Archive for April, 2011

Just One Small Change

April 9, 2011

Vocation: Drop the o and and an a and you are on vacation.

Trip: Remove the i and replace it was an a and you are stuck in a trap.

 

Got Boredom?

April 7, 2011

Really?

A friend recently mentioned to me that she was so busy all the time and yet she is just plain bored to tears!  That threw me for a ride. Certainly we all have things to busy ourselves with and busy work. So what kind of value do we choose to place on the things we must do?  How can  we possibly be bored if we are connected?  I find that if I pray in the midst of the busy work, I  find real meaning and value in the task at hand. Do not be distracted by your tasks but be drawn closer to the Lord as you are able to do His work, however boring it may be. It is a blessing.

What is This Thing Called Life?

April 6, 2011

In the Book of Matthew, Jesus tells us not to worry about our lives. Why do we worry about what we are going to eat or drink or wear? He reminds us of the birds who are well cared for by the Father. For there it is written:  “Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”  We know the answer to the great question, and yet we doubt and fret and are consumed with worry.  We are reminded to actively pursue our spiritual gifts and all will unfold.

Slow Down You’re Moving Too Fast, You Gotta Make Your Blessings Last!

April 4, 2011

Gripping and sipping a great cup of morning coffee. A sweet little morning kiss goodbye. A few unexpected quiet moments with a family member. An offer from a neighbor to help lighten the load. A call from a friend who thanks you for your ear. These were the small blessings of the day. Were you moving too quickly to notice? Did you dismiss these as another “don’t mention it” moment? Stop, look, listen. Pay attention and try to be receptive to what is being offered to you. The more you take notice of your blessings, the more you are blessed.

How Much is “My Two Cents” Worth Today?

April 3, 2011

A penny here a penny there soon I am full of my own two cents. They are everywhere. In my cup holder in the car, the bottom of my purse and dropped around the house. I accumulate and save them hoping to return them into our struggling economy. But I find that two cents doesn’t go as far these days. So I guess my two cents is worth very little.  Sometimes my two cents is encouraging to others, at other times I find that it just incites others. Perhaps my Lenten prayer this day should be that I will try to maintain a dignified silence when I feel compelled to contribute my two cents’ worth or when I feel a strong urge to defend myself from criticism.

Can’t You See I’m in a Hurry

April 2, 2011

I decided to come to terms with the fact that each of us has the same number of seconds, minutes and hours to this day (that is, of course, unless it is cut unexpectedly short). SO let’s assume the best. We are equals today.  One of us chooses to rush ahead and the other decides to be fully present in the day. Today I let someone ahead of me in the check out line; I gave someone else the right of way at a traffic stop and gave credit for a job well done to another. The end result was that I received a joy-filled day. If you can see that someone is in a hurry, smile and say “after you” and be prepared for the unexpected.

It’s Just Because

April 1, 2011

Do you remember as a child hearing a parent say, “just because” to one of your many endless questions? As a parent haven’t you found yourself saying to the pouty faced child of yours, ” because I said so.” What of the questions we ask God about unconditional love and forgiveness. It’s just because.