A Giving Heart

This  month I am participating in Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditation challenge.   The meditation for today was on Giving.  In the visualization, the leader suggested that we think of a tangible object that means everything to us.  I could really only think of one thing – my house key.  I know it sounds silly – not my wedding ring, not pictures of my family – my house key.  But to me, having my own key has always meant that I belong – that I am someone.  And now that we are in imminent danger of losing our house, I suppose that key means even more.

In the next part of the visualization, the leader suggested that we give our object to someone who we love dearly.   I realized that in handing over the key to my house, I was also handing over the key to my heart.  And since the person I love dearly is my husband, I knew that he would always let me in, even if I didn’t have the key.

All this reminded me of a song I learned a long time ago.   The Magic Penny:

And it’s true – love is something if you give it away, you end up having more.

Who can you give love to today?

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Hidden Joy – Marinating in the Spirit

I am currently participating in an online Bible Study based on the book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner by Wendy Blight.  The subject this week is abiding and the scripture is from John 15: 7.  “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.”

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In the original writings, abide is the Greek word meinate.  I have to admit that when I first read this – middle-aged, half-blind woman that I am – I misread the Greek as marinate.  But maybe that’s how God wanted me to see it.

Think about it – to marinate means “to steep, immerse in, saturate or imbue.”  Isn’t that what it means when we abide in God?  We are saturated with His Spirit, we are imbued with His Presence, we are immersed in His Word.

So what do you say?  Are you willing to marinate in the Spirit today?

 

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