Worship Challenge, Week 3

February 23, 2008 at 10:37 pm

After a full day, trying to quieten my spirit for a full Sunday.  Slipping off to my craft room for some solitude and reading on Foster’s Celebration of Discipline (this week, enjoyed chapters on Celebration (I skipped ahead), Fasting, Solitude, Prayer, and part of Service.)  Very centering to read.

Writing a thank you note.  Cuddling in flannel pajamas.  Interrupted by joyful watching of Boy Wonder card tricks, praising Red’s Lego creations. 

Picked up some yarn and knitting needles today.  Gazing on my bags of new items, anticipating the learning of something new.  Foster says to follow those yearnings, even simple desires to learn new skills are often God inspired.  He values them and likes to see us learn skills.  What a God!  I’m gradually pursuing it as time allows to play. 

Thoughts on learning new things with unfinished projects laying around:  Somehow something new seems more playful and joyful and challenging than than doing a task I already knew how to do.  So, yes, while I have some unfinished projects I need to take up and complete, I feel a freedom to move in a new direction for a while. 

There is a time when the familiar is enough, and I’ll work on old projects then.  I guess that’s why I’ve learned to love February over the years, cancellations= a little time here and there to learn and play.

Worship challenge: Foster said somewhere that full worship came from a life of pursuing Christ through obedience.  Only by obediently trying to follow Him are we compelled to worship with fresh energy and joy.  Wow.  That hits deep. 

Because we can’t obey on our own, seeing God help us in every step, supplying, energizing, giving grace…we cannot help but respond in full, joyful, energized worship. 

He says that if we are walking an obedient life with no known sin and still feel dry in worshiop, God may be drawing us to a season with Himself alone so that nothing but concentration times alone with Him can fill.  Not sermons, teaching, studies, songs…just Him.

Praying for rich worship tomorrow stemming from obedient, faithful lives, striving to follow Him, overflowing with lvoe and gratitude and thanks on Sunday when we come together to celebrate His goodness!

Enjoying solitude tonight, almost to the point of not wanting to publish anything.  I’ll close comments just to maintain the spirit of quiet a bit I suppose, uncertain as to whether words are what is needed tonight or not.  The lack of them really feels good…Solitude.

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ME: “MAGGIE”

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Sifting the joy from the mundane:

recording, photographing, learning, creating.

I am married to the love of my life, as we raise three children, learning the ways of grace.

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Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)

MAGNANIMOUS WORK

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"We shall not waste our time in looking for extraordinary experiences in our life, but live by pure faith, ever watchful and ready for His coming by doing our day-to-day duties with extraordinary love and devotion." ~Mother Teresa

MAGNANIMOUS LIFE:

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"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin." ~Mother Teresa

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MAGNANIMOUS ATTITUDE

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A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in it's vicinity freshen into smiles. --Washington Irving

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When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

YOU CAME; I SMILED

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