Sleepy Morning

Yes, I am sleepy–after 9am. Because I’ve been awake for about 4 hours now.

(Also carbs, probably!)

Today is a special day because I get to see a special friend I haven’t seen in a long time.

It is also special because the LORD has seen fit to bless my husband and me with four new friends staying here for a conference of Latin American church-planters!

We have been enjoying lots of table conversation with folks from Santiago, Chile, from Chula Vista, CA (and Tijiuana, Mexico), from Santa Ana, CA (and Bogota, Columbia) and Oklahoma (Tahlequah), and the Pacific Northwest USA (Idaho and Washington state and SF, CA and Dallas!).

Fortunately, everyone speaks English, even one who has just learned in the last year!

Ages range up to 71 even for these world travellers!!

Time zones span about 5-6 hours also!

So, we are having quite the party in our townhome this week–but they are soon gone and oh-so-familiar solitude returns, but even moreso for the stark contrast after all the socializing!

Perhaps some of you fellow empty-nesters out there can relate to that?

But, as I said last week, no matter how solo, we never truly walk alone, in the LORD.

May His peace be with you today!

Lois, near Chicago

 

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Quote from Dr. Virginia Axline, Dibs in Search of Self, Copyright 1964

“…when horizons grow or diminish within a person the distances are not measurable by other people. Understanding grows from personal experience that enables a person to see and feel in ways so varied and so full of changeable meanings that one’s self-awareness is the determining factor….every individual does have his private world of meaning, conceived out of the integrity and dignity of his  personality.” (Page 20).

I would add to Dr. Axline’s strong humanism the Christian’s shared inner life with his or her Creator and Present Lord Jesus by the indwelling Holy Spirit. As those in Christ (with Christ also in us) our self-awareness can be constantly informed by the One Who knows us best and loves us most–Who has even invited us into this closeness.

Quartet: Putting a Lid on Things, But, Maybe, You

Putting a Lid on Things

We all do it, of course.

We all want some things to hide

Or be hidden.

We would prefer to put a lid on it.

Make it pretty.

Cover it up.

Don’t let it spill.

Now, let’s go back to where we were…

But

But we know, deep in our hearts,

Whatever it was

Is still there.

There, under that lid.

Maybe

Maybe the stuff we fear to expose

Would not actually kill us

If it were seen.

Maybe some of it may even have value, be redeemable.

Maybe.

Some.

Maybe a lot.

You

You see all, know all.

You can tell what’s under all of our lids.

And You still sent Jesus to

Die for us

While we were very messed up,

Sinful to the core.

Utterly unable to

Make ourselves okay.

You welcome us to come

To Your open arms

And find grace.

Hallelujah!!

Create!

No Matter How I May Starve or Kill It…

Creativity never dies of its own accord. If it is squelched, pushed away, suffocated even, it will find a way to resurrect. It is like God. He creates and He makes us makers too.

That spark in us that dreams, doodles, plays, crafts, designs, sings, dances, paints, constructs, arranges–loves–it’s essence is expressive creativity, energy, life.

That is undeniably from God and often is God.

It is us too. We are in what we express. We see God in His Creation. (Which includes us and all we have to give out again.)

It has all first been a gift from the ultimate Artist of all time. We are His poema, His craftsmanship, His beloved ones.

Live. Love. Create!

by Lois Freeman Easley

11 July 2012

West Chicago, Illinois USA