Perspective, Trials

Fog: 4 Tips for Seeing Through Difficulties

Foggy day with a frame

By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

Fog wrapped around my vehicle as I pulled from the garage. I glanced to the left and the right—twice—before steering onto the street. In a way, I felt as if I was the only person on the road.

There’s something almost eerie about driving when you can’t see anything around you. I’m comfortable driving in various conditions, but my hands still gripped the steering wheel. I leaned forward to check for shadows before me. Headlights from the other direction sliced through the soup, cutting a path in the mist.

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Five Minute Friday scribblings, God

Still: When Stillness Comes

Dance of the leaves copy

By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

My Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—STILL. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!

STILL

Life has been so busy this fall. With the start of school and boys involved in different activities, this mom-of-two keeps on top of homework, meals on the table, food in the fridge, laundry relatively clean, piles . . . well, let’s not talk about the piles in this house. They’re um, scary right now.

I try to spend time with Jesus daily. I do have time with Him, but the challenge is to be still before Him. To be focused solely on Him rather than on making a cup of coffee, setting worship music on, having enough light filtering through the drapes. Hearing my computer chime saying I have emails? Oh, that chime is such a lure.

It’s the learning to be still before Him that stretches me. It’s such a noisy world I live in.

One thing God’s allowing in my life that drives me close to Him is trials with the boys, and other family heartaches. I find myself pouring out my heart to Him on their behalf.

On mine.

Yellow leaves in sunlight

I’m still when I’m praying earnestly for others. Focused on lifting them to the throne of Grace. It’s in times of struggle that I find myself still before HIm. Because it’s in those times when I need Him most. 

I’m more willing to listen to Him, to beseech Jesus for wisdom and to ask for His grace to strengthen me.

When life flows along just fine, it’s harder for me to be still before Him, because those needs I can meet? Well, I know I’ll take care of them. I don’t need Him.

Oh, that I can come the place where I see my need for Jesus in the difficult times and in the joyful times of life.

What about you? What helps you to still your heart before the Lord? How do you keep the world from filling your mind with noise?

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Adventure, God, Tethered: Clinging to Jesus, Trials

Tethered: Clinging to Jesus

Phase 2 silhouette

By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

A spirit of adventure claimed me on Saturday at our church’s women’s retreat.

I stepped into a blue harness, which was tightened around me almost to the point of pain. The guy working the ropes course handed me a yellow tether and told my friend and me to have fun.

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