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What becomes you?

In Deeper Thoughts, Inspirations, other bloggers on August 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm
Did you know that the longer you hold on to something, the more that it will become you?

We all carry feelings, signs such as that in the tree; feelings that lead us to certain ways of thinking and with some thoughts, we become burdened. Destruction feeds on negative thinking, whether we’re thinking badly of ourselves or of others; how we think can change who we are and how we see the world around us.

The same goes for positive thinking. Have you ever noticed that when you’ve thought of something positive, it’s as though a warm light has filled you within? The more we think positively, the more light will fill us.

What are the thoughts that you hold on to? Have you noticed that, through time, these thoughts have “become” you? And, really, what would you want to “become”?

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” 
~ Mark 9:23 NLT~

I am joining the rest over at Spiritual Sundays where we are participating in the special Miracle Blog Party in celebration of Colette Gauthier’s experience with breast and bone cancer; and of how a special woman made a significant difference in her life. Visit The Katillac Shack to find out what the Miracle is all about and how you can use your sweet fingertips to bless another. You can also read about Colette’s story at Guideposts, where it was published.
The refreshed, Colette Gauthier

Thoughts aloud.

In growing, Inspirations, My Faith, Seasons on August 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Feeling like I’m so behind in the photo area of my life and let us not even discuss the writing section, okay? Really. I’ve been spending countless hours doing something but I can’t really name what that would be, other than cleaning, cooking, carting, mending, loving, caring, playing, seeking…well, that does seem like quite a lot. And let’s say that there are many more “ings” to follow that line.

I absolutely love how The Lord arranges the seasons of my life, just right and how I find myself coming to the ready point in each stage. I should post all of the photos that share the seasons and the changing, but my ability to focus on organization at this given point is blurred. I have not the time or the energy to locate the photos.

There are times when I’ve taken SO many photos, I find myself terribly overwhelmed with what to do with them…and then…I hear a whispering inside…there is a purpose for them, in a time to come. Not everything needs to be done right now. Not everything needs to be shared right now.

Seasons.

That section of me, the library part of me…the writer in me with so much to put out there is getting ready. I can feel her brimming with glory excitement but right now, she waits through time.

Through the waiting periods of life, The Lord has filled me with thoughts of strength, confidence and a sure foot forward. Through the summer, He has taught me how to have a voice for myself. He has taught me to stay firm in where He leads me to, not waver in the Faith that I have but understand that it is He who guides me and He alone. I have been listening intently…even in the silence, He speaks.

You know, we can go through such strife within our own minds at times. Chaos breathes through words once said, like old wounds digging their way to the surface of self. Who we are is the child that God tells us that we are, not of what the world has told us.

We are beautiful in His sight and through the life and death of His Son, we are without blemish, without fault, without conviction-blame-and-condemnation…we are forgiven. Do you know this? I hope you do and if not, may God guide you into the understanding of Who He Is in your, ever-so, personal life.

What does a dragonfly symbolize?

In Dragonfly, Inspirations, Romans on August 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Yesterday, the boys and I went for a walk at one of our favorite places. While we were walking, the dragonflies continually shared their presence with us. I love these little winged creatures, as much as I do the butterflies. As I walked, admiring them all, I was reminded of a little story (I have shared it before):

The Dragonfly
Author Unknown

Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.

Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.

Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.

When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful
blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.

So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.

Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.

But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!

† That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.  ~Romans 3-5 (The Message)

Today, I’ve found a listing of what the dragonfly symbolizes (as adapted from The Dragonfly Site):

* Maturity and a Depth of Character: The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.

* Power and Poise: The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise – something that comes only with age and maturity. The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour, hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively. The awe inspiring aspect is how the dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity, effectiveness and well, if you look at proportions, with 20 times as much power in each of its wing strokes when compared to the other insects. The best part is that the dragonfly does it with elegance and grace that can be compared to a veteran ballet dancer. If this is not a brazen, lazy, overkill in terms of display of raw power, what is?

* Defeat of Self Created Illusions: The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it. This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.

* Focus on living ‘IN’ the Moment: The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis. This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.

* The Opening of One’s Eyes: The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also, in a manner of speaking, symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our universe, and our own minds.

Carried Away Caterpillar

In Bugs, Caterpillars, Inspirations, Psalms, Spiritual Sunday's on August 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I was watching this caterpillar wander around the green table, outside, the other day. Not knowing where exactly it was and how to get where it wanted to be, it traveled aimlessly in all directions. I found this fuzzy bear in the grass and almost stepped on it. Wouldn’t that have been a horrible outcome for him at that very moment?

Sometimes, we can’t understand the path of life that God has us on. Sometimes, we find ourselves aimlessly seeking and searching or just walking daily into the routine. Sometimes, we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory and desperately seek our way out or around where we must be.

The caterpillar was taken from it’s comfort in the grass, unknowingly in a place that was harmful and dangerous to his life; and he was placed in another area, where he could be observed for awhile, kept safe. He was closer to me…so close that I think he could almost see me.

Aren’t we like that with God?!

† Psalm 65:4 from the American King James Version ~ Blessed is the man whom You choose, and cause to approach to You, that he may dwell in Your courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, even of Your holy temple.

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Friends and Teenagers

In Friendships, Inspirations on August 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Our little neighbor girl visiting us in the Summer of 2009

“chirp-chirp-chirp” and “whistle-whistle-whistle” ~ ~ ~ These are the sounds I hear right now. My middle son and the little cutie that visits us, from next door, are out on the back deck. My son with a handful of bird seed cupped in his hands, sits with his arms outstretched. They’re waiting for the birds to come, to eat from their hands, to catch them and keep them forever.

If it were only that simple. But would we really want it to be? All living things need space, need to grow and be free to live; including our children.

I have a friend whose daughter is just beginning to live in the teenage years…learning to branch out independently but still be held back by the force of wisdom. I remember being a teenager, very well and the feelings that I had about most all of it. In those days, I had a friend that seemed to get herself into some scary situations…and I would follow her, trying to have my own freedom but still trying to hold her back from harm. She was a wild girl, without restraint or a care in the world. I was without that character. Always independent, but not wild. Always wanting to learn on my own, but not rebellious. And, I did care. I cared about everyone and everything, cared about what my parents would think if they knew what I was doing, cared that I knew God was right there with me in everything I did.

My friend’s daughter found herself in a situation that revealed a little dishonesty, sneaky plans and boys. Mostly harmless, but able to bring light to the eyes of her parents. It’s so hard for parents to trust again, when they’ve proven trust is hard to find.

Here, we go…another post that I had no intentions of writing. For those who’ve been reading my chaos through the years, you’ll remember the days when I’d sit down to write and meaning flowed through my mind, onto the keyboard…without a plan. I like writing in this way, it’s like a gift waiting to be opened for me. It’s creative and also reminds me of how The Spirit moves.

Sometimes, we can have a wonderful plan…well thought out and purposeful; which is good but knowing that God can make more of our intentions and allowing Him to form His ways into our being can bring out beautiful results.

So, the kids have retreated – they’re now into play mode, in the grass. They did, however, find themselves in a golden moment as the chickadee’s came to the feeders while they sat there no more than a finger-tip away.

Hope For The Weary Soul

In Hope, Hugs from Heaven, Inspirations on July 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm
On the wall of a little doughnut shop, the sign read:

“As you travel through life, brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole.”

Are you one who keeps your eye upon the doughnut, or have you acquired the unfortunate habit of looking only at the hole? Today and every day do yourself a favor (you’re worth it): CHOOSE to be a hope-filled, upbeat, enthusiastic person. Think optimistically about your life and your future. Trust your hopes, not your fears…don’t even feed your fears. Whatever you do, keep your eye carefully fixed on the doughnut and don’t waste too much time fretting about that silly little hole.

Macro Layers

These were, in part, some of the words that I read this morning upon waking. I opened my little “hugs, daily inspiration for women” book and after I read, I knew that this was something to be shared today. It is only in part of what I read, but it’s the important parts that will apply to all of us, not only women.

May you find that your eyes are focusing more and more on the goodness in your life. It’s so difficult sometimes, for us to see any goodness when we’re feeling low or sad but there is always hope. The sun will come through the darkest clouds again, and for those who hope in the Lord, they will renew their strength…they will walk and not faint…they will fly like an eagle. Believe it.

Faithful Bloggers Writing Project

In Christian Group Writing Project, Inspirations, Psalms on July 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I found this inspirational site through Loren this morning and as I read the challenge, I became excited. See, I have a deep desire to share my why reasons of loving The Lord, loving The Word and to find the inspiration in this form…well, it really moved me.

From the Faithful Bloggers site they’ve posted:  The topic for the first ever Faithful Blogger’s Group Writing Project will be Psalms 23. Each blogger will select a verse and write a post explaining what that verse means to them. It can be as long or as short as you want. It can be a personal testimony, a devotional, or Bible study in nature. It can be a photo that you believe describes the verse. Anything goes.

I love the entirety of this Scripture, Psalm 23, I always have…but after reading each verse as they’ve shared them on the site, I have to say the one that really spoke to me was the first verse….

1. The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.

Growing up, this Scripture was one that I kept safely tucked into my heart for those moments of feeling overwhelmed with life. Whether it was a friend who hurt me that day, the loss of my pet or favorite stuffed toy, feelings harmed with a harsh word spoken unaware or something else, I could reach into this Scripture and find “MY Shepherd”.

Today, as a mother of three boys and many other titles, I can easily become overwhelmed with the expectations of others. Naturally, my first desire was to scan the Scripture for the verse that says REST HERE…which would have been the second verse – BUT – the gentle nudge told me to read it all, read it again and so, I did.

When I read it again, the first verse was like music to my soul and the Spirit moved me onward.

The Lord IS MY SHEPHERD ~ contentment fills me as I say these words. Why? Well, because, for me…knowing that HE is my Shepherd, means that I FOLLOW HIM. I do not know where this path is leading, I need not feel like I must be the one to make all decisions, I need not follow the expectations of others…I need to follow Him and with that said, I am refreshed…contented…released. Oh, yeah. I am so willing to let God lead me. For He is the One that I TRUST for all of my life, all of the details.

I shall NOT want ~ as a child, initially, I didn’t understand this one because every child (and adult) “wants”. Growing up and being taught by The Spirit has resulted in a deeper understanding. My relationship with God is most important to me, to know that He delights in me just because I am His child and not because of anything I “do” – allows me to be loved, to feel loved, to know love. I shall not want, for me, tells me that He will supply my needs and deepest inner desires, regardless of my actions. Knowing Him and to have opened my arms wide for His provision in my life, time after time, has created an understanding that I am cared for. We are cared for and need not worry for those needs and wants.

As I follow my Shepherd, He will provide my needs. I can rest in the knowledge of His unfailing love, I can feed on the greenest pastures and fill on the cleanest waters. Seasons change, time passes on and each step I take is one step closer to following my Shepherd Home ♥ I love You, Jesus.

So, thank you, those at the Faithful Bloggers site and this Christian Group Writing Project for inspiring me today. You have no idea how much I was in need of this.

Watching The Cows

In Cows, Henry Louis Mencken, Inspirations on June 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk. ~Henry Louis Mencken

Sitting upon my bed, early one Sunday morning, I glance out the window to find the cows are all running in a bunch. I assumed that they were heading for the barn, for milking time. I assumed wrong.

I continued to watch them, the silly creatures that they are at times. A few would run madly to the rest of the bunch, while those left behind would continue to munch the grass, then look up and begin running toward the others.

There were two that stood together, watching, munching, almost as though they were talking. I imagined them to say…”Silly girls. Look at them, all following the runner, all thinking that there is something more important to do over there. It’s all grass, it’s all around us. I won’t waste my energy to run for something that I have right here in front of me.” The other would say, “Yeah. Me too.” And they continue munching..and chatting.

I love to watch the animals. They really have much to teach us if we would pay attention to them. I think that they seem closer to what God intends for His Creation, they seem not to foul it up..living…quite as much as humans do. We tend to go beyond what is good, right in front of us, all too often, in many ways.

These photos were taken just the other night, while I was sitting on the couch in my living room. Again…the cows. I was reviewing the photos that I’d been taking, still on my camera’s disk, when I looked up and saw them in the field outside the window. Thought that I’d share them with you…and my view.

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. ~Psalm 139: 1-5 NLT

Whispers and Nudges

In Abide 2010, Inspirations, Life Lessons, My Faith, Spiritual Sunday's on March 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm

A few weeks ago, I decided that I’d change our bedroom around. Doing this would put the bed in an East/West direction. Why did I think that we could adjust ourselves to that direction for sleeping? Every time I’ve done it in the past, we find ourselves very uncomfortable and anxious sleepers.

I changed our room back to the way it once was, last night and we both slept much better, my husband and I. At around 4 a.m., I awakened as though it was a happy time to get up, but being too early, I just lay there thinking. I felt the Spirit nudging me for conversation and His Words were short, simple and profound.

This morning, I made my cup of coffee and returned to my bed for some quiet reflection time. As I sat down, with my face to the window and the sun peeking through, I felt at home within myself. I’d not felt that when my bed was in the other direction. I know, call me “odd”.

With my journal at hand and pen ready to write, the words flowed out onto the paper:

“Lord, fill me up with Your Love – fit Yourself into every area within me. Consume me with Your Presence, that I will feel You here. Jesus, why do I always compare everything to another? Like in my relationship with You, desiring to feel that “same” fire that I did in the beginning or finding my need to do the same things that once enabled me to hear better.”

All the while I was writing, I could feel the corners of smile upturning within me. When I was finished, the smile shined strongly and The Spirit moved. Reminders of my earlier word this year, filled my mind; abide, and The Spirit reminds me that “WE ARE ONE”, regardless of how I “feel” or what my sight may be, “WE ARE ONE”.

I remember my mother going through times in her life where she felt as though she must be doing something wrong in her relationship with The Lord because the connection was not there, her feelings were abandoned and His Presence felt distant.  Women are so emotionally made, aren’t we?  In a month’s time I could write you an entire book of the many emotions that have filled me, some out of the blue for no apparent reason.  People can say that sin separates us from hearing The Lord, but it is not always sin…remember Job?  Some could say that we aren’t hungry enough, taking enough time with Him, studying His Word enough and so on.  When people suggest reasons, it can bring us down….hurt even.  I’ve seen this happen to so many women who are in Love with The Lord and desire nothing more than His embrace.

So often, The Lord reminds me that our growth in relationship with Him is just that…growth. In a relationship with anyone, it begins with an exciting burst of appreciation and joy, as the relationship grows in trust and is nurtured, we become more comfortable with one another. There is an inner knowledge and a feeling of complete understanding as a relationship grows.

God is telling me that the Word, Abide, that he placed upon my heart earlier in the year was not simply for me to study to the extreme. It wasn’t for me to get absorbed with at searching myself, alone. This Word, Abide, is one of strength, trust, surety and promise. HE ABIDES IN US. In me. “We are One”.

And then, I felt that nudge…a touch of excitement surged through me. The Spirit whispered that someone else just might need to hear this today. What better time to share it than on Spiritual Sunday?

Charlotte and Ginger share this site to encourage us all and as you follow the links listed there, you’ll shine a little light into your life as you bring Glory to God.

Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to Your Name be the Glory, because of Your love and faithfulness. ~Psalm 115:1

Well Fed

In Inspirations on March 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Whether I am resting upon my bed with His Word on my lap, or sitting in my desk chair with the computer screen opened to a page that shines His Word into my eyes; whether I am riding in my car hearing truth spoken from His Word or sit amongst the multitudes at a Sunday morning service; whether I rest my weary soul at the window as sunlight pours through the glass or glance upon the wall to the paper with creative lettering….my soul is nourished, my heart pumps life, my mind is cleansed and my joy complete, when His Word feeds me.

I’ve noticed the sky has been so unusually painted lately and it reminds me of a Day that we can look forward to, when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess…