Out my Window:So many colors of flowers blooming. Birds chirping early in the morning. Spring air.
Enjoying: The beauty of Spring, birds chirping, the week off. Two quick road trips, one with a friend and one to visit family.
Listening to: So I did it. I got Emily P. Freeman’s new book The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions on Audible. https://www.amazon.com/Next-Right-Thing-Practice-Decisions/dp/B07Q3J6WLM/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= Except for the fact that I wanted to highlight or look at some of her quotes, I am glad that I did the audio. It is read by her and the content is perfect for this format. I had some traveling I was doing so I was able to get the whole book in. I highly recommend it. So many good thoughts. The timing for me was perfect as I have been wrestling with a “Next Right Thing” decision. This was a great reminder of truth that it is not picking the perfect thing at the perfect time but listening to the Father’s heart and trusting Him as you make the decision and walk in it. She included some really great quotes and thoughts from deeper theologians and poets that I appreciated and am digging around to find now. This is more about Spiritual practices that allow us to hear and follow more than the actual making of a decision. The more in tune we are with God and ourselves the easier decisions become.
“God will not let you miss your own future.”
“I am one in whom Christ dwells and delights. I live in the strong and unshakeable kingdom of God. The kingdom is not in trouble and neither am I.” James Bryan King (quoted by Emily P. Freeman)
Reading: Night time reading: In His Image by Jen Wilkin- definitely worth the read. I love how she defines qualities of God and then connects it to how it out pours or can well up in us.
Reading Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference by CJ Casciotta enjoying this side angle of Christ and the human spirit.
Pondering: So many things…. I went to a marvelous event https://www.beatingguns.com/tour So much to think about. One of the men traveling and speaking mentioned how a lot of times we do not care deeply until something becomes personal or hits close to home. I have been thinking about that and how that impacts the way I live and what I am passionate about and what things I take lighter because they do not personally impact me.
The other bigger pondering has been Tamara Hill Murphy’s blog post at the end of Lent challenging people to celebrate Eastertide, the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost. She uses the phrasing “practice Resurrection”. I love that. I am thinking about what that means and attempting to following along these next 50 days, practicing the discipline of feasting as she says. You can read more here: https://www.tamarahillmurphy.com/blogthissacramentallife/eastertide/2019/4/18-3 and you can find my explanation and attempts here: https://inkblotlife.com/2019/04/22/practicing-resurrection-day-1/
Learning: That a decision may not be wrong, it may seem like all lines up for it to happen and if God tells me not right now, then it is okay. It may be a yes in the long run and wait for now kind of thing. I am learning what the wait looks like and what next right things look like in the daily when you are waiting for the go on the bigger next right thing. I am continuing to learn what letting God order my days looks like and trusting Him with them.
Home: Well…everyone is dressed, well fed, and things are tidy so there’s that. Still burning my lemon sugar cookie candle, keeping flowers on the counter and doing little things here and there.
Fitness and Mental Health: Fitness… trying to add the walk to my practice resurrection. Hoping to add more to that but for now just a little bit of walking. Mental Health… reading, releasing a big thing has been helpful, getting my older son’s apartment nailed down has definitely helped release some stress that I was carrying. Practicing handing it over and trying to remember which stuff is mine to carry and what is not.
Giving Thanks: Getting to go to see and hear Shane Claiborne made me so happy. I am so thankful for that opportunity and for a friend who was willing to go with me and time we got to spend together, great conversation and fun adventures. Time to run down to visit my husband’s family. This Lent season, although super hard for various reasons was also so good in connecting with my small group and growing as a Christian. The beautiful Spring weather we’ve had. Opportunity to have a break. Seeing extra beauty between flowers, trees, an eagle, bluebird, fog, moon…. so much beauty. Thankful for a challenge to be intentional to practice resurrection.