I don't believe in coincidence. I believe in synchronicity and blessings.
This week, I finished writing my talk on Renewal. One of the quotes in it is from Ezekiel: “I will give you a new heart and place a new sprit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.” I have had that on my mind much this week.
On the way home from work tonight, I heard a program where the speaker read the exact same quote over the radio.
When I got home, there was an email waiting for me from an online friend who discussed a transformation that had begun in her heart on Christmas Eve and brought her back to church.
I'm crying right now. How blessed I am to be the receiver of this message, the witness to the change in someone's heart; and learning more about my own change of heart through the prayer and soul-searching I had to do for my talk. And hopefully, in February, when I give this talk, I'll be the bearer of glad tidings to someone else who may decide to open her heart.
Boy, am in some kind of groove or something lately... I've been listening to:
Driving Rain fave song: don't know yet, I am pretty much digging the whole album; uniformly excellent Red Rose Speedway Little Lamb Dragonfly gets me every time Venus and Mars yes, Mary, this is the album with Magneto and Titanium Man on it All the Best I remember dancing around to C Moon while my Dad made pancakes...
It's like some kind of Paul McCartney festival around here or something... and in the next room my boss is listening to the George Harrison channel on Spinner...
I don't think I mentioned yet that I started a gratitude journal on jan 1... every night before I go to sleep I write down (and give thanks for) three things I'm grateful for that happened that day. It's nothing fancy, just a little datebook from Staples with some sparkly stickers. Just think how great it'll be at the end of the year when I can look back and see all the blessings I've received during the year.... over 1000 of them!
I'd love to hear if anyone else does this and what some of the things are that you're thankful for.
ps ~ apparently you can have a gratitude journal here and learn all about one here (awesome book too), but I decided to do one before I had ever heard of either of these! Mine is next to my bed, not online....yet.
Bought myself (and Paul) flowers on the way home from work yesterday. Big shaggy flowers, some daisies and chrysanthemums too, in bright happy colors. In the checkout line, the woman in front of me started up a conversation (I love that! Sometimes I start them.) about my gorgeous flowers. I said that I walked right by them and decided to pick up a bunch because they were, in fact, so gorgeous. "I deserve them!" I announced to her and the checkout lady. For $4.99, how can you afford not to do something so simple and nice for yourself? It sure helped to lift my spirits.
ps ~ meatballs came out okay but take time: not really cooking time but cleaning time of the stove, the floor, and the 3 pots I had to use but didn't fit in the dishwasher. But, I now have 6 meal containers with ziti and 2 meatballs each saved for Nana, Paul's mom, and of course, the meatball king himself, Paul.
I am so inundated with stuff to do that I think it's quite possible that my head is going to explode.
Tonight, just for starters, I am making ziti and meatballs for Paul's Nana (in the nursing home). Then I'm going to endeavor to finish a logo and revise my talk, and then rehearse said talk for meeting tomorrow (thank God for runthroughs).
At work, I have an awful lot to do — all good work, but stuff that requires attention and creativity and my brain. And I want to do my best.
<< insert deep breath here >>
Listening to: They Might Be Giants (to make me laugh) Paul McCartney (who desperately needs new web designers. I volunteer to go to London and knock on his door and pitch our services. Great album: awful site.)