For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. [Mark 13:34]
Life can be Harsh and I’ve been assaulted by it!
Life can be Unfair and I’ve been victimized by it!
Life can be Uncertain and I’ve been confused by it!
Life can be Painful and I’ve been scarred by it!
Life can be Overwhelming and I’ve been hijacked by it!
Life can be Ravaging and I’ve been devoured by it!
Life can be Terrorizing, and I’ve been paralyzed by it!
Life can be Sweet, and I have savored its offerings!
Life can be Carefree, and I have soared upon its wings!
Life can be Deep, and I have explored its flowing depths!
Life can be Beautiful, and I have painted upon its canvas!
Life can be an Adventure, and I have found its treasures!
Life can be a Symphony, and I have hummed its Arias!
Life can be a Test, and I am its student, striving to graduate with honors!
Copyright © Wanda J. Murry, August 2017
Life viewed from the right angle is its own beautiful landscape…
It has taken a few weeks, but I am getting settled in my new home. The feelings of fatigue, anger, frustration and fear are all but gone. I had been in a head space that opposed my mental and spiritual well-being. My life seemed a dysfunctional hot mess. Mostly, I lacked the balances and boundaries needed to feel peace within and without. Regaining my equilibrium meant taking steps from my mental checklist:
- Make a home. It needed to be more than a place I occupied and filled with stuff; it had to embody my personality, my vision, my décor.
- Get revived. I had to make quality alone time with ABBA to once again enjoy the relational intimacy I craved as his daughter.
- Restore leisure. Enjoyable things that had fallen by the wayside like writing, reading, music, movies and bubble baths, were once again gaining their place in my life again.
Sometimes it’s easy to get off track in life with all the distractions this world has to offer. Distractions make it easy to forget how to enjoy the beauty of living. For me, this means taking time to enjoy my hermitic side without guilt; to step back from life’s crowding demands and just be; and, to get the rest I need to avoid feeling like a mindless, murderous zombie.
Sleeping under the stars from the vantage point I now have makes for sweet slumber and tranquil living. Though not as beautiful a view as the Norway image used for today’s blog, it will suffice as an anchor for my balancing act.
Whatever it takes for you to gain a balanced life, I surely encourage you to find it and continue your life on a beautiful journey.
Image by Eamon – Blogger at https://waywardwheeler.wordpress.com and https://www.facebook.com/waywardwheeler/. Used with permission.
Heart, Soul & Mind … Who Has You?
Song: Withholding Nothing by William McDowell
I had to make this post today after our bible study last night, and after hearing this song this morning! The teacher spoke on Psalm 46:10. My heart was immediately overwhelmed with a sense of confirmation, myself being in a mind space where I know I need to BE STILL and wait on the Lord more consistently and faithfully!
The teacher gave examples of how we get so busy with pursuing life that we tend to push God to the side, giving him a minuscule of our time, talents and energy.
I felt the SLAP upside my head – intuitively and spiritually!
When you are operating day in and day out on automatic pilot, going through the motions, checking off your long, sometimes extensive lists of things to be done, and especially those things done in the name of God, stop and ask yourself:
- Am I living a life that is totally SURRENDERED to God?
- Am I working off a mental checklist in autopilot mode?
- Am I working in conjunction with the Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s plan(s) for my life?
Jesus left it ALL at the CROSS – For You and For Me! – He WITHHELD NOTHING from us in His defeat of death to ensure we had a clear path to salvation, free of flesh-guided works.
What are you WITHHOLDING from the Lord of Your Salvation when all he wants is YOU – Heart, Soul and Mind (Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27)?
Today, and in the days following, I encourage you to BE STILL & KNOW HE IS GOD! Make your future plans, but freely allow God to supply the final answer and direction of the path he wants you to follow!
I have some friends who are dealing with deaths in their family—some of them, multiple. Death hit close to home this year. I lost an uncle who was the pillar of our “Pender” family based in Kansas City. In the past, I greatly feared death. In 2006, the loss of a young man I knew in passing tore through my fears like a hurricane. I mourned the death of this child as if he were my very own. Baffled by the depth of my tears and depression for weeks on end, I cried myself to sleep each night asking, “Lord, why—why him—why this son?”
The weight of my grief drove me into depression. I asked others to pray for me. My breakthrough came as I lay silently crying one night: Death is a Given—Accept it & Make Peace with it. God is the only one with power over it! And, BOOM, there it was! Yet, to totally break the yoke of the fear these words followed: God gave you children for a time and a purpose, just as He gave HIS SON for a time and a purpose?
My peace with death doesn’t mean I don’t sorrow for the lost. It means I take comfort in God’s arms and acknowledge this truth: “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:8); and it will play out to the very end.
Today, I am sharing an excerpt from my first book, My Soul Cries… Holy, Holy, Holy, that I hope will give a new perspective on dealing with death.