The Good Shepherd
This is such a beautiful story I took from last week’s church newsletter when we were celebrating the feast of ” The Good Shepherd”
I have just begun to read this book and already it has filled me with inspiration and aspiration and so simply written. This copy is from the local library ( and I can’t leave it down), and I have ordered myself a copy from Amazon ( here in Australia it is Booktopia)
I give you the quote I want to share:
Sometimes, just as life appears to be flowing your way and you are running at full steam a serious bump rises directly in your path and WHAM!
Then the next thing you know all hell has broken loose!
Have you been there too?
” There are times when I struggle to recover from a setback- a financial crisis, a lost job, loss of a loved one, a relationship breakdown- can be difficult for anyone to manage. Even a minor challenge can seem overwhelming if you are already wounded and vulnerable. If you find yourself struggling with this more than usual challenge, my recommended recovery plan is to lean with gratitude on those who care about you, be patient with your tender feelings,do your best to understand the realities versus the emotions at play, and put your faith in action.
As hard as it may seem, move forward one step at a time, day by day,knowing that there will be valuable lessons learned and strengths to be gained in each trial.
There is a certain peace to be found in knowing that there is a master plan for your life and that your value, purpose, and destiny are not determined by what happens to you , but by how you respond.”
Nick says to make internal adjustments to manage your emotions so the don’t manage you. This way you will control your own life.
Remind yourself how you have come through prior adversities and emerged wiser and stronger.
Put your faith in action externally by reaching out to others, not only to seek help and encouragement, but to give it as well.
There is healing power in both giving and receiving.
How inspiratioal is this?
A Sense of Purpose
Well, the subject hasn’t really changed.
‘Not that infernal garden, again?‘ you say.
Well, it gives me so much pleasure. I just want to share all the reasons why it is so important in my life.
Gardening for me is not a task.
It’s a place where I can be at peace and commune with nature.
It’s a place where I can nurture and create.
It’s a haven for me and about me.
It’s a place where I feel blessed with achievement, and beauty of nature at it’s best.
A place where my heart can run wild and I can dream my craziest dreams.
It is my divine oasis …. and life is just so simple.
And as the garden grows, so does my sense of achievement and purpose.
I can be busy and peaceful here for the rest of my life, in my garden the gives me so much satifaction, so many wonders, so much joy, and so much beauty.