Jan 11 2013

Don't Blink

For they (man) are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow." Psalm 144:4  

I don’t know about you, but I needed that reminder today to slow down, count every moment, and make every moment count. 

That’s the thing about kids, there are days you can’t wait for them to grow up and be out on their own, and then there are days like this, when you just want to freeze a moment in time.  

I had one of those moments this mornings.  I have 3 kids; 6, 4, and, 2. I call them my sunshines, because it always seems like on one of those rough days, they do something that reminds me what life is all about. They help find joy in every moment, because that's all they know, now.  

I was rushing to get out the door to head to work, and they were literally in my way. They were in my living room with laundry baskets over their heads, peeking out of the bottom and then covering up again.  

At first I was frustrated and asked, "what are you doing?"  
They responded with complete joy, "Well mama we’re pretending to be turtles!"

Of course they were!  That's a perfectly normal thing to do at 7am when you are supposed to be getting ready for school! 

I just wanted to freeze them in time, enjoy every moment, and also wonder why I spent so much money on Christmas presents... 

Reminds me of this song from Revive, called "Blink" about making every moment in life count, because "the only thing that matters is how we have loved"...not whether or not we were 5 minutes late for work.  

Teach me to number my days
And count every moment
Before it slips away
Take in all the colors
Before they fade to grey
I don't want to miss
Even just a second
More of this

It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there's no stopping time
What is it I've done with my life?

It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink

When it's all said and done
No one remembers

How far we have run
The only thing that matters
Is how we have loved


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Jan 10 2013

Fear and The Flu

Chris Tomlin sings, "If the God of angel armies is by my side…who shall I fear?"  Does that include The Flu?

I saw in the news last night people seem to be frantic about the flu.  There is a State of Emergency in Boston because so many people are sick. It feels like we’re one step away from wearing those masks everywhere we go. 

Here's some great ideas on preventing the flu.  I learned something new that sunlight and humidity can kill the flu virus, so let that sunlight into your home and turn up the heat!  

But, more importantly remember the truth about fear.  Whatever it is you are afraid of.  Maybe it's getting the flu, or something else.  

"God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7

 

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