Posts Tagged ‘Strength’

All Strung Up

IMG_1375I opened my eyes, and there he was.

Quiet, still.

Staring at me.

My saucer-wide eyes were astonished to see such an animal appear in our residential area.

Thankfully I was able to snap a photo before he sauntered away.

My encounter with the Ethereal Elk was brief; but the seconds that passed seemed expansive – and powerful.

During my daily prayer time since he appeared, I continue to remember that moment.

What struck me most was the tangle of ropes that hung from his rack.

Did I imagine that he looked helpless and forlorn, unable to discard them?

I so wish there had been a away for me to take them away.

My thoughts have churned about the jumbled mess that elk had to carry around.

And what God has shown me is that I have my own entanglements that need to be discarded.

Some of my doubts, fears and mistaken thinking have been part of my carry-on baggage for so long that they are in danger of becoming permanent accessories.

It’s time for some serious shedding.

Brené Brown, in her book, Rising Strong, talks about the stories we make up.

 We can actually become trapped in those stories – so deeply that our brains begin to compose a story (however untrue) that we expect to hear. (parentheses mine)

It would be so nice if there were a special “mind conditioner” that we could use to comb through our knotted thinking.

Alas, undoing our wayward thoughts isn’t so easy.

Here’s where we need God’s help.

Courage and determination may start the process, but He is the one who can unravel the twisted ropes in our minds.

And allow us to shed them for once and for all.

Imagine how would it look if all of us walked around with our gnarled strands of “stuff” hanging outside of our heads.

Quite an image, wouldn’t you say?

Indeed, we are all lugging something around that we would love to dump.

Unfortunately, the Ethereal Elk had no choice. He was stuck with his ropes.

But, thankfully, we are not.

I pray that, with God’s guidance, we can all be brave enough to determine what we can dispose of.

And in doing so, enjoy the peace and serenity that result.



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The Way With a Word

canstockphoto17362331We’re two weeks into the new year, and I am still trying on my Word for size.

Resilience  ~ it has a nice ring to it, wouldn’t you say?

In praying for my Word for the Year,  I  asked God for the wherewithal to receive (2013) my word with wholehearted (2014)  enthusiasm.

There were other words that hung on my mental clothesline…clear, forward, peace… but resilience attracted me because it has a certain energy about it.

The ability to spring back after being pulled, stretched, pressed or bent connotes inner strength and resolve.

Couldn’t we all use a little more of that?

Being resilient would help me become unstuck when my mind wants to sink into the quicksand of doubt or negativity.

It would give me the mental buoyancy to somersault through the verbal chatter that can sometimes cloud my thoughts. ( I can barely recall the last time I was even able to execute a real somersault!)

Resilience, to me, has broad dimension, and interesting contrasts.

It can be strong and tough, or airy and expansive.

I love the words related to resiliencebounce, flexibility, and stamina, to name a few.

But my favorite is effervescence.

If God can sprinkle few sparkles into the mix of life’s challenging moments, I’m all for that.

And recognizing the radiant light of God in others  – each eliciting his or her own expression of resilience – is the gift of learning through example.

So, Lord….thank you for my Word.

Let resilience be my walking stick as I plod through the the ordinary days.

Let it be the rock I lean against during the worst of storms.

Let it be your love and strength, washing over me as I face challenges, large and small.

And best of all, let resilience bubble over when I toss the confetti of joy, celebrating life.

Thank you for showing me The Way…


Have you chosen a Word For The Year?  Please feel free to share it!

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