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Life is not Perfect!

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
…A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 4

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Life is not Perfect!

The pain and heartache
They come and they go
Cutting deep
Wounding the soul

Burdens too much to carry
Spirit weighed down
Living in the here and now
Sorrow abounds

Life is not perfect
Nor was it meant to be
A precursor of something better
A realm yet unseen

The heart it beckons
The spirit it yearns
The soul cries out
This world it spurns

Hope lies beyond
High in the heavens above
A continuous fount of life
God’s river of love

Loving arms of comfort
Sweet prayers from thine lips
Peace for the moment
Grief stands eclipsed

Through mercy and grace
The pain subsides
Where once heartache dwelled
Now joy resides

Time

I have come to realize that time is such a valuable commodity. Not that I didn’t know that already, just that it has become ever so much more apparent as I have grown older. Scripture tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 that there is time for everything.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to want to mold and shape time into my schedule, to fit my needs or desires. I want to do or make things happen when I want them to, but time doesn’t let me. God doesn’t let me! After all I am not the creator of time nor the creator of my life…God is. It is with much patience and endurance that I await my hearts desires, trusting that there is a time for everything, and right now my time is to focus on prioritizing, spending precious moments with my quickly growing son, and reveling in the quiet time I can spend with my Lord.

May the Lord guide you in all you do, help you make the most of your time, and give you peace to wait.
God bless and keep you always.

The Present is a Gift Indeed!

Yes, this is a repost from last May, but oh so relevant today as well!  I find myself constantly battling to find meaningful time with God as I go to and fro with all the busyness of life, and therefore I share this again….a reminder to myself to make time, and a reminder to others to be thankful and to carve out time to build and renew your relationship with God!!

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The Present is a Gift Indeed!!

Today is indeed a gift, hence the reason it is called the present. An old saying, but nonetheless true! I have been running from one end of creation to the other like a wild banshee with work, parenting, housekeeping, and building a relationship, not to mention Bible studies, worship and Church. I would trade none of it, but man there are those days that I get so busy that I forget what is truly important, what is most valuable in my life.

God is so often pushed to the side as there are so many other things that vie for my time. I squeeze Him in as though He can wait for those 5 minute moments here and there in the car, in the shower, or anyplace else I actually have a moment to be left alone. As I reflect on the last few weeks, I have come to realize that my priorities are out of whack. ALL that I HAVE, I HAVE because God gave it to me. NOTHING is my own, NOTHING have I created, NOTHING have I earned. It is all GOD. Take a look at Deuteronomy 8:10-18

10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

God has provided us with all we have…food, land, house, water and wealth. Nothing comes from us, but from God’s BLESSINGS. Each breath we breathe, each step we take, each thought we think, each word we say, each letter we type are all gifts from God. The car that starts each morning, the job that supplies all the necessities of life, the family that comes along side of us, the church that builds us up all are gifts from God. The home you sleep in, the computer you communicate with, the water you drink and bathe with all are gifts from God. NOTHING is my own, but all beautiful gifts from God to remind me of his covenant to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. They are there to remind me of eternity, to set my mind on things above, not to be taken for granted.

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Glancing upon all that God has truly blessed me with has gently reminded me that He loves me so and desires to spend time with me and to be a part of my life, from the mundane to the hectic parts of it. How could I push Him aside when He has so richly blessed me indeed? How could I shove Him into convenient little moments that don’t allow time to really listen to Him? I feel my finger pointing at me accusingly, with “shame on you” emanating forth. When we love someone, we want to spend every waking moment with them, talking to them, listening to them, laughing with them, and basking in the joy of that relationship. God is no different! He loves us and wants to spend every waking moment with us. Should we not desire the same? Yes, we need to live life and take care of the responsibilities God has given us on this earth. However, we need to prioritize and make sure we are making time, scheduling and planning longer than 5 or 10 minutes to sit with Him each day.

Enjoy the gifts of the present and take time to thank and honor God for all He has blessed you with and to hear His still, small voice! All my love to you!

The important things…

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There are so many things in this world vying for your attention; so many important things that fight for your time. Now is as good a time as any to ask yourself….what is really important in my life? What is it that really needs my time and my attention? What is consuming a major part of my day?

Yes, work is more than likely a big chunk of that time (or at least 6-10 hours of it each day), be it a CEO of a company, a teacher in a classroom, a sales clerk at a department store, a server at a restaurant, a stay at home mom (and yes, stay at home mom is a job title for those of you who were wondering!), or a myriad of other job titles. Work is indeed essential for paying bills, buying food, keeping gas in your car, etc., so for the sake of time (no pun intended!), work is not considered in this list as we all know it is important.

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Moving right along: so what else is important in your life? Do you spend time communicating with friends and family via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram, or do you actually take some time to meet with those same family and friends for coffee or lunch, talking face to face, sharing hugs and laughter? I know time is ever fleeting, believe me I get it! After all, I am a single mom of a teenage boy and a teacher for children with special needs. I understand the shortage of time. However, I have come to understand the value or importance of time spent in close proximity with those I love and care about. While a text, instant message, tweet, or whatever social media or technology you use to communicate with friends and family is great, it should never replace time spent in the same room with them, sharing stories, laughter, happiness, sadness, failures, and success. No tweet or IM has ever given me more comfort than a shoulder to cry on or a hug from a friend.

Are you a TV person? Do you spend countless hours watching football, Netflix, Hulu, or just plain old cable television? Those are hours you could spend playing games with friends, reading books with your children (which is crucial to their literacy and communication development), visit with a neighbor who is elderly or alone, or do some kind of family fun time. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with watching some TV, but when it interferes with more valuable things in your life, like family and friends, then something may be askew in your time management! Maybe incorporate movie night or football games with some family and friends, sharing food, fun, and maybe even a book or game afterward.

Perhaps you are a hobby person, spending hours of time in your garage, shed, or hobby room making great things that in the end only collect dust or become something cool/pretty to look at, but not very practical for everyday use. Are you all alone in that room for hours? I believe in down time! It is necessary to have time for myself, as it is important in keeping me sane and bringing a sense of calm and peace to my life….just as it may do for you. However, if you are spending hours upon hours (meaning more than 2 hours a day in your garage or hobby room alone, all by yourself, solo), maybe, just maybe you may want to try something new. Share your hobby with your children. Encourage a friend to swing by and help you out. Branch out and make one of your projects a family project, making hobby time an opportunity to come together (after you have some alone time, of course!).

Maybe your addicted to blogging or are a gamer, and technology consumes a great deal of your time. How much is enough? How healthy could it be to sit in front of a computer or TV screen for hours on end with no real human interaction…and no, voices on the other end of multiplayer game don’t count as human interaction! Again, it may be time for you to readjust your schedule, allowing a chance for some face to face interaction to occur that does not involve typing or using a game controller. For the record, let me say, in and of itself, blogging and gaming are not bad things, and they can be very healthy outlets for stress and overloaded emotions, however, nothing replaces face to face human interaction.

Are you getting what I am trying to say? The important things in your life are not things at all, they are the relationships you have with your friends and family. Yes, your friends may be weird and your family may drive you nuts sometimes, but when all is said and done, they are all you have in this crazy world. They are the ones who help you when your feeling down, come along side of you during an emotional crisis, jump up and down with you when you are excited about life, celebrate special events with you, grieve when you have lost someone dear, hug you because they just know you need it, and they even listen to you rant and rave about the insanity of life. Yes, friends and family are important in your life! Take time to show them how much you care and love them by putting aside other time stealers, and investing your time in your relationships with them.

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There is no better time like the present, and no better excuse than the Christmas season, to rekindle friendships, rebuild relationships, and renew fellowships with your friends and family!

May God bless you and help you to prioritize what is truly important in your life! Merry Christmas with love ❤