When the busy, stressed out people in Jesus' world wanted to know about God, Jesus pointed to nature - to the birds and the flowers. They don't overfunction. They know how to be beautiful and carefree without even trying. How might we listen in to God's invitation to consider the birds and flowers to remember in our own lives that we are not missing out when we slow down.
Do you overfunction? Do you do more than what you need - especially for others when they are fully capable of doing that work for themselves? What is it in us that drives us to overfunction? If you've ever felt resentment in your life for your overfunctioning addiction - take a listen as Paula invites you to listen in to God's love and invitations to slow down and be gentle with yourself and others.
It's Ash Wednesday - the day to celebrate your messy humanity. It's the place to let yourself be loved just as you are, not as you think you should be. That's the good news of this day that kicks off a season of self-reflection as to how will we open our hearts to let God love us in the midst of our humanity.
Ever use a GPS app on your phone? When you zoom out and get too far ahead and can't see where you are on the map anymore, you can hit a "re-center" button to come back to the present moment. What pauses might you create in your day to "re-center" your soul and be attentive to the ways God is loving you in the ordinary moments of everyday life.
Ever try to do something new and find yourself failing? Perhaps it's because there's not enough "room" for it. Take a listen this week to your own soul as Paula offers a Lectio Divina around making room in your own life for the new.
Hey friends - I'm back, hoping to get back to podcasting in this new year - so take a little pause in your hustle and slow your soul to grow your soul! Take a little listen below - in what ways will you begin to pause your hustle in 2018?
Maya Angelou asks says there are 4 questions that we are unconsciously asking all the time
- Do you see me?
- Do you care?
- Am I enough for you? (or do you need me to be better somehow?)
- Can you tell me that I'm special to you by the way you look at me?
- Today, take notice of the times when and with whom you are unconsciously asking these questions today.
- With whom do you feel seen? unseen? How do you know?
- With whom do you feel cared for? Not cared for? How do you know?
- With whom do you feel like you're okay just as you are? With whom do you wonder if you're not enough or too much?
- With whom of your co-workers, family, friends, pets, neighbors, strangers are you able to hold a short gaze? With whom are you not?
- In what ways today have you felt "seen" and "cared" for and welcomed by God?
If you have a pet, begin to practice a little longer pause with these ones - who, incidentally seem to do this better than most humans! Practice looking into their eyes and see what you see in return.
If you feel more daring - each time you look in a mirror today, pause 5 seconds to look in your own eyes and say to yourself, "I see you, I care" and see what happens.
The self-help industry makes millions of dollars offering formulas to our problems - really to our inner angst. Yet, most of our deepest solutions come when we merely gather our own courage to pause and listen to our lives and the God-given wisdom within. Take a listen this week to how Paula helped another person pause to take a courageous look at her own God-given wisdom within.