Friday, January 14, 2011

Thanks, and wisdom

I appreciate your encouragement. Seems as if I need it badly, as I am a ball of anxiety right now. And, today's Henri Nouwen quote is perfect for me, and I hope helps someone else today, as well. Blessings!

From Unceasing Thinking to Unceasing Prayer

Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is "unceasing." Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love.

Let's break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.


Blogger priest's wife said...

hmmm...I really like the idea of changing unceasing thinking to unceasing prayer- but our brains are always working- might as well use them for God

January 14, 2011  
Blogger Anne Marie said...

I don't have your email....send it my way please.

January 18, 2011  
Blogger priest's wife said... big girls (11 and 10) have started watercoloring icon-style pictures lately. Any advice or resources?

January 19, 2011  
Blogger Renee said...

Well, I would say get some good patterns from coloring books (I have some to recommend, but I have to go look them up. You may already have them).

Study icon books for colors and symbols. Make the colors translucent, but give them a few coats to get it thicker (darker) ~ (gives depth). Watercolor needs to dry between layers or it ruins the paper.

If I think of more, I'll let you know.

January 19, 2011  

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