This is another one of my “ongoing” posts; I will add to it, journaling my search for the right (for the moment; until my return to Tucson 😉 ) living space…for me.
It’s not about luxuries. It’s about the feel. The comfort zone. The space that positively effects my feelings of wellbeing ♡ peace, happiness, blah, blah, blah…
The Gardner ~
Like the natives pine forest being burnt to the ground by invaders, the seeds take root again.
I am so happy and grateful to think after 20 years, the Faithful Gardener finds another home. It is often translated for which I am grateful too that the message of not invincibility , but our intense knack for resurrection can be asserted over and over again no matter what has happened. We find a way to new life.
– – inspired by Dr Clarissa Estes (& my own life experiences)
“Home is Where the Heart is”
Some of my thinking and/or humble opinions and words regarding moving ~
Because “where” and/or “how” I move might seem…appear… to some like (rather than downsizing, following the heart/Spirit or a perception of God calling, wiser or part of my journey involving my purpose) going backwards; after this latest large house I’m in. It is beautiful and I’m grateful for the experience…most of all though….it served the “purpose”! Which is all about Lily, my granddaughter ♡ THAT it certainly did…is. So I’m still contemplating my next move …looking at condos. This current house is BIG…too big really. It was am emergency move to begin with (that’s another story. A very unfortunate story that’ll leave out because I’m not going to air dirty laundry of a family member here).. but obviously my/our karma was in good shape . I do know for sure that Lily deserves the very best.
Meditations on change –
Finding God’s grace revealed in the ordinary experiences of life, spiritual renewal and prayer .
Human nature tends to resist change. A lot of things motivate that resistance — pride, comfort, the threat of loss, fear of the unknown and disruption of familiar patterns and relationships would be some of those things. Yet, because we are mortal with limitations and inadequacies, change is inevitable.
…challenging ways of thinking.
I think moving and change of direction is something that everyone experiences at sometime in their life, if not multiple times. There is always wisdom to be found and strength to be gained in reflection on these changes and the problems that challenge us. Let’s reflect on the changes.
(Which by the way. .I’ve always felt like it’s an adventure; newness, a new/clean slate, new neighbors, new lessons, new neighborhOOd, etc., etc..)
Doesn’t it mean you’ve failed if you start back to where you’ve been before?
The place that you know in your heart, where you feel a Spiritual pull …that it’s where you are meant to be? How can you not go where you were meant to be…where just maybe (most likely) …it’s before you accomplished what you were meant to accomplish there? What do you do about the people who see it as going backwards?
You can try to please, “play the game,” work hard to keep up with expectations, seek to appease those “others”, and do things the way that they are “looked upon” or for”appearances sake”. When you are measured by the way things look to or by the outside world (things), the temptation is great to be a “people-pleaser.” But you will have lost your way if you succumb to the “outward appearances” (outside world) as a measure of spiritual success
Or…you can follow your heart. And the right hearts and minds will SEE and accept your truth/journey, as the Spiritual one that it is for you.
You can react to the lack of acceptance by keeping a “body-count” of those you have offended. what you “know” is right regardless of whether or not your point of view is accepted. BUT…you would lose out on the humility and the spiritual path that was meant for you.
–those are your choices when your choices are misunderstood and opposed.
Are you open to the fact that God may have other plans for you? There may still be a purpose to fulfill?
So much good has been done on this previous path, healing, learning & great encounters.
So much good had been done before. But are you caught in the trap of that “appearances game”?
If the change and move is where you FEEL “at home”… with room to breathe and solitude to pray. And new messages waiting for you…
Would you limit that “call”, your life, to another place and time? Are you only worthy of the places that are for appearances to the outside?
There is an open humility implicit in those spiritual callings that reflects a healthy grounding in your spiritual reality. Conditions change. The winds of the Spirit can change direction
God still has more to teach you.
Not their smug labels and contentions to be your driving force.
Not on rigid ideas of how to accomplish your destiny.
There are times when the Spirit says “Go ahead” and times when it says “Go back”.
True faith rests in our certainty that our God is in control, not in our certainty of direction.
A faith that will not yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit is a faith that’s lost its purpose and its life (John 16:13-14). Such a faith will collapse under pressure.
I often pray to the Lord to make me like a stalk of water grass in a desert stream–with a strong root wrapped around the rock to hold me fast against the flood and nourish me in drought and with the flexibility to ebb and flow with the current, but always growing up toward the light.
Lord, grant us the grace to be supple and willing to go back to a previous path when the Spirit leads that way, but to set our face forward, to the light, when the time comes for that journey (Luke 9:51).
Happy are those who take refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).
Under the One’s mercy,
Finding God’s grace revealed in the ordinary experiences of life, spiritual renewal and prayer.
Truth ~ my truth
God has this!
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
– Isaiah 26:3
We don’t know the tune, but these are lyrics to a song, since this chapter of Isaiah begins, “In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah.”
When is “that day”? The impending day of judgment on the earth. Oh my.
A terrible day for those who’ve turned their backs on God.
A glorious day for those who’ve put their trust in God.
…peace… Isaiah 26:3
The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
— C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
EPHESIANS 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
When I lay my head on the pillow at night I can say I was a decent person today. That’s when I feel content…PEACE.
A little tidbit of more truth & humor ..I carry with me ALWAYS!
When I’m on the couch, I usually have the TV on and my Samsung Galaxy Phone nearby. And sometimes, when my ADD is really kicking in, I have my Samsung Galaxy Note too. And my laptop close by. And a magazine that I haven’t gotten to. And a book under the pillow to my left.
On the road again….. *throwing my head back laughing