Monthly Archives: January 2008

Finding Me in the Clutter

Good Morning!

Setting up this blog has stretched me.  There are so many decisions to make.  What page design do I choose?  Do I include my name?  What is a dashboard- I thought that was in a car.  So many little decisions add up to the big picture which is this space for my thoughts and prayers.

Somewhere on these pages is the description tagline for this blog.  I wrote, “Finding God in all the clutter.”  In my crazy-busy life, clutter engulfs me.  Clutter in the mailbox and my e-mail box.  Clutter in the papers that come home from school – the kids school and my school.  Clutter in the phone calls of people wanting a piece of my time.  Clutter in the to do list that is now 3-4 pages.  How do I discriminate between what is important?  urgent?  necessary?

I spent the past year trying to unclutter my life.  Not only did I find more of God, I found more of me.  What I didn’t realize is how much of me I uncovered.  Or to look at it another way, how much of me was hidden behind my children, my husband, my studies, my calendar, my to do list.

I discovered this quote from Mahatma Gandhi at the beginning of this year:

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the “atomic age” – as in being able to remake ourselves.”  Read it again.

“As human beings, our greantess lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.”

Have you ever lost yourself?  Or just part of yourself?  You are not alone.  I see this casualty as an epidemic in our society today.  It must be stopped.  We must slow down, eat dinner together, say, “I love you.”  We must be present in our marriages and relationships.  We must be present to our children and friends.  We must be present with God to find God.  For if we are lost in the clutter, surely we are not fully present with God.

I pray that you take time today to find yourself.  Find more of yourself than you found yesterday.  Take time to rework the calendar, get rid of the unimportant tasks.  In getting to know yourself, you might find it is time to remake yourself.  What habits do you want to shed?  Have your ideals changed?  Are you surrounded by people who love you for you?

This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice that each day is a new beginning.  Each day is a change for us to remake ourselves into the child God intends us to be.  If you are alone or lonely or if you need a friend to help you remake yourself.  Call someone today.  You are too precious and too imporant to be hidden in the clutter.

God bless you,

Lil

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New Year, New Beginnings

Hello friends,

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend New Year’s Day with friends and family.  We had a marathon football watch, played cards, shared good food and good fellowship.  With my full schedule during the school year, this was probably the greatest length of time I have spent with my friends in many months.  This was real time.  Not just the passing time we share seeing each other in the carpool line, at the grocery store, or scheduling a play date with the kids.  This was quality time.  Not just listening, but actually processing the conversations in their presence, as opposed to the usual processing a few hours later when I slow down for a bit. 

The idea for this blog was solidified from these conversations.  Perhaps I need to be sharing more of my walk, encouraging more of these conversations, not “plowing through” the daunting schedule I have before me.  So despite any fear of embarrassment to me or my family, I am committing time this year to share my walk with Christ with you.   My hope is that you will share Christ with others in your life.

The “aha” moment which sealed the decision to begin this weblog was a conversation I had on New Year’s Day with a friend.  She shared with me her security in knowing that she is right where God wants her to be in a new teaching job.  In the midst of a day where many people are making changes and new resolutions,  she didn’t feel the need to make any changes at all.  Her new beginning was to continue on the same path God put in front of her.  A new beginning that doesn’t involve change.  Well, it doesn’t involve change for her.  What is did do was to transform me in my thinking and my path.  I have felt for some time God’s nudging to share more of my story.  And here I am, transformed by her security in knowing God’s path. 

Jeremiah 29:11-12 11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.

As the new year begins, I want to remind you of the power of community.  God has called us to be in community with one another.  Many of His plans for us are revealed in community with others.  I probably would have continued to put off this wonderful (and somewhat uneasy) opportunity to share my walk with you if I had not been in community with my friends New Year’s Day. 

Thanks be to God for community.  Have a wonderful week.  Let me know if you have any stories to share about your community!  Perhaps you will have a transforming message to share with those around you.

Grace and peace,

Lil

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