Life viewed from the right angle is its own beautiful landscape…
It has taken a few weeks, but I am getting settled in my new home. The feelings of fatigue, anger, frustration and fear are all but gone. I had been in a head space that opposed my mental and spiritual well-being. My life seemed a dysfunctional hot mess. Mostly, I lacked the balances and boundaries needed to feel peace within and without. Regaining my equilibrium meant taking steps from my mental checklist:
- Make a home. It needed to be more than a place I occupied and filled with stuff; it had to embody my personality, my vision, my décor.
- Get revived. I had to make quality alone time with ABBA to once again enjoy the relational intimacy I craved as his daughter.
- Restore leisure. Enjoyable things that had fallen by the wayside like writing, reading, music, movies and bubble baths, were once again gaining their place in my life again.
Sometimes it’s easy to get off track in life with all the distractions this world has to offer. Distractions make it easy to forget how to enjoy the beauty of living. For me, this means taking time to enjoy my hermitic side without guilt; to step back from life’s crowding demands and just be; and, to get the rest I need to avoid feeling like a mindless, murderous zombie.
Sleeping under the stars from the vantage point I now have makes for sweet slumber and tranquil living. Though not as beautiful a view as the Norway image used for today’s blog, it will suffice as an anchor for my balancing act.
Whatever it takes for you to gain a balanced life, I surely encourage you to find it and continue your life on a beautiful journey.
Image by Eamon – Blogger at https://waywardwheeler.wordpress.com and https://www.facebook.com/waywardwheeler/. Used with permission.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;… 1 John 4:7a
Song: Beloved by Jordan Feliz
I wanted to save this post for this day wherein the idea of love is celebrated, however misunderstood it may be. This day we associate with a display of physical or emotional attachment coupled with gift-giving as a token. Meant to be a demonstration of souls knitted together, its true essence is loss in commercialism.
Though people experience the word on various surfaces, the soul captivated by its author understands the depth and layers of its reality. They gain wisdom in what it looks like, what it feels like, how it behaves itself, what it does and doesn’t do. Though there is much written about it, its demonstration and teachings fall short of its heavenly discipline.
In the Song of Solomon 2:16 we read: My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. Although Webster defines beloved Loved; greatly love; dear to the heart, we miss the fullness of it if we are without a personal relationship with its originator.
Whether in a relationship or solo, wrap your heart around the lover of our souls, for the Beloved is ours, and we are his!
Some battles aren’t worth fighting…
Music Motivation Monday: Will Power
Song: Thy Will by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
On Sunday, our Pastor expounded on the difference between what is meant by the “chastening” of the Lord versus the “correction” of the Lord, using Proverbs 3:11-12 as the base scripture. In the examples given of God’s hand upon his stiff-necked children, I was reminded of how foolish I have been in my lifetime. As I age, my fear of God is continually shaped into the reverence due a holy God. If you have ever had a spiritual spanking, you know it hurts a lot more than a paddle to the backside.
If you can identify with me, by all means say…“Amen!”
Only you and God know what your spiritual condition is. God’s will, will be done and continual defiance will leave you battered and bruised. You can’t win any battle against his omnipresence. Instead, hear the supplication of a man after God’s own heart…and take heed.
“8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee…10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” (vv. 8, 10)
Psalm 143 (KJV)
When he calls, I will answer…
Music Motivation Monday: Awaiting the Call
Song: Even So Come by Passion ft. Chris Tomlin
It was a last minute excursion, but I waited with great anticipation for the days to fly by so I could roll down the highway. I looked forward to the things I planned to do. I felt exhilarated driving and listening to Tony Evans, laughing with childish glee as I sped toward my personal adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed everything I did, every place I went, and everything new to me.
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (v.17)
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
With that same exhilarated anticipation, I await the day when Jesus will shout from the clouds for me to take another kind of personal adventure. As I rise to meet him, I have no doubt that I will be embarking on a journey like none other. It’s a destination that I have been preparing for, for a long time. I have no doubt: It will be the trip of a lifetime!
There is still time left to get your boarding past, but whether you choose or reject the free past, I say with glee … Even So Come!
Ever wonder about your progress or lack thereof?
Song: Necessary by Fantasia
I think I speak for many in saying there are times when life just doesn’t seem fair. Times when nothing works out as planned regardless of the planning and preparation. But, such disappointments are nothing new under the sun. The scriptures give many examples of troubles for those with God’s favor. Abram, Moses, Joseph, Jeremiah; and Jesus himself. Yet, God saw the trouble as necessary to accomplish His will.
In the midst of trials, remind yourself that if God deems it necessary, it will work out for the good of them whom love the Lord.
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
Romans 9:20-21 (KJV)
Who Is Vying for Your Heart!
Song: Have Your Heart by Uncle Reese ft. Canton Jones
The heart is delicate, sensitive, life-processing as it pushes blood through our veins from head to toe. Although we don’t always treat it well, the heart sustains us in many ways and is the seat of our emotions. Our care of this organ has the power to strengthen us or weaken us.
God is concerned about hearts as well.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 (KJV) – Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
There is coming a day when you’ll have to give an account of what/who occupied the throne of your heart. Have you made a healthy choice!