Sneaking to the pool for my quiet time until the splash of my child who had to join me at this tranquil spot. That sums up my expectations….I’m a planner….which as a planner come expectations. Then when everything is not perfect as I planned it ……I’m spiraling back down to earth.
Today was the perfect day to start Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. I’m not sure the last time I opened a book and thought – Wow this is me! I’m trying not to devour it with an expectation of enlightenment but to slowly absorb it. In fact I just ordered the devotional that goes with seeking deep restful time with my Lord rather than squeezing Him into the beginning and the ending of my crazy scheduled daily life. So here is an excerpt…..
What I’m learning, essentially, is to stand where I am, plain and sometimes tired. Unflashy, profoundly unspectacular. But present and connected and grounded deeply in the love of God, which is changing everything. p. 20
Is there a more perfect day then to start this journey to peace? And probably not even a coincidence that my journey begins on 🔥Pentecost Sunday.
🔥We celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit, from whom they would receive power to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:3-8). After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the men returned to Jerusalem and joined together in prayer in an upper room. On the Day of Pentecost, just as promised, the sound of a violent wind filled the house and tongues of fire came to rest on each of them and all were filled with the Holy Spirit. After the coming of the Holy Spirit, the disciples did not stay in the room basking in God’s glory but burst out to tell the world. This was the beginning of the church as we know it.
Today as disciples it is our job to spread the good news of Jesus and internal life through Him 🙌🏻 so as His humbled and broken, servant I serve this amazing God and share my experiences of Grace and Redemption.