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I started saying little yeses to joy; the results shocked me. Learn about my ebook, Unquiet Time: A devotional for the rest of us, here.

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  1. Oh Heather, you are a girl after my own heart. My children are considerably older than you, and for me I still tend toward the illdoitwhiletheyreoccupied, but you know what I’m finding? There’s still never enough time, so I just do it when I can. And they see that – they see the Bible left on the kitchen table while I go and stir the pasta sauce, or put the washing on. They shift my journal or devotional or His word from the couch, evidence that taking the time – even 5 minutes – to drink deep of Him whilst I drink my coffee is important. They’re seeing and learning that time with Him is constant, that as you said, He is there in everything. I’m learning grace comes all the time, not just when I ask for it. Be encouraged, He is with you in every little thing.

  2. Heather,
    “He’s in the loveliness as much as he is in the reading of His word.” I love it! So often I think that only the time I have my nose in my Bible “counts”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Thank you for a beautiful reminder that Jesus meets me right where I am and gently and in a lovely way, leads me into His presence.
    Blessings,
    Bev

  3. What a beautiful post! Through your writing, it felt like all my senses were awakened to worship this morning…and reawakened to love. You have a gift for description plus inspiration–keep using it!

    • Thank you, Holley! I haven’t been writing about faith for that long, but I’m finding it is such a great way of worshiping and meditating that I’m wondering what took me so long 🙂

  4. Oh Heather, you and I seem to be soul mates! I, too, was a perfectionist. That is, until God graced me with a wake-up call; a stroke! That experience awakened me to a whole different attitude toward Him and toward life. God Bless you as you continue to share what He has for all of us!

  5. Beautifully expressed! I think we all tend to forget God is with us in all things – thankfully He doesn’t forget to be there in the quiet times as well as the chaotic ones. My children are grown now and have children of their own. I have more time now to write, to set my own schedule, to focus on The Lord of my life, who has blessed me so abundantly through the years. I am, you might say, making up for all those ‘too busy’ times when He wasn’t in my schedule, but He’s been there all along, waiting – never giving up on me.
    I wish I could join you this morning in a cup of tea so we could share in His Loveliness together.
    God bless.

    • Thank you, Bobbie. I’ve been writing about that tension of early motherhood, when the time comes in such small fragment, and been so blessed by the women in later stages that affirm that yes, the time starts coming back again! That this is a season, a rich, hard season! I’m lifting a mug to you right now 😉

  6. Ahhhhh Yes, He is in those lil everyday tasks…..in-the-midst while making tea, while our hands are in soapsuds up to our elbows, bathing a squirmy child, watching them breathe in the middle of the night, looking up at the stars during quiet moment. These too are Holy places.

    Yes, of course He is in the deep study of His word, in the minister’s words at church. Some seasons are for deep study and reflection, and others are for the moment-we-are-in…….as we live, move and breathe, as we feel His hands and our hands merge…..

  7. God in all things. If we can find Him, it changes everything.

    I hate doing dinner dishes. Everyone has gone on to their relaxation and I am stuck. I have been stuck since I became big enough to reach the faucet. But then, I can pull toward Him, be grateful for the meal – after all if I’m washing dishes, everyone ate. Review my day with His insight. It can be so much more than a sink full of suds.

    Peg

    • Oh, yes, Peg–finding him everywhere is I think the first step I’m taking to worshipping in spirit and in truth. I’m amazed at how hard that step is to come by, but how much it transforms me.

  8. Yes, God is everywhere. Our Father, HIS Son and the Holy Spirit, THEY are everywhere. Not just in the WORD but all around us. I was taught this when I was so very young. A babe.

    Once I sat in the car as my husband drove for hours in high altitude. All I could hear was God’s Voice. Loud and clear, speaking to me. My husband was talking and talking and talking and I just said, mmmm mmmm yes mmmm. But I was in this deep conversation with the LORD of lords and the KING of kings.

    It is often like this. And I get shaken when all of a sudden, I’m in a place, I was not.

    Like the other day, as I was thinking of the LORD is deep deep conversation and the place was crowded and my husband near and I got lost, cos, I was not really where I was but in the heavenlies.

    Fanctastic experience, every single time. I drift in and out of conversation with the LORD and wonder where I’m at when I come back down to earth. And wonder, where am I and where is this.

  9. Reading the post and the comments draws me into remembering He is in the situation even when my kids are arguing, my house is loud, my day falling apart, and I am feeling like the days are too long…..And He is there in the midst…..I am sensing His Presence now as I type these words. Lovely…….The ashes turns into Lovely……

  10. Beautiful reminder that God is the God of the Ordinary! HE is what makes the moment extraordinary, with His presence, and sometimes that’s so hard to remember…. that it’s nothing we can bring to the experience. Thank you for this!

  11. Wonderful post. I sturggle in the same ways and am going thru a rough time right now with doing my daily devotions ‘daily’. But what a wonderful reminder that Jesus is always with me even when my spending time with Him in the Word is done on my computer screen.

  12. This reminds me of the song, “Just Give Me Jesus.” A relationship with Christ is truly WALKING with Him!

  13. Ah yes — to be with Jesus, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing. Thanking him. Praising him. Worshiping him. Any place can become hallowed ground; any task can be made holy, because it’s set apart for his honor and glory.

    Thank you for the reminder, Heather!

  14. I too get so worried that I’m just squeezing Him in, making room in my schedule… I so understand! I am just beginning to understand also, that like the Loving Father in the Prodigal Son, my Father’s schedule is to always be waiting for me to notice Him and long for Him.
    Having been unable to speak or walk for 15 months up till January 2013, all props were removed and it was Him and Him alone, how quickly have I fallen back to seeing Him as a part of my life rather than my Life itself, how desperately I need Him to help me need Him in everything again! (Does that make any sense?)
    Ruth

  15. Yes Ruth it does! Heather a really touching thought provoking post, thank you. I especially identify with the part of putting off devotional time being a litmus test for not being worthy enough to sit with God and the longer the time goes by between sitting with God the more unworthy I feel BUT I never thought of looking at it that God is the worthy one whom I need to spend time with to grow.

  16. Beautiful post. Our Fellowship group touched on this very topic in our conversation this week. Cultivating attention to notice, embrace, and claim our Lord’s continuous presence nurtures the soul’s yearning for that vital relationship.