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Coming Soon…

     A couple years after my July 1, 2010, retirement from a long government career, I was feeling what I call ‘divine discontentment.’ This led me to begin working with a life coach.

     Among the things I knew I wanted to do during my retirement was write inspirational, life-giving words. Friends had encouraged me to write a blog. At that time, however, although I recognized the term, I had never even read a blog.

     How my journey has changed and transitioned since then!

     With the help of a wonderful, technologically savvy man, Stephen, on July 1, 2016, a website had been established (www.suereeve), and I began posting blogs weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. Stephen has stuck with this not-so-tech-savvy grandma the entire time, and I am SO grateful to this fine, patient, grace-filled man!

     About a year ago, I recognized my website was looking “tired.” I also realized I wanted to begin promoting my coaching business more. This ‘divine discontentment’ led me to a talented graphic artist/website designer, Katie.

     The result of the new season of change and transition will be launched Monday, July 6th. Listening on the Journey… blog posts will continue to arrive via email, Facebook, and Instagram, but they will have a slightly different look.

     I would be honored if you took time to explore the re-designed website, which contains many of Ron’s beautiful photos. Important new features include the Coaching and Endorsement tabs.

     Thank you very much! Enjoy the long 4th of July weekend!

Blessings on your journey…

Sue Reeve

How Long?….

     If you have a professional license or certification, you’re familiar with the acronym CEU—Continuing Education Unit. For the past few months, I have been working on CEU’s to satisfy my coaching re-certification. Currently, I’m taking a course called Spiritual Development Coaching.

     In a recent session, the instructor asked a two-part question. I knew one answer and was quite surprised by the answer I did not know.

  • The first question was: What is the most frequently asked question in the Bible?
  • The second: What is the command most frequently given in Scripture.

     The answer to the first, which is the one I did not know, is How Long? The answer to the second is: Fear Not, or Do Not Be Afraid!

     Most “How long?” questions in the Bible occur in the Psalms. I love the amazing honesty the psalmists had with God! Here are a few examples, all taken from NIV[1]:

  1. Psalm 6:3

          My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord,how long?

  1. Psalm 13:1

          Howlong, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

  1. Psalm 13:2

          How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?           Howlong will my enemy triumph over me?

  1. Psalm 74:10

          Howlong will the enemy mock you, God? Will the foe revile your name forever?

  1. Psalm 90:13

          Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants.

  1. Psalm 94:3

          How long, Lord, will the wicked, how long will the wicked be jubilant?

  1. Psalm 119:84

          How long must your servant wait?

     The psalmists were God-believing. They understood their God was almighty and able to help them. Yet, they waited…and waited…and waited. It didn’t seem fair, and they let God know. I don’t imagine many reading this post have never faced a “How-Long?” situation.

     When this is the case, how can we switch gears and obey the number one command to “Fear Not?”

     I’d love to hear from you. How have you managed to not be afraid during a “how-long?” season. Your experience may be the encouragement someone needs during this turbulent time.

Prayer:

God Who Was, and Is, and Always Will Be,

During difficult times that feel as if they will never end,

Give me the grace necessary to “Fear Not!”

Quiet my anxious spirit and give me courage to keep moving forward with confidence,

Giving thanks for Who You are and having confidence to trust Whose I am.

Amen

Asking God to bless you with strength and courage…

Sue Reeve

  1. Verses found on biblegateway.com, a free app that is an excellent resource

Getting Rid of Baggage.…

Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina—Loved this beautiful place!

     In Monday’s post I declared a truth I believe with all my heart: Jesus still calms storms.

     Having said that, I’d also like to say I believe we have a very real enemy of the soul whose purpose is to feed us all kinds of untruths that keep us stuck in the storm. The enemy is the instigator of pure evil but also uses more subtle tactics to keep people who sincerely desire to do what is good and God honoring from living peacefully, joyfully, and freely.

     For that to happen, we may need to get rid of some baggage weighing down our boat. What baggage might we need to discard? Here, listed in alphabetical order (I don’t want one to seem more significant than another) are some possibilities:

  • Abuse, past and/or present
  • Addictions – all sorts
  • Anger
  • Comparison
  • Complaining
  • Condemnation
  • Discounting my own needs/desires
  • Envy
  • Excesses & Excuses of all sorts
  • Fear
  • Gossip
  • Greed
  • Guilt
  • Harshness
  • Hatred
  • Irritability
  • Insecurity
  • Intolerance
  • Judgmental spirit
  • Labeling/Name-calling
  • Neglect
  • Pride
  • Religious dogma
  • Resentment
  • Revenge
  • Shame
  • Stinginess
  • Stubbornness
  • Thanklessness
  • Unwanted or Unbeneficial yearnings
  • Unforgiveness
  • Unresolved loss and grief
  • Unwillingness to explore my own bondage(s)

     If this thought resonates, check any you know apply to you. Then,

  • Trusting to the best of your understanding that God loves you and wants the best for you, bring your checklist to God.
  • In silence—if you can—sit with God concerning these matters.
    • Listen with your heart to what the Spirit is saying.
    • Read Hebrews 12:1 & 2 slowly and prayerfully.
    • Consider emotions—even negative ones—that come to light as gifts from God allowing you a window into your soul.
  • When needed, ask for and accept forgiveness.
  • Ask for greater awareness and divine grace that enables you to change directions.
  • Give thanks.

Prayer:

Loving God:
As my reader friends and I sit with you about excess baggage we’re carrying
Please meet us in that secret place of honesty and vulnerability.
Help us absorb the truth of your unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
Enable us to live our days experiencing greater measures of peace, joy, and freedom.
Amen

May whatever storm you are experiencing be calmed…

Sue Reeve