NEW E-BOOK

31 Jan

I’M SO HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE… the release of my new e-book on AMAZON.

It’s a short story of inspiration & encouragement.

I hope you enjoy it!

*Read on your Kindle or download Kindle app on your phone for free.*

#TheGiftOfJeremiah #inspiration #encouragement

Perfect Timing

25 Dec

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Something amazing happens when you put your trust in God.

The whole world opens up to surprise & delight you!

Perhaps my favorite gift from God is His perfect timing.

When I really trust Him, I am always getting ready for whatever He has planned for me.  I don’t need to know what IT is because I know that the Lord has a plan & is orchestrating it all, effortlessly.

“Every good gift” comes from Him.  – James 1:17 ESV

So look for God’s grace in everything you do.  Don’t pass it off as a coincidence but praise it when you see it & pretty soon you will be WOW’d by the overflowing goodness flowing into your life!

Perfect example, recently I said a quick prayer to God to smooth my path on a trip out-of-town.  That’s it.  Simple & “amen.”

As soon as I got on the road out-of-town, which I’ve driven a hundred times, there was a small-engine airplane coming in for landing.. right over my car!

It wasn’t a scary moment, it was exhilarating!  The plane had plenty of room above me before the airport but it was something I’ve never seen before.. no matter how many times I’ve driven that way.  There it was.  There I was.  How fun!!  2 seconds before or 2 seconds later, I would have missed the thrill of it all.  Perfect timing.

In movies there will be occasional winks from the Filmmaker called “Easter eggs” as a treat for you to catch some inside meaning.  As Christians we see the Easter egg as Christ’s resurrection.  SO look for the EASTER EGGS IN LIFE!

Often the Easter eggs show up in the form of perfect timing.

For example, this Christmas Eve I was on my way to candlelight services & as I drove into town I saw the most brilliant sunset.  Listen folks, this was a sunset like I’ve never seen before.  Like the famous sunsets of West Texas that show a play of hot pink, hues of purple, & streaks of vibrant blue all the way across the sky.  It .. was .. epic!

I decided to stop by a restaurant for a little iced tea before going to the church.  As I pulled in, I marveled at the extraordinary sight of it all.  This sunset stretched from one horizon to the other.

I stepped out of my car & took in the glory of it.  Suddenly realizing the couple who parked next to me were staring awe-struck, as well.

As we shared the precious moment of God’s glory in vivid light across the sky, I shared with them where I was going & they shared with me they were going to say goodbye to her brother who was gravely ill in the hospital.

We went inside to warm up & they shared more of their Christmas Eve journey to be together with family at this most difficult time.  I hugged perfect strangers & we held on remembering some good times & preparing them for what’s close at hand.  How even if her brother wasn’t conscious, he would still know she was with him & how more importantly, God knows.

Her husband said he was glad we met each other at that very moment.  And I felt the same!

And just like that, I was on my way to church, praying for her family’s peace & they were on their way to her dearly loved brother.

I know for certain God arranged that meeting.

I could not have timed it so perfectly.  If I had known I was meeting them, I would have worried over them, hurried over the time, maybe missed the gorgeous sunset, & fretted.

Trust in God’s timing.  It is impeccable.

Look for those miracles every single day.

Get ready because God has plans for you.. right now.

God is not absent.  He may delay for reasons we have to trust are in our benefit, but He has not forgotten you.  God’s word is truth.  – John 17:17

Christmas in your (broken) Heart

24 Dec

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It’s that time of year, where home & hearth are the roots we tend most.  We gather indoors for warmth & sharing.  We look to Jesus as our light in the darkness of winter, a time for miracles when all may seem lost.

‘Merry & bright’ is the feeling in our hearts when we think about Christmas but for some folks the holidays just aren’t the same as they used to be.

Some of my friends have lost their mate this year and for others, loss of a parent has changed their holiday forever.  When so many of your special moments have included that family member or a precious pet, celebrating can seem like the last thing we want to do without them.

I was reminded this week of a scripture that means so much but especially in trying times, it’s important to remember that “.. we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28 KJV

When all seems lost, don’t forget that God is working everything out for your good.  He loves you & wants the very best for you all the days of your life.

God can take your sadness.  Give it to Him.

Sometimes our burden can be so heavy we can’t just hand over our pain.  Our suffering can be so great, it can threaten to crush us so we must do something drastic to shift it.

One translation of the Bible uses these powerful words, “Throw your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.”  – Psalm 55:22 NET Bible

Imagine that, throwing the great weight you’ve been carrying.  What a relief it will be when you get out from under this struggle; knowing God will catch it, manage it, & ultimately handle it.  He doesn’t just take your pain but He uses it to work out blessings in your life.

It may seem impossible to see your way through but God is with you & His grace surrounds you.

So don’t punish yourself, don’t rush anything.  Just spend some time in prayer & you may find you have an impulse to decorate a little.  You may feel the desire to feed some of the poor in your area.  You may want to rest more & do less this year.  Whatever it is, God is there for you.  He is FOR YOU.  You can’t get this wrong.

You’ve heard it said ‘we are spiritual beings having a physical experience’ so enjoy the ride.  There is so much more going well than going wrong.  There is so much love & hope in you & for you.

Whether you celebrate or not, your loved ones are with you, in your heart & thoughts, always.

This may not look like any Christmas you’ve had before but it’s Christmas, a time for miracles.  And if all you manage this year is loving & taking care of you, not being too critical of what you did or didn’t do, accepting this day exactly as it is, I’d say that’s God’s grace right there!

You are so loved.

Merry Christmas

Where’s the Peace?

2 Sep

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Lately, folks have been polarized by extremes.  It’s wearing on people.  Between public shows of violence, a huge divide in politics, & the recent natural disaster of Hurricane Harvey here in Texas & Louisiana, frankly some folks have an existential hangover.

For those of us lucky enough to not be in the eye of any of these literal & figurative hurricanes, many are still experiencing a low emotionally due to not being able to help in some meaningful way.  Sure, we can donate necessities or money, every bit matters, but the desire to get our hands involved may not be possible, leading to a feeling of inadequacy.  Even when you’ve given the most you can, you may not be feeling peace about it all.

I want you to know, if you are feeling this way, you are not alone.

All these crisis have really brought out the magnanimous generousity of our, very human, true nature.  We all long to be connected & support the needs everyone on earth has; food, shelter, clean water, caring consideration.  Basically, we all want to extend dignity to one another.  This is one of the sweetest gifts we can give each other in the great sea of humanity.

As for peace, though, it cannot be given.  Peace arises from within us.  We can’t go around expecting that if we give enough – suddenly we’ll miraculously have peace.

We can’t expect a government to give us peace.  Nor can the police bring us peace.  Sure, they very well may ‘keep the peace,’ but it is beyond anyone else’s ability to insure your  personal peace.

Look inside.  There is an ever-constant flicker of peace & wholeness in you that you can come back to again & again.  It is always there, awaiting your return.

The chaos of the world around you can be so loud it’s deafening & this is where we can get lost.  Looking at what’s outside of you is not an indicator of what’s real in you.

When we are constantly looking at others or comparing our experiences, it can get downright exhausting.

Stop paying so much attention to everything & everyone else.  Spend some time with you.  Listen to the quiet voice within.  Breathe easy in the presence of the peace inside you, for without this introspection you literally have no way of offering any genuine peace to yourself or anyone around you.

In such a time of upheaval, it’s especially important to quiet your mind & look within.

Where’s the peace?  Inside.  Peace is always an inside job, first.  Then it can be shared easily & authentically.

Don’t Forget to BREATHE

14 Jan
Don't Forget to Breathe ~ Lynn Van Noy

Something happens when we hurt.

 

We hold our breath.

 

Whether we have chronic pain. stub a toe, smash a finger, or lose someone we love… we hold our breath.

So I  encourage you to breathe.  Living in pain – both physically & emotionally can lead to shallow breathing.  So make it a practice to breathe.

 

Really breathe.  Deep & full.

 

It’s ok if it doesn’t come easy.  It takes practice & after a lifetime of holding our breath, waiting for the other shoe to drop, or hanging on for dear life, breathing can become more voluntary than involuntary.

 

So breathe, dearheart.  Breathe.

ready.. set..

9 Jan

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New year.  New start.  Beginnings.

ready.. set.. go!  Right??

That’s usually how it works, but if you’re anything like me, this ‘new’ is a not quite ready to ‘GO!’

New Year’s Eve found me in the dentist’s chair.  RIP to 2 of my wisdom teeth.  Fortunately, I have a rather indulging dentist.  He’s not pushing to take out my other 2, just yet.  Thankfully, he is holistically inclined enough to let nature take its course.

So instead of wearing a unicorn horn, splashing in glitter, & dancing.. I was fast asleep under covers when most of y’all were ushering in the ‘new.’  Yay, not.  *giggles*

Several of my clients are still exhausted from the holiday & a few have suffered recent tragedy.

So, this update is to wish you all the very best & remind you that you’ll know when it’s time to “go!”  Maybe that’s not today.  Maybe it won’t be for awhile yet, but life is not about following the crowd, it’s about following your heart.  Listen to your spirit.  Now may be a time of quiet recovery.  It may be a time to share your strength with others.

I assure you, when it’s time, you’ll be revved up & ready.  Until then, embrace the stillness of the in between.  As much as the clock keeps on ticking, we’re so much more than chronological clocks & calendar dates.  There’s always time for celebration.  We know when it’s the right time to begin.  All we have to do is listen with our heart’s awareness.  Trust you…  I do.

Big ❤

Lynn++

Bring the Light

21 Sep

Bring the Light

Lighting candles brings me such joy!

Candlelight flickers, shadows quiver, and nearby shiny objects catch the glowing light in beautiful scintillation.

Most of all, candles brings warmth and light.  So, you’ll understand why I tend not to light many candles in Summer.  Texas already has enough light and warmth mid-year.

Still, this week before official Autumn begins, I found myself pilfering the candle box.  Instinctively, I had arranged a large grouping of amber glass and candles on the dining table and filled the floor of my fireplace with an assortment of small and large pillar candles.

I’m fairly convinced Texas is in store for a pretty harsh Winter.  Several friends have reported unwarranted wasp attacks over the last 3 months.  Also, wasps are building their nests inside walls, inside buildings, and higher than usual.  The Farmer’s Almanac suggests that means a severely cold and wet Winter is on the way.

As I see the world holistically, a difficult few months weather-wise may also indicate challenges with information.  Perhaps this is a forecast for communication struggles, lack of clear-cut information, or a time to deal with some of our darker human emotions.

To all of this, I encourage you to bring the light.  The light of wisdom, strength, clarity, and humor are all within you.  Good days come, bad days come, but this too shall pass.

So in dark or light, let this serve as a reminder to embrace what comes and goes, and enjoy the light, no matter how great or small.

xx

Lynn++

Meditation or Madness

15 Jul

buddha mugshot / online credit“.. meditation is not against action.

It is not that you have to escape from life.

It simply teaches you a new way of life:

You become the center of the cyclone.”  Osho

 

Conscious thought is the beginning of awareness; what moves us, what brings clarity, what gives hope.

In a world where madness is acceptable and meditation is questioned, it’s time we give some serious thought to our personal values.  It’s time to give importance to our true selves instead of holding back because of feeling outcast or unlovable to others.  You are perfect as you are.  You can do this.  If you survived the difficulty, you will survive the recovery.

Just be you.

Here are a few more of Osho’s thoughts on what meditation truly is..

“Your life goes on, it goes on really more intensely — with more joy, with more clarity, more vision, more creativity — yet you are aloof, just a watcher on the hills, simply seeing all that is happening around you.

You are not the doer, you are the watcher.

That’s the whole secret of meditation, that you become the watcher. Doing continues on its own level, there is no problem: chopping wood, drawing water from the well. You can do all small and big things; only one thing is not allowed and that is, your centering should not be lost.”

Your Dreams

17 May

There is no expiration date on your dreams.

Remember what you always wanted.

What makes your heart fly?

You CAN have it!

It’s not too late.

Big ❤  Lynn

heads up

15 May

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Healthy people move forward.

No matter how impossible it may seem or difficult this moment.. take a baby step forward, a leap, or a skip & don’t look back.

The best has yet to come.

❤ Lynn

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