Seriously, God . . . WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

It was an unexpected question—and one for which I had no immediate answer. Interestingly, the question referred to my quiet time with God.


When you’re not in “agenda” / get-things-done mode, how does the conversation go?


Hmmm . . .


You mean when I’m not asking God for something—or checking off a list of praises? When I’m *trying* to be still . . . but my mind is anything but?


How does the conversation go THEN?


If I’m not talking, am I listening?


And if God’s not saying anything, what am I doing?


And then it came to mind . . .


Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

John 15:4 (NASB)


Abide. Live in Me.


So I asked myself:  With those I love, how do I “abide”? What do I do when it’s just us—and quiet? When there’s no agenda?


Honestly? I am such a get ‘r done person that I don’t always abide well—but I’m working on it.


But now I have an answer to the original question.


Today, it’s quiet. Just me and God. I’ve set aside the agenda.


It’s time for a relaxed conversation.


You really outdid yourself this morning.

Did you make these just so we can blow them? It’s so much fun!

Were you waiting in anticipation for me to find these? I’m so glad someone left them behind!

Did you giggle when you spun those gorgeous curls?

So, I’m guessing you were in a “ruffly” mood… 🙂

This field has only had poppies once in five seasons. Once — and I got to see them! Thanks for the treat!

You wanted me to see this, huh? Thanks for the photo op!

How do you make these stand up so straight and pretty? Why don’t they fall over?

Does this bring to mind an unbelievably hard day? Thank you—more than I can possibly express.

By any chance, are you planning to show off again tonight?


I think I need to practice simply abiding. How about you?


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful evening!


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  1. Karen Bell says:

    I am seriously ADD. It’s so hard to quite my mind when I’m trying to focus on my time with the Lord. I often wonder if He is aggravated That I’m unable to contain my wondering thoughts. Then I remember, he created me. Thanks for your thoughts, they are inspiring.

  2. Judy Collier says:

    A lovely reminder of simplicity and taking stock of how God’s work is evident in things we so often are too preoccupied to experience. Your message was perfect and lovely in its pictures and words!

  3. Thank you, Susan! Well said.

  4. Patricia says:

    Abiding is hard sometimes. Thanks for the suggestions

  5. Cindy Scott says:

    Very timely post that spoke to me, thanks Susan….loved the beautiful photography!!

  6. Inspiring photos and words, Thank you for the reminders to attend to the handiwork of God.