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Slightly Confused

The kids and I were playing charades (they did the charades, I just sit and guess; let’s just say there’s a lot of laughing!). It was Jordan’s turn, and seeing as we only allowed Bible stories, we couldn’t for the life of us figure out what it was. First shaking like the earth was gonna fall, cowering in fear, hiding, etc. At the end, a character, obviously God or an angel talking to the first character. We ended up giving up and he says, “Joshua and the Burning Bush!”

“Uhhhh, Jordan, that would be Moses and the burning bush, and what was with all the theatrics at the beginning?”

“Oh, you know, God wasn’t in the fire, or the earthquake, or the wind, but in the still small voice!”

I think I’m going to start reading the Bible to him more regularly again, ha!

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Of Food and Such

I don’t know how I managed to have three kids so very interested in food. To me, food is a chore that has to be because I’d die without it and would probably forget to eat if I didn’t get the shakes from not eating. I do enjoy a lot of food, it’s just not something high on my list of priorities. Here are a few gems of wisdom in regards to food from my kids. Enjoy!

Charlotte comes to me and asks, “Mom, is there a food here on earth that you really like that you are looking forward to eating a lot of in Heaven because it’s not good for you here?” I gave her a bit of a blank stare and kind of mumbled something about not really being all that into food and that I can’t think of any ‘junk food’ that I’d want to binge on in Heaven. Her reply: “No, I wasn’t thinking of junk food, I was thinking more about drinking cup-fulls of vinegar!”

Cherise’s favorite new color to add to her old favorite, peach, is plum. She recently discovered it’s also a color and it’s now one of the favorites. Her favorite countries are Greece, Hungary, and Turkey, where the Taurus mountains are also located (ok, not a food, but still worth mentioning).

The other morning CC was questioning how I could possibly drink coffee every morning, especially without sugar as she really doesn’t like it. Jordan was standing nearby and overheard our discussion and piped in, “oh, I loooooove coffee!” Then without missing a beat added, “And tea and beer and wine!”

Should I be worried?

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Try a Little Laughter

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.—Ralph Waldo Emerson

A few days back, I had the wonderful opportunity to watch a baby laugh. He had no idea he was being watched, but he entertained us with his spontaneous, heartfelt laugh. Probably about 8 months old, he had no care in the world as he played and just laughed and laughed. I had just finished a busy day at the end of a busy week and really needed that moment to disconnect with the world, sit back, and smile.

Laughter is such a healer; I find I need to use it more. It de-stresses, lifts my mood, makes me forget the ‘issue’ that is giving me trouble right then, and just makes life that much easier to handle. I have so much to be thankful for, I don’t see why I don’t laugh more. I find it works as a great way to praise as well. Recently I decided that instead of rolling my eyes and wanting to run away every time one of my kids embarrasses me or Jordan says some outrageous thing, I would try to find cause to laugh. Kids are one of my biggest sources of smiles and laughter; just another reason to thank God for putting me in a position to care for them every day. Regardless of age or personality, they never fail to do or say something funny or cute.

So, have you laughed today?

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Seize the joy!

Proverbs wisely says, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). Rather, be like David, who said, “In God we boast all the day long, and praise Thy name for ever” (Psalm 44:8). That is the key. You can plan for tomorrow, but you know that tomorrow may never come. So praise God and enjoy the time that you have. “Tomorrow” might not just be the next day, but the principle can apply to the next hour or even the next minute. What you have is now. The future is not a given. So you may as well enjoy the moment, because in reality that is all you are assured of.

Now that might sound a bit pessimistic in a way, but it is very liberating. Most people are slaves of tomorrow. All their long-term activities and plans are based on future goals. Your future goal is already assured. You have eternal life and love and happiness promised you. That is a given. So you don’t need to be in bondage to the future. You can plan for it and work toward your plans, but you don’t need to be bound by them.

You are, therefore, free to enjoy the time you have right now. If you don’t enjoy it right now, you really don’t get another chance. You can reminisce about good times or regret bad times. You can remember with fondness how you did enjoy the moment, or lament that you didn’t. But the only actual time you can enjoy the moment is right now, at the moment. So seize the moment! Seize the day! Seize the joy!