Devotion

How devoted are you to the LORD?

Are you much more devoted to the DESIRES that you have? than in your relationship with God?

These are some questions that I’ve had to ask myself today.  I wonder if I did not receive those desires because of my lack of commitment to prayer.

The word does say to pray without ceasing and often times when I don’t see the fruit of my prayers I will eventually stop praying for whatever that “thing” is at the moment.

However, I’m slowly learning that is not the correct approach.  God is far more interested in answering our prayers (if it is HIS will for us) when we make the sincere effort to go to HIM not only when it’s convenient for us.  He is interested in a friendship and intimate relationship with us by studying HIS word, praying to HIM, meditating on HIS word by seeking to understand his nature through study, journaling, asking questions, and applying what we glean from our quiet time with him.

 

 

Continuous Improvement

Just as life evolves, you and I evolve.  We learn, we grow, we adapt, we change, we improve, we hurt, we heal…and then some.  Each day is like a new canvas to paint a picture and even if you make a mistake with your brush you can edit and make changes as you go along.  Life imitates art in that way, they both are works in progress and so are we.

Forward Thinking

I look forward to the first day of each month.  I think of them as new beginnings.  Each new month brings with its own opportunities to explore, new people to encounter, new situations that will arise, and more.  Whatever areas where I fell short last month then I look to the new month to adjust my habits, my thinking, and my productivity.

“Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!” ― Steve Maraboli

Integrative Wellness Rules

The relationship between our physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being are all interconnected.  When I made this realization a few years ago, I made a conscious decision to pursue a lifestyle of wellness that embraced the mind, body, and spirit.

Recently, I read the book, Integrative Wellness Rules: A Simple Guide to Healthy Living by Dr. Jim Nicolai. This book is an effective and subtle introduction for those in the beginning stages of the journey to wellness.

It helps you set goals, identify your challenges, create positive rituals, and encourages you to dream big and keep a journal.

Though I’m not new to the concept of integrative wellness, I was able to glean some nuggets of information to help me on my journey.

The Law of Threes for one suggests that whenever we are faced with change, less is more.  Small steps are much more practical than huge changes.

Dr. Nicolai suggests developing a taste for tea. He mentions Matcha, Pu-erh, and Tulsi teas for their varying characteristics and benefits.

Some notable quotes that I found to be inspiring were:

“While health is the ultimate destination, wellness is the road map that gets you there.”

“Learn as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were to die tomorrow.”

I’d recommend this book to someone who is looking to make some changes in their life, but has no idea where to start.  This book is quick and simple enough to get ball rolling without feeling bombarded and overwhelmed with information.

I personally was interested in reading this book and was able to receive a complimentary copy from Hay House Publishing.

I’m sharing my personal experience of the book with the sole intention that someone may find it useful to their own pursuit of bliss.

 

The Miseducation of Meditation

Meditation is often misunderstood as some difficult, mysterious ritual practiced by isolated monks and mystics. But meditation is simply focused thinking — a skill anyone can learn and use anywhere.

When you think about a problem over and over in your mind, that’s called worry. When you think about God’s Word over and over, that’s meditation. If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate! You just need to switch your attention from your problems to Bible verses. The more you meditate on God’s Word, the less you will have to worry about.

While you cannot spend all day studying the Bible, you can think about it throughout the day, recalling verses you have read or memorized and mulling them over in your mind.

– Rick Warren via Daily Hope

Expression of Sympathy

Do you ever find it difficult to find the right words to say to someone you know when they are grieving or in mourning?

Typically, people will say “My condolences” or “Sorry for your loss”   I have said them myself in the past but personally I’ve always felt them to be very generic and impersonal.

I have been more mindful with my words since then; as I want to say things with meaning. There is so much power in words.

I no longer am at a loss for words when confronted with someone who has experienced pain, loss, suffering, or misfortune.

I simply, prayerfully, and meaningfully say to them an abbreviated version of Phillipians 4:7:

May the peace that surpasses all understanding be with you and your family at this time.  

And I sincerely make this prayer request on their behalf.