Friday, February 28, 2014

Energy Level

We've only been given so much energy each day.  And the cool thing is we get to choose.

We get to decide how we're going to invest it.

Into joyful laughter and overflowing gratitude, loving well and giving lavishly?

Or in simmering anger and overwhelming fear, exhausting sadness and endless discouragement.

We've got to keep in mind that the anger and fear, the sadness and discouragement are huge energy drainers.  They leave us sapped and bone dry, they produce nothing of beauty or value for us or those around us.

Truth be told, there are moments when making this choice is, in itself, exhausting.  But choose we must.  This is our right, our privilege, our responsibility.  Our joy.

'And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise ... Then the God of peace will be with you.'
- Philippians 4





=  spending 5 minutes with Lisa Jo  =

18 comments:

  1. Like you, Linda, I choose JOY! Happy Friday!

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    1. Holy Spirit, release that joy within us! Moment by moment! You alone know that we can't drum this up on our own.

      Thanks for kicking off this conversation, June ... may your weekend be blessed!

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  2. Very true!

    My energy's being drained by a serious illness, and I have to be careful to preserve it do accomplish my duties, and follow what I want to do.

    I've found that the best method for me is to start the day on a positive note, by reading, in the quiet predawn hours, something that will lift me up and put me in the best frame of mind for the day.

    As counterpoint, I don't listen to the morning news. with its concentration on the sensational aspects of the bad, and I don't listen to music (too much music is melancholy, or calls back memories I do not care to revisit).

    When I could drink coffee, a good cup of cinnamon-flavored java helped, too!

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2014/02/romantic-marriage.html

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    1. Absolutely, a serious illness is an energy drainer, Andrew. And much of what's happening in our bodies is out of our control.

      I really like how you're starting the day in quiet contemplation, reading what is encouraging to your soul. And I'm with you! 'No thank you' to morning news ... and especially to the 11pm news!

      May this weekend be woven with moments of strength and peace, knowing that you're doing what you can do to navigate this difficult season well.

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  3. Hi Dear Linda! I love the emphasis on choice. I know that was your prompt word, but it's a great one.
    We have been gives choice over how we use the hours in the day, and how we use our opportunities. What an amazing God we have!

    He isn't a "Helicopter God" who watches over us to make straight what we curve. He lays the day before us, with all its events, and stands back to see what we will do. What trust he has in us!
    I hope you have a wonderful day full of choices that bring you joy, and bring you closer to him.
    Hugs,
    Ceil

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    1. I gotta admit I needed a some kind of prompt word to write something purposeful today. And who better to choose that word than Lisa Jo with her ever popular 5 Minute Friday?! Great fun!

      Have a restful weekend, my friend. I know this has been a busy busy one for you ...

      ;-}

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  4. Yes, this. Choosing joy has been life-changing for me, though it is definitely a daily choice. But it's worth it every time. :) Beautiful words. Happy weekend, friend!

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    1. Yes, daily. Often a moment by moment thing!

      It's been good to bump into you again this weekend, Mel. I hope our paths will cross again before long ...

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  5. One of the most important lessons I ever learned--my anger ONLY hurt me!

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    1. Our hurt, frustration, fear spewed all over the place in inappropriate ways injures everyone who's even remotely nearby. God have mercy! And please help us to learn how to respond to our emotions in ways that bless You, others, ourselves ...

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  6. Yeow! Your words cut through me like a knife--a physician's knife that cuts out the infection that I've let grow and remain. Choosing today to surrender it to our Lord, the Great Physician! Thanks for this beautiful and yet hard reminder, my friend!

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    1. Ouch. I know, I know. Tell me about it. We do alot of iron sharpening iron around here. And yes, that Great Physician is the wise, skilled One who wields the scalpel, who removes the areas that are unhealthy. And yikes, how it hurts when He does.

      But ah .... the healing, the new growth, the fresh start that comes forth from the pruning.

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  7. Realizing we even HAVE a choice is huge. Then making the right choice comes a little easier. This is good stuff, Linda. You're right that it is our "right, privilege and responsibility." May I not take it for granted!

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    1. Sometimes life has beaten us down and we end up thinking that we don't have any power. But God hasn't given us that spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind {2 Timothy:1:7}. What a fabulous invitation we've been gifted with!

      And how different might our lives be if we could live this out!

      ;-}

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  8. So many days I don't choose wisely. Thank you for this gentle reminder, Linda. I love the encouraging tone you always take.

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    1. I guess I'd like to think that we're in a deeper place of wisdom than we were a few years {or decades!} back! Laura, your parting words have blessed me today. I am grateful for your kindness ...

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  9. Linda, this is a good word. Very powerful.

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    1. Your supportive comments have been such a grace today Lyli! You've encouraged me ...

      ;-}

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Linda

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