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To begin again.

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Hanging head

unfold my heart

reveal light to broken twisted parts

reach for the sinners lost in strife

pull them into more new life

refresh, renew, hearts turned to You

Faith leads away from confusion

Your love is real –

All else is illusion.

a war for souls

in the hearts of men

Jesus, help your people to begin again.

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pleasure is a simple shift…

a cup of tea

a deep breath

a thankful prayer of gratitude

a snoring kitty

a knowing of hope

making room for more love

and only love.

accepting what is

what has been

and what is yet to come.

“Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.” Proverbs 14:22

 



Trust.
November 1, 2013, 12:21 pm
Filed under: Environment, Mind, Minimalism, Motivation, Poetry, Spirit, Writing | Tags: , , ,

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Happy first of November! I’m praying this month brings moments of cozy clothing,  family togetherness and comfort food. Hot chocolate, pensive misty days and perhaps a first flurry. Most of all I’m praying wisdom, protection, love and pursuit of truth and the healing love of Jesus for all those who are seeking. God’s love never fails. ♥

I feel cozy already.

Thank God it’s Friday and we’re into November.



Faith to move forward…

Philippians 3:12-14

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,

but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which

God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

There is such power in prayer. God always meets all of our needs according to his perfect will when we pray in accordance with His will… when we trust Him and not try in our own strength to get everything right. God is God alone and I know He doesn’t depend on our prayers to help Him move and work, but God can do what He wants to do. And he knows exactly what we need.

I’m feeling so small in the world today, I guess. I am in awe of an omnipresent God who really loves us and hears us. It’s such a mysterious wonder.

Some very specific prayer requests I had last week were answered Saturday and yesterday and I just want to praise Him.

It was like everything bad that could happen happened at once… then this past weekend God just parted all the clouds…

and it was just a humbling reminder

that God is always in control

He always knows what He’s doing…

and we must trust Him through the difficulties…

And I am so grateful to live in a country

where I can truly worship freely

and speak the name of Jesus…

not in pushy, arrogant judgement…

but in healing, edifying, encouragement to those who need a good word.

Just as what was done to me yesterday…

I know my God answers prayers…

In His own way.

In His own time.

He already knows what we need for our families, for our homes, for our jobs, for our health… everything. He knows what we need. I’m choosing to trust God today.

 



In the quiet.

“Now arise, Lord God, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. May your priests, Lord God, be clothed with salvation, may your faithful people rejoice in your goodness.” 2 Chronicles 6: 41

WordPress has some very inspiring writers. It’s so much fun to receive new alerts and posts and see what everyone is sharing next. I’m grateful for this space to share musings, poetry and mental healthcare information. For me, this place is about community and connecting, but it’s also about helping myself understand and express the  journey of life. I write a whole lot better than I speak. I can’t convey the same things in person as I can through a keyboard.

For me, words are little chunks of communication that sit on the page and beg for eyes. I’m here. Read me. I’m calm and quiet. These words don’t move. These words don’t stutter. These words don’t mumble or turn away from you.

I realize lately my posts have taken on a more spiritual theme and I want to offer more frequent clinical and scientific posts on mental healthcare, behavioral change/modification and minimalist organization, as this is the theme of this blog; to simply enjoy life and work at creating better balance, space and simplicity. Stay tuned for more of that.

Today is my birthday and I slept on the sofa last night. (My hubby’s away for work.) I woke up very peaceful because I had an awful dream and when I realized it wasn’t real I was so thankful. Then my thoughts go to my parents. I can’t help but think of my parents on my birthday because they’re the reason why I’m here.

I’m sure all can relate to family member’s having a designated seat in the home – dad’s recliner, grandma’s rocking chair, etc. Well, today I’m thinking about my lovely mother who perches on “her sofa” when she wants to sit. She gazes out the front window, watching the bird feeders and drinking her coffee. This is her “living room” and it’s her domain. There is no TV. Never any music. There is only silence and reflection. There is only peace and quiet.

My mom and I are different in that I am still learning the art of sitting still in the quiet. I am so high-energy it is often difficult for me to settle all my ways until they are gathered and at ease in the Lord. I know my mother’s sitting and the graceful way she rests is a reflection of her age and experiences. I am grateful that my mom has always helped me learn how to “rest” and her continuous prayers have been in protection for her children to find escape from the very real worldly stresses, commotion and noise.

Today I am in the living room. I am sitting still. I rest.

Stitched Panorama

 

(Courtesy of google images.)

“Give me the benefit of your convictions if you have any,

but keep your doubts to yourself, for I have enough of my own.”

– Goethe –



Good Friday.
March 29, 2013, 12:22 pm
Filed under: Behavior, Mind, Motivation, Poetry, Scripture, Spirit, Writing | Tags: , ,

Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, “Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.” Zechariah 7: 9~10

Prayer today:

Thank you, God

That you love us as we are
But also so much more than that as to change us
Into what we could become and Into who we will become…
In your name, Jesus.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” ~ Maya Angelou ~

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Slowing down long enough.

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7: 8~9

Just sipping mid~morning coffee and reflecting back on my seven (going on eight) year journey with my husband. We’ve gone through all the steps together… Friends, dating, boyfriend/girlfriend, exes, (even when broken up temporarily we still couldn’t shake each other,) fiancées, now finally husband and wife. All along we’ve been walking toward this, ducking obstacles and holding onto faith when studies, work and travels took us miles apart for periods of time… First six months, then eight, then a full year and then, worst of all, another six month separation when we were engaged due to jobs in separate cities and a period of planning for the future and getting my heart straight with God.

I believe all the distance, trials and hardships have been a test of our convictions and beliefs. My husbands faith has been steady through it all… Always telling me, “It will get better.” But I would always want to know when and how. I was grasping for a security that already existed in Christ. I was racing ahead and God kept pulling me back and whispering, “Rest.”

I’m sure I’m not the only person plagued with impatience in the nature of my personality, and it’s certainly a characteristic tempered by time, experience and age. But I am highly suspect that God has it in mind that I must practice continually the art of patience in this lifetime. So I practice. My job with adults with disabilities gives ample opportunity for practice. My job transition from journalism to behavioral health has been one of the greatest blessings, helping me to focus on the needs of others and the absolute patience, planning and trial and error it takes to manage difficult diagnoses or change maladaptive behaviors. I can honestly say my clients have probably done a better job teaching me than I have done instructing and helping them so far!

Other tips for practicing patience (if you’re up for a self~control challenge):

1. Enroll in a yoga class or an activity you’re unfamiliar with. Learning something new requires you to have great patience with yourself and don’t give up on yourself when you hit an inevitable obstacle.

2. Practice patience while you wait in line. Pay attention when you’re at the bank or grocery store. Do you wait annoyed or anxious? It’s not about waiting; it’s about how we wait.

3. Visit the elderly. Listen to their stories. Teach a child to tie their shoes or to throw a ball. Work with children or the elderly requires great care and patience. Both age groups teach us to slow down and be more understanding.

4. Mark a date on the calendar a month or two in advance to do something you really want to do. Pay attention to yourself as you wait for the date to arrive. (This is also a good tool for delaying gratification and it’s always pleasant to have something to look forward to.)

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Prayer for patience:

Dear Father, I have so much for which to be thankful ~ so many reasons to be happy. Please help me slow down long enough to enjoy all You have provided. Amen.



A heart at peace.


“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
Proverbs 14:30

 

We talk about heart healthy diets and preventing illnesses and heart disease, but we don’t often talk about the emotional and spiritual implications of a healthy heart – a heart at peace.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;

not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your heart be troubled,

neither let it be afraid.

Jesus in John 14:27 

The more vital alone time we spend in the word of God, restoring, renewing and knowing and feeling God’s peace… the more time spent with others begins to take on a different temperature. The more time spent with God, listening to Him (instead of all the noise around us) the more time he spends dwelling within, keeping hearts at peace, even in the tumult of a busy day – even in the face of less than friendly people and less than happy circumstances. God is so faithful in his practice of love, peace and mercy. Often, we are very unfaithful in our going to Him to receive such things that He offers so freely for those who ask and believe.

I am so guilty of allowing time, circumstances or people to shift my focus from my “heart healthy” time that I need for personal restoration. Sometimes the pressures of life seem so insurmountable, so many obligations and duties, so busy, that I must grasp to keep up and feel “on top of the game.” But the words of Jesus in this verse remind that His peace is different. He says “Let Not” your heart be troubled… “neither let it” be afraid. He commands us to guard our hearts and minds in Him. Let yourself be peaceful. It’s a commandment. One I’d rather follow.

It’s in these hard times that we must learn to listen more closely.

Be a little more quiet.

Don’t allow confusion, noise or trouble to rule you.

Let peace rule in your heart.

How challenging to carry that peace around with us wherever we go.

It’s comparatively easier to find the peace on a comfy sofa with a cup of coffee.  A reasonably reachable practice.

It’s more challenging to have that peace and hold it – not letting your heart be troubled – at work, at school, with people who unconsciously or not, allow other things to rule their hearts. It’s difficult to find the good in a situation – the small seed of light – when things just appear so bleak.

How wonderful to fill the heart with peace and guard it in all circumstances – letting not thief, darkness or hate drive it out. Always hoping, always praying, always cultivating peace.

Because that’s what Jesus did. And He still does. And that’s what He commands us to do. Lovingly, knowingly, always reassuring that peace is a better choice.

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Peace is a practice. And it’s easier (and far more pleasant) to practice with others who reinforce your efforts with encouragement, blessing, praise and reassurance. But often – especially if you are Christian – you will have to go it alone (seemingly, though you are never really alone without God.) But the support of people is not always there. Sadly, even in churches where division, gossip and human failure can creep in when we are not careful watching and listening. Even in family systems, support can fail and falter – we choose to listen to the confusion instead of listening to the peace.

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…
But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15



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