What are Monthly Musings?
At the beginning of the month, I share lessons I learned from the previous month. I call these my Monthly Musings (I have a free cheat sheet if you want to help with this practice you (see end of this post) and/or a printed book, Monthly Musings Journal, available on Amazon if you are interested). These are ways to incorporate the spiritual practice of reflection into your life and often I see God’s touch and presence more in this rearview mirror look-back on life.
I have been working on a book proposal about the value of the spiritual practice of remembering and living a reflective life. Doing this column each month has grounded me in this practice and helped me capture those fleeting moments of joy, learning, and life.
February Monthly Musings
My spiritual director commented – “We are so madly loved by God, we just can’t resist him.”
She later said, “Do you desire God or the things of God?”
Both good reminders and thoughts to ponder.
In February the Tending the Holy Thursday series was on writing a Rule of Life. It was fun to reread my books from my shelves on that topic. You can see the previous blog post for those books.
I also just received Pat Flynn’s new book – Will It Fly? And Jim Watkins newest book The Imitation of Christ – classic devotions in today’s language. Will let you know more as I finish them.
“Our emotional state is not a barometer of God’ presence.” Unknown
“Thoughts disentangle themselves by passing through lips and through pencil tips.”
Michael Hyatt shared that last one that he heard in college. Wisdom about writing and talking out our thoughts and ideas with others.
I am a Weight Watcher and they changed the values of their points at the first of the year. My favorite fat free salad dressing increased from 2 points to 4. OUCH. But now I have discovered the Skinny Girl Dressings and guess what – 0 points! YIPPEE. I love both the raspberry vinaigrette and the poppy seed. They are watery, but very light on a salad. I have had some problems finding them at times – I don’t think I am the only one to like them- so may have to resort to buying a case from Amazon. Haha. Just looked though and it is a lot cheaper in the stores.
Loving two new apps for my phone and both were free:
Echo – keeps track of all your prayers, is easy to use and will send you reminders to pray. You can even mark your prayer as they are answered.
Centering Prayer by Contemplative Outreach – I love that you can choose a prayer to begin, a sound for the start and ending (I love the one time ringing bell), the length of time you want and a closing prayer. This little app has helped me increased my quiet time in the mornings.
Fun new word to my vocabulary, not too sure of its meaning but it is fun to say – dipsy-doodle – an act or movement to confuse, evade or distract the attention of an opponent or competitor.
I just love watching the birds outside my office window at the bird feeder.
And have to mention my favorite breakfast to savor: Light and Fit Greek Yogurt which I add more blueberries and blackberries. Yummy!
As I mentioned last month, I faced major computer problems. I ended losing much of the last two years of photos and documents. Some things I have hard copies of so will have to retype/scan to restore my digital. Hard lesson to learn in saving your stuff in more than one place.
Because of this delay and then my trip to Florida, my newest book Whispers – Encountering God in Breath Prayers isn’t yet in e-format. I hope to have it to Kindle by the end of March. Ever want to know more about the practice of breath prayer? This book will give you all the basics and many ideas to try. This quick read is available in print version on Amazon.
I finished compiling my Monthly Musings plus additional information in a book, a two-year journal that is also available on Amazon. I don’t want to lose the loose sheets of paper and think having it in a book form will make it more of a keepsake.
If you want the free Monthly Musing download sheet, just click this botton.
Click here to request your Monthly Musings Printable
What did you learn in February? Please share – I would love to hear how you are growing and thriving in 2016.
Dolly @ Soulstops.com says
Jean: great list …This: “She later said, “Do you desire God or the things of God?” And Congrats on your book coming out and on working on a book proposal…praying God’s joy for you, my joy buddy 🙂
Jean Wise says
Hi Dolly – been thinking about you and our adventure in discovering joy. We just had a joyous two week vacation in Florida. Back home now and trying to catch up – easier said than done. Will get around to reading yours and other blog posts this week. Just realized there is lots of joy in routine and daily rituals too – nice to have a break but glad to be home, home in so many ways…. Hope all is well with you…
Martha Orlando says
One thing I learned, Jean, is that my Monthly Musings Journal is still pretty hodge-podgy, but it has definitely been a life-saver when it comes to blogging ideas or to record funny things my oldest granddaughter says. I sure hope other readers will order one – it’s a treasure!
Hi Jean! You learned a lot this past month! I think I am still learning patience. My ears have been ringing for three weeks now, and I have been depressed about it. But, now I try to think of it as the presence of Christ. Always with me! I’m on my second course of antibiotics, and hope that I can avoid a specialist, but it’s hard to put up with…
God gives what I need. I guess I learned that too! I need to learn to abide and wait for healing.
Lisa notes says
I still cringe about you losing so much from your computer. 🙁 I’ve just spent a couple of months transferring ten years’ worth of digital photos to an external hard drive. But my real goal is to get many of them printed in hard copy and put in a photo album. It may take me all year to do this project. ha. (And it’s harder and harder to even find photo albums!)
Tami Brigle says
The Light & Fit Greek yogurts are my FAVORITE. Right now, you can get the seasonal flavor, salted caramel. YUM!
Jean Wise says
Finally back from our two weeks in Florida – yep we missed all that bad weather and ‘suffered” with 72 and sunny. I think it hit that here today – Do I get credit for bringing the warmth up north? Fully agree with you re Light and Fit Greek yogurt. they are so delicious. Miss seeing you!