Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Cobwebs! Ewww!


As long as I have been alive I have had a huge desire to put as much distance between me and spiders as possible. Long ago I learned that one of the best ways to do that is to keep things as neat, tidy and free of clutter as possible. Not to mention dusting and making sure there are no cobwebs lurking.

As I was puttering about the homestead the past weeks, giving more attention than I had for a little while, I found just little hints here and there of my lack of focus. As I cleaned and dusted and threw things away, I was spurred onward to give more care to the little details of keeping things in good shape around here. I had sort of gotten into a complacent routine, which I am sure most of us do from time to time. I was ever so glad to be snapping out of it. Though, I will admit the renewed discipline pinched a bit at first!

On a parallel track, during this same period, little parts of me that I am not so fond of, and in some regards was not even aware of, have been showing up. The nerve! :) Things that needed dusting and removal! It has been humbling and frustrating (as cleaning can be). However, I am also grateful for the grace that allows me to see myself in the light of day just a bit at a time (not too much all at once). Then that same grace helps me to submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit for a better way to live in these certain areas. For me, if there was a common theme in the cobwebs of my heart and mind, I would have to say the above mentioned "complacent routine". Life is never really meant to be "routine". It's much too marvelous an opportunity, every day. Or at least, it's meant to be. That doesn't mean a lack of structure. But, it does mean living with an alert and sensitive spirit. Looking for the opportunities to do a little something extraordianry. Sometimes it is as simple as making the breakfast that takes a little more time, for no reason except to make sure the person(s) you are preparing for, have the wonderful experience of a better start than they expected to their day. Who knows what that could lead to for the rest of the day?

"But when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made visible and clear; and where everything is visible and clear there is light. Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light. Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil."
Ephesians 5:13-16


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8 comments:

Carole said...
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Carole said...

Excellent brain food. The Light is just fine revealing cobwebs in someone else's house, but it sure hurts when it lights up my cobwebs.

Tiffany said...

Missed You, girl! Great post as always. We all need a little dusting off from time to time. I think giving the time and attention to detail, when it comes to ourselves is often overlooked in our busy lives. Until a light is shined in those areas, or it is exposed in some way we don't even realize...and then it's like woah! At least it's that way w/ me. Thanks for the good reminder!!!

luvmy4sons said...

Seems to be a theme...I can't recall which but another bloggy friend wrote about living purposefully. I love the scripture. Good stuff to remember. And your post owched a little bit for me...taking care of my aunt has led to some laziness in my home making. I am slack in some of my duties...My mind gets overwhelmed and I just sit and crochet or read. Thanks for the exhortation! You go girl! Great pics!

Cecily R said...

This: Looking for the opportunities to do a little something extraordianry totally jumped out at me. In fact, its something that I have been thinking a lot about lately because I am feeling the humdrum of life creep in even though there is so much going on around here.

Doing something extraordinary every once in a while could be the perfect cure!

Thanks (as always) for the pick me up.

P.s. LOVE your cobweb analogy. I'd be willing to bet thagt you would be a great speaker.

Renee' said...

Wonderful post! You've been missed! Thanks for stopping by.

freetofly said...

Carole - I'm with you! I've been getting a good dose of that light though! Yikes! It's good though!

Tiffany - Missed you all, too! I so agree! I will be over for a visit soon!

Leslie - Girl you do more in a day than most in a week! Have mercy! I just needed to tighten up!

Cecily - you know, that has been sticking in my head as well! Some thoughts are keepers, and I think this one I will keep! :)

Thanks, btw!

xoxo,
Maria

Denise said...

Such a terrific post, enjoyed as always.

What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!