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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Anywhere From Temporary To Terminal


I am still trying to figure out this bloggy world…
The responsibility and “etiquette” of this place…
Do I always try to put in print the words I feel?
Or do I just quietly slip off this space when it’s personal?

Do I “owe” you all?...
You, my treasured friends.

A few words of where I am…

It’s been pretty quiet here these past couple of weeks…
Recent days have been filled with lots of joy and time with family…
I love being a “Martha"..serving those around me…
But now I am feeling a shift…
He is whispering to the Mary in me…

The Lord has given me a labor of love…
It is the honor of walking through some deep waters…
Some of these waters are mine…
And some are with others who feel like they are drowning …
And when we come to these places…
Sometimes, like now, there are more questions than answers…
And that is ok…I get it…God is at work.

But when God is at work,
Everything can shift…

I’m sensing it’s time to tuck in and find a quiet place to listen…
Listen for the wisdom only He can give…
To sit at His feet and let Him fill in the blanks.
And while I am sitting and listening…
I will be listening for direction in blogging…

God has given more clarity about why He led me here and here.
(I have another post in which I wrote about this revelation…
I submitted it to “(in)courage”…I might post it here soon)
Because I am not a natural writer, unlike so many in the blog world…
I don’t have a burning desire to share my heart with words.
And, unlike so many, I am pretty sure I won’t and don’t want to write a book.
I am not one who naturally feels His presence when I write
(even though I do when I journal).

So now I am pondering if my blog time has served His purpose in my life…
Not that I would not still visit and read blogs from time to time…
Continuing to be blessed by so many hearts …
Souls that are lifting high the cause of Christ…
Encouraging other hearts to a deeper union with Him…
I am continually uplifted and have been forever changed by these relationships.

Words seem to miss the mark to I express what this community has given me…
Each one of you who has visited …
Each one who has left such kind and encouraging comments…
Each one of you has been part of the healing that took place here
This may sound like a final good-bye…
But it is not…
Maybe just a pause…
And I wonder if this is merely how I am to spend this Advent season?
Anywhere from temporary to terminal…we shall see!

Thank-you to each one for how you have blessed my life.
May God richly bless you and your family during this Christmas season.


Whether I pause for a season or carry on here, counting all the ways He loves me …
With both pictures and words will always be a part of my journey now.



The wonder of fire.

Marygrace is so thankful for her sister-in-love’s shared enthusiasm for decorating.

Sunday afternoon...all the ladies together :)

We gave Amy(right) a little surprise party for her 30th...
I am not sure who feels older...
Amy, turning 30...or me, having a child who is 30
My creative daughter....Christmas photo shoot...

Night sky the evening after the full moon...glorious. 

~4534~4557

~Ellie and parents here for thanksgiving
~beautiful weather
~sitting around the fire
~conversations
~Ellie…pure joy
~snuggles
~Christmas photo shoot
~everyone home on Sunday
~pulling off the surprise for Amy’s birthday
~seeing God’s faithfulness
~God…the joy giver
~hope
~basketball…an opportunity for son to grow as a man
~lunch with Marygrace…sweet conversation
~encouraging a new home school mom
~God’s unfailing wisdom
~God’s beautiful creation
~time alone with hubby
~long conversation…how he listens to my heart
~great nephews giving their heart to Jesus
~seeing God’s presence in the middle of chaos 
~quiet Sunday
~peace in the unknown

   Join me here.... @Ann's,  Playdates, and Soli Deo GloriaGraceful,



59 comments:

  1. So beautiful, Ro...and I hear your heart in this. I may not click on over to leave a comment here, but I never miss one of your posts in a reader (which means I won't miss it when you return to blogging) and I always delight in your beautiful words and family. If I don't have a chance to say so again before Christmas, may the LORD bless you abundantly in this season of Advent - drawing you even closer to Him - may He surround you with those you love dearest and may you shine light a star where ever He takes you. Much love, Patricia

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    1. Patricia...thanks so much for your kind words...blessings to you and may you too feel His love and be surrounded by those you love this Christmas season~

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  2. i DO understand taking a step back, but i will miss you. i just clicked over to facebook to friend you because i want to at least still see pictures!!!! love to you....

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    1. Kendal...thanks...got the friend request...we can keep in touch through FB until...if or when I return...I am sure I will be by your place...always a blessing~

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  3. I do understand Ro, but I would miss you so much if you decide to
    stop blogging. I believe you are a gifted writer. I love reading your words. I'm struggling with it all too. Just today I decided to put aside the book. I am not a good enough writer. And I'm a bit weary of all the social media stuff. I'm thinking it may be time to lay it all aside and go back to my books and knitting needles. I'll be praying for you as you work through all of this.
    Love to you Ro.

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    1. Linda...all the social media stuff...do you think it is age related...I too don’t seem to keep up...or want to keep up with the pace of it all...and you...your words always encourage and bless...I don’t know about books and such...but what you share on your blog...your words are rich indeed. I want to learn how knit sometime...too bad we don’t live closer...thanks for taking the time to stop by...blessings to you friend~

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  4. I pray that you find Him in the quiet and that He fills you with what you need most. I know what you mean about needing a break to pause and think. I hope you'll come back but if He calls you to something else, know that He has used you to encourage my heart in so many ways. And that grand baby of yours is so precious!

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    1. Christina...thanks for your words...and you and so many others encourage my heart towards Christ...and yes, she is so precious...blessings to you ~

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  5. Praying for you Ro and glad you are taking time to sit at His feet. I am just getting back to my blog after doing a similar thing. I pray you gain clarity and direction, no matter where it leads-and I know that in taking the time to listen He will lead you exactly where YOU need to be. Blessings!

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    1. Debra...thanks for your encouraging words...He is so faithful to give us the guidance we need~ blessings to you~

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  6. I've noticed your absence and wondered what you've been up to, Ro. But I can see that your life is so full in every possible way. I'll be praying for you as you take this "Mary, at Jesus' Feet" time. And hope that you are blessed as much as you've blessed all of us here in the blogging community.

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    1. Beth...thanks for you kind words...I have peace...and trusting He will lead me where He desires me to be...to grow...to give...blessings and thanks for blessing me~

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  7. Well, you will be missed but to everything there is a season and maybe your season of quietness needs more attention. So I pray blessings on it, on you, on your beautiful family. You have encouraged me so often; may the Lord encourage you as you sit at his feet.

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    1. Lisa...thanks and I love reading your honest heart as well...I know God will lead me well...blessings and thanks so much~

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  8. I am freshly amazed at how connected we are; in the Spirit! Isaiah 43:1-3 "...Fear not...when you pass through the waters, I will be with you, (you will not drown) & when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned,...for I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

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    1. Cynthia...beautiful...thanks~ blessings to you~

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  9. Well, I'm glad you are on Facebook because I would miss you way too much if you decide to stop blogging. And maybe instead of a yes or no, it can be a both/and. Just keep in touch please, you are a huge blessing in my life.

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    1. Shelly...yes...FB timing is sweet from God...and maybe it is both...I love reading your heart...listening and watching God take you on HIs journey. You are a blessing as well~

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  10. I STILL want to have coffee on one of your trips to Knoxville! Praying blessing and revelation during your quiet time with Him - but I will miss you - your directness and strength written like poetry delivered truth that ministered to my heart!

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    1. Maryleigh...your words bless me...thanks so much and yes...sometime when I am making that trip by myself...I would love to share some coffee with you~

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  11. I will miss you. I have always been encouraged by your words, even though I may not always comment. I am trying to do better in that regard. I am praying that God will meet you in the silence and speak to your heart and bring clarity.

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    1. Barbie...awww thanks...don’t worry about commenting...I think comments are one of the questions I will look to be answered for me if I do continue to blog...thanks for you prayers...blessings to you~

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  12. Ro - Thank you for such honesty and transparency. I hear your heart. Your love for the Father that draws you humbly to His feet, seeking Him first before you go in any specific direction. Such wisdom Ro. Such wisdom to know He is the director of our every step. I can't say I won't be so, so sad to not see you on here! You are a great source of unshaken support and strength for so many. And one thing I have to disagree on...You ARE a naturally gifted writer!! Praying for you my dear friend. And enjoy your sweet time with Jesus! I'll be thinking of you & lifting up to the Lord while you are away.

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    1. Jen...thank you so much for the encouragement and the prayers...I hate not to be part of your new link-up...even if I am not blogging...I know I will still to some degree continuing to read some blogs...you and your heart always lifts my heart in Jesus...blessings to you~

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  13. Praying for you, Ro, and trusting God will reveal His best for you in this time of life. I love this quote:
    But when God is at work, everything can shift…
    Amen, and praise Him for his providential shifting in our lives.

    Hugs to you from VA,
    Susan

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    1. susan...yes...shifts in HIm...and I am thankful for shifts...because that means change...and with change growth comes...is there any other way? hugs back to you from TN ~

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  14. Oh, Ro, I love the way you listen, ponder, follow and let Him lead season in and season out. Blessings to you as you shift and savor Him this Advent season. You have poured His love out here and over at the Overflow every time you've visited me. So grateful, friend.

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    1. Alicia...your words minister to my heart...thank-you so much...you are a blessing to me~

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  15. I love your steady practice of reflection, you willingness to pause, to honor, to listen. Your words have often been like a cascading waterfall to my heart -- your heart beating with love and affection for those near to you and far.

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    1. Jen...I am humbled by your sweet words here...this is the part of the blog world...this encouraging community that I will miss most if my blogging “life” comes to an end...but He knows...thanks for the love of your little community you host...always a blessing~

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  16. Dear Ro,

    I hear your heart behind this, and I pray God will guide you.
    I am very impressed you joined FB before me, and you found me the very same day I joined...you encouraged me so much as FB is out of my comfort zone, and I only joined because I will be part of Holley Gerth's launch team for her next book.

    I always appreciate your words here because I know they come out of the deep well of your experiences. Please please keep in touch...Really...Love your photos...especially Ellie :) love to you, my friend :)

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    1. Dolly...I don’t know if you clicked on the post I wrote about FB...part of this journey God has me on...so thankful for the freedom He brings...thanks for your kind words and I love connecting with you...and I love that you love pictures of my sweet Ellie...I am sure there will be those on FB...love and blessings to you my friend~

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  17. I am grateful that God has brought us together through the bloggy world, Ro. You are a blessing to all who encounter you! I pray you enjoy the Advent season, whichever path you choose. We'll be here...

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    1. Laura...I am blessed by your words...thanks so much...and thanks for hosting a sweet community to gather around~ blessings to you~

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  18. My crazy life doesn't allow me to comment as I'd like to, but I am blessed by your words. Listen to the voice telling you to quiet. I hope that we get to hear more soon!

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    1. Brenna...thanks and I don’t know if you have read the book...I know it can take a long time to get around to these kinds of things...but I would love to hear what you thought of the book sometime....blessings to you~

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    2. I'm planning to read it on Christmas vacation just around the corner. So looking forward to it and so grateful to you!

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  19. I pray now that God guides you to the right decision, and that you feel peace in whatever you do. I know that we will stay connected, no matter what. I have so appreciated your words in this space. You've blessed me countless times! Know that you have friends praying for you!

    Love, Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer...thank you so much for always encouraging...and oh the sweet gift of prayers...yes...trusting God for Him to maintain these sweet connections...blessings to you my friend~

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  20. Oh, Ro. I echo your sentiment. Feeling the pull away from this web-widened world. Wondering if it's Him . . .
    Thanks for your courage to follow into the scary or into the common places. I am inspired to read these soul-searchings.

    Love to you, friend.

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    1. Kelli...it is interesting...I have read a number of similar stirrings on other blogs...just trying to hear and follow His voice...may you know the clear voice of Him...and follow where He leads you...blessings and grace to you~

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  21. season change and so do we. blessing as you listen and hear.

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  22. Ro-- you know I pulled back from my blog and it was hard but necessary because...it well it was. Part of this blogging or not is about where we are in life and where we are headed. You are a beautiful blessing. I was in a sunflower patch back in October and I thought of you. What I know is whether you write or not, your face will always be toward the Son. Saying a prayer for you tonight and thanking God for your light in the world.

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    1. Oh my...you thought of me in a sunflower patch...wow...this touches my heart...and your sweet prayer...I feel a bit speechless right now...just thanks~ and blessings to you~

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  23. Hello friend, you came to mind during my prayer time and thought I'd stop in to see how I can pray for you more...so glad He prompted me to do so--I don't know how I missed this but realize now why I've missed you!

    Trusting your resolve is clear, friend, no matter what He calls you to do. Oh what God can do through you! {SQUEEZE}

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  24. Dear Ro,

    I have missed you and seeing your "sunflower" at the link ups and now I know why...You will be missed, but I know you are walking closely to God, and He will guide your steps. Praying that God will uphold you and your loved ones as you go through deep waters..sending you hugs and love.

    Since our puppy came on 12/2, my blogging and writing etc. have decreased.

    Grateful for you :)

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  25. Ro, I wasn't linking up in December either and had wondered how you were...assuming you were carrying on...and now I know. Sorry I'm so behind. May your time of pause be rich in Him, with family and joy filling all the in-real-life places that are yours. You inspire me and I am so grateful to know you, my friend. Many MANY blessings as you lean into Him and His goodness, even amidst the growth He brings in the dark times. Spring, a glorious spring, is on its way!! Love you!!

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    1. I pray this is only a pause... I miss the bloggers who have left us... often no explanation... it is like the death of a dear friend and no way to tell them they are missed. They are just gone.
      You are precious, as well all you share
      Ro, I know He remains faithful and will always keep you and guard you well. So be blessed dear friend, whatever you choose, and know you are loved, and we hope you stay :)

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  26. Hi Ro,

    Just stopping by to say hi. :)

    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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  27. I will pray for a peaceful pause... I do hope we still hear from you~ it has always been an inspiration and encouragement to come by and I would miss you very much.
    Blessings dear one. There is always so much beauty here... I know you take that with you wherever you go~ God be blessed

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  28. Hi Ro,

    I'm hopping over from Emily's link up. Thank you for your honest ponderings here. I'm intrigued to click over to the other two links you mentioned above...

    May you have this time of peace, healing, and God at work ijn whatever is going on.

    Respectfully,
    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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    1. Hi Ro,

      Stopping in to say hello. :)

      Happy new year,
      Jennifer Dougan
      www.jenniferdougan.com

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    2. Hi Ro,

      Blessings to you this week,

      Jennifer Dougan
      www.jenniferdougan.com

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    3. Ro! How fun to hear from you. Thanks for your sweet note on my site.

      Have a lovely week,
      Jennifer Dougan
      www.jenniferdougan.com

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  29. Somehow I missed this post, then I seen your comment on someone else post and thought I will stop by for a visit. Then to find it had been a while since you posted this and wondered how this season of life was finding you. You have penned some of my heart in your take on the blogging world. I have found so much encouragement dropping in to read some wise hearted people with a heart for God. I think from the comments I read you are missed and those who commented will be glad when you come back. I do pray this time is refreshing and rewarding for you. I have had those times when God says be still....cease from talking, just listen to me through others. Never been sorry to have obeyed that insight. Blessings my wise hearted sister.

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  30. Don't know if you'll come across this any time soon - but I miss your poetry - and the heart of Christ in that poetry!

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