You may be in a cave. Perhaps you are aware of all that is going on outside the cave. The sounds of weeping and sorrow reach your ears. The negative energy of rabble-rousers pokes at you. The tremors of too-near implosions are wearing on your heart.
But you are still in the cave.
In the cave you are birthing new things and a new way. It is hard work. Particularly because you are not all too sure what the new way is. You know what it won’t be, but can barely see what it might be.
Continue reading A Holy Experience of Birthing and Caves
Perhaps you have lost your joy. The tasks about you may seem to be never-ending. You’ve been at this for some time now. It is hard to catch one’s breath.
The recipe for re-finding joy is a surprising one. It is not so much about stretching and reaching, grasping or holding, but about releasing, pausing, creating, investing – gentle manners of heart and soul. A relinquishing rather than a hoarding. A surrender.
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I and two other women are away at a conference. Last night we stumbled into the guest house with groceries and bags, exhausted from a long days drive and evening activities.
This morning I heard through my slow waking, “They are not here. I’m not seeing them.”
My mind ascertained that maybe the keys to the car were misplaced and then to my mind came a thought which I voiced, “Maybe they are in the door.”
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Invest in something beautiful. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it does have to bring joy to your soul. It may be simple or it may be intricate. It may be old or it may be new. It may be striking or it may be humble. It may cost it may be free. Whatever the case, invest in it, make it your own.
Put it somewhere to remind you. Let it shine forth your own special light. Allow it to bring you gladness. To hold you up when you are feeling low. Beauty does this.
Make a way, figure it out, choose that one piece of beauty that reminds you that you are made for gladness. One of the first things we give over in difficulty is beauty, don’t do this. Reclaim beauty in some way.
When life is tough we need one special something that will gladden our eye and make its way to our heart. What might this be for you?
One day, you won’t need beauty in a thing for you will be making beauty once more.
You might need to take a pause. Or, perhaps you are already in a pause.
No matter, pauses are good for your soul, body, mind, spirit and the work you are about.
( I am speaking to high-driving folk, if you are always on pause you might want to get going with something, anything! )
A pause, a true pause ( not the, I’m in the dessert because of my unbelief and lack of courage kind of pause ), but a true pause, is essential to your life.
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You do not want a big, sudden, increase. It may be tempting to go after a lot all at once but big sudden increases are not sustainable. Large jumps will land you backwards, not forward.
Did you ever try to leap a stream as a child only to have your backside sitting in the water?
This is the way of windfalls.
Continue reading Risk in Small Doses
There are things in this life you must do alone. These things always come with risk and demand from you, authenticity.
It is a job done singly because only you can journey to the depths of your being to find what is at the core. This is not another person’s job in the world. So don’t be waiting on anyone else.
It is risky because once you find what is at your core you will feel the burden to live it out loud, to bring it to life, to birth who you really are to the world.
Continue reading No One Else will do it For You