Being married 43+ years (at the time of this writing) has brought us through many countries, cultures and belief systems in this old world. Now that our time isn't sooooo crammed with schedules and trying to please so many people, there is more of a chance to analyze and think about our experiences together through the years. To work smarter not harder. While standing in this elegant hallway I was thinking about the past travels and how far we had come in life. This picture is a paradox - we were trying to go 'slow' - but were moving across the waves at a fast pace. How can you go slow and fast at the same time?
Well I think it has something to do with the size of the vessel you are in. If you travel in a small vehicle, going 40 miles an hour can feel quite fast. But if you are in a large motor coach, going 40 feels like you are crawling. If you are on the water - traveling in a small boat can be a tossing experience in the waves - but in a cruise ship the waves feel like nothing!
It depends on where you are in life as to how much the wind and the waves can affect you. After a lifetime of marriage and seeing many 'waves and stormy winds' - small squalls are nothing. Our going 'slower' now doesn't mean at all that we are crawling along. Not on your life! Rather it means we have concentrated our efforts, doubled our energies, and made our next season one of experience loaded moves!
Less is more now..... we slowed down so we can move ahead with greater purpose!
What does this picture speak to you? Two benches, falling leaves and you.
To me it says...... the crisp air of Autumn, the gently falling colorful leaves, my fall boots, sweaters and scarves I forgot I owned, it's a nice fall experience of life. Add a pumpkin spice coffee and here would be the makings of a perfectly lovely afternoon.
Sadly...... women in ministry are far too busy to stop and enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, feelings and the warmth of God's changing nature. And beyond the explosion of senses? The inability to set and absorb the Presence of the Lord personally..... alone.... in quiet solitude. It's this, that is lost. We. Are. Too. Busy.
BUT ...... THIS is exactly what you need to do. To regain your balance, your peace of mind and your personal inner sanctuary with God.
If you have to schedule it in - pencil in an appointment for yourself - it can be essential to your wellbeing. You've often heard about 'stopping to smell the roses'? Same concept - but a different season in life. Do you know what season you are in? Are you prepared emotionally for what's coming next?
When leaves are dying and trees are going into a period of rest such as Fall into Winter - so we should watch, learn and also change our mindset about all functions in our lives. Every part of life cycles naturally - do we?
Find a spot outside, get alone, watch God's creation and listen for His whispers in your heart. You will be refreshed in a new way privately as well as become prepared.
Your bench awaits...... God is already setting there on His bench, just waiting on you.
Have a cuppa with me...... Lets talk about Fall and 'turning over a new leaf' in our lives.
When a season changes in ones life, transition can be confusing, scary and make one insecure about the future. Who can make any long range goals when change is in the air? Yet the seasons of nature show us that change is natural and normal in it's various stages of life. Babies grow into toddlers, toddlers into terrible twos, and they turn into children who turn into preteens who become teenagers, then slide into young adults.... and on and on. You get the point. 20's..... 30's..... 40's... 50's and then the awesome 60's happen etc.
What stage are you at? Where are you on the 'age change' scale? What about the ministry changes that occur? I have lived long enough to come through various stages of ministry some happy, and some were heartbreaking. Some made perfect sense and others caused me grief. But it's only later on that the full picture comes into view, and I ALWAYS say..... "Oh! Now I get it! Thank you God for not listening to me. You knew what was best for me!"
Now sip your tea and take a good look at your seasonal change. The autumn of the year has often been my season of change. Has it been yours?
Now I look forward to my next stage of life and ministry. It's all good. I've seen the end result of trusting God with changes I can't control.
Hey..... different is good! It's going to end in a great position of blessing - hang on pumpkin!
Sharing my heart with you... with just little 3 minute videos helps us to bond and stick together! Enjoy! Fyi I post everyday to my Facebook page... Lots of little tidbits of life, experiences and inspirations!
In the ministry one knows that the FACE is important to keep smiling for those who are weak, fearful and in doubt about all sorts of issues in their own lives. Sometimes people can get insecure by 'reading' the Pastor's wife's face wrong! Folks have a tendency to think everything is about them..... and not about your own life. So it's important to 'smile awhile and give your face a rest.... or rather 'smile a while and give their hearts a rest'....
Recently I suffered a Facial accident which for a time will leave me with a slightly red swollen lip! Really God spared me as it could have been REALLY bad! But I smile anyway and watch people's eyes go immediately to my lip! Without knowing the miracle it looks like I've had surgery for a cleft palate!
I was moving boxes (hubby was also moving boxes along with the Gkids) and a very sharp short sword (one of my husbands collections of swords) got moved to a top shelf --- so the Gkids couldnt hurt themselves.
I didn't realize this and reached up to move the stuff on that very shelf. The sword came down and hit me in the mouth. It sliced my upper lip and pierced my lower lip. - almost knocked me out. Long story short.....lots of blood - butterfly bandages - lots of sorrys - and life calmed back down.
Moral of the story is --- don't reach above your head into shelves that you may find surprises tumbling down on you!
Very very thankful to know that this accident could have been so bad and this is all that happened. God is good!
So I'm smiling.... yes the humor of it all is funny now - although at the time I was not. No one knows the story - so they assume... which makes me smile more!
I have learned to recognize that the Fall of the year is a time of seasonal change for me. We have had major changes always happen in the Autumn of the year. Looking forward to what happens this Fall! Both the good and the bad have always worked out for our good.... because of the promise of God's Word. I'm looking forward to the cooling breeze, falling leaves, rich colors and the crisp air of change! It's my favorite time of the year.