Rest happens when I live in THIS moment and refuse to worry about the ‘not yet’ ones. The best preparation for whatever is ahead is to experience Him here in this moment; by giving Him the little ounce of trust and faith that I have right now. When I let go and follow His moves in THIS moment, on THIS current dance floor, it opens up the way for the best possible future dance.
I’ve been a sucker this week for letting “future dance” worries steal the current dance moves and twirls. It has been a bit chaotic in my head and heart. I forgot gratitude and everything else I thought I had. I fumbled and fell. But I am rising again! I find Him in the chaos and muddled thoughts. He comes faithfully and I allow myself to feel His presence as He wraps His arms around me when I come to my senses and just call and acknowledge His nearness; acknowledge that He is never far, He is always here, even when I don’t feel it.
Abandonment is only a feeling—never a reality for His kids. Tonight, I’m glad to be His kid. I’m glad He’s right here and won’t leave me alone. Ever. I’m glad it’s only this moment He’s asking me to do. There’s abundance for today. And it will be there for tomorrow as well.
This is definitely a morphing season I am in. My kiddos delight and thrill every time their little wormies crawl up the side of the butterfly house, shed their skin and hide away in their chrysalis. Their excitement mounts. They check it every day to see if they can see any change. They cheer when the chrysalis turns black and is about to hatch. And oh my goodness! You should hear their delight every time their little wormy friend emerges all wet and crumpled. Unrecognizable as a caterpillar and still not recognizable as a beautiful winged creature either because he has to wait for his wings to unfold and dry. I don’t know which delights me more—watching their delight, or the awe of seeing the miracle of the butterfly so completely changed and perfect before my eyes.
Maybe it is a morphing season for you as well. Be patient. Wait it out. Stay in the moment. And trust the process. You got this! Because He’s got you.
by Vera Smoker
Hi there! I am Vera, blessed wife of one and mom to three wonderful little people who make my world go round. I am an unashamed lover of Jesus, passionate about authentic relationships rooted within the identity that comes first from my relationship with Him. I’m a lover of good books, fat journals, sunsets and sunrises, long quiet country walks, and time with my family around campfires or on our front porch. Growth and mentorship are high on the list of values for me and I always thrill when I get to celebrate the wonderful journey of growth and discovery with others. The Hubs and I both love hosting so come relax with us sometime and we will chat the time away and connect over a good cup of coffee or chai!
Look at Me Flash Cards
Look at Me Flash Cards include eight sets of eight flash cards with each set focusing on an area of the body. With a set for each body, ears, eyes, feet, hands, heart, mind, and mouth words of life are being spoken over each area not only for their physical wellbeing, but their spiritual health and strengthening forever.
Kintsugi has always intrigued me. When a small dish from the treasury of my Grandma’s china that had been passed down to me broke the other week, I almost tossed it right into the trash can. But mid toss I stopped and said out loud, ‘No. Verna! She knows how to do kintsugi! I want to do that with this dish.’ At that point I immediately picked up the phone and put in my request for a little help and know-how for the project which turned into a fun morning and lunch together.
In the past, and sometimes still, I can find it difficult to slow down the intake and focus on being established instead of frantically going for more. I’m learning that it’s okay to give myself permission to listen to the same message or read the same chapter over and over again; to learn and re-learn a new habit; to move in peace and let the message or lesson sink deeply into my spirit.
I haven’t always done well with living in touch with the desires inside of me. I haven’t always seen or treated them as gifts. But God is teaching me the beauty of them. The more I learn to lean into and trust the Holy Spirit, the more He’s teaching me the joy and the graceful art of embracing those desires while simultaneously releasing them and going quietly on with what is ‘today’.