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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Just Another Day...

I'm finding trouble being "content" where I am and I'm unsure if it's God prompting me to step out of this boat? or if it's my own unsettled spirit. With that in mind I don't have any 'inspired' messages today so I will share a favorite quote and a short question.

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. -- Voltaire

So this begs the question: What is/are your question(s)? Here is a starting list of mine…

1. How can I align the passions of my heart with my day to day life?

2. Where is this road going anyway…and who chose it?

3. Am I the result of my environment or is MY environment a result of me?

4. Is ignorance better defined as gaining all the wisdom of the world but choosing not to walk in it or is it in never attaining any wisdom?

5. Is it better to seek and NOT find, or to not seek and be found?


GiBee said...

Well, these are a bit more philisophical than what my poor tired brain can muster up... I guess I have simple questions like... what will my future hold? Where will I be a year from now? (hmm -- guess that's the same thing). Where will the money come from (thank goodnes blogging is free!)

And my ever so NOT spiritual question ... what will I make for dinner tonight.

kpjara said...

That could be why I ponder the BIG I don't have to even THINK about dinner tonight. An entire 1 pound bag of M&M's sounds good right now! Dang that self-control anyway!

Apparently all this questioning is a clear indicator I need to get in the Word and find those answers...

Claire Joy said...

Incredibly great questions. (Maybe you can base another post on what you come up with.) Of course the obvious answers to #3 and #5 are "YES!"

Tess said...

Is it right to do right because it's right, or is it right to do right because it pleases God?

My sunday school teacher asked me that question years ago (like I'm so old or something) but I still struggle with answering it.

Praying for your Prodigal said...

These are similar questions that I asked myself at the time my children were graduating from high school, moving out, going to college.....leaving me home alone (well not so alone--my 14 year stays!)....but when the thought first crossed my mind that my this parenting thing would actually end. Feeling like I was in forced retirement, I began redefining myself.

I believe that my answers may not be the same as others; but I am certain that the One who holds the answers is the same for each of us. Asking the question is not the problem; it is finding the answers without him that will complicate our lives, no matter what the question.

I hope you are feeling more settled soon. You can count on your blog-friends.....we've got you covered!


Morning Glory said...

It's too deep for me today. I do think #5, though, is that I should at least seek. If I wait randomly to be found, I may be found by something or someone I would rather not know. If I'm seeking, I'm open to God's voice.

I don't have a lot of questions of my own. Sometimes I wonder if that means my head is in the sand, or my faith is uncomplicated, or should I be agonizing over something. I don't know. I do know that as long as I'm open and willing, God will be there to show the way.

Annette Burkett said...

I read something yesterday that said Jesus was walking on the water so get out of the boat cause He's not there, He's on the water!

Butterfly Kisses said...

I do think that our environment is a result of us. I used to think it was the other way around. But I can see how my environment can totally reflect my attitude, thoughts and actions.

Shalee said...

I'm just not as deep as you... Mine are:

Where did I put with my keys/sunglasses/purse/shoes/____?

What will I make for dinner tonight, even though I know I have a guest coming over?

How will I ever get that stain out?

How will I possibly afford to raise these kids who are growing like weeds and eating me out of house and home?

Are you there God? It's me, Shalee... again.

And an absolute essential with me:

How on earth did I manage to do that? (Draw your own conclusions as to whether or not it is a positive or negative questions because, believe me, everyday it varies...)

great2beme said...

I think my questions are changing everyday. Not because I get answers but because I analyze those questions into new ones. :)

I would have to say today they are Lord how will I get through tonight with the Mid-life man?

Is it better to be right or be healthy?

What do my kids wish about their lives?

Am I really ready to stay home again this summer?

Will I ever increase my QAST level and if I do what will you lead me to do next?

Am I as crazy as I feel?

As for answering yours I would say to #5 YES! Seek because although you may not find what you are looking for, you willl find what God has for you. It will be better than what you were looking for anyway.

kpjara said...

I loved the questions/comments on this one so I'm going to comment back individually cause I hardly ever do that!

GiBee: You posted early and got a go back and blog!

claire Joy: I took your advice and did the response thing...I'm hopeful it will be a catalyst for closure. I also LOVE your certainty in answering #3 & #5! Keep me thinking...

Tess: I pondered yours and agree with you...that's gonna take a life of living to answer. I asked my husband just to 'get his goat', and he had all these clarifying questions (as his engineering brain always does) and I kept saying...just answer it how it applies to YOU, no clarifiers!

Diane: You are so right about seeking answers from the ONE TRUE SOURCE or getting bad answers otherwise. You are so encouraging.

Morning Glory; I think your lack of questions just speaks of your maturity and faith! I'm hoping I get there one day.

Annette: That 1st step out of the boat is the hardest...I just can't seem to throw both legs over and step on day...soon?

A&I's Mommy: Isn't it interesting how life's journey expresses itself to us at different points? I love that about aging, more than anything else.

Shalee: I'm CONSTANTLY wondering where my glasses and keys are...maybe that's why I had such big questions yesterday cause I haven't LOST anything lately...could be? Too much time??? I'm totally with you on the "Hey God, It's me (fill in name) again..."

Sister: Great! It's genetic!