Honduras Reflections, Whitespace & a Footnote

Thursday, March 31, 2011


The Honduras Update was so well received. Thank you for your comments, your support, and your interest in Hubby's Honduras journey. We've been virtually, and literally, hugged.

That trip was over one month ago, but it has taken Hubby some time to process his experiences. I cannot speak for him, but I imagine that "the processing" is not over. It takes time - quiet time, the passage of time - to reflect on life's twists and turns. It takes what Bonnie at Faith Barista invites us to write about this week, whitespace, the search for spiritual rest.

I love that term, whitespace. It makes me feel calm, open, uncluttered. Quiet.

Early morning quiet is how I enter whitespace and receive spiritual rest. At 5:00 a.m. the alarm rings. Snooze, snooze, I'm up! I'm up. I want to wake up. I get out of bed because I cherish the cocoon of quiet.

The house is dark, the coffee waits. I sit in my favorite chair and enjoy the warmth, the peace and the still. I work through my stack.


I read, pray and write. I have a routine, but I don't let it confine me. I explore. The only rule is, Be still and listen. Don't forget to open your mind and receive. I can do that in the early morning whitespace. That serene, enclosed, focused time with God leaves me spiritually energized - ready to face my day. I emerge.

And then do you know what happens? I end up finding God outside the cocoon. I find Him everywhere - in the spring blooms, in the running children, in the piles of work and in the ringing phone. I find that when I give God my morning quiet time, my whitespace, He gives back so much more. He gives everything.

So when the alarm rings at 5am the next morning, I get up. Again, and again, and again. I have discovered a wonderful cycle of quiet, energy, and joy, which begins and ends with spiritual rest.

To read more about spiritual rest, click here
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or share with us: How do you spend time with God and experience spiritual rest? Maybe it is quiet time, out in nature, with your children or friends, at church, or in a special place? You might inspire someone else with the insights you share . . .

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Footnote: I wrote this post on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, I read Ann Voskamp's blog and learned of the opportunity to link up for a chance to win a She Speaks scholarship. The She Speaks Conference has been on my mind for a while, but I thought, "Not now, too soon, not ready." Then, this. Yet another reminder. I must try. The conference is about women connecting the hearts of women to God and it is about my desire to serve Him, as He leads. If you feel your heart going in that direction, you should go for it, too. Click on the links above. I'll cheer you on.


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6 Responses to “Honduras Reflections, Whitespace & a Footnote”

  1. Don't you just love "Jesus Calling?" Thats a great way to make the most of your white space! Great post!

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  2. I, too, love that quiet time in the morning with God. It's a date I can't wait to wake up for. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. "white space" ~ what a great comparison!

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  3. I love how you said meeting God in the cocoon allows you to find him outside it, too. A very encouraging thought!

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  4. Me too! I thought it was the promise of a hot steaming cup of coffee that was coaxing me out of bed...but it was really God. He knows me better than anyone, and just put me on the couch with a cuppa joe and my Bible and I'm all His. :)

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  5. Me too! I thought it was the promise of a hot steaming cup of coffee that was coaxing me out of bed...but it was really God. He knows me better than anyone, and just put me on the couch with a cuppa joe and my Bible and I'm all His. :)

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  6. I, too, love that quiet time in the morning with God. It's a date I can't wait to wake up for. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. "white space" ~ what a great comparison!

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