The Gift of Our Discontent

Another World  God put within each of us a taste for the eternal.

When the disappointments of this life overwhelm,

He reminds us that we were made for another world.

And it is this yearning – the gift of our discontent –

that keeps us looking up.

Rejoicing in the hope of heaven.

The promise of home.

 

For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
Hebrews 13:14

A Walk in the Woods

…one of my favorite things.

Photo & Quote  In the Woods

Taking a walk in the woods is like stepping into another world.

A world of unexpected and unending discoveries –

where inspiration is easily found.

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FindingTheInspiring.com

Where living things grow wild and free

like forgotten dreams, in mossy green, re-awakened.

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FindingTheInspiring.com

Where “Patches of Godlight” mark tree-lined pathways

and cool, misty air drips fragrant with the scent of earth and heaven –

Converging, like two roads into one.

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FindingTheInspiring.com

A walk in the woods is much like our walk with God.

Experiencing
it is better than simply reading about it.

And as He guides our steps through this world of endless discovery, we eagerly follow. Our spirit eyes widening with wonder in a place where faith grows wild and free.

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”
C. S. Lewis

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All Things New – The Gift of Now

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (The Words of Jesus – John 10:10b) 

If you’ve read any of my posts lately, you know I’ve been exploring how I might make some positive changes in my life in an effort to achieve a healthier body, mind, soul and spirit.

And new year’s resolutions take on a whole new meaning when you hear stories like the one out of Tucson.

The good news is that Representative Gabrielle Giffords is reportedly making a miraculous recovery! But the lives cut short because of this senseless shooting make you realize once again that the time we have is a precious gift. And we must use it wisely.

I’ve previously talked about the body and mind so now it’s time to think about the soul and spirit. I’ve been reading about the differences between the two and came across the following excerpt from the book, Rightly Dividing The Word (Dr. Clarence Larkin):

The Gates to the Soul are Imagination, Conscience, Memory, Reason and the Affections.

The spirit receives impressions of outward and material things through the soul. The spiritual faculties of the Spirit are Faith, Hope, Reverence, Prayer and Worship.

Today I’m considering the gift of now. And how I am an overseer of the life and breath God has given me in this moment. I must faithfully maintain, nurture and grow the seeds He has planted in me, forgetting past mistakes and missed opportunities.

Because, as C.S. Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

So, I will take that class which will stir my imagination and creativity. Sing that song that will lift my spirit closer to God in worship. Do that thing that will have me living life more fully, as my Creator intended. And, hopefully, the result will be finding the inspiring in me.

Right here. Right now.