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Romper Room Do Bee

The original posting of this was posted by me on my Blogspot/Blogger blog, on Sunday, February 28, 2010. The message is still a part of my story, so I thought I would post it again.

…..”Romper Room   Do bee

When I was little there was a show on called Romper Room. The theme song said “Do be a do bee and don’t be a don’t bee.”

Well my “Do bee” and my “Don’t bee” have been colliding as of late. Stated another way, my Do-er and my Be-er have been having a fight.

My flesh says go and go, do and do. My spirit says stop striving. Listen for His heartbeat.

The only way to hear it is to be.

From just about every direction I’m hearing the same thing. Rest. Rest well. Repeat. Be intentional about listening. Reflect. Ponder.

Then, I feel like I’m doing that too much and being lazy.

I’ve really had to ask God where that line is. How can I be a “Do bee” and not cover His heartbeat with busy, and how can I be a “Don’t bee” without being slothful.

It is a fine line, but one that I believe He wants me to explore.

This mornings sermon implored us to put our whole faith in God. Trusting in Him alone to keep ourselves in balance. We cannot earn it or learn it. We have to look (at Him) and live.

I’m looking at Him, and believing that my hive will have the proper balance of “do-ing” and “be-ing” “…..

A lot has happened since that time.

I did indeed take the time to “Just be”.

I have quieted my soul. I have reflected. I have pondered.

And I have heard His heartbeat. Right there next to mine.

I’m not saying that every day is quiet and peaceful, but I am saying that there are more and more quiet days than ever before, and it soothes my nerves, and keeps my heart at peace.

I have in fact, been able to coach a few people in the “Art of Quietude”.

It may not be for everyone, but I urge you to try it. Even for a short time. You can even begin with three minutes!

What you need to know, is that it isn’t always easy, in fact, the distractions get downright overpowering.

But if you want a quiet spirit, and a quiet mind, it is possible to achieve it.

Romans 12 speaks of renewing our minds, I wholeheartedly believe it can be done.

You know the saying, “If I can do it, you can too”?

It’s so true – even my run away thoughts can be tamed.

Would you like to give it a try?

 

What is Your Favorite Childhood Story?

What’s your favorite childhood story?

How did it touch you?

What did you learn from it?

In this video, I’ll be reading my favorite childhood book to you.

The message I hope, will be as obvious to you as it was to me.

 

 

Do you say what you mean, and mean what you say?

Even when it’s inconvenient?

Even when it hurts?

Saying what you mean, and meaning what you say, will pay off.

It is something about you that people will remember when they think of you.

Your integrity may cost you. It may even cause you pain.

But will you be faithful? 100%?

Who Needs Quiet?

If you have been around me very long, you will know that I have one (at least) very unpopular opinion. It does not fit well with today’s environment. If you are around me for long, you cannot help but hear about it. In fact I keep coming up with different ways to bring it up. What is it you ask?

The need for quiet. Silence. Quietude. Peace.

It all began with a few Bible verses that read like this –

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,    1 Thessalonians 4:11

 

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.    Romans 12:18

 

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.   2 Corinthians 13:11

 

Oh how I appreciate the quiet times, the still times.  I believe that it is because of them that getting along during this rehab time with my husband has not fractured us, but brought us closer.

There are distractions, maybe more, but I don’t feel like I’m coming apart. The route to being calm may be a little different, but following it, peacefully, quietly, is making it all possible.

 

“Wait in Hebrew means sit down and shut up.”   Benny Hinn (Read on DAILYPS on Facebook)

Be still, means be still.

Slow Your Thoughts

Finding consistent peace doesn’t require the activity of more naturally rational thinking.  The necessary condition for realizing the quality of God’s peace is learning how to slow your thoughts down so that your mental process returns to its God-designed purpose:  Servanthood.

Thought Fragments

It’s an established reality of psychology that the number of thoughts that bombards the average person in Western society is 35-48 fragments per minute.

More on these two thoughts can be found at http://www.garylellis.org/finding-stillness-surrounded-by-chaos/

“Be still and know that I am God.”  (Psalm 46:10)

As I try to “Be still” and capture my thoughts, I wonder how many of those fragments have flown by, and gone just how many of them I can get back. How many were worthy of further thought, and how many are just as well left alone.

I challenge you, and myself, to seek some quiet times. Little pockets of time to capture fragments, and turn them into greatness!

 

 

Pavlov’s Dog – Quietude

If you’re looking for content, then this probably isn’t the blog post you want to watch.

However, if you are looking for a place to get a moments rest so that you can continue your day, then you re in the right spot.

Let me tell you why.

Dictionary.com puts it this way;

Pavlov’s Dogs  [(pav-lawfs, pav-lawvz)]

The dogs used in conditioned response experiments by a Russian scientist of the late nineteenth century, Ivan Pavlov.  In these experiments, Pavlov sounded a bell while presenting                                                                food to a dog, thereby stimulating the natural flow of saliva in              the dog’s mouth. After the procedure was repeated several times,   the dog would salivate at the sound of the bell, even when no food                                       was presented.

Now, you’re not a dog, and I don’t want to make you salivate, but as my daughter has told me, she has a Pavlovian response to rain/thunder storms. She hears them, she wants to sleep. In the short video in this post, you likely won’t have time to fall asleep, but you will have time to get your mind a little bit of rest.

So go ahead. Close your eyes for a minute, and test the theory.

Let me know in the comments what you think.

 

Midday Rain

There is nowhere on earth that hosts a thunderstorm the way the Mid West does.

This was by far not the worst storm we’ve seen,

But the clouds before it were pretty incredible.

The sound of rain, invites us to rest.

I invite you to join me.

Rest well.