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Pollution and sustainability practice.

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4

When the word sustainability is used it’s probably common to think of the environment and ecology. With my husband working in wildlife conservation this word comes up a lot in our daily lives. The growing knowledge of the availability of sustainable resources and potential action people, organizations and corporations could take makes it all the more painful when we witness instances of great greed or waste that if continuously repeated, could lead to resource depletion, thus being an unsustainable and foolish practice.

That being said, for as passionate as we are about these things in speech and conversation, there are so many ways we could be practicing better resource sustainability in our personal lives.

Our recent move has made this easier, as we can walk downtown to go out or stroll to the local stores for errands. We recently asked each other, “What could you do to live more sustainably?”

We thought of these:

1. Take shorter showers.
2. Use an entire container of something before starting a new one.
3. Recycle even when it’s not convenient. (It simply boggles my mind that in 2013 some people are still throwing cans, glass and plastic into the garbage.)
4. Start an herb garden for the kitchen fixings.
5. Plan meals and shop accordingly to cut down on food waste. Freeze leftovers.
6. Submit thoughtful letters and suggestions to local community organizations, clubs and businesses that are not practicing sustainable resource management. (Example: We were at an awesome choral and band concert last weekend, but they used an abundance of helium balloon decor, which means many of them went floating off into the atmosphere. Ballons are one of the most frequently found trash items washed up on beaches. Is trashing our ocean worth our gluttonous eye candy?)

Besides ecological sustainability, the term sustainability means something deeper to me. It means I’m conducting my life in a way that I can manage for years to come. It means that today I am making the daily decisions and using small actions that will create a brighter, healthier future for me and my family.

For me this means:

1. Daily prayer and Bible study.
2. Healthy, clean eating and cooking from whole foods.
3. Not using drugs.
4. Drinking alcohol sparingly.
5. Not smoking cigarettes (I used to smoke and am occasionally tempted in this area. Ooops! ūüė¶ )
6. Daily physical activity.
7. Daily and weekly checking in with family and friends (through phone and snail mail, preferably.)
8. Sustaining my emotional health and relationship health by daily speaking words of encouragement and edification to myself (positive self talk) and others.

Practicing these things daily leads to a more sustainable lifestyle. Ignoring what we ought to be tending to only creates deficit and deterioration.

When you look at this all at once and try to practice it perfectly it could be overwhelming. Remember our practice is not perfect. Practice makes perfect.

Little steps and small behavioral changes are the key to sustainable living and a sustainable life.

Do you think about the practice of sustainability in your life;ecologically, physically, spiritually or otherwise?

One. Day. At. A. Time.

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                  James 1: 22~27



Made to bloom.

“And the day came

when the risk to remain tight

in a bud was more painful

than the risk it took to blossom.”

~ Anais Nin ~

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” ~ Romans 12:10¬†

 



Anybody listening?

Listen up!

Ever have that awesome sense of feeling understood or accepted by another person? It’s most likely because this person was truly listening and privy to the characteristics and thoughtful habits and results of lending an ear.

Ever feel dismissed and rejected on the regular in a working or personal relationship? You were probably communicating with a distracted individual. Perhaps you were striving to achieve insight from a person who simply does not know how to listen or someone who was simply too busy with their own “stuff” to know how to listen or understand the value of listening.

Being continuously subjected to poor listeners can leave us feeling low, neglected and unappreciated especially if these poor listeners are people we are close to or have to see every day (family members, supervisors, teachers, coworkers or maybe even spouses.)

Why is listening so significant?

“From my personal experience, it‚Äôs easy for me to think of times when I didn‚Äôt sense real listening. ¬†This triggers all kinds of insecurities for me: ¬†Do I matter? ¬†Am I included? Do I have a voice? ¬†As a somewhat introverted person, ¬†I‚Äôve often felt like an outsider. ¬†But when someone really listens to me, I can FEEL the connection. ¬†I suspect listening meets many of our basic human needs:

First, good listening is a gift that touches a core need for significance. ¬†When people listen to us, they give us time. ¬†They don‚Äôt ‚Äútake time‚ÄĚ to listen, they give it. ¬†This sends us a primal signal: ¬†I matter.

Second, when a leader listens, we feel belonging ‚Äď which is one of the most powerful human motivators. ¬†Literally, when we ‚Äúfeel listened to,‚ÄĚ we have a ‚Äúseat at the table.‚ÄĚ We are part of the group ‚ÄĒ and when it‚Äôs the leader listening, we‚Äôre part of the leader‚Äôs group. ¬†We‚Äôre in.

Feeling heard activates a third basic human need: accomplishment. ¬†We have a voice. ¬†We have a chance to contribute. ¬†We‚Äôre part of the solution.” – Excerpt from¬†Listening Leaders www.sixseconds.org

(Courtesy of Google images.)



Refusing to stand still.
May 21, 2013, 3:21 pm
Filed under: Behavior, Body, Mind, Motivation, Music, Spirit, Writing


Love is Freedom.

 

www.loveisrespect.org



Reminder poetry.

Woke up with the residue of dreams

spread across my mind

stealing joy like black-robed burglars

sneaking for a dime

breaking in without invite

throwing daggers in the dark

but Jesus said the liars

They won’t leave a mark.

Jesus said, my child,

in your weakness I am strong

Don’t worry about your past

Or whatever else went wrong

See I took it all and used it

You gave it all to me

You’re not living for the moment

but for all eternity!

Stretched out before you

Can’t you hear me call you?

I took your hand

so you could stand.

So stand up! Stand tall.

I took the daggers. I took them ALL.

I took the shame. I took the fall.

And when I said “It is finished”

I mean it. It ended there.

At the cross

was the loss

of your sin and your shame

the justification

sanctification

the end of the game.

Rise up in my love for you.

Stand up – I am stronger.

Only I can love you longer.

See people will talk

No man came tame the tongue

And they’ll search out doubt and lies

Until the earth is done

But understand

Take hold of that truth

that never changes

The love that never rearranges

The ordered and clear peace of my message.

I am with you.

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

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(Courtesy of Google images.)



Words of Browning.

“First time he kissed me,

he but only kissed the fingers of this hand

wherewith I write;

And, ever since, it grew more clean and white.”

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning –

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