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Moving on from ‘The Purple Project’.

The word objective has come to mind and links in with where I feel this journey may be leading next. Checking out a dictionary the word objective means; external to the mind, actually existing, not influenced by personal feeling or opinions.

As a hormonal, post menopausal woman, I have been known to react emotionally to things and situations around me (Just ask my family – Actually no, don’t ask my family, they may tell you the truth). As I focus on the future I believe there is a need for me to do three things; set my sights on where I believe I should be headed, continue to build my skills and finally, walk faithfully towards my goals without wavering or getting caught up by my emotions.

As I enter into this new season in my life, a beautiful mango shade of orange has crept in, promoting new thoughts, new ideas and a fresh brightness, colouring my world with sunset hues. After last weeks post, a good friend sent an email with the image of an orange on it, the words NOT PURPLE were pasted over the top and brought about a huge smile that brightened my day. In appreciation, and as a tribute to this, I have created my own original version that you can see below.

The oranges reminded me of a piece I wrote some time ago about life being like an orange, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Life is like oranges, sometimes sweet and sometimes sour. It depends on circumstances and what comes into their lives that dictate their taste. On the surface an orange may appear full of zest and portray the promise of a good heart. But sometimes due to the lack of nutrients and water the inside can be dry and unpalatable.

The same can be said of the human heart. Without love and nurture we too can be dry and unsavoury. Looking good does not necessarily mean that all is well.

At times we need kind words and friendship to cut through the outward appearance, to water and cultivate us to our full potential.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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I’m one of the old school, growing up in an era when we started our school day with assembly’s, sang  hymns and recited the Lords Prayer. It became a great comfort to me in my youth, to believe there was someone out there, something bigger than me and bigger than my problems, as I navigated a troubled childhood. Faith has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and while many find the concept strange, hard to understand and believe, I don’t know how I would have survived without it.

With my faith I have experienced; peace in the midst of turmoil, courage that I didn’t know I possessed, joy in times of sorrow and miraculous provision in times of lack.

Coming across this adaptation of the Lords Prayer many years ago, I found it a challenge. It broke the hold of chanting it like a ‘ritualistic faith charm’, bringing in a new understanding of what I was actually praying. So I thought I would share it with you today.

THE LORDS PRAYER

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 I cannot say ‘Our’, if my religion has no room for other people and their needs.

I cannot say ‘Father’, if I do not demonstrate that relationship in my daily life.

I cannot say ’Which art in Heaven’, if all my concerns and pursuits are earthly things.

I cannot say ‘Hallowed be thy name’, if I, who has been called by His name, am not holy.

I cannot say ‘Thy will be done’, if I am unwilling or resentful of having it done in my life.

I cannot say’ On earth as it is in Heaven’, unless I am willing to serve him here and now.

I cannot say ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, without making an honest effort for it, or by ignoring the needs of others.

I cannot say ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’, if I continue to bear a grudge – a grudge against anyone.

I cannot say ‘Lead us not into temptation’, if I deliberately choose to stay in a place where I might be tempted.

I cannot say ‘Deliver us from evil’, if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with prayer.

I cannot say ‘Thine is the kingdom’, if I do not give the Him the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

I cannot say ‘Thine is the power’, if I fear what my friends and neighbours might say about me.

I cannot say ‘Thine is the glory’, if I am seeking my own glory first.

I cannot say ‘Amen’, unless I can honestly say also. ‘Cost what it may – This is my prayer’.

Makes you think, dosn’t it?

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

 

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