Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentle Rain and Good Friends

I slept last night to the sound of a steady, yet gentle rain.  I stayed awake purposefully, just for a while,  in order to hear the rhythmic sound.  It was nice.  Even though I’m sitting in a three day meeting – it’s a time to be not only with fellow workers, but also with dear friends.  We have prayed together, done strategic planning together, brainstormed, laughed a lot, eaten together…and some even shed a tear together.  It’s good to hear the sound of the rain, and to sit with friends.

Later in the day, I enjoyed an ice cream cone.  Very different from my usual choice of flavors, I ordered vanilla.  Sometimes it’s just good to keep things simple.

Amidst this simple moment, various not as simple situations seek to grab our attention.  However, the day described above reminds me that amidst complication,  I should never forget the “vanilla” simplicity of the purpose of my life. “Fear God, and keep his commandments.” I am taught by this scripture:

Eccles. 12:11-14

    The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails–given by one Shepherd. [12] Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

    Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

    [13] Now all has been heard;

        here is the conclusion of the matter:

    Fear God and keep his commandments,

        for this is the whole duty of man.

    [14] For God will bring every deed into judgment,

        including every hidden thing,

        whether it is good or evil.

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  1. Gloria Baird

    Have loved being with you–sharing as you are blogging!! So thankful for our friendship & partnership!


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About Jeanie Shaw

After retiring from forty-five years in full-time ministry, Jeanie Shaw went back to school to earn her master’s and doctorate in spiritual formation and discipleship. She also serves as a certified Christian life coach who loves helping people discover the joy, peace, and purpose that come from finding and following God’s plan for their lives. She has taught classes and workshops all over the world and has written numerous books. She has four grown children, eight grandchildren, and a golden retriever who thinks he is human. When she is not reading, writing, coaching, teaching, or enjoying her family she might be found walking along rivers, learning new lessons about life.

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