Savor the Season

 

Savor The Season

You roll over in bed just to get a glance at the red numbers on the alarm clock. Does it really say 6:30 AM already? Inhaling as if you are about to jump into a 25-foot deep pool, you pull yourself out of bed. Just as your feet hit the floor, the reality of the non-stop 15-hour day begins. It is a tornado of laundry, dishes, and ENDLESS to-do lists! Your husband leaves you a note clarifying all the ways you cannot spend money this week. (Bummer!) Your mother calls and needs your help planning a friend’s birthday party. The school calls requesting a meeting with you about your child’s behavior. Whether your day will be spent chasing a toddler or a teenager, you pull on your most comfortable clothes, while still trying to look classy and put together. You slide on shoes that will carry you from a laundry day morning to a casual date night with your husband. Being a wife and mother can be crazy and chaotic at times, but yet one of the most satisfying, rewarding, and amazing journeys of your life!

There are many facets to being a wife and mother, too many to ever cover in one article. (All you moms rock!) However, there is one thing that I would like to share with you that I whole-heartedly believe in. It may sound simple but it’s so important, are you ready? SAVOR each and every day….enjoy ordinary moments as though they are extraordinary! Take average moments and turn them into heart-warming memories with those you love the most. It’s so easy to fall into the “busy bee” syndrome, as I call it, and just buzzing around.  Remind yourself to truly enjoy all that God has blessed you with. We are all guilty of it at some point or another; just being busy with things that are not important. There will always be to-do lists, emails, phone calls, events, and expectations from people around you. Let’s not just “get through” life, as if it were a task, let’s appreciate every minute. Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, “So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun” (NLT).

Do you have fun in your everyday life? What do you enjoy most about where you are today? I LOVE being a mom, I was made for it. I enjoy every chocolate-covered smile, big belly laugh, long afternoons at the park, and pudgy little fingers. Yes, there are days when I’ve gotten less than four hours of sleep, have been spit up on, screamed at, or simply felt overwhelmed. But I really try to keep in perspective how amazing life truly is. Every day is a gift, a time to allow God to work though you as a wife and mother. Whatever the age of your children, start everyday by thanking God for the most precious gifts He has given you. Savor moments of each day, even if it’s as simple as eating breakfast together in the morning or bedtime stories at night. Relish each and every moment that God has given you.

I’d like to share with you a small section from Joyce Meyer’s online devotional entitled, You Can Enjoy Your Life Everyday:

So many people have the mindset that they will be really happy and enjoy life whenwhen they go on vacation, when the kids are older, when they get higher on the ladder of success at work, when they get married…the list could go on and on. I can relate to this because there was a time when even though I really loved being in the ministry, I wasn’t enjoying the daily responsibilities and activities it involved. I had to learn to live in the moment and enjoy what God was doing in me and through me now, not when the conference was over or when I could go on vacation.

I love how Joyce Meyer emphasizes that you need to enjoy life now. Every season in life is going to have its challenging times and blissful moments. It’s important to reflect on the past and to dream and plan for the future, but it is essential that you live in today and fulfill what God has placed in front of you right now.

I believe in this day and age we are living in an incredibly fast-paced world, so it’s very important to pray about what your current assignment is in this season of your life. It’s so easy to compare your life to another woman’s; however, a single woman in her twenties is not going to have the same day-to-day tasks as a wife with four children. We shouldn’t feel as though we have “given up” something or that we “don’t have what she has.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (KJV). Seasons change quickly. Ask God about how you can serve Him and be faithful where He has called you to at this moment in time. My prayer for you today is that no matter where you are in your life right now, that you are able to wake up excited, full of creativity, positivity, and thankfulness. You serve an amazing, miraculous, incredible God and you should have fun working for Him! So, next time your toddler decides to throw applesauce at the back of your head while driving (yes, this actually happened to me, thank you Brooklyn!) LAUGH and ENJOY life…then go wash your hair!

Reference: http://www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=how_to_enjoy_everyday_life

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