As we continue through this “brave new world,” there are a lot of posts and suggestions on staying mentally and physically active. I could surely use less couch time and more “crankin’ up the oldies to sweat.” 🙂
If your spiritual life could use a boost, check out these suggestions and feel free to add a few of your own! Start your day with a new routine; I am!
Ideas for strengthening your spirit!
- Get reacquainted (Zoom, Webex, Facetime) with coworkers, family, friends.
- Go outside as much as possible.
- Reduce distractions; TV, Internet, news, etc.
- Observe your thoughts about the people around you.
- Step out in faith.
- Be of service to others, make masks, help with deliveries, send cards to local memory care or nursing home. Sign, “a friend.”
- Make prayer and meditation a habit.
- Spend time in the Word. An online bible study, or do your own, pick a book in the Bible that has been hard for you to understand and research it.
- Say “grace” with each meal.
- Start a journal.
- Write poetry.
- Memorize scripture.
- Sign up for daily scripture or meditation.
We have a promise of eternal life; but not because of the “good” we do or how righteous our life appears to others. Because eternal life is a gift; for believing that God gave selflessly, His own Son; His life, for our life. But why?
Easter is around the corner, and we know it’s not about chocolate bunnies or egg hunts, it is instead about the life, death and returning to life; to walk as a man until He was reunited with His Father once again.
It all seems so unreal doesn’t it? But that is what walking in faith means, believing the unbelievable. It’s the mystery of faith.
May you be blessed with unbelief this holiday season, may you be lifted in faith to a deeper level of learning, may you lean against Your Heavenly Father for strength, love and hope.
Webster defines “agape” as being in a state of wonder. I often felt the meaning was to “love as Jesus loved,” it also involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character. Agape love is beautifully described in 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
A friend of mine, Unitarian minister, theologian and scholar and I, agree completely in this type of love. It has little to do with “Christianity, the Christian church, a specific religion or belief,” and everything to do with loving as in caring for others without judgement. WITHOUT JUDGMENT. Can we do that? What are the bylaws of our various religions? Some say; well not the gay people, or not the terrorists, not the people that are different from us. I say ALL PEOPLE. We need to love and care for ALL PEOPLE.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds….
1 John 2:10
Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
To all of my readers, I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and blessings galore in 2018.
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
My husband has been joking with me about a country song titled: “I could write a book about what I don’t know.” He thinks his book would be blank!
I am continuing/beginning/carrying on down my spiritual path. I’ve decided that I will seek “spiritual direction.” This is not a formal or expensive endeavor, generally a clergy person of any and all religions, including pagan or atheisim will advise, poke, prod, explore, ask questions about where/when/how/why you are considering this particular path.
Who advises you deeper than your relationship with God, when you receive a calling? Curious of any comments.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
While exploring the various celebrations of Thanksgiving in the U.S., I discovered I didn’t know actual facts. If you are interested in the true meaning, read on: Why we celebrate Thanksgiving
Tomorrow many people will sit down with family and friends and share in the gifts of food, laughter and conversation. Some are serving our country, working in public service, or it’s just their regularly scheduled shift and will have a warmed up plate at home.
Whatever and wherever you find yourself, the gift (meaning) of thanksgiving is much more than pumpkin pie and turkey. The word “thanksgiving” is used 29 times in the bible, and over 156 times in conjunction with other words: “thankful” “thankfulness,” etc.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
May this prayer be yours:
Often quoted, but rarely interviewed, Mary Oliver is one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She’s just released a new volume, Felicity, at the age of 80. And so we’re revisiting the interview she granted us earlier this year on the wisdom of the world, the salvation of poetry, and the life behind her writing. (the interview link)
I was more moved by phrase: “the salvation of poetry” than by the entire article! It spoke to me on a very spiritual level.
The Psalms, Song of Solomon, even Proverbs are similarly — pieces of poetry scattered throughout the bible.
There are very few actual verses relating to the word “poetry” but I did find one that was appropriate (the other was on the act of war). Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move and are! As one of your own poets says it, ‘We are the sons of God.’
Psalm 95:2 Come before him with thankful hearts. Let us sing him psalms of praise.
Ephesians 5:19 Talk with each other much about the Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs, making music in your hearts to the Lord.