Just A Few Words

And So, Begins a New Year

At least that is how I feel in September. Summer break is over. (I can’t even believe how fast it has gone.) With the change of the season, another change comes in our family. After a year and a half, we delivered our granddaughter, Hero, to her home and the start of a new school year. We have had a good time together and learned a lot of great stuff, but everyone is anxious to get back into their everyday life. Hero has been a trooper, but it has been tough on her being away from her parents for long stretches. Hard on her parents too, but they are finally back together and adjusting to one other.

And then there were three.

Paul, Jayme, and I must do the same. We have gone from a family of five, including Hero and June, (See previous post Tender Mercies) to a family of three in a short time. It’s a whole different rhythm around the house now. Jayme has become more independent and plays by herself part of the time. Homemaking for three is less than for five, and I am finding more time to do some of the things I have been longing to do. There are days I wonder what to do with myself. Do I have time to do this or that? Silly, I know. I guess I’m out of practice, but I plan to grab hold of the moments and make the most of them in the days to come.

I must confess.

One of the things that have returned to my days is a regular time of pondering Scripture. I must make a confession here. Over the past couple of years, I did not have much time to spend studying the Bible. An apology is due to all the young mommies I have taught in my women’s groups. Please forgive me. I hope I did not cause too much hopelessness when I said EVERYONE has time to study. I was wrong. Mommies of very young children get a pass. The feeding and care of children impact their time. It’s a tremendous job. They are doing good if they get a moment to listen to a podcast or read a short devotion.

Please be careful to avoid devaluing those small moments afforded through short devotions. This week one pointed out a verse in Psalm 40 that spoke to what I was feeling.

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 40:1 Emphasis mine

I’m not sure that I have been waiting patiently for God as much as he has been patiently waiting for me. But if I look at the original word—qavah—it means to wait or look eagerly for, to hope. And that was something I was doing over the past months of busyness. I was constantly looking for God’s presence and work in the things going on in my life.

Another word that jumped out at me was the word turned or natah in the original Hebrew. Its meanings include stretching out, extending, spreading out, pitch, turning, pervert, incline, bending, or bow—such a great list of definitions. I especially liked the idea of pitched—erected and fixed firmly in place. It draws a picture of God putting up a tent and joining me where I am. When I consider that idea, it feels a whole lot like love.

Two little words in one verse allowed me to see God a little bit clearer. I am amazed each time the Scriptures come alive and make themselves personal even if it’s only a few words at a time.

How about you?

God is in the habit of reaching out to us. We don’t have to change up what’s happening in our world to make time. He makes time for us in our chaos. Our part is to watch for it to happen. He’s here now, not just when we can get it together. Breathe out a little prayer seeking him and see what happens. You will soon hear the ring of tent pegs being hammered into place as he secures his dwelling right where you are.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

Psalm 91:1-2

9 Comments Add yours

  1. JD Wininger says:

    I’ll miss “Hero updates” and photos, as it feels like I watched her grow up before my very eyes these past couple of year. Still, am glad she’s home; and I’ll continue praying for this gentle young lady. I expect it is quite an adjustment for you mama, but am certain you’ll find your stride soon. As for Bible study, etc.? I’d say you and Mr. Paul have constantly provided a sweet aroma to God in the way y’all have cared for Miss Jayme, “June-bug”, and Miss Hero. What a wonderful example of God’s love you have given both these children and us. God’s blessings sweet family.

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m sure Hero will pop up here from time to time. We still spend quite a bit of time with her since she lives just up the street from our OK house.

  2. Marie Caulkins says:

    Praying for you sweet friend. It’s so good to read your updates. Hugs to you all!!!

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Love you, too. Thanks for the prayers. Miss you guys bunches.

  3. I’m so grateful to read your wonderful words here at your blog, Patty, and to catch up with where your family is at this time. So many changes, but so reassuring to know that God will pitch His tent right where we are, and see us through. May He continue to bless you and yours!

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Thank you. It is wonder he’s there with us.

  4. I love your reminder that change is part of life, and as challenging as it can be sometimes, it’s a good thing. It almost forces us to re-evaluate some things and grants us an opportunity to make adjustments that translate into growth and improvement. I’m glad, too, that changes are often preceded by little hints, like that first notice of a chill in a September breeze. Thanks for a helpful lesson clothed in the warm wrappings of personal relationships.

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Thanks for the comment. We were meant to change and grow.

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