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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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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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

EnoughWordCloudBecauseofGrace

 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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Mid-week Question of the Week~What if it’s Not?

Ask yourself “WHAT IF?” as often as you can. And sometimes, when you are making plans and making goals and dreaming dreams and all of it seems too big and unattainable, turn things around…

ask yourself …

what if it's not

“what if… it’s not?”

If you’re going over something scary in your mind, over and over and over, ask yourself “what if that really did happen?” and then let the whole situation play out — worse case scenario. See yourself dealing with every little part of it and see that even if the thing you feared most really did happen, you would make it, so you can let go of fear.

Asking “WHAT IF?” releases all limitations, and makes anything possible. When you find yourself stuck, whether because you think your goals are too big, or because your strength is too small, push past those limitations and really be honest with yourself. You will learn so much from this tiny little question.
“what if… it’s not?” from Brave Girls Club

Because of Grace…what if it’s not?

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This Weekend~Come Home to Yourself

still waters at almost night

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

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Mid-Week Question of the Week~January 10

what's happened instead?

Instead, be filled with the Spirit, ~Ephesians 5:17-19

Choose my instruction instead of silver,
    knowledge rather than choice gold, ~Proverbs 8:10

To give to those who mourn in Zion
Joy and gladness instead of grief,
A song of praise instead of sorrow. ~Isaiah 61:3

Depending on the version of Bible you read, there are 43-103 instances of the word “instead” recorded.

It is interesting to me that as the translations are more current, there are more instances of the word “instead.”

Think about where you are now, and what
you have learned, and who you have become, and where you are headed due largely
in part to those things NOT happening that you were sure that wanted to
happen.

Even if those thoughts are painful, and you are still wishing, be
patient. You are in the middle point of here to there. If things haven’t worked
out they aren’t done working out yet. You will soon see, beautiful friend, Trust this.
~Brave Girls Club

Because of Grace, sometimes God leads us to an “instead moment.”
Or, He waits with us, holding us in His grace, until we find strength.

I wonder, Are our “insteads” really God’s “suddenlies”?

Perhaps that is a question best marinated until another day…

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This Weekend~Don’t Dismiss You

A new artist for me …good lyrics…especially the part about not dismissing ourselves

“Don’t ever try to dismiss yourself because you don’t have to…” Yuna

 

“Don’t” is a word I try to avoid in conversation and writing. But writing around the word (Dismiss Not You/Avoid Dismissing You) dilutes the imperative. Yuna knew the best word. So it stands.

Perhaps, there is time for you to play the video again and read this sentiment from Brave Girls Club:

Think about when you were a little [person]. All of those hopes, dreams, and ambitions that were unique and wonderful and unabashed. What held you back as you grew older, from wanting or working for those tender dreams that grew through your soul from your first memories of having your own unique dreams?
Don’t be afraid to be the person that you thought you might grow up to be, that person that you dreamed of being — that amazing woman that you looked into the future to see when you were a little girl. Uncover those dreams again and believe in them. Shoot for what is deepest in your heart, and be the woman that you always wanted to be.

You are so loved. ~Brave Girls’ Club

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