Gratitude Day 128 – Undo

Wed., Sept. 26, 2018

Isaiah 43:13 – From the dawn of time, I am the one. No one can escape my power. I act, and who can undo it?

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When typing on the keyboard of my laptop, I am a fanatic about using keyboard shortcuts. Some examples:

Control and the letter C: copy

Control and the letter P: paste (Oh, I just used it! I copied the previous sentence and just changed the C to a P!)

Control and the letter S: save

Control and the letter B: bold

Control and the letter I: italic

 

My favorite keyboard shortcut of all time? (Drumroll please …)

Control and the letter Z: undo

When you use this shortcut, it undoes the last action you typed in. Depending on the program, you can often actually Control Z multiple times. So, if there was something you did and it was a few keystrokes ago, just Control Z until that action is reversed. It’s undone!

Control Z is a very wonderful thing. I use it ALL. THE. TIME. It truly is my favorite keyboard shortcut.

When I do something that I didn’t really want to do, I just Control Z.

I think I like something a certain way, but I change my mind. I like an earlier version. No problem! Control Z to the rescue!

I made a change, but I can’t remember what it was? I can find that change, super quick. Control Z until it changes.

I want to switch between two options and see which one I prefer? Control Z, undo, back and forth until I decide.

I like Control Z so much that I want to have it outside of the keyboard. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could Control Z things in real life? I mean, like undo something we’ve already done?

Like, when we say something and quickly regret what we said. Oh, how I wish I could Control Z those situations.

Or, we think we’re doing the right thing, only to discover later, it wasn’t the right choice. Upon further reflection, we discover another action would have been more helpful. Why can’t Control Z come to the rescue?

I ate too much. No problem! Control Z!

I realize my actions weren’t very helpful. Who wouldn’t like to Control Z and in just a few strokes, undo those ill-fated steps.

Imagine who wonderful your life could be if there just was a Control Z.

The ability to undo and change and double-check and make a choice between two options … all with Control Z.

Unfortunately, we’re going to have to keep dreaming about this. I am not aware of any such great real-life way to undo anything as simply as on my keyboard.

In reality, there is a Control z in our lives. Control Z’s real name is God. When we do something silly, unhelpful or in such a way that we hurt someone, God is there to Control z the situation. Yes, sometimes, we must issue an apology. Or backpedal and undo. But before we’d have the opportunity to Control z a situation, God is already forgiving us if we just quickly ask for help. God Control z’s things ALL. DAY. LONG, whether we are aware of it or not.

How cool is that?

One other cool thing about God? No one can Control Z God, thank goodness. As often as we would LIKE to Control Z God, this is not our role. No one can undo God. We can try and try but this is not our responsibility.

Maybe the next time you’d like to Control Z something? How about instead, just ask God to Control Z it for you and see what happens.

For God’s ability to Control Z things in my life, I am thankful.

Lord God – why don’t we consult with you more often about decisions before we make them and then realizing we can’t Control Z something? Thank you for coming to our rescue at times and Control Zing something for us. Help us be patient with we want something Control Z’ed and the timing isn’t right. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 120 – My Day

Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

Psalm 118:24 – This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Today, my life is different than it was 10 months ago. On Dec. 1, 2017, I voluntarily stepped back from serving two churches as the pastor to focus on other things I felt God calling me towards. It has taken me awhile me to focus on this next phase of my life. Thank you for being a part of this journey. You, the readers of this blog, have become my congregation.

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What “things” represent a typical day in Dianne’s life today? Honestly, these things have not changed a lot. Here are the Top 10 things I use in my daily life, why are they important and how are they represent my daily spiritual journey.

bag

  1. A bag – A bag is as much a staple to my wardrobe as shoes. I have a couple different bags; either grey or black. I take a bag with me everywhere. I have never been a backpack girl; I’ve always been a bag lady. In high school, in college, or when traveling, I stuff a big bag full of things I “might” need. Most often with the items listed below. Daily, I try and “stuff” my day full of the things God desires for me to focus on, anticipating where God “might” call me to serve this day.

calendar

  1. A calendar – I have not made the jump to a digital calendar. Call me old school, but I LIKE to look at two pages with an entire month on them. A calendar is indispensable for me. Years ago, I inadvertently left my calendar at my parent’s house. My Mom overnighted it to me the next day. Seriously. A quick look at my calendar helps me see where I am serving God’s kingdom. How do I leverage my time for the glory of God?

notebook

  1. A nice notebook where I keep running to-do lists. The key word? Nice. I could use a phone app for this. But it gives this girl pleasure to cross something off a to-do list. Anyone else here written something down just to cross it off? Call me guilty, at least a couple times a week. I keep lists for many things. It’s my way of keeping random thoughts captured; thoughts I pray are inspired by God.

phone

  1. My phone. As much as I would like not to include this on my list, reality says something different. I use it for contact information, checking e-mail and social media, Google and playing Scrabble (the only game I allow on my phone.) My contact list is much smaller than God’s. Yet, I feel any person on my contact list is one placed there by God.
  1. My bible. See the broken spine and duct tape? It’s really, really worn. It’s been like this for months and I can’t drag myself to give it up. I bought a new bible earlier this year. It came in a nice box and sits on my desk. I’ve used it a few times. How can I squeeze all those slips of paper, cards, and little notes with the bible into the holder? Besides, it is much easier to find a bible verse I am looking for in the old bible because it’s already underlined. I pray these words guide me daily.

laptop

  1. My laptop. Yes, I often spend too much of my day sitting in front of this little piece of equipment. Yet, it is amazing how I can connect and communicate and share with people via my laptop. I think of the power the letters that the apostle Paul wrote. How we refer to them over and over via the New Testament. My words will not have the same impact as Paul’s words. I pray my words will make a difference to one person today.

shoes

  1. Running shoes. It’s summer, so I should have included my favorite sandals that I wear every day. The running shoes represent what I want to be doing every day; taking a walk or a run. I do this a few days a week; just not as much as I would like. These shoes are my FAVORITE running/walking shoes. A number of years ago when I was running five days a week, I bought a really nice pair of running shoes: Asics Gel Kayano’s. I think the first pair I bought was version #7. This latest pair is version #24. I have not bought every version in between but I have multiple pairs of Asics Gel Kayano’s. Worn beyond sensible running tread, they are my go-to-the-farm shoes, gardening shoes, mission trip shoes, easy walking shoes, etc. I have a pair for each purpose and maybe a couple extra. Running shoes remind me that the spiritual life is a daily journey; one I choose whether to include God or not.

library card

  1. Library card. I have a lot of books and am trying to lower my inventory. Before I buy a book, I see if it is available through the library. If it is, I check it out and decide if I want to buy it. (Yes, there are times I buy it right away.) The local library ladies know me on a first name basis. I always have a stack of “to read” books. I often “read” books by listening to them in the car. Reading is a way that I keep growing, learning and expanding my understanding. God challenges us to grow in wisdom. Reading is a way I do this.

necklace

  1. Necklace. This is special to me. After my Dad died, we had pendants of his thumb print made. About the same time, I found pendants with a “D” and “V” on them. The D is for Deaton, my maiden name. After my Mom died, we had pendants of her thumb print made. I group the four pendants together on this necklace. It’s a reminder of where I came from, who I am and my foundation.

grey sweater

10. Grey sweater. I have a collection of grey sweaters. Long ones, shorter ones, lighter-weight ones, heavier ones. Lighter-colored grey and darker-colored grey. I wear them ALL. YEAR. LONG. When clothes shopping, where do I most often end up? Looking at grey sweaters. I love a good sweater. When I put one on, it feels like God’s hands hugging and protecting me.

coffee

After taking the photo, I realized I missed a couple items. My journal, which I use most days, writing prayers to God. And a cup of coffee, which begins every day, most often with a devotion book, bible and journal.

What are the most important “things” you use throughout your day? How do they help you connect with God? How are they part of your spiritual journey?

For things throughout the day that remind me of my relationship with God, I am thankful.

Lord God – as we think about those things that are such an important part of our day, I pray we see them as part of how you speak to us and through us. As we recall the items we use daily, challenge us to connect these things to You and Your call of us in Your kingdom. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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More Than a Little Patience

computerSat., Feb. 17, 2018

Ecclesiastes 7:8 – The end of a matter is better than its beginning and patience is better than pride.

Some days, I have a little more patience than others.

A couple months ago, I ordered a new laptop. As I move into a different stage of life, a new laptop would be a symbolic way to lead the change. My previous laptop was over five years old. It had been used hard. Someday, it would stop working.

The new laptop arrived at Christmas. Because of other priorities, I didn’t get it up and running. Meanwhile, the screen on my old laptop stop working. I creatively figured out how to copy the files off the hard drive. I plugged the HDMI cable from our television into the computer and copied the files onto a flash drive.

I knew setting up the new laptop would take a few hours. When I finally made it a priority, it became clear the laptop was not running as it should. The internet connection didn’t work. Not a computer guru, my limited computer wisdom was exhausted and the laptop was still not working right. It was time to call the manufacture for assistance.

Why is it whenever I call a company for technical support or assistance, my patience meter bottoms out? I lose all ability to keep a calm and steady voice and quickly become frustrated. This instance was no acceptation. I deserve a demerit for lack of patience with the tech who tried to help me out.

The solution involved rebooting the entire system which would take hours. We set-up a time for a call-back the next day to see if the laptop was working. The internet connection was now operational but there were still some bugs. During this session, I was a bit more patient and less sharp with the tech. A couple more hours on the phone and whew, the laptop seems to be operational.

I am embarrassed at my lack of patience through this process. The techs were doing their jobs and trying to help me. I was not gracious. I could only focus on the time this was taking me. I was not a very gracious customer.

I cannot begin to imagine the number of times God has wanted to overhaul me and I ignored God. Maybe just some tweaking and I was not patient enough with God to hear and see what God laid out before me. Did God give up on me when I needed an overnight timeout to get a different perspective? Thanks goodness, no! When God checked in with me the next day or week or month, was I able to reflect upon the situation from a different view? Could I step back and appreciate the wisdom and help coming my way, even if I wasn’t completely onboard?

Thank goodness God is far more patient with me than I deserve. Thanks be to God.

Lord God – thank you, thank you, thank you for being patient with me!  Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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