In the Quiet...

Greetings,

I write this while chilling out at home with the dog (Cubbie)
lightly snoring, hearing the clock ticking in the quiet, and sitting in an office chair at the kitchen table as it is more comfortable than a regular chair.  I'm wearing my comfortable bright pink plaid flannel shirt.  I just ate a warm chicken pot pie from Lueken's grocery store and drank some hot chocolate.  I am so grateful for quiet moments like these.  They are rare.

I am learning to really enjoy the simple things in life.  Mmm good morning coffee and a bowl of oatmeal, seeing a sunrise, a good hug from a loved one.  There's times when I hide in my little office space and feel pretty overwhelmed.  Some jobs really take a lot out of me.  It is stretching me beyond myself.  That is a good thing, but it is also challenging.

I'm starting to settle into the routine of adult life a little better.  Get to places on time, make lists, write down dates in calendars, schedule appointments, enjoy a good book, etc.  It seems that time slows down even as I get busier.  I am no longer running here and there, playing outside to no end, being in activity after activity.  It is more of work, home, and occasionally an outing.  I hope that this humble life can still have a far-reaching impact.  

I think that my life with God is becoming more familiar and less of a routine too.  It would help me to spend more time in the Bible and filling up as well.  There's also times where I indulge in watching some Tiny House videos on Youtube while attempting to make sweet potato fries.  There are times when I listen to audio sermons by "The Prince of Preachers" Charles Spurgeon while sorting through a messy bookshelf.  I'll take a walk or bike ride to enjoy God's creation.  It is beautiful to have this journey with Jesus as someone who lives life with me and guides me.  "Don't talk to that kid when you're angry.  Calm down."  "Go say hi to that person."  "Give that homeless person your granola bar.  Yes, the good kind that you like and want to save for later."  God meets me in the everyday moments and I see the holiness in that.  

I don't think being constantly busy with church activities makes you more holy than anyone else.  I love my church and the people of God.  It's good to be involved in things too.  But it's not good to make busyness equal to Godliness is all I am saying.  You have to meet with God in His presence for yourself too.

I Want to Know You (More)  --Hillsong

In the secret, in the quiet place
In the stillness, you are there
In the secret, in the quiet hour
I wait only for you
Cause I want to know you more

I want to know you
I want to hear your voice
I want to know you more

I want to touch you
I want to see your face
I want to know you more

I am reaching for the highest goal
That I might receive the prize
Pressing onward, pushing every hindrance aside
Out of my way
Cause I want to know you more

I want to know you
I want to hear your voice
I want to know you more
I want to touch you
I want to see your face
I want to know you more

I want to know you
I want to hear your voice
I want to know you more
I want to touch you
I want to see your face
I want to know you more

I want to know you
I want to hear your voice
I want to know you more
I want to touch you
I want to see your face
I want to know you more

I want to know you
I want to hear your voice
I want to know you more
I want to touch you
I want to see your face
I want to know you more


I pray that God will reach past my striving to work to earn anything from him.  I pray for God to fill me up so that I can reach people with love and patience, not with my effort.  I want to want you, God, even when I don't want to do what you want.  Help me see things from a bigger perspective.  Help me strive for not more or less, but for equality and justice.  Take the humble things I have to offer and make them something bigger in your kingdom.  Please help me to LOVE on these kids this year, be grateful for what I have, not seek after position, give up self-contempt, and learn to lean on you more.  Give me grace for my relationships with other teachers and staff, be with my family and friends, and with those who may become family.  

Jesus, Thank you, thank you, thank you that YOU are enough.  Dios es suficientemente poderoso.  God is sufficiently powerful.  GOD IS ENOUGH.  

Go in Peace...  Bless you.


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