I am feeling a little bit guilty here! It’s cold and it’s late … and as I was about to take a drink of my water beside me, I noted an unidentified still “something” resting on the brim of my glass! A bug of sorts (that came in with tonight’s firewood) … lost his/her life. Father forgive me!
God released me from “the mindset of needing to get somewhere other than where I am. Having an “I should” and “I’m not enough” personality, got me to a decade of mental illness. I learned, overtime, that my “ill thinking”was robbing me of life. I cannot be what I am not. I cannot do more than I am already doing. I can only do/be as He created me in this moment. If any thing or anyone pressures me to do/becoming something more, a red flag jump up boldly in my mind. Who helps me remember that the distance between me and 'being awake' is a mirage, you ask? God/Truth/Knowledge that I cannot win favor.
Idon't think I've ever had a problem with "altitude". Ironically, I fear/"am allergic to" altitude (of attitude). I was born grounded ... by DNA and life experience. The fact that I am but dust (most especially my brain) was fully understood and instilled in my formative years ... and remains today. My personal spiritual quest is what turned my life around. I met my Father God, Savior Jesus and Power in Holy Spirit. In Him, my dust became special!
My grandson (Frankie) has yet to be diagnosed, but has some "issues". My granddaughter (Evie) is 2 years younger than her bother Frankie, and has had to be super flexible in the past three years of her little 3 year old life with her 5 year old brother. Making a long story short, with hands on his hips, Frankie was lording over his sister yet once again (waiting for her to get out of a chair he did not want her to occupy. Grandma Amy's "response" today, was to pick her grandson up and walk him to the back yard to the swing set ... where we swangand talked about coopering, loving, being flexible, what was going on in his head ... feeling the sunshine and working on our "calm". Answers work for Frankie when talking about "Woolley Mamoths" ... but not for matters regarding "relationships". Best to respond.
Amen! ("What helps me be more awake to the truth that underlies my fears is my faith that human death is death of my body which is a manifestation of God in human form and not death of soul or God that is me and is eternal.")
"In beginning a genuine spiritual journey, we have to stay much closer to home, to focus directly on what is right here in front of us ....They are the moments when we touch one another...". This segment of today's reading most jumps out for me! So much good I read in these reflections shared! I love! Thank you! (You, spiritually "touched me".)
I am a Christian too! Once I learned that Jesus Christ died on a cross to do for me what I could NEVER ("strive enough") do for myself, I found peace. He did it! For you and for me,He did it! It is out of Jesus's death (HIS power), Istrive to live within His plan. I could NEVER (on my own) earn it... never! For God so loved Eleanor and me (the world), He sent His Son. THANKS BE TO oUR DAD Who LIVES in Heaven! Amen.
I have been standing on, trusting in and not wavering from the truth of "The Rock" since grade school. Yes, we have to stand on something or Someone ..... or, we fall for anything/anyone. (A quotefrom someone). Amen:)
This is Brilliant! Monday thru Friday, when I am blessed with at least a half day of solitude, my cup is filled. The weekends are NOT ideal for solitude! (My cup is pretty much empty by noon on Saturdays and Sundays! True Forgiveness and Love are found in God. If I am not allowed ample time for solitude, I am unable to get my Love on! With limited solitude, comes limited forgiveness. YES, holy community does have it's roots in alone time with Him. Amen
Children (my grandchildren) help me to live in the "trusting mind". Tomorrow, my grand babes are coming over! I can't tell you how many times my 4 year old grandson, Frankie, proclaims .... "I have a great idea". He speaks it and we "play it"!
I am certain of NOTHING when he comes up with his "bright ideas"! Leaning into the wisdom of Frankie, I simply accept what his mind brings him ... and go with it!
If I want this little man to FLY one day, I will listen to his 4 year old wisdom ... and FLY with it today! Uncertain ... is the place where all the pieces of our human puzzles have yet to fall in their "completed"place.
In the mean time, Evie (Frankie's little sister) and Nana grow ... imperfectly ... and certainly ...
My favorite line here, David: "What helps me awaken the desire for true and intelligent fulfillment within me is an experience that challenges and provokes me to be myself." You were made to BE yourself! Be him/her!
Heaven is the ground that helps determine the actions I am going to take. I have come to learn from the Bible (and personal experience with God/His Saving Power and Plan) that Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. There is nothing/no oneoutsideofHim proven worthy enough to standon! There is a lot of "sinking sand" to be found here on earth. At the foot of The Cross, I am most at home. Amen
"Learning to care and not carry", David, grabbed my focus. Allowing presence, ear, love, time ... to be enough in in this phase difficult sometimes. Your words a very good reminder!
Amen to Maria's ... "When we try to help, and from a good place, it doesn’t allow the other to go through life’s struggles, learn and become strong and wise because of them." (Yes, yes, yes! We are who we are, in great part, by how we'veOVERCOME thorns in life.)
So much to ponder here! Thank you!