This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~May 17~Release the Need for an explanation…
one of the tugs at peace, contentment, and gratitude is my
need for demand for an explanation. This demand is the tar that keeps this baby stuck in anxiousness, stress, and tight-neck-ville.
When something goes wrong in life, I ask, “Why is this happening to me, God? Why did you allow this to come to me, God?”
“to me,” “to me”…I will “me-me-me” all the way to the looney bin.
Release the Need for an explanation…
So, instead, this weekend… I am releasing my need for an explanation. Perhaps you might do this with me? I am replacing what I know to be true instead. Perhaps you might do this also?
You are God’s masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
You are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
You are a new creature (II Corinthians 5:17)
You are strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10)
You are accepted in Christ (Ephesians 1:6)
You are loved with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)
You are overtaken with blessings (Deuteronomy 28:2)
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Today would be a great day to decide that no matter how long the road is, you are going to come home to yourself and reflect the grace-filled life that is meant for you.
~Adapted from the Brave Girls’ Club
Today is D.E.A.R. Day — Drop Everything And Read Day–a day designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority.
Grab a book and a big chair or a Kindle and a comfy cushion and get ready to read, preferable with someone or to someone!
Although I am not a librarian, here are a few suggestions:
So Few of Me by Peter Reynolds~Leo’s list of things to do keeps growing, until one day he wishes, “If only there were two of me.” As he gets his wish, life becomes more complicated, not less complicated.
The Dot by Peter Reynolds–A teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student Vahti to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who “can’t” draw either, “a really great artist.”
Sky Color by Peter Reynolds. Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint?
Author Peter H. Reynolds offers a gentle, playful reminder that if we keep our hearts open and look beyond the expected, creative inspiration will come.
and that is also a timely reminder for this weekend!
What are you going to read this weekend?
Happy D.E.A.R. Day!
Passion Week, (from 2011):
And my trusted friend reminded me. “It is Passion Week”, he said. The last holiday spent together in my “what was” of memories was Easter of last year. Maybe last Easter was the last holiday before your diagnosis. Or before your loss. Or before your pain. In the time of “what was.”
His Sacrifice Still Is.
There is beauty in His sacrifice. You may say you do not understand it and to that I reply, “Good for you!” Because if understanding distances you from the Beauty of Passion Week and His unselfishness and in any way allows you to maintain controlled manageability, I would not want that for you
It is Good Friday…Because of Grace
look for the open window…Marybeth Fidler
Sitting this week with a poem
and a question
and looking for the open windows of possibilities and grace.
To borrow the metaphor, I am buzzing into a new hive today…a little apprehensively and timidly, but the window is open and I did not have to push it so.
open windows of possibilities and grace…You will find them too…Because of Grace
I saw this on Jean Wise’s fb wall….thanks, Jean! An encouraging and timely reminder…
And a belated question for the week… What leap do you need to take?
P.S. This is the 700th post! Thank you for keeping on clicking over here!
Like so many parents, King David prayed for his son Solomon. Of the many attributes for which he prayed, the one that stands out to me is for Solomon to have “an uncluttered and focused heart.” (1 Chronicles 29:19)
Arthur Rubenstein said it another way:
If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. (The Law of Focus)
Things a bit out of focus?
Find focus, through seeking an uncluttered heart bathed in what is good.
Have a jack-rabbit of a weekend!
This weekend: an easy weekend activity: embrace your OOAKness
Your One of a Kind-ness
The abbreviation OOAK stands for the expression, “one of a kind.” The term originates in yachting in 1949 to describe a regatta race in which ship builders were allowed to enter as many different models of yachts into the regatta as they manufactured, but no more than one of each model (hence, “one of a kind”). *
In the regatta race that is our lives, please remember your OOAK-ness.
This weekend, please remember Ebbinghaus.
Pun intended. (you’ll see why in a minute)
Hemann Ebbinghaus (yes, with 2 n’s) is the
dude um, scholar who in 1885 introduced The Ebbingnhaus Forgetting curve.*
The Ebbingnhaus Forgetting curve says that we will forget a significant amount of what we learn if it is not put to use within one hour.
Or, as those with white, bushy eyebrows say: “the exponential loss of information occurring in increasingly diminishing intervals”
After six hours, forget it!
It’s all gone unless it falls into the experiential learning domain (i.e. Collin Firth shows up at my front door with donuts and coffee…ain’t never forgetting that!)
Hmm…ohmyLands, what was my point?
Oh, yeah, this weekend, in an easy weekend activity, take a minute (preferably in the next optimally significant 20 minutes) to salute Ebbinghaus and the Forgetting Curve.
And then, please remember who you are, Because of Grace!
Thanks, Hermann Ebbinghaus!
*He was also the first person to describe the learning curve.
January is National Hot Tea Month. My favorite right now is peppermint tea.
Gently brew a cup of your favorite hot tea and sip it slowly, breathing in the warmth.
This little reminder of God’s oceans of power is great to watch while you sip. (it’s short so if you gulp your tea that’s ok too)
Monterey Waves from becauseofgrace on Vimeo.
"Always keep your eyes open for the little task, because it is the little task that is important to Jesus Christ. The future of the kingdom of Goddoes not depend on the enthusiasm of this or that powerful person; those great ones are necessary too, but it is equally necessary to have a great number of little people who will do a little thing in the service of Christ." ~Albert Schweitzer
During this last weekend of 2012, may I ask you to do something? May I asked you to please give an extra special touch of comfort and peace to those who have lost a loved one this year, or in the past?
The holidays are so often a time of family gatherings and special memories, in addition to being a time to celebrate the birth of the Savior. It is a time of love and sharing. It is a time that brings fresh thoughts of those we love and dearly miss. It is a time that can leave some people feeling so lonely. Although, during Christmas, you may have supported a loved one who is grieving, there is a palpable letdown during this “in between” week.
Would you pray that the hurting, the grieving, and the lonely will feel God’s presence in their lives and the presence of the ones they are grieving in a real way? Perhaps they will hear a familiar song, or see a reminder, or hear similar words their loved one used to speak, or find a cherished momento. I recently was able to talk about my grandmother and her college days at Berkeley to a new friend who had not heard these stories. I felt my grandma right there with me, gently admonishing me to talk about something more important than her “little life”!
I pray that you will be God’s messenger and will fill that place in the hearts of those who are grieving with His peace and presence.
And while I am asking, would you pray for special grace and healing that only God can provide? Would you pray that memories will be sweet and precious and that any guilt in the minds of those who are grieving will be gone?
You may be just the one to be there to encourage and bring cheer to any who are alone, and to one another.
Together, under His wings, we make it! With thanks and gratitude~