Friday, January 29

the continued quiet



It's hard to believe January is coming to a swift end as we land on the last Friday of the month.  Seems like a perfect time to join in on a bit of quick writing today.  The task is to write for five minutes on one word, no editing, post it, link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, and be sure to visit the link before yours to leave a word of encouragement behind. Today's word is QUIET.  Ready? Set?  WRITE!

::quiet::

The thing about this five minute writing is that God typically immediately puts something on my mind to write about....and when He doesn't, I usually don't participate because I don't want to overthink a word.

But today's word had an immediate response.

For quite awhile I have been quietly waiting on God in a few areas of my life.  It's been the whole 'be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him' thing (Psalm 37:7a) as I continued with day to day living by doing the next thing before me.  It was a place of quietly wondering what He was up to behind the scenes.

Then January came along and I've been witnessing God obviously moving along here and there.  What is fascinating to me is that there is no urge to suddenly move out of this quiet place of being still.  It reminds me of what Henry Blackaby says about watching to see where God is working and join Him.  And that is exactly where I'm at as I quietly watch and wonder.  Wonder how, wonder where, wonder when. 

The only thing that I'm not wondering is why since I've grown to understand that there are a whole lot of whys I will never know the answer to while I'm on this earth.  

Instead, I'm looking forward to the adventure God has for me and the opportunity to live it out loud!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 

P.S.  Our hostess for this writing task, Kate, has been through some hard health struggles recently.  Be praying for her recovery and a return back to her feet to fully do all the things she loves doing!

Friday, January 15

it's time


Many Fridays have passed and this one is almost gone, but I love the word for today.  It is time to write for five minutes, unedited, posted, linked up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, then taking a little time to visit the link before mine.  The word for today is TIME!  Ready?  Set?  GO!

::time::

It seems like so many years pass by and you still think you have so much time stretched out before you to do all the things you want to do.

Then one day you are shopping for LED light bulbs in the hardware store and while you are reading the information on the packaging and consider how much money these special light bulbs will save you in your electrical bill, you also suddenly realize that these light bulbs are probably going to outlive you.  

Time has suddenly shortened!

Your life passes before your eyes as you realize that "retirement" isn't that far away thing anymore.  The ticking of the clock takes on new meaning as priorities are considered and sorted through with the word S.I.M.P.L.I.F.Y. marching to the beat of the tick tock.

The new year may be a couple of weeks old already, but in a moment of time I've resolved that the home I've lived in for almost 37 years needs a major decluttering.  I'm done dealing with STUFF everywhere as my family continues to shrink.  It is time to sort through, give away, throw out, and reduce the stuff that robs me of valuable moments.  Keeping my home simplified will give me more time to spend with those I care about most.  And that, my friend, will always be time well spent!

Stop!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


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