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Silence is a Skill?

There are 144 notes on my phone.

I don’t know exactly how much space they take up, but going through them I found some interesting things.

Little quips of conversations, and sound bites from sermons.

There are names of people so I can learn to remember their names, (this DOES work by the way!) and numbers; because I never remember numbers.

One thing I found that seems to have been lost somewhere in the recent past is this one;

“Get to know silence like any other skill”.

Now I remember silence.

I like it a lot.

But the thing that befuddles me is the fact that although I do insist on much “silence” in my days, the question remains, is it serving a purpose besides quiet.

What am I doing with it?

I think my quiet times have suffered because they have become largely unfocused.

In the not so distant past, focused, daily quiet time was a regular occurrence.

I was looking over some of my “Quietude” posts from the past, and found →this one← from June 24, 2019.

It looks like I need to make the effort to get back to it!

Back to baby steps I reckon;

  • Same time every day
  • “Do Not Disturb” settings on all devices
  • Bible or other devotional type book
  • Quiet music or silence
  • Journal/note pad for catching random thoughts
  • Strict determination to make it work
  • Some days it is just quiet. No music. No book. No paper. Just quiet.

One of the most important things I continue to find out is this;

It IS possible to change our processes and our thinking, but we tend to forget that changing them is not a permanent thing.

We must keep after it.

So.

Back to basics.

My Bible.

My Quietude.

My peace of mind, my joy, my expanded hope – begins again;

Here.

Today.

Will you join me?

Until next time.

Friday Favorites; Photos

First off, here on Friday, I would like to send out a great big Thank You for all of my new followers;

as well as all of those who have been here for quite a long time.

Just this week I noticed that the followers number went over 300!

Exciting!

My hope is that I can make some small difference for you in the heart you live with.

January 5, 2020

This view never gets old.

30 years, and I still feel so blessed.

January 8, 2020

Even in town, the beauty is stunning.

Be well.

Be blessed.

Until next time…

Our Thanksgiving Vacation

What do you get when you take the two youngest grand children, G-ma, G-pa, the dog, and put them together with the older cousins and their granddaughter, and add to them to a GMC Denali, for a weekend?

Fun – That’s what you get!

Memories – That’s the coolest thing you get!

On our way to southern Missouri.
Happy travelers.
Beautiful skies.
Add some color.
White Birch in Peek Ranch.
At Peek Ranch.
Greer Springs Mill.
Greer Springs Mill.
Enormous wasp nest on site at Greer Mill.
The sign on the road used to say Greer on one side, and Greer on the other. Sadly I couldn’t find the sign.
One of hubby’s old home places.
Hubby’s childhood haunts.
Not forgotten.
There were new flowers near the back.
Saturday’s Tour.
The day gave us clouds, but we made the best of it!
Waiting in line to get to the top.
Always, always, the line.
Our scruffy bunch!
Ooops! They got me!
I think they like each other.
A beautiful but bumpy ride to the
church.
Calms. My. Heart.
Always the same – Ever changing
Last Missouri meal together.

I hope you enjoyed your pocket trip “Down home.”

See you next time.

Our Weekend at Union Station in St. Louis – A Photo Journal

Architecture from the entertainment area.
Our room was on the ground floor under the word HOTEL.
Thankfully – the music stopped at 10:00!
I had to erase the sound – copyright – but imagine the song “Gloria” by Laura Brannigan – Really loud!
Just right for the kiddos!
Great signage.
Easy to get in all your steps!
Steps, steps, and more steps.
Resting places.
Tucked in everywhere.
Welcome!
Just dream about the stories this stairway could tell!
Gorgeous formal entry.
Ladies to the left, Gents to the right.
Just beautiful.
There is an ever changing light show done on this ceiling.
But boo … I seemed to have missed it.
You can almost picture the crowds coming and going when train travel was at it’s peak!
You know I love some good lines …
Our room was ground floor way up on the right – close to the music!
6th floor view of where the entertainment happens.
A full water feature – so soothing to the nerves.
If you are ever anywhere near Union Station – This place is hard to beat for a tasty, affordable meal, with excellent service.
A final glance from the parking lot.

I hope you enjoyed your armchair trip of Union Station in St. Louis, and that you will join me again next time.