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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).

 

 

Shining Moments

It’s so hard to leave, I thought walking the beach for the last time.

Only God knew when we would be able to return.

So for now I had to take lots of pictures

    and memorize the sights and sounds.

Wish I could bottle the air and bring it home with me.

My eyes scanned the beach again

   resting on the stones.

Stones that represented years and years of smoothing by the powerful ocean.

Stones that reminded me of the one I sat on every day.

Stones that each held a story.

Yes, one stone would be just right.

I walked over and bent down to pick up one.

Whew, it was heavy

    but no store-bought souvenir could compare with it.

And I knew just where I would put it.

Well I ended up taking home a few stones that year

   carefully placing them in the front of our home.

Day after day I pass them

   remembering my bit of beach

   remembering the sight, sounds and special family times.

For some they might just look like stones.

But for me

    and my girls

      they remind us of a beautiful time

                                         and our little heaven on earth.

Life often gives us times when we can’t take it all.

    Yes, there is no way that we can hold onto everything.

That would be as foolish as trying to bag all the ocean

   But we can choose something here

                             a reminder there

So that we don’t forget in the passing of time.

The seashell on my desk reminds me of Maine.

That beautiful picture reminds me of my dear friend.

Those stones in front of our home

     reminds me of God’s gift of a place.

Take the time to hold and cherish.

Take time to give thanks for all God’s gifts.

He lovingly surrounds us with beautiful touches of heaven

   for those who have eyes to see them.

My soul fills with deep emotion when I gaze out upon the vast ocean

and it sings and sings.

What causes your soul to sing?

 

It’s Time to Refresh

 

Today it is raining here in Virginia. Listening to the rain reminds me of the importance of refreshment and refueling in our lives. It is all too easy in our busy society to get in the habit of working without any intake.  The body is not made thought for endless output. Eventually it will break down.

Here are three simple steps you can take to build in times for refreshing:

1. Schedule frequent short breaks away from your work.

    Just a simple walk after lunch, for instance, gives you time outside to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and also get some much-needed exercise. Even taking the time to simply be outside for a few minutes each day refreshes and refuels. Watch the birds. Admire the flowers. Breathe deeply.

2. Listen to music.

    Build music into your lifestyle.  Pick up that instrument and blow the dust off of it. Play a few songs. You’ll be so glad that you did. Every time I spend a few minutes playing the piano my own soul is refueled.

3. Do something different today.

    Take another way home from work. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.

 Write that note. Visit that friend. As you give out you will discover that you are refreshed and energized yourself.

 

Yes, three very simple steps but they will make a big difference as you incorporate them into your lifestyle.

There are many other ways.  What things do you do that refuel and refresh your body and spirit?