Water to my soul

WaterfallI just wanted to share a few of the books that have been water to my soul over the years, helping me to draw closer to God.

  • John Bevere, Drawing Near
  • Brent Curtis & John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance
  • John Eldredge, Walking with God 
  • Ken Gire, The Divine Embrace
  • Jerome Daley, Soul Space
  • John Piper, Desiring God
  • Jennifer Rees Larcombe, Journey into God’s Heart
  • John Ortberg, The Me I Want to Be
  • Emily P Freeman, Grace for the Good Girl
  • Leanne Payne, Listening Prayer

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When you’re not sure what else to do – Just Show Up

I sat down to write; a few rambling thoughts and then I had a sudden urge to go and wash the dishes. What’s with that? I hate washing dishes. Will I be more inspired once my kitchen’s clean, or is that really just procrastination masquerading as responsibility?

Maybe I should go and find out. The dishes certainly aren’t going to wash themselves.

clean dishes

Well … the dishes are clean.

Now what?

Lord, I know you invited me to meet you on the page. So I guess that’s what I’m doing, showing up at the page. Perhaps that’s what you’re trying to show me; not to wait for inspiration before I start writing; not to wait until I feel like writing; not to wait until you show up before I take a step forward. But to show up in faith that you will meet me here.

I know the best way to write is to tell my own story, with my own voice. I’m still not sure exactly what that is or why anyone else would be interested, but perhaps that’s not for me to judge.

So I’m showing up, and I’m going to keep writing. Because showing up is the only way anything is ever going to happen.

Up with the early bird

This last week I’ve been learning how to use the manual settings on my camera. Today we had an early morning field trip – the sun was still dragging itself out of bed as we began.

Just thought I’d share my favourite shot with you.

White-faced Heron

This White-faced Heron sat patiently, apparently unconcerned, while I messed around with various camera settings, took some very ordinary photographs, changed lenses, took more very ordinary photographs, until I finally found the right settings and the right angle.

I think perseverance paid off.

If I don’t have love I am only a clanging cymbal

I think I sounded suspiciously like a clanging cymbal recently. Someone came to me with a question. It seemed a simple issue and I responded to it in a fairly direct manner. Frankly, I was less patient and kind than I might have been. Unfortunately, although I’d answered her question, she went away feeling like she’d been told off. My clanging cymbal was reverberating in her ears.

I could see that she was flustered because the situation was outside of her normal experience, but I discounted it because I didn’t think the issue was significant. By doing that I actually made the issue more important than the person. She needed understanding and reassurance, not just information. In that moment I didn’t treat her with love.

And if I didn’t love her – didn’t really see her, understand her, respond to her need and not just her question – it doesn’t matter how good my answer was, I might as well have saved my breath.

If I’d acknowledged how she was feeling first, then we might have had a more productive conversation, and she might have gone away feeling helped rather than hurt. So the next time I find myself in a similar situation I want to pay attention to the person, and respond with love.

 1 If I speak in human or angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7 TNIV)

Have you ever been a clanging cymbal? What would you do differently in the future?

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How’s Your Attitude?

“If you don’t like something change it;
if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
~ Mary Engelbreit

Happiness is an attitude.
We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.
The amount of work is the same.
~Francesca Reigler

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are,
raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.
~Norman Vincent Peale

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently,
but life itself would come to be different.
~Katherine Mansfield

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you
as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you
as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
~John Homer Miller

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude
in any given set of circumstances.
~Victor E. Frankl

The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
~Charles Swindoll

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
~Winston Churchill

Image courtesy: Enhanced Rainbow by Barb Ver Sluis