With The Lord Begin Your Task!

The task at hand is a new year 2013.   The challenge from Ann Voskamp is to name your year….I do believe this is my Year of Pause.   Most of my life, Mom said I needed a mute button…or a volume button….but  what I really needed….

a pause button…

I pause the television when a questionable topic comes across the TV.  I pause the online radio when I want to listen with more focus after a distraction has passed.  I pause a game …I pause a lecture in this day of internet classes….I pause to avoid soaking in the negative and I pause to highlight the Good….

my aha moment…The God of all Creation provided me with the same technology…a button of sorts…and when the world pushes my by button I am reprogramming my reaction to be a response…..

The Pause!

2013 The year of Pause…

Who: This Woman Child of God

What: pause talking…pause moving…pause thinking…pause breathing…pause reacting….pause pain…pause joy….pause

When: In The Moment…when I am ready to rush to the next thing without fully experiencing the moment…when experiencing the moment has clouded my view of God’s Grace surrounding me.

Where: my lungs…my heart…my mind…..my tongue….my touch…my eyes….my ears…my taste…my smell…

Why: taking a deep breath in the moment is not enough….capturing my run away emotions and placing them back on the rails of Thanksgiving….

realizing that the adventure before me is filtered by the hands of God who is refining me and those around me….He is capable of cleaning up my messes….but a wrinkled heart is hard to smooth….so maybe I should realize being in a hurry…forcing my agenda….causes damage….damage that is hard to repair…the mark of an amateur….hurry and impatience does not diminish the gift given…

hurry diminishes the joy received…..

The Pause focuses on the truth….He wants me to enjoy Him…that what ever I allow to steal my Joy has stolen my strength…Am I weak? Praise the Lord.  Am I joyful?  Pause with thanksgiving….enjoy Him….find strength…Oh, how often I hurry the next thing….

Two sisters..three cousins….one sandy beach… multitudinous giggles….the clock ticked off a handful of minutes and I was ready to move on to the next activity…

I did not even have another activity planned….

the joy was shared and I was afraid to rest in it… and almost left the joy surging in the tide….

Tender Sisterly Love, “OK, we can go…..but why are we going?”

Why? I did not know.  What was I running from?  What was I running to? I picked up my camera and focused on the girls….Joy…

My first intentional pause?  It was award…I did not want to stay…but I had no reason to go…I Paused without much thanksgiving…but it was a start….professionals were always amateurs…and with my hurried life I am marked as an amateur…..I studied the three professionals sitting before me…

even a set of toddlers knew to pause…

And though I use The Pause most often in moments of anxiety…loss of control…plans unraveled…boundaries pushed… perseverance wavering…the reality is I rush even my joyful moments…

Hear is to 2013!  My year of Pause.

Happy New Year!

You are Loved,

Amber

P.S. I would be tickled more than you know to hear what you will name your year…or when you realized you had a pause button….

P.S.S. If you are visiting for the first time take a look here to read more about why I write this blog.

P.S.S.  I am trying to learn this new habit of Pause..continue in my habit of Joyful thanksgiving for God’s Grace

i have linked up to a community of Habit wearers but I could not find the proper button to use…I guess the pause button is not the only button I struggle to use :)

 

 

A Holy Experience

Comments

  1. Amber…I love you photos…I like how you are choosing the word “pause”…I think it’s a great word for your year ahead…and you jumped started it in Dec…and I pray it brings you peace and joy thru this coming year. I think as I about wrap up my planning thoughts for the year (to change as need I am sure)…the word(s) I will be using (since I couldn’t choose one to encompass my year)….is “Clarity”, “Grace” and “Shine”….Clarity in life choices, to find less clutter…etc. Grace in relationships and decisions. Shine …the light of the Lord….and joy & blessings in clarity and grace that comes. Maybe it’s too much to focus on …hence why I need clarity…ha! But those words grabbed me…and I hope they help me focus with the Lord as my guide. :-)

  2. This is gorgeous. I needed to read this today. Your writing is beautiful and your thoughts in this are so well articulated. Well done, my friend.

    • Thank you Courtney! I needed to reread this post…my first time visiting my own blog in months as I have Paused to put priorities in order….and what a surprise a comment :) and from you!

      p.s. your blog is beautiful..wish you could design my home.

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