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.
Hello faithful readers (and new ones)! It is January 2020 and my writing sabbatical is over, I’m ready to blog and share parts of my faith-filled life with you.
We often hear about the “hands and feet of Jesus.” But what does that actually mean? To me, it is the ministry of kindness. Walking the walk, caring for people as you are able, sharing your time, helping with a project; whether for a child’s school project or a neighbor’s household repair.
I also think it goes miles beyond “praying for someone.” Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge proponent of prayer. I have been prayed for, healed from mental anguish and cancer because of prayer. I pray for others when I have no other option. When there isn’t something I can personally do, I stand in the gap for the heartache of another. So prayer is BIG….but bigger still, is doing what Jesus would do; if He were here in a human body.
A kind word, smile, a moment of your time, but most of all, an open heart that is willing to give.
The title seems a bit improper. Can you have pieces of moments? Where I was going with this thought is, there are ordinary and extraordinary moments in our lives. Where do we find joy? Where does heartache go to heal? What of the prayer requests we send out? Are they tucked in-between the life we are aware of, or the places that are unfamiliar?
I’ve had conversations with two different, important women in my life. One gave a response that involved seeking a solution and the other wanted to be a part of the solution. But in the end, I found myself in prayer, searching for a nudge, an answer that would allow me to breathe and carry on.
And yet, here I am, still in the midst of distress. I know Jesus wants more from me. He wants me to pull out of myself out of the muck and mire. He knows that I am in there, but He isn’t going to do the work, that is my job. I have to figure out where to go on this path. He guides and lights the way, but He cannot live my life. I want it easy. Simple. Now.
God wants us to learn how to follow him and put down our demanding selves — to calm that screaming child in us. One way he helps us do this is to say, “Wait.” That miserable, uncomfortable, sometimes painful state of silence is one of God’s most powerful tools to set us free.
If we are willing, that is. ~Jade Mazarin
The blessing comes out of patience, time, waiting on God. His grace abounds, and that is what we will hold onto while He is working in us.
What you need to survive is basic. Food, water and air. Some might say that you need some form of solace. Whatever that means to you, and however you find it – it is necessary to live. A place; whether real or imagined, a book or story-telling, a god or The God, words, songs, scripture – something that aligns with your world-belief. What would that be? What sustains you? Brings you peace of heart?
For me, it is simply; God’s grace. He forgives me and never brings it up again. He loves me no matter how far I turn away from Him. He is the light in my darkness, the laughter in my grandchildren, the joy in my heart and the peace in my heartache.