Take Time.... Again

All day my head swirled with random thoughts about what I could write about this time. None of those randomthoughts seemed to come together into a complete thought, so in an effort to find some inspiration, I began looking at some of the previous devotions I had written. In my search for the perfect thought to share, I ran across a devotion from July 19, 2011 titled “Take Time”. I did not realize just how many there were … or how long I’ve been writing them. Where did the time go?

Four years ago the devotion began with this …

Time … We all have the same amount right, 24/7/365?

Time … Can pass by quickly or drag on for what seems like forever?

Time … Can be well utilized or mismanaged; How do you manage your time?

Time … Where does it go and what do we do with it?

We all get busy with the daily activities of life, myself included. I like to think I work hard to play hard, but because it seems like I am always “on the go,” I have forgotten lately to stop and take a minute … a minute to breathe.

WOW Four years later I’m being reminded (by my own words) that I need to take a minute to breathe. Work is crazy … life is crazy … work and life are not always balanced … I need to take time to follow my own catch phrase “Take Time”…

Talk to a Friend
Allow time for oneself
Kind words to those you meet (strangers or friends)
Enjoy a moment

Take a Walk
Imagine and Dream
Manage Time Explore new opportunities

Several weeks ago, Pastor Dave spoke about awe and wonder. As I thought some more about taking time and how awe and wonder fit into my life, I was reminded of a photo I took. It was mid-September and I was dog sitting for some friends. As you dog lovers know, they like to get up early. As I stood on the back patio trying to wake up, I was blessed with the most beautiful sunrise I could be given at such an early hour. I truly had a moment of awe and wonder.
As you ponder what it means to “Take Time”, may you be blessed with moments of awe and wonder … of God’s beauty in the midst of our busy and sometimes unbalanced lives.

Dear God, Thank you for moments of awe and wonder. Thank you for the gift of time. Please help us to use our precious time wisely; to embrace the moment and enjoy the gifts you have given us. May we not take things for granted and just enjoy your beautiful creation and those you have placed in our lives to share it with. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

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