Category Archives: Spirituality

W8- Spirituality {I love it when these things happen!}

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God works in my life all the time, but sometimes it’s more obvious than others…

Remember how I said in my previous post that I had lost/misplaced my pedometer…well, I found it!  I truly believe God was working in my life to help me reflect and come to terms with my health.  I can get so stubborn that I will keep at something just because I made it a goal. Without the pedometer, I wasn’t really able to track my mileage, which led me to deeper thinking about the entire goal of running in general. As soon as I was able to stop and really think about the benefits of this goal, I was able to realize it wasn’t working out in the most beneficial ways…my health was good but bad because I was in pain, by running I was actually hurting myself.  As soon as I was able to accept that, guess what happened?  My pedometer reappeared!  I wasn’t even looking for it, I just looked down in my car and there it was!  That is no coincidence my friend…that was God speaking to me in his own special way.  Thanks be to God!

 

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W7- Teaching and Inspiration

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Hello!  I am so sorry I didn’t write to you yesterday, but I was busy grading papers and then making pink rice krispy treats for 40 kids, but here I am now!  It works out well actually, because teaching and inspiration go together quite nicely!

Happy Valentine’s Day by the way…

So teaching and inspiration…I know that my job is awesome, yes it can be hard and frustrating at times, but I need to always remember how extremely awesome it is…that I get to impact these kids each day.  Monday I had some issues with some students and came home a little discouraged…I was getting kind of sensitive about it…and hubby was a bit disappointed in how I was acting…which temporarily made me more sensitive…until I realized he was EXACTLY right!  He reminded me that I am not the type of person to let people get me down, to be discouraged by negative results or behavior…but instead, be the type of person that makes something good happen…find ways to encourage others, pump them up, get them excited, think outside the regular way of thinking and just be better about how I dealt with difficult situations…He was my inspiration to be the teacher I know I can and want to always be…and I am so blessed to have that…he doesn’t always tell me what I think I want to hear, but what I need to hear…and I am forever grateful for that.  Today was a really great day.  I spoke with the 2 kids in particular that had the issues the previous day and we resolved things, I also gave others extra support with math, and did a more active/engaging lesson plan that helped keep the students motivated and engaged…My kiddos really are sweet good kids, and I sometimes want so badly for them to get smarter, that I forget that they are just kids…being kids….They deserve the best me I have to offer, and sometimes I slip…but luckily I bounce back quick…

Below are a few shots from today…my little man with his box for valentines, and then a picture of all the kind gifts from my students…

 

 

I have tests to grade and should probably do a little work, but I am signing off and going to get my Valentines Day foot massage now!!!

W7- Spirituality

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I always look forward to Sunday mornings.  My boys usually wake up early and let me sleep in a bit.  I get the luxury of laying in bed and knowing I don’t have to get up until I want to…it is during that time that I talk to God.  I give thanks for all that I have, for the people in my life, for the opportunities I have, for the comforts I have…I also simply thank God for life. We never know what tomorrow will bring, and I know sometimes it sounds cliche, but we truly need to try and live our life with as much meaning and intent as we can.  I had heard last night about the death of Whitney Houston and am continuing to hear more and more about the impact she had on others, and the sadness with her life ending the way it did.  One of my all time favorite songs is “The Greatest Love Of All.”  It was one of the first songs I remember really feeling a connection with, that there was a message in it that everyone had to hear and feel…Life is a gift, treat it as such.

W6-Spirituality

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http://www.becomingminimalist.com/

Above is a great website about living a more minimal life, the benefits of minimalism and how by having less you are really adding so much MORE to your life.  I originally stumbled upon this site because I was reading about prayer…the question of if prayer matters, God’s will is his will, can we really change it based on prayer…I believe in prayer, and felt like the author of this site addressed that question nicely.  I started writing about this topic first, but instead I encourage you to think about it, research the quotes in the bible that talk about prayer, and come to your own conclusions…I do think prayer is more of a way to center ourselves and keep things in perspective, show gratitude, and more.  Here is the entry about prayer…enjoy and check out this site.  We try to live simply and be minimal with possessions…there are so many good reasons to do so, and it does add to a more mindful way of living…Peace and love friends!

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/2010/09/20/why-prayer-matters-even-if-god-doesnt/

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The Lords Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

As a youth, I remember saying this prayer weekly…I always liked this part in church because we would hold hands as we said it, and then after, shake hands/hug those around us and say “Peace be with you.” It was my favorite part of church, outside of the singing.  I have to admit however, that this prayer was more of a memorized speech than sacred and touching words…it wasn’t so much a plea to God to help me actually do these things, but rather a bunch of lines in a particular order that I could repeat without even thinking about it…I was missing the point big time and now as an adult, this prayer has so much more meaning and importance than ever before.  To me, when I say this poem, I am literally talking/asking God to remind me that it isn’t about what I want, but his will for me…to help me stay grounded in what is good and not get caught up in evil or wrong doings…

**Here is a breakdown that I found that helps explain it line by line…I like it and hope that when/if you pray this prayer that it is filled with meaning and conviction…

“Our Father” – God wants us to approach Him as “Daddy” (Aramaic: Abba). Jesus takes care of us and protects us. God desires intimacy. Remember, He has infinite love and grace. Jesus wants us to be secure in His family as adopted children and heirs.

“Which Art in Heaven” — Look up to God. Fear Him and revere Him. He is all-powerful and can deal with all our problems, even the big ones. But He loves us so much that He doesn’t stay up there.

“Hallowed be Thy Name” — Holy, holy, holy. Approach Jesus with awe and wonder. Save the word “awesome” for God. Live a life that honors Him.

“Thy Kingdom Come” – “Take this job and love it!” The best job in the world is working for the Lord. Bloom where you’re planted. Do everything as unto the Lord. Find your gifts and use them. Be open to what Jesus has for you.

“Thy Will Be Done” – Jesus Christ is the potter; we are the clay. Jesus keeps us spinning on His potter’s wheel, shaping and reshaping us as He bathes our lives in tears to make us more Christ-like so He can use us for His will. Surrender daily. Keep your clay moist through daily prayer.

“On Earth as it is in Heaven” — Thy will be done – not my will be done!

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” – Trust! Jesus will provide for our needs. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He cares for me.

“Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors” — Forgiveness = Surrender. Don’t carry your own luggage – surrender it to Him. Revealing the feeling is the beginning of healing. Act as if you have forgiven and the feeling will follow. In our weakness, God sends His strength and peace.

“Lead Us Not Into Temptation” – Watch for unrecognized temptation. Pray, so you won’t fall. We are tempted every day. It deepens our walk and strengthens our faith – but be careful of spiritual blindness. Open my eyes, Lord, to my blind spots – use honest friends and family.

“Deliver Us From Evil” — The Evil One, Satan. We are saved from death to life. Jesus is more powerful than Satan – God is greater!

“For Thine Is the Kingdom (obedience), and the Power (confidence) and the Glory (joy),Forever” — This is our Father’s world. Everything we have is His. He is the ruler!

 

Peace and Love Friends, may this week be filled with meaning, good intentions and Love…

W3- Spirituality- Lovingkindness

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Lovingkindness was first introduced to me by Jeremy during our early days as young love birds…I figured it was simply a term that meant showing love and kindness towards others, but it actually goes much deeper than that. 

It is used often in the Bible in various contexts, and it is a meditation practice in Buddhism.  In Buddhism it is used as a way of keeping ones mind open and sweet.  It is a healing meditation that brings positive changes to the mind, helping one cope with painful feelings and guiding one to be more altruistic in their thoughts and more selfless… It means to show compassion towards others, being a friend and showing warmth and reaching out to others, being empathetic, caring about how things affect people, showing kindness and care to others in a way that spreads love and acceptance…there is a lot to it, this is a super basic explanation…but it is worth looking into more when you have time.

Below is part of a lovingkindness meditation, it can also be used as a prayer where you are asking God to guide you, help you, give you strength and wisdom to show lovingkindness, to yourself and others…

Wishing you lovingkindness, today and always, may we always try to keep such ideas at the forefront of our being…

may I be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.
may I be safe and free from injury.
may I be free from anger, afflictions, fear, and anxiety.

may I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.
may I be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in myself
may I learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving, and delusion in myself.

may I know how to nourish the seeds of joy in myself every day.
may I be able to live fresh, solid, and free.
may I be free from attachment and aversion, but not be indifferent.

 

Reflection after 2 weeks of blogging…

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Hi!  I am happy to say that I have continued to blog regularly despite getting back into busy work/life mode…The first week we were on break, and it was easy…but with everything back in motion I wasn’t sure if I would be able to continue my daily entries…Yet, I continue to look forward to writing  and sharing my thoughts and experiences with you all…This was a great week, I had many insights with teaching, and many special family moments with Charles turing 10 this week.  I know I say it a lot, but I really feel like my life is overflowing with goodness.  That isn’t to say life is always easy, there are struggles that we are working on overcoming, but life is good, and at the end of the day when I give my boys hugs and kisses goodnight, I thank God for all that I have.