Mid-week Question of the Week ~ March

 

 

“Thou shalt ever joy at eventide if thou spend the day fruitfully.”
~Thomas à Kempis

 

What fruitful pursuits are yielding joy for you?

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Mid-week Question of the Week ~ February 27

Reflecting at the end of the 2nd month of 2019…

 

“Every day in every way we are leaving our mark.”
~Rachael Bermingham

 

Leaving your mark

How are you leaving your mark? From the granular to the sweeping… every action matters.

 

 

 


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Mid-week Question of the Week ~ January 30

Revisiting a favorite topic at the close of the first month of the year…

 

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?”
~C.S. Lewis

 

What has changed for you since the beginning of 2019? 

What has stayed the same?

 

 


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Midweek Question: September 28

To what do you need to say goodbye, bid farewell, or put away?

 

Some things I do are not productive. They start a spiral of inattentiveness, avoidance, inactivity, then guilt-shaming because I have not managed my time.

“Time is our most precious resource. It’s far more important than money. You can get more money, but you can’t get more time. You only have a certain amount allotted to you in this life. You can’t make time, you can’t borrow time, you can’t save time, you can’t extend time. You can only use it. We all have the same amount of time every week: 168 hours. If you don’t learn to manage your time well, you cannot manage anything else in your life, because your time is your life.” ~Rick Warren

Here are some things as I begin to compose my “Goodbye Girl List”:

I’m saying goodbye to: whining (my own and others). I’m saying goodbye to waiting for a parking place up close. I’m just going to park out in the back-40 and walk it- saves time and adds steps.

It is time for a farewell to: absent-minded email checking, absent-minded snacking, and absent-minding NewsFeed scrolling.

I’m putting away “childish things” such as: catalogs, online sale emails, requests to join clubs, crusades, and games.

That’s the start of my list. What is/are on your Goodbye Girl or Goodbye Guy list?

 

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Midweek Question ~ March 16

Do I Acknowledge Christ or Adore Him?

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Midweek Question ~ March 9 ~ Did You Notice the Word?

Did you notice the word? Please Take Another look…

Ephesians 5:8

The minister a few Sunday’s ago pointed out that Ephesians 5:8 puts the action emphasis on one specific word.

Live

Live as children of the light.” Some versions translate the action verb to “Walk

Either way.

What is important for me, is what the verse does not say.

The verse does not say, “Scold as children of the light.”

nor

Lecture as children of the light”

nor

Judge as children of the light”

Actually, it is far more challenging for me to Live and Walk. Christ desires the way of Grace to be about more.

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Midweek Question ~ Opening Our Eyes to Grace

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What if we used color and photography, images, and art to open our eyes to grace?

Might you consider leaving a comment that recommends the best sites for color, photography, images, and art?

 

 

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Last Midweek Question for 2015 ~ Will You Let Go?

As the year closes, a final question: Will You Let Go?

Letting go of hurts, habits, hangups, and unnecessary possessions is important at the year’s end. Releasing them and the people I associate with them leaves a clean slate for the New Year. Scouring out my remaining self-pity is essential.

Self-pity is hole, a deep hole. This pit is definitely where you and I don’t want to go. Self-pity grabs you and me and holds on with a vengeance. I know some things have happened during this year, but you and I need to let them go.

Don’t hold on any longer.

The longer you and I hold to them, the tighter they will grab and the deeper we will tumble. Believe Me. It’s hard to climb out. I’ve tried it before.

Can we let it go? Let them go?

Let go of what has happened with the resulting things and people that have tagged along. Increase our love and grace, without expectation. Be like Jesus.

If we will turn it over to Grace, the need for self-pity and revenge dissolves.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. ~Psalm 138:8

 

let them go

 

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Mid-Week Question ~ December 23~ Do You Want to Arrange It?

My daughter asked me to tell her my favorite contemporary Christmas song.
This song, Old City Bar, is the one: because it challenges us to initiate change; to bring grace to others.
Not through a program, or only speaking intentions, but through our own acts… the acts we arrange.
Do you want to arrange something special to give Christmas to another?

 

 

 

Midweek Question of the Week ~ December 16

This week’s question reflects the season: Can you make peace with yourself?

CanYouMakePeaceWithYourself

Make peace with yourself, dear friend. Always choose the words that bring more peace. Always choose the action that brings more peace. Always choose the relationships that bring more peace. The opposite of war is peace. We may not be able to bring peace to all of the world, but we can start by refusing to be at war with ourselves. ~Brave Girls Club

 

I think this might be the key to a “Holly Jolly Christmas” with all the trimmings.

I am increasing my prayers and mindfulness for peace with myself free of regrets, what-ifs, and if-onlys.

 

 

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Midweek Question ~ December 9th

MidWeek Question: December 9, 2015—Looking beyond from becauseofgrace on Vimeo.

 Can I stop looking at what God is not doing and look instead on what He is doing?

 

 

 

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Midweek Question ~ November 4th~Why Does Grace Heal

Why Does Grace Heal?

The answer is in
Four words.
Five syllables.

“…because of the truth…”
(2 John 2:2)

And what is the Truth?

that Christ died for our sins, as written in the Scriptures; that he was buried and that He was raised to life three days later, as written in the Scriptures… ~1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

That Christ died.
3 Words.
3 Syllables.

and

He was raised.
3 Words.
3 Syllables.
3rd Day.

And Grace Wins!

 

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Midweek Question ~ October 28 ~ Entanglements

How many of our struggles entangle us because we assume that we are to like everything about our lives? ~

 

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Mid-week Question ~ September 30

As one month closes and another begins, it is important to ask…

Do you know what God says about you? How He Feels About You?

Click here if you want to know!

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Midweek Question of the Week ~ September 17

Do you ever wonder this also: “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’”

Moses wanted to know why God picked him. He was looking at himself, trying to imagine what God saw in Him. His question alludes to the suggestion that God might be making a mistake.

But it wasn’t about Moses’ qualifications.
Nor is it about mine.

It’s about God’s purposes in our lives.
Who Am I?

Because of Grace, I am God’s Beloved and you are too!

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Mid-Week Question: Can you live in the space between the ideal and the actual?

What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Can you live in the space between the ideal and the actual? When you see an injustice, a change that needs to be made in the life of another, a loved one perhaps, can you enter into the change arena? Most of us can leverage the energy of love to be an advocate.

But then …

Things don’t always work out for the best, despite the pithy admonition.  At least not on our timeline. That is where the real grace is needed. Grace, then to stay to minister when circumstances are less than ideal or just flat out wrong. Grace to not give up and abandon those in need because, “well, I gave it my best shot.”

That’s why bereavement experts say to check on folks who’ve lost a loved one at the 1, 3, 6-month marker. That is why AA has chips at recovery intervals. That is why we push through the desert of rotten circumstances in search of the well, the one refuge.

I am not talking about fatalism. I am not talking about refusing to see damage, trouble, problems, challenges. I am not talking about “putting on a happy face” or “looking the other way.”

I am talking about abiding with others who have a need. We need you. Abiding with those who need longer to heal, to recover, to get healthy, and even to speak up for themselves.

Abiding and Finding the well, the respite, the energy to minister, finding, the well of Saint-Exupéry.

It is so difficult to do this. I was about to give up myself until the nudge of a strong friend gave me new energy. Energy to stay in the space between the crisis and the relief. To accept a timetable not of my choosing.

If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is live in the space between the ideal and the actual.

But, because of grace, it is possible.

Might you share how you live in the space between the ideal and the actual? The verses or practices that help you persevere–Between the need and the change?

Habakkuk 2:3
John 15:10
1 John 2:27
Romans 12:13
Psalm 62:8

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Mid-week Question of the Week ~ August 12

A Reflective Question of Hindsight this week:

What Happened Instead?

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What blessings came your way instead of the things you thought were blessings that did not?

What people, places, situations, and things came instead of what you thought was necessary?

When the answer to your prayers was “No” or “Not Now,” what came instead?

What Happened Instead?

 

It is amazing, when we look back on what we thought we knew for absolutely sure that we wanted — even things we grieved over because they never happened. It is amazing how blessed we are that those things never happened or because we never ‘got’ the things we thought for sure that we wanted. ~Brave Girls Club

 

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Midweek Question ~ August 5 ~ Comparison

Can you arrest the Comparison Thief that robs you of joy in your life?

 

comparison is the thief of joy

 

 

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Midweek Question ~ July 29 ~ What to Pack

What do you pack when you’re going to change your life?

 

packing

Take special care to pack everything well… ~Numbers 4:18

She must have been listening all these years. When I would tell her she was chosen, born from love, and Beloved of God. When I attempted to explain that Because of Grace she could do anything, she must have quietly agreed. When I whispered over her sleeping head every night, “you will do great things for Jesus” she must have registered it in REM sleep. She’s studied, graduated, apprenticed, and taught middle school for the passed four years. She encouraged, traveled with, and showed love to over 320 kids.

She has more energy than I do.

She rises early this summer. She chooses and folds and packs. She wraps and tapes and positions her things. She calls and makes appointments. We fight over the necessity of medical visits and last trips to the dentist before the school district insurance expires. She assents to my motherly advice and prevention wins.

In the posts of this blog, I’ve wondered how to mark the milestones in her life. I’ve wondered what to say and why I never look like the Eileen Fisher models in a Hallmark movie set when I dispense my cornbread nuggets of slapstick wisdom.

My parents were wise. I merely echo the parts of conversation I can remember from them. My friend, T.B. reminds me that when I was my daughter’s age I thought I would live forever and the forever was a long, long time. When I was my daughter’s age, I was married and just getting to know a one-year-old her.

Take special care to pack everything well … Aaron and his sons can direct each person’s role and their transportation of the items. ~Numbers 4:18

My role is different now. I pause. I ask questions. I marvel at her checklist and her confirmation calls to movers and landlords and utility companies. It must be summer allergies, I tell her of my watering eyes. I hold a little too long perhaps during a hug. Our road trip to her new home begins tomorrow.

I am not sure what to pack for this part of the journey. I have more questions than answers.

 

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Midweek Question~ June 10

In what ways has God been generous with you?

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Rick Warren writes, “Choose generosity. It will transform your relationships with other people and your relationship with God. It will change you from the inside out as you learn to be generous like God is generous with you.”

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