Saturday, February 17, 2018

treasures in a health lesson

It's Saturday afternoon, and I am sitting at my desk going over Meredith's work for the week. We will meet in a little while for our conference and to discuss things. I just picked up her health assignment, part of her elective work this semester, and began reading. It was a lesson on self image. Here are her answers all together in paragraph form...

Think before you speak. Don't tease someone to be mean. Why would you do that? If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything! Use your words to encourage other people not break them. Be yourself. Doesn't matter what others think, only matters what God thinks. You can't know what others think all the time, and it'll drive you mad trying to guess, so drop it. Just do things. Be brave. Talk to the people who love you. If you have a problem with negative self-talk, read what God thinks about you. If God has given you a gift, use it! Inward qualities - self-control, thinking kindly, being wise, being trustworthy, wisdom, trusting God - make you ready to face big outward things. If you focus on God and His word, you keep in mind what you really are - His child. Beloved. We are made in God's image. Think about that. We are modeled after Him. He loved us enough to do that.

What oh what would the world be if we all measured and viewed ourselves this way? ♥

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

of doing and being

Hospitality. Simplicity.
Communicating. Conversation. Community.

These are the themes that have been swirling around in my head and heart today. I have been trying to pop in here all day long and set down some notes ^_^

• "Sometimes we are called far and wide on a mission, but more often we are called to love others in our everyday, ordinary lives...right where we live..."

• He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters, restoring my soul. And He guides me on paths. I don't have to figure out what to do. He leads. He teaches me how to love and how to reach out. He brings people into my life. He gives me the words to say.

• I tend to make things harder than need be: planning too much not recognizing when it's enough, focusing on the outcome instead of simple obedience, bound and burdened at my own hand by the doing instead of letting go (He's in control, not me) and resting in the being.What are my priorities, my motivations, anyway? Focus and really see!

• Abide. Dwell. Be Still.

• inspired, God-breathed hospitality

• "a simple table spread with abundant love"

• In what ways am I working to be present in the moments of my days? Intentional with my time, words, activities, attitudes, and yes, planning?

• How am I showing the people around me that they matter, holding place and time in their service, creating welcome and a place to belong?

• No grand plans, big programs, time shattering reconstruction that removes all joy and peace. Employing just a gorgeous simplicity and the attention to detail that carves out moments instead of spending them...stopping to consider in prayer again and again: availability, the gift of eyes to see, willingness, and the hope that I know and am here to share.

• Simplify.

• Set my face against the lie that busy-ness is better, is crucial, and call it what it is, an idol. Cultivate a quiet heart in myself with the Father's power as my source, and cultivate His peace in my home as we walk gentler days.

• Learn to rest.

quotes & trails from "The Turquoise Table" by K Shell