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Wise Counsel from Emerson… July 27, 2009

Filed under: Life — Laura Kelly @ 10:29 pm

This quote was sent to me by a dear friend after what seemed to be a long stint of absurdities and a few blunders.  Such encouragement to me then, and a welcome reminder today as I reflect over the last few months in the attempt to gain wisdom and move on to the next chapter….

To one of his daughters who was away from home, at school, he [Ralph Waldo Emerson] writes:

“Finish every day and be done with it.

For manners and for wise living it is a vice to remember.

You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day for all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the rotten yesterdays.”


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Friendship… July 9, 2009

Filed under: friendship — Laura Kelly @ 11:03 pm
“When we honestly ask ourselves which people in our lives
mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who,
instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen
rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm
and tender hand.
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of
despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of
grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not
curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our
powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
– Henri Nouwen
 

organic, healthy living… Our beginning July 8, 2009

Filed under: Healthy Living — Laura Kelly @ 10:45 pm

I’ve been “into” the organic, what’s-really-in-the-food-that-you-eat lifestyle for about 6 years now.  All of this was opened up when our first son started having continual ear infections at the tender age of 5 mos.  So, when the doctor insisted on tubes at a year old, I asked him to give me 3 mos.  I researched everything I could get my hands on.  I realized that with the introduction of cow’s milk, things were even worse for my sweet boy.  And, I did all this with the knowledge that I was allergic to milk as a child and still do not tolerate it really to this day.  I cut dairy completely out of my diet (I was still nursing) and never gave him cow’s milk in a bottle again.  Initially, we went “raw”: Eating mostly raw fruits and vegetables, some eggs, and limited chicken and fish, no red meat–for 3 mos. I can honestly say that was the time that I had felt the best in my entire life… and hey, I lost the baby weight too!!

The hardest part was that this lifestyle is not “normal” or “accepted” as a way of life in our American culture.  I had to learn to stay out of the middle aisles of the grocery stores, shop at local growers and farmers markets, and find the grocery stores that stocked organic, natural foods.  It was well worth it.  Now, it truly is our lifestyle. Thankfully, there were other families around us, and that we were in ministry with, that were starting their own journeys toward the same end.  I had support and ideas and wasn’t all alone.  That’s what I want to offer through a series of blogs about our experience and the things that have evolved over the last 6 years for us.

I will blog more about our journey in the next few days, but I started all of this in my excited anticipation of the movie that has already started showing in theatres across the country.  You can watch the trailer to Food, Inc., The Movie and start your own educational journey!  It’s changed our life and we are the better for it.  Oh, and we aren’t completely crazy about this (yet?  You will see us in fast food places here and there)… my kids eat fast food sometimes and we splurge on things, but overall, my pantry is filled with natural and organic.  YOU CAN DO IT!!!

I promise.

 

Pep Talk from God… July 5, 2009

Filed under: Random,Truth — Laura Kelly @ 10:29 pm

My husband keeps this posted on his mirror in the bathroom and it struck me today, so I thought I’d share it with you!  We’ve been traveling through some ministry valleys lately and it just really helped me to remember just exactly the PATH that I am on…

This is the Manifesto inspired by Mark Batterson’s book, In a Pit with a Lion On a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive when Opportunity Roars

QUIT LIVING AS IF THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS TO ARRIVE SAFELY AT DEATH

SET GOD-SIZED GOALS.

PURSUE GOD-ORDAINED PASSIONS.

GO AFTER A DREAM THAT IS DESTINED TO FAIL UNLESS GOD INTERVENES.

KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS. KEEP MAKING MISTAKES. KEEP SEEKING GOD.

STOP POINTING OUT PROBLEMS AND BECOME PART OF THE SOLUTION.

STOP REPEATING THE PAST AND START CREATING THE FUTURE.

STOP PLAYING IT SAFE AND START TAKING RISKS.

EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS. ACCUMULATE EXPERIENCES. ENJOY THE JOURNEY.

FIND EVERY EXCUSE YOU CAN TO CELEBRATE EVERYTHING YOU CAN.

LIVE LIKE TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY AND LAST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.

DON’T LET WHAT’S WRONG WITH you

KEEP YOU FROM WORSHIPPING WHAT’S RIGHT WITH GOD.

BURN SINFUL BRIDGES. BLAZE NEW TRAILS. CRITICIZE BY CREATING.

WORRY LESS ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE THINK AND MORE ABOUT WHAT GOD THINKS.

DON’T TRY TO BE WHO YOU’RE NOT.

BE YOURSELF.

LAUGH AT YOURSELF.

QUIT HOLDING OUT.

QUIT HOLDING BACK.

QUIT RUNNING AWAY.

CHASE THE LION.

 

Will I Ever Get this Thang? July 1, 2009

Filed under: Random — Laura Kelly @ 12:13 am

It’s definitely been difficult (as you can tell since it’s been 1 month since my last post) to maintain some kind of discipline with this blog thang.  I have tons of ideas and thoughts swirling around in my head & heart all day long, but seems like while life flings things at me daily, I haven’t figured out the blog groove yet. But, I’m a work in progress 🙂

I am still excited to see how it will all unfold and am continually encouraged by my friends, and hubby, to keep writing. So, I guess that means that my discipline must start with just writing about whatever comes to mind or happens in my day instead of waiting for words to jump into the computer on their own, huh?!

Sorry that you’ve now read something like 135 words and been left with nothing profound!  But thanks for the support as I embark on Day One of the Discipline to Blog… we’ll see how I do 🙂