Today has been a bit of a rough day – not bad in circumstance per se (outside of my favorite pair of pants ripping in the I-obviously-do-not-have-a-thigh-gap kind of way) but in more of a head swimming, not always positive bit of overwhelm. It seemed some certainties were succeeding some seven month uncertainties only to be monkey-wrenched by new questions. Granted, some of these alterations have potential to be direct answers to prayers, but today I am a bit tired.
The day ended with a gathering of the women’s group at our church where we watched War Room. Disclaimer: in general, I am quite wary of “Christianese” films. The dialogue, the filming, oh the costuming. While those aspects of the theatrical art are incredibly important, I would, as they say, throw out the baby with the bath water. But the War Room has a beautiful message though and I loved when the protagonist walked out on to her back porch, yelling at Satan, “You will not steal my joy!”
So here I am with my small found statement of the day “You will not steal my joy!” Sometimes finding joy is difficult, like searching the house for these darn tiny doll accessories, but these accessories make all the difference in the girls’ play. So I should re-read my own thoughts tonight and snuggle up with a cup full of joy and decaf.
What is being stolen from you? How can it be found?
(or Jeff’s question: What do you need to yell at Satan tonight?)
Published by Magdalene A.R. Mastin
Magdalene is a pursuer of all things beautiful, inviting others into a life with steady integration of all they say, think, act, eat, love, and enjoy--hopeful for a more centered, peaceful existence, both inside and out. Today, she offers spiritual direction, movement and yoga classes, and women’s retreats, incorporating contemplative Christian spiritual practices, contemporary and authentic movement, and the ancient way of yoga (with a fun side job of lifestyle and commercial photography). Past students and directees have joked that there are few others in the world as dedicated to boundaries, intentionality, rest, and weird voices as Maggie.
Magdalene grew up on a small organic sustainable farm in central Indiana, raised in a family of avid readers, generous doers, truth seekers, and good food lovers. Those early experiences laid a great foundation for further mind-body-soul integrative training at Hope College (BA in English and Arts Ministry), Fall Creek Abbey (Certified Spiritual Director), and BodyWorks Studio (200hr YTT).
If she’s doing exactly what she wants, you will probably find her on a porch, patio, or beach, drink in hand, dancing away or chatting about life and love and happiness with all her people, especially her partner Jeff and their three kiddos.
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