Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In Which I Remember the Lilacs

So I got to thinking, where have the lilacs been this year? They are my favorite. And maybe I just haven't seen them. Haven't been looking.
 
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::: People who believe in me, skype, friends coming over to visit!, Hursey's BBQ, time to rest, people who work in schools and have interesting things to share, all things yellow, produce stands.
Oh, and books about how God redeems with the journey of eating with joy, despite how complicated it can be for many of us at times, to say the least. :::
 
Emily's having a give-a-way. Hmm, I'm seeing a current theme here in book-land (as in, I am finally ordering Bread and Wine, too). Maybe it's just me and these books are lovely as the time has come for joy to wake up again in that place. And again.
You see, the story is I had thought that I found the answer. Isn't that usually where we go off track? After experiencing what it was to care much too much about food and eating and all the problems that causes, I told myself never again. I didn't want to be a 'health nut' anymore because that = sickly to me, and all I wanted was to be normal. But being 'normal' can be a false identity, too.  I can't really flush this out right now; it is so late and my eyelids are drooping, and for some reason I write into the morning when I should be sleeping.
Here is a prayer by Brennan Manning {I love this, so I wanted to share it}:
Lord Jesus...give us the grace to admit we are ragamuffins, to embrace our brokenness, to celebrate Your mercy when we are at our weakest, to rely on Your mercy no matter what we may do. Dear Jesus, gift us to stop grandstanding and trying to get attention, to do the truth quietly without display, to let the dishonesties in our lives fade away, to accept our limitations, to cling to the gospel of grace, and to delight in Your love. Amen.
When I was young, I would run and play and I could not miss the lilacs. Every year, they bloomed by the side of my house. I knew they would be back again. When does one stop looking for them?
Linking up with Ann and Imperfect Prose and concrete words --- Happy Monday/Tuesday!

11 comments:

  1. Hi Julie. I'm over here for the first time with the #concretewords link up. I love how you begin this post with gratitude. It's a great way to start any day! While we may long for lilac or other visible signs of beauty to be more apparent in our lives; however, as your opening words show, there is grace and beauty just waiting to reveal itself all around us. Fighting to be 'normal' can take us away from celebrating the special person God has already created us to be.
    The quote from Brennan Manning is superb, both profound and encouraging. May you continue to celebrate and search for grace-glimmers in your life and world. Blessings :)x

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. :)

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  2. Such a lovely post - and I am such a novice when it comes to plants, etc- I want to find out what lilacs look like now! I love this reminder to pay attention to the beauty around us.

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    1. Hi, Ruth! I'm with you. I'm a novice, too. I know the lilacs because they were my flowers of youth. Have a good week! Good to hear from you.

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  3. Hi Julie,
    A pleasure to meet you today. I hear such desire here to seek out the beauty anew. To call all the beauties by name and to receive the gifts -- of food and of grace and of blooming things. I, too, love that Brennan Manning quote. I am such a fan and am reading his Reflections for Ragamuffins this year. Such a gift to remember the everyday and extraordinary grace(s) of Christ.
    Blessings,
    Ashley (guest hosting Concrete Words at Nacole's place this week)

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    1. Thank you so much. Great to meet you. Thank you for your sweet reflections and pointing out how to remember all the graces of Christ everyday, too! It's true...we have to call these beauties by name. There is always 'beauty anew'...

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  4. Thank you for sharing the Brennan Manning prayer. His words always stir my heart. I found a connection here in your words, "You see, the story is I had thought that I found the answer." How many times have I been in that place only to walk the road a ways down and find it wasn't as easy as it seemed. And I start again, and again. These restarts always got me closer to where God wanted me, though... willing to embrace my brokenness. I'm glad you joined us at Concrete Words.

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    1. Thank you! Nice to meet you, Karin. I understand, and I'm there, too. I believe God brings us closer to Him even as we more closely see and have to encounter brokenness, ours and in the world.

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