I have shared my word for this year with you. Eucharisteo - grace, thanksgiving and joy. I really want this journey to be life changing...or else it would just be a waste of precious time. I want this eucharisteo to become my culture.
During my devotions I read this from Philippians 4: 11-12: "I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little." I realise that this is the secret to living joy in every situation. I have to learn it...I have to practice it. I know I need to learn to see God in the small details, in the small moments, in the beauty and in the hurts of life. If I want it to be my culture...it needs to be cultivated. I found this cool image of what "cultivate" means.
If I read this correctly...there is going to have to be a lot of learning.
CS Lewis said it like this: "If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it's not so bad."
By now you have probably noticed that my blogging will take a different format this year. I am committed to cultivate a life of knowing the grace of God, giving Him thanks and receiving His joy. I want to keep myself accountable and don't know of a better way than to journal my journey here. I will still continue to share my creative journey all mixed into this. I have never been able to live my life fragmented and compartmentalized. My faith life is the very essence of who I am....and I continue to count my gifts...
#19 ~ The gift of life
#21 ~ Hearing the song of a turtle dove during early morning devotions
#22 ~ Falling asleep to the song of crickets
#23 ~ Waves crashing onto the beach
#24 ~ Dappled sunlight through leaves