Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story. – Ashley Brilliant
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As we sometime are wont to do, I jotted down thoughts and notes and daily happenings in my Aimless Life ever since I could write.
All of these diaries and journals (Same Old Flood Story) were lost in the Guadalupe County 1998 flood.
I had a diary – with a lock – which could be opened with a single twist. No one was interested in my childish – and later my adolescent thoughts – the lock was of no import.
Took a book off the shelf yesterday and came upon a note: “Johnny Mac’s Restaurant, Saturday, October 5, 2002” and I have been trying to recall: what happened Saturday, October 5, 2002 – at Johnny Mac’s??
This thought (as do all thoughts) brought to the fore so many other memories. Shortly after we moved to Seguin (residing at the Holiday Inn until final papers were signed on our new home in Seguin), I would occasionally go to Johnnie Mac’s Restaurant. EVERYONE seemed to pass through these doors.
I miss Johnny Mac’s!
Sometimes – little surprises – are – surprising.
There were a couple of pieces of paper serving as bookmarks in different places in Spiritual Notes to Myself Essential Wisdom for the 21st Century by Hugh Prather.
One ‘bookmark’ was torn from a September 24, 1999 e-mail message about my “Sammon Family in Gwinnett County, Georgia” and I could read only the first part of the message:
“The Elizabeth Sammon I am searching marrie”
“I need HELP to sort this all out, are you my a”
This was between pages 74 and 75 and the following paragraph on page 74 caught my attention:
Turning to our peaceful mind is an unremarkable process. The shift is not accompanied by strong emotion. It’s nice when I experience God’s peace and presence consciously. But if on many occasions I receive it only unconsciously, I don’t want to waste an instant’s thought on that fact. Let me simply continue my spiritual journey and be assured that the light of heaven still shines in me and all about me.
Quotations from those pages:
The reason it isn’t helpful to go around talking about our healings, visions, and other spiritual fireworks is that such conversations tend to be separating and unloving. The little mind gets involved, we start feeling special, and the other person thinks he wasn’t invited to God’s party.
The saints of God dare to be ordinary.
Such a nice surprise between the pages of an inspirational book on this day: Friday, October 22, 2010.
Don’t give “feedback.” Give truth. The fact is that most people really are asking if they are wonderful, and my truth-filled answer is YES! Each of God’s children is cherished and beloved. Even though I know in my heart and prayers that truth doesn’t play favorites, I am dealing with one person at a time.
When I’ve lost all interest in controlling outcomes, I finally will be free to love everyone my mind rests upon.
A Prayer for Discernment
I do not know what to ask you.
You alone know my real needs,
and you love me more
than I even know how to love.
Enable me to discern my true needs
which are hidden from me.
I ask for neither cross nor consolation;
I wait in patience for you.
My heart is open to you.
For your great mercy’s sake,
come to me and help me.
Put your mark on me and heal me,
cast me down and raise me up.
Silently I adore your holy will
and your inscrutable ways.
I offer myself in sacrifice to you
and put all my trust in you.
I desire only to do your will.
Teach me how to pray
and pray in me, yourself.
– Vasily Drosdov Philaret (ca 1780-1867)
There is no script (although God’s Word does give instruction – and it would do me well to spend more time in His Word).
We are all different and I haven’t the foggiest idea of any other person’s innermost self (and what may be really going on in his/her life) and wouldn’t presume to tell anyone what they should be doing or how they should be acting or what their purpose is in life.
God knows I certainly don’t know – really know – another.
I am not that wise.
However, I DO wish to live a life of Worth . . . so I keep plodding along!