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How’s Your Soul?

It’s that missing piece, isn’t it?

In a world that applauds activity and ‘doing’ ..

In a world that praises accomplishments and meeting goals…

and often gives us messages that we are human-doings…

I’m left today with this question,

“How is your soul?” ( referring to that hidden, spiritual side of a person)

Weary. Worn-out. Running on empty people.

Trying so hard to do what’s expected…

but down deep inside

there is this gnawing ache;

Something is just not right.

The Lord spoke about our souls in His Word.

We are more than just a body and mind.

We each have been given a soul –

a soul to tend and care for.

All the racing and running,

 Dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s

Can leave one so exhausted and puzzled.

“What’s wrong?” we ask with silent cries.

We must learn to tend our souls, dear friends.

To take time to simply be in the moment.

To breathe in the air and slowly exhale

and experience the essence of life.

Unfortunately, people are burning out on every side.

Worn out from trying harder and doing more.

Disillusioned and frustrated.

Isn’t life more than this?

Yes, it is.

But we must choose to give ourselves time to tend our souls.

Pay attention to those moments when you are satisfied within.

Notice the activities that leave you empty.

Intentionally create time for tending your soul –

for being with God.

and notice the difference that that makes.

The quality of our souls will indelibly touch others for good or for ill.

 

Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.

Prov. 4:23, NASB

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27, NASB).

 

 

Waiting Is Never Easy

mommy and baby noelleFrom the time I was a very young girl I dreamt about being a mother.

Holding my own little freshly bathed and powdered baby.

Rocking her gently and singing her lullabies.

But although my longing was strong , I did not experience the joys of motherhood

until later in life.

Yes, one Mother’s Day after another passed

with me whispering another prayer of relinquishment

and asking for peace from the One Who loves me like none other.

I focused on showering my love on other mothers around me

and knowing that there are many ways to mother.

But it was not always easy.

Times of waiting never are.

But one day that all changed and I found myself holding the sweetest little girl in my arms.

Seven months old  of  loveliness and charm captivated my heart

and since that moment  I have walked that path of Motherhood.

My heart wanders back to moments of dancing with her in the night

Times when  I, a single parent, came  home from a long day of teaching and classes

and quietly tiptoed  up to her room.

I’d quietly step  to her crib and joy of joys, she’d lift her curly head to greet me.

Mommy was home. And she’d pull herself up and reach out her arms

And I’d scoop her into my longing ones.

Together we’d dance around her bedroom

enjoying

each other.

The high point of my day – being with her.

Blowing bubbles together

and hilarious moments of laughter.

Weary, up at night moments,

On my knees prayer times seeking wisdom and

Holding a sick child and praying for healing.

Double the joy when I was blessed to adopt again a tiny toddler from Russia.

Snuggle moments and tender moments

anxious moments, prayerful moments

that seem to pass too fast.

Yes, much too fast.

Today my girls are 21 and 14.

Where do those years go?

I wouldn’t trade anything for the joy I have had of being their mother.

But on this Mother’s Day my heart wanders easily to

those women who struggle with Mother’s Day for a number of reasons.

Longings unfulfilled

Broken hearts

Prodigal sons and daughters

Mothers  who are not with us anymore.

So much that can cause the heart to feel sadness at this time.

Always remember that He is the heart knower.

Yes, He knows all those longings and deep sorrows.

He knows and understands.

Reach out to your mother on this day if she is living

and hold your children close if you can.

Love is from God  and it shines forth from shore to shore for all of time and beyond

His Love beats with passion

for you, my friend.

Shining moments all over.

Never forget it!

 

Looking For Peace In A World Filled With Trouble

In a world that pulsates with troubles and trials

is there any peace to be found?

Or somehow has peace – the essence of true peace – disappeared?

I remember like yesterday the day that I received that phone call

telling me that my mom had had a stroke.

For the next five years her life and the lives of those close to her

became a round of doctors, medications and therapy.

I discovered peace in treasuring each moment

knowing that God was in charge of everything

and resting in His Promises for strength.

‘My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness.’ (II Cor. 12:9)

In my office a small plaque hangs with these words called The Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and the wisdom to know the difference. *

Much of life simply happens.

Sickness and loss, disappointments and trials.

But God is in the midst of all we experience. He whispers to us ‘Peace be still.’

He woos us to rest on Him; to not carry the burden by ourselves.

The diamond of peace sparkles through the rubble

as we learn to come unto Him

and give Him those difficult, painful situations.

Peace shines brightly as our fingers are gently loosened from the heavy weights of life

and His Love is embraced.

Yes, my heart whispers again today,

He knows it all

and He is our Peace.

Freely offered for all who receive Him.

We don’t need to worry about tomorrow.

No, He will be our peace tomorrow too.

Holding us tenderly

Supporting us on all sides

He is all that we need.

Today may you glimpse even more clearly

His Peace.

Radiant,

Strong,

Brightly shining peace.

And may His Peace be yours as you receive His Gift that will never leave you.

All those troublesome situations that we experience

from day to day

serve as opportunities for us to see

and to know

and to share with others

Peace.

His Peace.

Him.

* R.Niebuhr