Five Minute Friday: Notice

Notice. You have to stand still or stop to really notice. Does it all just fly by? Does it seem like it’s going too quickly?

When my son was little I remember treasuring each stage and every new growth spurt. I might not have loved every one of those stages, but I knew they would end and quickly and I loved him no matter what. Still do.

Now that we are all adults, it seems that life is simply a series of stages and seasons and it’s up to me to intentionally notice and treasure what is good, whether it’s a rough season or a great one.

There is always something to learn if I just notice.

There is a blessing in every stage, in every day. Especially when it’s feeling tough.

This rocked my morning when I read it… some words of wisdom from a former pastor of mine:

There are no “coincidences”, only divine appointments cloaked to look like mere fate. There is no karma, luck, happenstance or chance in the way God has ordained His universe and, by extension, our lives. Things may appear haphazard, but they aren’t. So, God actually has a deliberate plan for all of us today. We can either do His will — or ours. We can either run His pattern — or ours. We can either live for time — or eternity. So, watch out! There will be more than one opportunity for us to do something that will change the course of history before nightfall. Look for it carefully, for it will likely come disguised as an interruption, a problem, or a seemingly unimportant person. Remember: Nothing trivial will happen today. It all matters.

~ R. Steven Warner

What do you notice in this day of your current season?

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About Shari Risoff

Shari Risoff is an author, editor and consultant based in Raleigh, NC, USA. She studied business and spent years building client relationships in the corporate world and is passionate about communicating. She is the author of two books, Released: A True Story of Escape from an Abusive Marriage and Accidental Sabbatical. She began to consult and write full time during her own accidental sabbatical. She writes, and edits books for other authors, as well as helping small business owners with infrastructure or communication or projects of many kinds. She is devoted to her husband Stephen. When she is not working on her new book, or hanging out with Stephen, she is reading books or studying human behavior. Readers or writers in need of an editor can get in touch via email: projectmavens @ risoff.com or follow her on Twitter @ShariRisoff.
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9 Responses to Five Minute Friday: Notice

  1. You wrote:
    …it seems that life is simply a series of stages and seasons and it’s up to me to intentionally notice and treasure what is good, whether it’s a rough season or a great one.

    I want this to be a prayer of mine. Thank you for your beautiful words; your take on this prompt today. I noticed. 🙂

    Hello! I’m your neighbor at FMF. Nice meeting you – today!

  2. Shari Risoff says:

    Hi FMF neighbor! Thanks for dropping in and for your kind words. I want it to be a prayer of mine as well!

  3. debbieputman says:

    Intentionally notice and give thanks–because we can always count on our faithful God. I love to go for gift walks, deliberately taking time to notice His Presence in my world. Happy FMF!

  4. mincs1 says:

    Very thought provoking post. I especially liked: “Nothing trivial will happen today. It all matters.” Our lives and all that happens in them really do matter, don’t they 🙂

  5. iwillbloom says:

    Love your thoughts: life is all about stages, you’re right. We think it only applies to children, but it doesn’t, it applies to all of us. Loved the quote: have written it in my journal. Thank you. A fellow FMF-er.

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