk. Actually twice…as in two individual frames. Because I am thick-headed and tend to need lots of reminders (ask God). Then I archived my journal as I always do and went on with my life. As I always do. Especially when wandering in the desert.

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Quietude as Worship (5MFF)

photo credit: MightyBoyBrian via photopin cc

photo credit: MightyBoyBrian via photopin cc

“O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.”

~ Psalm 131:1

Here we are, approaching fast the end of another year. The days that spread out from September through December are like scattered stones thrown out numerous, until the crisp air beckons scarves for our necks, and the falling leaves remind us that another year is almost past. The pace of our routines and return to order, after Summer,  make way for new beginnings and sometimes endings. Between the school, sports and activities schedules we find ourselves carried through noisy, boisterous, busy days, and these too are gifts. But, November begs us to give pause; gives us permission to prioritize the precious. Not that we shouldn’t daily, but there are days that press us tight and we forget. Between runny noses, crowded mini-vans, and orchard runs, we fall into beds, blessed but yearning.

Join me for this special invitation to quietness and rest for the upcoming week at 5 Minutes for Faith

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