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With my Heart

The freckles on my kids’ faces bring such joy to my heart and make time stand still. Sun soaked clouds over the evening mountains strike wonder.  The snowflake on Gantry’s eyelash captures my attention and takes my breath away. Wrestling with the fullness of emotions; mine, my kids, and my friends. Laughter, hugs, cold air in my lungs and red mud on my running shoes. It reminds me of beautiful life in and around. The pause to notice; It’s an invitation to participate and remember once again the glory of this life lived in moments.

When I close my eyes and breathe in God, His breath offers life, beauty and timelessness everywhere I turn. When I listen and see with my heart…..I say yes and choose to savor the moment that is right now. It takes intentionality to put aside my hurt, weariness, selfish pity or busyness and enter in to endless moments of grace that reconnect my heart to His. Restringing the strand of love that tethers me to Him; the continual “yes” response to live with my heart leading keeps me connected.

And so in the moments I spin out… there is my thanksgiving journal. Running outside on a rocky trail. A phone call for support, the beauty project board, hot tears and pounding fists, raw prayers to a God that always hears. He draws me in eventually, always, somehow….teaching me more about living with my heart leading.

Dear friend, how does God pull you back in? How do you see and listen with your heart? I’d love to hear.

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About Erika Chowning

God-crazy, and sometimes just a bit crazy, I'm in awe of the beauty and glory this life offers. I am a Masters Level Practictioner of Splankna Therapy, which is a mind-body-spirit therapy model. I'm a currently single mama to three beautiful souls, and I love to be in the middle of God's creation, adventuring and exploring, laughing, dancing, playing and whatever else fun I can find. I'm a believer that life is rich when we become aware of the little moments placed before us and embrace them fully-the joy, sorrow, beauty, love and pain. Life is so short to be too serious, but there is so much devastating brokenness all around us that feels crushing. My writing is about a journey into wholeness and restoration. For me, you and those around us. So won't you join me in diving into our experiences and hearts? Feel free to share a thought or many, and please, please, love those you're with.

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