Talk about a beautiful sunrise. Yesterday morning, I left the house while it was still dark and got to see the sun peek out over a hill and then slowly rise. I loved seeing the warm tones to the east, and the bright blues to the west.
It was good to see wide open spaces. Like so many folks, I love the song, “Wide open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks. My girl and I have belted that song out in the kitchen a time or two for sure…but seeing it —those wide open spaces–can be so good for the soul. It sure was for me yesterday morning.
You see, I’ve been trying to ‘create space’ for the things in life that so matter. Because life has a way of filling up the moment, and I’ve been aware that instead of having a master schedule, that my schedule has often mastered me. So, during this Fall break, it’s been so great to step back and rethink some things, and remind myself of some things as well. I’ve spent a lot more time reading and sitting on the deck–early enough to feel an actual chill. Love that.
I spent time with some folks I hadn’t seen in a while–some family, some friends. Actually all family and friends because they are either friends who have become like family or family that I consider friends. ❤ It was a gift. Pure gift.
Here are some of the take aways.
Laughter is so good for the soul. Period. Laughing at, laughing with, laughing about…it rises up like the sun just emerges from the dark places and then lights everything up. Helps folks see more clearly, and lighten up. Yep. Laughter lightens big time. Lightens loads. Lights up a face, a room, a space.
Being known is a gift. It takes time. It takes connection. It takes giving and receiving and hearing and talking and perceiving and being in there for the long haul. Yep, it’s a gift indeed.
A visit is a visit–it doesn’t have to be for hours–or a big deal– Some of the best conversations can be had when you know you just have a short time so you make the most of the time. Love that.
Being in there makes a difference. In there for the joys. In there for the tough times. In there for problem solving and brainstorming and remembering and looking forward. Thankful for the opportunity to be ‘in there’ with folks whom I love dearly…and for the space to be able to make some more memories and be reminded of so many things at the same time.
I’ve caught myself just thanking God left and right for the little things on so many different occasions this past week—and am so aware that those things are so often there, but go unnoticed. Oftentimes, the days are so full and I’m too tired to see what’s right in front of me. It’s been so good to allow space in my days to notice–and give credit where credit is due, for sure.
God knows what we need. And the cool thing is, we need …Him. Amazing the ways that He can draw us nearer. He could use people or the beauty of a sunset, He could use pain or need. He can use uncertainty. He could use whatever He wants, because like the good, good Father He is, He loves us and knows what is best for us even when we don’t, or even when we don’t and we think we do.
I’m rambling on…but I’m just really thankful about having some time and space to breathe a bit that’s for sure.
Yes, there’s always a lot to be thankful for. Praying for the eyes to continually see it.
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul….” Psalm 23: 1-2