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Embrace Day 21 // Five Minute Friday “Park” {Glimpses Link Up}

Today I am sharing Day 21 of my series with the Five Minute Friday prompt “Park”. I am still two days behind but hopefully I will end October 31st with day 31. Thank you for visiting.

There is something that happens when we take a few moments to sit and be still. It hardly ever happens in my home as there is always noise of some kind swirling around me. I would much prefer to remove myself altogether and go for a walk.


I don’t know when the last time was that I stole away by myself to recharge my soul. It’s hard for me to take time out for myself and care for myself in this way. There are so many people and tasks competing for my attention. I would love to say I am filled to the brim everyday and able to give out of the overflow, but that’s not always the case.

I force myself to go outside, to walk down to the park, to sit on the bench that faces the water. And there I feel the tension leave my shoulders. I feel myself relax as I listen to the birds chirping and the watch the ducks interact on the pond. I slip off my sandals and I bury my toes in the grass. I lay my head back and I catch the warmth of the sun against my skin.

And then it happens, while I sit alone on the bench in the park. I feel the walls come down and I know that it’s just me and Him now. I feel Him scoop me up as I begin to cry and release the tension of my life. I cry out to Him to be near, but He’s already here, parked on the bench beside me. I allow Him to comfort me, my heart so in need of His embrace.

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I will go often to that place in the park, to the wooden bench that faces the water. I know that He will meet me there, in a special way, parked beside me on the bench.

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #151-160

151. Shopping date with my daughter.
152. New books in the mail.
153. My patient and loving husband.
154. Hearing reports of God’s healing power.
155. Entering His Gates with Thanksgiving in my heart.
156. Freshly washed sheets.
157. My song writing son who will release an EP soon.
158. Celebrating my nephew and his fiance at their engagement party.
159. The ability to say “no” to dessert.
160. Reminders of His love.

How about you? Do you have a special place where you love to go to meet with God?

embrace_150This post is part of a 31 Day series entitled Embrace, where I will be sharing images, quotes and words that I hope will stir your soul. You can find each post in this series here. Together, let’s embrace every day and the beauty that each one holds.


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I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

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16 thoughts on “Embrace Day 21 // Five Minute Friday “Park” {Glimpses Link Up}”

  1. Lesley says:

    I love those moments when we can switch off from everything else and just be with God. I always find that I connect with him best when I’m walking in the park or by the sea.

    1. Barbie says:

      The outdoors is a beautiful place to connect with the Creator of the Universe. Have a blessed week Lesley.

  2. Nita says:

    I snatched a moment today. Even though it was just 30 minutes at the beach, it was so worth it. Now to find a way to put that back into my day.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Nita. Blessings!

  3. June says:

    Your park sounds like the perfect place to meet with God, Barbie! I have a couple of places that I “go” and yes, I need to do that more often! Have a blessed day!

    1. Barbie says:

      Yes, it is. I don’t get there as often as I’d like to, but I’m going to change that.

  4. ~Karrilee~ says:

    Oh friend… yes! Someone asked me yesterday what I was doing to rest and recharge and my mind was a total blank. (uh-oh!) My response was something like, “I’ll do that in November!” Ah yes… we must be in the last week of the #write31days challenge! I know this feeling well! And yet… I also know the power of rest and sabbath and how in our overworked overscheduled minds, we think we don’t have time – but in reality it just takes a few moments! (Off to sit in my chair and be still for a few before I rush through whatever is next on my bossy list!) xoxo

    1. Barbie says:

      It is hard to care for ourselves and take the time we desperately need. Praying you find moments of quiet and solitude amidst the busyness. Hugs!

  5. Lisa notes says:

    I’m glad you have that safe place in the park to go meet with God. I know he’s with us everywhere, but it is still special when we intentionally get away with him. I often feel the same about my swing down by the lake behind our house. Such a serene atmosphere seems to invite the presence of the Lord in a more tangible way.

    1. Barbie says:

      That sounds like a wonderful place to meet with God. Have a blessed day Lisa.

  6. Tara says:

    I think we all need this reminder.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Tara.

  7. Trudy says:

    I’m so glad you can get away to the park, Barbie, even though it may not be as often as you like. I always feel closer to God when I get into nature. This line is especially encouraging to me – “I cry out to Him to be near, but He’s already here, parked on the bench beside me.” He is always near us, even when we don’t always “feel” Him. Such a comfort in this truth. Thank you. Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Trudy! Have a blessed week.

  8. Joy Lenton says:

    Such a beautiful moment to spend with your Saviour! The park sounds lovely, just perfect for quiet, restful contemplation. I rarely get out the house but I do tend to have times of feeling tearful whenever I wait quietly on God. It’s as if in those moments our souls become overwhelmed by their heaviness and overcome by God’s loving closeness to us. Thanks for sharing, Barbie. May you have more tension relieving times with God very soon. xo

    1. Barbie says:

      I love being out in nature with God. I pray those times will increase. I pray that you will have more beautiful moments where you feel God’s tenderness toward you. Have a beautiful weekend.

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