Keep your high beams on!

Summer roadways provide a challenge for drivers… from heat, traffic, and road construction to lonely stretches without an exit or cell phone service.

In Texas, there are extra challenges of dusty wind, big spider varmints, and wildlife such as deer who wander out on the twilight roads and cause havoc if hit. 

To see better, we have to turn on the high beam lights. We turn on the high beams…  and

Boom! 

High Beams on

We can see everything… the shadows of some things, (trees, fences, curves in the road) provide direction. 

In Texas, the high beams make the road look like Wild Kingdom! 

GEICO High Beams

In Colorado, the high beams make the road look like Donner Pass! 

 

We can see everything… and everything can see us… 

Many are drawn to our spiritual lights. Our highbeams show the way of the road and our location on the road. 

Folks may see our high beams and feel comfort that another is on the same road. They may ask for help or borrow our light to better see their way. 

 

The Lesson? In our spiritual walk…

Keep Your High Beams on!

GEICO High Beams

 

 

… and, please, stay safe, Because of Grace! 

 

 


 

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This Weekend ~ September 30 ~ Last Times

This weekend, the last weekend of September, do something for the last time this season.

To what do you need to say goodbye, bid farewell, or put away?
That was the question earlier this week.

Could be something simple, like put away the summer lawn chairs, put away the beach towels, discard the back-to-school sale flyers.

Could be something more difficult, like reconcile Q3 spreadsheets for the last time, run to the Farmer’s Market for the last couple of summer tomatoes (they will be the smallish one), or watch the “apogee of the lunar orbit” or Dark Moon for the last time until August 21, 2017

Could also be symbolic, such as eating the last s’more before a return to my healthy eating resolution, or the last time I guilt myself for self-care when “there are so many things to do”, or doing something because of WHADITW (we have always done it this way).

 

And what we you get for our effort? We give ourselves the gift of completion. We receive the sublime feeling of accomplishment. We open the gift of Closure. We move beyond “TO-DO” to DONE!

 

Your Choice. Your Last time.

 

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This Weekend ~ March 11 ~ me encanta

This weekend, I hope you find many hours of “me encanta.” Me encanta translates to “I Love.” Over the last many months, I have not posted any “This Weekend” posts. I have been surrounded by my dissertation and lots of travel.

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There have been fewer times of rest. Fewer times with friends. Fewer walks with Ruby. Pancakes with Dad continue. But overall…Fewer times of me encanta. This post by Ann Voskamp gracefully reminded me the me encanta is vital.

Praying that because of grace, you enjoy many me encanta moments this weekend.

me encanta

 

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This Weekend ~ November 14 ~ May you find your Hesychia

The Desert Mothers and Father called silence “hesychia” which means inner quiet, rest, and stillness. Silence helped them with discernment and to hear God. We let go of all the external and internal chatter to draw near the whisper of God and discover the space between words. In practicing silence I am learning to be more selective in my words and often choosing not to speak just to make my opinion known. Silnce helps us to intentionally create a space to surrender to the unknown and to hear what another Voice has to say. ~Jean Wise in this post

 

John Climacus wrote, that Stillness of the soul is “accurate knowledge and management of one’s thoughts” (The Ladder of Divine Ascent, page 269). Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church admonishes them to take captive every thought   2 Corinthians 10:5. Joyce Meyer reminds us to take our thoughts captive back to Jesus instead of the “to-do list” myriad of distractions.

Hesychia is a new word for me. It is a Blessing word, to be sure!

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Due to scheduling limitations, for me, this weekend, Hesychia will be represented by a locked door in my house. Whether your preference is to go and seek it out or abide where you are and draw it in, may you embrace the godly rest of Hesychia this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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This Weekend ~ November 4 ~ Celebrate National Gratitude Month

National Gratitude MonthJean Wise at the Healthy Spirituality blog remind us that November is National Gratitude Month.

“…practicing gratitude helps us turn our heart outward, focusing on God and his gifts. We find hope, light and strength in gratitude.” ~ Jean Wise

 

 

 

This weekend, how about playing a gratitude version of “I Spy” this weekend!

“I spy with my gratitude eye ______________”(someone or something for which to be grateful).

Other ideas:

**Use #NationalGratitudeMonth to post gratitude lists and links on social media
**Participate the in the Global Gratitude Challenge (anyone can join at any time)
**Consider creating a Gratitude Jar
**Take a look at the post on gratitude  and these gratitude quotes

I’m grateful for you!!

 

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This Weekend ~ October 30 – Embracing my Halloweenie

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Halloween is tomorrow. It kinda serves as the unofficial beginning of “the holidays.” The stores around here began holiday prep during the dusty last days of August (why do they continue to go there earlier and earlier?).

I will be away this year on Halloween.  Although I live in a neighborhood ambitiously dedicated to giving a fun Halloween experience for “the children,” I am feeling a little to ghastly this year. So I will be in quieter environments.

And that is ok.

 

In the eloquent words of Jason Tippets:

“At some level my aloneness will travel with me as a companion; we will be friends and live life together because I can only embrace it. Alone is not bad—it’s just different.”

 

Happy Travels this weekend,

 

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Image courtesy of the photographic gift of Anne McCrary

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This Weekend ~ October 23 ~Emulate Shunammite

This weekend promises football games for all ages: pee-wee, mini pee-wee, pop-warner, middle school, high school junior varsity and varsity…

not to mention college and pro- football.

Each team playing, 100% of the teams playing will have a mascot. A mascot is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck, or anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name (Wikipedia). One of my strongest and most faith-filled friends was the mascot at our high school.

Perhaps, this weekend, you and I might consider a personal mascot–the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4: 8-37). Despite a life of hardship and disappointment, she lived in praise as a part of her lament. The Shunammite woman answered “It is well” when asked about the grave circumstances in which she lived. I think this was because she trusted the grace-filled Creator’s reach over the reach of calamity. The Shunammite woman reached that “expression of trust” through her circumstances as Stacey Gleddiesmith describes the tension between joy and pain– whether or not these circumstances changed.

We live at the nexus of pain and plenty. To dwell to long in pain results in victim-filled pity. To inhabit plenty for too long results in incentivized entitlement and callousness.

Sometimes the most courageous thing you can do is answer “It Is Well” before, during, and after hardship.

“It Is Well” keeps “hardship” from becoming a “hard-whipped.” This weekend, my goal is to Do as the Shunammite woman did in the midst of her impossibilities. I am going to keep saying “It is well” and not wait to believe until I see. Will you also commit that no matter how you feel, you won’t entertain unbelief. Stop it at your door. In the midst of the impossible, say “It is well.”

When the man of God saw her coming, he said to Gehazi his servant, “Look, there is the Shunammite. 26 Run at once to meet her and say to her, ‘Is all well with you? Is all well with your husband? Is all well with the child?’” And she answered, “All is well.” 27 And when she came to the mountain to the man of God, she caught hold of his feet. And Gehazi came to push her away. But the man of God said, “Leave her alone, for she is in bitter distress...2 Kings 4:26-27

 

it is well

 

 

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Stacey Gleddiesmith’s blog is called Thinking Worship

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This Weekend: Consider giving someone their best day

This weekend, consider giving someone their best day… watch this sweet video for ideas…

Bretagne's best day

 

 

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This Weekend ~ August 22 ~ Rest

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Here is the link to Hope for the Broken Hearted if you would like to learn more

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This Weekend ~ July 31 ~ Road Trip

I’m on a Road Trip this weekend, in a car following a moving van. My daughter is going to graduate school in a state 2000 miles away.  Raymond Chandler wrote, “To say goodbye is to die a little.” If this is true, then I am on life support.

This weekend, if you see us on the road, honk and say graces for us.

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This Weekend ~ July 24~ Trust The Process

JustTrustJustBeBecauseOfGrace

 

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This Weekend ~ July 10~ Capture One Second

There are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in our life contains the granular moments of Galatians 5:22-23’s full spectrum — how can we remember them all? Director Cesar Kuriyama has an intriguing idea. Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to collect all the special bits of his life.

Might you and I try to do the same?

 

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This Weekend~June 12~ Finding your Grace

Praying that you find your Grace and that Grace Finds You!

Your Grace Finds Me… by Matt Redman

 

 

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This Weekend ~ June 5 ~Fly with Drones

Spend 5 minutes flying virtually with a drone over playful dolphins and soulful whales

Blue Whales and Drones

 

 

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This Weekend~March 27~This Weekend Don’t Listen

This is my first weekend post in awhile. The last weekend post was just two days before my mom passed to Heaven, although I did not know it at the time.

Perhaps that is why this collage from Brave Girls Club means so much today…

From Brave Girls Club

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This Weekend ~ Please Be There

From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other – above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.        ~Albert Einstein

 

Perhaps, just be there, this weekend

Just. Be. There.

…not to do (not a “do” there)

but just be there.

It is a challenge for me, in the Martha-ness of incidents.

Yet Mary’s way was correct too.

 

“Jesus is not asking something more from us;
He is asking for less so that He an give us
more of Himself.” ~John Ferguson

Luke 11:38

 

…but really, only one thing matters. Mary has chosen that one thing, and I won’t take it away from her. Luke 10:42

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This Enough~Seek the Enough

My focus word for right now is “Enough.”

Focus Word Enough

Not in the “I’ve had enough!” sense of the word, which reflects frustration and lack of peace.

And not, in the “Enough is Enough” punitive determinism of push-back.

No, my lens for “Enough” is the bastante in Spanish and the abbastanza in Italian:

Peacefully Sufficient

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 Here’s the truest of truths….
You are absolutely enough today….right now. You don’t need to do more, be more, or have more to be ok.
You are beautiful and kind and funny and smart, and the world is so much brighter because you shine your light on it….
Don’t ever ever ever let anything blow your light out….you are just way too important. Thank you for being you.
You are beloved. You always have been, and you always will be. ~Brave Girls Club

2 Cor 12:9

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This Weekend~ December 19~Carve it

Moon Horizon

Today marks an anniversary of one of my favorite stories of love.

On December 19, 1972, the last Apollo crew landed safely back on Earth. Apollo 17’s crew of three included the last two men, Harrison Schmitt and Gene Cernan, who would walk on the moon. It is the final act of astronaut Gene Cernan that contains the favorite gem for me.

As he walked toward the lunar module, Cernan knelt and scratched his daughter’s initials in the lunar surface.

It is possible that his daughter’s initials, TC, still remain on the moon’s barren surface. His act of fatherly love certainly remains in memory and…in practice for me, and maybe you too, today. Because of Grace, we have received such love.

 

 

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. ~John 15:13-14

 

Today, might you consider, some act of “initial impression?” I know you won’t deface anything, but might you be on the lookout for, and notice any opportunity to impress the initials of a loved one (doesn’t have to be a daughter) in the snow, the garden soil, the playground sand, even a Styrofoam cup (this is where you’ll find me scratching out my daughter’s initials).

Do it in honor of Gene and love that literally can be to the moon and back!

 

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Sources:
The Writer’s Almanac
Gene Cernan
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This Weekend~Explore the Silence

This weekend…Explore the Silences…the silence you seek, the silence from noise, the silence from your voice (your self-imposed silences…and…(gently) the things that cause you to appease and be or remain silent. Did you remember on Tuesday, in honor of veterans world-wide, to pause at 11:11 for a moment of silence? Today is a good day for that.

We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t…there is no time to pick your battles when the battles have picked you. ~Clint Smith

 

This Weekend~October 24

This Weekend…find your sighted solitude….

Then it was springtime in the cloudy Himalayas. Nine hundred feet below my cave rhododendrons blossomed. I climbed barren mountain-tops. Long tramps led me to desolate valleys studded with translucent lakes … Solitude, solitude! … Mind and senses develop their sensibility in this contemplative life made up of continual observations and reflections. Does one become a visionary or, rather, is it not that one has been blind until then… Writer Alexandra David-Néel, who lived until age 101

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