Have you ever felt an inner need from your soul to say YES when you really want to say “I can’t.”, “I’m not able to?” or “I’m too busy.” The Holy Spirit may be seeking your soul to listen so that you can receive a blessing or bless someone else. When you listen to that urge and trust it lessons of Love, Compassion and Faith often emerge.
LOVE- Have you ever been nudged to say YES to a friend when she asks you to have Lunch on the very day your many petty tasks have overwhelmed you? You want to say “Im too busy. ” But you said YES! When I reflect back to the days it wasn’t easy to say YES and I listened to my soul those were the days that stood out. The unfinished Work and chores seemed to have slipped into the background and the best part of the day was laughing with good friends that LOVE you know matter what.
COMPASSION- A dear friend of mine lost her husband and she asked some friends to join her on a girls trip to Tuscany. Traveling that far was not a comfortable thing for me. But I searched my soul and said YES. The evening we arrived we gathered together on a breathtaking countryside hill and nibbled food and wine. We held our glasses up to the sky and made a toast to Joe. His name had just been said and a double rainbow appeared in the Tuscan sky. There was no doubt that it was the Holy Spirits way of letting us know Joe was with us and thankful for these compassionate women surrounding his grieving wife. This unseen sense is so powerful that it can take you on journeys through this visible world to places you never imagined.
FAITH- Our two year old puppy developed a rare form of cancer and it was time for us to let him to go. I will never forget my daughters Faithful words she whispered to Tank before he died. She said,” Tank since you are a baby you get to sit on Jesus’s lap when your in heaven.” A week later I went for a run minus my best friend Tank. I took a deep breath and watched the other dogs playfully race around the beach chasing balls and seagulls. Sandy Beach was Tanks favorite place. I missed him terribly. I walked to the water and slowly submerged myself in the ocean hoping the water would sooth the loss I had felt. I looked up into the sky and thought I know you are running around with new friends in a place that is more majestic than I can even comprehend. The thought barely formed in my head and I looked up and a big white puffy cloud floated above me. It was shaped like Tank racing through the sky. I felt joy and lingered with it. I smiled having Faith that it was the Holy Spirit showing me that all was well with Tank.
The more I listen to my soul and focus on the unseen in this visible world I realize the unseen is forever and more majestical than we can ever imagine. The visible is just the tip of what we can see and doesn’t last forever. The days get busy, the rainbows fade away and the clouds disappear. So lets open up our eyes, stay alert and change our mindsets to say YES so we don’t miss out on these awesome gifts the Holy Spirits sends us so creatively.
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Change is inevitable. It is one of life’s few guarantees. For example, raising children to become adults is a process full of joys, pain and countless changes. If I had seen the future of the painful times I would have to endure as a mom…who knows I may have said no. When I see the sign of a change coming my way I smoothly shift gears and start letting go of my ego’s need to hold on to what is comfortable. That is when I arrive at a new beginning. I realize it is exactly where I’am supposed to be. Getting to know this new season can feel uncomfortable, different and sometimes scary at first. Change is an opportunity to grow. Don’t get stuck in a comfortable gear because you may miss out on an opportunity that is better than you thought. These five words help me smoothly shift gears so I can go to the places I don’t want to go but must.
- Patience. Before you know it you have accepted it so have Patience. It will get easier everyday. Write in a journal everyday and look back after seven days and see how different you feel. Sometimes life is a seven day wonder.
- Determination.When there is a change try to remember there is a reason for it. have Determination to get through it. You may like it better.
- Faith. Prepare yourself when you see the first signs of change. Change is a part of life you cannot hide from. Have Faith that it is a part of your journey and this is a new chapter in your life.
- Willpower. Keep moving on to the future. So have Will power to not go back to the comfortable past. Participate living life in the present.
- Meditation. When something feels uncomfortable it is an opportunity to grow. Don’t avoid or miss this opportunity God gives you to grow. Have Meditation be your tool to get through this time. Find a place to quiet your mind. Yoga class, church or even a small area in your home with a candle. This will help you find your inner peace when change comes your way.
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Who is the person or place that made a difference in your life? For me it’s Kanakuk Kamp. Every summer of my childhood my parents would send me to Kanakuk Kamp. I attended camp every summer for three weeks. Kanakuk Kamp is an Athletic Christian Camp where I was taught to own my faith and make a difference to others. The camp theme is “I’m Third”. – God FIRST – Others SECOND – I’m THIRD. This motto was threaded throughout all of the activities camp offered. Although it was an athletic camp you could usually find me in leather class where I made beautiful jewelry for myself and my friends. Hmmm…. still doing that! I learned to Keep It Spiritually Simple the I’m Third way.
God FIRST. We have tried to instill this principle with our children. The kids are grown now but I feel confident knowing that as parents we guided them the “I’m Third” way. My husband and I tried to center our family around God FIRST. We reminded them everyday to be nice to everyone because everything you do matters good or bad we are all one. Now they can go through this world with a Spiritual lens if they choose.
Others SECOND. Family dinners at the kitchen table is a priority. This was not simple with three kids and their busy schedules however we made it work most of the time. The kitchen table is our family’s Spiritual hub where we encourage each other to make a difference to someone else. We not only say grace before dinner we listen to each other explain the highs and lows of the day, complete projects, decorate birthday signs and cakes, write thank you notes, cards and college essays and celebrate special occasions. This is where new traditions bloom and life lessons are taught. This is where we nourish our Spiritual souls together.
I’m THIRD. This quote by William James – “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” Helps to remind me to be I’m THIRD.
My 80 year old neighbor walks down my street and waits for her ride. She lives alone and has reluctantly given up driving. She struggles with this. Whenever I see her I take the time to wait with her. Sometimes I’m her driver. We go to art exhibits, Tai Chi class or to Holly Hill Farm where she volunteers. Whenever I’m with her I see life through a different lens. Last night she was walking down the street I asked her,” Where are you going?” She said, “I’ve been in my studio all day sculpting and really want to get out and walk to the bridge to see the sunset! Want to come?” I was thrilled because I had been in my studio feeling the same way. My dogs tail let me know the feeling was mutual. It was a gift to see this unforgettable sunset with such a special friend. We talked about art, faith and shared our views about the world and although they are very different we both agreed we are all ONE! God is First we need to act as ONE. Others are SECOND we need to take care of each other. We are THIRD.
Keep It Spiritually Simple is simple not easy! Simple is using discipline and self-control to take the time to cook, volunteer, drive, walk or just listen to another person. This dedication opens up possibilities that can take the soul where you least expect it! Be on the look out for these opportunities they transform into gifts to you. This Thanksgiving sit at your “hub” and make a paper chain linking all the people and places you are grateful for that made a difference in your life. Hang it somewhere special. Chances are you are the link on someones chain. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Balancing Wife, Motherhood and Work is definitely a challenge. Some days are better than others! Many times you feel pulled in so many directions you don’t know which way to go and giving up seems like a great option. I remember when my three year old bit at the gym Day Care. This equated to bye bye spinning class hello Weight Watchers. Feeling frustrated I bickered at my husband which in turn made me feel even worse than he did. The same day an account I was pursuing was not answering my calls. UGHH! I had just about had it and my patience was fading fast. However; I kept on plugging away and simply looked up and said a prayer. A little bit later I was poking around on the internet and this beautiful quote popped up.
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”- Harriet Beecher Stowe.
It is so true. Because I had endured patience, looked up and didn’t get off course! This is how the rest of the day turned out.
Later that afternoon I was exercising in the basement with my son watching a video and he said,” I love you google!” It made me giggle and smile the rest of the day! Later that day my husband came home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Just because. My daughter and I took our time arranging them in my favorite vase that she had made for me in her art class. She explained,” I put a happy face on the vase because you are always happy!” I checked my messages and it was the account, he said, “We are very excited to place a large order of ek Jewelry!” He went on to apologize for not getting back to me. He had been out of the country.
I do not believe that the reason the tide changed was a coincidence. I believe it was because I simply looked up, held on tight and powered forward. So remember when you feel you’re in a tight place know that if you hold on the tide will change and it will be worth it. The simple happy things are on their way! Whether you are giggling with your kids, arranging flowers with your daughter or celebrating a good day at work with your partner remember to slow down and cherish the simple things that life delivers to you unexpectedly. KISS “keep it so simple” be that person that makes someone else laugh when they want to cry. Be that person that brings flowers for no reason. Create a joyful surprise for someone else. It’s all about the joy you take in this journey of life.