Changing times

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“Patience,” she says.  “After all, Niagara Falls wasn’t formed in a day.”

Niagara Falls?

“Mom,” I say, my ten year-old self feeling smug and smart. “The saying is Rome wasn’t built in a day, not Niagara Falls!”

She doesn’t stop pinning the hem of a dress I am to wear to my eldest brother’s wedding. We’d pick the material and pattern out on a shopping trip to the fabric store in town about a month before. And this was at least the fifth time I’d had to stand on the step stool in our kitchen as she tucked, pinned, and chalked the paisley printed cotton.

“Rome or Niagara Falls…great things take time,” she say. “Now straighten your knees or your hem is going to be as crooked as the tower of Pisa.”

I straighten in obedience. Anticipation of the new dress had me excited but irritable with the time it was taking. Yet, with each fitting there was a new piece added, stitched thoroughly. The dress changed to be suited perfectly for me, with my mother’s skill and with time.

In today’s world we’re surrounded by media advertising of quick fixes for such things as weight loss, wrinkles, and even money, with easy loans with lots of small print.  And sometimes we do get results promised, but are they long term? In other words, do they change and prepare us for what is to come?

I think of Esther, her year of time that she spent getting ready for her meeting with the King. It was a year of time of transformation preparing her for the next step on the journey to her future that was, of course, unknown to her. It took a lengthy time to create a change in her to be ready for what was around the corner.

And she saved a nation.

Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics. Esther 2:12

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If you’re feeling frustrated, my friend, by the time it seems to be taking to reach that goal, to finish that project, to mend that broken heart, or end that addiction, remember time is your friend, not your enemy. It takes time to change, and loving on yourself is allowing taking that time, instead of falling into the quick fix. If any ‘shoulds’ happen to invade your thoughts like “I should be over this by now,” may you take them captive to the truth.

  1. You are loved by God just as you are right now.

Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

2. He is watching over you always

1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

3. He has a purpose for you, in His perfect timing.

 Jeremiah 29:11 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.

 

Did you know it was the end of the Ice Age, 12,000 years ago, that Niagara Falls began? And it took years, and years of erosion– 7000 years geologist say–that  led to the formation of the Upper Great Gorge.

Now that’s a lot of change over a lot of time!

And look what a beauty it is!

Yes, my mother was right.  Niagara Falls was definitely not formed in one day!

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For the next two weeks, I will be spending my time creating memories in Maui. However, I have two special guest posts planned for you that I’m excited about!

You’ll meet my writer friend Joy Bailey, who hosts my local writers group.  And you’ll hear from my blogging friend, author Terri Tiffany who shares her wisdom learned when writing her latest novel, The Bend.

Aloha my friends!

18 thoughts on “Changing times

  1. Oh Lynn — have an amazing time in Hawaii! I can’t wait to see your photos! I was laughing at your exchange with your mother in the story you shared — she sounds incredibly wise and well-traveled to make the Pisa remark to you about your hem! 🙂

    God’s timeframe is so different than ours is and it does take a great amount of time to let his purposes take shape and have their effect on our lives. Patience and perseverance are the disciplines we should exercise and along the way, we’ll experience things that we never knew we needed. Have a beautiful trip, friend! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Valerie! It it is my first time in Maui and looking forward to getting to know my camera better too. My mom was really well read, which made her well-traveled. That’s what so great about reading too–taking us places we may never experience physically! Yes, good point that perseverance is the key to to change too, and grows us in character and strength. Hugs to you!

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  2. Oh the photos you will take! I can’t wait to see them! Enjoy!! Thank you too for the kind welcome! I look forward to meeting some of your blogger friends.

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  3. Hi Lynn! Have just the best time in Hawaii! I’ve never been there, but of course have heard about how beauiful it is. I know you’ll be taking some spectacular photos.
    Your post really blessed me today. You know that I am going through a lot right now with my health, and I really need these words. I need to be reminded that God is with me. He will see me right through to healing. But as your mother said, great things take time.
    Aloha!
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil, I’m happy to hear the scripture verses, God’s voice, reminded you He is with you through all. I imagine it can be frustrating when waiting on the healing and challenging to keep our mind hopeful while in the healing. May you have places and moments, and simple life pleasures today that bring peace and joy to your mind, heart and soul. xo

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  4. These verses, your thoughts, and the photos are all so beautiful and hope-filled, Lynn. Thank you for the encouragement to make time our friend, not our enemy. Have a wonderful time in Hawaii! I’m looking forward to photos! Love and hugs!

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    1. Thanks Trudy! So many looking forward to my photography. The pressure is on in a good way! Yes, time is your friend. I first heard that phrase from Andy Stanley and often use it as a reminder when feeling like I want things to be different now! Hugs back!

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  5. Lynn, I love this post. And your pictures, as always, are stunning. I’m a wee bit jealous. I haven’t yet made it to Niagara Falls. 🙂 It’s important for us to remember that God’s working in our lives does take time. And you’re right, that time is never wasted. I needed the reminder today. Thank you!

    Have an amazing time in Maui! I can’t wait to see the pictures you take. 😉

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    1. Thank you Jeanne. I hope you get to Niagara Falls one day. Niagara-on-the-Lake on the Canadian side is beautiful. Yes, trusting timing and acknowledging He’s working always is comforting! Have a wonderful week!

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  6. What wise and comforting words, Lynn. Thank you. Of late, these things have been on my mind (with a host of other things, lol), but this is something that the Lord’s been gently reminding me about. I appreciate your encouragement. Have a wonderful time in Maui!

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  7. Oh Lynn, thanks for this gentle reminder that there are no quick fixes … at least ones that matter deeply and last for more than a few short hours.

    But forget all that. Enjoy every second in Maui … we’ll all be waiting for your return and the stories you’ll share.

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  8. Excited for you and your trip to Hawaii. What a treat! Thank you for your words today. All good things take time and I love your comparison with Esther and also Niagara Falls. Gorgeous photos!

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    1. Thank you Mary! Niagara Falls is quite spectacular. My old photos don’t do it justice, I feel. But hope to take a video next time for those that want to experience it more and unable yet to visit! Have a wonderful week!

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