Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. Matthew 14:19
I am really, really trying to cherish every second this Summer. My oldest will be a senior this upcoming school year. Did I hear you gasp? Yeah, me too.
Today, I looked at my calendar and it said, June 19th.
Already the time is getting away from me. Once again, Summer makes its entrance and just as soon as it does, it bows back out for the school year.
Back in my day, you know the world of black and white, we had 3 full months of Summer. School did not begin until after Labor Day.
Ugh. Don't even get me started.
Ok, moving on.
My son works during the week, then of course, he wants to hang out with his friends as much as he can when he is home.
Which leaves not a whole lot of cherish-y time for dear ol' momma.
Here's what I am learning though...
I am thankful for the moments I do have with him. Even though they are few and far between many days.
Instead of trying to manipulate time and break my back trying to force things the way I want them to be, I tell the Lord I am thankful.
I am thankful when I see him laugh.
I am thankful when I see him work.
I am thankful when I see him act silly.
I am thankful when I sit across from him at the dinner table.
I am thankful that I get to check for change and who knows what in his shorts pockets when I wash them.
I am thankful when he comes to me and sits down next to me and just hangs with me on the couch.
Having teenagers forces you to change your focus. I could whine and cry all day about missing my "baby", however what good is that going to do?
Instead, I choose to smile and say a prayer of thanks to the Lord.
Life moves on.
It continues to change.
Day by day.
Hour by hour.
We may as well accept it.
Maturing in motherhood changes your vision.
You begin to see the child become the adult.
It is really quite amazing.
The talks you have with your growing up kids....gosh, they are just priceless.
As I was reading in Matthew this morning, I came across the scriptures of Jesus feeding the five thousand.
The disciples were anxious and doubtful. They wanted to send the crowd of people home because they did not have enough food to give them.
Jesus assured them they would have enough.
Jesus gave thanks to God for the food....
And they all ate.
"and they were satisfied."
When we give thanks, we become satisfied.
Giving thanks creates a peace in the soul that brings contentment.
I am satisfied with my children growing up.
I am content with the way things are now instead of hanging on to memories that will never return.
A thankful heart frees up discontentment and it allows joy to harvest.
Is there an area of life that you are struggling with?
Maybe a child? A marriage? A friendship?
Commit that person to the Lord and give thanks for them. God will do a miracle in your heart.
Just like He did with the five thousand.