I’ve been crazy busy lately. That’s nothing new. But busier now than usual.
The Blessing of the Animals, originally scheduled on October 4 to honor St. Francis, was postponed because of the flooding, until this Sunday. That’s tomorrow, after church at the park. This morning we have church grounds clean up, and tonight we’re having a “Poor Man’s Supper,” to raise money for our stained glass window restoration. The menu includes fried baloney, cornbread, cabbage….I’m bringing vegetarian beans. Also, I’m trying to paint one of the bedrooms in my house this weekend. Yikes!
I remember the passage from the Bible that says, “Be Still and Know that I am God.” It’s from Psalm 46. It is reminding me to breathe right now, when I don’t think I have time to be still and breathe.
I think some music will help. When I read the prompt for today: the word, still, I also remembered this old song. I never really knew all the words to it, but it’s one of those songs that feels good to me. It came out when I was one year old, so I’m guessing I heard it a lot when I was too young to consciously remember it, until I heard it later….. but its one of those things that imprinted on my brain. It’s a love song, but if I heard it during my celibate/working on me time, in my late forties, I could have sung it to God too. I might have imagined God singing it to me. Because in the still of the night, God loved me. In the still of that lonely night, I knew I was loved. That is what saved me, until I could love myself. I’m still standing. I’m still working on me. And I’m still loved. So are you!
I think I might paint one wall of that bedroom this weekend. That’s enough. Still time to paint the rest later. One wall at a time.
Today’s Stream of Consciousness post prompt was the word, “still.”
If you’d like to jump into the stream, start here:
Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!
October 17, 2015 at 5:28 am
Nice take on the word ‘still’. Well done and I hope that wall received the paint you intended for it…
October 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm
Thank you! I prepped the wall last night. Hopefully it will get painted today. 🙂
October 17, 2015 at 8:51 am
Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.
October 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm
Thank you for the re-blog!
October 17, 2015 at 12:58 pm
Great bible passage and use of the prompt.
October 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm
Thanks, John. I think God keeps giving me that Bible passage. I enjoy the openness of the stream of consciousness. You never know where it might go!
October 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm
I like it as well. it is like a writing vacation.
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October 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm
may your still painting
come out just right 🙂
October 18, 2015 at 12:17 am
🙂 I can always create moments of stillness and mindfulness. Thank you.
October 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm
I was thinking about you being affected by the floods. I hope your property is ok. I like the old songs too. 🙂
October 18, 2015 at 12:21 am
My personal property is okay. Downtown by the river was flooded and we had some leaks at church and from the flat roof where I work, but we are finally starting to dry out. Thank you for your thoughts, Deborah! 🙂
October 18, 2015 at 1:46 am
Thank Goodness. Hope all dries out soon!
October 18, 2015 at 4:25 am
October 17, 2015 at 11:35 pm
Nice take on the prompt. That verse from Psalms is one of my favorite and one I hear a lot from God. 🙂
October 18, 2015 at 12:22 am
Thank you, Susan. It’s a verse I need to be more mindful of, so I’m glad it came to me today. Thank for stopping by!
October 18, 2015 at 10:32 am
Thanks for the beautiful reflection on stillness, JoAnna. I hope the blessing of animals, service, and supper will bring comfort to your congregation in this time of tumult, when I’m sure there hasn’t been much stillness to be had. (It’s been a long time since I have even thought of fried bologna.) St. Francis is a wonderful spiritual resource in times like these.
PS Remember that you are still and always “God’s gracious gift”!
October 19, 2015 at 3:41 am
Oh, thank you for these reminders about St. Francis and our name, Joanne! The blessing of the animals went well, in spite of a couple challenges we worked through. Maybe I’ll do a post about it.
October 19, 2015 at 12:28 am
Good tunes, JoAnna! Sounds like this one emerged from a little slower world than the one we inhabit today… but eminently enjoyable nonetheless. Hope you found a moment of quiet in your busy weekend… Painting can be very meditative work…
October 19, 2015 at 3:46 am
Thank you, Michael. I’m glad you enjoyed the song.The painting has been meditative, and satisfying, especially since I’m painting with “imperial plumb.” It reminds me of a soft magenta or vibrant mauve.
October 23, 2015 at 11:41 am
Lovely post, JoAnna. 🙂 I love that song! It was one of my favourites when I was growing up.
I can’t help thinking, you still could have done a “Blessing of the Fish”… 😛 Hope everything has dried up by now. 🙂
November 5, 2015 at 7:10 am
Thanks, Linda. We dried up for a while, anyway. Glad you enjoyed the song. They don’t write em like that anymore.
November 4, 2015 at 11:11 pm
I like the painting idea of one wall at a time…it’s the best way to finish most things…one wall or one room etc. “When I don’t think I have time to be still and breathe” what a wonderful reminder…and thank you for following my blog.
November 5, 2015 at 7:12 am
I need lots of reminders to be still. Painting one wall at a time reinforces the difference between before and after. It’s a pleasure to follow you!
November 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm
Thank you. I’m enjoying your blogs also.