Thursday, February 3, 2011

Living In The Moment

A couple of weeks ago I invited those who read here on a journey with me. I began reading a book called 'A Thousand Gifts'.... and OH, what a journey I am on!!

Today Caleb said to me, "Mom, is it already Thursday? This week is going too fast. I wish the days would go slower." In the past, I would have had to agree with him. On this day though, it was different. I immediately thought about this book and how it has changed my days. I started to explain to Caleb that when we stop to reflect on and practice thanksgiving EVERY day, the days are much slower. They no longer fly by as we wait for the next dawn to break. The cool thing was, as I spoke to him about this, he knew that I was talking about this new book I have been reading. He has seen me making my list of "1000 gifts". He could recognize that there was transformation taking place in me. That, in itself is a gift.

#51... Recognizable change taking place in my heart and attitude

My days are full. They are full of gratitude. They are full of seeing God's fingerprints on my life. They are full of God's undeniable grace.

As I move throughout my days, I am making effort not to miss anything. I already feel that there is so much that I have missed, so I want to be more aware now.

# 2 Blue January skies
#39 Boys who take the time to say "I love you, Mom"
#49 Chimes singing in the breezes
#14 The scent of my hubby as he leans over to kiss me before leaving for work in the morning

I am truly living in the moment... Something I have prayed for and longed to accomplish for SO LONG! Stopping multiple times a day to record the things that I see, hear, smell and feel throughout my days has blessed me beyond description.

The other night I was reading out of the book, and this scripture gripped my heart...

He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? ~ Job 2:10

Seldom do I stop to consider that even the bad things that happen in life are gifts. There are gifts to be had in EVERY situation that the Lord puts in front of me. It's always so easy to run to God with joy in my spirit when there is good, but the minute anything NOT good starts to creep in... My first inclination is to run. This week I have learned much about the gifts to be unwrapped when the "not so good" things happen. My running has stopped.

#43 Peace during unpleasant times

I'm so thankful for the daily reminders of God's love for me. I'm grateful for the ability to see what has been right in front of me for so long.

I am grateful to be learning how to live in the moment. I pray that this gift will trickle down to my husband, my children and all those around me.

** Above photo taken by Lucas... Isn't it great? **

1 comment:

Alexis said...

I've been waiting for this post. What a journey this book has been for me too! Thanks for being faithful to share it with us. All is grace. What a transforming thought on perspective! May you be filled with his joy today as you thank Him for countless blessings, gifts.