because we all need a duty break now & then

because we all need a duty break now & then

Not many days ago I stumbled upon several grownups engrossed in childlike fun, and I asked myself why we don’t do that more.

Why we don’t break away from daily duty to enjoy life more?

The first was a grown man flying a red triangle kit at the park. The kite was enormous – at least three or four feet across – but flying so high it was only the size of a quarter held at arm’s length in the blue CO sky. (I know because I held my arm up to measure.) Continue reading →

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when the thwap of life gets too loud to ignore

when the thwap of life gets too loud to ignore

I just jumped from my swivel desk chair with a start and raced downstairs to the laundry room to quiet the metallic THWAP THWAP THWAP emanating from my washing machine.

I have one of those still-runs-like-a-champ top loaders. But if I neglect to distribute the towels evenly, the washer barrel takes offense and protests with horrific noises and vigorous scooting, inching the entire washer across the floor with each revolution during the spin cycle.

(Hint: If you leave this problem unattended, the washer wedges the laundry room door shut so you must go out the front door, figure out how to open the garage without car keys which are pinned inside the laundry room, and hope that the other laundry door isn’t blocked too. I speak from experience.)

Imbalance of Life

Some days life feels a little like an imbalanced washer – noisy, scooting me the wrong direction, holding doors of opportunity shut.

laundry girl

Those are the days I feel too busy and forget to remember Whose is the work. The days I’m over committed. Or the times I’m hyper-focused on THIS project/desire/idea as the one that needs the most attention. That’s when my everyday gets all wonky.

Ever feel like your today is on unbalanced spin cycle with you protesting loudly and scooting off to parts unknown?

A Prayer for the Imbalanced Days

On days like these we need to grab onto grace and let God re-spread the duties – move this over, take that out –  so life can resume the balance He intended. Good thing He promises all the grace we need for all the things we face today! Funny how an everyday chore can even point us toward grace.

I wrote a little prayer for today. I’d like to pray it for you, and I hope maybe you’ll do the same for me.

May your today be blissfully free of the noise and distraction of imbalance.  As you rely on God’s grace, may the duties keep their proper places, leaving doors of opportunity wide open, so you have no trouble seeing God’s hand at work. And may you be free of agitation, peacefully at rest with the One who never slumbers or sleeps. Amen.

 

Where do you see God working on the imbalance of everyday life for you?

Photo credits:  washer girl

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my bright hope for you & me today

my bright hope for you & me today

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. 1 John 4:16

It’s one thing to hear something. It’s another to know something. But it’s a different thing all together to believe it!

My hope for us, grace friend, is just like John’s —

that you and I would know and BELIEVE the love God has for us.

That it would lodge in our heads so we can’t stop thinking about it, and then trickle down to our hearts and our elbows and our knee caps until every part of us is snuggled up in the believing.

That our whole beings would wake up every day secure in being loved by God.

gracethread.com1Jn4:16 wooden heart

Photo credit: treasure chest

 

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blindsided by truth in the middle of a movie

blindsided by truth in the middle of a movie

I do love a good Hallmark movie. Give me a bowl of popcorn and a sappy, boy-meets-girl-and-together-overcome-impossible-odds-to-live-happily-ever-after, and I’m as happy as a lark.

But, I don’t normally stumble on theology-type truth there. Until last night when I almost fell off the love seat hearing:

You’re hoping that when you finally find the courage to trust that your father never stopped loving you, and you tear open that pain you’ve been carrying around, there’s forgiveness inside.

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a precious promise for all that we face today

a precious promise for all that we face today

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

This verse is one of my favorites because of the plethora of “alls” surrounding grace.

It’s not just that God promises to give grace – which in itself would be plentiful and amazing — but, He gives ALL grace to us. (Can you even fathom what ALL of His grace means? Whoa, head rush!)

And ALL of that grace is going to fill up to the brim and overflow into your life so you will

have ALL sufficiency,

in ALL the things you face,

for ALL the minutes of today.

What a precious promise, y’ALL!

 

Creative Commons photo, Treasure Chest, by Mr. Evil Cheese Scientist

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