The Word Weaver
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Deb Weaver
"Beholding Moments"
by The Word Weaver, Deb on December 23rd, 2013

I wrote the following piece as part of our family Christmas letter.  It was true at the time.  

Then, I was struck by the flu bug and sidelined for a few days.  When my energy was renewed late last week, I overdid--surprising no one but me.  The next day after some disappointments, a landslide of stress, and the overbooking of my schedule, I had a meltdown.   Whiny.  Teary. Discouraged.  Twenty minutes and a good cry later, I felt better.  Ready to be grateful once more.

The post is still true.  I just need the reminder some days more than others.  So, if you are like me and need to be re-re-reminded, perhaps this post is for you too.
The house is silent except for the hum of the fish tank, the whirr of a passing car, and the ticking of the clock.   The tree lights glow softly.  The memories hanging heavy there draw my eyes and my smile. 
There are glass blown keepsakes from my childhood years.
Beloved gifts.
Handmade hearts.
Trinkets from trips we hold dear.
And priceless Popsicle treasures made by chubby fingers.  
Beautiful bangles, baubles, and balls.
We treasure these memories on a string all the more because we unpack them yearly, cradle them softly, and discuss them fondly.  Our hearts gather in joint remembrance, “Remember when?” or “Look how small you were in this photo!”

This is more than tradition, more than marking time.  We’re beholding moments.  Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts & The Greatest Gift, calls it “counting graces”.  Increasingly over the past few years, I’ve been learning to do this. 
 
To look for the light reflected in even the hard times and to search for beauty and joy in the midst of each day. 
 
To regard all of life’s moments—easy or hard, smooth or rough, exciting or mundane, happy or heartbreaking— as gifts of God’s grace, and in the process, to exchange worry and control for gratitude and trust. 
 
It’s transforming me.  Rather than slogging through tough, tiring weeks, I’m breathing hope, savoring life, and experiencing joy. 

It’s not an automatic or effortless choice.  Negativity is always easier.  Searching for beauty and joy requires intentionality and a slowing of my pace. 
Quiet graces won’t compete with hurry, can’t drown out chaos, and don’t eradicate worrisome realities.  But noticing, recounting, and embracing these gifts reminds me of God’s faithful love and increases my trust in His abundant provision.
 
Moments make the life.  Join me in choosing to celebrate?  Let’s marvel individually and together. 
May we, during this Advent season and throughout the New Year, nestle the simple joys and cradle the breathless beauty as we lift our hearts in adoration of the One who gives Himself.  There will be enough of Him today, tomorrow, forever.  No matter where we go or what we face, He is enough.  And we are satisfied.  


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Copyright 2013, The Word Weaver, Deb Weaver

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Beautiful handcrafted journal was made by my friend, Karrilee . There are several different kinds available through her esty shop.


Posted in Sacred Moments, Celebration!    Tagged with Christmas, Gratitude, Small pleasures, Memories, Worship


6 Comments

Helen Tisdale - December 23rd, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Wow! It took me so long to figure out how to leave you a comment! Your post "Beholding Moments" blessed me tremendously! I am so with you in doing this in my life right at this moment. All I know, is that it's a God thing. I have copied your words in "Rather than slogging through tough, tiring weeks.................." Your pictures are so delightful! Seeing how you must treasure where you received each one like I do! I've seen you before, but I must keep up with you better. You are a jewel. I know that I always love what I read from you! I notice that you don't write everyday. That fact freed me, as I am so inconsistent in writing on my blog. And your beautiful book for your One Thousand Gifts entries is beautiful & inspiring. I made a special book for mine too.God bless you Deb!
The Word Weaver, Deb - December 23rd, 2013 at 2:24 PM
Helen, your words blessed me so much! Thank you! I'm glad we're both taking time to notice and be grateful for life's daily gifts! My friend made the journal--I love it! I do not publish daily--I'm a slow processor! That, and I get overwhelmed by people who post a lot! The internet is a flood of information; I want my contribution to be quality. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!
~Karrilee~ - December 23rd, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Beautiful, sweet friend! Ah yes - don't we ALL need a re-re-reminder, from time to time? I know I do! I love the tradition and the beholdling moments... the remembering together of history and heritage! One of the things I treasure the most is the decorating of our (see through) Christmas tree! Somehow it is mostly done by my Girlie and me and we sit for hours remembering... re-re-reminding... LOVE this! (And what a sweet surprise to see you linked to my shop! Thank you friend!) Oh - and a tip - with that bow that ties your journal closed... on the spine, you can slip in a pen and then you are never ever without one... ask me how I need this! ;)

Merry merry Christmas!
Love you so!
~K~
The Word Weaver, Deb - December 23rd, 2013 at 2:26 PM
Karrilee, I love your relationship with your Girlie! That remembering together is a powerful tradition. I LOVE my journal--I'm happy to help you spread the word, friend! God is so good to be patient and to re-re-remind us! Love you!
Barbie - December 23rd, 2013 at 1:52 PM
Beautiful! Thank you! Merry Christmas!
The Word Weaver, Deb - December 23rd, 2013 at 2:27 PM
Barbie, thank you for stopping by the blog and for commenting! I love that when I see your name, I can picture your face because I read your Facebook updates so much! Merry Christmas!
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