“Time is a smooth white seashell…hold it close and listen to the beauty of the hours.” — Anonymous
I learned the power of a moment on February 24,1990.
It was on that day that my best friend died.
Her name was Tracy and we were like sisters…best friends since we were five years old. I had been the maid of honor in her wedding just seven short months before. That evening, she had been chatting on the phone with a friend when her voice suddenly fell silent. She had died instantly, the result of a previously undiagnosed heart condition.
One moment, she was a young, happy newlywed, filled with hope for the future. And the next moment, her life on earth ended and she entered eternity.
My life was never the same after that day.
I had been raised in Peters Creek Baptist Church in the small town of Library, PA. All my life, I had heard the wondrous truth of a Savior named Jesus…God in human flesh…who loved me enough to come to this earth and pay a debt that I could never pay. I accepted Him as my Savior when I was 13 years old and walked with Him throughout my school years.
However, as I neared the end of college and later entered the workforce, I began to drift away…ever so slowly and subtly. The enticements of the world beckoned and I began to flirt with danger. I stopped going to church and my Bible collected dust on the shelf . I became someone I didn’t even recognize and found myself in places I never thought I would be. I convinced myself that I was having the time of my life, that I was “free.” Yet, late at night when all was still and quiet, an emptiness gnawed at my soul and I knew Jesus was whispering for me to come home.
I got very good at tuning out His still, small voice…until February 24, 1990.
That night, He used a megaphone.
As I literally lay on the floor, sobbing not only over the loss of my best friend, but of what had become of my life, His Spirit spoke clearly to mine and He said, “You are NOT promised tomorrow. What are you doing with the one life I have given you? Return to Me.”
And so I did. In deep repentance, I returned to His open arms and unconditional love…to the God who gives beauty for ashes. Peace flooded my soul and I have never looked back. From that moment on, my view of life was forever altered and I began to treasure my moments.
That is why I started this blog. Time flies by in a blur and it’s easy to forget the beauty of the moments. This little corner of the blogosphere will be a place for me to record the various moments that make up a life: some funny, some sad, and everything in between.
The Chris Rice song The Power of a Moment was the inspiration for this blog.
So…welcome. Life is a beautiful gift. I will look forward to sharing the beauty of the hours with you. 🙂
11 responses to “The Beauty of The Hours”
This site is now in my favorites! Love the book section.
Susan: This is a day of great rejoicing and victory as well as a fantastic Valentine’s Day gift from you to me. (Thank you!) Your long awaited, and highly anticipated, blog is up and the first post made me cry because: 1. It was worth the wait! 2. It is not only the perfect introduction of exactly who you are to new readers, but it perfectly describes the precious, godly, funny, changed woman I know you to be today. I am so proud of you and for you my dear, treasured and much missed friend. ox, me
Glory to God! Dearest Susan, what a treasure this blog is and will be! God is going to use you for His glory in ways no one can even imagine. I love you dear sister and friend. xo, KP
God is so good and faithful to His Word.
This blog is another proof of Him giving His child a desire of her heart.
I am very happy for you that you now have an avenue to share with the world about how His love makes all the difference in everyday living.
I am so proud of the woman you have grown to be. May God continue to bless and use you for His glory.
Wonderful reminder to live each moment to the fullest. I am so excited to see how God will use this blog to encourage hearts and minds for His glory!
Your writings are beautful and God has obviously blessed you with a talent for writing and conveying your feelings. I think you are going to find great joy in doing this blog. Congratulations on a great start.
Thank you Susan for sharing so openly and honestly. I was blessed as I read your blog and I know others will be too. Praise God!!!
Cant wait! I am all eyes! Shall read with open heart, mind and soul! Carry on mt friend!
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