Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sitting Still

Feeee....where are you going?

"To find me a place to soak up this wonderful sun!", says Fiona.
"Is that ok, Momma?"

Yes...yes my dear.

~~~

My Bible Study friends recently gifted me with a copy of Streams In The Desert. It is a daily Journal filled with thoughts, quotations and spirtual inspiration.

My friend Wave asked me if I was going to make any New Years resolutions. I told her no because I don't really do that sort of thing but I did tell her that this year I would like to focus more on doing things for our family and our home. Kind of slow down a bit if you will.

Jordan passed away on Feb. 4th and the message from Streams In The Desert for Feb. 5th is as follows.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days - these waiting days - as ill!
The One who loves thee best, who plans thy way,
Hath not forgotten thy great need today!
And, if He waits, 'tis sure He waits to prove
To thee, His tender child, His heart's deep love.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Thou longest much to know thy dear Lord's will!
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corrodingly within, because of His delay --
Persuade thyself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way hath opened. Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad thy heart, and then how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
What highter service could'st thou for Him fill?
'Tis hard! ah yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
'Tis hard, 'tis true! But then - He giveth grace
To count the hardest spot the sweetest place.

J. Danson Smith
addendum: Yes, sweet Chas, Psalms 46:10.
Thank you, as this is what Christ tells us to do, too.

65 comments:

Daisy Cottage said...

Beautiful Becky.
(((((hugs))))))

Right now - this very moment... I'm so grateful to have spent it here - with you.

Love you always,
Kim

A Stitch In Thyme said...

wow... that is devine inspiration. You must have gotten chills when you read that. I got chills reading it now. I hope you are finding comfort in the memories and knowing one day you will be reunited with your 'baby boy'. They always are aren't they?

Fiona.... you and my bugzy should have a cyber play date. He too loves to sun bathe. I keep telling him about skin cancer and aging but he wants none of it. He seeks out the sun!

Love the critters.

the wild raspberry said...

sometimes it is so hard to hand it all over to Him but we are so much better off when we will.

Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

all my love,
chasity

becky up the hill said...

My sweet friend..love and prayers.

belladella said...

Oh my goodness. Amazing. My faith deepens through your journey- I hope you don't mind me saying that. Love and hugs to you.

Mica said...

That was breathtaking. Just checking in to see how you are doing. Fiona is such a sweet doggy !!! Hope your having a peacful week. Blessings Mica from The Childs Paper

Tricia Anne said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

skoots1mom said...

one of my accountability sisters gave "streams" to me and we all use it in our walks...isn't it amazing how it reaches you? It is one of my favorites.

Little Miss Fi was getting her quiet time too, sitting in His light of the day, soaking Him in!

Storybook Woods said...

Just beautiful Becky, it is sooo hard to try to rest in Christ, especially when one is in pain. It is hard to run, to control, to fix. But Gods way will be so much better. I am praying for you sweetie. Clarice

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Becky, your little Fiona is a dear little doggie, just as loveable as can be! And, as for the poem, I think it so beautiful! I, too, have tried to take my focus straight to the home this year and with the times we're living, it's just not a bad thing to do. I am so glad you have a Bible study group, they can be such a source of encouragement and support! ((HUGS))
Joni

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Becky, on a day when I am doing some questioning...your dear post is such a blessing.

Thank you for focusing on the right things.

Blessings, Barb

from little acorns said...

On the stairway. . . in the sunlight . . .Little Fiona looks like she's having a little conversation with God. What a sweet one, she is. (Dughall too!)
xo, Bren

My Shabby Roses said...

That was wondeful Becky. Things that I need to remember also when times get hard. I'm going to print that off and hang it in my studio.

Fiona, how precious! I did that myself the other day. Maybe not on the steps, but I found a patch of sun shining in the living room. I grabbed my Bible and sat down. It was so warm and wonderful.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

That face could launch ships!!

Raggedy Girl said...

Becky:

What a thoughtful gift and what a lovely message just for you.

Have a Thankful Thursday
from the Raggedy Roberta Anne

Kelly B said...

It is amazing how God has everything planned for us, even in our lowest points. I am thankful for Him everyday. I would never be as wonderful and thoughtful as He is. Or plan as well. I am glad that you found comfort in that beautiful poem. It is always wonderful to know that He never forgets us.

Jean said...

Becky, What moving words. It is so hard sometimes to just sit still and accept God's will. So often we want god's will but in our time not his. Peace and blessings for you dear Becky.

Fiona is just too sweet and so precious.
Love, Jean in virginia

Susan said...

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is sit still and wait. God's timing is perfect but it's so hard to be patient. Once I read that God's answers to prayer are "yes, no and I have something better in mind for you." It's hard to wait for the best when all we want to do is settle. We can't even imagine how wonderful it will be when we are reunited with the ones we love in such a fabulous place.
Hugs, Susan

Anonymous said...

Oh Becky, that was amazing!! I love it when the reading is just for me that very day. I have a new devotional called "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, it is life changing. If you get a chance, pick it up. You are on my heart constantly! Jackson sends hugs to Dugs and Fiona.

Love,
LeAnn:)

Kathleen Grace said...

I have heard so much about Streams in the Desert. I must go get myself a copy. What a perfect message although I know the waiting on God is hard to do.

Cali Girl said...

my pups are both in the sunshine at this very moment too!!! they choose sun over treats sometimes and that says a lot!!!

LOVED this post, thank you for sharing!

OH MY #6 said...

your little Fiona is adorable.

May i just say, that I wish I had half of your strength and faith. I am so glad you have landed upon your BLOG. u r an inspiration.

lea
xo

Liz said...

Awesome!

I went through Streams in the Desert several years ago. You will be amazed at how you will love it! So much written in small bite size pieces.

One day at a time...

~Liz

Lisa said...

Hi Becky. I agree with Chasity. And I must tell you too, I cannot wait to see my dad again. I just cannot wait. Every nite in my prayers I ask Jesus to tell dad how much I miss him and how much I love him. And, every night I think my dad is visiting with so many wonderful people in heaven. THAT, my dear friend, makes me feel wonderful inside!!!

Kim said...

Wow. Beautiful words at such a time. God is good. ((hug))

lady jicky said...

I have just found your blog and I was smiling looking at your delightful scotties.
Then I read alittle further and I felt such sadness reading about the loss of your son.
I do not know what I can say but there is a person in Australia thinking about you and your family and I send my love and prayers.

Miss Jean said...

Oh, what great advise. Just to sit still. We can't hear what He is trying to tell us if we are constantly moving. Sitting still is hard. It takes faith and determination. But the reward is peace of mind and the capability to hear His whispers.

Fiona: Can you get any cuter!?! There is a wisdom in those eyes of yours....

Denise said...

Oh my....... Words from the Father.. I am always amazed at how HE shows us just when we need HIM to be CLOSE..... and HE brings with that the words that touch and comfort....... Please go when you have a minute and read my post A Quick Glimpse......... it is moments like this that HE moves in and holds us.....

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh that sweet puppy's face. I just want to grab him up and hold him. So cute!

This devotional is so moving. I pray that you are beginning the path of healing. laurie

tam said...

That was beautiful-thank you for sharing! Hope your weekend is filled with sunshine and smiles~Tam!

Faye said...

BECKY,YOU HAVE BEEN SUCH A BLESSING TO ME.SENDING YOU HUGS!!!! SUCH AN INSPIRATION.BUT LOOK WHAT WE HAVE TO LOOK FOWARDS TO!WE HAVE SUCH AN AWSOM GOD!!!!HAVE A VERY BLESSED WEEKEND! LOVE FAYE

DebraBee said...

Dear Becky,

You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord," plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

I love you and miss you my sweet SNL.
Debbie

btw: Fiona is adorable!

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Remember He is always with you, just ask Him for peace and comfort.

I adore your pooches, bundles of love. Hugs, Rosemarie

Dolly said...

Happy First day of Spring dear Becky!

Beautiful pictures and wonderful inspiration!

Have a great weekend,
Hugz n Blessings,
Dolly

bv said...

becky...your bible group is filled with wonderful women that have also been a comfort to me. w gave me 'streams' also. you will be amazed at how days will be written just for YOU. crazy. watch out for w...she is a sneaky one. one time i found a little bronze in my mail box to cheer me on.
take care,
bv

Joyce Mineer said...

I think it was Christmas 2007...Robin Roberts of Good Morning America was sharing that one of her most treasured possessions is her grandmother's copy of Streams in the Desert. She reads from it daily. And on this particular Christmas, she gave each of her co-hosts a copy as a gift. I got my own copy the next day. And it seems that each daily devotion is appropriate for the events of that day. I hope it warms your heart on a regular basis...as I'm certain that sweet Feee does.

Charli and me said...

What a wonderful and inspiring post Becky! I continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Fiona is just precious!

Allidink said...

Wow, that was a very neat and touching spiritual experience. I wish you all the best :)

Allison

Anne Marie said...

speaking from your heart....

just beautiful.

Linda said...

great pice of Fiona. she must bring you much joy and comfort.
beautiful words of inspiration and comfort--inspirational....

jane and the happy crow said...

That little Fee is such a cutey, my little sweetheart is also a heat magnet and always looking for patches of sunlight to bathe in. We havnt seen much of Doogs lately, this little lady is steeling the limelight!
You are often in my thoughts and I hope that your faith will continue to bring you comfort and support. Much love Jane xx

Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Becky,

He know our needs before we even know them ourselves.

Please come on over and visit us at Rocky Creek Scottie Adventures. We'd love to have you stop by. We're always looking for more Scottie friends.

Lynn (huMom to Lilly, Piper and Carrleigh)

Sheila said...

what a beautiful post, devotion. isn't it just like gord to give us "what we need" "when we need it". blesings to you and your family

SueLovesCherries said...

I can "feel" God's arms tenderly holding you! He knows what he's doing, even when we're so confused.
He knew that, even after the fact, you would need the sweet assurance of that poem. He speaks in many ways.

God bless you and strengthen you.

. . . and God bless Fiona!

Risa said...

Your baby couldn't be any cuter!! Oh my!!!

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Dear Becky, what a beautiful passage that was. And that little Fiona, well she makes my heart melt with every photo.

Thinking of you always..

oxox
Jennifer

debbie said...

DEAR BEAUTIFUL BECKY,
THAT WAS AWESOME...I CRIED AND CRIED BUT I LIVE ON THE EDGE EVERY DAY NEVER KNOWING IF TODAY WILL BE THE DAY WE LOOSE AMY AND I GIVE HER BACK TO GOD AND THEN I TAKE HER BACK....THEN HE SAYS, "BE STILL AND KNOW I AM GOD"
I AM JUST GOING TO BE BEAUTIFULLY HONEST.....WHEN AMY WAS FIRST DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AS A LITTLE GIRL....PEOPLE WITH HEALTHY CHILDREN AND PERFECT LIVES WOULD TELL ME...I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL.....THEY DID NOT....THEY COULD NOT BEGIN TO KNOW...THEY HAD PERFECTLY HEALTHY CHILDREN.....AND SO THE ONLY ONES THAT COULD MINISTER TO ME TRULY...WERE THE PARENTS THAT WORE THE EARNED BADGE OF COURAGE OF WATCHING THEIR CHILD SCREAM IN PAIN, PUKE THEIR GUTS UP, ENDLESS BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS....THEY KNEW HOW I FELT.........SO I DON'T BELONG OR WEAR THE BADGE THAT YOU EARNED OF BURYING YOUR MOST BELOVED SON AND MY HEART JUST ACHES AT THE PAIN I KNOW YOU MUST BE FEELING.......BUT I KNOW I CHERISH EVERY DAY AS I MYSELF COULD BE CALLED HOME TOMORROW. I WOULD GLADLY GO IN MY DAUGHTER'S PLACE TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD 24/7 AND SUCH PEOPLE TO TALK TOO...MOSES, NOAH, MARY, AND ALL OF OUR RELATIVES.
I AM PRAYING FOR YOU TO HAVE COMFORT SWEET LADY AND TO MEET THE PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU THE MOST....GOD HAS ENTRUSTED YOU WITH A BIG JOB BUT HE KNEW BECKY WOULD NOT FAIL.
BLESSINGS
LOVE
debbie

Marilyn in NM said...

Becky, remember Psalm 147:3. He really does heal a broken heart!
Thinking of you and your family,
Marilyn in NM

Leigh of said...

You are inspiring so many people, though you probabably dont even realize. You inspire me. Such grace and trust in God. I love this post!

Marcy said...

I am absolutely in love with your little Fiona .... (Dughall, too!!) I so badly want a friend for my Maizie.

Lallee said...

What perfect words. I needed them too so thank you for sharing them with us. May you hear His voice in the even deeper places of your heart as you sit still. The photos are a perfect compliment.
Love you, Becky.
Lallee

Mary said...

Lovely words of wisdom for all of us to remember. Thank you, Becky. :)
xoxo,
Mary

Michele said...

Hi Becky ~ what a wonderful inspiration....just beautiful!

I just love that little Fiona..she is so adorable!

Hugz,
Michele

Susie Q said...

Th eperfect verse...just perfect. God is always with us and provided just what you needed to hear.
My moment here with you has helped make my day a joy, a blessing. Thank you for that.

Seeing little Fiona's sweet face is
also a joy for me. I know she is a blessing to all of you. Even the very handsome Doogs.

Bless you becky, bless you always.

Love,
Sue

Sonya said...

That was beautiful.

Vee said...

Streams has been a very good friend to me. I am glad that your dear friend gifted you with this devotional for I know that it will continue to bless you all year through...

Mary said...

It is with sadness I read your last few posts today. I'm sorry I have not been in touch for a long time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mary

Joy said...

Aww what a sweet dog!

louise said...

I love the photos of Fiona taking in the rays. She looks like a good girl to me. How lovely to have a new friend around the place. x

robinrane said...

It's clear Father God is guiding you gently through this journey. Prayers for you today that in the stillness you find peace.
Blessings Dear One...
Robin
All Thing Heart and Home

Patsy said...

amazing. I will tuck this one away. Thank you so much for sharing. Bless you and your family.

Barbara said...

I love Streams in the Dessert.

Trudi said...

Fiona is a dear. What is she?

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

God Bless You. It can be so difficult when a loved one passes and we don't get to see their physical presence, here on earth. But one day, one beautiful day, you will see your beautiful son again! God Bless Our Troops!

Blessings,
Kitty
xox

P.S. - love all your white vases.

The Green Pea said...

Becky, thank you for sharing that wonderful post. We all need to sit still. God knows our every need. May God Bless you and your family always. Sandi