Sunday, March 17, 2013

One Little Word - February

The prompt for February was to create a vision board. I have read about these and it was fun to take up the challenge. It didn't necessarily have to follow with your word but I found that as I pulled together the pictures that caught my attention I found they were in direct reflection of what I have been trying to bring about with my word for the year - enough. I have had my pictures for some time and every so often I have added a bit here and there. With everything else that needed doing aside I put some time aside to put it together. 

I created the board around my focus picture - the ripple in the water.  It is significant for me as I used the illustration at my father's funeral.  One drop can cause a ripple and effect so many.  What is enough for me that I can have an effect on others?  Each of the other pictures flow from this.  About life slowing down, enjoying moments, giving thanks and loving life.  Love how it came together.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Summer is coming to an end

Summer is coming to an end.  While it is still hot at the moment, who knows how many more visits we get to the beach?  On a previous visit I was captured by something we do often when we go to the beach.  When my boys are little the waves are always a little daunting so we go close to the sea and dig a pool to sit and play in. To be successful the trick is to dig as close to the shore line as possible without the tide destroying the pool as it washes over the side. Digging further away seems fruitless as bucket after bucket is tipped in and drains away.

It got me to thinking.  Life is a lot like this.  With our own efforts we try to do the best we can.  We dig a hole and can fill it as many times as we like and the water just sinks away.  We look for the next big thing in life that will fill us and make us happy.  It isn't until we go to the source and dig deep that the water stays in the pool.    God is the source of our strength.  We need to lean in to him and dig deep into his word, holding on to his promises.  And he doesn't just fill us.  He fills us to overflowing (Psalm 23:5).  The more we give the more we receive.

At church we have been working through the book of Matthew.  I have been challenged by this verse:

 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 10:39 (NIV)

As I read this post at To Overflowing I am reminded that it is not about me.  Less of me and more of Him. Because in doing this I discover what it means to really live an abundant life .

Growing in his grace.
Losing myself in His love
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