Monthly Archives: January 2012

Even as Your Soul Prospers

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Flourishing encompasses so much.
How do we flourish, where do we begin?
“Beloved I wish above all things that you prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers” 3 John 2 and in a different translation…”Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
To prosper, or flourish, is so much more than being physically healthy, being in shape, having money, doing what you want, etc. I want to thrive. Where does that begin? I think it begins on the inside. There is an order to things. I’ll admit, I get it backwards at times.
For a long time, it seems.
I am in the process of righting the order of my life and I’ve come to this conclusion. Without a flourishing in my soul-there is no real flourishing in any other area. I could achieve business success, make a lot of money, travel, etc., but without health in my soul none of that really matters.
I want my life to matter. I want to make a difference in my community, in my world. I believe that we can thrive in all aspects of our lives, but it starts on the inside.
Having a gratitude journal has really helped. There is something to be said about being intentional with thanks. I am seeing life with new eyes and it’s so beautiful. I urge you to try it…just keep track of what you’re grateful for. When you are down, when life seems to be too much…write down what is good in your life. No matter how small.
Something as seemingly simple as the smile in the eyes of a child, the wind in your hair, the very breath in your lungs. You are alive and that is grace in itself.
This is simply the beginning…this is where I am. Keeping track of gratitude. Putting my life in better order. Beginning to flourish within, so that I am aware and grateful of flourishing without.
Next time…more talk of physical flourishing.

Grace and skin

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I have been arrested by grace. In a way I have never before experienced or known. This is all so new and small, that I dare not speak too much just yet. But I am learning the way of thankfulness, thanksgiving, grace, living. Practice.
My first step, my first glimpse that something, Someone, wanted my attention-New Years Eve. The challenge to find that “one word” to define my year, my 2012. To be bold and blaze out this trail. To be seen. To succeed. But….that is not what happened with my word. Instead, through a post of a friend, a challenge to let God slip His word into my heart. …His Word… and would I receive it? Dare I enter into this open door of the unknown? Do I let this word, His Word, embrace me, carry me, love me?
Without knowing what it would hold, I said yes. Yes to Him who loves so deep. So deep that He got my attention and directed it back to His face, away from my own inner-gazing.
Abba.
Beauty…that yes brought on another dare. The Dare to Joy. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Brilliance. So, I count and am reacquainted with the One, Abba, who loves. I am learning that He is good. To give thanks….how I have been in such a rush. To give thanks. When I look at the simple beauty and when I look at the hard. WhenI look at my Joyful One’s skin-red and itchy-and give thanks…for her skin. We did that last night. A first. In the bathroom, putting on the lotion…holding her and saying thank you to Abba…who has taught us much from this skin. No more anger at it, frustration with it, desperation to solve it. But thanks.
And in that moment flooded peace.
She says in her book-“thanksgiving always precedes the miracle” and how true…for that moment of peace, of presence, was the miraculous.
What does this year hold? Him. Abba. I have no idea what it will look like, if all these goals will be accomplished…but what I do know is that I am pressing forward to learn this grace, know this grace, be grace. And I can feel the flourishing. This is my new beginning.

Acceptance First

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I’ll admit, I’ve toyed with the idea of blogging for awhile now. Starting out was actually a little daunting, but I’m getting the hang of things. What prompted me to start all of this was some deep soul searching. WHY am I doing what I do? WHAT is it I really believe? WHY am I on this mission? Here’s what came to me…
We all have a right to know what is in our food.
We need to know where our food comes from.
We really need to understand the relationship between what we eat and how it affects our health.
We need solutions and quality food to be accessible, affordable and available.

These last 2 are really important to me. Flourishing is about the whole person-spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. The thing is-they are all intertwined. How we are feeling so often affects what we eat, which plays a role in our hormonal balance, that then feeds back into our emotional state. So, do you see how it all matters?
My goal with this is to bring simple solutions, simple ideas to spark your own imagination and help you to really flourish. I want my life to be full, rich, lush, healthy and fun. Don’t you?

Simply Flourishing

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So it begins…
What does it mean to flourish? To me the word feels rich, lush, thriving and resilient. I decided to look it up-here is what I found. As a verb, to flourish is to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of aparticularly favorable environment. Pause.

I’ve been on a journey. A journey of wellness. There are so many things I’ve learned in the last 5 years that I wish I had known sooner. Things I wish someone had told me. And I wish I had been in a place to hear them. But this is my journey and I am grateful for who I am becoming along the way. I hope you will join me and we can learn from each other along the way.