Archive for December, 2011

new year'sMy heart is filled with a quiet anticipation and traces of ambivalence.  Another year is ending; a new one beginning. The very passage into a new year carries an innate sense of need to evaluate oneself. This self-evaluation, if done in truth, brings one face to face with the depths of one’s own depravity and the heights of one’s own glory for both are true of the human heart and life.

The end of the year beckons us to remember. What have we done well this year? Where have we gained ground? Have we grown spiritually, emotionally, and mentally? Where have we failed? Missed the mark? Wasted the treasure of life?

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myrrhI love meaningful gifts. What’s a meaningful gift? For me, it’s a gift that says you know me. You understand at least some of the essence of who I am. And it cannot be dishtowels. My hubby and kids all know that I hate getting dishtowels for Christmas (lol, can you tell that I get dishtowels every year from a certain beloved relative?)

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Dec
13

Nothing Less Than Something More

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birthday giftsIt’s my birthday today. As I get older, birthdays seem more significant. I reflect more. I evaluate my life. I ask questions.
 
Am I living an authentic life? Am I living in balance? Have I forgotten to listen to my heart or my Lord?  Am I enjoying my family, friends, and church community as fully as I should?
 
I laughingly call myself a recovering workaholic, and as such, these questions are important for me. I have a sense that these same questions are necessary for all of us who live the great American life which exalts busyness above relationships.
 
In honor of my heart and soul and what I’ve learned in recent years, I took the day off work today. I began the day with a cup of Archers Farm coffee and a bite of almond pound cake and a good conversation with my husband. I drank in both the coffee and the words in my husband’s birthday letter to me. 
 
I received hugs from my husband and youngest son. I enjoyed birthday wishes from my daughter via phone. I await my wishes from my other two sons as it is still early here in Alabama. My husband’s men’s small group sang Happy Birthday to me. 
 
I am filling my soul and spirit with Jesus Culture as I oscillate between reading birthday wishes from friends via Facebook and email and writing this blog. 
 
I look forward to other significant moments today. I plan to read a good book, which is a pleasure of mine, and my husband is taking me to Cracker Barrel for breakfast where I will enjoy the delightful world of carbohydrates.
 
I feel at peace, and I know that I am not settling for shallowness, either in my relationships or in my dreams.
 
I want nothing less than something more. 
 
More than living life to check off a to-do list. More than living for the pats on the back that are not linked to relationships that stand the tests of trials and time. 
 
I believe that life is meant to be more. A sacred adventure. A journey of discovery. 
 
I live for more. More fullness of joy. More revelation of God’s love for me. More good conversations. More beautiful sunsets. More meaningful hugs. More laughter. More awareness of the present moment. The heights of the joys. The depths of the sorrows. The richness of life. The beauty of today. The something more.
 
What about you? Are you living for nothing less than something more? 
 

 

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christmas ballI suppose I’ve always been a romantic at heart, at least in the sense that I have an unspoken belief that life should be full of magical moments that take my breath away. Like many others I’ve believed that Christmas should always be magical.

My romantic ideas have not always served me well. At times, they have sent me on an endless search for a ‘perfect’ gift, or led me to work to exhaustion to present my home in Christmas splendor, moved me to send a hundred Christmas cards, or left me feeling empty when I opened that less than perfect gift.

Life is not always magical, and sometimes falls short of our expectations.

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Dec
04

Thanks to My Readers!

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 thank youThanks to all of you who take time to read my blog. Last month, I had 9,999 different visits (not page hits which was much greater). Wow, I am honored and love to share my writing with you all! 

By His Grace, 

Mikki

 

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