when you need to just write

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Hello friends! Oh how I’ve missed you!  By now I am sure some have moved on after such a long absence (it has been a month!),  but THANK YOU to those of you who still come and to those who have let me know that you have missed me too. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to come here and share, but I can’t find the words lately or the time. So I am going to just jump in and write regardless.

So far in 2012 we have…
celebrated my Dad’s life with family and friends and tended to the things you must after you bury a loved one so dear,

welcomed our precious granddaughter, Evelyn, into the family and spent most of February helping her Mama adjust to life with a newborn and toddler,

celebrated Veronica’s BIG birthday, plus a couple others and a couple anniversaires in the family,

spent a couple days in St Augustine,

said goodbye to a longtime client and friend,

started using Instagram (oh boy!),

just to list a few… whew!

In February, just weeks after we lost Dad, Mom’s sister’s husband passed away. Mom traveled up to Maryland for the funeral to be with her sisters.

March has been spent tending to things neglected over the previous few months. Things like weeds, clutter, bills, orders, photos to be downloaded, edited, organized, taxes, emails, friendships, housekeeping… well you get the idea.  Seems I have to tell myself to breathe most days. To stop and be still and realize that all the stuff I busy myself with will still be there tomorrow and “getting caught up” is an illusion, a tail I chase. Afterall how we spend our days is how we spend our lives and I do not want to spend my one wild and precious life chasing the illusion of getting caught up. I want to live in the moment, don’t you!?

Have I told you how much I am enjoying the Jesus Calling devotional this year? Here is yesterday’s reading, “Stop Trying To Work Things Out”.

Stop trying to work things out before their times have come. Accept the limitations of living one day at a time. When something comes to your attention, ask Me whether or not it is part of today’s agenda. If it isn’t, release it into My care and go on about today’s duties. When you follow this practice, there will be a beautiful simplicity about your life: a time for everything, and everything in its time. 

A life lived close to Me is not complicated or cluttered. When your focus is on My Presence, many things that once troubled you lose their power over you. Though the world around you is messy and confusing, remember that I have overcome the world. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have Peace. 

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.—Ecclesiastes 3:1 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

 Jesus Calling – http://bit.ly/eF5kSq

Wasn’t that great! Now to just live it… stop chasing my tail… one day at a time.

Planning to be very back soon (I promise) with some great photos of the grand trio.

Encourage each other!

10 responses »

  1. That was just lovely, Ruth! I love how you phrased it, “Spend my life trying to catch up.” Thank you for the very important reminder that I never will and to stay in the moment. I will always be grateful to you for so many things and especially for introducing me to Ann Voskamp. Love you dearly.
    Marita

  2. So so good to “See” you here again– so much living in your 2012 already– wishing you many deep breaths, blue skies, and moments to just BE with the One Who loves you. . .

  3. Hi Ruthi, What a great job you did on these thoughts. Have you ever thought of writing a book, or a book of short selections, with pictures. You would do a GREAT job. I really like following you, so please keep me on your list.
    Yes, that devotional thought was great. We tend to clutter out days with busy thoughts, instead of really focusing on God. We get caught up on the trivial.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep writing. I hope your Mother is doing well.

    • Thank you so much Annabelle ~ write a book?… only if He leads the way. Thank you for your vote of confidence 🙂 Mom is doing well. Be blessed!

  4. Thank you Ruthi for sharing. I understand about life being messy. Thank you for reminding me to keep my eyes focused on Him. Love you guys. nancy

    • Messy for sure! Do you have the book Jesus Calling? I am loving it. short daily reminders to keep our focus on Him. love and miss you!

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