When faced with an obstacle, it’s always worth taking a step back and give yourself time to breathe. It’s amazing what a fresh pair of eyes can do the morning after or the perspective of valued counsel. 99% of the time, there’s a way round it. The 1% is the exception.
Woke up this morning with this song in my head. Not quite sure any human being can do this so this is my Ode to God today.
You are the flame in my heart
You light my way in the dark
You are the ultimate star
You lift me from up above
Your unconditional love
Takes me to paradise
I belong to you
You belong to me too
I walked into church yesterday and was greeted by an usher who was handing out name tags.
It turned out that the congregation is being encouraged to give up anonymity for Lent. So every Sunday, we’ll be given stickers to write our names on as part of a commitment to encouraging communication and fellowship amongst members.
This is just the thing that gets me excited. So often we nod and smile at people we see regularly but we never introduce ourselves or get better acquainted and for me this was just awesome.
Unfortunately church can often be a place where people tend to stay in cliques, particularly those who have been members for years. And if intentional steps aren’t taken, to break down the walls, it’ll stay that way.
My office also has a social committee who organise regular events so that new staff and team members always get the opportunity to interact better, some of whom have been there for twenty years. Again, so cool.
The name tag really did break down the walls of anonymity. We got talking to a lady over coffee and then ended up sitting together and talking for about twenty minutes where in the past we might just have said hello and left. We had a wonderful conversation with her and I’m looking forward to doing this some more.
This is so much better than giving up chocolates!
What does it mean to live life?
To walk on the beach and feel the water caress your feet; being aware of every grain of sand that gets caught between your toes.
To feel the sun shining on your face; it’s warmth like a healing balm that keeps the cold away.
To hear the chirping of birds outside your window; discerning each and every distinct call they make.
To walk down the street with your head up; making eye contact with each stranger and offering the gift of a smile.
To be ruffled by the blustery wind, pulling your coat tighter around your neck and bracing yourself for the next gust.
To smell sizzling sausages and onions from the hot dog van and have a myriad of childhood memories flood your mind.
To feel pain and cry.
To experience the experience yourself and not through someone else’s eye.
To have an opinion and be able to articulate it.
To be in the moment and not just a passer-by.
To keep learning new things.
To notice others around you.
To appreciate the people in your life and their contribution to shaping you.
To develop friendships with strangers even when you share different values.
To discover spiritual insights.
To take risks and step out of your comfort zone.
To ask the questions no one asks.
To fail and get up again.
To listen more.
To have the courage to stand up for yourself.
To educate yourself.
To love yourself.
What do you do?
I shake off the dust and pick myself up. I remember that tomorrow is another day. And encourage myself.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
– Hebrews 12:1
LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered— and that my life is feeing away.
My life is no longer than the width of my hand.
An entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, human existence is but a breath.
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth, for someone else to spend.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.
(Psalms 39:4-7 NLT)
I woke up this morning in need of a happy pill. I was up by five this morning, woken by the buzzing of my phone. A friend of mine had sent me a prayer. She does so from time to time, but this morning I really needed it.
I pray for you today and remind you that God is Wonderful, He is your Counsellor, Your Mighty God, Your Everlasting Father and Your Prince of Peace. And He will do exceedingly, abundantly, above all you can ever think or imagine. God will be kind to you. He has not forgotten you.xx
And if that doesn’t work for you try some Lumineers.
Is it because she is devoid of emotion or is as strong as a man?
Is it her voice?
Perhaps it’s revealed when she stays true to herself and her actions reflect her strong sense of character.
It’s not in her words of wisdom, though she may have much to share.
It’s not in the many roles she plays, though she may play a multiplicity of parts.
It’s in the quiet confidence she exudes irrespective of life’s challenges.
It’s in the getting up every time life puts her down.
It’s in her uncompromising determination to be true to herself.
It’s in her ability to smile, whatever the the weather.
It’s in the knowledge that after today comes tomorrow and tomorrow will be a better day.
It’s in her faith.
It’s in her heart.
It’s in her mind.
It’s in her thoughts – for that is where her strength lies.
– for my sisters