Sunday, April 17, 2011

Awaiting Easter

My friend Fran composed the following poem and I thought it would give us pause for reflection during this Holy Week. Blessings to you as you reflect on and bask in the amazing love that Christ has for us. Marilyn

As we await Easter,

let us prepare our hearts

to welcome our Savior.


Let us thank Christ

for His gift of redemption.


Let us share with others

what He has done for us.


Let us contemplate with awe

the true meaning

of Christ’s death

and resurrection.


© Frances Gregory Pasch

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Re-thinking

Judy and I had “coffee” a few days ago. We caught up on life and divided our writing assignments. Our long distance writer/friend relationship is a delight and a gift. If an organization called me for an endorsement, I’d definitely say that Judy speaks with wisdom and frankness. One such moment came when I commented about a conversation I was anticipating and she asked me, “So… (I knew something was coming based on her tone) what do you want to accomplish by doing that? What’s your point?” I laughed, stepped back and acknowledged, yes, she was right. My point wasn’t going to get me anywhere and what I would accomplish would take me three steps back. It was time to “rethink.”

Fortunately, I did exactly that—rethought, rather than have my words escape with no hope of retrieval. Sure, if my mouth ran ahead of my mind and heart, I could recycle my words to make them sound better, but in the end the words would retain their original intent. I could “re-use” and repeat the same words in my defense, but the pain would remain. Rethinking, seems to be the best choice. James 1:19 reminds us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” I’m glad that I listened. I’m glad that I have Judy!

What about you? Our age as boomer women gives us relationships that are across the board in age—from grandchildren to aging parents. Words can damage and tax the best of relationships Have you had any recycled or reused words? Or maybe you had accepted the gift of rethinking? What happened? Tell us your story and what you’ve learned so that we can learn along with you.


Rethinking,
Marilyn

www.marilynnutter.com

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