Sunday, December 27, 2009

Peace

Today for the Spiritual Sunday post, I am posting one of the Real Simple email thoughts that arrived today in my in-box. I believe, this thought by Mother Teresa was appropriate for this weekend.


“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”―Mother Teresa

Now that Christmas is over we need to remember we need each other and one more thought that arrived this week:


"Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy, however stale these experiences may have become to others."- Abraham Maslow

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

With love and peace,
Robin

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Learning to Love Self

Since the middle of September, I have been focused on: What does it means to really love God, myself, and others. In Mark 12:29-30, when asked what are the great commandments Jesus states it is to love God and others as yourself.

Okay, this sounds great and easy, but to actually walk it out in daily life can be a daunting task. I asked God to take me through this life long journey of learning to truly love Him with all of myself, and to love others deeply, as He is teaching me to love myself.

So...What does it mean to love self well?

I have been hanging out in the letter of 1 John for the last 19 days, with the desire that God will reveal to my heart what needs to be transformed and acknowledged, concerning the way of love. In 1 John 3:16-24 John is clear on a few points of what love is. As far as he is concerned, it all points to Christ sacrifice of his life for us and that we too need to live with the same attitude towards others.

In verses 18-20, John writes that by practicing the way of love we stop the poison of self-criticism. Okay, the question now becomes what role does self criticism play in my life? And what is the connection between freedom from self-criticism and loving others well?

I have become aware of how debilitating my self-talk can be and it truly can place my heart, mind, soul, and strength into invisible chains that stop me from being open to the way of love. I like the way the Mark 12:29-30 passage is written in the Message.

Jesus said, "The first in importance is, 'Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.' And here is the second: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' There is no other commandment that ranks with these."

Have you ever noticed that when your self-talk becomes full of self-criticism that it is hard to have passion towards God and His word, entering prayer is impossible, your brain becomes blurred, and energy is slow in coming. I usually need to stop everything and sit in silence until my heart can realign with God's truth. Sometimes I simply need to sleep! Wow, imagine that, our self-criticism can totally drain us, and I have personally experienced this.

These are my rambling thoughts for Decembers journey, it would be great to read your thoughts concerning self-criticism. Christmas seems to be a time when this invisible chain of negative self-talk likes to be unleashed. Thank goodness through Christ's sacrificial love we have a way to be free.

Love and Peace,
Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Control



Yesterday I was browsing through health websites when I found myself on the Canadian Johnson and Johnson web page. They were asking a question which I found intriguing so I answered it. Following is the question and my response:

How do you keep from blowing your top and damaging relationships?

I believe through daily spiritual rhythms and practices I have set the foundation and safe guard towards not blowing my top and leaving behind me damaged relationships.

The first step, is to take time to be alone with God, asking him to guide and direct me through out the day. My love relationship with him is vital in maintaining my cool in the heat of conflict. Knowing how much he loves me makes a difference in how I respond to others.

Second, is to let the Bible (his word), change my heart by not demanding my own way, but taking time to listen well, hold my tongue, and stop anger immediately through praying breathe prayers. Not blowing my top and keeping control of my tongue, is a step towards learning to love others well.

Our words and choice of actions can bring life to a relationship or they can totally end all forms of communication. It is my daily choice to choose life not death concerning the relationships I have in my life. Growing in grace is a life long journey.

How do you keep from blowing your top and damaging relationships?

Over the last several weeks my husband and I have been extremely ill, yes we did have H1N1 and my husband had Salmonella poisoning. I apologize for not posting or letting anyone know. Energy has been a possession I hoarded, while my strength slowly has returned.

Please pray I will get caught up with writing my papers that are all due at the end of this month. I have a knack of falling behind! My youngest son will be home on December 16th, he has been in Quebec since September. It will be wonderful to have him home.

Pax Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.