Monday, February 24, 2014

On Dormant Ground

There are weeks when urgent writings spring forth from a heart crammed with good things that simply must be shared.  You awake early and hit the ground running because a persistent thread has woven itself into something warmly substantial through the darkest hours and just begs to be offered when light dawns. 
Or a song, a word, an observation plays a winsome tune over and over and invites itself to be penned.  A flash of insight comes out of left field and you just can't wait to put fingers to keyboard.  Or perhaps God repeatedly whispers a persistent message and it calls to be placed on the table with awe and reverence.
Posts stack up in the queue, ripe for publishing.
And then there are other weeks when silence descends and there is nothing of significant value to place in the hands of others.  Fingers are still, minds and hearts rest gently idle.  There are no productive musings coming to call, no wisps of brilliance that await, nor any profound words of wisdom that are worth sharing.
And that, my friends, is as it should be.  A needed lesson pushes its way to the forefront, patiently waiting to be heeded.  And once again we are reminded that we are not defined by our productivity, our creativity, or our accomplishments. 

We are defined by our Savior. 

And He whispers, 'peace, be still.'





* sharing life with Laura   .  Beth  .  Emily  .  Lyli  .  Emily

32 comments:

  1. Lovely image, and definite truth to your post!!!

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    1. Welcome, welcome! So cool to have a new face walk in the room and kick off this discussion. I am glad you're here, Anni. Truly.

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  2. Those moments - I call them the idea-growing moments - and in God's time - they will burst forth - just like you describe, creating that hit-the-floor running writing moments:) I am learning to not have angst in the idea-growing moments because there is something He needs me to see in those moments:) Wishing you blessing and refreshing this week!

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    1. Absolutely yes, Mary Leigh! No angst, no hand-wringing! Just going with the flow and grateful for the invitation to just 'be.'

      Thanks for your encouraging words, my friend!

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  3. Love this Linda! Thank you for sharing...something I NEEDED today! ♥

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    1. I know by now that if I need to experience something, that chances are someone else in my life just might need the same invitation! May you enjoy your moments of silence as they come, Nannette.

      I am thankful that you came here today!

      ;-}

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  4. Oh yes, Linda! And in that dormancy we recognize that all the good we produce is from Him. Or as you've so eloquently stated, "We are defined by our Savior." Now, if I'll just keep that in mind all throughout my day! I love that photo you took as well! I don't get to see the "icy" beach and/or ocean, living here in the midwest. You are blessed to live there all year 'round! Just breathtaking! Love ya, girlfriend!

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    1. Well, we're not living at the ocean year round just quite yet, but we do head off to 'The Cape House' at every opportunity. Nothing beats walking miles on the beach off-season. Nothing!

      It makes me happy that you're feeling strong enough to be up and around today, Beth. I hope that this is a good week for you, peaceful and rest-filled, yet productive. I know you long for that. And I pray that for you today.

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  5. "We are defined by our Saviour." Oh yes, Linda, that is for sure.......

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    1. Beloved, chosen, precious, valued ... and the list goes on. How blessed we are to be loved and redeemed by the King of Kings!

      And I am blessed that you are here, Jody. Truly.

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  6. Hi Linda! You are so right, I go through the same things. Sometimes full, sometimes empty. But it sure does show me how little I have to do with the ideas. It's all God, all his gift and urging.
    I pray that we will both write and rest with the same level of thankfulness.
    Blessings my friend!
    Ceil

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    1. I'm adopting your prayer as my own, Ceil. That I would both write and rest with the same level of thankfulness.

      Thank you, Lord, that you enable us to enter into each of these sacred places with gratitude overflowing. Continue being the One that calls the shots in our lives, that tells us when to come or go, work or rest. Our goal is always to honor You.

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  7. I have several posts waiting to publish for a change... Lovely image today Linda. xo

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    1. Yep, some weeks there's plenty to share, and others, not so much. And that's all good! We need to give ourselves grace and space, or burnout won't be far behind.

      Thanks for dropping in early this morning, my friend!

      ;-}

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  8. This was a very beautiful and thought-provoking writing. This is what life is like at different stages of our lives. Your words fit so perfectly.

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    1. Oh so true! Some decades are filled with non-stop action and activity. And our later years are often still and quiet and reflective. Oh that we'd be respectful of each other's seasons, yes?

      Thank you for bringing your wisdom to this table this morning! I am glad you're here.

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  9. "And He whispers, 'peace, be still.'"

    That's the kind of week I hope to have. I'm traveling with my hubby this week for his business trip. Reading, writing, praying...grateful!

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    1. Oh those are the best kinds of trips ... reading, writing, resting, praying, just hanging out! Enjoy every second, Lisa!

      I share your gratitude!

      ;-}

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  10. "No wisps of brilliance that await..."

    Just like those lovely reeds blowin' in the wind, all it takes is one gentle breath of His Spirit to stir the delicate wisps of our hearts. May we never grow weary in waiting for Him.

    Savoring the peace and beauty of this space,
    HBHW

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    1. I love your insight, HBHW! Praise God that His Spirit breathes, fills, directs, guides! I am so grateful for His persistent gentleness in my life.

      Thanks for stopping in today ... you always bring depth and substance with you ...

      ;-}

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  11. You've captured that ebb and flow of life, and of creativity, so well. And the ending caps it all off perfectly, "We are defined by our Savior. And He whispers, 'peace, be still.'" Very nice!

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    1. Yes, yes. How necessary to honor the ebb and flow of life's creative juices ...

      Thanks for sharing that insight with us, Nancy. This has been important for me to read today! I so appreciate this 'iron sharpening iron,' my friend ...

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  12. I love the language of this post- your visuals captured me. And your subject matter just as much. I find that when ideas stop springing, I doubt myself. Thank you for the gentle reminder that this whole deal is a process, and that no matter what it is my Savior who defines me. Loved this!

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    1. Hey Lauren ... so GOOD to see you again! I used to doubt myself, too, wondering what I was doing trying to blog, wondering if I'd lose readers if I didn't write every other minute of my life. Talk about striving. And exhaustion.

      These days I write when I have something to offer. Period. And it feels GOOD! The pressure's off ...

      I hope you're doing well in these final *gasp* days of winter!

      ;-}

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  13. Linda, you are reminding me that seasons will change, but He does not. I am thankful that He sits with me in the silence. Lord, give me ears to hear.

    Thanks for linking up at Thought-Provoking Thursday! :)

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    1. mmm ... yes. Solitude and silence is not isolation. We are in very good company with our Savior in those solitary places.

      Thanks for connecting today, Lyli. Your Thursday community looks to be thriving! I'm so happy for you!

      ;-}

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  14. I completely love this! This seems to be exactly how my writing comes and goes and you've described it perfectly. So cool. I'm over from Lyli's blog.

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    1. The creative juices do ebb and flow, don't they. We're all in the same boat, in very good company. And I'm good with that!

      And I'm thankful you're here, Michelle! Truly ...

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  15. I am in the still place right now. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Grace, grace to ourselves. To one another. May this season of stillness invigorate your soul, Barbie ...

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  16. Oh sweet friend. I loved this. I needed this reminder. We can know this...but still need to be reminded. So glad I stopped in today. Thank you for sharing with Three Word Wednesday. :)

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    1. Looks like there's alot of us in this boat, yes? We are not alone ... we're in very good company as we move ahead minute by minute, week by week, sometimes in great abundance and other times in real want.

      And thanks for hostessing such a nice link-up, Beth. When I've got a 3 word title, you know I'm there!

      ;-}

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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