Me and my wife have taken action in making our environments improved, Christianized, and have peace like never before we took that effort.
Every aspect has two sides or more, that which adds value and that which doesn't. Because of this focusing on the positive makes all the difference.
We made minimalism one of our values: the soothing sound of the breeze through the pine and other branches in the back. The balcony's light coming through in flicker and filter. The sound of the fountain trickling every day during the waking hours just across the street. Hush of night with a rare car passing. Geese and ducks humorously surprising us with cackles or honks in the mornings or mid-days. The occasional cat wandering by. Grassy hill view. Just a studio apartment for the two of us but paradise of peace sometimes. We don't need more to be happy, though we are open to whatever gifts God has planned.
#hygge the coziness of a perfect comfort in which our trust makes all worries irrelevant to the plan.
I'd like to think that I've learned the things I need to know.
I do know from my experiences. I do know from what I've seen, lived, felt, and tried. I do seek wisdom from the Holy Spirit. I do read the Scriptures, but need to do so much more and learn so much more that God has in mind for us.
What I remember from where I've been I've learned more of what doesn't work than the more recent present where thing do work, mostly, with seeking reconciliation when we have setbacks still, much less often or severe than before. If I were to imagine a perfect world, I would imagine one as a life of learning and always growing, always having a purpose against which to improve ever, with perhaps setbacks that show the value of the good. I imagine God has done that, and always has in a grand scale which is an infinite forest of which we can with limited wisdom see a few surrounding trees of, and know only enough to make our part count in.
Life is a journey of correcting directions and getting back on path with what our why (what gifts we were created to take action with) is with every decision basing those upon the best judge, our conscience, our Graceful trust in God's will. When we achieve that perfect trust and wisdom, and it bears the spiritual fruit of the Holy Spirit, that is our Actual Grace, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
I've found joy from being where I am meant to be.
That comes from:
1. accepting God's big plan unconditionally,
2. noticing the good parts not the bad parts and feeding the good wolf, the good energies,
3. God's blessing me with this faith and circumstance (one might not have one without the other, and perhaps the cause and effect get reversed in secular thinking).
Tuesday Oct 16th I turn 44, the same age my father was when I was born. I am blessed he is still here in the first life to experience it with me. I am ever blessed to no longer live alone but to have a family of my own. I am blessed by so many perfect small things of beauty that fit my needs inexplicably as if (which He does) He knows every need that I have. Answered prayers!
I've found Joy in serving God. Part of that Joy comes from seeing the difference in others, the rest of that Joy comes from knowing through faith and anticipating a long term good coming out of the bigger plan in spite of our suffering willingly and praying (Palanca).
As I embark this weekend on my ministry, please pray for us on the Men's #252 Cursillo Weekend. Palanca is where we take willingly on the patience through any hard moments, putting God above our own comforts. That is the meaning of trust, that leads to the perfect peace of mind of Grace, in which nothing else compares. Turn the patience into the joy of anticipation and any moment can be gotten through, one at a time!
Spread the love of Christ! Open your eyes to the colors of the beauty of God's plan! De Colores!
Donald R. Anderson. Aspiring writer. Amateur philosopher and amateur writer of Apologetics (i.e., the Catholic reasonings). Faith-driven kindred spirit.