Monday, April 27, 2015

Light and Love


Have you ever stood in a room of strangers and paused to take it all in... then, silently wished each and every person collectively Light and Love? Yeah, I hadn’t either… until recently. And once I did, I can’t get enough of it. It is kind of my new thing.

In doing so, I refocused my perspective from seeing everyone as separate to seeing everyone as One. I recognized and identified with the Light God places inside each of us and God’s collective Love for all of His Beloved Children. It was a shift in awareness.  I went from an outsider within a room of strangers… to an insider amongst others who are collectively Light and Love. I went from judgment and forming opinions of people… to love and acceptance of differences. I went from focusing on my self-love… to loving everyone all at once.  I went from being one… to being a part of One Love. I finally experienced and embraced what the Bible teaches about being one.

“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members of another.” ~Romans 12:5

“Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” ~Philippians 2:2
 
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” ~1 Corinthians 12:12
 
Next time you are in a room of strangers, pause and silently wish them all Light and Love. Trust me; you’ll be glad you did!
 
Light and Love to you, my friends! We ARE One!




 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Hot Tea


 

My son was drinking hot tea as he played video games. Can you picture that? Zombie slaying with a spot of tea! Well, in the midst of his killing spree, he spilled his hot tea… trust me, it was more than a spot at that point. By the time it spilled, it was really more like room temperature tea, but, none-the-less, it was all over the living room floor. He broke down crying and screaming; a 12 year old fit.

By the time I realized what was happening and arrived on the scene, he had already lost it. Our foreign exchange student was eagerly trying to help him clean-up the spill. I too rushed in with paper towels. Trying to “embrace THIS moment”, I paused to assess what my son truly needed at that exact moment. I decided the best thing was to send him to his room… he was in hysterics all the way to the slamming of the door behind him.

I cleaned up what I could. I waited for my son to come down from his bedroom; when he was ready. We sat on the stairs and talked about how he could have better handled that situation. I told him I wasn’t upset about the spilled tea… I was upset about how he handled the tea spilling. Then, I handed him the mop. We talked as he mopped up the rest of his spilled tea. I told him sometimes you need to walk away from a situation until you cool off and, then, when you are ready, you can come back to deal with it in a calm manner. I commended him on splendid job of mopping.

Being a Mom, I am always reminded of my relationship with God. I go through things with my son that I KNOW God goes through with me. It reminds me to give my son grace because, Lord knows, I am given more than my fair share. You see, I too cry over spilled hot tea sometimes. Well, maybe not exactly hot tea… but hurt feelings, not getting my way, having to be patient AGAIN… the list goes on and on. In the perspective of eternity, none of these things really matter; just like spilled hot tea doesn’t really matter. Sure, it matters in the heat (or room temperature) of the moment. It matters when you see the hot tea splayed out before you reaching for the carpet… reaching for the walls… reaching for your feet… it matters a whole lot then. But, yeah, it doesn’t REALLY matter.

As I face future challenges in life, this experience is going to be my visual. I am going to ask myself, “Am I crying over spilled hot tea?” Some things are worth our tears. Spilled hot tea is not one of those things.

Monday, April 13, 2015

I have you right where I want you...


 I have been in the waiting place for 3 years now. I make a move, and then I wait. I get a nudge for another move, and then I wait. I get a stirring in my heart and act upon it, and then, you guessed it, I wait some more.  It is like God and I are playing chess; except, He’s the chess Master and I am simply the pawn. My waiting stature stays the same, the scenery or place on the chess board just changes. Sometimes this game is so confusing… I lose my sense of direction in this waiting place. But I am learning to wait more gracefully and be in the moment within this place.

In the midst of vacuuming today, I had a beautiful moment. Maybe it was the hum of the suction and buzz of vacuum’s motor that lulled me into a meditative state. Maybe it was the ordinary moment of the mundane that allowed me to still my mind. Maybe it was doing everything I do (even sucking up popcorn off the couch) as if I was working for the Lord. Whatever it may be, I could hear God whisper into my heart, “I have you right where I want you”.

Aren’t we always in the exact place where God needs us? Aren’t we always right where He wants us? If you are a believer and you have faith in God and you listen for His guidance and wait for His will… then, the answer to those questions is a big ol’ YES! God has us right where He wants us… ALL THE TIME. When it is time for a change, He stirs our hearts, nudges us, and provides opportunities. I’ve said it before, and I will say it a million times again… where He goes, I go… where He stays, I stay. And when I vacuum (or still my mind to hear God’s loving voice), I believe with my entire being that God has me right where He wants me!
 
It’s Your move, God!