Friday I set aside some time to take a walk through the timber.
Spring is just around the corner & soon the snow will be gone.
The brisk air replaced with a cool breeze.
The soggy white ground gone & in it's place, bursts of greens.
I wanted to enjoy the last bit of winter before it left us.
|The faintest hint of green......|
We made it to the 40's......& the sun even made an appearance or two.
The timber is such a beautiful place to just get lost in your thoughts.
|The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1|
Taking walks out here was something I used to enjoy on a regular basis.
I loved those moments when it was just me & the trees....alone, while the birds chirped us a song.
I somehow let those walks slip away.
I started living by the phrase "I just have so much to do today."
And I really did.....have so much to do.
Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. Luke 11:9
There's my business, the kids, the furry friends & the house.
There's the blog & social sites & the e-mails.
There's the errands & cooking & the cleaning.
There's the pieces of ourselves we give to others.
I didn't even notice the walks slipping away at first.
I was too busy just gettin' busy.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:8
Until I was walking out to my shop this last week & turned my face towards
a rare appearance of the sun.
I sat for a moment, eyes closed, just soaking in the tiny slice of warmth
from those radiating beams.
It dawned on me then....my walks....I missed them.
I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with Thanksgiving. ~Psalm 69:30
Somewhere along the way I had stopped living intentionally
& started living just to get stuff done.
Stuff on a list, that I had made.
Stuff I felt was of the utmost importance to have a full & happy life.
It is important...all of it, for the most part.
But somehow over the course of the last couple years...
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God..." Psalm 46:10
I had slowly moved that stuff above other important things.
We all wear many hats as wife, mother, daughter, co-worker, friend, volunteer etc.
Many hats......with many lists under each one of them.
Sometimes we can get swept away
in the need to 'do more, be more & give more of ourselves.'
So much so, that sometimes we forget....ourselves.
I thought about all of this as I walked through the timber
listening to the snow crunch-slush under my feet.
|But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in Gods unfailing love forever and ever. ~Psalm 52:8|
Listening to silence, punctuated by the occasional ruffle of a breeze.
Surrounded by a sea of neutrals, yet I felt inspired.
A to-do list 3 pages long back at home, yet I never thought of it once.
I walked & thought & breathed in deep, the crisp morning air.
I skipped rocks, inspected branches & even climbed a tree.
|I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. ~Psalm 16:8|
I thought about questions I have & looked within myself for the answers.
It was so quiet I could hear my deepest thoughts.
I soaked in the beauty all around me.
|Draw near to God & he will draw near to you. ~James 4:8|
I had a quiet conversation with God.
I gave sincere thanks for all I have.
Because even though our to-do lists can get long,
and even though if we're not careful they can grow vines & slowly take over....
everything on them is still a blessing.
|This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:24|
I'm grateful I have a home to clean.
I'm grateful I have children to raise & furry friends to care for.
I feel blessed to have connections on social media with amazing people I may never have met otherwise.
I'm even grateful for the errands I run because it means
I have money to go to the grocery store & a car to drive me around to places.
I'm blessed I get to wake up every single day & live my life out loud & in color.
I get to create & inspire & dream for a living.
How amazing is that?!
|"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear ... " ~1 John 4:18|
No, it's not that I mind the many hats I wear
or even the many things on my list.
I just had to remind myself to be intentional.
To live my life with meaning & to slow down and be present.
|"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?" ~1 Corinthians 3:16|
But mostly, I remembered the importance of just taking time.
Time for walks in the timber & marveling at the beauty of nature.
Time for quiet moments with God where I can reflect & chat.
Time to breathe in deep, the air around me & turn my face towards the sun.
Because each moment is a moment never to be repeated again.
It is meant to be enjoyed while it is happening.
|But I have come that they may have life and have it in full. ~John 10:10|
I have decided a busy life is a blessed life.
I have also decided a blessed life is one in which
I remember to take the time to just......be.
I love my lists....I always have.
They just begin differently now.
The first line on every one reads:
Enjoy a moment.
And so.....I think I will go do just that.
And after my moment, I have a fun little sweet treat to share with you.
I'll be back in a bit.
What will you be enjoying today my friends?