Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Simplicity and Ordinariness

Spending time at the beach (or near a body of water) provides an atmosphere in which I hear and see more clearly.  A recent visit to the ocean launched me into thoughts of simplicity - living life with clarity and purpose.

I had an opportunity to reflect on a visit with dearfriends.  While sharing time with them, I was given gifts of encouraging words that spoke specifically to my heart ponderings.  I was far from the beach physically, but the effect of that time of sharing was like a week on the shores of my favorite part of the ocean.  The simplicity of living an authentic life - knowing who I am, what my gifts are, and the guiding principle for living out the who and what of my life resurged within me.  I am grateful...
"So, simplicity and ordinariness are not gifts that come of just making our outward life circumstances small - though certainly simplifying our life is a wonderful step.  Instead, simplicity is primarily grown in the interior soul.  It is an outgrowth of our having clarity and warm acceptance of an identity, a mission, and a philosophy of life that are life-giving." Robert J. Wicks
I give thanks for:

#282 sand on toes

#283  songs on lips

#284  belly laughs

#285  seeing flowers on the table

#286  hearing birds chattering

#287  smelling lavender leaves

#288  feeling husband's chin stubble

#289  tasting sweet blackberries and blueberries

#290  the discipline of gratitude

#291  Being known by the Lord

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  1. The discipline of gratitude... I am learning the value of that one each day!

  2. I love the soothing balm that words can be to our hearts and souls. SO much to be thankful for.

  3. ...knowing who I am, what my gifts are, and the guiding principle for living out the who and what of my life...

    Knowing those things are so key to living that simple, authentic life. The spiritual discipline of simplicity is one that is often overlooked. Praise God that he brought this to your mind!

    First time ever or your blog - I like it!

    ~ Luke