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What is time?


The following comes from the mind of my amazing husband, Mark Sole. He posted this tonight as a status update on his personal Facebook page but he frequently posts similar things to his public page, Mark Sole – Life On Fire.

What is time? Is it a measuring stick to complete our appointed tasks? Or is it a collection of instances, or memories? I believe time can stand still. I have seen it, felt it, witnessed it. The most common occurrence being when I hold one of our babies as they fall asleep. It is an escape, really, from this world. For an instant, there is nothing else. Only HEARTBEATS…and BREATHING. Maybe the creak of the rocking chair. So warm, safe, comforting, and loved we both are in that instant.

Some of us do not have pleasant memories. This world is messy. Some moments, time can stand still in the pain, suffering, rage, anger, depression, and hopelessness. Even though you may not believe, I believe for you, that there is a loving Savior standing right there with us, in the midst of the hurt.

I have been reading a lot lately. Mostly personal development, leadership development, and health. My reason is simple, I want to be better at what I do. I want to get deep into people’s lives and love them. I want change to burst forth from their hearts. I want to show them that walking the narrow road is not easy nor am I perfect, but I want them to do it WITH me. I am on a quest to continually create ACTION in my life and my family’s life, so that we may love others more. But all the leadership books, all the motivational speakers, all the audio and seminars cannot trump the most important thing I hold on to…God‘s promise to us found in the Bible.

If you want to see what love really is, it is action. Because in one instant, God’s son, Jesus, died, in our place, out of love for us, so that we might trust in Him and live. LOVE became ACTION. I know many of you do not feel the same way I do. You do not believe this really happened, or what really happened that instant. And that is OK. BUT what I do know it this. Even though we may operate by time, and “time is all we have.” GOD has more than that. And He wants you. And He is knocking. And He will wait for you to be ready.

I truly love everyone. I believe we are all created in the image of God. I also believe God has a very specific plan for all our lives, and how He uses TIME may be different for you than for me. I know there will come a time, when you will open that door, and take that chance to let Him in. I don’t know when it will be. But I do know that in that moment of pain, hurting, suffering, anger, frustration, and hopelessness, He will be there. He will NOT fail you. And time will stop. And Love will feel like two things…

Heartbeats…and breathing


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Falling asleep at the wheel

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

(Image courtesy of Schonfeld Photography)

Do you ever have days where you forget to pray, days when you probably need to pray the most? Pray that you can find one extra ounce of energy to stay awake at the wheel of life? Those days seem to just drag on, and on, and on…you get the picture. Today has been one of those days for me.

I found myself ready to get up and go first thing in the morning. I took our dog around a local lake for a quick workout while my husband loaded the four kiddos in the car and dropped Gracie off at school. I was excited to get out in the fresh, brisk Colorado air and just breathe. About halfway around the lake, however, I hit a wall and looking ahead at what I had left to jog felt like I was looking into eternity! “You can do it Noell, not much farther!” I kept telling myself.

Fast forward to the rest of the day…doing laundry just to avoid playing with my babes, perusing the internet as a way to zone out. At one point Jeannie, who just got her cast off of her leg, falls with a huge thud from the kitchen chair. Oh crap!! What a “wake up call”! What the heck am I doing?! Thoughts of rushing her to the hospital with another fracture, run through my mind. What would I say when asked what happened? “Oh, well I was staring at the computer instead of watching my little girl, no biggie,” yeah right!

The rest of the day was an emotional roller coaster. One minute I found the motivation to rough-house and give piggyback rides, the next minute I’m pulling my hair out because all four kids are screaming. When will the day end?! Normally I would try to take a deep breath and ask God for mercy but today I completely forgot…and you know what? God gave me mercy anyway! He was still there with me encouraging me throughout the screaming, the spaghetti dinner on the floor, the kids fighting and talking back to their mama. He was still there giving me the strength to get through the day. I made it and only because of Christ carrying me through it all! Hallelujah!

And it all starts again tomorrow!