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Five Minute Friday: Present — 41 Comments

  1. These words resonate with me: “Some days I wish I could just stop time, freeze today, so that I could have a good look at my surroundings.” So often I forget to stop and smell the roses, smell the fresh-fallen rain on sun-parched earth or listen, really listen to what people around me are saying. Thank you for the reminder that just pausing, smelling, breathing and listening will help me to ‘freeze today.”

    • Oh friend, I miss you too. I am drowning, in so many ways, but I am coming up for air. I cannot seem to get on your blog. But I can visit you on Facebook. Hugs!

  2. Love that Jim Eliot quote. One of my former pastor’s wife used to say bloom where you’re planted and Tsh says the grass is greener where it’s watered. I think these three sentiments need to become more influential in how I view my present. Thanks for the great reminder. (BTW – the look of your space just makes me feel happy and relaxed. Beautiful!)

    • “The grass is greener where it’s watered.” Love that! And thank you for the compliments about my space. This is really an “out of the box” design which I hardly made any changes too. It was simply yet elegant and I didn’t have to think too hard about a header, only to change my mind again. I truly appreciate your visits!

  3. I loved the quote you shared Barbie. I feel that struggle to live for the moment and to see all the blessings He is giving us. I hold tightly to the past and long for the future as though the future will bring something better. I too don’t want to miss the beauty He has for me today. Beautiful words, as always.
    Much love,
    Beth

  4. I’m feeling a bit refreshed just reading your post Barbie! I love that Jim Elliot quote, especially considering how very short his life ended up being. But how much of an impact did he make? He made a huge impact for the Kingdom.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  5. Lovely, Barbie! Just lovely… and I completely know these feelings so well. “I don’t want to miss the beauty you have for me today.” Love you!!!

    • Lately, I feel as if I am drowning in the past and the future. Trying to stay balanced and focused is hard work!

  6. Dear Barbie
    The present, dear friend, is all we will ever have. I think the secret lies in discovering eternity in Jesus even while we are still here and then abide just there. There I have found that even time is just something He created in the first place!
    Luv XX
    Mia

  7. “True joy in life is found in moments — hurried, rushed, mundane, busy moments of real life.” Barbie, this is so very true. Lovely words you have penned her my friend.

  8. Oh my stars, this topic is so convicting to me!!!!!!!!! I love when you said, “And in the longing and the reaching, I forget to live in the here and now, fully present and alive in the moment.” This is really where I live…. I need so much work in this being present stuff. It’s something God’s drawing to my attention of late, and it’s really His grace to give a topic like this, because it’s a big blessing to me to hear so many sisters in the Lord talk about having the same struggle. I appreciate your words this morning! Have a blessed day!

    • Thanks for visiting Shannon! I know the feeling when a word prompt comes and having to lean on His grace to write it! I hope you have a blessed weekend.

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