IMG_190131 Days Walking Through Chronic Illness

day eighteen

For everything there is a season,

a time for every activity under heaven…

…A time to tear and a time to mend.

A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

Ecclesiastes 3:1&7 NLT

Slowing the words today, as I have poured heart and soul onto these pages. It is Sunday. The cooperate day of worship. Time to rest. Curl up in my chair. Dog by my feet. Read a good book. Take a nap.

I pray you have been encouraged or touched in some way by the peeling off of the layers of my story.

I pray you are worshiping The Lord as well and taking a Sabbath rest yourself.

A poet, I am not. I ask that you would give me grace in the stringing together with words a few of my favorite things…

In the first hardest days,

I lay in the surviving of it all

Crawling into a place.

The place of learning,

Learning to savor the slowness.

In the slow, I found sustaining

In these, just to name a few

A few of my favorite things.

My Bible, full of post its, underlined and highlighted words,

A good pen, with which to write.

The perfect journal, where pages lay flat.

Books stacked high, waiting to be read.

Titles such as…

Feast for Thieves, The Prayer Box, Atlas Girl,

Sand in my Sandwich, The Hardest Peace,

The Schooling of Claybird Catts, Praying for Strangers,

Life in the Hollow, Still Life With Breadcrumbs,

Simply Tuesday & Just Show Up

Just to name a few.

College football, my man in his favorite chair.

Steaming hot coffee in hand,

As I survey the view from our deck.

Precious grandchildren, family, and best friends

A Soul Sister, off running the 50K, I had planned.

The Hallmark Channel

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Fuzzy Socks & Jammies too.

These are just a few of the things that have sustained, will continue to sustain,

As I walk the path of my story.

“Let slow do what slow does best: nourish, strengthen, & hold.” Emily P. Freeman~Simply Tuesday 

You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;

even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.

Psalms 65:11 NLT

Abundance, blessing, they run deep through this. The slow, a delight to savor.

Gifts of Grace

Tammy Mashburn