And That's Real Life!
I rediscovered a list I once wrote about 11 years ago entitled, "What are the things You Like to do - with God - that give you life?"
First of all you need to know that God is never left out of anything I do...
I read through the 25 + items and was amazed at how so many things are still true today.
Here are just a few...
- Taking nature walks and listening to God
- Making smoothies or special drinks
- Getting rid of things
- Rearranging the furniture
- Take Pictures
- Picking fruit/vegetables from the garden and flowers for inside
- The need to do something physical like biking, running or rollerblading
- Call someone I haven't talked to in a long time
- Write letters (real ones) to people with drawings on the envelopes
- Lay on the grass under a tree and watch the sky/tree move
- Shop at thrift stores
- Sing and dance
The things I 'like' reflect the desires in my heart - which makes me think of this verse...
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. -Psalm 37:4
When I delight in the LORD it's a lot easier to see how everything I do in life are good gifts from him. I've really been dwelling on the good things that God has given me like James 1:17 says,
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
I can't help but be full of joy in the fact that after all these years He has given me so many of these "things that I like to do", these good things within life that are like gifts. He gives me these gifts daily, like tending to my garden, or weekly, like cycling with my husband or here and there like getting rid of things/giving things away or hiking in nature. Although some of them (I had laundry on the list?!!) are not giving me life right now I'm reminded how God still uses them to give me life - just in a different way than I may have thought. I can still figure out ways to enjoy them as life changes. It takes a little longer and I do it more often with a few kids so I now use that time to put my ipod on and escape into music or call up a friend. And that's real life!