Wow! Lots of Inspiration Happening This Week!

Looking at some etsy-associated blogs and websites has been very inspiring this week as I’ve continued to prioritize creativity in my daily Flylady routine. There are so many gifted women out there creating and inspiring others. It’s just contagious! (Oh, dear, so many exclamation points. I’m afraid the punctuation police will be after me.)

I’ve also been inspired by II Corinthians 1: 3-4:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

I have been talking with Joey and the kids a lot lately about our responses to being “unhappy.” I had some really important inspirations about this topic lately. When I get bogged down with circumstances and relationship challenges and just plain tired and worn out with life’s responsibilities, I can get quite self-focused. As I talk to others about this, I see that it is a common response. The more “unhappy” we feel, the more self-focused we become, as if the pursuit of happiness (or, at least, the relief from unhappiness) is our biggest goal in life.

Then, I started thinking about II Corinthians 1 because Clara had brought it to my attention last week. When we are sad, lonely, overwhelmed, etc., we are comforted by the God of all comfort SO THAT we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. In my sadness, loneliness, fatigue, I learn how to comfort others who are experiencing the same thing. This reaching out to comfort others is very different from making all kinds of self-focused effort to get rid of my own unhappiness.

I think this is what Flylady did. She had issues that all of we SHEs have. She was inspired with solutions and strength to carry out the solutions. THEN she turned to comforting others in the same situations. I am inspired to be “Flylady” to someone who needs the comfort that I have experienced.

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