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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