God has me on a journey - and as I travel it, this blog reflects the thoughts and musings (and the odd butterfly) from the heart of a middle-age woman, who is learning how to love with all my being, live fully and with no regrets, embrace life with my husband,kids and grandkids, and to let God lead in the dance of life that He has me learning!
Saturday, November 10
Snow Day Thoughts
It seems that today, at least in Manitoba, is supposed to be a snow day! Apparently a big snow storm, what is known as a "colorado low" is supposed to dump record breaking snow on us. Right now, it is just lightly falling. However, we believe that what they say - will be true, since it is more than a "chance". So, we will just stick close to home (unless of course Ashley calls to say it is "baby delivery time" which (let me tell you) will be music to this Granny's ears! With Alvin home, I have NO DOUBT that I would get to the hospital IN TIME as the work truck is a 4x4. (I am so excited as my daughter and son-in-law have asked me to join them in the room for L&D).
But, with no phone call yet - we wait. And we will work through some of the stuff in the house. We are still moving in, so to speak. We are still unpacking boxes, still furnishing, still finishing trims, etc. A snow day is a perfect day to just stay warm, and work, and stop for coffee along the way. A restful day, a day of solitude in some ways. Just Alvin and I working together at different projects.
It is quiet in here right now. And I am thankful. Sometimes (actually alot of times) I just love the "quiet" of this place. The outside scene of serenity, just adds to this inner feel. It is like God is laying his hand on my shoulder, ever so gently, and saying "shhhh.... enjoy .... be still. As you work, see my fingerprints all over your day. Feel my presence beside you. Shhhhh.... enjoy!"
So, I am going to. My cup of coffee beside me. The fireplace switched on and glowing. A chair beside it to sit in, and my bible and journal. A quiet start to our snow day!
Enjoy!! And maybe later you can make some snow angels!
I got this e-devotional from INSIGHT FOR LIVING and it just seemed timely for today. So, I am sharing it.
I am also posting this same post on our ministry blog, as it seems to fit both my personal blog and the ministry one (www.womenrefreshed.com)
November 10, 2012
The Benefits of Solitude
by Charles R. Swindoll
Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
The Scriptures are replete with references to the value of waiting before the Lord and spending time with Him. When we do, the debris we have gathered during the hurried, busy hours of our day gets filtered out, not unlike the silt that settles where a river widens.
With the debris out of the way, we are able to see things more clearly and feel God's nudgings more sensitively.
David frequently underscored the benefits of solitude. I am certain he first became acquainted with this discipline as he kept his father's sheep. Later, during those tumultuous years when King Saul was borderline insane and pursuing him out of jealousy, David found his time with God not only a needed refuge but his means of survival.
God still longs to speak to waiting hearts . . . hearts that are quiet before Him.