Stand Still To Savor Slowly

Many people have anticipated 2022 to be the New Year they had hoped for after the last two crazy years … but moments in many have had sickness, loss, great grief, and tragedy happen.

Some barely noticed the ushering of a New Year because they were dealing with so much that celebrating a New Year was the farthest from their minds.

I experienced neither scenarios personally but have so many friends and family that surely did.

I didn’t even make it to Midnight!
I didn’t set crazy goals and fret or stress out.
I savored every last moment of 2021… and that is what I am doing with 2022.

Here are some notes I gathered on

To have a particular taste or smell
a distinctive quality
to delight in : ENJOY
to have experience of
to perceive by the taste or smell,
to discern
that property of a thing which affects the organs of taste or smell;
The quality which renders a thing valuable;
To like; to delight in; to favor.

in Scripture, denotes that which renders a thing acceptable to God, or His acceptance.

Being aware of the present moments

Enjoying to the fullest

Slow down

Appreciative of

Savoring is how you allow yourself to be fully immersed in an experience.

Savoring is mindfulness in action.

Savoring is NOT craving, Nostalgia or clinging

Savoring is learning to slow down and start noticing things and being open to trying new things. It’s living fully present and mindful.

Deeper Trust!

Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed.

Each moment is too precious to waste.

There is great significance in savoring.

So, for 2022 my word is Savor …
I kept trying to talk God out of it … it didn’t seem like a great word at the moment but it sums up perfectly the current season I am in.

God keeps confirming it too over and over …. He is so awesome like that!

Wherever you find yourself today I pray you make some time to “stand still to savor slowly” … we are never guaranteed tomorrow. —XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom

Thank you Sarah Bourns Crosby for this amazing poem!

“Look for where the life is
Go where good is growing
Walk away from what is wilting
Stand still to savor slowly.

Watch for light to break in
Hold on to how you’re healing
Breathe in as spring awakens
Find rest in simply being.

— Sarah Bourns Crosby

The Ebb And Flow

Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas …

I have read and heard this phrase over and over today …

I almost jumped on that bandwagon too!

You see – it was 80 degrees in Houston. We wore shorts and flip flops and went out to eat Mediterranean food before my daughter flew out to Florida to vacation with friends.

But that was just part of yesterday …

We started with coffee and laughs and a crazy unwrapping of a special gift and stockings. Simple things but so treasured. Praising God for His blessings.

The day before we ate together at a wonderful little impromptu place before driving around to look at Christmas lights. My 22 year old twins happy to entertain Mom & Dad. We laughed and laughed and felt so joyful. But right at the end of our night we came across a fatal hit and run motorcycle accident half a mile from our home. We felt the joy fade a bit but prayed for the family that would soon get horrible news and all the people witnessing the trauma and death … even praying for my daughter that saw the crumpled body still in the road and the motorcycle pieces in rubble piles …

The day before that both kiddos were working and Hubs and I had an impromptu dinner with his sister and our nephews and niece in law. It was so much fun and food and laughter. We drove around looking at lights – just him and I – holding hands.

I can’t help but think of ebbs and flows …
Changing seasons ….
Kiddos grown…
Old friends and new friends….
Calls that came and those that don’t anymore…

The rush to pack it all up – and the craving of letting the moments linger longer.

Our friends and neighbors lost their mom this week after just a short hospital visit with no time to prepare and the stress of now having to grieve plan a funeral and settle her estate …
Our hearts ache for them – we have been praying and today as we stood outside visiting together a beautiful red cardinal was in the tree speaking to the son who lost his mom as me and his wife looked on with tears … but huge smiles too at the beauty that landed just feet from us…

Oh’ is there a point to this?
Heck – I don’t know,
but what I do know if that there’s days of joy and beauty and connection and family and then there are days of loss and junk and heartache and loneliness …the calls that don’t come and the plans disrupted
but even still … there is Joy.
There is Beauty.
There is a Peace that covers and fills and far surpasses all that we don’t understand.

Christmas – whether 80 degrees without extended family or friends or alone can feel so much Joy and be just as magical because it’s Christ that is the center of it all and is experienced in the highs and the lows of life long after the lights fade and everything is packed away.

Christmas can be a feeling everyday – regardless of what you think it should look like or what the movies and Facebook feeds portray it all to be.

Christmas is a linger in silence … a prayer … or a laugh and sometimes chaos abounding … it’s what you choose to make it and how you choose to view things….
My natural sight may be gone but my vision is deepening ….
May yours deepen too!

I hope you all know the true sentiment of Christmas is Christ Jesus, He is with us each and every moment of every day.

😘XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom