Marvelous GIFTS of TIME and LIFE!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Marvelous GIFTS of TIME and LIFE!
Slow pace and plenty of time while on vacation.
Time to think about TIME; to reflect on that which is gone and ponder what is ahead.
Amazingly 86,400 seconds completes a day and 365 of these conclude a year.
2011 has quickly passed; many more days now gone by.

Sharing my heart as I think on these days gone by...
Time is a gift.  I wonder about the gift of time, think on days gone by and struggle a bit too.
Wonder if I have wisely used my gift of time.

I wonder if…
I have cherished my time, am deserving of the gift, am truly thankful and make wise use of this gift?
Knowing there is a plan for my life…I wonder if I please the gift giver with how I use my time?
“ I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me.”  Psalm 57:2
I ponder life…
Full of busy.  Say yes, when I should say no.  Say no, when I should say yes.  Fall behind.
All stacks up.  Hearts yearn for my attention but the busy prevails.
Too busy for purposeful living and so little time for that which is important?
Purposeful living, what is this?  A giver of love, kind, a blessing to others… am I?
Fast pace.  Dull eyes; closed.  Dull heart; closed too?  Little left to give…all spent?
Does all I hold dear and near to my heart receive second best…get what’s left?
Too much time given for all the busy and not enough time
for the precious…the eternal…that which matters most...
Family, friends, neighbors, souls; those precious with to touch and love!
Years pass.  Another year older. 

I ponder life...You too?

Time begs consideration…

Busy prevails and stop dead in tracks.  Piles of life needing attention...absence of balance… so little of me left.
Me?  Who am I?  Where am I going?  What is my purpose?  What truly matters?
How do I make sense of it all; make time for it all?
Sometimes I ask.  You too?

Heart beats, lungs full of air, eyes see, heart full of love and receives it back.
Challenges; what to do with
heartache, brokenness, love that’s taken away, sickness, wayward child, death…
all that bruises and tries to leave us broken, battered, empty, longing to have worth again.
How to make sense of it all...
Sometimes I ask.  You too?

Hopefully wiser as these days go by, as I continue turning to the ONE who created all,
has an answer for all and is kind above all!
So beauty can come from ashes…He promises so!
“to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair...”  Isaiah 61:3

Time...Life...Amazing gifts for us to cherish, surely not to squander.
Our days, the number of them we do not know, but each new day is a new beginning!
Wherever we are, whatever our lot,
to give thanks in all things...for all the giver of all things.
My heart overfloweth!!! live on purpose...for His purpose in 2012.
“The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your loving kindness, O LORD,
is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”  Psalm 138:8
Mindful of His goodness.
So very thankful for all my blessings!
Thankful for every breath; for this body...heart, mind and soul!
Thankful for the choice to be happy and give thanks for all good.
Thankful I can pray for the courage to let go of the rest and enjoy the blessings that follow.
Thankful for every sight of eye;
such a beautiful world, butterflies,mountains, beaches, each beautiful person; their worth,
appreciation for all...for God’s amazing handiwork!
Thankful for hands and feet; able to touch, feel, go…to do for others.
Thankful for lips; the taste of sweet things, receive nourishment, know the kiss of my beloved.
Thankful for ears to hear; the song of birds, sweet hymns of praise sung unto the Lord,
the stories of family and friends held close for memories sake,
the living word preached received by ear to the innermost of my heart!

Mindful that each scent, scene, experience, heartache has been allowed.
My eye to behold and heart to endure … God allowed them all.
Purposefully enjoying each blessing while
seeking his guidance for lessons to be learned in each hurt and trying time.
Some of these to be understood and some not...accepting that it is not a right to understand.
So thankful for the abundant right, when bruised, to turn to God, my Father in Heaven,
for His loving kindness, goodness and mercy, comfort and provision...they last forever!
Thankful for the promise of Heaven!
God is good all the time!

“For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.”  Psalm 27:5

Time…Life... I marvel, enjoy, give thanks…offer Praise!
Fully aware that another second has passed, is gone and it will never be again.
My hope and prayer is that in each one, in every second, it may be said she lived life to the fullest, with purpose, faithfully, loved with whole of heart, gave, sought, beheld, gave thanks,
praised her God from whom all blessings flow!

So thankful;
heart beats strong, lungs full of air, eyes to see, heart full of love, gives love and receives it right back!
I am blessed beyond measure;
much love, peace and an overflowing joy for the blessings of time and life!

May 2012 be a year of fulfilling the purpose for which you and I were created and living it to the fullest!
Many blessings to you sweet friend!

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  1. Beautiful post! Your insightful words provoked me to examine my use of time! And I think I desperately needed to do that!

    The photos of flowers are lovely as well!

  2. What a dear wonderful heartfelt post!! May your year be just as joyous and blessed as well!

  3. Beautiful post Cindy. May God bless you and your family in 2012.

    Take care,

  4. Such a gorgeous post, Cindy!
    Just lovely and perfect to start the new year, rethinking and renewing our faith and our purpose.
    Just beautiful words.


  5. Wonderful post Cindy. At the end of many days, I ponder where time has gone. It seems to slip by so quickly these days. Good to stop and think about the real reasons we were put on this earth.

    Nice to have you back my friend. Glad you had a wonderful time away!

  6. Your post is so lovely and thought provoking. A reminder of what we do and how to utilize the time we have and consider how we have used it in the past. Thank you.

  7. Cindy, beautifully written, wonderful thoughts to ponder. Excellent perspective....I need to read this again. Linda

  8. Hi Cindy! Happy New year to you. What a very heartfelt post, it is true and time to reflect.

  9. A truly beautiful post! I'm going to leave it up on my computer today to read again. I need to think about what you've written and see what changes I need to make this year. Sweet hugs! ♥

  10. Lovely post, Cindy. Great for reflection. Happy New Year!..Christine

  11. Hello Cindy! My heart was lifted reading your post! Answering yes to your questions! I feel like a child sometimes wanting to spin with my arms open wide praising God and thanking Him for each day! Cherishing life and each moment gives Him praise! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post with Home and Garden Thursday!
    God Bless,

  12. Happy New Year!

    Hugs from PerĂº

  13. What a lovely post my friend. Filled with promise and praise. Loved every word. xo

  14. Cindy, what a beautiful post! And so eloquently written! I was just reflecting, New Year's Day, on how wonderfully blessed we are; yet, we don't really take the time to slow down and acknowledge it all. Thanks for writing this. It is just the reminder that I need!

  15. Dear Cindy, what a sweet and inspiring post! Loved every bit and the pictures too, were brilliant!


  16. Dear Cindy,
    Thank you for your wishes of blessings and your friendship this year. You are such a grateful one, and I love that in a person. I actually did a post in December about the five senses and being thankful for them. There are not many things that I'm sure of in this world, but the one I am sure of is GOD'S LOVE. I hope the January days are being kind to you.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  17. Beautiful post. May only good things be ahead for you in 2012.

  18. Oh dear one, your words and pics are EXACTLY what I needed. Thanks fr sharing


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