Posted on September 28, 2016 by BecauseOfGrace
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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Posted on March 16, 2016 by BecauseOfGrace
Posted on March 9, 2016 by BecauseOfGrace
Did you notice the word? Please Take Another look…
The minister a few Sunday’s ago pointed out that Ephesians 5:8 puts the action emphasis on one specific word.
“Live as children of the light.” Some versions translate the action verb to “Walk”
What is important for me, is what the verse does not say.
The verse does not say, “Scold as children of the light.”
“Lecture as children of the light”
“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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Posted on March 2, 2016 by BecauseOfGrace
Posted on December 30, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
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
All Questions from 2015
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Posted on December 23, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
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?
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Posted on December 16, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
This week’s question reflects the season: Can you make peace with yourself?
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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