We should never allow the busyness of life to keep us from enjoying and
relishing this day to its fullest. Many times we hurry through life for
one reason or another and miss the simple joys that fill the heart and
make life truly worth living. The Lord did not create us to run a mile a
minute and do a million different things at the same time. He did create
us to enjoy one another in brotherly love and lead our life in a manner
that would be pleasing to Him. We read in Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart
doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Be
encouraged to take time to enjoy the blessings that surround you and allow
them to fill your heart with the peace and joy of the Lord. (Psalm 118:24)
I hope you are encouraged and inspired by today's message to take time with
those whom you love and enjoy the simple blessings that surround you never
taking them for granted.
IN A HURRY
I was in a hurry. I came rushing through our dining room in my best suit,
focused on getting ready for an evening meeting. Gillian, my four-year-old,
was dancing about to one of her favorite oldies, “Cool,” from “West Side Story.”
I was in a hurry, on the verge of being late. Yet a small voice inside of
me said, Stop.
So I stopped. I looked at her. I reached out, grabbed her hand and spun
her around. My seven-year-old, Caitlin, came into our orbit, and I grabbed
her, too. The three of us did a wild jitterbug around the dining room and
into the living room. We were laughing. We were spinning. Could the
neighbors see the lunacy through the windows? It didn't matter. The song
ended with a dramatic flourish and our dance finished with it. I patted
them on their bottoms and sent them to take their baths.
They went up the stairs, gasping for breath, their giggles bouncing off the
walls. I went back to business. I was bent over, shoving papers into my
briefcase, when I overheard my youngest say to her sister, “Caitlin, isn't
Mommy the bestest one?”
I froze. How close I had come to hurrying through life, missing that
moment. My mind went to the awards and diplomas that covered the walls of
my office. No award, no achievement I have ever earned can match this:
Isn't Mommy the bestest one?
My child said that at age four. I don't expect her to say it at age 14.
But at age 40, if she bends down over that pine box to say good-bye to her
mother, I want her to say it then.
Isn't Mommy the bestest one?
It doesn't fit on my resume. But I want it written on my tombstone.
By Gina Barrett
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus declares “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn
of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your
souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
3 John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be
in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that
He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved,
if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: A MOTHER IS A BLESSING
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem164.htm
Today’s Selected Testimony: LOOKING FOR MY FATHER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony138.htm
In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry