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

Grace ...

How to Recognize Grace  (A poem by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre)

It takes you by surprise

It comes in odd packages

It sometimes looks like loss

Or mistakes

It acts like rain

Or like a seed

It's both reliable and unpredictable

It's not what you were aiming at

Or what you thought you deserved

It supplies what you need

Not necessarily what you want

It grows you up

And lets you be a child

It reminds you you're not in control

And that not being in control is a form of freedom

The only thing is that we don't see it ...

Some words from Thomas Merton on this snowy winter's day:

Life is this simple:

We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent

and God is shining through it all the time.

This is not just a fable or a nice story.

It is true.

If we abandon ourselves to God

and forget ourselves,

we see it sometimes

and we see it maybe frequently.

God shows Godself everywhere,

In everything,

In people and in things and in nature and in events.

It becomes very obvious that God is everywhere and

in everything and we cannot be without God.

It is impossible.

The only thing is that we don't see it.

What's one small risk?

A few more insightful questions that have prompted reflection lately:

1. What's one small example of how you have "customized" your life for the better?

(And, by "customized" I mean created unique rituals and habits that fit best with who you are and how you function)

2. What have your actions over the past year been saying about how you prioritize personal growth? What kind of silent progress (meaning you don't have to put everything on social media) would you like to make in your life by the end of 2019?

3. What's one distraction that has been getting the best of you lately? Why?

4. What truly DOES matter to you most right now?

5. What's one small risk you believe is worth taking in 2019? What's the first step?

Aren't these great?

I spent an hour with #5 this past week and it was both daunting and exciting. I gained new insight into some stirrings deep down in my soul about what's next for me.

The next time you go for a run, take a walk, or drive across town perhaps take one of these questions along for the ride ...

The next time you share a meal with your spouse or some good friends, consider asking one of these questions as a way to spark meaningful conversation ...

Maybe try one of them to start your next meeting at work ...

More to come.

And remember, all these questions come from - http://www.marcandangel.com/

 

Some journal prompts for the week ...

I have been doing some good journaling during this cold snap in the Midwest.

Here are a few prompts that have been so helpful to me:

1. What's one hard lesson you're grateful life taught you in the past year?

2. What's something you've moved on from that once meant the world to you? And, what's something you love today that you never knew you needed in your life?

3. What's one unchangeable reality you're still holding on to and resisting? What can you do right now to ease your mind into the acceptance of this reality?

4. Who would you be, and what else would you see about your present life situation, if you removed the thought that's been worrying you?

5. How has your daily environment been affecting you recently?

 

Such great food for thought. 

Often, I don't think I have an answer to the question. But the longer I sit and let my mind turn the prompt over and over, I find something pops into my head and as I write, I gain more and more insight into things inside my soul that need expression.

I have had some great realizations.

Some new ideas about how I'd like to make changes this year.

Some convicting insight into my behavior and habits.

More prompts soon!

All journal prompts from http://www.marcandangel.com/