AS WE PRAY WE CONNECT WITH THE LORD AND WITH COMMUNITY.
I usually start my week by reading the scripture I will use to create the worship for the coming week.
This week: John 13: 1-17 The washing of the feet of the disciples.
Monday is the day I look at key phrases and those words that jump out at me.
How do I stay motivated to do this on what is essentially my day off?
- I read the scripture during my morning devotions. Some people use a specific devotional tool, book, or app. These are great to help you stay the course and connect with the Spirit at the beginning of your day.
- I search YouTube for songs and/hymns that speak to me
- Pinterest has lots of images. Searching using the key words help me to remain focused
- I write some key words in my bullet journal so I can see them throughout the day and the week.
Motivation can seem difficult if not full out impossible. Starting the week following these steps helps to keep me focused and on track.
What kinds of tools do you use to get and stay focused? What will you us today?
God’s blessings abound.
Our stories have common purpose, common purposes, and common beliefs.
Go tell your story.
Many of us enjoy telling stories; sharing from our experiences. Do you have a favourite?
This week I’m reviewing the wonderful stories of Jesus found in the Gospels.
One of the hymns I’ve chosen:
Blessed to be a blessing.
Exchange them for chocolate! Well, perhaps not. Maybe something more healthy? Although, lemonade sounds great to me too.
This week has had some ups and downs. Finding peace has been more difficult than what I’m used to. All the tools in my box seemed too heavy to lift and work with. Have you ever felt that way? Times when you know what you can do and what would be most beneficial seems to be out of reach. In my case it feels like my tools are still in boxes waiting to be unpacked.
Music was not helpful, writing wouldn’t come, fresh air was not happening (way too hot outside). However sitting in the hospital room with Nick I felt grateful that his bed was beside a window that faced a beautiful garden and city-scape. We enjoyed the view as we shared stories.
Gratitude flowed easily then. A change happened in attitude. A change happened in both our hearts.
This song came to my mind and is playing over and over in my heart.
**Nick will be in hospital for a few more days. There has been some progress towards healing. We are so thankful for your ongoing prayers and support.
After a few days of holidays I am back at my desk crafting a message to share and reflecting on the month that has past.
July came and went with some struggles but with many blessings. Nick’s heart problems continue. However, the swelling in his feet and legs is coming down. We’re working together to keep our spirits up.
Time with family is always precious. This summer, more so. With children and grandchildren visiting and some time by the lake and in a pool there has been a refreshing of our minds, bodies, and souls.
In worship this week we hear from the Book of Acts, about a conversion. This had me wondering what different kinds of conversions happen in our lives over the years or perhaps even moment by moment.
Have a listen: