The Gospel According to Ginger

my daily account of getting closer to being who I want to be

Baby it’s cold outside.

Do you ever feel too busy to stop and smell the roses? I did today. I had a busy morning and I rolled out of bed with things to do. I kind of like it that way but I realized later that I had forgotten my morning prayer. It really gives me direction and a better attitude if I take just a few moments out of my morning to quietly speak to God. I took care of it in the shower. That’s the next best place for me to pray. I feel alone and interrupted. Well, most of the time. If it’s not the dog coming in or the kids needing to ask me a question. But essentially, I usually feel alone and can concentrate while I’m showering. But once I’ve made it a habit or part of my morning ritual, I feel lost if I haven’t done it or didn’t have time.

I have several apps on my phone that I refer to for a pick-me-up throughout the day. Today as I had realized my routine was a bit off, I read the passage from biblegateway.com

Ephesians 5:1 – 2

Wake Up from Your Sleep Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

I’ve read several books in my adult life that have had resonating topics. Love is one of them. And not love as in how you feel about someone or if you’re IN love with someone. Love as a gesture. A friend on Facebook always says “Be Love today” in a daily status. That’s it. I love that. Be love. Do unto others as you would have done to you. Be nice and do nice things for people. You’ll get nice things done to you in return. Nice things can mean anything as simple as a smile to complex as helping someone move or donating money for someone in need. The gesture of love is everything. If you only have love based intentions in everything you do, you can only have positivity in your life.

I think it’s a good lesson to Love like that.

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Today is Monday.

I woke up this morning feeling a little strange. Girls, I know you’re with me when I talk about those days that you wake up and you know for certain you are on the verge of some serious PMS symptoms. You want to cry over every single thing you see or hear. You feel different. Your body feels different. It just generally kind of sucks. And it’s Monday. Great. Just that realization alone makes you want to bury yourself back under the covers and go back to sleep. Today was a little different. We were expecting some crazy temperatures and the possibility of some snow. The kids were already out of school so my only concern was whether my husband could roll over and go back to sleep with me. Unfortunately, the answer was no.

So I kissed him goodbye and saw him off to work in the freezing temperatures. I, being the lucky, warm one, snuggled back up under the covers after taking the dog outside with no result. I laid there for a minute about to say my morning prayer. Yeah, my morning prayer. I have just recently understood the importance of a morning prayer. I’ve read some books lately and I’ve noticed a recurring theme. You should start your day thanking God for all you have and ask for guidance in the day ahead. It actually works. I’ve tried to do it every day recently and it helps you start your day focused and thankful. As I was praying and talking to Him, I for some reason got the message or the ‘sign’, if you will, that I should start writing a blog. A blog about how I’ve tried to strengthen my relationship with God. I’ve been spiritual for a long time. I’ve felt close to God for a long time. But I’ve never really tried to cultivate that relationship. And as corny as it sounds, I felt like He was telling me that I could help someone (or hopefully more than one person) with this outlet. And possibly help me discover some things about myself.

This blog is about my journey to do just that. Cultivate and work on my relationship with The Lord and maybe help someone in the process. It won’t always be politically correct. It won’t always be factually correct. It won’t always be perfect. But it will be an account of my daily journey to help me be the best person I can be for myself and my family and the person that I know God wants me to be.

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