Saturday, December 9, 2017

My Wish week 50



REFLECTION

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”  (Ephesians 4:32, ESV).

IMAGINE THIS

The night was blustery and cold. Silently falling snowflakes, melting before reaching the ground, only added to the night’s ambiance. Such a pretty sight. In my office, the electric fire place was flickering in time to the candle on its mantel. 

Swirling my coffee, I hummed along to the soft Christmas music flowing from my laptop. Resting at my feet, the dogs had finally embraced the peacefulness, too. All in all, it was quiet the peace-filled scene. And I remembered my wish.
I had wished for this. And here it was. Some quiet me time. I needed this! But in all reality, it was sort of lonely. Especially when I pictured my husband’s silly grin. Or our grandkids baking Christmas cookies. I remembered the cookie sprinkles on the hardwood floor and could recall how they loudly proclaimed their cookie tasted best. I smiled when I recalled how my son declared he was good at this - once he decided to eat one of the cookies he baked. I recalled our annual trip to the park to light see and the excitement on all our faces as we watched the little ones run ahead to the next display. And my heart broke. Like so many others in our community, my ailing siblings are no longer able to do these things with their families. And suddenly, my wish was revealed for what it was: somewhat selfish.
True each of us need a little down time. And eventually we’ll get it. But especially at Christmas time, I wish for us to embrace the chaos that comes with family and friends.  I wish to take time and be in the moment with them. I wish for good times with family and friends. For them (and us) to be healthy, happy, saved, and safe. I wish for many years of life with those we love. And yes, I wish for a few hours of ‘me time’ to recharge for the next thing! And lastly, I wish that each of us will make wishes worth coming true.  

A DEEPER LOOK

Daily scripture readings
I wish for:
Sunday
More time
Monday
Forgiveness
Tuesday
Less toil and trouble
Wednesday
Good days
Thursday
His favor
Friday
Eternal life
Saturday
A bold spirit and humble heart


MY THOUGHTS

Journal your thoughts here on things you wish for and how they fit into God’s plan for your life.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dwell with Me week 49

Beyond the Mirror - week 49 - ylcwv-17


REFLECTION

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, NIV).


IMAGINE THIS

“Father, I don’t want just a visit from You.”
I asked God to dwell with me. That was my prayer. I didn’t want just the emotional tug at my heart from a song on the radio. I wanted more - I’d had more. I knew how it felt for Him to dwell with me; but those days seemed distant. Mere blissful memories. What I wanted - nay, what I needed - was for Him to come dwell with me once again; to take up residence within my soul and stay there. I blotted a tear and went on my way. Knowing that God was with me even if I wasn’t feeling Him. But truth be told, His short visits weren’t cutting it.
For days I had walked around wishing He’d come back to me. Wanting, needing, to feel His presence in my life again. Walking to my office sanctuary - the place dedicated to God for ministry, coaching, and reflection - I once again asked Him to come dwell with me. And the Holy Spirit brought a few things to my attention:  First, I wouldn’t invite blatant sin into my office and I shouldn't invite it into His house either. Secondly, He reminded me that I like to spend time in my office because it is clean, decorated, dedicated to Him, and homie...He wants His house to be these things too. And finally I heard “Maybe it is you who should dwell with Me? I came to you as a babe. I lived amongst you. I even sought you out as My own. Shouldn’t the ‘me’ in your blog title be capitalized? Why don’t you abide more with Me so I can dwell in you?”
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His reprimand drew me back to the keyboard. No longer did I need to wonder about why He wasn’t dwelling with me..I knew it was because He had invited us, all of us, to Dwell with Me...


A DEEPER LOOK

Daily scripture readings
Sunday
Worry is a thief
Monday
Clean His house
Tuesday
Cling to Him
Wednesday
Remember, He’s got this!
Thursday
Start your day right!
Friday
His Word brings life
Saturday
Who’s sowing in your field?

MY THOUGHTS

Journal your thoughts here
This week, let’s focus on absorbing His word. Him dwelling in us starts by us dwelling with Him.
In Christ with love and compassion,
Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror

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