Heart Choices: 2014-06-01

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How Do You Get Deep Rest in Your Soul When Life is Busy?


Deep rest for my soul sounds so inviting. But what do I do when I have duties and responsibilities that keep me so busy? I long for that deep soul rest. But in this season of my life, things have changed. I'm working longer hours with more responsibility. 

In the midst of my busyness ...I crave soul rest.

I've been reading Bonnie Gray's book "Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest" and I wonder. Can I still have soul rest during this season?

I have to laugh at how God answers my prayers. I was driving home after working an 11 hour day at summer camp. It was a hot day with triple digit heat. And all day I had to be energetic and upbeat working with the children and camp counselors. I was tired. 

But as I was driving home on the freeway, I suddenly became more aware of my surroundings. The traffic wasn't too heavy and I noticed the beauty of the mountains. I could see the downtown Phoenix city buildings in the distance. The skies were clear. 

I felt that nudge deep in my soul. Soul rest. God was opening my eyes to the beauty of His creation. And I noticed.

I thanked the Lord and I smiled.  

Despite my busyness and fatigue, Jesus knew what I needed. He is so faithful. 

How about you? Have you experienced moments when God has opened your eyes in the midst of your busyness? Do you take the time to thank Him? 

It might be a child looking up to you and smiling. A smile that can melt a person's heart. Maybe it's a hummingbird that flutters its wings so rapidly. A beautiful sunrise or sunset or a phone call from a dear friend. 

Will you share a moment with me? I encourage you to be open for those special moments and to thank God for them. 

Blessings and love,

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What Are Your Plans for the Summer?


What are you doing this summer? I get to spend my summer with lots of children!

If you've been wondering where I've been lately, our school's summer camp started immediately. On Friday May 23rd I was saying goodbye to our Pre-K 3 students. And on Saturday and Sunday I was in training for summer camp.  I was honored to be chosen as the Site Leader but it comes with more responsibilities. And I take them seriously. After all, I want this summer camp to be FUN and SAFE for the kids and staff.

Our first week began the day after Memorial Day. We started with a group of preschool children and the theme was Star Wars. What fun to be Jedi's. We even had a dunk tank and an official mascot.

Years ago, I was a graduate assistant for the Dale Carnegie speaking program. We had to demonstrate all kinds of speeches, including extemporaneous talks. I've also attended Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar conferences. After all, I used to motivate heart patients to make healthier lifestyle choices. What I didn't realize at the time was that I'd be using those skills with little children!

I get to take charge of our daily morning Camp meetings which includes singing with a microphone! I'm not much of a singer but ...I have lots of enthusiasm. And the kids don't seem to mind.

While I might enjoy a vacation at the beach, instead you can find me singing songs like "Boom Chicka Boom" and "Great Big Moose".

So what are your plans for the summer?

Blessings and love,

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