Saturday, May 26, 2012
Changes Inside and Out
Obviously I have made some major changes to the look and layout of this blog. The outer changes really come from some changes that I have noticed within.
Since returning from retreat this year, I have felt God sort of nudging me to simplify things. The sense of quiet I took part in on retreat I have been trying to maintain where possible in my daily life. Now I haven't become a hermit or anything that extreme~just trying to remove the clutter from daily life.
I have felt the need to simplify this blog as well. I like the simplicity of this template; it puts the focus on the writing, which I always pray gives glory to God and not me. The sidebars are hidden off to the right. If you hover on the black tabs you see to the right, my blogrolls and Catholic links show up, along with a few other gadgets.
The final change will begin June 1. I will be closing comments. This is not because I have received anything negative from anyone, or because I don't feel like reading comments. Once again, it goes back to the simplicity and taking the focus off me. I have always wanted those visiting to feel like they can come and go without feeling like they should comment. Come, read, and take whatever God gives you from what you have read. That being said, if you would like to comment, I have set up a separate e-mail account that you can use. You will find it in the "Contact Me" link under the header. Those of you who have my personal e-mail may still use that if you'd rather.
I know these changes seem somewhat radical~they truly are. I have felt the Holy Spirit doing a little spring cleaning in my soul and I am not resisting (for once in my stubborn life).
I thank my long time readers for their patience with these changes. For those who are new to the blog~ Welcome, and well, you don't know anything has changed :)
As we approach Pentecost, I thought this was a good time to let the Holy Spirit breathe new life, not only within me, but in this blog as well.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.