Thoughts from Madame Gumbeaux

Thoughts from Madame Gumbeaux

Friday, January 3, 2014

Reflections for a New Year

I haven't been writing. I set it aside with some difficulty. In the mornings, I read, prayed, or meditated.

I am entering into the third and final month of Renew Laurie. For seven years, I focused on Renew Honduras, a small grass-roots ministry in Honduras. Over time, I neglected taking care of myself.

I needed time to listen. I needed to stop the ceaseless talking, writing, doing, eating, and other tireless cycles. If anyone knows me well, then you will know that I tend to overdo most everything in my life.

I needed to pause.

Breathe.

I have begun to hear. In my ear as the Spirit has breathed new life once again. Surprisingly, I have had joy, too.

Moments of inexplicable joy.

In the coming year, I am taking very different paths. It won't be soley revolve around Honduras or New Orleans, either. I will write more about the opportunities and challenges that I plan for 2014 soon.

14 comments:

Steve Cotton said...

We look forward to hearing what God has in store for you.

John Calypso said...

The Indians call it Orenda - same Spirit I am sure ;-) Good luck with all that - we remain to be apprised.

Anita said...

I look forward to following your journey...God Bless you, Laurie!

Laurie Matherne said...

Thanks, Steve for the encouragement today as well as over the past several years.

Laurie Matherne said...

The Spirit has many names. I think the Hebrew word is Ruach.

Laurie Matherne said...

Anita , the journey thus far has been more than I imagined. I am looking forward to 2014.

Kim G said...

You've certainly been working hard in Honduras under difficult circumstances. Of course you're burned out. I'm glad to hear that the renewal is already having an effect. That means you'll make even more progress in this final month.

Don't worry about not writing. We'll all be here when you do.

Saludos,

Kim G
San Francisco, CA
Where we've been on vacation for a couple of weeks now, and are also feeling renewed and refreshed.

Laurie Matherne said...

Kim, contrary to popular opinion, I have not worked very hard, nor have the conditions been very difficult. Thanks for the encouragment.

Single Mom in the South said...

Sounds like you have new paths opening up. Glad you are taking time to see where they lead!

Laurie Matherne said...

Single Mom, I am ready to explore new paths and embark on new adventures. 2014, here we come!

lisleman said...

We will all support you with reading and commenting on the opportunities and challenges you decide to share in 2014. Have a great one.

Laurie Matherne said...

Lisleman, I don't know what to say except thank you for your kind words.

Kim G said...

You are SO self-effacing, LOL. Just reading your blog, I know that the conditions have been difficult, at least by US standards. Compared to your charges, though, I'm sure you're living a very luxe life there.

Laurie Matherne said...

I am grateful for respite in the US. I like central air and heating, as well as reliable cars and good roads. It's nice to be in a place where the first language is English, too.