Slowing Down

Ann VoscampIt’s not entirely our fault, really. Instant gratification is what we’ve become accustomed to… Sure, we can blame it on society…maybe we should take a look inward at our own impatience. “We want IT, and we want it NOW!” Why are we in such a hurry? What are we missing as we fly through life?

We order movie tickets online, call ahead seating. If the line at the drive thru is too long they come to the car…so we won’t have to wait too long. Oh, hell! Amazon will deliver within two hours, and throw in a cookie…because Heaven we need a TREAT!! My own kids forgo half the rides at amusement parks….Wait for it…Because the lines are too long. My heart truly bleeds for them.

What have we done?

This racing around, demanding things happen this instant…It’s creeped into my heart and soul. I’m impatient in all areas of my life. Instead of enjoying the day to day, and trusting the journey I’ve been given. I find myself restless about the future. Constantly questioning and Praying about where I should be; where my family should be….what our path should be.

But, here’s the kicker…I haven’t been Praying…I’ve been “demanding”. That’s really no different than when my kids demand something of me. Seriously, Talk to the hand!

Only He knows exactly what I need, and maybe…just maybe I should be Still. And Quiet. And Pray.

There is no reason to rush; I’ve missed so much. I’ve always believed that things happen for a reason, and somewhere along the way I’ve let that fade from my heart. My heart and Hands are open. I will trust the journey…

Breathing in. Breathing out. Being conscience of every moment. Everyday.

Ann Voscamp: Fo all Us Hop-ers

Take What You Need…What will fill your cup?

Faith, hope, needsWow, this is loaded isn’t it.  Take what you need. Think about what will fill your precious cup…today. Everyday is different. We all wake up needing something different from the day before depending on what is on our plate for the upcoming day. Maybe there are even a few needs carried over from the day before…or some sneaky things that crept in while we were sleeping. Sometimes I think those are the worst…how dare they slink in we when are most vulnerable; totally unprepared. They show up like a cold splash of water jolting us out of our soft slumber; raw and unable to process them at first.

I woke up this way not long ago, Sweet Friends, with the sad reality that my Daddy will have been gone from my reach for an entire year. 365 days….seems like an eternity; feels like yesterday.  I knew this day was coming.  I hold that day sacred in my mental calendar; revisiting it often. Too often. But, I had kept it covered under the blanket of everyday that protects me. You know what I’m talking about.  Details have a way of camouflaging pain; keeping you too busy to notice or let it surface.  Drowning out the tears and sadness that bubble to the surface….our details are sometimes what makes it possible to carry on during the pain.

Well, on this such morning I needed love, hope, faith, peace, healing, and strength.  Thank goodness these were there in abundance because Gratefully I was able to Carry On through my day.  Please take  what you need and Carry On…The wonderful thing is they will be replenished, and you can always come back for more.