Christian writers · freedom · God · Jesus · living according to priorities · prayer · thinking · to do lists

What if…

This is what I read today. It’s only three verses long…but packs a punch.

PSALM 131 (MSG)
A Pilgrim Song
1vGOD, I’m not trying to rule the roost,
I don’t want to be king of the mountain.
I haven’t meddled where I have no business
or fantasized grandiose plans.
2 I’ve kept my feet on the ground,
I’ve cultivated a quiet heart.
Like a baby content in its mother’s arms,
my soul is a baby content.
3 Wait, Israel, for GOD. Wait with hope.
Hope now; hope always!

After reading this, I’m chewing on these questions…

What if we stop trying to control everything?

What if we resist the urge to shove our way to the front of the line?

What if we step away from gossip and choose not to meddle in other people’s business?

What if we choose to focus on the gift of the present, instead of the uncertain future?

What if we uproot our dependence on self — and ground ourselves in God’s wisdom?

What if we let go of the chaos and let Him cultivate a quiet spirit in us?

What if we choose to be…content?

What if, like a child in her mother’s arms, we choose to be completely reliant on God’s provision and promises?

What if we wait with hope…expectant, joyful, hope…even in the midst of the weird stuff swirling around in the world?

What if we choose hope over despair–today, tomorrow, and always?

***

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.
– Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)

Family · freedom · living according to priorities · time management · writing for children

Quiet

Some days, I long for QUIET. If you know me personally, you might find that hard to believe as I tend to talk more than Oprah, Tyra and Dr. Phil put together.

However odd it may sound…it’s true.

There are days when I don’t even want to talk. I’m not upset. I’m not depressed. I just like the sound of silence. I like to turn off the radio, tv, video games and even the computer and just sit and listen. It’s amazing.

A few months ago, our entire block had a power outage.  It was after 9pm and the power wasn’t back on until well after 3am. There was complete silence (except for the sound of my hubby and children snoring).  I listened to the crickets singing, the frogs calling and all the other nighttime music I seem to miss most other evenings.   IM000232

I wonder what would happen if we shut off all our electronic equipment for just a few hours a day? I’m not suggesting we deliberately cause food to spoil by turning off the fridge. (That’s crazy talk, anyway…I have cheesecake in there!) But I am suggesting a time of unplugging from the electronic and virtual world and plugging INTO the beautiful world around us.

Even if you can’t bring yourself to unplug everything in the house, how about just unplugging yourself for a day or two? Don’t check your email, twitter, myspace or facebook account. Go silent for a while and just breathe.

(and when you get back from your “breather”, check out this article. Then go breathe some more! 🙂 http://www.childrenshealthblog.com/2009/02/09/you-cant-smell-the-roses-if-youre-too-plugged-in/)

Family · living according to priorities · Tennessee · Townsend · Tuckaleechee · WonderWorks · writing

Stalagmites, stalactites and Bears…oh my!

I’m…

Refreshed
Rejuvenated and
Revived

And what, you ask, did I do on this fabulous vacation?

Explored, examined and altogether enjoyed:

A visit to Cades Cove (more on that later)
Spotting a Mama Bear and cub (out in the wild!)
standing half a foot from sleeping bats (hanging out in an old church)
avoiding snakes (too close for comfort – ugh!)
spying Deer (everywhere!)
Touring Tuckaleechee Caverns and learning the difference between stalagmites, stalactites and chandeliers(more on that later, too)
Swimming in a cold, clear, mountain stream in Townsend
hiking up to a small, but beautiful, waterfall behind the Sugarland Welcome center
visiting the Cherokee Museum (broke my heart. seriously)

So….what didn’t I do on this fabulous vacation?

write
blog or
“do” email (okay, I did “do” email…my hubby took HIS computers. But I only read and/or responded to 10 of the 500 emails in my inbox. the rest I marked “as read”. I did NOT want to come home to that!)

We had a wonderful time. I had a chance to just “be”. (more on that later, too, I’m sure!)

Oh yeah — and we went to a place called WonderWorks. Wow. It wasn’t exactly “out in nature” like our other adventures…but it rocked, nonetheless. We need one here!!!

I’m ready to write — but my priorities are now in order (you guessed it, more on that later, too)

What did I bring back from this trip besides a deeper longing for cabin nestled in the woods?

A reminder that every good gift is a gift from the Lord.
And He has given us the gift of life.
Soooo…. I better Live life like I mean it!

Are you living life like YOU mean it?? If not – what are you waiting for?