4 L’s _ the final installment

Lets wrap this thing up 😉

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Here’s my quick thought on ‘learn’.  Super basic – but somehow at times they are difficult to apply and live ….
  • Be teachable
  • Be inquisitive
  • Be a listener

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  • Be prepared to be wrong
  • Don’t be afraid to admit you were wrong  – it’s such a novel things these days, people will love you for it 🙂
  • Be prepared to change your opinion, if new facts lead you in that way

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If you think your the smartest person in the room, either
(a) find a new room with people who challenge you to sit in, or
(b) realise your probably not and that your ego and pride may be leading you to be unteachable (ouch!), therefore, your not gleaning anything from the people surrounding you. Your friends and loved ones may not be smart in the same areas as you, but I’m sure they know something about an area you don’t.  Again be inquisitive and let them teach you something they are genius at!
For me, the most amazing thing about learning is that you realize you can, whether it be a new areas of study, a new skill or something less spectacular.  Once you grasp this, the world opens up to you, because you see that you can  learn whatever you need to go anywhere you desire.  It might take some blood, sweat and brain hurt, but you can do all you were created to.  And that is AMaZING!
Well that’s the Live.Love.Laugh.Learn explained in our 4 L’s series.image
 Next week I’m starting to explore sacrifice.   Seeya then

 

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4 L’s _ Part 4

….another week, another chat 🙂

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Laughter – oh my, we don’t realize how important it is in life until we catch ourselves really laughing for the first time in ages and realize ‘I’ve missed this’.
 This ….

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Confession time – when I really laugh I snort. Those who know me find it hilarious and almost a challenge to get me to this point.
It is so good for the soul to laugh… it’s like joy escaping cause there’s an overload. So good. And what I love most is that God designed us to laugh, to experience joy and to express it. So amazing. 

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 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

(Prov 31:25 NIV)

Proverbs 31 classically known as the virtuous wife chapter talks about the character and nature of this woman(many see her not as an individual but as a picture of the church/Bride which Jesus will return for) . Here in verse 25 it paints a picture of laughter, joy, peace, security without fear-concern-worry about what is to unfold in the future.
This is the security in God in which I desire that laughter be birthed from in your days. How about you? Let’s not see a day pass without just a little chuckle overflowing from our lives. 

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Until next week, laugh a little more that normal
Happy Pondering ( and laughing 😉 )

4 L’s _ Part 3

Welcome back to week three of…

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Heidi Baker says ‘love looks like something’, a quote which quickly became a favorite. Its  important because, if we look to the wrong source for love, we end up with a deformed version of love. If what we think is genuine love is just a mere counterfeit, we reproduce the counterfeit and it’s lacking results. This is not the life God has for us, He desires us to know His love. From here, we can love others as a genuine overflow of our hearts and relationships with God.
kindness-love-with-workbootsAnother quote that I love is that ‘kindness is love it’s on with its workboots on‘. And I guess this is why love looks like something; beyond mere lip service and sweet words. It seems kinda obvious to have this as part of the framework for life, but it’s important to not let it by without being an intentional person of love. 
Here’s some verses I love (pun intended)on the topic:
‘and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a
fragrant offering and sacrifice to God’ ( Eph 5:2 NIV).
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    1 John 3:16-18  This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (NIV)

  • and lastly this passage in Ruth 1:16-17The Message (MSG), overflow of love in her world (i’m not going to elaborate today – i’ve a series coming later in ’17 on Ruth – she’s a fav of mine 🙂
16-17 But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!”
What do these verses mean to you? To me they inspire me that I have personal access thru relationship with a God who is across it all.  He loves me amazingly, and because of that, I’m able to love others, even those seemingly unlovable people who cross my path.  And that really is the challenge, be kind to those who are not, love those who are not easy too and remember that your love tank is filled to overflowing by God and time with Him and not things, and sometimes not even by people.  When everything else fades away, God is always there, no matter the time, day, season.  He is available to chat, care and comfort, He never screens a call, fails to return a message or leaves you wondering about where you stand.  And because of that, we are able to love others out of the sure standing we have in our identity which is framed in Him (Sorry, im getting passionate and feel a sermon coming on 🙂
      Until next time, Happy  Pondering 
Love Erinruth x

4 L’s _Part 2

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Live, let’s tackle this good and quick😀
Why’s this important?  For a few reasons really.  Life is unknowable, we’ve all had friends and loved ones who died at an early age, or ran into some unexpected circumstance  which turned life on its head.  Life isn’t meant to be lived in fear of running out of time, nor is it to be lived with the ‘one day- i’ll do it’ syndrome.
For me – I’ve tried to ban the word ‘busy’ from my vocab.  Because even thought I can be, it leaves us feeling like we’ve accomplished nothing for the day, week, year or decade.  Instead, list all that those times have included and all of a sudden you can see purpose.  And that creates a desire to do, be and experience more.
Am I who I want to be? no, not yet.  Have we been to all the places we want to go? no, if you like me, the more I see the more I want to see. Does your life look like what you dreamed? no, not many do (sorry).  But that really is the adventure of life and the joy in living it.  Running around whining about what it isn’t, instead of embracing what it is, changing what can be, saving what needs to be, learning what could be useful is never going to equal ‘live’.  Live, for me comes from leaning into God and inviting Him into the good, bad, ugly, sad, horrible, amazing, tremendous, spectacular and mundane.
We may not know how many days we get to explore earth, but we have today – so let’s live it fabulously!
Happy Pondering x
So, this is part two of a 5 part series where I’m chatting about the 4 L’s.  I’ll be back next week to chat about ‘loooooove’.  Jump back to last weeks, if you want the introductory thought which set up this and the coming posts.

4 L’s _ Part 1

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Grinding to a halt. Very fast the end of the summer (truth be told in Melbourne, summer never truly arrived) and first few month of twenty 17 has came, with full stop will marking its end . With that in mind let’s look over what it is in life that frames your days, as we move more into this year . While this is not set in stone for me; here’s a list I’ve been holding near during the last 18 months or so.   A motto so to speak.
Live. Love. Laugh. Learn
Live: life is for living, not just tolerating. All to often we can stumble through the routine of life and be caught in the ‘busy’ cycle. And forget that life is for enjoying. Make it a goal to enjoy  loved ones, friends, the work you do, go to new countries, new restaurants, go to your favorite places, your favorite coffee spot.
Love: God loves us immeasurably and in this we learn to love others. Sometimes the harder part is not loving others, but ourselves. Allowing ourselves to look in the mirror and see what God sees and says about you.(Hint – you are fearfully and wonderfully made Ps 139). 
Laugh: many times in life we are faced with laugh or cry circumstances, desire to live life as someone who laughs in the face of adversity. (And smile everyday 🙂 )
And finally 
Learn: there’s always a way to extend ourselves thru being pliable and not immovable in life. Look to grow from trials, mistakes and challenges. And let the things your passionate about drive you to more understanding, knowledge and wisdom. 
There a heap more that can be said about these, and was until I just deleted it 😉 . Because sometimes extra words are just that.  Besides plans are in motion to cover them in more depth over the month of March.
Before I go- I’ve some news. I’ve created a Facebook page for Sozotalk, here I’ll be posting a few extra things during the week(well that’s the plan- here’s to being disciplined 😬). So free free to also join me there https://m.facebook.com/sozotalkAUS/
Happy Pondering  x

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