Monday, October 9, 2017

Ardent...

Have you ever been ardent about something?  Intensely devoted?  Eager?  Enthusiastic?  So devoted that whatever it is you are ardent about is written in indelible ink in your mind??? If you have been devoted to something that you are adamant about - what is it?  And, why is that so important to you?

And, consider this:  Indelible means something that cannot be removed, erased, eliminated, forgotten or changed.  What in your life is written in indelible ink on your heart or mind or life?

Think about the people you know:  Family, friends, colleagues, co-workers, long-lost relatives, church members, parent-teacher supporters, sports enthusiasts, artistic fanatics, people you know, and
people you have never met.  Some are devoted to teaching, some to fellowship, some to breaking of bread together, some to prayer.  Some to music, some to art, some to wood-working, some to repurposing old items or antiques, some to contemporary.  Some are devoted to awe and wonder, some to nature and creation, some to science,  some to research, some to entrepreneurial endeavors, some to simplicity.  Whatever "it" is - they are completely enthralled by it!

We each have been given unique gifts, talents, abilities, and interests that can benefit other people.  What is your unique gift?  What can you fan into flame that would be advantageous to others?  Could there be an area that you have developed and become an expert at?  Would you consider teaching others your craft?  Your gift?  Your talent?  What can you share?

And, if you have never had a passion that you are ardent about or devoted to, consider finding one!
There is so much to explore in this world and I believe are meant to share it!!!

2 Timothy 1:6
"For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you!"

Try it - you may find a completely new adventure which you were born to ignite!!!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

From 1,000 Gifts to 10,000 Reasons....

A friend of mine recommended a book called 1,000 Gifts a few years ago and the gratitude list that came from reading that book still lingers in my head and my heart....

Think about the little, tiny things that makes you feel grateful and brings a smile to your face:
Soap bubbles floating while you do the dishes,
A breeze that comes across your face,
The buzz of the summer locust,
Cardinals singing their tune each morning,
Flowers in bloom,
Butterflies,
Laughter,
Children giggling,
Warm, life-giving summer air,
Puppies licking your face and wagging their tails....

What are your gifts that cross your path? 
Why not take a few minutes to ponder those and write them down!!!

Then, I listened to one of my favorite songs on Christian Radio is 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman the other day....Let these words sink into your soul:

Bless the Lord, O my soul.........O, my soul.
Worship His Holy Name....
Sing like never before......O my soul, worship Your Holy Name.

The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing your song again
Whatever made possible
Whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening come.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul.
Worship His Holy Name.
Sing like never before, O my soul
Worship His Holy Name.

Your rich in love and your slow to anger
Your Name is great and Your Heart is kind
For all your goodness I will keep on singing,
10,000 Reasons for my heart to find.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul.
Worship His Holy Name.
Sing like never before, O my soul
Worship His Holy Name.

10,000 Reasons for my heart to find.
Let me be singing when the evening comes....
I hope you'll be singing when the evening come tonight!!!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Awareness and being awake to life!

I was talking with a friend the other day about how her life had changed in the last 6-7 years.  I asked:  "What has changed so much?"  Her response was that she loved being "awake" to what was truly going on in her life!  Awake in her relationships with her kids and family as well as being awake in her relationships with her co-workers and what made them "tick."  And, being awake to what  was happening in her life and why....

Think of it:  being awake means being aware - aware of your surroundings, your lifestyle, your choices, your gifts and talents, and your strengths and weaknesses.

I have learned over the past 17 years that awareness is an incredible concept!  Only if we are aware of a problem, can we solve it, resolve it and/or change it!  Only if we realize there is something we need to change can we change it!  Only if we know we have an issue, problem or concern can we do something about it!  Only if we are conscious of something can we make a different choice or  make a difference in our little corner of the world.

Imagine - if each person took responsibility for  being aware of their own issues and focused on overcoming them or resolving their own issues/problems - how different the world would be!

Let's take it one step further:
Awareness, Acceptance and Action are the three "A's" that improve our lives!
Once we become aware of an issue or concern, then as we accept it, we can simply acknowledge it as real, and finally we can we take action to change it!

The Serenity Prayer is one that is universal in nature - no matter what situation a person is dealing with, the Serenity Prayer can become the avenue that creates a change in our attitude and then, offers the potential resolution of a problem,  concern, or issue.  Awareness can bring healing and wholeness as well as forgiveness to our hearts and relationships.

If you don't know this Serenity Prayer, I hope you will write it down on an index card and scotch tape it to your bathroom  mirror until you memorize it!!!
Seriously:  Try it - it works!!!

God,
Grant me the Serenity to Accept things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And,Wisdom to know the difference.

Ahhh....what a difference this prayer would make in so many situations in my life!  In every person's life,
IF people were just aware of this prayer and the promise it holds for each of us - day after day, moment after moment.

What a difference it would make in  a person, in a family, in a school, in a church, in a city, in a state, in a society, in a government, in a country, in our world!!!
What a difference it would make if we were dedicated to pray it each day!!!

Do I see a glimmer of hope in your eye?  Create the awareness today in your own heart!!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

MAGNIFICENCE


MAGNIFICENCE

 

Have you ever experienced something magnificent or had a sense of magnificence???  Something so wonderful, so splendid, so grand that you stood in awe and wondered:  “How in the world has this come to be?”

 

Think of the all the magnificence of nature:  A one hundred year old Red Wood Tree in Muir Woods, CA, or the splendor of a Peacock tail fanned out so beautifully, or the stripes of a Zebra, the mystery of a Hummingbirds wings, a Rose unfolding its petals, Butterflies, Lady bugs, a Purple thistle in a wheat field, or a resplendent Rainbow in the midst of a thunderstorm!

 

Then, contemplate the magnificence of architecture:  The Egyptian Pyramids, Petra in Jordan, Rio De Janeiro Statue of Jesus in Brazil, The Famous Landmark in Taiwan, The San Francisco Bridge, The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island, The Rome Coloseeum, or The Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany!  How many more categories can you think of that are magnificent?

 

Magnificence is grandeur, brilliance, splendor, luster, majesty, nobility, royalty – in some ways magnificence places a Halo around the thing of beauty that our eyes behold!!!

 

Today, I was reading a devotion called the Gift of Life by Fr. Kenneth Grabner, C.S.C. in the Living Faith devotional magazine.  This is what he wrote based on

I John 2:25:  “And this is the promise that He made us:  Eternal Life.”

 

“Life is God’s precious, loving gift to us.  It begins in the womb of our mothers and then goes through a marvelous transformation when we are born into the world.  Then we grow in our ability to give and receive love and to appreciate the magnificence of all that God has created.  We learn how to appreciate beauty, and we discover how to develop the gifts and talents God has given us.

We have many reasons to be grateful for this gift.  But it is only the beginning of what is to come.  God’s promise is that we will be born from the womb of this world into eternal life, where we will go through another marvelous transformation.  Our experience of a love relationship with God and His creation will be ecstatic and will grow without end.  God’s promise is always a deeper life.  We are in for one joyful ride!”

 

One JOYFUL Ride!!!  Imagine that!  God has so many beautiful things planned for us – so many surprises along the way!!!  Magnificence is all around us…..how can we notice it?  How may we partake in it? 

I think the key is exactly what Fr. Grabner said:  “To discover how to develop the gifts and talents God has given us!” 

 

And, our Pastor Brad Fogo gave us wonderful ideas on New Year’s Day to imagine what God wants to do in our lives in 2017:

 

Imagine if you and I each started looking for ways to grow in our ability to give our talents away and do what we do best in the year 2017?

Imagine what good we could do to help others!

Imagine what needs we could supply for those less fortunate than we are!

Imagine what we could learn to appreciate….

Imagine what relationships we could make better!

Imagine if we did our job better than we ever have before?   

Imagine if all people who claim to love God shared that with their neighbors?

Imagine making your personal walk with Jesus more faithful, more obedient, more true?

 

Imagine the Magnificence of glorifying God in everything we think, in everything we do, in everything we say….Wow!  That would be MAGNIFICENT!!!