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Friday, March 9, 2012

Five Minute Friday: When You Find Meaning By The Water


this week's word: empty



There are days that seem small in significance. Days when the most important thing I feel I've contributed to the world is wiping up the jelly that is stuck on the counter.  Days when my my mind swirls if I'll ever get some of my dreams up off the ground, or whether it's just too late to even begin.  Empty of promise.

Then, there are days that the whole world can be charmed with a laugh...

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On a beach blanket, you can capture the fullness of your heart. And the fullness of their own. You see the man that raised you to believe you had promise, whispering his presence to your children, and right then, you're sure even if life doesn't work out just so, it has still been full.

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Then it dawns on you, that you have to empty yourself of the notions you had before life began, in order to fill your life up with things your adolescent heart didn't know were possible.  Like how their heads bent together makes you ache for the tender.  And how the flash of their smile makes every toilet scrubbed, and lost sock eaten by the dryer worth it.

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And how you are growing them, who are still building their foundations, to know that their dreams have merit, and you share your recent discovery...even if those dreams look a little different then you planned. 

 You will watch them take on this world, together.  And in that moment of significance, you know your life has worth.

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17 comments:

  1. beautifully said, tara! we so need these reminders of what we are about, don't we? i do find that i am constantly having to empty myself of my preconceived notions or dreams or aspirations. . . creating new and even more wonderful ones, most times. it is a joyful journey if we can just stay above the mundane.
    blessings to you this day!
    steph

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  2. Beautiful...
    "You will watch them take on this world, together. And in that moment of significance, you know your life has worth."
    I had to read it twice...
    What a full life we lead in Him, Tara.
    So privileged to be a part of yours.
    Thank you!

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  3. We do have to empty ourselves to see His plan and dreams. And they are so much better. So beautiful. And I know what you mean about how watching your children's heads bent together makes you ache for tender.

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  4. you did such a lovely job here...and yes...this is so true...empty ourselves of notions we have...that has to continue as the children get older...the family dynamics change...
    Blessings as you drink all this in...know the true significance all this holds...

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  5. It's amazing how those moments meet, full and empty. But they don't cancel each other out. I too am amazed by how full my life is of joys I had never imagined and yet the ache of dreams leaves me reaching. The pictures of your kids at the beach are lovely. Great post!

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  6. Your words ring so true to my heart! Lovely post!

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  7. Absolutely beautiful! I totally related with you today.

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  8. "And how the flash of their smile makes every toilet scrubbed, and lost sock eaten by the dryer worth it."

    I love this! Their smiles do make every moment worth it. Beautiful post. :)

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  9. Lovely and poignant, Tara! You brought back many memories for me, especially the ones of "how the flash of their smile makes every toilet scrubbed, and lost sock eaten by the dryer worth it." :)

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  10. I love this post.. all of it was simply beautiful and poetic... but this made me smile, "And how the flash of their smile makes every toilet scrubbed, and lost sock eaten by the dryer worth it." I want to DESPERATELY to live my days squeezing out every bit of joy I can from every moment I have with my children.. because I know.. when these days pass... I will look back on them... I do not want to be plagued with regret...

    Your post captures what I desire in my heart so beautifully... Thanks for this...

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  11. It's a funny thing how our children re-shape our dreams. Mine have brought out dreams in me that I never knew existed. I love your last line, about knowing our worth. Not only do you have worth, but your words do too. Love this.

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  12. Beautiful, Tara. Just beautiful.

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  13. Lovely! Every word and image! Such mother truth in this! I have learned that these dreams planted inside of ourselves - well, He created the seed - and we are going to be so suprised and excited when its growth is complete. Our experience has no vision for His plan!

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  14. that picture of your daughter laughing... i see God in it.

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  15. the emptying and the filling -- precious truth here, sweet wonderful words.

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