Trust the Plan

“What’s your plan for today?”

That is a common question in our home on Saturday mornings. My husband knows my whereabouts Monday through Friday, but Saturdays are often unscheduled. I usually wake up late (meaning after 7:00 a.m.), enjoy my morning coffee, catch up on reading, and generally — just slow down.

Tick Tock

Do you live by a schedule? Is your day planned right down to the moment your head hits the pillow? If you answered yes, you are in good company.

Most of us are driven by the calendar and the clock. We’re constantly rushing from one appointment to the next. Always planning. Always filling every spare moment of the day with activity. And if we’re sitting still, we panic that we must have missed something.

We definitely are missing something. We have lost our way in the storm.

Keep Calm and . . .

We’ve all been hearing a lot about mindfulness lately. Merriam-Webster.com defines mindfulness as:

the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis

Maybe you’ve seen a commercial for one of the hottest new apps called “Calm”. It’s promoted as the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, and is the listed as the #1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. Millions of people use it to help lower their stress and anxiety levels.

When you have to Google the definition (as I did), you are probably a mindfulness beginner. Or you have embraced other ways to cope with stress. To be honest, there are days when I’d rather be any place other than sitting at my desk, staring at a computer screen. And on such days, I would definitely enjoy listening to a rainforest waterfall, or the soothing sound of ocean waves while I work.

But there is calm in silence too. When I need to breathe, I will often open my Bible, read a devotion, or spend a few quiet moments in the empty church sanctuary.

“The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭32:17-18‬ ‭

Peace is found in the presence of Jesus, the One who walked on water and literally calmed the raging sea. His words, “Peace, be still!” have the power to calm life’s storms today, even as they did 2000 years ago.

Best of all, no download is needed. 🙂

Sticks and Stones . . . and Planks

How it All Began

I have enjoyed writing since my high school days. Aside from art classes, English was always my favorite subject, particularly anything related to creative writing. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a school teacher. By my senior year in high school, although I loved writing, I hoped to become an artist. Nowadays, the only paintbrush I pick up is usually dipped in a gallon of Eggshell White.

So for now, I’m back to writing, or blogging, or whatever you call what I do. Hopefully the words I choose to share will touch someone in a meaningful way. My plan is not to teach a lesson or to preach, but to share my personal perspective from my tiny corner of the world.

My favorite writing space

I try to stay dedicated to my Sunday routine of writing. It can be challenging at times, especially if we are traveling. But I pray each week that the Lord will give me something worthy to say.

Like many writers, there are days when I feel dry and uninspired. Those are the days when I share what is going on in our home or in my personal life. Sometimes those little adventures lead to new ideas for future posts.

Words

This morning I found myself thinking about words. Specifically how we share words, and how they can hurt or heal. They are a powerful means of communication, whether written or spoken. We can choose our words with wisdom and compassion, or with haste and vengeance.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:1-5‬

Jesus’ words are convicting to those of us who are willing to take them to heart. The internet has made it easy to hurl insults from afar. Few would repeat the same words if they were seated face-to-face with the person they insulted.

Here’s a question for you. Does the internet make us brave, or does it make us cowardly? It can do both, depending on how you use your words.

For the past two years I have given up social media during Lent. But this year I feel a need to fill those platforms with the love and kindness our Savior modeled for us.

Be the Salt and Light

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:6‬

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light . . . ” Ephesians‬ ‭5:8

Words are powerful. Use them sparingly. Choose them wisely. And always . . . remember that plank.