The Pathway to Peace

Interior Silence…Hmmm.  In this world is there really silence?  I don’t just mean a lack of noise  but a true interior quiet that is active and listening.  This can be a hard pathway to reach.  When one is on this road to interior quiet, many noises try to present themselves.  Even thoughts and plans can serve as yet another noise to distract us from the most important thing…the Voice of the Good Shepard.

He promises we will know his voice because the sheep know when their master calls.  “I am the Good Shepard who lays down his life for his sheep. Anyone who does not come in through the gate is a thief and a robber.”  In ancient times the gate to the sheepfold was not made of wood or stone but the body of the Shepard himself. To enter the fold of this Keeper we must listen for his voice and come when he calls.

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Do you doubt his presence?  Is there really sense in this chaos of a thousand words and beeps of the cell=phone or facebook? This place of peace can only be reached with the effort to listen.

How?  You may be asking. Is it really so simple?

Yes and No.

We proceed only as far as we try and it is easy to get distracted from the way before us.

Don’t believe me? Try these.

1. Rest. Make a conscious effort to turn off the cell-phone and the computer and stop your daily hubbub and just sit. You choose this place but it is helpful if there is a minimal amount of back ground noise. It’s even okay if you fall asleep.  In fact do this if you are tired. Your body will then be in a better mind-frame.

2. Don’t come with a planned agenda for your silence.  Open up and see what happens. When you have begun do not give up. Set a time and build gradually as you are inspired. Read Scripture and let it be your food.

3. Write a letter of all the doubts fears concerns that are on your plate right now and leave it before God.

4.Take a Thank You walk and have an attitude of gratitude for even the littlest things that catch your eyes.

5. Just SIT.  Look out the window or across the lake or wherever you are and Thank God for the Gift of being you.  Ask His forgiveness for all the times you have not been true to yourself and ask Him to heal these places of unrest and hurt that still exist in your heart.

You will be amazed when you begin to climb this pathway. You begin to encounter a presence and this presence brings you to a new a deep place of peace and joy that you never thought possible.

Tell me if it doesn’t work.

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Human Expression

You know what?  Sometimes I feel that Human Expression is a little overrated and not practiced.   In the beginning, we were made male and female. We were created differently and we express ourselves differently. The man is the leader and protector (antenna), the woman the receiver and tabernacle. One is steady and exist-able (on or off) and the other emotive and expressive (roller coaster). But I forget that before the fall, humanity was a complete and pure expression and symbol of God’s love within us and around us and for us. The reality of Eden shaped the history of the human race…

With the fall, it is so easy to forget how gracious and loving God is.  With sin our vision becomes clouded.  We have suffering. We have death.  We have work.  But this isn’t a form of punishment…it is a consequence of choice. Choice that I put myself on the pedestal of God. That’s not natural! I’m finite with an immortal soul created in His image and He is INfinite and always existing. God gave me my body with an immortal soul that HE made.  MY FLESH is good because God made it and Redeemed it by becoming man like me in all things but sin.

With Christ’s sacrifice we are made holy and these consequences become worth something when united to Him because they grow our love for Him and our choice to follow Him. (The theological term for this is divinized like God but not HIM.)

Every little detail of our Existence matters.  It is a communion and expression of a deeper reality.   That means the everyday is sanctified!  Every detail becomes an expression of love. You know what?  It is natural to respond to circumstance with emotion and it is even greater when these are channeled and not given free reign.Things happen in life that shape and mold us into the best version of how God intends us to be.

Of course, I don’t always choose to express well my love.  Of course my perception gets skewed.  BUT it is a must to voice how I see things so that I can encounter truth.  “I feel irritated because my car is in the shop…” or “I feel so very blessed and happy because my book is on the way to being finished and I HAVE a WHOLE bunch of my Grandma’s unpublished stories to polish and release and finish!”  “I feel angry because someone said this and it hurt.” “I feel peaceful and serene with this decision.” “I feel so energetic after that walk!” There is a whole gamete of positive and negative emotions and in and of themselves they are not bad things and they pass.  It is what I do with them.  Emotions can empower me to do great things.  They put wind in my sails to strive for something greater than myself.  Something or more accurately SOMEbody beyond me.

In the same light, they can also be the biggest blocker to success.  “I feel so afraid I can’t even think straight!”  “I feel so tired I don’t want to do anything!”  “I’m so angry I could just bite his/her head off!” These of course need channeling and the gift of Reason…God didn’t make me an animal. I can’t stop my emotions but I can decide what to do with them otherwise the Pressure cooker effect occurs when they are hidden and stuffed in more ways than one; Spiritually, Mentally, Physically, Emotionally.

Things can build up pretty fast and in the end cause great damage if not acknowledged and given up. Isn’t it better to have things in the light than to be blocked off so the pressure builds and in the end blows up anyways?  If I don’t recognize where things stand, how can I move forward efficiently and level-headedly? I can choose the good.  In this is great FREEDOM. Not just because I have the power to choose so many things but because the more I do what I aught the more free I am to love and the more truly I can express WHO I am. I am created to love and be loved!

Does that mean I go around wearing my emotions on my sleeve?  No!  That would be like walking naked down the street.  But intimacy involves being vulnerable.  Naked without shame before God.  Friendship mirrors our relationship to God and is a human symbol of His love for us. In fact it is MORE than this.  It is a participation in God’s love for you and for me! BUT I need to express and live it out in different degrees according to the level. (ie. my best friend or family member versus a co-worker or acquaintance) An even more visible sign of that communion, is marriage. It is one of the best “signs” of this love between God and Man. But it is built on friendship. You can’t have one without the other.

God  CREATED ME FOR COMMUNION. He wants me to have THE FULLEST participation in the wedding feast. This is Heaven. And it is for real…

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Jesus You Take Over

Where is the world going?  In talking to close friends, and even in my own life and family, recently it seems that a lot is being stirred up whether it is bad news, spoiled hay, added expenses, reconciliation/quarrel between friends, cancer, natural disasters, health problems, death…so much all pressed together.  Little challenges or big ones.  It is a fair question.  With all these big or small things how do I take them?  Of course I could throw a royal two year old temper tantrum.  Sure it may relieve my nerves for a bit but that does not bring lasting relief.  I suppose I could even do nothing but that doesn’t guarantee safety or success in solving my problems. You know what else?  I can even do the other extreme.  THINK THINK THINK I am bound to come up with some solution.  But at the end of the day this leaves me empty, afraid, and alone.

I can be so hard on myself with the extreme of DO DO DO.  When all it requires is one thing.

Jesus I abandon myself to you.

Jesus YOU TAKE OVER.

Mother Mary, Guide Me

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Jesus YOU TAKE OVER.

Close your eyes. Say it.

Love before Sight

The old adage “Love at First Sight” seems a little strange.  I would like to propose to you a new thought…

Love comes before sight.

What?  Can that really be?  Recently, I rear-ended someone. My fault.  Plain and simple.  There is no way to talk out of that!  How stupid I felt! (face palm)  Especially since I could have avoided it if I had listened to that interior call of caution…”Wait for your business till the parking lot.”  Don’t we all get that little interior call? “WAIT!”  Often-times that little voice is ignored and we choose to be bluntly selfish…to put up a box around us for survival or pleasure instead of choosing to open ourselves to love.  When that negative binding choice is made, feelings of shame and guilt follow.  You know what? These are good things because they help us turn back to the Father. But if they are let to get out of hand, OH DEAR! We sin against His Mercy!

Psalm 139

13You formed my inmost being;

you knit me in my mother’s womb.e

14I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;

wonderful are your works!

My very self you know.

15My bones are not hidden from you,

When I was being made in secret,

fashioned in the depths of the earth.*

16Your eyes saw me unformed;

in your book all are written down;f

my days were shaped, before one came to be

Wait a sec! That refers to GOD.  Yes and I am made in His image and likeness.  I am called to something greater. I need to have something beyond myself or life would be just plain…BLAH!

In my frustration, I seemed to loose sight of the fact…you are loved before all time.  Even those closest to me love me despite stupid choices. Should I not also extend the same love to others?  I am not proposing to love the choices but the doer of them.  God had to reach for me.  In asking for his pardon, I received it but still have debt to pay for the damage caused and have to experience the consequences. (1500 for damages and soreness from the impact.)

But even then, REJOICE because I am not alone.  I can choose better and better each time that interior voice calls out to me “WAIT!” No one was hurt! I AM STILL ALIVE!  The other vehicle was completely fine.

Okay, simply put that was having to do with cars but the same applies to all my choices to follow God’s plans or not.  God’s Grace…my response; Reparation for the poor ones to make right the wrong, and Thanksgiving in all things. So God can bring positive out of negative.  Still don’t believe me?  Try putting it to the the test and see the difference it makes.  I know one thing…I have more peace and interior calm now than I did before my face-palm.

Name to face!

Name to face!

Hello! I don’t want to be a faceless writer to you. Please feel free to introduce yourself to me! 🙂 You know what? Eyes truly are the windows to the soul. Do you like what you see in your own eyes? Is there something worth changing? I know I want to more securely stop worrying about the opinion of others and hold firm to the way God made me.

Good Morning America

Hello!

Good Morning America.

Just wanted to introduce myself.  I suppose that you all are wondering, another blogger among many?  Good grief! Do we need more?  That is probably the question going through your head. And if not, it should be. 🙂 I don’t want this blog to be like every other blog out there.  I want a place of vision, excitement, and inspiration.  A place to bounce ideas and move your mind to the important role that you play.  I WANT it to be a springboard of new ideas; outside the box and in a perspective that hasn’t been thought of before.

So many things happen in life that confuse, drag down, and blind us.  I want to bring you to place of freedom and rest from the crazy hubbub of everyday life to a newer sense of vision.  I want to be for you an instrument of change and inspiration for YOU to move to greater heights.  I’m no motivational speaker but a simple minded soul who has lived life and desires to live it to the full. Perhaps by sharing some small part of my story, I can help yours be better.

I hope that as you read this blog, you can encounter God and find him.  If you are not the Christian type then I hope that you can still find something here for there will be gems for everybody. I may not have a big voice, but I hope to be a still breeze of refreshment.  For everyday greatness is found in the little things not in great acts. I promise to be true and not to distort facts but just tell you in a simple forward way. Okay, I will admit it won’t always be easy speaking for truth…but that noisy voice of fear paralyzes and gets in the way of success. Sure, I know I will make mistakes and have to come back and redraft and redo…But for me it will be worth it. Who can really deny that it takes only the wings of a butterfly to start a tsunami?

 

My regards and Thanks for coming!

Jacinta Knuth