Share Your World

Thanks Cee for the clever prompts that bring about some thought provoking answers.

What is your favorite time of day?

This is somewhat dependent on what day of the week it is. The early morning hours are my favorite time on Saturday and Sunday but during the work week my favorite time of day is when I climb into my most comfortable bed at the end of a long day!

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?

I am challenged by this question as I have never thought of a “favorite” charity—I contribute to quite a few on a regular basis; The American Cancer Society, Dress for Success, World Vision, Public Radio, just to name a few. I suppose my favorite is my local church. It is here that I sow not just my tithe but I give of my time most consistently always with an eye toward expanding God’s kingdom.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

A rainy day is a perfect excuse to waste the entire afternoon reading magazines.

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

Oh a pen for sure. I am actually quite pen picky, it needs write in black ink and needs to be a certain kind of pen, smooth roller, dark ink.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful to have returned home after a wonderful time away with family and look forward to a new week of learning new things and teaching others.

Our daughter and 2 little lovely granddaughters we were visiting.

Our daughter and 2 little lovely granddaughters we were visiting.

 

My husband and I recently traveled to the beautiful state of Washington to visit our daughter and granddaughters who moved there last April. They live about an hour outside of Seattle so a day trip to Pike Place was in order. Just as we were arriving I read a FB post from a photographer friend of mine who recently challenged her students to shoot some snaps portraying street art, I thought this venue would offer some great snaps—I wasn’t disappointed.

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Is Letting Go an Act or an Art?

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There are so many leaves. Piles of them.
I take pleasure in their abundance.
More saints than you could ever dream of.
Each one singular. Each one itself.
Red, yellow, orange, parchment.
They sail down in the autumn air like fearless skydivers.
They are so trusting—letting go completely.
Not questioning as I do….Will it be safe?
Will I understand? Will it hurt?
……..Stalling, qualifying, questioning,
instead of releasing and taking to the air.

~Gunilla Norris
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I heard this poem several weeks ago while resting in Savasana at the end of a particularly satisfying yoga practice. The words struck a chord in my soul. I began to ask questions of myself and as so often is the case God began to place other writings into my hands to allow me to dig deeper and discover inner places that need to be surrendered into His sweet and loving hands. I suspect you, like me have ideas, hurts, fears, unfulfilled dreams that should be let go of to be made whole. I want to be like the leaves, fearless skydivers. How about you?

Come Back

Blogging is sharing, developing and stretching ourselves through the shaping of our ideas. Blogging is about the community we become a part of by allowing our lives to become entwined with another. Blogging sharpens our ideas and perhaps gives us new ones. Blogging makes us laugh and sometimes leaves a tear. Blogging is real.

So what happens when one day you wake up and wonder, “why did I stop blogging?”.

Yes, life is busy and at my blogging peak I would spend considerable time in front of the computer reading and writing…often the problem in life is the inability to put down boundaries yet when we pick up a new hobby something in life’s schedule must change or we won’t have the time and ability to develop whatever new thing has caught our eye. I liked writing and I enjoyed reading my fellow blogger’s posts. Recently I had a comment from a fellow blogger just saying hi—even though I had not sat in this chair in over a year someone I “met” in blogosphere reached out and touched me, I find this truly remarkable.

So why not come back?

I am going to make a promise to myself to sit in this chair once to twice a week and write. Share my world with others and let your world influence mine.

~Paige

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Last night my favorite guy and I enjoyed a meal out together. alive-copy.jpgFriday night dates have become one of my preferred moments of the week. Spending time, usually alone, with my guy after what is typically a full and busy week is always special. Many times our dinner conversation unfolds the week’s events and how we see God moving through these events.

The conversation at dinner covered a lot of territory. After an hour or more of sharing back and forth I found myself telling my guy that I have realized that I am truly, fully alive for the first time in my life. I feel and touch every aspect of my day along the path. The people that I touch as part of my God given job are a blessing to me and I to them…I am working using all the gifts and talents bestowed upon me to bring Him Glory. Simply put I have found my purpose and it feels so good. And what’s more amazing is that all I really did was follow Jesus-he brought me here. Even more exciting is the fact that I know the journey I am on with Him is ongoing. He has great and marvelous things planned for me. My job is simply to do as He asks and when I do this He shows up and does the rest. I’m not going to say that it is easy because it is not. My struggles are mine just as your struggles are yours. What I am going to tell you is that since embarking on this journey, a purpose driven journey, I have discovered new meaning and significance in every thing that I do, all of which I turn back to God for His Glory. It’s a great joy.

In 2 weeks we will begin to spend our precious Friday nights differently as we host a weekly small group in our home that begins with a shared meal and ends with discussion and fellowship focused on Rick Warren’s best selling book, Purpose Driven Life.

PDL  We had read the book when it was originally published about 10 years ago however in     anticipation and preparation of the group we have worked through it again. I must admit it is rich with insight and challenges the reader to new heights in reaching God’s purpose for their life. The new edition released last fall has several addition chapters and offers multimedia on your smartphone. I have had the opportunity to listen to several of the short and a few longer messages and found these to be power-packed.

We are looking forward to beginning the group. I see it as continued growth as I(we) move     along in our purposes in God’s plan for our lives in His kingdom. I am confident that as we step out in faith and share our journey with those He brings to us, God will to bless it and we in turn give it all back to Him in Glory.

I hope to share some of the Purpose Driven Life groups journey and revelations here with some regularity. It is my hope and prayer that you might pass something you learn or enjoy reading here to others. May your day be blessed with riches.    ~Paige

Purpose Discovered