Thankful Thursdays

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It is Monday night. I missed getting my Thursday post done. Why? Life happened and time ran out … or did it? I can spend a lot of time chasing time. Trying to maximize time. Always running to keep things moving and accomplished in time. But, I always run out of time. When I am sewing, I have plenty of time to think. Over the past few sewing days I have been thinking about time management. Something I think I am pretty good at but want sharpen. This time instead of thinking of all things I wanted to get done and setting a time management frame for those things, I decided I would think about time itself. Where does it originate and who dictates my time? I initially thought only of my job because well, we are there basically from sunrise to sunset (that’s a thought for another post). Then something popped in my head, “he called the light day and the darkness night and the evening and the morning were the first day” Genesis 1:5. My fifth grade Sunday School class is studying the book of Genesis. As I totally sew this row on backwards, I realize just how far I have let my idea of time and time management go astray. If God is the creator or time and life shouldn’t he have a primary role in my thoughts and action regarding my time? 

Moving outside to do some yard work, it is hot and humid. Too sticky to work. I move inside to the screen porch with a glass of iced tea and my book. Moving into chapter four, it is entitled ‘a sanctuary of time’. How befitting. All is going well until I read this … Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts 🎁 

How long have I neglected to think deeply of my time. In God there is no end, time has no end but time moves and is not choosy about the lives it affects. God’s grace is sufficient and his time is perfect. My time is just enough. The way to maximizing time is to live fully in the moment and to give thanks for what that moment gives

11. Humid, hot days because they remind me to take it slow and enjoy some down time with him. Is that a small respite I detect? How about spending a little with Him and let him how grateful you are for your moment in time?

12. Birds at the feeder, because even they know not to stress the heat of the day, or where the next meal will come from. They sing anyhow, inspite of the circumstances. Inspite of it all, I am grateful. 

The transforming journey continues. But I will leave you with one more quote from Voskamp herself, “It is not the gifts that fulfill but the holiness of the space. The God in it”. 

Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them.

In time, peace & love, ❤️Gwendolyn 🌹

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