My quiet moments routine – my peace journey – has evolved. I begin each day by writing in my journal, praying, reading the next Psalm and meditating (never in that order). Lately, when I’m done with this routine, what I really feel like doing is writing about what I experienced from a verse of Psalm.
Each time I happen upon a verse, it gives me direction for moving forward in a creating peace home. And it always reminds me of a bit of my life story, and how God has pulled me through. When I follow this desire to write, I feel the calming effects of a simple verse of poetic scripture.
So today’s verse is 9 of Psalm 36.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Continue reading
One day last week I went on a bumpy ride on my peace journey.
I had been praying about whether or not to take a 10-week course called Memoir in Progress. I knew there’d be a lot of prep work before the class started but I was up for the challenge and the risk involved. I say risk because I’m timid in really starting to write this book. Not only is it about so many different things (infertility, an adoption disruption, becoming a mom, being the child of an alcoholic, being erroneously diagnosed as a manic-depressive), I often wonder if I could really write a book.
I got words of faith, courage and inspiration from Psalm 22, Verse 5
They cried out to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. Continue reading
2012 will be my Banner Year.
Last year I started with the concept of choosing a guiding word for the year instead of making a resolution. 2011′s word was Mom-entum and the explanation can be found on my Mom-enclature blog.
A simple thought flew into my mind today during my morning quiet time that led me to my phrase for 2012: Continue reading
I’m back. Back from India; back from Christmas and school vacation; back from the back-to-school-after-vacation head-spin. Okay, so I personally didn’t go to India. My husband did. For 2 weeks. I was at home with our 4 year old who missed dad so terribly and who cried so much that it broke my heart.
But I’m back, and here’s my progress report from this week. Continue reading
Three elements have collided to thwart my progress. I’m sick with a cold, we’ve just got back from an exhausting trip, and I started a writing seminar. I honestly didn’t even start my day off with quiet time for 4 days in a row (“quiet time” what a silly term; I need to think of something better). Continue reading
Sharing good news! I just received word that I’ve been published in Errant Parent (www.errantparent.com) which is a hilarious on-line magazine all about the bizarre nature of parenting. My essay is the Fall Contest Runner-up! It’s called “Top 9 Milestones Only Spoken of in Whispers: Or What to Expect: The Disturbing Years.” Hope you check it out!
This relates directly to my morning quiet time routine since it helps to clear my mind and focus on my daily writing projects. Peace begets productivity! Who’da thunk it!
I finally have a good routine going: Every morning, I read a Psalm, pray, and then sit in stillness. Today I read Psalm 10 and was struck by Verse 4:
In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
Wow. This whole project got started when I read Psalm 3 a while ago, and Continue reading