Small Moments of Glory

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Hi there ladies!  School is out and we are slowly working our way into our summer routine.  I am so grateful it’s here.  Time to slow. it. down.

I wish my summer started off simple and quiet but it’s been quite the opposite.  I said good-bye to my favorite of aunts about three weeks ago after her unexpected departure to heaven.  I’ve hosted not one but two parties here.  And I’ve been in the thick of intense conversations with several friends.

It’s been a lot and I landed yesterday on my knees, in a place with my hands open wide asking God to show me the way.  Feeling sadness, shame, disappointment – all feelings that I’d rather not feel, but feelings that I know I must work through in order to be whole.

Then last night I came home from this interview (scroll down to June 6th, 2017) and my boys were jumping up and down, they were so excited to show me – in their words – “the best surprise ever”.

You know how it goes – “close your eyes, mom, we will lead you to your surprise.”  So I did just that.  I slowly allowed them to lead me as I ran through a list of possible surprise options in my head.  And before I knew it, we were at the front door.

I hung a wreath on the outside of the glass front door about a month ago and a couple of weeks later, we noticed a nest and three eggs.  When we checked the nest the next day, there was one more for a total of four.

As I stood up on the chair yesterday, what I saw was more glorious than the day we found the eggs.  It was three little birdies plus one egg left to hatch.

Girls, after the day I had – it filled my heart with such joy.  Such wonder.  Childlike giddiness enveloped me as we were all jumping up and down, thrilled that the birdie’s eggs finally hatched.

It reminds me of Ecclesiastes when Solomon tells us – there is a time for everything.

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

I don’t know what kind of day you’ve had today – maybe you are on cloud 9 and hitting it out of the park.  Maybe like me yesterday, you were limping along asking God to take away the ugly feelings within.  Maybe you are scared, alone, sad beyond comprehension.

Whatever it might look like for you, I want you to remember that there is a time for everything.  There is a time to be sad.  There is a time to mourn.  There is a time to tear down.

It’s in these harder times when I wake up and start to look for God’s goodness, God’s glory.  For me, it’s a sweet bird’s nest with little birdies that hatched.

Would love for you to share – How, during this season, is God revealing his glory to you?


9 thoughts on “Small Moments of Glory

  1. Sharon Szymanski

    June 8, 2017  |  12:35 pm

    Shelley, I found myself reflecting on the moments I just had today . After reading reading your post it was definitely perfect timing . I am a school bus driver and was at a amusement park for the day, none of the other drivers wanted to go in & enjoy any of the rides but my gut today was telling me different . I found myself enjoying every moment even alone and recording each ride I went on to share with my kids on Snapchat. I was being funny , spontaneous & even laughing . laughing at myself & experiencing feelings I once had as a child. It was the first time in nearly 3 years I found something to take away the pain & sorrow each day seems to bring after my husbands discloure. Thank you for reminding us that there is a time to laugh , dance , sing & even be silly & find happiness in each day before us.

  2. Tracy Binder

    June 8, 2017  |  02:11 pm

    Well that post of perfect TIMING. I am sitting in sadness today. Trying to be okay being not okay. Sounds weird but it’s where I am so can be fully known and whole. I too find myself asking God where we are? Where are we going? Thank you for the reminder to see Gods glory, it’s everywhere. In my kids snuggles, the baby kicking me so hard in the ribs, field day competition, no homework;). God is so for us and with us!!

  3. CKW

    June 8, 2017  |  02:12 pm

    Shelley! That was a BEAUTIFUL RL post! OMG! Brought tears to my eyes. One spring when my children were little. We lived in West Texas. Side note-I’m a germ a fobe! (Nevermind a teacher). Don’t like lots of noise and confusion BUT we had THREE KIDS, TWO inside PRAIRIE DOG pets, an AQUARIUM with many fish, a DOG, a. CAT. One spring afternoon one of my son’s friends mom rang the doorbell to pick up her son (he was an only child). As I opened the door she said something like “my there is lots of fertile ground at the White House”. The birds eggs had hatched in my wreath also and to add to that long list was three baby birds. Your post was a take back to that day which brings joy to my heart remembering and brings thoughts of how thankful I am for God and his simple blessings – baby birds to remind us all of himself. Thank you Shelley for the post!!!!❤️

  4. Wendi

    June 8, 2017  |  06:58 pm

    In this season of my life God is showing me my true passions. What he has made me for and why my heart beats faster for certain things. Thank you for all of your hard work for being vulnerable and helping us.

  5. Heidi

    June 10, 2017  |  10:09 pm

    This post brings me joy. Your example of God’s faithfulness to bring life at a time most needed, to reveal his truth through baby birds, and for you to allow yourself to suspend your other feelings and carry yourself away with your kids to find God’s promise helps me see how our own attitudes and reframing in a moment is a way to replace sorrow, sadness, or anxiety with the joy and childlike wonder God wants us to experience, resting in the knowledge of our eternal salvation. Beautiful! Thank you for reminding us that it’s healthy to shift our focus from our earthly perspective to a heavenly one.

  6. Stephanie

    June 14, 2017  |  12:25 pm

    What a great post! Thank you for everything you do. You have no idea the impact you made on my life. Love you, sweet sister in Christ!

  7. Jenn C.

    June 21, 2017  |  02:25 pm

    WOW. I’m in tears as I write this, knowing that I just wrote this very verse down in my journal in response to a huge trigger that I was experiencing this week. I felt like God was reminding me that this ugly, seemingly hopeless time in my marriage is just a season and that new life is coming, in its timing. And here, a visit to your blog just minutes later further confirms God speaking to my heart. Thank you for the reminder of hope.

    • Shelley Martinkus

      June 21, 2017  |  02:28 pm

      That is so cool Jenn! You don’t know how many times I hit the “publish” button in trepidation… wondering – is this really going to speak to anyone? Or is this just all nonsense?!

      Your response is encouragement to me, too, to continue to put it out there in the hope that it will be nourishment for those that come here. xoxo

  8. Sara

    July 5, 2017  |  04:02 pm

    Your story and transparency have given me hope during this time in my life..thank yiu for speaking truth

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