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(Not so….)  Wordless Wednesday


quiet hope

So this one?  She’s at that place where there are lots of “life-changing” decisions.  There are lots of pressures to make the right choices.  There are lots of responsibilities and voices and people saying this and that, this and that and expressing their views.  And that’s all well and good for a time. I mean, it’s true.  But there are some things that we need to remember amidst all the voices and the noise of a world that often screams of what we are supposed to or not supposed to be, do, and think.

Yes…in a world of lots of opinions, and thoughts, and ideas and truths and options and activities and noise to fill our worlds from morning till night, well…it’s always good to have a little solitude.  To enjoy the view.  To see things from your own lens, your own perspective, your own place and space.  It’s always good to breathe a little fresh air and know that in the end, you’re the one sitting in your space.  You’re the one walking in your own shoes.  You’re the one who gets to or has to live with the choices and all that comes with them.  In the end, we find our way by taking time to stop, think, pray, see, and just take it all in.

Cause, bottom-line, there’s a lot of beauty.  There’s a lot of beauty around us.  There’s a lot of beauty within us.  There’s a lot of beauty in how the world around us and the world within us can connect.  And it’s good to find a little time and space away from the noise to be intentional about making that connection occur.  A little solitude is a good, good thing.

I love the verse that says, “In quietness and trust is your strength.” It’s Isaiah 30:15.I’ve quoted that verse to myself so many times.  I’ve written it on reminders on my mirror. I’ve underlined and starred it in my Bible.   But there’s more to the verse.  It says, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says, ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength. But you would have none of it.'”   Yikes.  I so don’t like that last part.  That doesn’t pertain to me, does it?  Of course not.  Or maybe, yes, it does.  Interesting how the strength, the quietness, the trust comes after the repentance and the rest.  There’s a turning from and a turning to.  There’s a turning from the way that’s counter to the way that God would have us live, and there’s a turning to the Sovereign God who  is worthy of our trust.  One leads to the other.

And this Sovereign God?  He knows my girl right there.  He knows her better than I do. And He knows her gifts even better than I do.  And He loves her and knows what’s before her and behind.  And He loves her right where she sits. He sees where she will be and what she will do.  My prayer is that she always takes the time to “Be still and know that He is God” and that she’ll know that no matter what the decisions ahead, there’s grace that fills in the gaps, and the love of God that can fill, direct, redeem and renew and restore. Oh, and all of the pressure regarding “life changing” decisions?  Yes, I know they are important, but all is well for those who cling to the God who doesn’t change.  There’s strength in trusting the God who truly Has us in His hand and can use all things for the good for those who love Him and seek Him. Yes, in quietness and trust is our strength. Thankful for that Truth today.

Blessings ~





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Photo taken in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

May 22, 2015

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Litle Bird 3

So, the other day, my daughter and I came home to find this little bird sitting on a chair on our front porch. As we walked up to the bird it didn’t seem phased at all by our presence. At first, I assumed that this poor thing was just traumatized because there was a strong storm that had just passed through and I guessed it had been thrown from its nest.  As I looked at the little guy, it just looked right back at me as if it was the most normal thing in the world. It definitely seemed calm even though it appeared his little world had definitely been rocked a bit.

Little Bird

Looking at this little bird eye to eye was a sweet moment, for me that is. It was not such a sweet moment for the mother bird! I soon realized the frantic mama was flitting and tweeting in the yard about 15 feet from the front porch where this calm little bird sat. I decided I’d go inside to let the mother do her thing to help rally this little bird to fly.  When I came out about 15 minutes later, this little bird and the mother were nowhere to be seen or heard.  Mission accomplished it seemed.

Little Bird 2


The little bird made me smile as I witnessed it being ‘calm in the  midst of the storm’.  I’m certain it was very aware of the mother bird flitting and flying and tweeting away.  I’m also certain it was aware of the storm that went through. And it wasn’t even phased by a human being looking it straight in the eye and taking a few photos.  But what’s sweet about it all is that this little bird had found shelter, and was content to stay there until it was time to fly.  The little guy needed a respite, time, a shelter. It knew it’s little limits and wasn’t phased by what was going on around it.

So, the analogy?  I’m thinking that those times in my life when people are saying this and that, and circumstances are like a storm around me, I need to be like the little bird and know my limits. Sometimes we all need to take shelter in a world that definitely doesn’t encourage solitude.  “Shelter” can be a quiet room, a room full of people we know and love, a car with the windows down. It can be a  talk on the phone, or to sit in the sun or a walk in the park. It can be time well spent in the Word or a time of prayer. It can be singing a good song, getting lost in a good book, or taking a nap.  But wherever it is, before we can find the gumption to try to fly, sometimes, we need to take a little recovery time, a little time to shelter ourselves from what’s been and what’s to come.

Birds were made to fly. But before the flying and the trying, sometimes there may just need to be a sitting and waiting in the quiet and the calm.  Just a few thoughts inspired by a little bird…


dunes at kure

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…”

Psalm 37:7 ESV


She is usually talking, laughing, or directing her brothers.
But for now, she is still, quiet, at peace…taking it all in.
The wind, waves,and beauty of the ocean can have that effect on even this lively and dramatic girl.

Beautiful how the ocean makes you want to take it all in…winds and waves activate the senses, and calm the world within at the same time. Love that.

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