I have a precious cousin who is always saying "marvelous, simply marvelous!" Anyone who knows her loves this about her, because it reveals the level of enjoyment and gratitude she possesses for life - she lives simply and it has produced the "marvelous" in her.
Have you ever wondered if you are missing out on the marvelous of life, because you are too busy, spending the majority of your time driven by your calendar and schedule?
Are you missing out on the simple things of life? When was the last time you spent quality time with your family and/or friends - not watching TV or going to an event or participating in an activity, just spending time sharing what's going on in your hearts and lives intently listening. When was the last time you spend time alone with God? How long has it been since tyou took a leisurely walk just to enjoy the sky, sun, God's beautiful creation, rather than for cardio and/or physical exercise or weight loss?
Yesterday, I spent quality time with my grandaughter, Jayde, who needed to sew something for her design class at school. We made a baby blanket. The plan was simple, just two pieces of flannel fabric sewn together, but the time spent together not only produced a well-crafted blanket, but it was a "marvelous," memory-making time together.
You may say, "I don't have time for simple . . . I don't know how to do simple . . . nothing seems simple to me these days." Things can change and so can we. In our fast-paced society that focuses on accomplishments, winning and achieving, there seems little time or desire for "being" rather than "doing." I believe that if we are not careful, we, and the generations that will follow us, are losing something of ourselves in activity and events, and we are being influenced by the noise and distractions that consume us. "Throughout the day today, pause in busy moments and remind yourself that you need only to be consumed by Him (God)." -Angie Smith
Unfortunately, as the saying goes "desperate people do desperate things." Can you relate? I sure could after the death of our son, Kevin, and it wasn't until I did some serious self-assessment that I was able to slow down, simplify my life and come to a place where "marvelous" is possible, I live a simple, uncomplicated and happy life now - it wasn't easy to change, but by God's grace and guidance I am enjoying simply living simply and it's "marvelous!"
By His Marvelous Grace,
Angie "a mom like you"