Mindlefulness

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My neighbors and I were talking about mindlefulness today. The practice of slowing down to savor and observe what’s in front of us instead of rushing through the tasks or disasters of the day. For example, picking up a glass with gratitude for the fact that your arms reach out to help you quench your thirst. Awareness of the way that your fingers wrap around to take hold of the glass. Not everyone can do that, you know. Let us be grateful that we are able to do so much. Have you ever slowed down to breathe with awareness? Can you take a deep breath of fresh air? Can you exhale the tension of the day as you sense the rhythm of your breathing? How about the mindlefulness that the person right in front of you would benefit from the encouragement that could easily flow from your lips.  Let’s just forget the awkwardness and say it. Then be aware of the reaction and how it makes you both feel. Am I ever mindful of the blessing it is to have neighbors who do Bible Study,  life and art night with me? How about a random lettuce leaf shaped like a heart? Do you even look at your food before you devour it? Many years ago I prayed for a neighbor who would be my friend. God brought several women and over time and He has given us each rich mutual blessings. When was the last time you looked at the starry sky and thanked God for His amazing night lights or His abundant answers to really big prayers?

How did Jesus practice mindlefulness?

  • Walking along with a needy crowd pressing in on Him, He perceived the power that left Him when a bleeding woman touched His garment and was healed. (Mark 5:30)
  • He was aware of His dependence upon the Father as He walked this earth. He said that He could do nothing on His own. He constantly sought the will of God. He knew He had daily work to do. (John 5:30)
  • He spoke with tender grace and forgiveness to the woman caught in adultery, who was brought to Him for judgement by the “religious self righteous”. Jesus was mindleful of their hearts and hers. (John 8:1-11)
  • He was mindful of the scriptures that were to be fulfilled at His coming. (Luke 4:16-21)
  • He was aware of His need to get alone with God and pray. (Mark 6:45-46)
  • He was mindful of the need for His disciples to get away from the demands and rest. (Mark 6:31)
  • He was mindful that Peter needed to know he was loved, forgiven and freed to continue the ministry that they had started. (John 21:1-17)

There are are so many more examples! What can I learn from these few?

Am I mindful and aware of the needs of the people around me?

Am I mindful of the way that my life impacts the people reaching out to me?

Am I mindful of my weakness compared to what God has to offer? Am I settling for my pitiful human strength rather than asking for His megapower in my life? Am I really aware of my daily dependence on the higher wisdom and abundance of God?

What does my heart look like to the struggling suffering people around me? Do I bring healing and grace to people? Do I care enough to point them to God? Do I just go along with the crowd?  Do I slow down enough to tell them where real freedom, belonging, satisfaction and love is found? Do I possess self awareness?  Do I perceive how my attitudes and actions speak life or death into people. Lord, help me always to speak life!

How mindfully have I searched out what the Bible really says? Am I thoughtful in applying the scriptures to my every day life and decisions?

Mindlefulness in prayer….that’s a big one for me. Have I slowed down to appreciate the blessings of my day? How’s my heart? Is it humble and grateful for all that I have received, both the easy and the difficult? Paul wrote from a place of hardship  and prison telling us to thank God for all things. Lord help me see the good in all things. Lord help me listen to You instead of just asking You to take care of my wish list. How mindful am I of the people around me that I can lift up in prayer? Not just my family, not just my friends but the rude woman that I encountered today or the homeless man that I drove past as he was digging in the dumpster. Lord open my eyes to see who You would have me pray for, help and love.

How well do I listen to my body telling me to slow down, eat right, get some rest and balance?

Do I fully and completely accept the healing, love and grace that Jesus so lavishly gives to me? Do I really know how much He loves me?

Lord, make me ever mindful.

I don’t want to miss a thing.

 

 

 

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  • This blog is being created to speak to anyone who is weary and heavy laden….to say that Jesus is waiting for you to come to Him to be redeemed, renewed, restored.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

  • This blog is being created to encourage and remind those of us who are in Christ that we are in the process of being:

Redeemed (bought back, freed from what distresses or harms us, freed from captivity, helped to overcome something detrimental, released from blame or debt, changed for the better, repaired, restored, atoned for, retrieved)

in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace Ephesians 1:7

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him John 3:17

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.            1John 3:8b

He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5

Renewed (made new, restored, to begin again, replace, replenish, to become new)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:10-12

Restored (to give back, return, bring back into existence or use, bring back to a former or original state)

He restored my soul, He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. psalm 23:3

We are living in the messy tension between the freedom of the Genesis 1-2 garden of Eden and the new heaven and earth of Revelation 21-22. Jesus reminded us that in this world we would have trouble but to take heart because He has overcome the world. He is seated at the right hand of God in heavenly places far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. All things are in subjection under His feet. He is the Head of the church which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (John 16:33, Ephesians 1:20-23

  •      there is nothing that is too hard for Him.
  •      there is no place that is beyond His reach.
  •      there is no place too dark for His light to shine.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Psalm 139:7-10 Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle by the farthest sea, even there Your hand will guide me; Your right hand will hold me fast.

even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You. Psalm 139:12