Hello to any of you that still pop by :)
Life has been hectic, as I’ve stated before. Actually, let me restate that. It’s not so much that life has been hectic, but more that I’ve been more purposeful in what I’m doing, more focused, more dedicated. I’ve been doing this with every little thing….from how I dust a room to how I parent my children to how I accomplish my work.
I started this focused action because I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching this past year. You know what? I still don’t have any great answers. I don’t think I’ve been set on this planet to change the world. But I do believe that I’ve been commanded to be the best possible steward to my own little universe. So I’ve been trying to truly focus my efforts and energy into doing everything to the best standard as often as I can. In the beginning, it has taken away a lot of my creative energy to meet my standard. Also, I do find that whenever I start on a journey to create something positive, there is a little resistance from the “universe” at first. It’s as if the forces-that-be want to make sure that I really want to achieve my goals. I guess that is why when I have sat down to consider writing a blog post, there has been nothing… no free flowing thought. I’m assuming that the longer I keep at this focused way of living, the easier it will become and then there will be more creative energy available.
Today I was reading one of my favorite blogs, One Louder. Heather was discussing her own soul searching and brought up this magazine article
from O Magazine. It’s author, Martha Beck, had this to say about a concept she calls Just In Time Thinking which focuses on the abundance that truly exists when we have just what we need, when we need it:
“I can’t quite explain this; it often seems nothing short of miraculous. Perhaps this is why the authors of the Bible included the story of the wandering Israelites who were given manna from heaven, but only permitted to gather enough to supply their needs until the next manna-festation. Whether you take it literally or metaphorically, this tale was considered important enough to become holy writ. Why? …. The Israelite story-keepers wanted to remind readers that, miraculous as it seems, just-in-time confidence keeps supply lines clear and prosperity flowing.”
It is a great article (you should read it) that speaks to putting confidence in the abundance we already have in our lives. I loved the use of the word “manna-festation” I feel that over the last year, that is exactly what God wants me to understand. When I trust, my life will manna-fest productivity and abundance. Gosh, I could write an entire blog on the word manna-fest and how it’s anlaogy could pertain to our lives! I will have what I need, when I need it, as God wants me to have it. I’m really going to focus on this for the rest of this coming year. These are scary times. I have felt a lot of fear and anxiety on the blogs lately. A lot of doom and gloom and “end days” line of thinking. I don’t know that any of that is very helpful. As our nation continues to struggle through this age, we need to focus on our manna-fest. We need to trust in our God and in ourselves that we will have what we need when we need it.
In her article, Martha goes on to recommend the following exercise. I am leaving early tomorrow in the morning for an extended weekend, but when I return, I shall start the following reflections on a regular basis.
1. List 10 times you thought that there wouldn’t be enough of something and you survived.
2. List 10 areas where you have too much, not too little.
3. List 20—or 50, or 1,000—wonderful things that entered your life just at the right time, with no effort on your part. Start with the little things (oxygen, sunlight, a song on the radio).
I can’t wait to feel abundance, productivity, peace, competence and security in deeper, more soulful ways!
Enjoy the day!