Jun 15, 2016

Are you prepared?

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread,  Matthew 6:11

A few weeks ago, I pulled a friend aside to tell her that she had been on my heart so much. Her child was about to graduate high school (the last one in the nest), and I could only imagine the emotions she was going through.

Through a few tears, she told me that God had sweetly prepared her for this season, although some days were harder than others.

This gave me so much hope.

I knew exactly what she was talking about.

God does prepare us for the next season. Often we don't realize it because we don't stop long enough to reflect and listen to what He has been saying to us.

Last Summer, the Summer before my oldest was going into high school, I chose to be intentional. More so than ever.

I knew it would not always be like this with him. I knew the day would come when he would have a Summer job, hang out with friends a lot more, and just be a little less drawn to hanging out with his momma.

I had planned to do more writing last Summer. I had planned to do a lot of things actually. But, something in my spirit was telling me not to. The Holy Spirit was urging me to stop, be still, and enjoy this time with my son.

This time, I listened. (this hasn't always been the case)

I put it all on hold and chose to be intentional about my days that Summer. I took the time to soak it all in. To soak him in. To soak up the fun times, and the mundane times.

The ordinary is so often the extraordinary in life, isn't it? One of the greatest moments of my children as babies was feeding them. At the time, I don't think I realized what a treasure it was to have their big blue eyes looking up at me as they were nourished.

However, those moments are the ones that stand out on the highlight reel. Not the big, extravagant birthday parties. It is the quiet moments, the ordinary, and the mundane moments that stick out the most.

This Summer is different. My boy has a part time job with his dad. The two days he works, I literally pray for God to give me joy. It is weird not having him here on those days.

God prepared my heart though.

He is equipping me day after day to be prepared for the next season.

So, when life seems hard, harder than usual, or more ordinary than usual...

Stop, be still, and be quiet.

Let the moments soak in. Instead of being anxious about what tomorrow brings, let God do the work in your heart today to prepare you for tomorrow.

Be intentional about your assignment this day. Maybe it seems ordinary, but more than likely you will look back and smile. And maybe, if you are like me, shed a couple of tears. (or a hundred)

We were made for eternity. We cannot get stuck in the past or the future. We must only be concerned with today.

He promises us "our daily bread". This is all we need.




soaking up this day,

jill