Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Suddenly

My mom and I were talking the other day about the word Suddenly.  For some reason I can't stop thinking about it now.  When Honey's dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer...suddenly our lives were forever changed.  When Honey took that job that landed us in Minnesota 6 years ago...suddenly our paths went a different direction. 




As I was driving to soccer this weekend with the girls.  I was looking out over the sky.  We've had such thick cloud cover lately and the promise a blue sky sometimes seems bleak.  Every now and then a little sliver of it pokes through.  I'll see it...the bright blue and then the sun touches my skin and I can feel the warmth that's been hidden.  That reminder of how suddenly the clouds can part and there is a bright blue warm world up there just tied together with my suddenly thoughts. 


Even when we are going through a hard time or our circumstances change unexpectantly...God is working.  He may seem hidden.  It may feel like nothing is going on...like you've been forgotten, but in an instant it can all change.  I've heard of some painful suddenlies this past week.  My cousin lost her unborn child at 7 months along.  A friend ended a long standing relationship.  Another lost her job suddenly.  Pain comes to all of us, but just as quickly can come the comfort, warmth, answers, direction etc...that we've been waiting for and it can all happen so suddenly.  Thank you Lord for that.





Have a blessed day.

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39 comments:

  1. You are so right my dear...and perfectly said...I suddenly feel better already!...here is hoping that the clouds part so you can get a little vitamin D to help you through the rest of the week~ sending you hugs from far far away!

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  2. What a good perspective! I've never thought of the word suddenly and its meaning! Thank you! I'm reminded that nothing is sudden to God.....

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  3. what a perfectly written post from your beautiful heart.

    so, so true. He is always at work no matter what.

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  4. Lovely introspective thoughts, Becky.
    YES, that word ~ suddenly ~ can almost
    send a shiver up my spine. When my life
    is going really well I half hold my
    breath waiting for the other shoe to drop ~ the suddenly. But then I chase those thoughts away, as I truly believe that positive
    attracts positive and negative, the same!
    Love your cloud analogy, too.
    xx Suzanne

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  5. Beautiful...and I love the feeling of the sun touching my skin when the clouds part.
    So very sorry to hear about your cousin. God is good and He will carry her.

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  6. You're so right! I just finished the Beth Moore study on Esther, and the theme is that even though God is not mentioned a single time in the book, His works are written all over it.

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  7. I agree that what is sudden to us, God has known about before it ever comes to be. . .and we can be so grateful to Him for that! He knows us, and our circumstances and is ever-present to carry us through.

    Thank you for inspiring us today!

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  8. A good and true thought Becky...The good and bad suddenlys...I prefer the good ones though, they are such a breath of fresh air! Come say hi :D

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  9. beautiful words becky
    i think its in those sudden moments we can be shook for a moment but we know in our hearts the He is always with us
    you heart must be so heavy for those that shared their hurts this week....love to you friend

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  10. Lovely post! I think this was amazing, thank you for making me think!

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  11. This is really good.

    I quickly thought of the song by Mercy Me "It's a slow thing". Not a "very suddenly"...but what may have been what seems like an "all of a sudden" may really have been a "slow thing". Just difference of perspective...maybe. Especially when God has been in it all along. (like job changes and such).

    My heart goes out to your cousin - today...and your other friends whose lives are suddenly in a sense of loss and change. ((hugs))

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  12. Just the words I needed...such a beautiful post!

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  13. Sometimes I find it hard not to dwell on what 'suddenly' may come around the bend, and I have to remind myself to just live in the moment, one breath at a time, because it's all I can handle, and it's all I have.

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  14. Sweet chills I do have!
    Even hard suddenly's hold blessings, or remind us how blessed we are. Just gotta find that glimmer of silver lining deep in our souls and trust...really trust kind of faith. This is how testimonies are made. Just sayin! Praying you many perfect suddenly's that hold smiles so great they spill onto others. Thank you for you. You are loved.

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  15. Thank you for those words. I think sometimes we need reminders of this!!

    Brenda

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  16. Yep. Just like that. Suddenly.

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  17. Oh Becky....this is just beautiful...you write so beautifully and love how you share what it is in your heart!

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  18. Beautiful post Becky. Suddenly is such a bitter-sweet word. Hopefully our lives are filled with more sweet suddenly's!

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  19. Well, you gave me chills. What a beautiful way to put it!

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  20. Another great post that acts as a devotion for me today. Thanks for that. And, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song....reminds me of a wonderful time in my life....poignant and meaningful words. How comforting to know that no matter why, when or how far we fall our loving God is there the whole way waiting to catch us softly. Peace, friend.

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  21. Your words ring true.. suddenly just happens...out of the clear blue or cloudy sky, changes everything... and somehow a new road opens up... loved ones have a new role... paths they would have never imagined walking are now in front of them with loved one by their side to help steady them until they get there footing.
    thank you for this post.
    xo,
    LuLu

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  22. That is exactly what I needed! Thank you so much for your beautiful words. SUDDENLY I feel better!
    I always leave your blog lighter and brighter than when I came ;)

    Kelle
    xx

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  23. Just this morning I woke up worried over a situation and I began talking to the Lord about it. If I don't talk to him as soon as these suddenly things happen, then my mind and emotions get the best of me. Suddenly God took the worry away, and my mind was free to start the day. I'm so thankful that even in our "suddenly" moments, we never have to do it alone!

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  24. God only gives us what we can handle! Thanks for sharing such a sweet story!
    Stephanie

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  25. Becky, Talk about thought provoking! Suddenly. A dear friend of mune called me this week and she has MS, suddenly her life has changed. This was a perfect post for me to read tonight,
    Thank you.
    Kristin

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  26. I love this post Becky! Thank you so much for sharing. This is just what I needed to hear today!

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  27. Oh Becky I am with all of the other friends I had chills after reading this. You blessed me so much! Don't you just love those God moments when someone brings you the perfect words at just the perfect time well this was that perfect time. Prayed for you cousin too. **Hugs**

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  28. Ohhh...I'm praying for your cousin and your friends and for more beautiful summer weather for you, and for my Minnesota family!

    God bless you!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  29. So sad about your cousin Becky ~ I will be thinking of her.... I now have that old Billy Ocean song running through my head ~ Suddenly ~ life has new meaning to me.... I hope the sun shines upon you today.

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  30. what a sweet and encouraging post!

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  31. p.s. I'm so sorry for your cousin.

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  32. Profound post! You are so right...we're fully aware of the "bad things" that suddenly change our lives...we should be mindful, too, of how suddenly joy comes to us:) Thanks for the reminder, Becky:) {and for all the sadness this week, sharing my thoughts & prayers}

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  33. Sometimes God's grace is more present when we suddenly have adversity in our lives. That's when we look to Him, pray harder, and look more closely at the miracles he does provide, with hope. My prayers are with your cousin. May the grace of God surround her with comfort that the goal we all ultimately have for our children is that they go to Heaven. Also, that the peace that passes all understanding be with her and her family now and in the tough days to come.

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  34. I suddenly found myself needing this today.

    :)

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  35. You couldn't have possibly known this, but I was in tears about something going on in my life right before I read this post.

    I needed to hear what you had to say.
    Or rather, what God had to say to me through you.
    Thank you for being His willing vessel. :-)

    Hugs,
    Anne

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  36. Hi Becky,
    I have only recently found your blog after you blessed Amber with the "love bravely" necklace. I am so enjoying reading your blog and how you see things - it really is a blessing
    Caroline

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  37. I've thought about this too...

    (you have such a way with making your entries hit me personally)

    For example, how everyday may seem the same and yet you look back and so much has changed.


    And, I've also thought about how when things are stressful, you don't have enough time in day, things just aren't going right- your stressed out... You're not really sure how much more you can take when all it takes is for one of those "suddenly situations" to happen for you to wake up and and realize those things were just small potatoes and I need to appreciate everything a little more.


    KareyEllen
    KareyEllenDesigns.blogspot.com

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  38. Thanks for this beautiful post about Suddenly. It is so true and to get thru those suddendly's in LIFE, I often reflect on this quote.
    "Life is not the way it's suppose to be. It is the way it is. The way you deal with it is what makes a difference!" by Virginia Satir.

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