Your Soul– Because of Grace

That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality–your soul–is as bright and shining as any that has ever been….Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly. ~George Saunders

Your SoulBecauseofGrace

 

Also, Soul-based Grocery List

 

This weekend~Save a grocery list

In times of “words per minute” and micro-everything, a grocery list is one of the few things we actually write … with penmanship…or scribble squiggles. Just go with this for a second: your grocery list reflects both your wants and your needs. There is probably something on your list that you intend for another and a special item just for you…(some call these guilty pleasures, but perhaps a better word is taste-filled pleasures).

 

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Grocery lists are special to me. I have one framed to remind me of the power of a prayerfully crafted list. Several years ago…money was extremely tight and I had pared down my grocery list “the the nubs” as Granny T. would say. After arriving home and unloading the groceries, I checked my mail and I found a utility bill containing a statement with a credit balance (due to an energy efficiency rebate). The amount was almost equal to what I had just spent at the grocery. A huge relief! And a prayerful reminder of Proverbs 10:22.

So, this weekend, smooth out a crumpled grocery list, pray gratitude over it, and perhaps, consider a frame of remembrance!

my soul's grocery list

 

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What to get for my soul at the Grocery Store

Yesterday I ran into the grocery store to grab “a few things.” My grocery list is usually crafted in order of where items will be in the store. Performance-based grocery shopping! Ease and efficiency contained on paper!

my grocery list

My efforts were stifled yesterday.

The whole store (curiously except for the liquor section which stayed resolutely in the same place), had been rearranged to accommodate the holiday. Products, displays, extremely loud disco holiday  (AvaMaria with a drum machine downbeat) reminded me of the obvious.

And my whole plan for efficiency and purposeful shopping crashed in a Jenga heap of personal dissatisfaction.

All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied ~Eccl. 6:7

I think my soul sometimes feels like I did yesterday at the grocery store. When I veer off my regular  spiritual nutritional plan of gratitude, praise, and worship, my soul suffers. But it does so quietly. Unlike the petulant toddler overstimulated into distress by all of the possibilities, my soul achingly withdraws and shrinks.

I need to compose a soul-based grocery list. It might include the following:

My Souls Grocery List

If you wrote your soul-based grocery list, what would be on it?
What comprises your soul’s grocery list?
Is it time to pause, especially in the extreme busyness of this season, and restock your soul’s pantry?

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
~ Isaiah 26:3

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