Thankful Thursdays

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 🌹

Thankful Thursdays

I am learning to be content and to live fully, no matter what. I am currently reading Ann Voskamp’s book, ‘One Thousand Gifts’. She has found the often illusive secret to living a life to the full for the believer. When I am battling some crazy life circumstances I get shifty and really want out. I just want to sit down and wait it out and then I will … whatever -live the life, dream the dream, work the plan. But, it always seems just beyond my reach. Then I reach down deep and declare that I need a big old dose of Jesus come quickly and it lasts sometimes for a few hours and others mere seconds. I cannot remember at the moment how I stumbled upon her book but I am glad I did. I am intrigued when others share their journey experiences and help other navigate this often rutted road we travel. 

It is amazing to me when I have read a scripture passage and memorized it and still fail to fully see grasp all that is there in plain sight. One of my favorite books of the Bible is Philippians. Right there in the fourth chapter and beginning at verse 11. I sail through the familiar words… I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances (12) … I have learned the secret of being content in any and ever situation… (13) I can do all things through him who gives me strength. Now you probably rushed through it as well but Ann implored me to turn around and look. I mean really look. She called to my attention to the fact that this contented life is a learned behavior. And I love the way Paul peppers this scripture with words like any, every and whatever. Those words just turns over all the rocks in the garden leaving no hiding place. So now that I have to learn this behavior of being content, and brother Paul is inspired and adds verse 13 because he apparently knew me! Yep, only through Christ will I be able to have this behavior/heart changed. Voskamp presses onward to dealing with joy, thanksgiving and grace and this is all masterfully packaged up to page 39. I needed prayer and a three hour nap when I got to this, “thanksgiving is inherent to a true salvation experience; thanksgiving is necessary to live the well, whole, fullest life”. After my nap, I move a little further and realize that she really, I mean literally became thankful in all things and she begins to number them. Now at first I thought, aw cute. But now I’m sensing her transformation as she writes her thankful note to 243, 244 and 245 on page 55. I flipped further back in the book to see if she actually made it to 1,000 and I AM NOT TELLING! I will not spoil it for you but I will share my gifts every Thursday right here on this blog. Each Thursday will be Thankful Thursdays. I am not merely looking to make a list but to indulge in His perfect grace and goodness. -the one who gave and continues to give all.