… new normals …

It’s that time of the year again… The holidays… Thanksgiving a couple weeks ago, and now Christmas is fast approaching…

What, in the past, had always been “normal” for me at this time of year, has not been so for about the last 4 or 5 years… Instead, “normal” has been in flux, fluid and changing as has been the family situation… And even now, the “new normal” has not yet fully taken shape and solidified…

But it’s getting there… And despite a not yet fully established new normal, I will still celebrate!

Merry Christmas!
Happy Chanukah!
Joyous Kwanzaa!

Even if things are not “normal” for you, may you find a way to celebrate the true meaning of your holidays this year!

And may we all experience blessings in the New Year!!

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New places… Night time… And sleep…

New places can be a little unsettling… Even though some things stay the same, still it seems, everything is different…

It’s not that the place is new, exactly… I have been working in and driving around the city for a year and a half… But now I am also living here…

And the house I am now living in is not exactly new to me either… I am renting it from friends with whom I visited many time while they lived here… But now, they have moved… and I live here…

And… it is so quiet here…

In my old city, even in the dead of night I heard sounds… traffic sounds, if nothing else… But not here… There are not a lot of external sounds to be heard in the quiet of the night…

Sometimes, that’s a good thing…

Except tonight, while many in the world are sleeping, and silence seems to fill and surround my new home… I cannot seem to turn off the sound of my own thoughts…

They aren’t bad or troubling thoughts… Just stuff… memories and plans and hopes and dreams and things I need to remember for tomorrow and…

Well… you get the picture…

Maybe now that I have written this, shared it, I’ll be able to put my thoughts aside for a short time… Turn down the “sound” and turn my mind off… And go to sleep…

Good night, all…

the way of love … for the sake of the Bride

Yesterday afternoon, I began to read a new book:

For the Sake of the Bride: Restoring the Church to Her Intended Beauty” by Steve Harper

In this book, Steve talks about “the way of love” as he has been led to understand it through his Lenten experience of 2014.  I have reached the point in the book that Steve has called the “intermission”… a time to pause reading, and pray.  At this point in the book, during the “intermission”, Steve asks the readers to pray for God’s Holy Spirit to put us (me) “within the way of love as never before.”

Steve isn’t talking about “love” as the world usually thinks of love…you know, hugs and kisses and boyfriends and girlfriends and Valentine’s Day and all that stuff…

No, so far in this book, Steve has been talking about “love” as God expresses it and offers it towards us and wants us to extend to other humans…you know, unconditional love towards everybody, no matter who and no matter what…forever and ever, amen… Steve has been talking about making this type of love the basis for everything we do, think and say, as we relate to everyone in the world…well, actually, to this point in the book, he has been laying the biblical foundations for making this type of love the basis for everything we do, think and say, as we relate to everyone in the world…

And here, at this juncture, he asks each of us readers to pray for God’s Holy Spirit to put us “within the way of love as never before.”

We aren’t to pray that God’s Holy Spirit does this for “the other guy”, rather that the Holy Spirit does it for ourselves…for each one of us…

I am to pray that the Holy Spirit will put me “within the way of love as never before.”

God’s way of love, the way that I am to love others, all others, is not easy… What will God’s way of love demand of me and how will it change me and where will it send me and who will it send me to?

I suspect that I will spend the rest of my life listening for God’s guidance and answers to those questions… and asking God for the courage to say, “Yes, Lord…whatever, and whenever, and wherever and whoever”!

I will pray as Steve has asked (then finish reading the book)… and I’ll trust God for the rest.

change… the only constant… and this blog…

Lately, I have taken a break from doing any blogging…  besides which, when I have recently had thoughts that I felt I really needed to blog about, so “the world” would know just how wise and philosophical and spiritual and faithful and funny and eloquent and (yeah, right… you get the picture) I was… well in those moments, I was never near enough to a computer, iPad or iPhone to be able to blog about it…  And that was probably just as well… because I know that I am not really all those things I just mentioned… well, not very often anyway…

The other thing is that I have multiple blogs that I have started over the past few years, that I write to…because I have thought in the past that I would use each of the different blogs to share an aspect or two of my life and thoughts… kind of “compartmentalizing” the varying parts of my life…

But I’m not sure I’m all that comfortable anymore with “compartmentalizing” the things and thoughts and stories of my life that I want to share…  because all of them rolled into one make me who I am now and who I am becoming, as God continues to work in my life…

So… I’m going to change the focus of this blog, just a little…  and incorporate more of what one of my other blogs, Faith Trek, was originally supposed to be…  In case you’re wondering, it was supposed to be a blog about my faith journey…but it is now more like a place where I post devotional thoughts, or scripture verses I like, or “religious” sayings and quotes, or stuff to get people to think about their faith journey…

None of that is bad, and I’ll probably keep using it as it has become… but things about my faith journey, well those stories will be posted in this blog, because they are a part of the story of my life…  (I have discovered that the focus for this blog has also changed slightly… it has become more personal… a place for me to share stories from my life… instead of sharing the stories of others, which was part of it’s original intent)…

So…  I may change this blog’s name… well I haven’t decided on that yet… but if you open the blog and find a slightly different name, don’t panic…  And, naturally… I will probably also change the look, or the “theme” of the blog, as they call it… maybe…

Well, you know what “they” say:

Change is the only constant in the universe!   ~they