Stillness: 5 Benefits of Forced Stillness

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Being in a place of forced stillness this week, I’m meditating on what can be gained through this “season.”

I would rather be busy about my life, moving and shaking through my days, accomplishing much. But, God has me in a place of forced stillness. So, I will choose to embrace it, to lean into the Lord and to live in the now. Not in the “must do’s.”

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Easter: All For Love by Jeanne Takenaka

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What is Easter to you?

Do Easter egg hunts, brunch with the family, pretty dresses and Sunday service comprise your day? These are a part of our day as well.

The older I grow, the more I yearn to glimpse beyond the surface of the day, to Jesus. To what He did because He loves me, and all His creation. He purposely endured betrayal by one of His own.

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Accident: Perspective on Momentary and Eternal

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It was one of those mornings. The ones where one or both boys were dawdling, despite my best efforts to prod them forward. One boy sprinkled sugar on the morning, while the other acted out in all his pre-teen glory, pouring attitude at every opportunity.

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Dependence: When We Must Depend on Others by Jeanne Takenaka

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I read this thought the other day, and it stopped me hard. Jennifer Rothschild has been blind since age fifteen. She’s had a lot of years to walk in the darkness.

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Chaos: Overcoming Chaos (guest post by Andrew Budek-Schmeisser)

Today, I have the privilege of hosting Andrew Budek-Schmeisser. We’ve crossed paths in the blogosphere many times. His blog comments often challenge me to think outside the box. He has a unique perspective on life. I have a lot of respect for him. When he shared his comments on last week’s blog, I was intrigued and asked him to guest post today. Please welcome Andrew!

 

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Photo by Kristi Barile

Masters of Chaos by Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

Chaos is a part of being human. So is overcoming it.

The first step in riding through a chaotic time is to recognize what chaos does. Turning it into an acronym may help…

C – confusion
H – helplessness
A – anxiety
O – overwhelmed
S – sadness

Chaos is, first and foremost, confusing. It takes your normal routine and turns it on its head. Think back to grade school – remember the fire drills they occasionally pulled? While they were a fun way to get out of class, that first moment,when the bell went was an introduction to chaos.

That’s why they have drills – so that you’ll know what to do when the bell rings.

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Chaos: 3 Things I Learned When Chaos Struck

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What does Chaos look like in your life?

I lived a bit of chaos last week. Hubby was sick with the influenza over the weekend. I cared for the boys while he slept to heal. On our way home from church, the three of us chatted while we sat at a stop light.

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Thank You: Two Meaningful Words

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I read a story over the weekend and watched the accompanying video. And it got me thinking. About gratitude.

About thankfulness.

November is a natural time to focus on Thanksgiving. But how much “thanking” do I do during the rest of the year?

As Hubby and I attempt to instill in our boys the beauty of gratitude, I find myself wondering how much I practice this discipline in daily living.

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