Saturday, November 25, 2017

Peace and grace for the holidays

I've been a busy bee these past few months. Since the beginning of October, I've spent a few weekends hiking, had out of town company, traveled to visit my parents back east, have been working overtime on client days , put up the Christmas decorations, had beautiful company over for Thanksgiving, ... and am remodeling my bathrooms, which has been a delightful exercises in surrender and grace.

As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter, I've dreamed of this project for ten years! I vowed to myself, having just taught "Living in the flow of Grace," that I would complete the project without a shred of drama. So far, so good! Jesus and Grandpa are my advisors (both great carpenters), and God is a pretty awesome project manager.

I didn't start with a coordinated plan. I chose cabinets and counter-tops, then sinks and faucets. Next up was paint colors, which admittedly is not my strong suit. I love color and need shades that resonate with my energy. So I painted several sample strips, chose one and proceeded to paint both bathrooms what appeared to be a lovely ivory color.

I woke up to what looked like lemon ice cream on my walls. My energy field rebelled. Back at the hardware store, I found a lovely wheat color that looked beautiful in the sample stripe I painted. Four more hours were spent on the ladder painting in the middle of the night, and I went to bed pleased with my efforts. Unfortunately, I woke up the following morning to something that had dried and looked the color of dead grass in the morning light!

My heart sank. I was tired and achy. Nonetheless, my latest mantras are "If you don't love it, don't do it," "If you have to do it, bring love to it," and in the case of paint colors... "If you can't love it, redo it!" So off to the hardware store I went. The folks in the paint department all knew me by now and started teasing me. I still had paint in my hair (Note to self. Never paint a ceiling without a cap!) Happily three was a charm. I stopped over thinking, dropped into my heart and went with the shade that made my energy hum sweetly. Now, wrapped in a warm fuzzy cocoon of "powdered gold" I am very happy for the "do overs!"

The only way I've packed in so much work and play is to take life moment by moment. I get up in the morning and give thanks for my day. I pray for all to go smoothly and do affirmations like the ones above. Every time I catch myself even straying into stress, I remind myself to get back into the present, drop in my heart... and trust the journey.

My bathrooms are looking pretty good so far – totally different than what I would have usually gone for, and at the same time, much nicer! God knows my heart better than my brain did at times, and the grace-filled journey has proven even more important than the end result.

As you venture into the holiday season here are a few tips to enjoy it with amazing grace:

1. Wake up and embrace loving truth

Print out the angels' affirmations and say them every morning. "

I breathe in the light that I am. 
I breathe in the peace that I am.
I breathe in the love that I am.

I am a magnificent creation, creating a magnificent day.
I create the most loving day I can possibly imagine.
I create grace, ease, and joy today.

I am nothing less than love.
I am so deeply, dearly loved.


2. Practice Peace Pauses

If you catch yourself getting stressed or harried throughout the day, stop wherever you are. Breathe in peace. Remind yourself, "I am peace. I am love. I only have to handle this moment. The rest will unfold in grace." Believe it, breathe it, and that will be your reality.

3. Color the journey with love...

Borrow one of my mantras:

If I don't love it, don't do it.
If I have to do it, bring love to it! 


A simple shift in thinking is often the difference between a chore and a blessing. An obligation becomes a joy when colored with love. Life happens. We do things. Our perception makes us a Scrooge or a Santa Claus. 

Try shifting your thinking this week about one thing you generally don't like. Imagine it is a great blessing. Have fun with this. This is how I turned house cleaning into a meditation, and have opened up to Christ experiences while folding laundry! A

As the angels like to remind us, what we do matters far less than the love we bring to it!

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