Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Adding "SPARKLE To the Routines of Daily Life"..Jesus


"Spend time with Me for the pure pleasure of being in My company. I can brighten up the dullest of gray days; I can add sparkle to the routines of daily life. You have to repeat so many tasks. The monotony can dull your thinking until your mind slips into neutral. A mind that is unfocused is vulnerable to ... (negativity.)..As your thinking processes deteriorate, you become increasingly confused and directionless. The best remedy is to refocus your mind and heart on Me, your constant Companion. Even the most confusing day opens up before you as you go step by step with Me. My Presence goes with you wherever  you go, providing Light for your path."  Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, based on Psalm 63:7-8, Psalm 119:105

Sitting on the swing in my backyard once again. It's mid-morning. A load of laundry is chugging away in the house, and Hubs is at the P-A-R-K with Layla. Spelling it out prevents the spasms of excitement that make it hard to attach a leash. I can hear the garbage truck out front, sounding like a huge metallic monster, but it does not drown out the doves that are cooing to one another in the trees that overlook our yard.

We have a "day off" today. The lack of funds ruined two special plans we had, and so here we are with a day with no obligations other than "to be".

Several of the comments listed underneath my last post jumped out at me and kind of ROARED their message. In a good way! Thank you all so much! It was hard to divulge some of my secret weaknesses in that post, but it felt cathartic to release it anyway. And I am glad I did because here I sit in the same spot, in the same yard with the same life situation, but I am happy and contented this time. 

Julie wrote in my comment section that she found her peace each morning and evening by focusing and I just LOVED Ceil's short comment that "blogging is a lot like praying"! Yes and yes.

THAT is why the process of writing can move us from one frame of mind to another, after just a few paragraphs. AND if it can move the writer....can it also move the reader? Yes and yes! I love that! The power of the written word is as powerful as a spoken testimony. It transports the reader or listener to a new focus....a new perception or perspective. 

This morning I was sipping my coffee out here in my backyard with the Hubs and Layla. After a few moments of listening to the doves and watching our goofy pup collect and bury almonds around the yard, I knew I wanted to write another blog post but had no clue what to share with you. I walked into the house to retrieve my laptop and my eyes landed on my favorite little devotional book, Jesus Calling

I know that we live in a spiritual world, whether we believe or acknowledge it or not....it is still true. Did my eyes land on the book by accident? I stood there a second and asked myself that exact question. How to test it out? I picked it up and moved to the devotional listed for today's date...and you read it at the top of this post. 

HELLO!

We are spiritual beings and when the mundane takes over, it can kill us...or at least our creativity and sense of wonder. I am guilty of allowing the day to day sameness of my current life to drain me and rob me of the beauty that surrounds us. God is in the tiniest pieces of my life...like the 2 doves that call to one another out here. And God is in the big parts of my life...like the part of this world I was born into. The vast freedoms that I enjoy everyday without a second thought. Forgive me Father...for not seeing You, breathing you in and then breathing you out through my words to others. Thank you for this instant forgiveness and the grace you lavish so freely.

Dear Readers, I realize that this post is probably something more designed for a private journal entry, but here it is....as real as I know how to be. 


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6 comments:

  1. Isn't that why we are here? To share our weaknesses along with our joys and victories? I know I always appreciate seeing that others are in similar situations as I am and have been in in times past. We encourage one another that way, knowing that we are not alone in our struggles and hurts and issues. I know you encourage me often because I feel such a kinship with you across the continent...we have led similar yet different lives...but have such common roots and ground from which we have sprung...I love this kind of close bond we share as fellow bloggers on the journey of life. Someday we will compare notes either in person, or in heaven! Either way...it will be so grand to finally give you a big HUG! Keep being real, my friend. That's why I come back to you over and over again. (((HUGS)))

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    1. Yes Pamela I also am so very thankful for this special friendship we have nurtured through our blogs and FB. I feel that I have met you and spent hours together even though we never have been in the same room or even the same state at the same time. Crazy! I cannot help but know that God is in this and that he takes great pleasure in our online friendship. Love you Pamela!

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  2. Susie,

    What an enjoyable post! I liked it very much and love the fact that you posted it, real and all. It seems my direction is taking that course as well.

    You're an excellent writer and I breezed through these happenings like the summer wind. It was quite refreshing. Thanks, Susie.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  3. Susie, I just read this quote today and have already flung it around the virtual world on Twitter and a few blogs but am going to share it here too, because the more I type it, the more I process it, and it just has so much meaning for me: "Lately, I find myself pulled toward spirit, beginning to sense that the second half of my life is meant to be more internal than external-- a time for more feeling and less thinking." (From The Second Journey, by Joan Anderson). For some reason that, and your post here just really resonate in my heart and where I'm at with life. Yes, I am needing to turn inwards to my spirit. Eventually, it will lead me out again, because that's how God works.

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    1. Oh I love that quote! I've spent so much of my life on the inward that its been kind of refreshing to step away from it for the past year. But I've missed being aware of the unseen and watching for Gods hand in every part of my life. I am appreciating recapturing a new, refreshed view of the spirit without any preconceived agenda.

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