Stop & Smell the Roses-May’s WOW-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Stop and Smell the Roses

Psalm 46:10               

The Book that Began the Journey!

Coffee Hour!

Thank you so much for joining me today for our Coffee Hour! I can’t believe May is here. Wow, what a month, and how amazing it is to rewind the weeks and reflect on the previous month’s experiences. Grab your coffee and let’s go share some words of wisdom and weapons of warfare for our new month.

As I reflect on the past month and the new one before me, I can’t help but realize that He is giving me a refresher course in many areas of life, testing me along the way, sharpening my tools that will help me maneuver in the trials of life.

There are seasons when life itself is a school we must attend in order to pass the tests that circumstances and unforeseen events hand us, and just like our children need to be taught they must attend and don’t have a choice, so we must attend the lessons of life. We can choose to learn what the day has to teach, or we can spin so fast and busy that we miss the lesson that each and every day holds.

What a great assignment that would be; to daily review and rewind the events from the previous day and find the lesson learned and give it a title! Hmm, I think I want to try that this month. I think we’ll call it “The School of Life and its Lessons.” Oh, we have some sweet coffee hours ahead! 🙂

Anyway, this truth surfaced to my heart just last week when I accepted an invitation from a friend of mine – she’s also my esthetician and a sweet supporter of CPM and a sponsor to too-many-to-count recovering alcoholics/addicts. She invited me to attend a home-group recovery meeting at her home and mingle with these women with the possibility of coming to speak with them a couple weeks later. It was an experience I will never, ever forget.

As soon as I walked in and met each of these women, I was captivated by their love, warmed by their immediate acceptance and teachable hearts, as well as their raw vulnerability. It was an incredibly humbling experience and here’s where this month’s WOW comes in. 🙂

After dinner and fellowship, they have a meditation time, led by and through a reading on a CD. Before they begin, they remind each other to breathe in, aka, smell the roses, and breathe out, aka, push out the stress. I don’t know about you, but I certainly need that reminder, probably hourly!

On the other hand, and I don’t know about you, but “meditate” sounds kind of different to me and so I have stayed away from this practice. To be completely honest and transparent, it’s because I’ve been narrow-minded enough to think “meditate” only relates to Buddha-type worship, But in fact, meditate means: “to engage in thought or contemplation; to reflect.”

His Spirit within me told me I was safe and so I reflected on the words speaking to us from the stereo, reflecting on serenity and the serenity prayer, the most profound, equalizing and stabilizing statement to travel all of creation. As I write this for you, the early wisdom from my self-adopted mom floats to the surface of my heart because she always led me back to this powerful prayer. Seriously, try closing your eyes and repeating the Serenity Prayer:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”

In order to truly reflect, we must be still and know that HE is God. With that acknowledgement comes serenity, and as a bonus, the strength to get by and through whatever lesson life brings us. These words are from His heart to yours today: “Be still and know that I am God.”

From that one powerful, equalizing and stabilizing truth, we can spring into the playground of life.

Learning the lessons,



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One Response to “Stop & Smell the Roses-May’s WOW-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    I am breathing in peace and breathing out stress-whew-that’s better. Yep, meditation is Biblical. We see it in Psalm with the word “Selah”(pause and reflect). Taking our time to really eat slowly of God’s Word to taste each precious flavor that is revealed only to those who don’t gulp down their food. You miss the little nuances, the hidden spices that make it the savory and fulfilling meal that it is huh? Yes, indeed, the Holy Spirit just jolted me to slow down and enjoy the Lord’s feast.