I am, for whatever reason, time challenged.
I used to blame it on my girlie. I felt confident that it was all her doing, because before Motherhood I could get to places on time. Early even. (Sometimes.)
But since her arrival... well, not so much!
Here's the thing though: She moved out and I am still not on time. I am always running about 10 minutes behind schedule. I am working on this flaw. It helps that I am an Artist. There seems to be grace for the way we tend to let things capture our attention for moments at a time. Still, I really WANT to break this bad habit.
The difference between being late, and being on Island Time is that when you are on Island Time - there is no late!
(Wait, what? Is this the real life or is this fantasy... oops! See? Squirrel!)
Island Time offers us all a respite from all the noise and chaos and clamoring. A little breaky to simply sit back, close your eyes, listen to the water lapping the shore and the seagulls laying claim from the skies.
Island Time IS vacation.
So, after too many days lined up in a row that pushed up and over the triple digit mark in this desert town, we headed for the water, looking for cooler air and a refreshing on a deeper level. A little lay-back, slower-breathing, let-your-shoulders-fall-back-down-from-beside-your-ears, and just-REST time.
Thankfully my Sissy and her family live within driving distance, on an island... and this is the second time in about a month that we have escaped to exhale there this summer!
This Summer - where God is holding me close and holding me tight in this In Between space... I am finding gifts all around me as I let go... and rather than all the Leaning IN that I have been doing, He is calling me to just lay back... and this slow unwinding gift of Island Time is seeping down deep into my soul.
Lisa-Jo wrote it recently - how the Internet is not the Boss of us, and God has been showing me that there is a season for all kinds of Bossy Lists and then there is a season IN BETWEEN and all I know for sure is that as I lay back, trust in Him, and count on... I am finding that Island Time is a state of mind and I refuse to let Busy or Bossy push me back to a hectic schedule... at least not until it is time!
For now... I continue on my 'vacation'... and I count one thousand gifts, and then one thousand more... and still, I count on with multitudes on Mondays (and everyday!)
#2102 - A Friday - fun-filled and spent with my girlie...
#2103 - Saturday morning on the patio... coffee, sunshine, reading, and prayer.
#2104 - Finding little pieces and accents to go in our Family Room as I prepare to redecorate! (I 'blame'/thank The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith! Non-affiliate link... it's just that good!)
#2107 - Google. Seriously, ya'll!? What did we ever do without Google?
#2108 - Helping my girlie paint furniture for her new place and decorate and hang pictures!
#2110 - Art... Art Journaling, a little sketching/illustrations, painting canvases (and my own furniture)... plus 2 new requests for prophetic art pieces in August for some online communities!
#2111 - Summertime Morning Walks... before it is crazy hot!
#2112 - Jazz in the Valley - Jazz festival with friends... a yearly tradition!
#2113 - Planning an overnight trip to Portland to connect with Alia and Ashley! #KeyWomen
#2115 - Mom's knee... healing after prayer and a little more exercise and stretching. Enough to cancel her surgery! Praise God!
#2117 - A Road Trip to Whidbey... (My Honey going Camping with my Brother-In-Law, while my Sissy and I, well - don't go camping!)
#2118 - Sunset on Deception Pass Bridge... (and the moon! Gah!)
#2119 - Not being afraid at all to walk out on the bridge to capture those shots. This is huge, ya'll! I have battled fear of water and heights for all of my days! I didn't even think of it!
#2120 - Beach town shops, clearance deals, necklaces with keys on them, and all things Aztec-y!
#2121 - The Amazing views along Ebey's Landing on Whidbey... a nice easy trail to walk along the bluff and on down to the beach!
Lookie, ya'll - I found a Bench!!!
#2122 - The visual reminder, yet again, that God is Big, and I am Small... Small, not Insignificant! There IS a difference!
#2123 - Walking the trail with my Sissy... we used to walk together several times a week when she lived just down the road from me!
#2124 - Good, long talks.
#2126 - The Anacortes Art Festival... it is HUGE! (...plus Ice Cream for the win!)
#2128 - Picnicking in the Oceanfront Park, walking along the water and the marina, and drawing in my sisters' backyard out in the country, amongst the trees, the chickens, and the bees. (They have chickens, yes - and my BIL is a beekeeper too!)
#2129 - JUMPING TANDEM Ticket... it's not until next May - but I am counting down already! (Are you going? If so - let me know in the comments below!)
#2130 - The Ferry ride home! (Gorgeous!)
...and we count on!
Can I encourage you to lay back, sink in to a little Island Time mentality this summer and count your blessings, one by one...
I pray you
* - Referencing Hebrews 13 & 14
P.S. I'm linking up with these lovely writers:
Jennifer Peterson for #NoWordsAreNeeded
Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday
Jennifer Dukes Lee for #TellHisStory
Holley Gerth for #CoffeeforYourHeart
Jennifer Dukes Lee for #TellHisStory