Friday, October 2, 2015

morning invitations * keys


This invitation, this call to a familiar cadence, might be launched with the simple flip of the calendar page.  Or a more complex season might emerge because of a seismic shift in a relationship, a job, a calling ... or an opportunity, an illness, a transition or loss of some sort.

This is an invitation worth RSVP-ing YES to.  Because life's reality is that our pathway is filled with surprises.  Some are most pleasant and hoped for.  Others jump out from nowhere, shaking us to our core, gray and unbidden.

We have little control over how our days unfold.  So it's a very good thing when we're able to figure out what kind of routines best pave the way for the hours that will follow so that we're equipped with healthy, sane, and wise responses to whatever the Lord allows to come our way.

What I know to be true?

When we choose to tend to our souls, bodies, homes, and screens in ways that are winsome and life giving, we will be fortified with a spirit of peace, confidence, and gratitude as the day continues to evolve.

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THREE KEYS TO DESIGNING & LIVING OUT 
YOUR MORNING INVITATIONS

1.  PERSONAL
Your schedule is yours and yours alone.  Everybody has their own unique opportunities and challenges.  What might work for one might not work for the other.

2.  FLEXIBLE 
Nothing's cast in stone.  Expect to adjust or abandon, tweak or build on your choices as you daily live them out.  You might find that some invitations work better mid-day or in the evening.

3.  GRACE-FILLED 
We're not looking for perfection, but a steadiness of purpose.  Our ultimate goal is to honor Christ, not impress anyone else.  Let's take the pressure off ourselves to have somehow arrived and realize that we're each in the glorious process of blooming at our own unique pace.


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18 comments:

  1. "Healthy, sane, and wise responses" Amen to that, my friend! Time with Him and time in the the word is the only way to achieve all three!

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    1. You said it all, girl! I'm glad you're journeying with us ... you're such good company!

      ;-}

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  2. I love that a routine is personal, flexible and grace-filled. Took me a long time to realize that it is more important for a routine to work for me rather than try to fit a one fits all mode. Not that I have it figured out exactly! Looking forward to following this series and the insights to be gained.

    (ps if this is my second comment, just delete one. I tried to leave a comment on this and another post, but it didn't seem to work, so trying again. Some days technology eludes me...)

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    1. Thanks, Teresa, for doing a second comment! I appreciate that you took the time to navigate any wonkiness that was there!

      I really like what you said about he importance of a routine working for you ... it's there to serve us, not to be our master. Flexibility is a huge gift, isn't it!

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  3. 2. FLEXIBLE - This is the one I struggle with SO MUCH. Like yesterday... I lost my car keys and missed my morning yoga class. I was so upset. Here it is the first of the month, I have weight loss goals.. and my first thing in the day is derailed.. it put me in a major funk the rest of the day. I need more flexibility in my life. - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. AARRGGH! Those mornings are the pits and anything that derails our weight loss goals is always a huge discouragement!

      I'm hearing ya', girl!

      ;-{

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  4. Thanks for reminding me to give myself grace. :)

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    1. We can be our own harshest taskmasters, yes? Especially during an every-day-writing series!

      Enjoy the weekend, friend ...

      ;-}

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  5. Linda, I am far too ill to be coherent. But I am here.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2015/10/your-dying-spouse-64-family-untied-mf.html

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    1. Lord, encourage Andrew this morning with a strong sense of Your peace. Wrap Your comforting arms around him, and let him know, without a doubt, how deep is Your loving compassion for him. May this weekend offer him rest for body, soul, and mind.

      In Jesus' name ... amen.

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  6. I've been struggling (once again) with trying to get my schedule under control, so this is perfect timing for me to read, Linda. Thanks for your encouragement. All three points are right on target for me!

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    1. Oh good! I'm so glad there was an encouraging takeaway, Lisa ...

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  7. Your words are beautiful friend! They touch me in a place that needs to be reassured in this uncertain time in my life. You know how to reach the parts of me that need to be reached and for that I am so grateful.

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    1. We're hand-on-hand in uncertainty, yes? Yet He smiles, 'cause He knows what He has for both of us to be and to do in the days that are coming 'round the bend.

      And I, for one, can't wait to see what He's got up His sleeve ...

      Weekend's sweet rest to you, friend!

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  8. This was helpful. I am trying to reset morning routines right now and your post is helping to point me in the right direction. Thanks.

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    1. Oh I'm so grateful! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know that there was something there that worked for you.

      And welcome! I'm so glad you're here with us ...

      ;-}

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  9. Thank u for sharing ur gifts

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    1. So glad you're here, whoever you are!

      ;-}

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'I want the people in my life to know that when they come to me, with whatever is on their mind or heart, they will be heard. I am dedicated to hearing the hearts of those around me.'
~ Adam McHugh, The Listening Life

Linda