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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Focus Word: Belong

focus word belongMost of the last few months I’ve wondered where I belong and to whom I belong. I always knew before.

Before.

I thought I belonged to vows of marital belonging. These are said with concrete intentions. They are explicit.

I thought I belonged to contractual-type, implicit vows of occupational belonging.

I thought I belonged to health and nutrition.

When these vows break, unfaithfulness enters, jobs end, malignancy then surgury intrudes, the question blares with Neon insistence, blinking incessantly:
Where do I belong? And to who?

The books of Numbers and Leviticus address in minute detail, over and over, about where people and things belong. Where was I in those passages? I read the question of Boaz asked about Ruth and shuddered that I had no answer for myself. Ruth 2:4-6

“Who does that young woman belong to?”

Have you ever felt the same way?

I took forays and trips to places I thought I might belong, I could belong. Should I belong? There were ascensions to ideas and practices to which I thought would be good to belong.

i must belong somewhere

Slowly, very slowly, I received great comfort in The One power that never changed. Never wavered. Never accused. Never blamed. Never rescinded an offer. Never was unfaithful. Never lied, but offered the embrace of Belongingness. To me, who belonged.

The Belong. In the end, the nurturing came from God’s belonging invitation.

All of this did not fall into place for me in a linear progression. When I write that slowly I received great comfort, it was not the comfort that came slowly but my realization of the comfort.

I am nurtured by The Belongingness that is God. This is not boasting but realizing that what I received has always been there and never left in blaming abandon.

Posts on Belonging: April 29

Bible Verses that spoke to me of Belonging:

Ephesians 1:4 God chose us to belong to Christ before the world was created. He chose us to be holy and without blame in his eyes. He loved us.

Isaiah 44:5 Some will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’

Ezekiel 18:4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me

Malachi 2:15 Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit.

Romans 14:8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Hebrews 10:39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

This video: Jason Gray – Remind Me Who I Am

This blog: Grit and Glory

These books: Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

sometimes right back where you started from is right where you belong

Most of the last few months I’ve wondered where I belong and to whom I belong. I always knew before.

Before.

I thought I belonged to vows of marital belonging. These are said with concrete intentions. They are explicit.

I thought I belonged to contractual-type, implicit vows of occupational belonging.

I thought I belonged to health and nutrition.

When these vows break, unfaithfulness enters, jobs end, cancer intrudes, the question blares with Neon insistence, blinking incessantly:
Where do I belong? And to who?

The books of Numbers and Leviticus address in minute detail, over and over, about where people and things belong. Where was I in those passages? I read the question of Boaz asked about Ruth and shuddered that I had no answer for myself. Ruth 2:4-6 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ruth+2:4-6&version=NIV

“Who does that young woman belong to?”

Have you ever felt the same way?

I took forays and trips to places I thought I might belong, I could belong. Should I belong? There were ascensions to ideas and practices to which I thought would be good to belong.

Slowly, very slowly, I received great comfort in The One power that never changed. Never wavered. Never accused. Never blamed. Never rescinded an offer. Never was unfaithful. Never lied, but offered the embrace of Belongingness. To me, who belonged.

The Belong. In the end, the nurturing came from God’s belonging invitation.

All of this did not fall into place for me in a linear progression. When I write that slowly I received great comfort, it was not the comfort that came slowly but my realization of the comfort.

I am nurtured by The Belongingness that is God. This is not boasting but realizing that what I received has always been there and never left in blaming abandon.

Posts on Belonging: April 29 https://becauseofgrace.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/a-word-from-the-sponsorapril-29/

Bible Verses that spoke to me of Belonging:

God chose us to belongto Christ before the world was created. He chose us to be holy and without blame in his eyes. He loved us.
~Ephesians 1:4 New International Reader’s Version

Isaiah 44:5 Some will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’

Ezekiel 18:4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me

Malachi 2:15 Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit.

Romans 14:8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Hebrews 10:39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

This video: Jason Gray – Remind Me Who I Am  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSIVjjY8Ou8&feature=youtu.be

This blog: Grit and Glory http://gritandglory.com/

These books: Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

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Focus Word~Affirm

Affirm  My focus word to begin 2012 is Affirm. I am going to affirm daily what God says about me. Affirmations are declarations of something that is true. Bonnie Gray reminds me that God says I am delightful. Here are Affirmations I know to be true. Would you consider adding yours in a comment box below?

  • I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)
  • The Son has set me free. I am free indeed! (John 8:36)
  • My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
  • He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it. (Philippians 1:6)
  • There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
  • Nothing can ever separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:38-39)
  • In all things God works for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)
  • God is faithful. He will not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear.(1 Corinthians 10:13)
  • God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.   (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • My light and momentary troubles are achieving for me an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17)
  • He is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within me. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • God is for me! Who can be against me? (Romans 8:31)
  • God knows me. (Psalm 139:15)
  • add yours here!

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Focus Word: Wander

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“Now shall I walk or shall I ride? ‘Ride,’ Pleasure said: ‘Walk,’ Joy replied.” * 

When my focus concentrates on wander, I adopt the definition, “to move or cause to move in a circular course” and to “go via an indirect route or at no set pace.” For a person like me who makes and idol out of “to-do lists” this is a challenge.

It is an anomaly of our language that there can be widely different definitions for the same word. Wander can also mean “move about aimlessly or without any destination,” and “digress, lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention as in ‘her mind wanders.’” These definitions are not my focus.

And since I really do keep an 18-month calendar for each fundraising event, to wander through the Psalms, the antique store, the morning is a nourishing challenge.

I think our God wanders purposefully too.

 *quote by ~W.H. Davies

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