Hello lovely readers. Pull up a chair let’s chat .
Today after my Pilates class I drove home listening to radio 4. The words made me laugh! Keep calm and carry on! At this moment the atmosphere is all but. Anxious words and angry expression fall out into the world relating to politics and football. Yet it’s true we need to keep stepping out calmly and not giving in.
Let’s think a whole few minutes not about the current climate but about our moments. Keep being gentle , kind , compassionate.
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
In the middle of reflecting on the word I chose for 2016 -moment – musing on how I have lived my word and planning to use the meandering in my mind as my next blog post. It came to me the power of it as the EU voting is completed and the outcome for UK is uncertain.
The spiritual leaders give us direction and encouragement to focus on our eternal perspective.
Strength, Hope and Trust are our swords to hold and believe in as we look to courageously take the next step whatever that looks like.
God says : When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.
Psalm 75 : 3
It’s easy to lose that peace and when I posted some notes on Instagram about His perfect peace in my sleepless moments, of considering my loss, feeling the anxiety and facing my deep fear, I challenged myself as to what will I trust in. His peace or my unrest.
Acceptance that I’m vulnerable or resist and be independent and isolated.
I choose to hold in my precious moments of living my life that I will embrace His peace and His foundation.
Daily moments of coffee drinking and photographs blend into the encounters with my neighbours. The Italian friend, the beautiful European who helps me, the Chinese lady who services me a smile as I buy my items . The French gentleman who proffers wise counsel in the political arena. The Turkish restaurant in Birmingham where we ate and smiled a while with friends. The Malaysian lady who encouraged my heart at church. The African lady who brings joy into life and those around her. Then there is our American family. A rooted part of us in our ancestral past in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Places where my heart still remains. Because of people.
I hold each moment shared and each person who are so part of me as so very precious. Valuing the diversity and colour of my world.
Lets hold truth. Let’s be vulnerable just by living because that vulnerability means we love.
Let’s do that thing that we are exhorted to do
Love each other in all our moments
Love one another as I have loved You
So I give you a new command: Love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.
Moments chosen to give value to the daily gratitude I practice. Found In a moment in time . Face . Song flowers cloud word, even hard moments are gifts and speak of strength
Moments in my day as I saw a lady determined and strong walking stooped but never giving up. A Moment remembered.
Look up at your sky how is it painted.. What moments make your world . Do we get choices? Hard moments We all get them. The over sensitive Person perhaps more so! So what helps you through them? Good focus right perspective.
Every moment is to be valued . A precious thing. Even the boring jobs and the pain and grief of life. No thing is useless. God works it together for good.
Moments. Gratitude daily . Coffe and Examen. I follow a simple format of prayer that embraces realness and gratefulness. It creates a valuable structure for me. Once practiced years ago by Christians . It’s an adapted version by prayer 24/7 and offers me a daily structure which I’ve come to value and grow in . I look at myself and know even when moments are hard to push through, still I feel the moment I am honest and practice kindness. Moments make up our day.
Esther a book in the bible paraphrased-
It is for this moment you were created
We are constantly learning that what makes the difference is :-
Our willingness to turn again and again (EP Freeman )
Isaiah 30:15The Voice :-
Listen! The Lord, the Eternal, the Holy One of Israel says, In returning and rest, you will be saved In quietness and trust you will find strength
I say value your moments , not with some unreal expectations, but with the grittiness of living. Not by ignoring life’s stuff but by holding on to the truths that sink deep. Keep calm and carry on . Noticing and still valuing our moments.
Thank you dear friend for sharing some moments with me today.