Tuesday, June 17, 2014

When life is a storm, is there really anything we can be grateful for?

As soon as I wake up, I thank God for a new day. 

Mornings are exciting to me! A new day represents another opportunity, a new beginning, a chance to try to be better than the days before. And for that I am grateful.

Several years ago, my life was turned upside down. Pain, rejection, and disappointment made me question the value of my little ‘morning gratefulness ritual’.  ‘Is there really anything I can be grateful for?’ I asked myself daily. 

Sadness replaced the joy of my morning routines, and I wanted my joy restored! It was then I decided to intentionally and fervently find things to be thankful for amid the chaos in my life.  

No…it wasn't easy.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Finding a secret place for sacred time

While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Mark 1:35 (MSG)

Mornings are exciting to me! I wake up between 4 and 4:30 on weekdays. On the weekends, I’m a little more flexible – maybe I wake up at 6. :)

I can’t help it, I go to bed at night looking forward to my morning routine. I stumble across the living room where my dogs are –already full of energy—waiting for their food. I feed them, and with sleepy eyes I fix my iced coffee with almond milk. 

The first sip, “Ahhh…I’m ready now”, wakes up my mind. It is then I remember, “I have a date!” 

With coffee in one hand, I grab my Kindle, my journal, and my Bible app. Wrapped in my favorite soft blanket, I sit in my secret place, “Good morning Lord”, I exhale, and sacred time begins.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Refuse to play mind games.

I woke up this morning and was instantly overwhelmed by an inexplicable sense of sadness. It didn't make sense, but sadly, it was an old familiar feeling. You see, I struggled with anxiety and fear for many years, and today, it threatened to steal my joy once again.

Then...God whispered.