Today is a day of reflection and quiet. I am sure many of us can remember where we were, what we were doing, and how utterly shocked we were upon what happened to our country. I read somewhere today that most of us are not sad because of the victims death, but because of the loss of innocence. I disagree. I didn’t know any of them, but my heart was so sad and shaken as I thought about their families and how their lives would be changed forever. I thought maybe I don’t know them personally, but I felt like I did and I prayed. I prayed because I would want prayer if it would me in their place. The thing is we don’t have to know them to take it personally. All you have to do is take one look at their faces and see they were just people like you and me with jobs, family, friends, and just doing their daily thing. Somehow in my heart, putting a face to a name makes it personal. So today while I didn’t know a one of them, their faces are etched in my heart and I lift a prayer up in honor of their bravery, courage, and love they had for their families. I pray for their families as they remember not just today, but everyday their loved ones not being there. What is so wrong with personal? Nothing in my book. I believe God asks us to get up and personal with all that cross our paths whether we know them or not. Their families may never know I prayed for them, but God will because He is a personal God. Imagine if He was not personal with us!!! That would be heart breaking to me!!! So say a prayer, take a moment of silence, and unite with those who need us to stand with them today. It matters!!!! I am ever thankful for the men and women today who fight for my freedom and who willingly give all as do their families. They sacrifice a lot so being a little personal is really not a small sacrifice for us. Besides God asks us to take care of those who need us.
In quiet love today,
There is something to be said for quiet. I hadn’t really thought much about it until lately when I seem to find myself over busy and right smack in the middle of chaotic noise. This past week was my first full week of school with my kiddos. I am passionate about what I do, but it is also at times very tiring, especially in the first week of school. We are buy adjusting to schedules, routines, and wishing we were still enjoying a bit more of summer. By Friday, I was a bit overwhelmed. I realized I needed to take a step back and see what was it that was making me feel so out of sorts. Making me feel that I was on a fast roller coaster that wouldn’t stop. Life is busy, but should not become so busy that we forget to stop and be quiet. To breathe and be.
My soul is one that needs quiet and time to renew daily. I realized this past week I had done very little of that. I was trying to figure out how to balance full time work again and keeping home intact as well. Who had time for stopping and slowing down? By Friday, I saw the result of not taking that much needed time. I was reminded that stopping and slowing down is not something that has to be a long time every day, but it is needed. I realized as I gave more thought to it, that it is sacred to my soul and well being. God reminded me I had missed my daily appointments with Him. I had not allowed Him to fill me up with Him and give me what I needed for each day. I used to think that resting was silly, but as I have gotten older and a bit wiser, I realize how far from the truth that is. When I take the time, I am happy, I can breathe, and I accomplish the things that need to be done and some things fall to the next day or the next. The fact is my to do list will never be done.
God reminded me that quiet is sacred. It allows me to clean out the noise, be still, and take in small moments and whispers of Him that I would have missed without stopping and slowing down. He didn’t mean for me to work every moment of the day and my soul reminded me that it can’t be free if I don’t take in some sacred quiet. So my dear friends, I hope you will take a few moments each day to breathe and take in the moments of your day. You will feel joy and peace and your health will be better for it too. May we all remember that some things that are sacred are worth sacrificing for.
Well I have managed to not write in a bit. I have been kneed deep in getting my classroom ready for a new school year. I begin this week with a new set of butterflies. This is the time of year when my focus is on one thing and that is getting myself geared up to fuel my passion for teaching. I do have a few more stories from my time on vacation to share later. But for now I am just coming up for a breath of fresh air. Life is meant to fill us with fresh air and passion. I am grateful for a summer that brought me times to reflect and refresh. While it seemed to fly by, I have no regrets. I lived in the moments. Life is about living in the moments God has given us. I don’t want regrets. I am at a point in my life where I am reminded that life’s moments can have passion and purpose. Of course I am not sure why it took so long for me to figure that out. So my friends live in the moments with passion and breaths of fresh air. Enjoy it! It is worth it. I hope to not be gone so long now that I am ready for school and back into a routine. Have some tea, take a breath, and just be.