Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
In Others' Words: Perspective
Friday, March 25, 2011
In My Words: Life
Face what lies before you this way:And any other approach will be flawed.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Wrestling with Fear
Monday, March 21, 2011
Rules: To Follow or Not?
Friday, March 18, 2011
In My Words: Dreams
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Lesson from the Trashcan
— Hilda Lawrence, author
I have a difficult time getting rid of certain things. Magazines. Papers. Birthday cards. Photos? Forget it. Drafts of articles and chapters? Doesn't matter how many times I've rewritten something--or even if said article or book is published--I keep everything from the first lousy draft to the polished finished work.
I have no problem throwing out leftovers--I don't like leftovers. If I see food once, I don't want to see it again. No problem tossing junk mail. Or worn out clothes. Or other people's hand-me-downs, especially when I know they handed it down to me rather than throw it away.
So what does this say about me? Not too attached to food I've eaten once--or other people's stuff.
What does what you toss say about you?
Monday, March 14, 2011
People versus Stuff: Which Wins?
"Treasure your relationships, not your possessions."
— Anthony J. D'Angelo, Collegiate Empowerment
I admit it: I have too much stuff.
But even more important: I have some of the most wonderful relationships a gal could ever have. People who know me and accept me and challenge me to pursue life and faith with a passion that matches theirs.
Those two people on the carousel? That's my daughter and her future husband--the wedding is in July. It's fun to see these two people together because, for them, life's sure not about stuff. It's about each other--and embracing the future God has planned for them together.
So, what about you? Got too much stuff? What one thing could you toss today and not miss? And what one person are you thankful for?
Friday, March 11, 2011
In My Words: Laughter
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Who is the Author of Your Story?
“So, if I love God, and I mean really love God with abandon, then I must come to love myself, my life. I need to love my story at the heart level. That’s what I believe life is for all of us. A story being written by God. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. When I start to love my story, with all its messed up twists and turns, then I can love other people who are living out their own stories with all their messed up twists and turns.”
~ Eli in Coming Attractions by Robin Jones Gunn
As a writer, sometimes I don't like how my work-in-progress is, well, progressing. The story is muddled. The characters are misbehaving, not following my oh-so-carefully planned out plot. But since I'm the author of the story, I have control. I get to rewrite--and rewrite and rewrite--until the story is the way I want it.
I've learned there's no rewriting my past. There's no delete button for the mistakes I've made. Believe me, I've looked for one! But there is this a-ma-zing thing called God's grace. I'm learning to see my life--all the messed up twists and turns--through God's eyes. And I'm learning to love my life as is. No rewrites needed.
What about you? Have you embraced your life story?
Monday, March 07, 2011
Learning the Posture of Prayer
Friday, March 04, 2011
What Do You See?
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
How old are you?