Friday, January 31, 2014

There are two ways...


Chesterton's words always remind me that simplicity is really a heart attitude from which decisions and perspective flow.

A friend and I were talking the other day about places we've lived and ways that we've acquired things to furnish those places.

At one point in college I lived off-campus with three other girls in an old house divided into three living quarters. I had come from a long distance and didn't have a mattress--I figured I would use an air mattress all year long. 

One night late I got a call from my friend who had been my roommate the previous year. She told me she had found a mattress--a twin mattress--that someone had put out by their garbage bins. 

I was thrilled!

One of my housemates had a station wagon so we quickly jumped in her car and drove to the reported location of the mattress. We cut the headlights as we slowly drove up to the garbage cans and mattress. Quickly we leaped out of the car, grabbed the mattress, carried it to the car, and shoved it in the back. We got out of there fast hoping no one had seen us!

We gave it the sniff test. We sprayed Lysol on it in great abundance. I thought it was a great mattress! 

I slept on it. I am still alive.

I was grateful for a mattress to sleep on. An attitude of gratefulness for what I have makes me content. I have more than enough--more than many, many others in the world. 

If I am thankful and find ways to give, gratefulness is reinforced and the act of giving reinforces my perspective and I desire less. 

I have enough.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Perfect Time


I continue to find that if I wait for the perfect time, I never start. 

Studying something. 
Blogging something. 
Talking to someone. 
Calling a business. 
Cleaning something. 
Reading something. 
Writing something. 
Going somewhere. 
Having "that" conversation.
Playing with the kids. 

Whatever it is, I can find a million more imperfect times than perfect times to start. Anything.

I'm trying to just start. Anywhere. 
Don't wait for the perfect time...just start.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Music for Monday


A song by Gungor that we've been singing...I love it when Sela sings too.



"Beautiful Things" by Gungor

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us