Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Moment by Moment


"Moment by moment I'm kept in His love;
 Moment by moment I've life from above;
 Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;
 Moment by moment, O Lord, I am thine."

Daniel W Whittle

There have been a great many moments since I closed the door on this little blog. Almost from the first one, there was a pang of regret - a pull of words longing to be written. I surrendered the longing to waiting and praying.

The moments that made up the month of December were filled with peace - a respite from the pressure of my own making. There was a quietness of spirit laid low before the greatness of who He is. Surrender is not a word to be despised. It is freedom and blessing and a knowing that all will be just as it should be.

Enfolded in the advent season were moments that put life into perspective. Unplanned and out of my control. Part of surrendering is bravely living each moment as it comes to us - teaching us to live open-handed and open-hearted. And when we do, we find Him there in every single one of them.

It is well to plan the days - to look as far ahead as we are able. It is wise to prepare and resolve to do things better. I walked today, under cold, cloudy skies and mentally listed the things I knew needed to change. I marked the items to the sound of my feet hitting the pavement. So many things - so many failures and faults. And I felt the whisper of "moment by moment."

"Moment by moment," His grace is sufficient - for that one thing and then for the next. He is a kind and gentle Father. He is not in a hurry. I slip my hand in His - the one that spans the heavens - and long to walk with Him. Moment by moment.

So, feeling just a tad foolish, I quietly slip back in. This time without an eye toward numbers or a longing to please. This time just to give what I have, this love of words and ever deepening love for Him,  and leave it in His hands.

Blessings,
Linda


28 comments:

  1. Amen to that, Linda. I have learned so much over the past 365 days of 2013. Surrender is a hard thing to do, but oh.so.rewarding. Last year I started with the word of forgiveness and it has taught me so much. Especially about the people in my life. The lovable and not-so-lovable. But then again, I am not lovable at all times either. But seeing everything from His perspective, changes everything.
    I am glad you are back writing here and I am looking forward to what you have to share in 2014.

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    1. Thank you Iris. Forgiveness is a powerful word. It truly blesses both the giver and the receiver. You always have such encouraging, beautiful words.

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  2. Thinking of you, Linda, and wishing you a Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year dear Charlotte. Hope all is well. It's so good to hear from you.

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  3. you surrendered...what this was, a way a way doing things, and some of the reasons. you are given a new moment as each old moment falls away.
    in the surrendering, you have been given the best way.

    You come back, not in ant way foolishly, but with a light heart and gladness that comes with knowing that what you will be given will be from His hands and will be something new to you each day.

    Refreshed, and not stuck in our selves, as our own things are, comes what God has for us and to share.

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    1. Nance - thank you for your wise words. It's always a joy to hear from you.

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  4. I am glad you are back, Linda. I love reading your thought provoking and tender words here. Just write. Write from your heart. And don't be concerned about anything else other than sharing your love of words and of Him.
    Praying for a blessed and happy year ahead for you and yours!
    Love,
    Sandy

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    1. You are so kind Sandy. I am always blessed by your wisdom and sweet spirit. Praying your year is filled with His richest blessings.

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  5. So happy to read your beautiful words here, Linda. I have missed you. God is good to bring you back to us. Much love, Patricia

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    1. I've missed you too dear Patricia. I'm so glad you're making such good progress with your knees. Praying for a year of healing and joy and many blessings. xoxo

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  6. I agree with the others--there's no foolishness in creating space--and enough moments--to see more clearly what you want and are called to do. You're back with greater clarity and heart. This is good, and we look forward to your words!

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  7. and we shall quietly welcome you back… with a little Yeehaaww! on the side, of course.

    so many wise words up there. have you read Nancy Leigh DeMoss's book on Surrender? oh wow.

    love you.

    blessings.

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  8. and we shall quietly welcome you back… with a little Yeehaaww! on the side, of course.

    so many wise words up there. have you read Nancy Leigh DeMoss's book on Surrender? oh wow.

    love you.

    blessings.

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    1. I haven't read it, but it sounds good. It's great to be back friend. Love you too.

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  9. So good to find you here again. Your words are treasured. All blessing for the New Year.

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  10. Thank you so much for always being so sweet Susie. Praying the New year will be filled with blessings. I've had you on my heart.

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  11. There is no foolishness in following after His heart for us...we all are trying to live with His whispers guiding us... It's always good to see you around...blessings Linda

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  12. Yaay, Linda - you're back!!!! Very pleased -Happy New Year xxx

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  13. Wisdom, not foolishness, dear friend. Click over and read my post from yesterday....our hearts have found a similar beat. Surrender, the beautiful obedience.

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  14. A good word Linda. Well timed for things in my own life. :).

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  15. I'm glad for what you offer here. Glad to open my arms to your words again, my friend.

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    1. Thank you sweet lady. Your words always fill my heart. I'm so thankful for you.

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  16. Smiling big over here, Linda. So glad you'll be taking it 'moment by moment' here.

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  17. I had to take a double-take when I saw Comment Luv's "recently posted." Smiling big here, too! And so glad you were able to have some white space--that nudged you back to this space moment by moment.

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  18. Sometimes the getting away is what gives us perspective to be exactly where we need to be. Glad it brought you back here.

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  19. yes! I too, am thankful you are slipping back in. I too, have decided to blog more. Different perspective.... more of a journal. Not really concerned about the numbers or saying the right thing.....

    so happy you are back. Hugs

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