Bible, Bird Nests, Christian, Conversation, Faith, Guidance, Life Lessons, Nature, Trees, winter

SIMPLE CONVERSATIONS

 

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Do you ever have conversations with God? You know, just talk to him as you drive along or walk down the street by yourself.

I do.

All the time.

It’s different from praying in church or over a list of people and concerns.

It’s more like talking to a friend.

Stay with me here.

Before you call me crazy and jump off this page, hear me out.

I can’t say I’ve ever heard God’s voice audibly. And I can’t exactly explain how I differentiate what I hear from my own thoughts, but I’ll try.

Be Wise

For one thing, as a Christian, I know there are lots of voices out there. So I use the Bible as my point of reference when I evaluate what I think I’ve heard, mainly the New Testament. (Lots of things have been done in the name of God that He had nothing to do with.)

If it involves important decisions, I run it past someone I respect spiritually. I also ask myself if it’s just my wishful thinking. And I do my best not rush into anything.

How Do Answers Come?

Sometimes I get my answer when I read or hear the same thing several different places. (After the third time, I really pay attention.)

Or a Bible verse may play over and over in my mind the way one did at the beginning of the year. If you missed that post, you can still read it here.

Other times, an answer will come in the form of a new thought that leads me to do a little research, which gives me a new perspective.

Consider the Trees

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As I walked down the street one afternoon recently, I heard,

Slow down.

No need to rush.

Look around  you.

See the deciduous trees?

This is their season of rest.

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I began to look closely at the beauty of barren branches. Some reached upward like slender ballerinas.

 

Others stood guard like sturdy He-men, arms outspread.

Some were old and ragged, missing limbs. Others leaned in one direction, stretching toward the sun.

Each was beautiful in its own way.

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“But Lord,” I said, “aren’t they doing something that I can’t see? Like putting down roots deep in the earth?” (And, yes. I talk to him the way I might talk to you.)

Look it up, I heard.

So when I got home, I Googled What do deciduous trees do in winter?

I found, according to Mother Nature Network, Northern Woodlands and several other sources, deciduous trees go through a dormant period in the winter similar to animals hibernating.

Webster’s Dictionary notes dormancy as being marked by a suspension of activity. It’s a resting phase in which essential life processes continue at a minimum rate.

“Okay,” I said. “But if that means you want me to slow down even more, you’ll have to help me let go of saying yes when I shouldn’t, falling back into striving, and measuring my worth by what I achieve.”

What I Heard

Just meet me every morning with your Bible and your journal. Sit with me. Be present to Me. Tell me what’s on your heart. Then listen.  Allow Me to restore your soul. I’ll show you how to be present in the moment so that later you can be truly present to those around you.

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Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

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Just BE in the presence of the Great I AM.

My Answer

“Here I am, Lord.”

What about you?

Can you identify your own particular season of life ?

I’d love to hear about it.

 

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,”
when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

Isaiah 30:21

 

Encouragement, Fall Color, Good News, Growing Older, Guidance

TRANSITIONS

 

The last day of September dawns brisk and bright,

Invigorating even the laziest soul.

Come outside, she calls.

Lift your face to the sun.

Feel the breeze on your cheek,

Stroll down the way.

Let me show you the subtle changes I bring

A hint of scarlet in the maple leaf,

Acorns scattered on the ground,

Pampas tossing shaggy heads,

All in time to an eternal rhythm.

Open your eyes to the infinite.

Listen for the heavenly strains.

Be present in the moment.

God will guide you into the next season.

 

I’m headed that way.

Won’t you join me?

 

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. 
They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.

Lamentations 3:22-24 MSG
Elder Care, Guidance

MIDNIGHT MUSINGS


How will we know when it’s time to move this beloved woman to full-time nursing care?
                        When you can’t be with her 24/7, and you can’t be sure she won’t fall or                                        turn right and go out the door instead of left and back to bed.
How can we expect her neighbors to do what we can’t?
                        You cannot.
How can we trust strangers to treat her with dignity?
                        Show up. Make friends. Pay attention. Speak up.
How will we recognize the right place?                                                                    
                        What brings you peace?
How will we know what to say to her?
                        Ask Me for the right words. 
How do I quiet the voice in my head? “I should do more. Someday, this could be me.”
                        Be still and Know that I Am God.
Open my ears, Lord, teach me to listen.
                        Trust Me.

 

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself,
“The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” 
Lamentations 3: 22-24

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