Real Of Life

This week has been the real of life.  It’s easier to sift and sort when I look through the lens of this profound deep word:

“We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan”  (Romans 8:28, Voice). 

Take time to think on the word, good.  God’s good is different than humanity’s good.  I will be discussing the depth and meaning of it the rest of this month in RDC‘s series, INTERRUPTED.

As you review the conversational clips from this last week think about how God’s good is given through supernatural power.

I would love to connect with you on Sunday @ 10:30 am @ 1219 3rd St NW in SalemKerrie

One of my favorite pictures~Tim teaching two of the little human beings how to whistle with a blade of grass. ~Love it.

Clips from the real of it all . . .

 Interrupted

Where do I begin? 

 This is a question I often ask when the list will obviously take more time to complete than any human being has ever lived. Even, so.  I used to think I could accomplish it all.  No more.  My eyes are open.  It’s a myth.  

Turns out that the tasks of life are enormous.  Unless.   You are one of the few on earth who have a personal staff taking care of it all, which would be a party. every. day.  Obviously. 

Anyway . . .

Just when I think I’m crushing it … an interruption enters in . . . turning things upside down.  

More @ . . . https://kerrielpalmer.com/2017/06/29/interrupted/

Big Secret

I’m thrilled when things go well.   And. relieved.  Sometimes I find myself waiting for the next thing to go wrong rather than right.  I’ve said it before – these are the times I’ve missed the whole point.

Let me tell you the big secret about this —   It’s all a matter of perspective. Yep.  All those days I thought were imperfect may have been better than ever, if, I would’ve only looked at it all differently.

Perspective is pivotal  in defining life.  Let’s be honest how many times have you told God that you would do anything, if,  you were relieved of one specific difficult thing in your life?  Don’t even try to tell me you never have.  It’s what we do when we don’t know what to do.

The thing is . . .  when  one situation is resolved. . . .something always comes next. Always.

Did you assume I meant something hard comes next? I did not.   Perspective–is the big secret to  managing life – including the interruptions.

More @https://kerrielpalmer.com/2017/06/30/big-secret/

Realities You’ve Never Seen

I had an intense conversation with a six-year-old yesterday.  She could not grasp the idea of believing in Jesus without seeing him.  Her questions were deep and profound, putting my theological abilities to the test.  I’m looking forward to our next theological conversation.  

The things is . . . she’s right . . . it’s hard to believe in who and what can’t be seen.  There’s plenty of older human beings who’ve decided the unseen of God means God is not real.  And, for many, pursuing God seems to be a waste of time.  

Until. 

There’s a realization that life has to be more than a one-dimensional existence without God.  

Here’s the thing—I say this with all I have within me–the meaning of life is relationship, not only with one another BUT also with God.  

I’ve learned my unbelief is my sole (soul) responsibility and the most common reason for the lack of connection with God.  One of the best ways to counteract unbelief is to develop faith habits, actively pursuing God every. single. day.  In other words, faith is an exercise of the soul.  

More @ https://kerrielpalmer.com/2017/07/03/realities-youve-never-seen/

Celebration: July 4th and One Another

It’s well worth celebrating the gift of freedom, while praying for those who don’t have it, and taking time to be intentionally grateful.  

And, by the way, it does seem to me that an important part of freedom is being able to make space for fun and laughter.  It’s needed in this world.  More than ever.  

Because.  You know.   Both fun and laughter is last on the list for so many.  In a weird way, it helps to refocus and see the gift of living in the midst of all the stuff that needs managing.  The hard of life so easily takes everything over, making life barely doable, leaving little space for anything else. Sometimes the hard makes it clear there needs to be a gigantic change.  

 I’ve had to go back to the basics at least a million times, peeling back the unnecessary, simplifying all that I can by  taking away the things that really don’t matter in the end, intentionally fine tuning the state of my life with the things that do matter.  

All of this is more powerful than ever, when we commit to do it together.  I mean.  Life is better with one another.  

More @ https://kerrielpalmer.com/2017/07/04/celebration-july-4th-and-one-another/

RUDE

Tiffany and I had coffee with the little human beings in tow.  First, I want to say that no one should ever question the power of a mama. Ever.

Try keeping up with a conversation while being interrupted 10 million times by a pre-schooler who wants to know everything about the world while the one-year old thinks it’s incredibly fun and funny to throw everything off the table exactly when the coffee is ready.

We paused for instruction on what is appropriate and not.  Our conversation stayed on track.   The most important part of it all was how the little human beings responded:  They did what they were asked.

Teaching appropriate manners is essential to helping human beings live the best life.

And, then.  Try cleaning up so you aren’t banned from coming back while at the same time attempting to repack your own items in the huge bag brought in with every supply known to humanity, which somehow shrunk in the course of thirty minutes.  If, you are still up for it, try getting out the door  with little human beings who are more interested in everything but leaving.

No worries.  Mama gave them THE LOOK.  They complied.

Clearly,  one gentleman did not understand.  Apparently, he did not want to walk around our little group but right through it.  Rather than being courteous, he chose to be rude with words and actions.

Here’s what I have to say about rudeness:  It’s wrong.  There’s nothing right about rudeness.  And, yet, it seems to be happening more frequently.  Somehow individuals are losing sight of the fact that all of us are in this world together and how we treat one another matters.

I think we need to remember what mama says:  “Treat others respectfully.  Go out of your way to be kind.”  

 More @ https://kerrielpalmer.com/2017/07/05/rude/

Summer Slow

My cousin’s backyard is summer. 

Our childhood summers included time spent at our grandparent’s farm in the Willamette Valley as well as at their little homes on the Oregon coast.  Of course we spent several summer days at one another’s home.   I don’t remember ever being bored or wondering what to do.  We were always busy creating projects or riding bikes to explore the world.

At the end of the day, one of my best memories with my cousin is reading side by side under the shade of a tree in the long of the afternoon.

The thing is. . . taking time to experience quietness . . .  is essential to health and well-being.

My quality of  life is better when I practice quietness of the soul.  Quietness does not always come easy or even seem possible for us busy types, which seems to be almost everyone in the western hemisphere.  Sometimes it takes all of our energy to become quiet.  BUT. When the soul is quieted there’s space to settle what really matters.

More @ https://kerrielpalmer.com/2017/07/07/summer-slow/

Well that’s it for now.  Let’s connect–Kerrie

 Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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