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I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood… vacations, church camp, sportting events and the like. Those are cherrished memories that I have and now as as mom I love knowing that each day is an opportunity for me to make those memories with my family. What memories are you making today?

“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.”  Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest”

“We do not remember days; we remember moments.” Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand

“God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.”  J.M. Barrie, Courage, 1922

“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”  The Wonder Years (TV Show, 1988) 

This song is simple and absolutely beautiful! There isn’t anything fancy about the sound or the lyrics yet is speaks volumns… Jesus is the sweetest thing! I love the line that says “you make my heart sing.” How true this is, with the joy we have in Him our hearts can sing everyday! Hope this song speaks to you today as it did for me.

Sweetest Thing by Benjamin Dunn and Friends

You’re the sweetest thing

You’re the sweetest thing

You’re the sweetest thing, oh

You make my heart sing

Whoa, whoa, whoa

Spare change… I hate carrying around spare change. It always seems to fall out and into the bottom of my purse, not to mention it always seems to be predominately pennies. Am I right? For a while now we have gotten into the habit of having a bag, and I mean an old Wal-mart or ziplock bag, in the laundry room where we toss the change in when we come home. The theory behind the idea was that it not only got the change off our hands but it created a “rainy day” play fund. I can’t tell you how many times I dug out enough money to get ice cream… and yes I was that customer that went through the Braum’s drive thru and paid $6.75 in change! It all spends right?

Well, tonight Chase decided that he wanted some ice cream and as we started digging out the change he decided we needed to take our coins into the counter in Homeland and get them traded out for cash. After having the coins counted we ended us with $40 cash! Seriously! While this may not seem like a lot of money to some people I find it rather amusing that we accumulated $40 in change in our laundry room! It’s amazing what time and patience can acquire! With that we went to Braum’s and treated ourselves to the joy of ice cream, okay well I absolutely love ice cream so it was plenty exciting for me!

Photo Credit: Neil Conway

With Mother’s Day tomorrow I think about my sweet little boy and the joy that he brings to our family. Mommy’s work is a constant… changing diapers, washing diapers (we use cloth), making meals, laundry, hugs when he needs it most, story time and the list could go on, but I wouldn’t change it for anything! Not every day is perfect, in fact some days it feels like nothing goes right and Eli woke up in a mood, but again it changes nothing. I love every minute of being a mommy. Right now at his young age he doesn’t realize what Mother’s Day is, and that is okay because I know that he loves me! So with all that said I want to give my little one a blessing for his future. I pray that in all my efforts, in every day mommy work I encourage and inspire him to be creative, be filled with passion, to seek God’s word daily and sprint towards God’s plans for his life.

With Mother’s Day approaching and everyone around us reflects on the work of moms what do you hope your children learn from your life? What blessing do you have for them?

 

I wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day! 

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

At church now we are going through a series that is inspired by the book Soul Detox by our pastor Craig Groeschel. The sermon last week was about a restless soul. Now if your like me I wasn’t completely sure what that would mean and I definitely didn’t feel like it would be something that I would need to worry with. But, Sunday was just another one of those days where you are sitting listening to the sermon and you feel like God is speaking directly to you, and rather loudly in fact.

There are so many things that I worry and stress about. I pray and ask God to take control and I believe that I have done what I was supposed to do because I have “given it to Him.” But, then I realized that I might have prayed about it, but then it’s still on my mind through out the day. The point that really spoke to me was when my pastor said that we can’t truly focus because our mind is elsewhere, worrying, stressing or just thinking about that to-do list. Wow did that make everything clear to me. Just because I pray and ask God to take control doesn’t give me the freedom to still sit and stress and worry. I have to be able to pray about things and leave them with God and not try to carry them back with me.

He challenged us to sit for five minutes a day and think about nothing but God. Here’s a hint, if you don’t think you have a restless soul just try the five-minute challenge… you’ll be surprised at how many things you think about other than God… like doing the dishes, cleaning the house, cooking, finances or anything else that is stressing you or just on your plate. I have done this challenge everyday since last week and some days are harder than others, but I have noticed a major difference in my focus, my attitude and just my day. We have to be able to turn off our spinning wheels in our heads and focus it on the things that matter… the dishes will be there later, it’s all okay!

Photo Credit: Cristiano Betta