October 14, 2016

Golden Hour

It's that golden hour of the late afternoon where the warm, glistening, fourteen carat sunlight comes streaming through the windows to dance upon my kitchen table and my dirty hardwood floors.

I love this time of day, especially in the fall, when the sun hits the leaves just right on the trees behind our home and they sparkle and shine like tiny jewels... green, yellow, red and orange.

It's been a full productive day of cooking and cleaning and paying bills and planning out our calendar. Of writing and reading and reflecting and running. Of mothering babes and loving on friends and choosing to be present but not to be perfect.

For now though, it's time to slow down, to be still, to put away the papers and the lists and to clear my kitchen table office. To rest from work.

Beef stew simmers on the stove, and french press warms in my mug, and the house is so wonderfully quiet.

I'm breathing in...

And breathing out...

Savoring the golden hour and welcoming the weekend to the gentle rhythm of grace.

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October 9, 2016

Weekend Words: Loving and Trusting


Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your mind." 
Matthew 22:37

I've been reflecting on this verse a lot here lately, not as much in terms of loving God, but in terms of trusting him. For the most part, I think I have the love part down. Jesus is everything to me. He's written himself on my heart and etched himself deep there in the sweetest and most intimate ways over the years I've walked with him. I love him with every ounce of my being but I know that I still have lots of growing to do, lots of releasing to do, when it comes to trusting him, and I want that growth. I want it with all my heart.

I heard someone question recently that maybe we love God with all our hearts, souls and minds but do we trust him with all our hearts, souls and minds? 

Because aren't the two one in the same? Don't we trust deeply someone whom we love deeply? And those who are worthy of our deepest love, aren't they also worthy of our deepest trust? 

Though we may have been hurt by those we've loved and those wounds have broken our trust, God himself is perfect love, divine love, and his heart for us is beyond anything we could ever experience in this world in the form of human love. He will never leave us or abandon us or forsake us. He loved us first before we ever even knew or loved him, and he loves us now and forever and for all eternity.

"The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: 
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; 
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."
Jeremiah 31:3

I want to return that love, to love him in all the ways that he loves me, but I also want to trust him just the same. To trust him with all my heart and all my soul and all my mind. To let go of the many things I cling to and to rest in his goodness and faithfulness, his guiding, leading and sovereign hand over my life. To cling to the vine of his heart for me and yet at the same time, to let go and free fall in trust, letting him catch me and care for me because he is able. 


He is able to take care of me. 

He is taking care of me. 

He is more than worthy of my trust.

Loving and trusting... 

Those are the words I'm resting in this weekend.

"Every facet of your life belongs to the Lord because you belong to him. 
You are his possession, so relax and rest in him."
Graham Cooke

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