Awakening a Keen Observer

Friday, November 19, 2010

What was I thinking?

I listen to a radio program called This American Life. They tell great stories of individuals in all kinds of situations. Like the police officer who while on a break thought he would stretch out in the back of the police car to nap. The door closed he
fell asleep only to wake 15 minutes later with the knowledge he'd just locked himself in the police car. There are no door handles in the back of the police cars. There is a soundproof glass between the back seat and the front. He got out finally by calling 911 and asked for help saying he was ok. However it went out on the radio cop in trouble and everyone around responded. There was no hiding his mistake.

So are there things in your life that you did and later thought, "What was I thinking?"
Surely there are things that in hindsight and experience would say to us that there is THE time where we made a huge mistake. There are people I've know who live what I call Soap Opera lives. This means that they come up to a decision that is very important and make the wrong one every every time.

So then, how do we make decisions that are based on more than a flip of a coin? I think we do by stopping in the process and listening to what God is leading us to do. And the more we do this the more loudly this 'voice' comes to us and leads us.
When John and I are faced by a big decision we will sometimes pray about it, come to a decision and then go to sleep asking for a dream to let us know if we've made the right decision. There are times when it is very clear that we need to reconsider based on dreams.

A lot of times after I made a decision I think...What was I thinking that I didn't take time to pray about this before I said yes or no.

And we don't keep praying until we get the answer we want.

god abide
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


wake by wind in trees
fall leaves are trying to fall
sleep now winter comes

God abides
bobbie giltz mcgarey

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Change

Grace and Peace
Today was a day when the weather really moved to a change. It is cooler and the ABQ mountains change by the minute as the clouds float over and the sun dodges in and out of the clouds. The clouds seem to be coming in from the west like waves on the beach. The trees still have some leaves and there are some that are bright orange.

It is coming/here. That change in the weather. And whether or not we are looking for that it's here.

"Change is the very most natural thing and life is mostly attitude and timing." sings Jerry Jeff Walker. How can we move with that?
Change is always going on and we either embrace it or we attempt to stop it or hide it or hide from it. But that doesn't change--change.

So we move with it and we joy in it and we adapt. But adapting is not a passive
act. Adapting is our way of bringing into the change those things that are essential-important.

Adapting is not compromise. Adapting is our embracing Now and saying Welcome.
Let's dance.

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Chair

grace and peace be yours...

I have been watching two folks moving into the apts where I'm living. They had several people helping them or I would have volunteered to help. Moving has an interesting effect on my psyche. I suppose it is natural to feel unsettled in the midst of it. I feel better with my things in my apt. I had some good friends helping me and that made the difference. Now that I have my "chair' I'm feeling really comfortable.

See this chair has been part of my life--my whole life. We had this chair when I was born and I remember many things about this chair. When I was about 3 I sat behind it and cut my bangs. How would they know? Oh they were all chopped up and the hair was on the floor. I got in trouble not because I'd cut my bangs...that was done...I got in trouble for saying I hadn't done it.

I remember my Daddy in this chair with me on his lap and him reading to me. It is time again to have it reupholstered. I'll save up to have that done.

Right now it enfolds me. My little dog Annie likes it too. That's good when moving. All our things are on a truck right now...somewhere between Duncan and Raton.

Find a place where you can feel that kind of security.

God abides
Bobbie G. McGarey

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My New Place

Hello all, I have moved to Albuquerque, NM. I had stayed in a hotel the first 9 days and have now moved into my apt.
Sunday at my new Call at New Life PCUSA, we had a fine worship service and then in the evening a yummy dinner and talent show. A good time was had by all. Such talent! Wow I'm amazed. I pray for good things ahead.

The weather has been amazing these first 10 days of November. Beautiful NM blue skies and mild afternoon temperatures. Today it was 'crisper' but perfect for moving boxes. There is a thought that there will be rain/snow on Thursday night. Hopefully I'll have my pickup truck unpacked by then. I have a good parking spot right now and hope that it will be possible to stay there until I've gotten the truck empty.

I have a great view of the mountains from the front yard at my apt. I also have photos to put up of Oklahoma when my printer gets to me.

John is in Duncan but will head back to NM on Friday. He's been with the movers.

So think happy thoughts.

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Friday, November 05, 2010

Ah Starbucks

I found the internet connection here and am enjoying a chai latte. mmmm

So now to work as long as the power on the battery lasts on the computer.
And a good laugh as one guy was making fun of a certain cultural group to the
lovely woman behind the counter. He finished a little rant and she know what's funny? I am part of the group you just mentioned.

I looked up and the woman sitting not far from me was laughing too. We laughed together. Oh my.

I guess a quickie lesson in watching what one says...

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

ABQ New Mexico

Monday, November 01, 2010

Deep thankful Sigh

Dear Friends,
I write you from my new home. Albuquerque NM. I drove in at night so I saw the valley lights. They spread out all along the river.
My new call is to a church called New Life. Aptly named I believe.


So a new adventure begins. I said goodbye to our house, I love that house and the yard and I find a new place where my heart says it is home.

I will get back to longer musings here. I keep quick update on facebook. bobbiemcgarey you can find me there.

God abide with you.

bobbie giltz McGarey