30 Days of Reflection-Day 10-Ideal Day

Pause and Reflect…

 Last evening I reflected on my prior post on Prayer and I Thessalonians 5:17 and the message that I gave. Prayer is a very personal thing and I wondered if I came across as too pushy and preachy. I didn’t mean to do that if you felt that I did. I wanted to share with you a whole lifetime of my experience with pray in one short post and it may have been too overwhelming. 

I was looking at my statistics for the blog (I’m really not a stats kind of person) and I realized that there have been fewer people reading the blog since I started writing about reflections. This blog is not just for me but for you too. That said, I am including a poll to get some feedback from you. If you will, please take the poll of only two short questions. Thank you in advance.

  Susan
My reflection on today’s question is below. 

Question Day 10: What would my ideal day look like?

 
Today, I’m to reflect on my ideal day. I am quite busy every day. I don’t even take a day off on the weekend, although I schedule less to do on the weekend and try to keep myself flexible. Writing on 4 blogs, I run them on a schedule having certain days to post on each blog. This allows me to spread out my work over the entire week.
 
 
Being organized is great. It allows me to work passionately, but efficiently. The only problem is that there is something to do every day with very little downtime. I guess my ideal day would allow for more downtime and more consistency with downtime.
 
I thought when my 6-year-old granddaughter returned to school that I would have the complete day until about 3:00 pm to get work done and there would be time to relax as well as write each day during my week. Unfortunately, my daughter is off on disability and more driving time is needed by me daily. We leave about 7:25 am and don’t get back home until around 9:30 am because we drop off both grandchildren to school. Then, the whole schedule starts again from 2:30 pm until about 5 pm with the pickup of the grandchildren. Do I sound selfish? I feel selfish.
 
 
I would like to have one complete day each week where I do not need to post on a blog, read other blogs, schedule things. Just a total day to do nothing…sleep, watch TV, do nothing if I choose to, read a book for pleasure, listen to music, pray and meditate without a time limit. I’m sure that you get the idea. I need one vacation day a week.
 
 
That is my ideal day…what is yours?
 
I pray that you get your own ideal day.

 

Susan…

The Pit

The Roman Painted House, Dover. UK

The Pit

I was to be thrown into the pit for betraying my family. I told my beau, the gardener that my father’s jewels were hidden in the vault behind his throne. We wanted the jewels to afford us safe travel by ship to the Americas. A fine adventure planned by me and my love where we would live forever happily.

The King’s soldiers beheaded my love, the gardener and took me captive holding me in the tower until this day. I must face the consequences of my actions, today. The King disowned me and decreed my death by being placed in the pit. How could my father do this to me? Did he not love me? Why would he not forgive me?

Sweat trickled down my brow, unbecoming a princess. I was chilled to the bone. This was to be my demise…alone and forbidden to talk to my father, the King. I was given a last meal, but my appetite escaped me. I could not think of food with my love beheaded because of me. And my death draws nigh.

On the morrow, my love and I join once more, forever after, in the pit…from Hell.


 

  This is my entry for Sunday Photo Fiction for August 30, 2015. Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly writing challenge where a photo is used as a prompt for a piece of fiction using around 200 words. Click on the blue frog to enter or to read other entries. Susan…

30 Days of Reflection-Day 9-Prayer

Pause and Reflect…

 Saturday, I meditated and thought on Psalm 62:1 “My soul finds rest in God alone.” and Psalm 62:5, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone.” These verses reminded me that I am to rest in God. As I said before, God is telling me to listen to Him (Psalm 46;10), trust Him (Psalm 91:2), and wait on Him (Psalm 27:14). And, now, He has added to rest in Him. This morning, my question deals with my prayer life.
My reflection on today’s question is below. 

Question Day 9: What is one thing I could do this week to improve my prayer life?

I have had good prayer times and bad. What I mean by this statement is that there have been times in my life when I have prayed faithfully and frequently, conversing with God. There have also been times when praying is not the first thing on my mind and I have avoided prayer or prayed so ineffectively that I wondered if God understood what I meant.
 
I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.” Could God want us to pray all of the time? What about work, playing with your kids, cooking meals, spending time with your spouse? How can God want me to pray without stopping if I have other responsibilities and desires? I believe, that what God meant by this verse is that I need to live my life in prayer or conversation with Him. Think of God as your BFF. Run everything by Him being in constant communication with God. Of course, there are pauses in your prayer life but prayer should be up there at the top of your To-Do list reminding you to talk to God.
 
How I pray is important as well. Do I pray always the “gimme prayer” asking things from God? Do I include thanksgiving for answered prayers or situations? Do I talk to God incessantly, not allowing quiet time or silence so that I can hear what God is saying to me? Do I pray also for my family, pets, friends, country, strangers, and/or causes that I believe in? Do I praise God in my prayers? All these things help you to look honestly at your prayer life. 
One of the ways that helps me to be God-centered in prayer is to write down things that I want to share with my BFF. Once I pray for something and write it on paper (or computer), I can let it go for the time being. I let go of control and hand control over to God. Then after a short time, I pray again. Some of my prayers are what I call “bullet” prayers. These are done with one sentence or phrase specific to the need or thought at that moment. Bullet prayers happen when someone or something crosses my mind. Sometimes, my prayers are longer and last 15-30 minutes and include all the aspects listed above. What matters most to me is that I am in constant communion, talking with God throughout my day and night. God really doesn’t mind how or when we pray. He just wants to talk continually with us.
How do you pray? 
 
I pray that you will be in unceasing prayer with God.

 

Susan…

 

30 Days of Reflection-Day 8-Rest

Pause and Reflect…

 During the last week I have been reminded by God to listen (Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10), to trust in Him (…my God, in Him will I trust. Psalm 91:2), and to wait (Wait on the Lord…Psalm 27:14). Do you think He is trying to tell me something? I have been practicing daily being quiet, still, trusting, and waiting on God. This has a great deal to do with today’s question which has to do with resting in the Lord.

Now to my reflection on today’s question. 

Question Day 8: In what area of my life do I need to deliberately remember to rest in the Lord?

 I’ve been rotely trusting, waiting and quiet with God and He still wants more from me. Rotely is okay to start, but now I need to be deliberate and get specific about what my concerns are. The concern that I have is for my daughter. I can’t be specific with you because to do so would violate her trust and anonymity which she has asked me to keep. The need, however, is big and God will answer in His time, not mine. So, I lift up my needs and rest in God. He knows the details and also the needs for my daughter and the rest of my family. I just struggle with letting go and want to fix the problem myself. My continual prayer is “Let go and let God” from Al-anon. God doesn’t need a CEO to be in charge of this problem. I must remember this and rest in God whenever I am tempted to pick it back up.
       
Psalm 62:1 says, “My soul finds rest in God alone.” I claim this verse and Psalm 62:5, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone.” Both of these verses say that I am to rest in God, my soul is to rest in God, my inner soul is to rest in God. It can’t get much clearer and simpler than these two verses, but actually resting in God takes some practice at letting go of your need to control outcomes.
 
I’m a retired RN and I was used to being in charge of my patients, my clients. I was in control. I set up their care plans based on the orders of the physician and I taught them how to do what was needed. I was completely in control unless the patient was deemed “noncompliant” meaning not following orders.
 
This is why I have to practice and practice again letting go. I just itch to pick it back up again. It is in my bones. So, the Lord knows that this is one of my character flaws and loves me through the picking it up and letting it go each time it happens. For today, I am letting it go again and someday, maybe, it will be autopilot for me…but not yet. Therefore, I keep practicing.
 

I was prepared to end with the song above but as I was listening to music on YouTube tonight searching for the song that I wanted to play (the one above), the Lord placed in my heart a need to play this song for someone who needs to hear this. I don’t usually listen so easily (remember my control issues), but tonight this is for someone to hear out there and it is quite beautiful and says it all…

I pray that you will learn to rest in God alone.

 

Susan…