I didn’t know anything about St. Patrick before reading an article about him today. I am sure there is still a lot more to know about him, but what I read, I loved and I wanted to share it with you.
Our Heroes: St. Patrick of Ireland by Edward Hoyt
Towards the end of the article Mr. Hoyt says that he has been sitting in the first person for far too long when saying St. Patrick’s prayer. This was yet another reminder of how I was saying “It is MY best life” for far too long.
This is the version of St. Patrick’s prayer that I want to say. I hope you will join me!
Christ be in our hearts every time we think of anyone
Christ be in our mouths every time we speak to anyone
Christ be in our eyes every time see anyone
Christ be in our ears every time we hear anyone
I went to get my hair cut today. I went to a new place and they had an opening for me.
The available stylist was very friendly and asked if I had children so we talked a bit about my girls. Then she told me that she had a new granddaughter, and pulled out her phone to show me a photo. Just as she was holding it up for me to look at she said, “I’m sure my baby is prettier than all of yours.”
I just laughed inside, smiled, took a look at the photo and truthfully told her that her granddaughter was indeed beautiful! The remainder of the appointment was nice and she did a great job trimming my hair and adding some shape back into it.
I didn’t really think about her comment again until later, but when I did it truly exhausted me. I was momentarily stunned all over again to realize that this lady I had never met was wanting to compete with me over something that is completely impossible to compete at.
Then in the next instant I was overwhelmed with memories of myself attempting to compete over ridiculous things throughout my life. How exhausting? How pointless? How annoying for other people… sorry about that.
Jesus… thank you for opening my eyes today even if only for a moment. Thank you for the reminder that I want to live Our Best Life and in Our Best Life there is no need to compare or compete because we are all seen with Your eyes of love!
My youngest daughter now goes to school two days a week. A few weeks ago as I was driving home from dropping everyone off at school I was listing all of the things I wanted to get done in my head and all of the sudden I decided to push everything back by 45 min and I started looking for a place to get a pedicure. Just down the street from my house I drove by a place with it’s doors wide open. I walked in and although they didn’t open until 9 am, the pedicurist said she would be happy to take me early.
The pedicure was awesome! I have very dry and rough feet and I was so thankful to have someone else scrub them down. As I was sitting there feeling blessed, I thought of Jesus washing our feet and what a blessing it was that this woman chose to wash my feet as her profession. For the rest of the pedicure I thought about how much I loved this woman! I am so thankful to have glimpsed Jesus in her that morning.
Thank you Jesus and Sydney for washing my feet! Jesus please help me to open my eyes to see You in everyone and to see the opportunities You set before me everyday to serve You and wash Your feet.
It’s Our Best Life… Believe it, Live it and it will be!
My girls love rainbows! They talk about them a lot and love to color rainbows. I have always loved rainbows too, and have always loved to stop and look around for a rainbow at the end of a storm.
My girls love to look for rainbows too, but they don’t just look for them at the end of a storm. They are always looking for rainbows on sunny days, overcast days, rainy days, snowy days and the amazing thing is that they almost always find one regardless of the weather! They found the rainbow on the back of a CD/DVD, they found the rainbow on the blank TV screen caused by the sun reflecting off of it at a certain angle, and today we were on a boat and they found the rainbow caused by the sun reflecting through the water spray along the sides of the boat as it sped through the lake.
The more rainbows they have shown to me, the more I have begun to wonder if my girls really see what I see when we look at the world? At the park when I hold their hands and tell them to step over a log, do they see the brown log that I see or do they see something else? I am starting to think that we see things very differently and I want to see their world, I want to jump over a rainbow, see magic caterpillars, and see the Care Bears peeking down from the clouds.
I think children truly see with the eyes of love! I want to take off my dark and dingy glasses and see with the eyes of love too and I think listening to what my girls see rather than telling them what I see is a good place to start!
Look for a rainbow in an unexpected place and I bet you will find it because it is Our Best Life!!! My friend, I wish you true joy in your heart when you find your hidden rainbow today!
My husband went for a run the other day and when he came back he was literally dripping with sweat and he asked me if he smelled bad. I leaned in, took a big whiff and honestly I thought he smelled nice and I said “You smell good to me”. He smiled and said it didn’t count because I see him with the eyes of love.
I was thinking of this today and thinking that seeing someone through the eyes of love is more true and real than any other way to see someone. I think it should always count and be the only opinion that counts! Maybe I was the only person on earth at that moment that didn’t think my husband smelled, but maybe I was also the only person in the world who could really smell him.
Doesn’t God look at us with the eyes of love? Isn’t this how he is able to constantly forgive and forget everything we do to ourselves and each other? Does this make it okay to live life with our rose colored glasses on all of the time? Does this make it okay to try to see the good in everything?
Maybe there are no rose colored glasses. Maybe instead there are dark and dingy glasses that block us from seeing with the eyes of love if we refuse to take them off.
I feel like at times constant optimism can hurt the ones we love if they are suffering or going through a very difficult time, but maybe it isn’t constant optimism. Maybe the dark and dingy glasses are off and saying “It is going to be okay” or “You are going to be okay” is not a lie or a hollow consolation, but more real and true than our loved one can yet see.
Jesus said, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
If we really are wearing dark and dingy glasses maybe a good way to start trying to remove them is by literally saying out loud “It is Our Best Life” everyday.
Let’s take off our glasses and start seeing everyone with the eyes of love!