It Takes Time

Waiting. Isn’t easy. Or pleasant. At least most of the time.

To watch this…

Beginning of a Sunrise 2

become this…

sunrise

Takes time.

Waiting.

I love watching the sunrise and sunset. But it takes time. And sometimes it feels like an eternity and in this case of the above sunrise, took 38 minutes. And that is a long time to sit and wait (for me anyway). But if I look away, the moment happens in an instant and it’s gone.

Waiting.

Why is it so hard
Why are we in such a hurry

Wishing for…
the next day
the weekend
the next holiday
answered prayer

Think about it, when was the last time you said, “I can’t wait ….”

But what about the moments we miss in the waiting because we are impatient and close ourselves (or our eyes) to living in today.

Birds in the sunrise

Whatever you are waiting for …

Something to start
something to end
the next event
healing
tomorrow

Remember there are moments you may miss today if you are living in the wished for tomorrow.

This is beautiful, but if I had looked away I would have missed the moments captured above.

Past the Sunrise

What are you missing out on, while waiting and looking ahead?

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.

Learning to be still as I wait. On the Journey, Jackie

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There is Always Going to be Something

I recently heard those words as part of a devotional and I’ve been mulling over them ever since. And I realized that I have a lot of discontent. The subtle kind. Just little wishes here and there and if I’m honest with myself there are some “not so little” things that I wish were different.

And when we got the only real snow of the year – very little. I was wishing for our life in Vermont. I loved Vermont. I always say, “I’d go back in a heartbeat” even though I know our life is here now and it is where God wants us. Life was simpler then. Part of it was the times and another part was the culture.

Snow

Then I started thinking about the “somethings” we faced in Vermont. Things may have been simpler, but money and food was scarce much of the time. We couldn’t provide for our children in the way we wanted and they shared their time with 6 daycare children and 5 special needs foster children. Family was 6 hours away and while that wasn’t far, it was too far and expensive for us to make trips back.

Looking back I wished I focused on more of what we had. A big old 1890’s farmhouse with 5 acres of land. The freedom to homeschool and a great place for the kids to play. Beauty surrounding us that can’t be put into words. A slower pace, with no technology or TV to interrupt daily life. Great friends, fun times as a family. A different kind of abundance.

Philippians 4:12
 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

I don’t want to look back at my current days, wishing for them back while not enjoying them now. And yes, life is not “perfect” as I would describe perfect, but I have much to be grateful for. Blessings I never imagined possible.

Learning to live in the today and be content in any situation. On the Journey, Jackie

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Happy Birthday Caiden

caiden-playing-baseball

You get to share Grandpa’s birthday and I know he loves that. 🙂

I prayed for several weeks searching for the right verse for you for this year. The one that came to mind was:

Psalm 29:11 

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Not because you need strength or peace, because your quiet, in the background way,  suggest that you are content. I thought about joy, as generally you are serious. But I didn’t want your seriousness be mistaken for a lack of joy because I have heard your infectious laugh and have seen your charming smile.

I want you to experience the strength and peace in knowing who you are and to be true to yourself.

Love, hugs and Happy Birthday Caiden. Love you, Grandma

 

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Not by Might, Nor by Power . . .

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. . . but by my Spirit says the Lord.

Zechariah 4:6 

 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” type of gal. Doesn’t sound like I’m someone who trusts and waits for the Lord to work. And I must admit I’m guilty of that at times. Not deliberately. But guilty nonetheless.

This week has been a practice of letting go
…Of my “have to’s”
…Want to’s
…Should’s

I was prepared to be down and had a list… of course I had a list.

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Even though I thought I was going to have a week of “rest” I really didn’t plan to rest. I had just adjusted my list to accommodate my circumstances and called it rest.

What I didn’t plan on was sleeping and having no desire to do anything. So my list of to do’s didn’t happen. And the worry I experienced about what I didn’t do, I’ve had to hand over to the Almighty. To the one who says, “Not by might, nor by power…” And let the lack of results (my intended results) rest in His hands.

What about you? Do you find freedom in the words? Can you leave the results or seemingly lack of results in God’s hands?

….. but by my Spirit” says the Lord.

Letting go, on the Journey, Jackie

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Happy Birthday Colson

It’s hard to believe that you are now 11!

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This photo shows your joy and confidence. But I know there will be days ahead where you won’t feel so confident. Growing up is fun but can be hard at times.

When you are tempted to think or say, “I can’t” remember your strength comes from the Lord. Learn to lean on Him.

Philippians 4:13

 I can do all things through him who gives me strength.

Praying this year will be full of “I can’s” instead of “I cant’s” as you learn to seek God for His strength.

Love you Colson, wish you didn’t live so far away. Grandma

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You Have Not…

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… because you ask not.

During a conversation I was having regarding what I wanted, God spoke these words to me. In the midst of that conversation, I couldn’t contemplate the words. Since then I’ve given them much thought.

     James 4:2
    You do not have because you do not ask God.

I have a deep desire
I’ve spoken it many time to others
But not to God
Because I’m waiting
And not so patiently at times
Because I’m afraid
What if it’s not what God wants
Or only what I think I want

I know I can ask, but I want to ask with God’s blessing. The last thing I want is to ask for something that God doesn’t want me to have. But bottom line, I haven’t asked.

How do I frame my asking with His will? He knows my truest desire. There are things I think I want, but do I really?

If I keep reading…

     James 4:3
     When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives…

God, you know…

My heart’s desire
What’s best for me
What tomorrow may bring
Bring my desires in line with yours
Help me to wait on your timing
And your best
And give me courage to ask

So what about you? Is there something you want and you haven’t yet asked God for it? What’s holding you back?

Wanting
Asking
Waiting
On the Journey, Jackie

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Do Not Worry

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Matthew 6:25-26

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 

Easy right? Not so much. I suspect if it were easy, it wouldn’t have been included in the Sermon on the Mount.

Can I learn to live the moment in front of me and not think about the next …

hour
day
week
month
year

I can’t even let the next moment happen without

planning
and planning again
worrying
and worrying more
thinking
and rethinking

But as I examine the photo above, the birds are not looking around worried about danger, they’re not fighting to forage for food. It doesn’t appear as though they are feeding and also poised for flight eager for the next moment.

I know if I were to move toward them to get a closer look, they would quickly fly away. But not until that moment.

They are living in the now. With freedom. Freedom that God wants me to experience.

Enjoy the moment. It slips by.   Just   Like   That.

On the Journey, Jackie

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