Hey, Come and See

 

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Written by Jackie Tinkler

As I strolled the open space of  timeless chatter and nostalgic yesterdays, a familiar sense of security came over me.  Old clocks, sideboards that served many teas and family meals, tea kettles, and the mixture of old and new.    All of it seemed to lure me into a safe place.

As my husband and I walked the corridors of the old antique mall, I couldn’t help but find promise in the nostalgia. There was so much to see and  I began to feel overwhelmed and unsure.  I would think, “Let me keep my options open and see what’s around the corner. If I  only had that, I could happy. Oh, why couldn’t things be like this again?”  As my mindless chatter took me to another world, I saw the most beautiful china cabinet I’m sure I needed.  After all, the one I have is not this one!  The “wrestling” began in my heart.

Just as I began to pine away for something I couldn’t have, my husband Jim said, “Hey, come and see this.”  I’ll be honest, I thought he was going to show me an old tool from the 1800’s I had no use for, so reluctantly I left that pretty old cabinet behind to see what the “surprise” was.

To my amazement and joy, Jim walked  me over to a snare drum in a suitcase with a big smile on his face.  I was stunned!  The incredible thing is, that not twenty minutes ago we had been talking about childhood memories and that I played the snare drum in the elementary school band and he played the clarinet.  Time stood still for just a moment as, well, we enjoyed the memories of innocence and happiness.  IMG_5652

What are the chances that we would happen upon a snare drum the same day we talked about it?  It was as if God was showing me that if I choose to take my eyes off of what I want and think I need, he’ll give me what I REALLY need.  The joy and sweetness of His presence and promises from long ago.   You see that snare drum was more than just a drum, it was the very essence and entrance to the dreams and gifting God had for me as a child. Not because I could play a drum, but because it reminded me that it was a part of the journey.    That snare drum was the beginning,  and he was inviting me over to “come and see” and be reminded “I haven’t forgotten.”

“For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.” –Romans 11:29
Thank You, God, that You have gifted me for such a time as this.  You gave me everything I needed long ago to walk in your promises and dreams. I praise You that I am fearfully made, intricately woven and fashioned.   Thank you that you are for me and you have such wonderful plans for my life.

 

IMG_3892Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study Something Beautiful and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at her home church, Church of the Highlands, home styling for friends, on the hiking trail with her husband, Jim and their chocolate lab, Nelson, talking with their adult daughter Lauren or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Forward

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Written by Jackie Tinkler

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” Isaiah 43:18-19

Let’s face it, change is hard.  We can become so complacent with our routines and the way things should work, we miss the wide open spaces God is calling us to.  I remember a good friend of mine sharing this piece of advice, “Jackie, you need a change of scenery,” she said.  Her voice was soft and gentle, her eyes caring.  I had always looked forward to our chats in the middle of the work day.   As I took the slow elevator ride to the second floor from my office to hers, I could smell the sweetness of  hot tea and butter cookies waiting for me (with beautiful little tea cups and sugar cubes!)    Yes, I needed a change.  Life had become stagnant, routine, and in that year, kind of difficult. I knew God was getting ready to do something new, but what?   As my anxiety about the future grew, her refreshing words were a confirmation and a comfort to my weary mind.  For the first time, I believed, that maybe I could find a fresh start in a different place.

It was time to move forward.  I’ve done all I could do here.  God was answering my prayers for new adventures, and this time, I was going to be brave and do the new thing. And so, we moved from one state to another after 35+ years of living and growing in the same place.  I don’t know the new thing God is calling you to, but I do know God’s plan is always better.

The thing about moving forward is you have to let go of the past and the people, places, or things that can’t go with you.

“You have to fight with all of your might, to keep moving forward toward the will of God, and not look back or be afraid, because the new thing is waiting. You need courage ” ~ Jackie Tinkler

The “new” may be hard at first, but I promise, it will be worth it.  If you have prayed, received confirmation, agreement, and a “knowing” inside that God has something new for you, take a step! Go ahead and fill out that application, apply for the new job, say yes to the promotion,  start that business, go all in, find new friends, book the vacation, audition for the play, sign up for the missions trip, write the book, take the art class, sing, dance or whatever it may be.    God’s calling you to something new! There it is, can’t you see it?! 

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IMG_3891Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study Something Beautiful and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at her home church, Church of the Highlands, or on the hiking trail with her husband, Jim and their chocolate lab, Nelson, talking with their adult daughter Lauren, sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre, or indulging in a coffee and pop tart at her favorite café.

 

10 Truly Fabulous Ways to Recharge

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Written by Jackie Tinkler

In this always “on” world, we can  find it difficult to disconnect from our schedules to just be still and find refreshment wherever we are. Even God rested after His creative work was finished!
“God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good!  It was evening, it was morning…Day six.  Heaven and Earth were finished, down to the last detail”  Genesis 1:31-2:1 The Message
What if we take a moment to notice that all is good and it’s okay, in fact it’s essential, to take a break?  Why do we feel as if we need to impress with our jam-packed calendars seven days a week?  Where has the balance gone in our lives?
I’m grateful God shows us how to take a break from anything that is too much.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3  NIV

Are you busy and scheduled, feeling the strain of an overloaded life? Take a break!  Lie down in those green pastures and let God bring refreshment from the pace of physical demands.
I remember recently being so “busy” working my day job and leading ministry teams at night and on the weekends, all without a day off.  I was so frustrated and tired that when my cell would ring or a text would come through, I would shout “Not today people!”  Seems I needed a break,  but I didn’t know how it would work.  I didn’t want to give up all of the good things I was doing and also felt like I needed to do those things, as if I didn’t have a choice.
Make the choice to let go of one thing that can create margin.
What about the days of extended rest or transition, where God is helping us to let go of something to make room for MORE.    We can wonder, “When will I be useful again?” or “When will that door of opportunity open?”  We’re stressed to get something working or make something happen.  It’s even on these days we need to remember what’s important.   Stop worrying about where your life is going, take a break and enjoy where you are.
Some of you may think, “I’m on a limited budget and can’t make a change to my work schedule,” or perhaps you’re committed to seeing a project or serve opportunity through.  How do we find time for a break then?   In all of these scenarios God will show us how to recharge.
“You see, it isn’t in the big busy stuff that we find true joy.  It’s in the little things of the here and now, where we find treasure; the quality of life we’re looking for.” ` Jackie Tinkler
As I share my truly fabulous simple list of ways to recharge, I pray you find your way back to the little things in life that fill your days and nights with joy.  Be blessed! Jackie xo
  1. Nothing like a new set of sheets and a good night’s sleep.  (Check out Cynthia Rowley’s cute sheets on Amazon)
  2. Sit in the sunshine for at least 15 minutes and take in some vitamin D.
  3. Schedule at least two 15-minute break times during the day to disconnect from conversation, phone calls, computer time and social media.  Be still and know!
  4. Buy yourself something (as my grandmother used to say!) ($20.00 or less)  a new lip color, costume jewelry, book, magazine, coffee/tea, plant, flowers or whatever you like.  Just for you!
  5. Download a Bible app or sleep story (remember bedtime stories?) Put in your earbuds and take in the Word, pray and let the stress melt away.  https://abide.is/
  6. Read a good book or novel; something that takes your mind off of “serious.”
  7. Do something creative alone. (adult coloring books, paint, scrapbook)
  8. Eat a gourmet pop tart and drink a hot cup of coffee or tea.   https://www.facebook.com/essentialbham/
  9. Go on a day trip  where you can ride a bike, go for a jog or swim, cook outside, take a walk by the lake, feed the ducks, listen to the birds sing, sit in a rocking chair, play a game of checkers.
  10. Spend time with those you love.  Invite friends and family over for a Sunday dinner and laugh a lot…I mean a lot!

 

IMG_3891Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama.  She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer.  She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study Something Beautiful and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at her home church, Church of the Highlands, or on the hiking trail with her husband, Jim and their chocolate lab, Nelson, talking with their adult daughter Lauren, sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre, or indulging in a coffee and pop tart at her favorite café.

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