I was recently going through old blog posts that were in “Drafts.” I sometimes get an idea but never finish it.
This morning, my heart was heavy so I turned on some worship music and started my day.
Clean the shower
Order new lights for pool house
Put crap away (does the crap multiply where you live?)
Fold the towels for the pool house (yea this must be added to the list. There are a lot of towels)
Figure out what’s for dinner
Mundane stuff, right?
Stop for a second and remember something I read this week.
This was from an excerpt in a book I read years ago and it recently came to my attention again:
“ I tell them all the same thing each time: sit in the chair and answer the questions, but do it with your hands palms up the whole time. I tell them to literally have the backs of their hands on their knees and their palms toward the bottom of the table. I’m very serious about this. In fact, I threaten to kick them in the shins if I look down and they don’t have their palms up. When their palms are up, they have an easier time being calm, honest, and accurate. And this is important, because it’s harder for them to get defensive. When people get angry or defensive they tend to make mistakes. But nobody can be defensive with their palms up. Go ahead and try it. Right now, wherever you are. Set your hands on your knees and turn your palms toward the sky. You can try the opposite too. Clinch your fists. Most people could get angry at a grapefruit when their fists are clinched. Something about the hardwiring that God gave each of us links the position of our bodies and position of our hearts. I’m not sure why we’re wired this way, but I rarely have a client get frustrated or confused or get tempted to exaggerate or tell a lie when his palms are up. I learned this technique from Jesus actually. I used to walk around with my fists clinched, defensive, afraid people were going to take advantage of me. There are also many evils in the world that caused me to clinch my fists. I wanted to be angry and swing at the horrible things people do to one another, especially the things done to kids. But it was Jesus who taught me there was nothing I could really lose if I had Him. He taught me to be palms up, just like He was. Palms up means you have nothing to hide and nothing to gain or lose. Palms up means you are strong enough to be vulnerable, even with your enemies. Even when you have been tremendously wronged. Jesus was palms up, to the end. When people ask me what it looks like to follow Jesus, I usually say that following Him looks like dealing with all of the issues everyone else does—disappointments, tremendous joy, uncertainty, the whole bit—and having your mind change all the time as you learn how Jesus would’ve dealt with things. Following Jesus is about having your paradigms shift as you navigate a wide range of emotions while living the big life Jesus invites us into. Because I know Jesus, where I once thought of things in one way, now I think of them in another way. It happens all the time, every day. Jesus seemed to say that a lot Himself. He would say, “You once thought this, but now I tell you that it’s different.” And through the many paradigm shifts I’ve had following Jesus, the one that seems to universally apply is that we should be palms up.”
Stop your brain from swirling
Stop thinking about your TO DO list as mundane and boring as it is.
Stop just for a second
Place your hands on your knees palms up.
I’m praying for my friend who sees her cancer Dr today.
Pray for her Mom, the caregiver and the person who keeps it all together currently.
Praying for my family:
My traveling husband and for his safety.
Praying for my kids and their kids. Life is BIG right now.
Praying for my friends
Praying for decisions currently in the pipeline of life.
I pray for a coworkers grandson who will be having surgery this afternoon.
So often I wonder if praying is enough when it seems like tangible would be so much bigger and better. But Palms up allows us the vulnerability to hear what God is telling us.
He will lead us to what’s next.
He will give us strength we need to continue
Palms up is kind of scary but I’m all in.