Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Next Thing

Busy. Full. Week after week. People to visit, people visiting us. The next thing.

These words describe the next few months for our family. It feels like we have one trip after another, followed by family or friends coming to visit. And I really am excited about all of the events we have coming up in the next few months! I'm attending a conference this weekend, we'll be visiting in friends in Canada and Seattle, and having people visit us in Montana.

It's a good kind of busy; there's a lot to look forward to. But this kind of schedule also makes it easy to live for the next thing. It makes it easy to plan for the next trip, stay busy in preparation, and lose track of life's little details. There's a temptation for me to let the events in my family's life to overwhelm the day to day moments.

And the day to day moments are where I nourish my marriage, disciple my son, and grow in Godly character. These things don't just happen over time - they grow with daily choices and actions. I don't want the "big" events in my life to swallow my family. I don't want my event calendar to dictate who I become, or how I parent.

I want to take time each day to slow down. To pray, to spend quality time with my family and friends, to build my relationships. To seek the Lord and to live out the calling He has on my family's life, one day at a time. I'll probably fail at this along the way and get caught up in the schedule and the next big event. But I hope that even this blog will help me to stop, slow down, and see the little moments that make up who I am.

In slowing down I savor time with people I love, and build meaningful relationships. And I get to make memories like these ones, these memories that make up who my family is:

I don't want to look back on my life and see a busy schedule. I want to see a woman who took advantage of every moment, and who loved the heck out of people. I hope to see a woman who, though she made mistakes, grew daily in the Lord and made much of Him with her life; with the big events, and with every small detail.

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  1. Gosh, I love that last paragraph. This is a constant struggle for me and my busy schedule. Not wanting to waste my life being busy but being able to savour the moment and glorify God with my time.

  2. great post! You do sound like you have a busy life. We get very few visitors, and go few places. Now that its cooling down some, we hope to spend more time outside doing things.

  3. What a great reminder! I feel like life could be swallowing us up right now too with family visiting, the health issues with our newborn, etc. I want to slow down too - moment to moment! Thanks for these words!


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