Friday, October 23, 2015

Moments Like This!

"Taste and see that the Lord is Good! 
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!"
Psalm 34:8

I just have to share this moment with you all. 

The morning is just gorgeous, as God really is showing off His amazing creativity in the form of the fall colors dazzling the trees on our property. 

I have the sliding door opened enough to allow the refreshing breeze in so I can smell the scent of fall tobacco barns smoking here in rural Kentucky and hear the sounds of the leaves rustling and my children playing with all their might outside!

The crow in the distance.  Our kitty's meow.  The wind shaking the tree tops as the changes of season feels so tangible this time of year as it's whisking itself in and out and all around!  Summer seems to literally blow out and winter eventually blows in before settling.

I didn't "stage" these pictures, but instead wanted you to see a glimpse of what I'm surrounded by right now as I sip coffee at the computer.  There's library books stacked on the coffee table and throws left here and there.  A homemade pink crown resting in all it's royalty as it's princess is busy chasing her brother in the leaves.

I can glance around the room to see sweet faces and be reminded of the blessing of children God has miraculously given us through means of adoption and an obedient heart!  Here in the den we watch Dr. Quinn curled up on our biggest couch every night.  The same couch we all seem to still scrunch together on in the slow mornings we share together most weekends.  Of course we plant ourselves under our favorite soft blankets with a myriad of books or toys at any given time!

The kids have no school on Fridays (all the sleep deprived moms say, Amen!), so we're able to sleep in longer and lazily wake up at our own pace. 

I can't honestly paint a perfect picture here because as much as I would love to say we all wake up with happy hearts and smiles every day, that's just not always the case!!  We're real people and there are times of chaos and crazy emotions in our home over favorite clothes being washed instead of ready to wear, sibling rivalry over who brushes their teeth faster, or the fact we ran out of orange juice.  You all get it! ;)

It's all the more reason to be thankful for the peaceful times!  Like this very moment that is (not necessarily quiet) but peaceful nonetheless, and I can feel joy in my family! 

I trust God for joy in my life everyday, but there are certain moments where I can actually feel it like the warmth of my coffee cup in my hands!

My heart is overflowing like this sunshine pouring into the room, with the favor of the Lord and His goodness in my life.  Mornings naturally seem to be my time for reflection and talking to the Lord, if only for a moment.   Even if I'm in the middle of laundry, making the bed, or responding to email... I seem to be taken aback with what He has for us in the new day.  It helps to fuel my wanting to give Him and my family the very best of me! 

How are you inspired?  Do you tend to have a time of day when your soul slows down to see the glory God has given you in nature or in the people placed in your circle?  Let's make time to taste and see that the Lord is good, and to recognize the gifts He has given us!


laurie said...

Beautiful post! So good to be reminded of all our many blessings, big and small!

Kathy said...

This is a great reminder that we can't do it without God. How wonderful He is to give us those times of peace and joy. Your family is a blessing to me.

Leslie said...

Thank you, Laurie! It's always good to see you here! Yes, I've noticed if I choose dwell on those things, then it makes for a better life. :)

Leslie said...

So true, Kathy!! I might have the same things (although probably not), but what good are "things" without joy, peace and love in our lives? He is life giving!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful and inspiring blog post! God is good and gracious and we need to stop and take it all in every moment we get - your post is a great reminder of this. Glory be to God. We love your blog! Take care & happy fall!