There’s a Bible Study at our church (Walking with Purpose at St. Rose of Lima) that last year only took place on Wednesday mornings, but this Fall will have an evening offering on Tuesdays. It’s a study just for women and is transformative to say the very least.
Frequently when I would mention it to people to invite them to the Connect Coffee sessions they would respond “I’d love to, but I work.” or “Sounds nice, but I work during the day.” Now, maybe it’s me, but I always heard the implication that I, who also “work during the day” but have a flexible schedule was being seen as a “woman of leisure” who spent her day eating bon bons and reading books instead of working for a living.
I am very grateful that I do have a flexible schedule, that I can work evenings and weekends to make up for any time I take during the day for something like a Bible Study. I hope that in the future more people will have the option for flexible schedules. Schedules that allow them to take that elusive afternoon or morning off to spend time with family, or in a Bible Study, or just appreciating the great outdoors.
Last year, around this time, I got a little “Like Happy”on Facebook and liked a post that made a statement that wasn’t “quite” true… I got “slapped” by a few friends, calling me on the accuracy of the statement. And in my frustrated embarrassment, I left Facebook in a fit of pique.
For a long while it was wonderful, it cut down on the noise in my life, it freed up time that otherwise would have been sucked into the cyber-vortex of browsing my news feed. I kept my account active, because I do some administration on clients’ Facebook pages, but I didn’t post, or read my news feed for months and months.
The best part was the quiet. The worst was the loss of information, the loss of connection.
Like it or not, Facebook is a global communication medium, an arena where people of all ages “gather” in cyberspace to share information, to boast a bit, to express viewpoints as well as sympathy and prayers. It provides a way to reach large groups of people quickly and easily. I don’t think it’s reach can be duplicated in any other way.
So, here I am, back on Facebook… liking posts, cruising my newsfeed, boasting a bit and enjoying the feeling of being just a little more connected.
According to Matthew Kelly, Dynamic Catholic Speaker and Author, this the THE question. The question that changed his life. The question that has dropped out of the vocabulary of Christians world-wide. The question that is possibly the most important question you can ask to move you toward the life God wants you to lead, the life where you become the Best Version of Yourself.
After Matthew came to do a Passion and Purpose Workshop at St. Rose of Lima in 2011, I started asking the question daily in my journal, and getting answers! I just recently found that journal (that I handily abandoned sometime along the way) and was amazed by the answers. The answers were profound, clearly inspired by the Holy Spirit and delivered to me in writing simply because I ASKED the question.
Have I followed through on the advice I so divinely received? Sort of. Well, some of the time. I’ve thought about them a lot.
Until HarperCollins Publishers allows you to lend your Kindle book, Don’t Buy It.
My daughter read Divergent, on loan from her school library, and told our four-Kindle family what a great book she thought it was. So, I let her buy the next book in the series, Insurgent for her Kindle. While I bought Divergent on mine, thinking that when I was finished I could loan the book to my husband and my son.
Then, I discovered that HarperCollins has not authorized the Kindle version of Divergent for lending.
Usually to lend a book to another Kindle owner, all you have to do it go to the section of your account where you can manage your content:
Then you can choose the title of the book in your library, click Actions and then click Loan this Title. You will then be prompted to enter the email address of the recipient.
The book is removed from your Kindle library temporarily (3 weeks) and appears in the library of the person to whom you lent the book. If you finish the book before 3 weeks, you can delete the book from your library and it will revert to the Kindle of the person who lent it to you. This process makes Kindle books the perfect kind of book to own, perfectly portable, highlight-able, and lend-able.
So, in my opinion, until HarperCollins makes the Divergent series books lend-able.
This past February (2014), I reviewed the Avatar Wizard Course for the first time. I took the course for the first time in 2004. While doing one of the exercises early in the week, I had a memory of a wish/want/desire/goal that I had when I was much younger. I remembered exactly which journal I wrote it in (because I never had another one quite like it), but not the year or my age or the details of the entry, just the feel of it and the power of the desire behind it.
After digging through the boxes of journals in the attic, I was able to find the exact entry I remembered:
I was 20 when I wrote the following passage:
If I only knew how to give power to the words. If I only could utter some magic and the words would become real. They would wake emotions. The words could make you cry in despair, laugh in joy, heart pound in anticipation, your palms moisten with fear.
Word are lifeless without a creator. They are lines of symbols pressed together randomly on a page.
If I only knew how to make the words speak to your soul. Make them fit together and blend as the threads of fine linen.
If I only knew how to give the words substance, I would be powerful.
My words would shake your soul, move your heart, inspire your actions. My words would live.
I was 20. That’s the part that still boggles me. I’m a little uncertain has to how that powerful dream got lost along the way, but I’ve decided, even 29 years later, it’s not too late to put my attention on this dream. Opening my heart to that possibility has also opened several other doors in my life. I will keep you posted on how it goes.