Saturday, March 24, 2012
My life is often not only busy, but noisy. Not necessarily always physical, outward noise, but inner noise. Inner noise to me includes everything from my thoughts and worries each day, trying to multi-task, constantly being on the computer, facebook and watching tv or movies. Noise. Even if I'm in a quiet room, often my mind is full of noise.
This noise drowns out my hearts movements, as well as the Spirit's voice in my life. This is one reason that lately I have been pursuing what I am calling Quiet Space.
Now, many Christians try to have a "quiet time" which usually means trying to carve out a small or large piece of time each day to read the bible, reflect, and pray. This is great, but this is not what I'm talking about exactly. Since January I have only actually experienced this quiet space twice, and both times were prompted by God's Spirit, not my own desire and decision to make it happen. It was not me saying that I was going to take a half hour to be quiet with God, but it was Him nudging me to drop what I was doing and come be with Him. And both times were profoundly enriching and restoring to my soul.
It is as if there is a first level of being in a physically quiet place, then a deeper level of quieting the heart and mind, and this quiet space is even deeper in that my soul itself is quiet. I think this is why it is not a daily experience as it is very hard to get to this place. But it makes me hungry for more of this vulnerability and quiet before my Creator and Saviour. To be fully present in my entire being with Him, with no agenda or timeframe, but to just be with Him, open and listening.
For years I have been asking God for more of Himself. I feel this is part of the answer to that prayer, and its not what I expected, but it is so good.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
This morning I am thankful for...
- Waking up on time and feeling rested, especially in a period of life lately where I am always tired and cannot seem to get enough sleep
- The symphony of early morning birds outside our windows
- Being able to have the windows open in March!
- Baby kicks - which will probably continue to be on every thankful list until June!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Today at work I helped a customer via email find the right part number for a fridge part they had broken and got the shipment out today for her. This is a very normal part of my day - talking with people, making sure it is the right part, and getting it out as quickly as possible. But after everything was settled, she emailed back saying that this was the best service she had ever experienced for a matter like this. She asked me to pass along the compliment to my supervisor.
That just made my day, I have to be honest. I realized from how surprised I was from this customers appreciation that in general people do not express gratitude to each other. More often than not, we take each other for granted or only speak up to someone when we are upset.
I try to offer great service no matter who I am dealing with, to treat each customer with respect, friendliness and prompt service. But very seldom is this effort recognized by the customer (by my co-workers, yes, we encourage each other and value each others work). This made me wonder two things.
First, what is it in us that overlooks saying thanks? Perhaps we are so busy and filled with mental noise that nothing else can reach us except what is urgent and demanding our attention in our own lives. We are so pre-occupied that we fail to recognize that we interact with other humans beings with emotions. Especially if someone is providing a service for us, we see them as doing their job and forget that they may be doing their very best and may be in need of encouragement.
Second, who do I overlook? Who do I encounter throughout my day or week that I could be speaking words of life into, but instead I just pass by? There is a cashier that I often get in the grocery store that is always very pleasant and friendly. One of the ladies at a company we work with is always very prompt and goes above and beyond to help our customers. There are people in my church who are amazing behind the scenes volunteers who clean, stack chairs, make coffee, etc. etc. How often do I recognize these types of people and let them know their hard work is noticed and valued.
Friday, March 9, 2012
This morning I am thankful for...
- Good memories created with good friends
- The feeling you get on Friday because you know a weekend is coming
- Having to wear maternity clothes!
- Our unborn babe dancing around inside of me
- A warm house to live in, and being able to look outside at the beautiful falling snow
- Having an amazing workplace to go to each day, and not getting that dreaded "I don't want to go to work" feeling