Fire & Soup

October 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

 

We all love a little routine and in many ways our lives are better when we have routine, ritual, and rhythm. Fall has finally made an appearance here in Colorado and one of the great blessings for me during fall and winter is fire and soup. I enjoy a nice bowl of soup this time of year. Whether it is tomato, potato, or beef soup it feeds by belly and my soul. I also enjoy many evenings and afternoons by the fireplace, a gift from God as I smell the wood and watch the flames. Perhaps it is the change of pace; the settling down of my life and my soul that makes this so meaningful.

 

I welcome this new season and look forward to some fire and soup.

Becoming

October 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” (Pressfield)

 

There are so many expectations that we face and feel a need to live up to. We often fall victim to comparison as we look at the lives of others. We have goals and desires we want to meet and things about ourselves we do not like. We all struggle with a sense of ‘not measuring up.’

With God it is different; we have already been created in the image of the perfect creator. We are in fact good. While we are good, we are certainly not perfect and God does call us to perfect which can only be achieved by His work. The good news is that God does not have some ideal of who we should be, rather we simply have to become all that He has created us to be. In some ways, it feels easier to me to try and become something I or others think I should be than it is to become who I already am in Christ. This quote above says it best and for me the journey of seeking to be more of who God has created me to be is a joyous one. It is not without pain or challenge, but it is a great joy for me to seek to be who I really am deep down. We are not subject to this world, but to the creator. The more I see who God created me to be, the more I love myself, God, and others.

May this joyous journey continue.

Seasons

October 13, 2010 at 2:47 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

It seems that every time a season is about to or should change I begin to anticipate. I cannot decide which season I like the best, as each has its benefits. I do love fall, the smell of the leaves, the colors, the temperatures. I love Pumpkin and all things pumpkin. This year it has been way too hot too late in the year for me, and I am anticipating the fall. I love snow and the beauty of Colorado both in the fall and the winter and I always hope for a snowy winter. All of this said, I am reminded that we must enjoy each and every moment and enjoy each season, because if we spend all of our time anticipating what is next, we miss the present in front of us.

Knowing what really matters

October 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

The title of this blog is the best way to describe the picture for this blog. When I think about what really matters in the midst of busyness, work, commitments, etc, it really is relationships. For me, relationships are central to who I am and what I do. My children are God’s greatest gift to me, a gift I do not deserve, a gift that keeps me on my toes, a gift that encourages, challenges, and loves. This is my favorite picture because it reminds me that even when there are bad days, we are happy. Beyond happiness, I have a true and deep joy that can be found only in Christ. I have been thinking over and over again the past several weeks how wonderful my life is and how blessed I feel by God for the great life I have been given. The even better news is that there is more to come: “Look at the nations and watch, and be prepared to be utterly amazed, for I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” (Habakkuk 1:5 paraphrase) Today I celebrate life and all that I have as I continue on towards my personal mission ‘to help others experience transformation through Jesus Christ.’