The Return




An offering from my morning meditation on Hebrews, for those who have ears, let them hear…

I pray these words are a blessing to you today.




Because…Sometimes Rest is the Best Choice




Because, my eyes can barely stay open, after two and a half hours of sleep in the past three days.

I think I’m hitting the wall, but there’s just one more thing I can squeeze in.

Because 5 minutes of writing seems like a good thing to do, despite my heavy lids.

But, I confess it has been worth it.


What is “Spiritual Whitespace” ?



Pain. Who wants it? None of us. Who would want to bring up the painful past, anyway? Isn’t everything better when we press on, fight the good fight, stiff upper lip, let the past stay in the past, right? Stuff it back there in the way, way back, of the dark closet. Forget about it. Get on with life.

Well, Bonnie Gray has just released a book that drags the past out of the closet and into the grace-filled light and peace found only in God’s gracious and very real presence. Finding Spiritual Whitespace is about the journey we all must take to be truly whole.


Rhythm and Rest (5 Minute Friday-Rhythm)

Rhythm is defined as  is a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound. I’m finding my rhythm lately. In all of the chaos of life, I am starting to realize that I have my own rhythm and am tuning into that which was fading into the background. I am hearing that tune which is becoming my own. I hear it in the call of the birds in the wee morning hours. I sense it in my day as I tune into the movement and magic of each moment as the day unfolds before me. Even in the battles, I feel it. From the early walk on the beach, to the dishes being done, lunches being made, coffee brewing early. It picks up pace and I feel the rhythm of my life in the making of the bed, and the doing of the laundry. At the end of the day there is rest, and the knowing, it is well. 

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His Little Sheep (5 Minute Friday- Rest)

 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.a
 He restores my soul.
Psalm 23:1-3

It was barely dawn as I grabbed my bag and headed out the door yesterday morning. I had an ambitious morning planned despite carrying around this cold for the last few days. I pushed myself to get up and out early because I had a coffee date with a sweet sister in Christ. Most days we are catching interrupted moments for words through cell phones and texts as we race through days of Home -School, sometimes part time work, volunteering and generally momdom moments in daily life. But to see her face, sit in her presence and behold her in my heart…over a hot cup of brew at Starbucks, no less, well that is truly a rare and beautiful gift! Additional gifts God gave along the way – mysterious large snowflakes (manna for the morning, reminders of His grace) falling as I pulled out of my driveway- which stopped shortly after and a glorious orange sunrise (which when I pulled over to photograph found my camera battery dead). I thanked God for these gifts. There we sat in our comfy chairs beside still waters (of the caffeinated persuasion) talking of all He has been doing in our lives, sharing our our struggles…a moment of rest in the blur of the day.
Psalm 23:1-3 
Revised by Dawn
The LORD is my shepherd; 
(I am His little sheep)
I shall not want.
(Because He gives me snowflakes to start my day, and He knows I love snow-
it reminds me of His love and grace- and they did not accumulate so everyone did not get mad at me for loving snow)
(He also paints the sky my favorite color-orange- sometimes because He knows it makes me happy)
 He makes me lie down in green pastures (and sometimes Starbucks)
He leads me beside still waters.(and sometimes they are laden with caffeine)
 He restores my soul ( I find rest in unexpected places- even Walmart- for He is with me) 

*PS about the lamb: As I ran out to the garage to head to Starbucks, a box of my daughters stuffed toys was right near my car door and for some reason I spotted the little lamb and thought of my Good Shepherd, I scooped it without even thinking and threw it in my bag. That little stuffed reminder in my bag gave me a smile for the rest of the day. And a fun picture at Starbucks! 

**Forgive my long post this morning- feeling silly, blissful blessed- and sniffly! 

***Seriously finding rest in friendship this week on every side!
The revised version of Psalm 23 verses and added commentary went beyond 5 minutes but I was having a giggle moment of additional writing bliss. 

Grateful for our Friday Writing time here at Lisa-Jo’s!
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