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