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Everyday Inspired – June 15 & 16

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June 15 – A favorite bookstore closes

When the first major national bookstore chain closed a couple of years ago, it was big news to those of us who love books, and also to those of us who publish and market them like me. It saddens us to see an established brand that has brought joy to so many people have to close its doors, but with the advent of the Internet, the publishing landscape has changed. So the closing of a bookstore chain was inevitable.
book stack460According to some business analysts, it wasn’t just the internet that led to this company’s demise, but also their inability to respond to the changing landscape in their industry and adjust their business practices. It’s like change in our own lives: there are changes we choose, and others that are thrust upon us. Any change causes to reconsider our plans. When these changes come along, it’s tempting to stay stuck in the disbelief, and in how things have always been done. Or, we can, as a friend of mine likes to say, play the hand we’ve been dealt.
How can we respond to change in a way that opens us to live our lives in a fuller expression of whom God created us to be? How does transition offer us opportunities to live more authentic lives? We may resist the changes, but in time we may see that it was just what we needed to transform our lives.

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 16 – Take it as it comes

The sage advice to “take it one day at a time” has calmed my heart many times. But there are also days when I take it one hour at the time, or maybe even one minute at a time. It’s particularly true when we’re starting a new venture, like the first day of school. Some faces may be familiar, but there’s a new building, a different organizational culture, and a brand-new (at least to you) way of doing things. The first day of school is repeated often in life: in a new job, new home, or new relationship. Whatever the new situation, it’s important to keep breathing and take it one day at a time, even one minute at a time, and trust that God is with us in every moment.
here and nowThis moment is really all we have, and we can spend it being anxious about the future or regretting the past. Yet, “in the moment” is where we’ll find God, and our connection to that love which supports us no matter the circumstances of our lives.
If you’re trying something new in your life, resist the despair of thinking, “How in the world can I possibly do this?” Instead, remember that in this moment, God’s grace is sufficient. St. Paul struggled with circumstances he didn’t choose, and he prayed:

Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:8

 

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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