Tag Archives: God

Source

We all have one source.

We all have the same source.  God made you. God made me.

However, we have many resources.  He uses many resources to get us in touch with our one Source.

Are you with me?

Here’s the thing.  There is not one way to know God.  There is not one way to find God.  There is not one way to worship God.  Yet, there is still only one God. 

Let’s not mix up “Source” with “Resource”.  For example, prayer is a resource, God is the source.  Yoga is a resource, God is the source.  The Bible is  a resource, God is the source.  Rituals are a resource, God is the source.  Church is a resource.  You get my point. 

Let’s not confuse what we do to worship God with God.  When we do that, we think our way is the only way.  When we think our Church is God, we are wrong.  God is God.  God is our source.  The church is our resource. 

How cool to know that I have all of these resources…I went walking in the fall and was awed by the trees and the leaves and the beauty of fall.  Nature is a beautiful resource.  It’s an illustration of God’s handiwork.  However, we don’t worship it.  We enjoy it, we find God through it and then we thank Him for it. 

I’m looking forward to being open to all of the resources He will make available to me.  I plan to use them all.  It’s like an all you can eat buffet…something for everyone, an embarrassment of riches…plenty.

God’s Megaphone

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains:  It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.      

-C.S.Lewis

 A friend asked me how I think of what to write and I told her I write about what I’m thinking about.  I write about what people are talking to me about. And lately, people have been talking about uncertainty.  Uncertainty in the stock markets, our government, business, the economy, the housing market, everything.

I’ve decided to make a conscious decision to look on the bright side.  Not to bury my head in the sand but to count my blessings. 

My friend told me she read an article that said realists are more depressed than idealists.  Duh, I could have told you that. 

 I feel like some people are born optimistic.  That is just their demeanor.  But for most of us, I think it’s a choice.  It’s a choice to look at the glass as half full, rather than half empty.  It is a choice to see the silver lining.  Yes, there is difficulty and uncertainty.  Yes, we need to work hard, read the facts, pay attention, THINK, work, vote, help, serve, and then we need to pray.  We need to do what we can and then move on.  We are wise when we realize there are some things beyond our control. 

 I don’t think everything will turn out like I planned or that I’ll still get paid if I don’t show up for work or that people will still love me if I’m mean and nasty.  I know there is real work to be done in marriage, in work, with children, for God, with friends, for the less fortunate.  I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.  But we should remember to also count our blessings and not always focus on what’s wrong but try to remember what’s right.  

I think God does use our pain to wake us up.  He doesn’t want us sleepwalking through life.  There is a lot to do and a lot to change if we are going to bring about God’s kingdom on earth.  But we have to be awake to do it.  I believe the first step is to awaken to the abundance all around us.  To thank first and then ask for help.  To make a conscious, fully awake decision to be alive. 

I heard a speaker once talk about a Jewish custom in which they pray together on their Holy Days.  I don’t know exactly how it goes (I would love for someone to write in and explain how it goes exactly ) but this is how I understood what she was describing.  It’s a gratitude prayer to God and it starts with

Thank you God…

 
“it would have been enough if I had been born,
it would have been enough if I had a family to love me,
it would have been enough if I had shelter and food,
it would have been enough if I was healthy,
it would have been enough if I could speak…”

 

I’m sure you get the picture.  I came home that night and said that prayer and I fell asleep saying it.  I fell asleep because it was so long.  Yes, I am blessed.  I could go on and on with the abundance that is mine.  And you could too.  Try it.  I have not doubt it will get you looking on the bright side. (If you weren’t already)

Tweeting

Okay, I’m twittering.  Or is it tweeting? Am I a tweeter?

A friend told me it would be a good idea to get on Twitter to spread the word about my blog.  Did you know what’s going on out there???? There is a whole world of people having conversations every minute of their lives with thousands of strangers!!!

This is amazing, incredible, powerful, INSANE?!?!

I love it, I hate it, I’m overwhelmed by it…wait, just a minute, I need to check my twitter account. 

Do people want to know what I’m thinking that often?  I can even update it from my phone! On the run tweeting.  I can drive, text, tweet, email, and put on make up at the same time! (Just kidding)

I am excited by this and a little frightened.  This does not fit into my plan of being still, aware, calm and thoughtful.  I’ve been ignoring my family as I set up the twitter account and every time a new tweet comes in.  My mind is racing.  I can’t rest.  This can’t be good. 

But I’m sure the novelty will wear off.  I’m sure, just like other things in life, the newness will die down and then it will just fit in with my life in a more natural way.  I will be tweeting but it won’t consume my day.  Isn’t amazing how we can be so gung ho for something and then it becomes ho hum?

This is how love is.  Exciting, thrilling, captivating, intense and then if we are lucky, eventually, it becomes steady, real, authentic, lasting. Often people try to recapture that initial, frenetic phase of love.  They want to feel the newness; they want to feel enthralled again.  But the reality is love gets better with time.  Although the excitement often dies down, intimacy grows.  True love slows down, listens, gets comfortable, opens up, shares, trusts and endures.  The good stuff happens when that initial phase is over. 

The same is true for our relationship with God.  Many of us are trying to recapture our initial feelings of our relationship with God.  I am loved! I am joyful, I have found the way! We want to go to church and be entertained! We want to sing and dance and feel it! When we are not entertained or ON FIRE, we are questioning, does this really matter?  Is it true?  I don’t feel jazzed up on God anymore.  But again, the good stuff happens when that initial phase is over.  There are days to be dancing and excited and there are days to be serious and thoughtful.  There are prayers that are loud and exuberant and there are prayers that are quiet and intimate. 

We settle into a routine of comfort with the people we love and with God.  We are known, we are understood.  We can rest.