Monday, March 7, 2016

Singing Bowl

Begin the song exactly where you are,
Remain within the world of which you’re made.
Call nothing common in the earth or air,

Accept it all and let it be for good.
Start with the very breath you breathe in now,
This moment’s pulse, this rhythm in your blood

And listen to it, ringing soft and low.
Stay with the music, words will come in time.
Slow down your breathing. Keep it deep and slow.

Become an open singing-bowl, whose chime
Is richness rising out of emptiness,
And timelessness resounding into time.

And when the heart is full of quietness
Begin the song exactly where you are. 

- Malcolm Guite

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Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing.

- Psalm 98:4-5

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Monday, January 18, 2016

One Word

Long before January 1 rolled around I had chosen my one word for the New Year.

The one word I wanted to make mine for 365 days, plus one for the leap year.

The one word that I hoped would become a revolution in my life rather than just a positive thinking, try-hard resolution.

The one word was, and is. . .


Intentional may seem like an odd word, certainly not very spiritual like many friends I know tend to choose, but this word was so strong on my heart and mind as 2015 was waning to a close, I knew it was the change that my life sorely needed. (And oddly enough, my word for 2015 was change)!

I’ve always been the type of person to live life as it comes and not worry too much about tomorrow. It makes me crazy to have more than two events on the calendar in one week. I think this is partly due to the fact that I’ve been working mostly full-time outside the home since I was 18, so those 40 hours make up the majority of my time during the week and if I have too many other things going on I feel like I don’t have enough time to breathe, then suddenly, it’s Monday again.

It’s always worked better for me to just go-with-the-flow rather than fill up every minute of my day and week with things to do. Well, I don’t know if “worked better” would be the right terminology though, since I’ve never really tried it any other way.

As I look back on my life now, however, I see how this way of living has often filled my days with good intentions, but for so many reasons, (not any good ones I might add), through doing things this way I’ve unintentionally let all kinds of things fall through the cracks and it seems, with them have slipped tiny pieces of my heart.

Much too often I intend to send that card, to clean that closet, to pay that bill, to read that book, to be a better friend, wife, mother, worker, co-worker. . .   I’m sure you get the idea, but I fail to follow through and just intend to do it another day.

And thus, I acknowledge with every missing piece of my heart that has fallen through those cracks filled with good intentions, I need to become more intentional.

I knew this was not going to be easy for me and so I prayed, asking God if this should even be my word for this year. I wondered if He might choose a different word for me, one more spiritual perhaps --- like peace, or hope, or grace, but He made it abundantly clear to me that this was indeed to be my word.

Change is hard, but I also know that regrets are harder and in the end, more painful.

So with God’s help, my intent for 2016 is to be more intentional.

I’ve already found this is not going to be easy. I’ve failed many times in just these few weeks of January, but I will not get discouraged. This is what my Father in Heaven wants for me and He knows what is very best for me. He always wants to bless us and grow us in our faith and knowledge of Him.

And when I think of it, I realize that God is so intentional. Everything He does is for a reason, a very good reason!

So I will pray every day that this year He will help me to be more intentional.

It actually is a really good word

and the one He has intended for me.

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve
what God’s will is
His good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Romans 12:2

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Linking this post in a monthly blog circle with some fabulous friends!

The theme we are writing about this month is:  Beginnings.

What kind of new beginnings are you discovering in this first month of a new year?

Please click on the links below to visit each of my friends 
and feel free to leave comments.

Connie at: Live, Love, Laugh, Hope

Marty at: What Marty Sees

Patricia at:  Pollywog Creek

Friday, January 1, 2016

Born Again

It is a wonder…

How new life sleeps silently below the surface, just waiting.

Just waiting for the day when bright rays of sunlight reach deep into the soil to touch the tiny face of each slumbering seed with an awakening kiss.

Something stirs within…

And soon, there’s a twisting and turning and then a breaking through.

Slowly, determinedly, a tiny shoot reaches up through the darkness to a place that’s full of light.

Hope rising.

Just beginning its journey to become what it was always meant be.

Fully alive.

Always reaching up to the Light.

To bring glory to the One who is the very giver of Life.

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And so it is with us, when we wake up from the dark winter of our lives and awaken to new life in Him.

Touched by His Light.

Moved by His Spirit.

Wonderfully  ~  mercifully  ~  born again.

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We were therefore buried with him
through baptism into death in order that,
just as Christ was raised from the dead
through the glory of the Father,
we too may live a new life.

- Romans 6:4

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mystery In The Manger

Christmas Joy is never-ending
When humble hearts receive
The gift of cradle and the cross
The moment they believe

The Mystery in the manger
Was truly God made known
The eternal gift of heaven
Through the cross of Christ alone

©  Julie Jablonski

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. . .an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife,
because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son,
and you are to give him the name Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”

- Matthew 1:20-21

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mary's Son

Silent snow so gently falling
Peace within my spirit calling
Remembrance of a winter night
So long ago, star shining bright

Leading to a manger low
Winds of change began to blow
In heavenly peace, an infant sleeping
Adoring mother, softly weeping

Holding close the Holy Child
Blessed Savior, meek and mild
One day her heart will ponder why
For her sins too, her Son must die

Songs of angels fill the night
Lifting up their praise in flight
Holy, Holy is God of Heaven!
Unto man His Son is given!

Truth that echoes through the years
Transforming hearts, calming fears
Mary's Son, born to be
The Sacrifice to set us free
 ©  Julie Jablonski

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, 
keeping watch over their flock by night. 
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, 
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, 
and they were greatly afraid.

Then the angel said to them, 
“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings 
of great joy which will be to all people. 
For there is born to you this day in the city of David 
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 
And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe 
wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel 
a multitude of the heavenly host 
praising God and saying:

 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” 

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, 
that the shepherds said to one another, 
“Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, 
which the Lord has made known to us.” 
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, 
and the Babe lying in a manger. 
Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known 
the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 
And all those who heard it marveled 
at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 
But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
 - Luke 2:8-19