This week has been busy as we try to shove in any time we could with my sister and her family who came back to the States to recuperate after the violent attack.
They are flying while I write this post. Yesterday as her kids played with my kids and we sat and talked, there was in the back of my mind the sense that the time should be treasured as we don’t know what life holds. Even though they will move to a different house in a town that has more white people, there is no guarantee that they will be “safe.” It is sure that I will not see them for 2-3 years, and then there is the knowledge that I may never see them again here on earth. Although, I do not “think” that anything terrible will happen to them, I do not know when any of us will see eternity.
These thoughts convicted me of how lightly I take life. There is no guarantee that I will be here in 2-3 years. Even though I live in a relatively safe environment, accidents still happen here. Heart attacks and cancer are prevalent, and evil still abounds. Every day is a gift from God that should be used for Him. Life should be treasured, and relationships should be prioritized. Tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us, and I need to take the time to tell people I appreciate them. Devices need to be put down, and eye contact should be made. TV’s can be turned off, and conversations can be had. Blogging can happen late at night, and books can be read to the children during the day.
Now I know that life goes on. Laundries abound, groceries must be bought, and the floor does not wash itself. A paycheck must be earned, and children need to go to school. But some things become priorities that should not be priorities. Life and it’s demand on our time must be constantly checked to make sure that what is truly important is getting our time and attention.
Quotes from this week’s reading of A Place of Quiet Rest:
The circumstances and demands of a typical day may cause us to fall wearily into bed at night. But when we awake in the morning, His mercies are new and fresh (Lamentations 3:23). If we fail to stop and draw from His fresh, infinite supply of mercy and grace, we will find ourselves having to operate out of our own depleted, meager resources.
The Textbook–the Word of God–doesn’t claim to solve our problems. (The fact is, God isn’t as interested in solving our problems as He is in changing us.) But it does claim to have all the resources we need to face those problems.
Features from last week’s Thoughtful Thursdays:
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- Teaching Children About Love: God’s Way from Kids in the Word
- Working Mom Magic shared 10 easy and inexpensive ways to make sure that Don’t Forget Your Husband on Valentine’s Day!
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