"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


Fourth Monday of Advent

Psalm 33:1-5, 20-22; Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Luke 1:39-45

"Do not be weighed down by the clutter in your life: lots of little chores to do sometime, in no particular order. If you focus too much on these petty tasks, trying to get them all out of the way, you will discover that they are endless. They can eat up as much time as you devote to them.

Instead of trying to do all your chores at once, choose the ones that need to be done today. Let the rest slip into the background of your mind, so I can be in the forefront of your awareness. Remember that your ultimate goal is living close to Me, being responsive to My initiatives. I can communicate with you most readily when your mind is uncluttered and turned toward Me. Seek My Face continually throughout this day. Let My Presence bring order to your thoughts, infusing Peace into your entire being." (God Calling, Sarah Young)

"Now, as the world clamors for more toys and loud festivity, is the time for us to put first things first, and seek silence, if only for a few precious minutes a day. Now is the time when, ever more intently, we are to watch and listen for God." (Kathleen Norris, God With Us)

We are only a few days from Christmas.  Many of us still have much to do, too much to do.  I can easily get caught up in the doing and forget why I am doing any of it at all.  A lot of the stuff we think needs to be accomplished no one else would miss.  I am trying to let much go this year.  How about you??

My soul waits for you LORD; you are my help and my shield. For my heart is glad in you, because I trust in your holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon me, even as I hope in you.
Psalm 33:20-22



Wepa said...

Thanks Mary for the reminder...were you watching me last week? Sometimes feel overwhelmed by what appears to need immediate attention...you've blessed me today!

Wepa said...

Love todays artwork particularly!!!

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh yes...trying also to let much go.
trusting, trusting, trusting
that I won't panic and push
at the last minute:)
thanks for these peaceful moments,

caryjo said...

This is actually a "not doing much" year. We simply can't afford Christmas gifts, so, other than the tree, visiting our Bhutanese "family", visiting the kids and g-kids that live nearby, there's nothing to do that will keep us too distracted ... except, in my case, trying to read posts and make sure things are up to date on FB... just visiting all my older and newer dear friends. I guess the house can wait a few days before being cleaned to perfection. People are more important.