promise to live from intention

It’s been forever (actually 26 days) since I’ve sat down to blog. Bad me….very bad me…But tonight I was surfing Pinterest and found some awesome quotes…this is my new favorite

That was the day she

MADE HERSELF PROMISE

to live more from

Intention

and less from

Habit

Can we dare! Should we try? She made herself a promise. It doesn’t say she acted on it. We imply that part of the quote. As I read it, though, I was immediately uplifted. I searched Google for the author and was informed this was an “unknown person”. However, there are many many many links on the internet that use this very quote for inspirational purposes.

I made me feel like I should immediately promise myself and my Maker to live more by intentionally plotting out some point or another. I was to step away from random ramblings, wonderings and haphazard intentions.  I need to make a commitment to myself to live with a purpose as in various times gone by. I’ve been very willy nilly lately and I can FEEL that some of my purpose of life’s living has been cast on the winds.

In other words, I’ve been lazy with commitments to myself and others. School homework goes undone while I surf the the cable channels. Books lie unread even when everything within me longs for the intellectual stimulation that I know they provide me. Projects collect dust while I throw the mail and other useless nothings on top of them so I can’t see them.

Why? What has happened to this detail oriented maven or checkoff lists and timelines? Can we propose that I have fallen asleep at the wheel? I think that is it. I think that I have been lulled to sleep by boredom and complacency. Really, I’m serious. I’ve allowed myself to get caught up in the hum dum same ole same ole. Now comes the task of wringing out my brain and establishing a routine of purpose.

We all these times where we just start to go through the motion of eating without tasting, looking without really seeing and doing out of habit rather than with purpose.  Instead of seeing all the colors of the rainbow, we see black and white. Instead of hearing a symphony of sound, we hear an annoying whaaa whaa whaaaaa of the teacher from “Charlie Brown” cartoons.

Let’s commit now to stop and listen to the birds, the children laughing or our favorite song on the radio! Lets say yes to something new and fresh.  Let’s try the new restaurant or try a new dish and share it with friends and family. LET’S STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES even if you can only find them in your local grocery store.

Come on! Lets kick it up a notch and enjoy what’s left of the winter and stop complaining that’s it’s to cold. It’s the best time to take a brisk walk and let that cold air hit your lungs and clear out your brains!

Until next time Live Intentionally AND of course with Passion!

“…Live more from intention…”

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The time between times

I don’t know if I’ve said this or not yet, but we recently made the cross country boogie from Baltimore, Maryland. We loaded up the soccer mom van, two cats and all we could cram in and headed to Texas. 5 days later, and we ended up in a beautiful town called Montgomery Texas which is up the I-45 from Houston.

God moved in our favor and 24 hours after we got here we found an apartment with a great view of Lake Conroe and a wonderful pool. The apartment was the right size for us and was exactly within our budget.

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Our friends that were here made sure we had a fridge full of food and some necessities to get us started.

Two and a half months later and we are settled in.  My thirteen year old daughter is doing the best she’s EVER done in school; she is involved in our youth group at church and has friends all over the area. She was one of the reasons that we moved in the first place; that she found her own way makes me fill up and thank my Maker over and over again!

Me, I was happy. I worked in the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland with the worst of the worst when it came to addicts. I put in as much time as I could, getting dirty on the front lines and basking in the glory of helping those had given up long ago. Oh it was bloody and messy and I was happier than words could ever express.

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And then the call came. No not a phone call! Silly wabbit! God, the Big Cheese, The Man upstairs, Abba, JC,  Jesus on the main line …tell him what you want, you know GOD.  Many things fell into place and after a year of intense prayer, preparation, research and very little savings we were on the road.

AND IT IS SO VERY DIFFERENT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s been quiet and restful and peaceful and I keep looking around and wondering what the heck is wrong? This is not my life. There are no people to help place the pieces back together, no fussing, fights, aggression, name calling and general jimmy jackery.

In talking this over with my Pastor, I came to realize that this is the calm before the storm; OR, the storm of storms that will come in the future. I have been given this time to rest spirit, soul and body. Wow when I think about the love that God has toward me, He has given me a time of rest. Wow! Cool! Wow (did I say that already?) ooooo. Good!

NOW WHAT? There is only so much time to rest and take care of you and study for school and all.

What are we supposed to do in the time between times?

 I can tell you that I’ve been bored since forever ago. So what have I done with this time? I’ve read some new books that I wouldn’t normally read. Signed up for some classes, too, so I could finish my degree. I’ve prayed and prayed and prayed and tried to get a job and cried and prayed and stayed and restarted a business only to put it down again because it wasn’t time for that.

Okay so I’m NOT the example you should follow. Get in the Word and find out what, specifically is right for you to be doing. AND For heaven’s sake, rest too AND get your house in order.

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Make sure that before things heat up again that you have a routine in place for yourself, your family and whatever else you are juggling in your life during your quiet time.

I really don’t take to sitting idly by while there are people out there who are suffering. So I have been setting the stage to start in my chosen field again, but slowly this time. I will make sure that I have the right balance of God, family and all the other things in my life.  I didn’t have that before.

If you find yourself in the time between times, PRAY. Ask for Wisdom and direction. Ask what you should be doing during this time. There is always a plan for our lives.  Jesus promised that our Father would send another comforter.

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The Holy Spirit has been given to lead us into all things that pertain to life and godliness. He is our helper and our teacher.

No matter what…rest…for He alone knows when you will get another chance.

Write and let us know how you’ve dealt with your time between assignments or as I call it the time between times. Until next time, in all you do, do it with Passion.

Never to late to start again

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Are you Breathing? For real? Then it’s not to late for you to start over, try again, hit the reset button, blow it all up and start building anew…well, you get the idea, right?

I think that, sometimes, the hardest part of starting over is the fact that we spend so much time and energy trying to make it work. While this may be true, the great part is that we have learned so much in that effort. No one said that when we start over we have to throw away all the effort that it took to get where we got! That’s a misconception!

No matter what we put our hands too, it is a valuable life experience. Just because it didn’t get us where we thought it would doesn’t mean that we haven’t grown through the process. Every minute, every breath, every tear, every idea, every triumph, every breathtaking moment…they are ours to learn from, grow and readjust.

One of the popular sayings in the church world is…don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. Or chew on the meat and spit out the bones. There are parts to every day that will be successful, get okay results or are a nose dive into the toilet. It doesn’t cost anything to evaluate the processes along the way.

If it gets to be too much, remember … Life has a reset button…its called tomorrow.