Music Monday – Breathe

Hi everyone!

Happy Monday and Happy Spring! Wow, can you believe it’s already Spring?! Since my winter of surgeries and recovery, it seems like the time has been flying by!

Now that I’ve healed I am out and about and doing things again that I hadn’t been able to enjoy in a while. A few weeks ago my husband and I went on a short hike and just the other day we spent some time down at the River which was fun and also very relaxing.

We also volunteered at a few Compassion events which are always fun but now even more fun because I can stand behind the table the whole night if needed!

Two of my grandsons are old enough now to play sports. They played basketball at the beginning of the year and now they’ve just started playing baseball. I absolutely love going to their games and watching them play!

Later today I am going shopping and taking my granddaughter to dance class. The cool thing about this is not only do I get to spend time with my amazing granddaughter but now I am also able to walk through stores and actually spend as much time as I want shopping instead hurrying to get out because it hurts to be there….though now that I think about it taking time in the store may not be such a good thing after all because more time spent in the store means more time to see things I probably don’t need and to spend more money I probably don’t need to spend 😀

Speaking of shopping, I remember when I used to hate long checkout lines!  Now I am finding myself standing in long lines doing a happy dance in my head and thanking God for the miracle of my wonderfully awesome and amazing new knees that I can stand on forever and ever and ever! It seems as if my whole perspective on the inconvenience of waiting has changed. I used to hate to wait in line because it hurt to stand but now when I have to wait it gives me time to relax and reflect on where I’ve been and to thank God for all he has done.

This past season of my life has shown me that sometimes even the hard stuff can be a gift and that slowing down and resting is important. Before arthritis wrecked my knees I used to feel like I had to jam pack something into every minute of every day. After being forced to slow down  I realize it’s more about the quality of what I do with the time I’ve been given and who I spend that time with that matters most. I’ve learned to say no, I’ve learned to get rid of those things that were not part of God’s plan and enjoy the things that are.

Today’s Music Monday song Breathe by Jonny Diaz is a good one and also a great reminder of taking some time each day to slow down, relax in God’s love, and just breathe.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Have a great week!
Terri Siebert

 

You Take My Breath Away

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Rays of golden light

shine down from the heavens

you don’t have to see them

to know that it’s me.

you feel it

you breathe it

pleasure

peace

come to my safe place

rustling

my spirit

blowing through you

encircling you

like a cocoon

hear peace

billowing in my breath

 Father I feel your spirit

It takes my breath away

“Today as I sat on the deck His voice was rustling in the trees.  It was cloudy day but all at once golden rays of sunshine lit up the woods.  He then spoke to me, telling me to trust in him.  He filled me up with peace almost taking my breath away at times yet at the same time I was also breathing him deep into my soul.  It was awesome.”

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Lightning Flashes

English: Bow Light

English: Bow Light (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For about the past month and a half I have been having eye issues again.  If you have been reader of mine since the beginning you already know about my past eye issues. I was finally released from the retina doctor and then new things started happening in my ‘good’ eye this past  July.

You would be amazed at how much stuff has to happen just right inside your eyes for  you see clearly.   If one tiny thing gets out of whack you can see all kinds of odd things.

In July it was lightning flashes, then a grey shadow and today add to that a clump of black floating bubbles to go along with the black floating spider webs, shadows, glowing and the blind spot that I have become accustom to in my other eye.

Some days I struggle to keep away panic attacks as I try hard to see past the odd things going on in my eye.  One eye was pretty scary but I could take comfort in knowing I had a spare eye.  Now that my spare has an issue it is a whole harder for me to deal with. Sometimes I find myself wondering if one day I might not have the blessing of seeing all this crazy stuff floating around and instead see only darkness.  When I start thinking like that I have to yank back all the pity party invitations and choose to see joy through the mess of stuff that seems to be tangled up inside my retina trying to block the view.

Breathe in ‘Jesus is Lord’  breathe out, ‘Lord give me peace’

The other day my husband Mark and I were driving down the interstate on a beautiful sunny day.  As we were driving along Mark said, “Look at the rainbow!”  I looked in front of us and there it was, right in the middle of a sunshiny day a magnificent rainbow! We both wondered if maybe it was raining up ahead.  As we drove I noticed lightning flashing around the rainbow and said “yes it must be raining up there, look at all that lightning!”  My husband looked and said, “I do not see any lightning.”  I looked again, again I saw lightning, he did not.  Suddenly it dawned on me that I had finally became so used to the lightning flashes in my eye that I could see through them most of the time, so much so, that when I did see them I thought they were real lightning!  I am not sure when it happened but like each new thing that has happened inside my retina eventually I had gotten used to the lightning  also.  I  thank God because without him I am not sure if that could have ever happened or that I could have had peace in all this.

So today I see bubbles and as I cling to God and try hard to push down the panic I think of the rainbow and how I am thankful. Each day is a blessing and I do not want to ruin this day by worrying about tomorrow, though at times I find myself wanting to see ahead, wishing so bad that God would give me a tiny glimpse of the plan.   All I can do is take comfort in the fact that he has never left me before.  He has always given me peace and strength I need to keep on going and I have always came out in the end thankful and blessed by the outcome. Today I will trust.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34  

Thank you for reading,

T

As I was writing this I noticed this song playing on my radio and thought how perfect!  Enjoy –  You Never Let Go by Matt Redman

*The “The Breathe Prayer” I said in this post was something a friend told me about a long time ago, so I am not trying to take credit for writing it, I say it all the time and it works  🙂 Breathe in ‘Jesus is Lord’  breathe out, ‘Lord give me peace’  If it belongs to you let me know and I will add your name to this post to make sure you get credit  🙂