Do I have the time?




Where do you like to wait? I have learned over the years to always take a book with me when I have an appointment … most specifically at the doctor’s office or the car shop … both places known for giving tune-ups.

But this entire summer has been the summer of waiting … no vacations, no trips, no beach, no swimming, no tan, no fun in the sun! I haven’t even read much of anything; I’m so tired from all the yard work and house work, I fall asleep after only a few pages.

I need a plan; I need a project; I need to go somewhere new and exciting; I need to stop waiting for summer to start; waiting is exhausting; time is a moment; moments strung together are life.

Dear Lord, I am not good at waiting, or being still, or listening, or being silent.

Nothing about me is anywhere near being still; I listen, if my attention to your words are more interesting than the conversation going on in my head; along with a conversation, music is constantly playing in my head.

How, Lord … why Lord … have You called such a one as I? Take my hand and slow me down to an amble, Lord. Teach me, get my full attention, help me focus on Your still small voice … but … shout if necessary! Drown out the insistent music of my mind, and replace it with nature’s symphonies.

I do have the time.



I said I did not have time, but to what did I give the time, and was it a fair exchange? ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. ~Denis Waitely



Take Time to be Holy
Author: William D. Longstaff (ca. 1882)


Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.


Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.


Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.


Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.






an easy gait of a horse in which the legs on the same side of the body move together : an easy gait : a leisurely walk

2 thoughts on “Do I have the time?”

  1. Jan sometimes we become so inpatient, wanting the day to past quickly, hoping for a better more exciting day tomorrow. Then we discover days are weeks, weeks are years, it is all over but the shouting, time is gone, leaving us tears. Cherish each moment.⏳⌛️⏰

  2. Mel, you are so wise. My most precious moments are summer evenings when I am sitting still on the porch swing listening to the crickets … sitting on my deck, coffee cup in hand, enjoying the morning praise of birdsong … feeling the beach breeze comb through my hair and hear it whissssper past my ear … soaking in the timelessness on a mountain top as the echo of time carries up it’s secrets … those indeed are true treasures. Thanks for reminding me, my friend. Jan

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