An Open Heart

I love taking walks away from the noise.  Somehow it makes me feel like it is just me and God strolling quietly.  Sometimes we come to a crossroad in our lives, or something throws us a curve and we allow fear to rule over our hearts. The fact is there will always be change in our lives, and we can choose  to let fear rule or lay the fear at God’s feet and allow Him to bring us through the change.  It is hard to lay our hearts open like that and be vulnerable to God.  But God wants us as we are and our whole hearts.  This week I have had to remind myself that God loves me and I can rely and trust Him with my heart even the stuff that brings me fear of change or getting out of my comfort zone.  It has meant time on my knees, and be transparent with my heart in my prayers to God.  I am a routine type of girl and change is not my cup of tea, but today I realized worrying about the road ahead doesn’t solve anything and brings only anxiety and fear.  Worry hasn’t added anything to my life and so I finally said it is yours Lord.  Give me peace in my heart so my joy is not stolen because I have allowed things of the world to capture me.  We have a God who pursues us and loves us.  He is walking with us daily and we only need be still to hear His whispers.  That is a comfort to me in those moments when I feel I can’t breathe.  Have an open heart and experience what only God can give us.

Blessings,

Tammy

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Not Perfections, Just Perfect Moments

God never ceases to amaze me with the beauty He surrounds me with.  The other night I was in awe of this beautiful sunset.  The colors were breath taking and just made me stop in my footsteps and take in the moment for a bit.  I thought to myself later, how many moments do I miss because I am not paying attention?  Or I want the perfect picture and miss the beauty altogether?  I am sure it far more often than I would like.

We live in a world where perfection is front and center.  Facebook we see perfect pictures, perfect lives, and we want that.  My sweet hubby made a statement that caught my attention.  He said life is not about perfection, but perfect moments.  We can’t live a life of perfection.  But there are those sweet moments that are perfect for us.  I have found myself taking more time to watch for those perfect moments that make me smile or says thanks to God.  It has made me slow down and catch the beauty around me, the laughter of giggling kiddos, the starry sky, and kissing my hubby.  He is right.  There is no perfection and we shouldn’t spend so much time striving for it.  It causes us stress, missed moments, and most of all lack of gratitude for what God has abundantly blessed us with.

I don’t want to be that person, but rather stretched to slow down and live a life of meaningful moments, and one of gratitude.

Blessings,

Tammy

Matters of the Heart

It has been a few weeks since I last had time to sit and write.  That is and of the year teacher life.  So I have needed some time to rest and along with that comes reflection.  Lately I have had a lot of things on my mind and heart.  They have filled my heart with so many emotions that it was hard to see through it all.  I found ,myself wondering why God wasn’t doing more to fix some of these matters.   I felt He was silent and I was wandering aimlessly on the path.  Emotions can rule us if we let them or we can drop them at the feet of God and have faith that He has a purpose for all that is going on in the heart.  I found when I became still, I had time to hear His whispers.  It seems I needed a little heart work as I was letting my emotions control my path.  Life challenges us and God grows in those challenges.  He untanglesmthe emotions and clearsmthe path as He teaches me to have faith and to trust Him.  He is always close to the brokenhearted.  He finds us to Him.  I can’t say I understand why certain matters were left as is, while others were changed, but I have made peace with that.  To move on the path, I have to let go of some things, take a leap of faith, and breathe onward.  There will always be matters of the heart, but God is always dwelling in my heart and growing what I need to stay on the journey with Him.

Blessings,

Tammy