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Everyday Inspired: May 12 – 18, 2014

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The Everyday Inspired May Edition is facing some publishing hurdles, so weekly installments are featured on my blog. Thanks for following, and please comment on what you read and your everyday inspirations!

May 12 – Two women

It has been said that courage is being fearless, and the truth is: courage is feeling the fear and going ahead and doing it anyway. There are two women in my life who’ve faced breast cancer diagnoses, surgeries, and treatments with profound courage. They displayed deep grace and trust in God’s presence in the midst of all the physical challenges, the fear, and the uncertainty. Both of them rose to the occasion magnificently; I take courage and strength from their example.
breast-cancer-ribbon One of the women speaks in terms of having to “redraw the circle of her life” to include cancer and her recovery and the physical toll it has taken on her. Something that at one time was so scary and foreign to her is now an essential part of who she is. The other woman sat at one of her chemotherapy treatments and told me, “I have been so blessed by this whole experience.” How great is God’s grace to help us find blessings in the midst of such circumstances?
If there’s anything you face today that requires courage, remember my two friends. May their example help you find the strength to do what you need to do.

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:

May 13 – Lists

Basic RGBIn cleaning out my purse one day, I discovered a crumpled to-do list for a recent family event. Even though the event was passed, not all the items had been checked, so for the fun of it I went ahead and crossed them off. With each item, I recalled the anxieties I felt preparing for the get together. Now, with the event successfully behind me with memories of a lovely day, the items on the list didn’t seem so awful. In other words, what I been so worried worked out well in the end.
This is a lesson I take with me with every list I write. As I write down each item, to trust that it will work out, rather than worrying “What if it doesn’t?” Scripture tells us:
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
If today your list includes items you’d really rather not do, or you are anxious about, trust that God is working in and through that particular item. God can work all for good, and in the end you’ll look back and see how well it came out, and that it went just the way it was supposed go.

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:

May 14 – Love the best you can

Mothers are first rate losers. Just ask any teenager, including the one in my house. When her first stinging retort hit me, some helpful friends whose children were in their twenties, said, “Don’t worry. She’ll be back.”
Abby rose for mother's dayTheir advice has helped me through some turbulent times. Every so often I catch a glimpse of my sweet daughter, so I’ve learned to be patient when my feelings are hurt or we argue over homework and chores. I’ve prayed for deliverance from the current turmoil and be released from my desired throttle my own flesh and blood! My deepest prayer has been that she will emerge from these days deeply secure in her mother’s love for her.
A dear priest friend once wisely counseled me to ask God to fill in the love when my attempt at loving my daughter fell short of ideal. God can make up the difference between my limited, human ability to love and God’s perfect love for my daughter and for me. Lord knows that amount needed to fill the love gap varies from day-to-day!
As we’re working through today’s to-do list, we’ll encounter people at work and in our family who are challenging to love. Let’s remember that God love them perfectly. We’ll love them the best we can, and ask God to fill in the rest.

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:

May 15 – Everyday mystics

“The great lesson from the true mystics is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, and in one’s backyard.” Abraham Maslow

This quote captures so beautifully what Everyday Inspired tries to do. I don’t often think of myself as a mystic, yet if being a mystic means finding the sacred in the simplest of things, then I think all Everyday Inspired readers fit the bill. It takes a mystic to appreciate a beautiful nighttime sky, or sink into the laughter of children, or savor a bite of delicious food.

Maslow has also said, “The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”

As we seek inspiration in the everyday circumstances of our lives, we often find it when we are completely present and not distracted by regrets of the past or anxieties for the future. Not only will the inspiration bless us, it’ll help us “keep our wits about us,” as my mother would say. Let’s be grateful the great blessings entrusted to us this day.

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:

May 16 – Start with the wedding

A wedding is often the big finish to a romantic comedy movie. The plot traces the love which began in infatuation and the thrill of romantic love. While these stories are fun, real love comes in day-to-day living together and work of relationship. I’d love to see a movie that starts with the wedding, because true love comes when things are not going the way we planned.
love-never-failsMy teenage daughter has had some challenges in her life recently. Things didn’t go as she’d hoped, yet she has risen to the occasion, and her courage and fortitude shone through. We’re blessed now to be in a time of healing, and I see our love for one another as a family woven in and out of the trials she experienced, and now our time to collectively exhale.
We often hear a passage on love from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians at weddings, but I think it applies to any love relationship we have: “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

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:

May 17 – A trip to the Post Office

usps-post-office.gi.topI just returned from a great trip to the post office, which isn’t always my experience at every branch. This one is different: the people behind the counter really make an effort to make it a pleasant experience for customers by being friendly, courteous, and upbeat. As I chatted with the woman behind the counter, sending packages off to their various locations, it was a great gift in my day. She took the time to talk with me about my mail and my work, and it made for a really lovely experience at the post office.
Often we’re so focused on our own concerns and are critical of people around us. Does the way we treat other people reflect our self-absorption? Or, if we believe we are truly happy and blessed, might our behaviors reflect that, instead? I don’t know how the woman at the post office feels about her life, but her facial expressions and tone of voice suggest that she’s found a way to be happy, and to share that with others. How might we show others that we’re happy to be here, and happy they are, too?

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:

May 18 – Divine relationships

When my daughter returned from a semester abroad, we waited at the airport for her with three of her closest friends. As the girls waited for her return, they cried in anticipation of her arrival. My mother’s heart filled with gratitude that my daughter is loved so deeply.
prodigalsonJesus tells the story of the Prodigal Son, yet in many ways the story belongs to his forgiving father. He waited with similar tears for his son to return. God waits on us the same way. God invites us into deeper relationship, and waits for our return, hopeful and with open arms.
Who are the people we’ve been separated from, for whom we would cry deep tears of joy and gratitude at their return? God’s grace is present in the waiting, the separation, the travel, the homecoming.

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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