Thank you for continuing with me
on the quest to
Add greater meaning to
Find larger purpose in
Today’s letter in this A-Z series is “Q”
In their book, Spiritual Literacy, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat wrote,
“Savor questions and thrill to the quest.
See your life as a journey
that quickens your faith
and deepens your soul.”
Be a Seeker
The cover page to the Brussat’s book says, “A book that belongs in every seeker’s home…”
That’s me! A seeker! How about you?
A seeker always is looking for:
- a better way
- a new way
- a “funner” path
- a creative hobby
- a clearer direction or purpose for life
- a way to improve a skill
- ideas for improving his/her diet
- motivation for a healthier life
- other bloggers who can help him/her remain inspired or learn new skills or just laugh a little
Do any of those resonate with you?
What would you add to the list?
Don’t be Afraid to Improvise
I recently had an abundance of carrots that needed to be used. I googled “Carrot Soup” and discovered this wonderful new (to me) site called “Eating Well.” The carrot soup recipe is simple and easy.
Check it out at http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249990/carrot-soup/
I followed the recipe, but when I was finished, I decided it needed some enhancement. I went back to the site on a quest for enhancement ideas. Right next to that recipe was one that added curry to the soup. We love curry. Also, I wanted it to be a bit creamy. I had some half and half on hand. I added that.
You know, when you are on a quest for improved flavors, improved health or attitudes, improved life-styles … you name it … you have to be adventuresome! Mix it up. Improvise. Think outside the box!
Think Outside the Box
Recently I have been on a quest for ideas to enhance the birthday party for my great-grandson. It’ll be at our house this Saturday. He’ll be two on Sunday. We have about 25 friends and in-law-family of my granddaughter coming to join us. What can we do besides eat and socialize?
I asked Siri. She led me to fatherly.com, a website with an article titled, “20 Original Ideas for a Second Birthday Party.” From a rainbow party to a fairytale fete, these birthday themes are touted to be perfect fits for two-year-olds.
The article on fatherly.com said,
“They have simple tastes.
They want cake,
shiny things to wave about,
and to run free…
Second birthdays should be glorious play dates.”
I pray for good weather, and I pray that my granddaughter will have other two-year-olds here for my great-grandson to play with. But, whether she does or not, the ideas I discovered on this site satisfied my quest for answers to “What can we do besides eat and socialize?”
Balloons sounded like a great idea to me. If our unpredictable Montana weather is bad that day, balloons can hit furniture and not put dents in it!
Now, we need to choose a theme – and get busy. Thinking outside the box can sometimes result in extra work. Don’t be afraid of it!
Let Your Quest Quicken Your Faith and Deepen Your Soul
If one of your quests is like mine: to look for clearer direction or purpose for life, what questions do you ask? Where do you go for answers?
My go-to source for such answers is clear to you if you have read any of my other posts. Rarely do I leave you without a reference to God, to the Living Lord who walked on earth and showed us the Way, or a reference to Scripture. I will not disappoint you this time either.
It’s not just Google or Siri to whom I turn when I have questions. They are a great help when it comes to history, places, recipes, party ideas… but when it comes to matters of the heart and soul, nothing beats the Good Book!
Use the Bible’s Concordance
My NIV (New International Version) Study Bible has a great concordance. I can look to the back of the Book for words that reference my questions. It will list all the places in the Bible where the idea I am seeking is mentioned.
For instance, when I was concerned about a friend who was excessively worrying, I went to the word “Worry” in the Concordance. I found the perfect scripture to add to the card I was sending to my friend.
Phil.4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Jesus Christ.”
Thrill to the Quest
Let the references from Siri, the links you find on Google, and the assurance of Scripture never fail to thrill you! Technology is amazing. But so is our Certain Help in times of trouble. Don’t forget to call on the Lord. Pray!! When all else fails, He will never fail you!
Keep your quests alive!
God Bless You, my Seeking Friends…
See you tomorrow!