Tag Archives: Time

Windows of time

… but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. I Tim. 6:17

Windows of time close, even as they open.

Gravity has no mercy.

The present can’t be found

in windows past, nor windows to come.

Look now. Take in the beauty.

Bask in the life this window brings.

Search for four-leaf clovers and linger over wild roses —

Before leaves wither and petals drop.

Go barefoot through dewy grass and chase sunsets with a butterfly net —

before grass brittles and the sun vanishes behind a looming horizon.

This moment in time, embrace. Then, let go.

Lest heart be caught — turned to salt — and miss the next good thing.

For as one window closes, another one opens.

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Patty Perkins

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Life goes quickly and we sometimes don’t realize what we have until we don’t have it anymore. We dwell on yesterday or live for tomorrow — missing the joys of today. Live today. Seize each moment as a gift. Treasure it because moments pass and life never stays the same.

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“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

But Lot’s wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26

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God-breathed

Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”*

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Though mountains crumble

and the heavens shake

should stars fall into the sea.

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His word will endure

the folding of time

tested, refined and God-breathed.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, February 6, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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But a breath

Psalm 39:5 “…Each man’s life is but a breath.” (NIV)*

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A breath is airy and unable to be grasped. It comes and goes without conscious effort. A breath happens in but seconds. No single breath can ever be repeated. Ever. Each breath is unique, purposeful and life sustaining. Vital.

If life is but a breath — then let me use the time well. If life goes quickly, then let it count. May the days not be wasted and may the years be worthwhile. May seeds of righteousness and love from my life go on for a thousand generations.

Go ahead, breath. Scatter those seeds to multiply one thousand-fold. As my teen-age son says, “Yolo” — you only live once. Make it count.

Psalm 39:4 “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.” (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, August 24, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


All day praise

Psalm 113:3 “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” (NIV)*

Ukulele (photo by Patty Perkins)

Ukulele (photo by Patty Perkins)

Praise him in the morning

And in the noontime, too.

When evening comes

And day is done–

May then his song ring true.

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In every in-between time

Ascribe him glory due.

With voice & string

Let praises ring–

Alleluias, through and through.

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by Patty Perkins

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The poetic language of the Psalms touches my very soul. The Psalmist could have said, “from sunrise to sunset”. But no, it is elegantly phrased to grace the ear, “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets…”* Ministering words to be sure. Sigh.

Have a blessed weekend!

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.