Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Beginnings

Sweet September Newness

Do you remember when the end of August, beginning of September, signaled the start of new adventure for you. School! Usually you had a different teacher, some of the same friends with a few new kids who switched-in, and always a sense of newness.
You entered with expectation.
Fresh start-overs are good. Isn’t there usually some piece of our memories, even our present, we wish to leave behind?
Anticipation is sweet, the future WILL BE better. A coiled spring within us begins to uncoil in hope, maybe a bit of hesitation too, but hesitation and hope can live together.
Okay, maybe a bit of dread along with the excitement. Where and how do you fit into this new dynamic?
The cycle of learning and teaching continues.

What if we adults used these end of summer days to reflect and re-energize ourselves from within? Where do you need a bit of newness in your life? What adventure awaits you?
As long as we have breath and days to live, we have opportunities to be a blessing and be blessed.
What did you like to do as a child that can become fun as an adult?
Did you play with cars? Help kids build derby cars.
Maybe actually return to school too, but as a volunteer – one afternoon a week. Yes, men you as well. Father figures are hugely lacking in many children’s lives.
Remember when Jesus demonstrated that being around kids was great!
Schedule a talk at the school or local library on something you love, maybe airplanes, bring your banjo and put on a brief show. Bring a strategic board game to play. If you’re uncomfortable acting alone, call a friend and do something together. (Check in at the office in advance for clearance.)
Okay if not school what?
Collect some neighborhood kids for an at home pie-baking class. Or teach three or four how to make soup, teach the boys, too. Have a neighborhood historical battle re-enactment. Teach children in your church about God during an outdoor hike.
Maybe your heart is steering you in another direction. Volunteer to be a visitor in a hospital or nursing home where people yearn for company. Anyone who can talk and listen is qualified.
What are you anticipating doing in the days ahead?







Many of you work full time and keep a home, but isn’t there an hour or two that can become sweeter in your life with an adventure that involves new people? 
Pick up the phone, start a connection process that keeps you vibrant.
 Let’s all enter sweet September with expectation.

Scripture on newness: "And He [Jesus] said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me write, for these words are true and faithful.  The Book of Revelation Chapter 21, Verse 5."

My mystery novel Bullet in the Night is about a man becoming a new creation, leaving prison and starting over. 






Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Listening and Singing

It’s another gorgeous summer day for singing. I’m not a singer, not in the sense of having a glorious, melodious voice, but I want my life to sing constantly.

I like to write words that sing.

And I desire to harbor a soul that sings.

Singing makes me feel less than an inch from God.

Nature sings and so shall I.

I walk midst the harmony nature plays for me each day along the lake path around Lake Geneva. I hear waves sing and see trees swaying to God’s music.

And I listen to children’s laughter, which is simply group soul singing.

Persistent bees focus on their buzzing and busy nectar sucking. Mosquitos hum as I make my own rustles among leaves where my feet walk.

Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

Birds tweet and cleak at me and I savor the clicks and clucks of creatures I can’t identify.

I play with sweet sounds in my mind – kind thoughts ride on vocal chords. My heart hears them.

I even sing in silence at times. 

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19 

When I sing I feel as if I’m walking with God even if I’m not moving. Sometimes my singing is soft because sadness is real and intrudes even into my brightness at times.


But the music goes on and cannot be quenched.

When I actively sing I exhale, I breathe out and in tones that soothe, excite. 

A singer I shall always be.

Listen deeply and sing freely today.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16

Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Isaiah 12:5 


My mystery novel Bullet in the Night has harmony in it too. Resolution comes in the end!
Upcoming Judith Rolfs Author Appearances
For Mystery Novel Bullet in the Night

Tuesday, August 12th from 6 - 8 p.m.
An Invitation for You:
Come visit Fontana Public Library
Book Signing Event for Bullet in the Night.

Tuesday September 9th
AAUW Soup and Signings
Local Author Event at Horticultural Hall
330 Broad Street
Lake Geneva, WI

Saturday, September 13th  
Bullet in the Night Book Signing
Taste of Lake Geneva Event at the Cornerstone Shop
214 Broad St. Downtown Lake Geneva 1-5 p.m.


Email: jwrolfs@gmail.com


Monday, July 28, 2014

Being A Champion

Wasn’t golfer Rory McIlroy’s win at the British Open outstanding!  I loved what he said later in an interview. He claims he used two words over and over to spur himself on to victory. He made these ideas his total focus throughout the entire tournament. What are the words?  Process and spot.

“Process:” Perform the process he had been trained in, use the swing he’d grooved through countless repetitions.

“Spot” keep his eye on the spot where he wanted the ball to go.

I can’t help but think how applicable these words are to living the Christian life. The process is learning and living by the Word of God. The spot is eyes on Christ.

Not just his golf, Rory’s gracious acceptance speech reflected a man of character. Rory said the thing that meant so much to him was although this was his third win, it was the first time his mom was at the final hole with open arms waiting to hug him.

What a proud mama Ms. McIlroy must be! Aren’t we all proud mamas when the principles we teach are passed on to our children and really absorbed in their lives. I’m not saying the idea to use the mental reminders of "process and spot" came from her. But she certainly passed on to her son determination, perseverance and self-control. Children make moms and dads proud by applying wise principles to daily circumstances like keeping eyes on the goal and working the process. And never giving up.


Rory won by not looking at others who were creeping up on his score wanting to take victory from him. He maintained confidence. Yes problems came, but he kept thinking ahead to what he could do on the par fives coming up, not looking back to the bogies on the previous nine.

Three major tournaments by age twenty-five! Doesn’t that make us all proud of the physical and sports capability of our next generation. May this generation also be outstanding in their spiritual capacity. Here’s to process and spot applied in everyday life, and applied to living the Christian life.


 


 "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:14


The book Man in Command: How To Be A Great Husband and Dad coming soon!