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Everyday Inspired for the first days of summer

By on Jun 20, 2014 in Everyday Inspired, Moms, Movie Musings | 0 comments

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June 21 – Let the machines do the work

washing-machine-clipart-13With the weekend ahead, I’m thankful for the machines in my house that do a lot of work for my family. I think the intention when washers and dryers and dishwashers were invented was to create more leisure time. But, what’s happened in our culture is that we get the machines running and then dash off to do another project. A good friend of ours feels a great sense of accomplishment when he can get as many machines in his home working simultaneously.
On this Saturday and the first day of summer, why don’t we sit back and let the machines do the work? Get the washer going, and then go read a book. Take a break only to grab a snack, transfer clothes from the washer to drier, and then head back to the hammock. Believe it or not, we can be productive during down time. Don’t just move on to the next project; give yourself time to recreate, recharge, and rest. Let the machines take up the slack for a while. You deserve it.

Consider:
What invitation is here for me, today?
Today I am grateful for:
My intention for today is:
My to-do list for today includes:

 

June 22 – Titanic disconnect

My daughter and I watched the movie Titanic, she for the first time. As I’ve written previously, in my opinion the movie is heartbreaking, beautiful, and carries a deeply spiritual and empowering message, especially for women. I told my daughter blockbuster the movie was a blockbuster in theaters and it was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won most of them, including Best Picture.
Titanic Jack and RoseSuch an epic movie is a vast production. Articles were written about the demands made by the director, and the challenges the actors and crew faced. Egos clashed, budgets were overrun, and dreams were compromised. There is a sort of disconnect between the poignant message of the film and the strain of bringing the film to life.
Yet, God can work through that brokenness to create beauty. Whether or not we work in Hollywood, we’ll have to deal with outsized egos and broken people in our work and family lives. God’s grace can work through those circumstances in amazing ways. As we live day-to-day, let’s continue to look for blessings. Maybe the blessings and insights come disguised as someone that we really don’t care for, or who has rubbed us the wrong way, or who doesn’t do things the way we’d do them. Let’s just keep our hearts open to the possibility that God’s grace can work through the broken ones, including us.

Consider:
What invitation is here for me, today?
Today I am grateful for:
My intention for today is:
My to-do list for today includes:

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