21 Days

Perhaps it is because the new year is approaching and people are writing their resolutions, but I’ve been seeing a lot of “21 day challenges” on Facebook. I’ve decided to make a list of my own that is achievable and more people-friendly. Make your own list or conquer some of mine?

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  1. Check on a neighbor, do an errand, or bring a bright bouquet of flowers on a snowy or cold day!
  2. Stretch when you wake up each morning.
  3. Drink water, at least 8 glasses a day; do this even if you aren’t thirsty!
  4. Dejunk or rid clutter from a small area in your home or office once a day.
  5. Start a gratitude journal, write one thing down each day that you are grateful for.
  6. Recycle.
  7. Meditate, try centering prayer, or your own bible study.
  8. Send notes in the mail instead of email or texts.
  9. If your church is “open” pop in on any given day, find a pew and soak up the silence that is God.
  10. Walk a little further, or bike if your weather permits. Take up jogging. Get moving.
  11. Fresh or frozen fruit, ice, yogurt – start your morning off with a healthy smoothie.
  12. The dog will always need a walk!
  13. Sort and organize your bills.
  14. Cut up old magazines and make a collage of what you need in 2021. One example:

15. Enjoy a moment, put your phone down, describe the fun instead of showing a snap!

16. Make a good cuppa coffee at home, save the extra $ and add to the collection plate or charity of your choice.

17. Figure out why the spacing is wonky on this post. Ha! 🙂

18. Create a “prayer closet” or space that is just for your quiet time. Special books, icons, candles, photos, a comfie chair, journals or recipe cards for jotting prayer requests or inspirational quotes, scripture. Hang a “do not disturb” sign on door!

19. If in a season of grief or sorrow, call a good friend who can be an ear or an advisor. Ask for prayer. Be kind to your self.

20. If you are still in the mood for Christmas music, you can find it on most internet channels like Pandora, Spotify or good old, YouTube!

21. Start a new list each month! Be creative, find your bliss.

Pieces of Emptiness

My trip to Scotland and Ireland was wonderful, but it’s always good to be home.  Summer is winding down fast here in Western Wisconsin, our maple tree is half orange and dropping leaves, right on schedule; usually the third week in September the trees start to change color.

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In this post I want to write about the emptiness we all feel at various times in our life.  For me, it generally stems from a loss or is a season of grieving.  My mother died when I had just turned 14, it was already a tumultuous time; with hormones raging, a new school to attend and the fact that my home life was changing drastically.

Here I am, 40+ years later and I still deeply miss my mother.  It may very well be the definitive change of seasons, the earth is getting ready for her greatest time; hibernation with renewal fast on her heels.

I tend to go deeper into my faith during these times, I wonder if you do too; or do you crawl deeper into your bed, a warm comforter or dog to soothe your heart?

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Psalm 10:14
But you do see; you take note of misery and sorrow; you take the matter in hand. To you the helpless can entrust their cause; you are the defender of orphans.

 

 

Pieces of God’s Breaking Heart

Another shooting, today it’s in San Bernardino, California.  People with guns are killing people.

This isn’t about gun control, it’s not even about violence, it’s about the desire to love like Jesus.  To.  Love.  Like.  Jesus.

There aren’t exceptions for Jesus; He doesn’t pick and choose who to love, who to care for, who to forgive.  Bad guys with guns are right up there with social workers and teachers, office workers and babysitters.

If you ask God to break your heart-for what breaks His, be prepared for sorrow, grief, heartache and tragedy.  Nothing good is present in evil.  But out of evil, can come good.  Along with healing and forgiveness and peace.

We cannot imagine the incredible sadness God feels when He watches His creation destroying itself.  Some will say — God created the world, He is responsible for all of this.  I would say – yes, God created the world, people have been using free-will since Adam and Eve, making their own decisions, such as they are.

Deuteronomy 4:29

But you will also begin to search again for Jehovah your God, and you will find him when you search for him with all your heart and soul.