Monday, January 23, 2012

Cup O' Joy: {Savor}... Don't Carpe Diem

{Number My Days}
Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

1 min:
Psalm 90:12
New International Version (NIV)
12 Teach us to number our days,    
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica

I told a new mommy today, 
"It goes so fast; enjoy every minute,"
All the while I was thinking in my mind how 
the 3rd day of life sure doesn't feel like it.  
The eating, crying, pooping, and questioning
 if your milk is "in" yet. 
Never mind the sleep deprivation time warp,
where you suffer from amnesia and feel 
like an alien has taken over your body.
Then moving on to the mounds 
of laundry a new one can create, 
it feels endless. 
It's easy to wish away our time. If only he would sleep through
the potty-trained...go to preschool.
He's surely 6 and having his first crush 
on a freckled face little girl!
His voice is changing and surly a teenager.
In place of his chubby dimpled hands grabbing my face to 
land a sloppy kiss are sullen silences.
You long for the days you nursed or rocked him again.
The ability to enjoy our lives is a gift.

{Ecclesiastes 5:19}
19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—
this is a gift of God.
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica

We can either speed up the time by focusing on tomorrow,
or we can savor the moments- the good, the bad and the mundane- by focusing on today
These may truly be the sweetest 
moments of our lives.

5 min:
Lord please forgive me for wishing away my time, for focusing on what's hard about these years instead of savoring what's precious. Please teach me to number my days aright, to truly live my life and enjoy my children at each age and stage. 
Continue to pray as the Spirit leads you,
or just sit quietly in God's presence. 

10 Min:

So how do we savor these moments?
I read a post recently by Glennon Melton from Momastery.
She answered this question perfectly by describing the 2 types of time that we experience. I quote from her post on Huff Post Parents...
"There are two different types of time. Chronos time is what we live in. It's regular time, it's one minute at a time, it's staring down the clock till bedtime time, it's ten excruciating minutes in the Target line time, it's four screaming minutes in time out time, it's two hours till daddy gets home time. Chronos is the hard, slow passing time we parents often live in.

Then there's Kairos time. Kairos is God's time. It's time outside of time. It's metaphysical time. It's those magical moments in which time stands still. I have a few of those moments each day. And I cherish them.
Like when I actually stop what I'm doing and really look at Tish. I notice how perfectly smooth and brownish her skin is. I notice the perfect curves of her teeny elf mouth and her asianish brown eyes, and I breathe in her soft Tishy smell. In these moments, I see that her mouth is moving but I can't hear her because all I can think is -- This is the first time I've really seen Tish all day, and my God -- she is sobeautiful. Kairos."

Makes total since right!
We are always juggling so many hats that we are left trying to find the balance in our day.  If we can just find balance in our home and lives will the kairos moments occur more often?  I don't think so,  I think we will gain a different perspective to step  back and enjoy these moments. So below I have listed several key factors in {Balanced Living} that may help us to become better at {Numbering Our Days}.
{Balanced Living}
Things that keep our lives Balanced as mommies.....

Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

Romans 15:5

New International Version (NIV)
 5 May the God who gives {endurance} 
and encouragement give you 
the same attitude of mind 
toward each other that
 Christ Jesus had,
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica

If you have time read:
Prov 20:6  True friendship last
1 Cor. 4:2 you must be faithful
1 Tim 6:11 We should develop endurance

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Matthew 6:33

2 Cor 4:18 Fix our eyes on the unseen
Galatians 5:6 Faith expressed through love is what counts
Philippians 4:7-8 Consider loss for the sake of Christ


2 Thessalonians 3:3

New International Version (NIV)
3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you 
and protect you from the evil one.
New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica

Psalm 73:26 God gives strength
Psalm 94:18-19 God will support and console us
Isaiah 45:5-7 God alone is sovereign;
everything is under his control

{Endurance} {Priorities}{Strength}

{{{{  Savor  }}}}

....time is a gift....

Psalm 90:12

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