Whether you turn to the right or to the left,

your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,

“This is the way; walk in it.”

Isaiah 30:21

Distraction ...

Distraction is our greatest enemy.

When followers of Jesus are worried, hurried and distracted,

we become neutralized,

wandering through life,

failing to see the people we are called to love,

too worried about the future to engage the present,

too busy to stop and see the "burning bush" God places in front of us,

too hurried to notice God's shining presence all around,

too distracted to hear his voice,

and too tired to do what he says even if we did hear it.

We are worried, hurried and distracted ...

and we wonder why God feels so absent.

Could today be the day you:

Slow down enough to see?

Give your worries to God so he can carry them?

Fight off distractions so God has a fighting chance to get your attention?

 

Life is not an emergency ...

In the midst of the back-to-school frenzy,

which no longer rules our kid-free home, 

I am reminded of how important it is to speak truth to yourself

lest you be swept away by the torrent of hurried, harried, frantic messages

swirling around you.

I read this today and was reminded of the craziness fall can bring:

" ... and this is how it feels to live my life:

scattered,

fragmented,

and exhausting.

I am always doing more than one thing at a time

and feel I never do any one particularly well."

(Brigid Schulte)

Sound familiar?

Here is my new mantra:

Life is not an emergency.

This is the moment you are given ... don't miss it.

Breathe. 

See the person in front of you. Be with them. Listen to them. Look right at them. Love them.

Be right here, right now.

Life is not an emergency.

Every moment - even the most mundane and boring -

is an opportunity to see God,

to love,

to really live.

And sometimes all I say, over and over again, is:

Life

is

not 

an 

emergency.

AMEN.

Holy on the ordinary streets ...

"It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God - but we do not.

We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life,

and holy on the ordinary streets,

among ordinary people -

and this is not learned in five minutes."

(Oswald Chambers)

What Solitude Teaches ...

What Solitude Teaches

The difference between alone and lonely

The delights of inner dialogue

Where to find your angle of repose

How to listen into silence

And hear the Spirit speak

A quiet kind of courage

The joy of uninterrupted reading

Or using up all the hot water

The pleasures of puttering

The comforts of quietness

The shape of your own desires

The pleasure of not performing

Trust in God's presence

when it looks like absence

(Marilyn Chandler McEntyre)