Tag Archive | mindset

Mid Week Blessing

I don’t have anything really new for you today.

Only that which I try to encourage you with much of the time.

Stop listening to the negative voices that acost you every day.

Turn off the TV, and consider the following;

For that last one, fill in the blank with whatever you need.

This is who and what Father, Son, and Holy Spirit say about you.

You are stronger than you think.

You can do this.

Until next time …

All That Wander Are Not Lost

All that wander are not lost.

So I’ve heard it said.

It seems I’ve been wandering since the beginning of this COVID business.

Some of that wandering has lead me to places I am greatly familiar with.

Other wanderings have lead to places dark, and unknown.

In my wanderings I have seen and re-seen things I have noted before; in those same wanderings I have noticed things that I had either forgotten entirely, or had not known at all.

Some of my wanderings took me to places I never wanted to go; others to places light and airy, and free.

From some of those wanderings, I came away with a fog so thick that I had to sit and rest until it cleared.

Still at other times, they brought light to dark corners that I was unaware of, thereby shedding new light on my path.

Regardless of where your wanderings take you, I encourage you to be open, and ready to learn whatever is in front of you to learn.

Mostly, I encourage you to “Be not afraid”.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid. John 14:27.

I leave you with two questions to ask yourself during your current wanderings;

I usually use them during scripture reading, they are from a long time mentor – Graham Cooke.

“What does this mean?”

And

“What shall I do?”

Asking these questions has been helpful in my understanding of most, if not all, of my wanderings.

Until next time …

Raw and Real #10 – Travel

So just what exactly does travel have to do with raw and real anyway you might ask.

At first blush, nothing.

I know for me it has something very important to do with my process.

I’ll see if I can explain, and you can see if this fits for you as well.

When I was small, the big event of the week was to go and visit my grandparents’ house, which was out of town.

In adult terms, only fifteen miles or so, but to a child, it was SO far.

Regardless of the distance, traveling down that gravel road approaching their home, was the best feeling of all.

There were cousins to play with, horses to pet, barns to hide in and apple trees to climb.

Do you see what was missing?

You saw correctly if you saw that → There were no bullies.

For that time, I was free from the daily torment of those bully boys and the mean girls. 

With my cousins living across just across the road, it was as close to perfect as could be.

Until it wasn’t.

A misunderstanding between my father, my grandfather, and myself, got me the biggest beating of my life,

and an excommunication from my grandparents’ property.

Later on in years, around the age of receiving a driver’s license, travel was important for about the same reasons.

The bullies, the mean girls, and some others who won’t be mentioned, were left behind while I escaped from them for a little while.

When newly married, and having small children, my husband and I lived in the middle of an average sized mid-western town.

We purchased a camper, and a membership to a campground some forty miles away.

Away we would travel; there was peace and quiet for us all.

During those times, I always believed – in my dreams – that I/we could travel away and all, things would be left behind.

The biggest issue, was always having to return, back to the scene of the crime you might say.

The peace and quiet was physical, but I began to realize that peace was an “Inside job”.

My then, unbeknownst to me, introverted self, began taking a look inside, with the help of a pastor/mentor friend of mine.

He showed me how to read the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and glean out of it the →help I needed for myself.

My hope is that perhaps this little series might give you some ideas, and bring the same help to you.

We are all different, some of what worked for me may help, or you may need to look at some other ideas.

The above mentioned mentor has through the years, shown me multiple ways, to help with that “Inside job”.

You can read more from him →here if you like.

Meanwhile, travelling back to the point.

When you’re younger, you travel short distances, or you travel just “In your mind”.

As adults, who want to not only be free, but be useful in the lives of those they love, and in society in general.

We must learn to travel to that inside place.

Psalms 139 calls it “my inward parts”, “in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth”.

What I know to be true, is that if God took that much care in creating us, then He will surely take care to help us with those parts.

He longs for us to be free.

We need only ask.

Nowadays, when I travel, it is because I want to go somewhere.

I want to see something new.

I want to spend some good times with my family and friends.

I don’t travel because I’m trying to get away from bullies.

There is peace within.

Even if I see turmoil in the earth, the peace within me still abides.

How about you?

Where do you want to travel?

Why do you want to travel?

Consider.

Just consider, to find peace within, and peace without.

Join me next time for installment #11 – Relate.

Until next time …