noticing joy on the surface of simple things … the evidence of holiness happening in the daily grind.

19 Strides February 21, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — lauradegroot @ 4:30 am

Pacing helped re-route my attention.

Today, a variety of projects were clamoring for attention.  My thoughts were jumping from one to another without completing anything.  I would have appreciated my attention  focusing on one project at a time, start to finish.  That’s Not Happening.   Sitting in the desk chair was only increasing my frustrated fidgetiness, so I got up and paced.

I learned that the length of my current dwelling is 19 strides.

In that space there are 2 non-matching desks, kitchen table & chairs, a comfy couch, 2 leather TV watching chairs, TV, bookshelves, and a cat scratching post.  Beside our bedroom furniture, this is what remains from our Colorado home.   It’s enough.

In fact I’m discovering I can live with A LOT less than I thought I needed.   In exchange for physical space and stuff, I have time and margin.  These changes take some getting used to, but I am grateful for both – less and more.

19 strides to re-route my attention from unfinished projects to thankfulness.

A friend put an unexpected note on my front door one day with a similar attention re-router.  I believe it’s the perfect day to share it:

LET THANKFULNESS RULE in your heart.  As you thank Me for blessing in your life, a marvelous thing happens.  It is as if scales fall off your eyes, enabling you to see more and more of My glorious riches.  With your eyes thus opened, you can help yourself to whatever you need from My treasure-house.  Each time you receive on of My golden gifts, let your thankfulness sing out praises to My Name.    “Hallelujahs” are the language of heaven, and they can become the language of your heart.

A life of praise and thankfulness becomes a life filled with miracles.  Instead of trying to be in control, you focus on Me and what I am doing.  This is the power of praise: centering your entire being in Me.  This is how I created you to live, for I made you in My own image.  Enjoy abundant life by overflowing with praise and thankfulness.”

From: Colossians 3:15; Acts 9:18, Revelation 19:3-6;  Psalm 100: 4-5


One Response to “19 Strides”

  1. adiejohnson Says:

    19 strides. What a great title to this post. Your forced simplicity inspires me.

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