Archive for November, 2010

Nov
26

Listening to My Heart

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woman relaxingBlack Friday has arrived, and I am sitting at home.  It’s 6:30 a.m. This is the first year in decades that I haven’t been out shopping for several hours by now.

Normally, I love the rush. Oh, not the crowds and the pushing and shoving, but the adrenaline rush I feel when I, yes ME, I get the good buy. I snatch the very last one of whatever it is that is a most amazing buy or a rare treasure.

My husband snickered when I said I wasn’t going shopping on Black Friday this year. “Yeah, sure.” After all, this is new behavior for me!  But I just couldn’t find any desire to go this year.

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When was the last time you were angry, I mean really angry, as we say here in the South, “Hopping mad"?  What about the last time you were scared out of your wits? When is the last time you felt an overwhelming urge to hide your heart? How long since you felt your spirit recoil when someone touched you or said something particularly uncomfortable or embarrassed you?

We are all such unique individuals. What sets off my personal alarm system may not even ruffle your feathers. Every person is a composite of their life’s experiences. These experiences shape our soul.  And although I am almost perfected now, I know some of the rest of you still need some help, so I write this just for you! (okay, so you do know I am using the most extreme form of hyperbole!)

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Nov
20

Are You Ready to Take a Risk?

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To live is to risk, and it’s been that way since day one. God put Adam and Eve in the Garden and gave them a choice. Religion often finds this uncomfortable at best and unacceptable at worst. Oh, no religious system would declare openly that God was wrong, but their practices and rules say that they disagree with God on this matter.

Herein lies one of the differences of religion and spirituality. As I explore God and others and my own life through spirituality, I can risk. I can expand my boundaries. I can look at you and draw the good out of you and your life, apply it to my own, and still not totally agree with everything you are and everything you believe.

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Nov
15

The Deeper Yes

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One of my very favorite pieces of StoryPeople art by Brian Andreas  is a print called A Real Hero which muses, “Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me, but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That’s what takes a real hero.”

Every time I read that verse of prose, my heart is reminded of the deeper yes.

There are many ways that we as Christians attempt to live for God. We may sincerely say yes to denying selfish desires. We may say yes to making our best effort to live holy. We may say yes to keeping whatever religious rules we have embraced, but yet there is a deeper yes.

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Nov
08

When the Heavens Seem Silent

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crisis “My faith is 100% gone.” This heart cry of a dear new friend of mine reverberated in my spirit.

As she recanted how difficult life had been as of late, this beautiful young woman shared her struggle with the issue of faith.  As I read her words, I could completely identify with her feelings.  I had been at that point before. 

“Where are you, God?”

“Why are you not answering?”

“Have you abandoned me?”

“What good is prayer?”

You know the times when the heavens are silent.   When all we can see or know or feel at the present moment screams that either God has abandoned us, is not real after all, or certainly doesn’t care that our heart is breaking and we are going under spiritually.

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