Recently I had the chance to go away for a week to do some training on self-care specifically for pastors.
Apparently we aren’t great at it.
One of the things that I learned, or re-learned, or maybe heard for the 100th time (or may even have taught 100 times!), is to find ways to connect with God that you LOVE. I tend to take on lots of SHOULDS in my life and skip the I GET TO’s and I miss so much of what God has for me.
I get to choose any number of exciting ways to connect with God on a given day. My camera, a conversation, prayer, scripture, a book, a walk, nature, flowers, journaling—all have helped me connect with God and strengthen my faith, and given me a better sense of my purpose.
I, however, tend to think I SHOULD read my Bible more each day.
I SHOULD pray a certain way each day.
I SHOULD journal a certain way each day.
I was reminded, yet again, to not “should” myself. I was reminded, yet again, that there are many different ways to do the same thing. There are a million different ways to capture the joy that God has for me. I just need to find my way for that day and not judge myself on someone else’s way on a different day.
One idea that was suggested was to take a photo a day representing a way that I connected with God that day.
I am a couple of weeks into it and have been doing pretty well. Some photos are of nature. Some are of my kids. Some are screen shots of something I saw online. So far it has been a powerful prayer practice. I am dropping the photos into an app that will make me a video slideshow of them at the end of the year.
This weekend when I walked by the buttercup field with several horses it took my breath away. I tried to get the horses to look at me for the photo I had in my head, but no go. They were focused on what they loved. I realized that was what I was doing in a way…focusing on what I love…beautiful things, as well as the one who created them. Just as there is not just one photo subject (horse), there are different ways to connect with God. As great at the horses were, I do love my puppy in the buttercups.
And I loved the bluebird. Three good ways to enjoy God in the midst of a walk. There is not just one way to experience God. I am praying that you find a way that you can enjoy God. To be “in joy” with God!
Another view of the buttercups. How I wish I had my camera and not just my phone for this bluebird picture!
(and no, the Build Me Up Buttercup lyrics don’t work with this post, but the song is firmly stuck in my head!)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 15:13, NRSV)
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9 thoughts on “Buttercup, Baby!”
I’ll try to have less “I should” this week. A wonderful blog.
😊 The shoulds can be crushing!
Buttercups are one of my favorite wildflowers because they press so well in my telephone books and then I use them to decorate cards that I write to people in calligraphy and the buttercups add just the right dash of color. Thanks for your blogs.
Thank you! That means a lot since I know what a beautiful garden you have!
An uplifting reminder to focus on “I can” rather then “I should” in God’s beautiful world. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! I am enjoying my Alabama spring!
Gorgeous photos, beautiful thoughts! Love the idea of finding a new way to connect to God today if yesterday’s plan doesn’t work today!
Thanks! I know! I then judge myself on yesterday and that doesn’t work!
Inspiring! Thanks for sharing a part of your walk, both from this day and your life walk. Ozzy looks good!