With the short time that God has given us on the earth, we are to use our
time wisely and do things with those whom we love that will be remembered
for years to come. Doing simple things such as going for a picnic, reading
stories to one another, exchanging handmade gifts, playing games together
and simply showing our love can do so much to impart how we feel towards
those closest to us. Be encouraged to seize every opportunity to create
memories of love with your family and friends because we never know when
this precious gift will be taken away. (John 13:34) (James 1:17-27)
I hope today's message ministers to your heart to take the initiative today
to create memories with those whom you love that can never be erased.
NOTHING ALL THAT SPECIAL
This past weekend two of our granddaughters, Hannah and Katie came for a
We had a great time together doing simple, everyday things that probably
wouldn't be all that impressive to too many people.
We ate our cereal on the back porch. We called our lunch a picnic when we
took it outside. We sang nursery rhymes and children's songs.
Two-year-old Katie chattered away. Five-year-old Hannah told us all about
kindergarten and even read to us. (It's amazing how quickly children can
When Pa went to take the garbage to the dumpster, Hannah went along. She
had a blast! She giggled as she told me how badly it smelled. She
explained to me how Pa tossed the bags and they landed right where he aimed.
We played with the dogs and cats. We fed the goldfish in our pond. Hannah
said the blessing before each meal. Together, we recited her bedtime
prayers. I rocked Katie to sleep. We took the girls to the zoo. They
shuddered when they spied the alligators and giggled when they saw the
monkeys. We drew pictures and colored.
We did nothing special. But we had a great time doing it!
Sunday came much too quickly. After four nights with Nana and Pa, it was
time for the girls to return home. I expected them to be thrilled to get
back to their toy room, their outside toys, their pets, and their home.
While they were happy to see Mommy and Daddy, they did not want to leave
Nana and Pa. We buckled them securely in their car seats, gave them
goodbye kisses, and returned home, already missing the girls.
After they arrived home and realized that Nana and Pa weren't around
anymore, they were definitely unhappy!
Our telephone rang. “I want you, Nana,” Katie whimpered. “I want Pa too.”
Hannah came to the telephone. “I miss you Nana,” she cried. “I want you
to come live with me.”
While I was not happy that the girls were sad, I was happy to know they
had a good time doing nothing all that special with us. I was glad that
they enjoyed their stay with us. I was delighted for the time we had to
spend with them. For those few days, nothing interfered in my time with
the girls. They were my top priority.
On Monday morning, Katie awoke asking her Daddy, “Where is Nana and Pa?”
Tuesday morning, my telephone rang. I picked it up. “I can't see you
Nana,” Katie announced. “I want you.” There's no way Katie could have
possibly understood just how badly I wanted her, as well. I wanted to
hold her again, see that sweet little grin, give her a great big old bear
hug, and sing her favorite nursery rhymes.
While we enjoyed our time together, however, we all had to accept the fact
that life goes on. I had to start a new week and go back to work. Hannah
had to return to kindergarten and Katie had to go back to preschool. We
had to file away those fun times into our memory banks and continue on
When was the last time you enjoyed “nothing all that special” with your
kids or grandkids?"
When was the last time you giggled over the simple things in life?
If it's been too long, won't you be determined to see life once again
through the eyes of a child? The Bible says, “Therefore whoever humbles
himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Are there some things a child could teach you today? Hannah and Katie
taught me some great truths this past weekend. It is not always about
what we do with the ones we love, but the attitude in which we do it. We
can have fun rocking and singing. Breakfast is much more enjoyable on the
And even taking the garbage to the dumpster is enjoyable when you do it
with the people you love.
By Nancy B. Gibbs
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace
unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are
sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and
anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all
malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
Proverbs 16:18-20 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit
before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than
to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall
find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.”
Romans 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is
evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another
with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: TEN RULES FOR A HAPPY DAY
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Today’s Selected Testimony: VICKIE'S WAY TO A NEW LIFE
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry