Taking a blogging break…

Bon Voyage!

We’re sailing into uncharted territory.
This will be the first time cruising with our two sons, daughter-in-love, granddaughter, four-year-old grandson, and our son’s friend. We’re super excited!! ¬†

When you see me again, I’ll be all golden and rested and….
Right! Probably lobster red and desperately in need of rest from our trip. Isn’t that the way it is with holidays and vacations?

I’ll be taking a short blogging break, but look for pictures when we return. Plenty of pictures. ūüôā

When Distractions Clamor…

Recently, hubby and I purchased a new car. Before that, I drove a Ford Explorer, which I loved, but now that it’s mostly me and the dog tooling around, it seemed pointless to drive such a big car. And gas? Sheesh, nothing like watching $70 drain out of a tank, right?

Our new baby ~a Hyundai Santa Fe
So when the Explorer got to be of age, I determined to find a car with better gas mileage, but it had to be sporty and big enough to accommodate Bruiser, our full-figured Golden Retriever.

What do you think? Isn’t she adorable?

I could ramble all day about the features. Heated seats, shiftronic capability (the ability to switch between automatic and stick~don’t get me going on that!), great gas mileage, and …

An electronic digital display estimates my average miles per gallon. What?? Do you know that you can boost your gas mileage by taking your foot off the accelerator, just for a minute, or shifting into a higher gear?¬†Well, I am all over that! That’s why I got the car, right?¬†
So, instead of focusing on the road, I honed in on that blue line, getting all giddy as it edged closer to 50 mpg. I mean, really. How cool is that? 

But then a honk would get my attention. Or moseying off the side of the road…

We do that with God sometimes, don’t we?¬†Allow distractions to take our gaze off Him?¬†

Forgot the birthday gift for the party this weekend. Basketball practice tonight, and the kid can’t go without new sneakers. (OK, well that’s not on my list anymore, but it may be on yours!) If the laundry doesn’t get washed soon, you’ll be out of ____(you fill in the blank!). If the lawn grows any higher, you’ll be killing snakes. A forgotten blog post won’t write itself.

Sometimes God gives us a gentle nudge to draw us back to Him. Other times, we may need something a little stronger. But, get our attention, He will. One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 26:3 (NIV):

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, 
because they trust in you.”¬†

Perfect peace sounds great to me. What about you? But my focus, my mind, needs to be honed on Him, not on the constant clamors for my attention.

So what to do…what to do…when all I can hear is the constant hammering of voices and chores calling my name?

“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart¬†
and shattered the rocks before the Lord, 
but the Lord was not in the wind. 
After the wind there was an earthquake, 
but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 
After the earthquake came a fire, 
but the Lord was not in the fire. 
And after the fire came 
a gentle whisper.”
1 King 19:11b-12 (NIV)

That’s where God is. That’s where I’ll find rest, that perfect peace…in the quiet times spent cuddling on His lap, leaning closer to Him, listening for His sweet, gentle whisper.

Oh, Lord, when the world’s loud and all I can think about is how much I haven’t done, help me keep my focus on You. Help me to always seek You, to meet with You, to be open to Your priorities for my life. Don’t allow distractions to take my gaze off of You.¬†
Bless my words, Oh Lord, both spoken and written. All the glory belongs to You. Amen.

Suffering from the hurricane force winds of life?

Exhausted from the demands and responsibilities of your job?
Emotionally drained from the kids duking it out every night and arguments with your spouse?
Agonizing over where to get the money to pay the mortgage this month?

Thinking about running away from it all? 
Ready to give up?

Come to Me,

all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matt 11:28-30 NIV)

You don’t have to go far to find rest.