Tuesday, December 19, 2017

42 Renew

The absence of production on my blog illustrates exactly what is happening in my life right now. Yes, I am still busy working in my lovely office perch/nest---and loving on the people who matter most to me. This means I am (still) not spending much time (Instagram proves I'm still finding/creating beauty...it's Insta to post there ya'll!) out in the studio creating. 

I mostly believe and feel how letting go of extra studio time is the right thing for this season. There are times when this creeping feeling comes over me which is usually complimented by thoughts of "should". I quickly recognize these feelings/thoughts for what they are and when I challenge them, I always arrive at confirmation for the season I am currently observing, and go back to feeling/knowing peace in my mind, body and spirit. Below you will find the scripture that is guiding me through this time.

I am a work in progress! I am grateful for the patience and steadfast presence of my friends and family. Thank God for transformation, for change, for renewal, in my 42nd year of this beautiful life. 
Even my office space is in transition. I just got the long, counter-height table and will pick up my new full-length couch over the break. (This will mean my hypnotherapy clients will be able to leave feeling better emotionally AND without neck pain.) Those are my heels in the corner by my door. You bet I kick them off between clients!

Place Your Life Before God

12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

1 comment:

the Whitelaws said...

Love when you post! Miss you! I'm identifying with where you are. This fall, that same Romans 12:1 verse resonated with me. I wrote it down on a note card and it's perched in my kitchen window. Merry Christmas to you and yours! - Sara