Thursday, March 8, 2012

Calming the Heart

Everything has been swirling busy over the past few weeks.  By the way, did you know it was March?!  I can't believe it!

I feel like busyness gypped me from enjoying February! 

This morning as I was editing some photo's, this picture grabbed me.  I love everything about it!  Those brown eyes, that messy mouth, dripping cones, crooked pirate hat, remembering the warmth of that afternoon...just sitting and enjoying the children. 

Choosing to slow. 

Capturing moments in time. 

There are seasons in life that are calm and there are seasons that are busy.  Though all has been well...I we have been in a season of busyness.  Our family has been SO busy with so many activities and adding our newest family member, Shiloh (yes, Shiloh...not Cocoa -I'll catch you up later) adds a whole lot of time spent out at the barn.  Manure scooping is a skill that I am getting quite good at!

I've been praying this week for the busy waters to calm.  Though I love every minute of everything it's easy to feel crazy and fall behind in areas.  It's easy to start going through motions of just getting it done and missing so many blessings along the way.  It's easy to neglect your quiet time with the Lord and isn't it funny that it seems that that is the first area that slips (at least for me). 

Tuesday, as I was baking chocolate chip cookies for Natalie's 4H meeting and drinking a cup of coffee...which by the way is what I think heaven will smell like -chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodle coffee- {yum!}  I just felt the Spirit speaking to my heart that maybe it's not so much the waters calming as far as activities, because with a husband, four children, teaching, and a doll ministry I don't things will be calm for long so maybe its more my heart calming?

Maybe it's simply abiding in Him and trusting that He will work out the day? 

It's then that I can just lean back into Him, relax and enjoy!

I read last week in my devotional reading -and it comes back to mind today, Deuteronomy 1:31

 "You saw what He did in the wilderness, how God, your God, carried you as a father carries his child, carried you the whole way until you arrived here."  

I loved that!  And as Kolton climbs up in my lap and tucks in close to me, I am reminded that God simply desires the same from me.  He wants me to tuck up in close to Him.  To trust Him in each day...crazy busy or not!  How comforting to picture our heavenly Father carrying us through each moment in time!  Oh, how He loves his children! 

As our new routine calms and things start to feel balanced again, I appreciate your prayers and I would feel so blessed to pray for each of you as well! 

If you have a prayer request you would like to share or even an unspoken, would you please leave a comment below?  If you don't want to go into detail simply leave your first name so I can pray for you -God knows every detail! 

Let's all tuck up into His lap today! 

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Danae Hudson said...

There are so many! That Omar be protected while in Syria and that he and Kim know what to do if he gets a refugee visa here. For Kim, performing her show. For Mike and Margaret for pregnancy. For Lucas, that he get out of the hospital. And thank you, Father, for Sam's job, for love and for the mountain of new books to read.

Carrie said...

I would really appreciate you girls praying for me today. Wish I could share but... :( not the baby, so don't worry!

Jill said...

Could you please pray for my unborn baby, that God continue to hold him in his hands and allow him to continue growing whole and healthy and strong. I know the great physician will provide. Thank you! I will pray for you and your family and ministry!