Friday, September 22, 2017

Wanting to Number My Days and Hours

It's Friday!  Time for FMF...that time to write for five minutes - (largely) unedited and (for the most part) unrehearsed.  If you haven't yet, you really should check many of the other links here - it really is interesting to see how one word can evoke many different thoughts.  And many similar ones, too!

This week's prompt:  ACCEPT

GO:  After I quit working - or at least working at a job with a paycheck:) - I found myself in somewhat of a new season in my life.  Suddenly, I was a SAHM...but not really "M" as that acronym implies.  My children are adults.  So, I am a Stay At Home...what?  I've thought much about a correct title but defining this time of my life has been tricky - even trickier than finding initials to identify it.

For sure, I have more time.  And, for sure, I want to be busy.  I have the time to accept all types of invitations and to say yes to lots of opportunities.  However, I don't want to simply be busy, I want to be productive and, more importantly, I need to be a wise steward of my time.

STOP

God has not allowed me extra hours in my day to simply occupy - or preoccupy myself.  Even in this phase of life, I need to seek His guidance and accept only those offers to be engaged or to get involved or make those choices "to do" that would be a wise use of my time and would be pleasing to Him.  I want to accept - or decline - invitations and opportunities that help me "number my days" - use my days - wisely.

Psalm 90:12  So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Thought Exactly


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Birthdays Can Be Hard

Birthdays are kind of a big deal.  Not everyone celebrates them the same way.  No doubt, not everyone feels the same about marking another year.  But, at our house, birthdays are cause for celebrating.  To show our love and acknowledge the gift that each person is to the little group that we call family!  Like most families, we have our little traditions for making birthdays more than "just another day" for whoever is celebrating.  We look forward to birthdays.

But some birthdays are hard.  Tomorrow will be our Tyler's birthday.  He would be 25.  Twenty-five.  How can that be?  It has taken several birthdays to find what felt comfortable or seemed "right" to acknowledge the special day when God gave us Tyler.  We could never just let the day slip by but celebrating was hard, in different ways, for all of us.  But as with all things that have challenged our hearts through grief, God has been faithful.  We have learned to laugh again.  We have found joy in the every day things and reason to celebrate the special days as well.  God has caused my heart to sing again.  Just yesterday morning during my quiet time, He reminded me of just that.

Psalm 126: 2  "Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing:  then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them."

He has done great things.  He will continue to do great things.  Tomorrow I will have reason to rejoice....as I remember Tyler and the day I became his mom!!