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Finding Time

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you know I've been reading Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts.  In the chapter I'm in now, she talks a lot about how we are always in a hurry.  She says, "In a world addicted to speed, I blur the moments into one unholy smear."  I can identify with that!  How about you?  To summarize the chapter, the way to slow down time is to learn to give thanks in each moment, to have time for God, to worship in the every day ordinariness of life.

Here are some of my slow-down-time worship moments of the week.

Monday:  Sometimes during the dry season the sky is really dusty and hazy.  But other days it is brilliant blue.  When I walk down our drive to our gate I see this tree across the street.  I love its brilliant green leaves against the azure sky.  The colors God creates take my breath away!

"I don't really want more time; I just want enough time.  Time to breathe deep and time to see real and time to laugh, time to give You glory and rest deep and sing joy and just enough time in a day not to feel hounded, pressed, driven, or wild to get it all done--yesterday.... who actually knows how to take time and live with soul and body and God all in sync?"  Ann Voskamp

Tuesday:  It's fresh veggie season!  John grew the cilantro himself in a pot in an herb garden he made for me.  The tomatoes are locally grown.  I'm thankful for home-made tacos and salsa!  And again...the colors...the red and green is so beautiful together.

"When I'm present, I meet I AM, the very presence of a present God.  In His embrace, time loses all sense of speed and stress and space and stands so still and...holy."  Ann Voskamp

Wednesday:  This picture hangs on my office wall.  I don't know who it originally belonged to, but I inherited it when I took on this job.  It's quite the conversation piece...shepherds and their flocks, a common sight in Niger.  I'm thankful for a nice office.

Thursday:  The amount of work John has to do for his doctorate is overwhelming at times, to say the least.  I'm thankful that I've been able to stay home one morning a week to help him.  My current job is cutting up interviews and pasting them on cards for indexing and easy referral as he writes his thesis.

 Friday:  I babysat my grandbaby! :)  OK, well, if you want to call placing a baby in front of a screen and letting Grandma babble at her while mommy took a shower babysitting.  I think both Tera and I had fun and I'm thankful for the few moments I got with her.  I'm also VERY thankful for Skype, something we didn't have when our kids were growing up far away from their grandparents.

Saturday:  As I said, it's fresh fruit and veggie season.  Every Saturday I'm working on putting up some veggies in our freezer for the time of year when nothing is available.  This week it was carrots and tomatoes.  I got the equivalent of nine cans of tomatoes for the price of about two cans of tomatoes.  So I'm thankful to save money and to be able to eat vegetables without any preservatives.

Sunday:  Today we visited a church in a town outside of Niamey.  It's not too far away, but far enough that we get out of the big city.  We get to feel the wind in our hair, the sand in our teeth, the flies in our eyes.... No, seriously, it's just a good feeling to leave the city behind and get out into the wide open spaces (and yes, there was a lot of harmattan today, so there was definitely that feel of sand in our teeth).  I'm thankful too for the little group of believers in this town.

"I redeem time from neglect and apathy and inattentiveness when I swell with thanks and weigh the moment down and it's giving thanks to God for this moment that multiplies the moments, time made enough."  Ann Voskamp
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