Sunday, November 2, 2008

Just A Word

I am sitting here thinking about the many posts that are floating around in my head, but haven't seemed to make it onto the blog yet.

There are many of them; rants, raves, jumping on my soap box, etc. I have lots of things I could write, but every time I sit down to compose one, it just doesn't flow.

So I am catching up on reading blogs and contemplating what I could write about and I sat and stared at the blank post box for quite a while.

Realizing that today is November 2nd and how fast time seems to be scooting past us, I started thinking about the whirlwind we seem to get caught in. People rushing about to and fro, hurrying from one thing to the next and never really, truly living in the moment.

I do that.

I get caught up in my honey-do's (you notice I said MY honey-do's) and all the things I need to do tomorrow, this week, next week, next month and so on that I forget about enjoying and cherishing today. Our calendars are so full that I often times get over-whelmed and then become worried and anxious over all that I am not accomplishing, instead of looking at what I AM accomplishing.

When our son Nathaniel passed away, I looked at a new and very young mother and I told her to never take her child for granted. Sometimes I need to remind my self of that, especially after incidents of eggs and pudding. ~Smile~

I need to slow down and live in the moment, as opposed to future moments.

I need to remember the following verse and trust in it.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

Be careful for nothing in this scripture means to be anxious for nothing; not that we shouldn't care for our possessions, family, property, etc., but that we should have such a confidence in God that we are free from anxiety, such a dependence on Him that we are calm.

Calm. I like that. Calm.

My honey-do list isn't getting any shorter and I do have to get things done. But I also have to remember that my job description includes things besides laundry, dishes and vacuuming. It's my job and my privilege to love, teach and care for my children. And sometimes that means slowing down and reading a book or collecting leaves for a fall collage.

I don't have to be anxious about my honey-do list, I just have to trust and pray (that's where the request part comes in) that God will give me the strength to do what I need to do and how I need to do it.

I am not sure if this post will make sense to any of you who happen to be reading. I am tired, so I hope I didn't give the idea that this would be a profound and coherent post.

It was just something that I have been pondering and thought I would share.


foreverfoldinglaundry said...

I like Philippians 4:6 - it is a very good and needed reminder. Thanks, Valerie!

foreverfoldinglaundry said...

Got your message...what I did was just right click on the award, and then save it to my images. Then I just uploaded it into my post the same way I do pictures. I hope that makes sense?? Email me if not! =)


Mainly a midwife said...

I'm so sorry about Nathaniel. And you are right..we should never take children for granted especially during their naughty times :)