. . . of the year. Goodbye 2010. Hello 2011! Please be good to us, I beg of you!!
Remember this commercial . . . .
Or this one?
We loved these, though I preferred the ballet one.
This week I have read two blog postings of hope and ideas and words for 2011 and I liked both of them. So I’m going to do my own Miller Lite-type combining. If that’s ok and not a copyright infringement, anyway. 😉
From the first, I get these words of wisdom:
I desecrate now when I dismiss it in my push for the next. There are snowflakes sticking to the glass of the window.Right there at the table’s edge I can see them clustering together, piling, melding on the pane. I almost missed it.
I miss living this moment because my head’s already moved into the next moment — the one that isn’t even here yet — and when I am not in this moment but trying to shove into a moment that doesn’t even exist — I miss out on living at all. I may bodily be in this space but I am not even alive.
Could I be walking through the years but not even be alive?
She goes on to talk about the pushing ahead to fear, the worry of what is to come. Staying grounded in the here helps one to enjoy the moment and not get too upset about the what is to come. Or should I say, what may be to come?
It strikes me that our LORD calls Himself “I AM,” not “I WILL BE.”
(Nor does He call Himself “I WAS,” but that is somewhere I am not yet willing to go. . . the regrets and pain of the past have been huge for me and I can’t yet deal with many of these.)
And He knows how much I am filled with fear over what may happen. I spend far too much time planning and fearing the future. I find myself miserable and afraid over things that, honestly, may never happen.
On another level, I spend much time trying to get to the future. There are so many items on the “to do” list that the loved ones often get pushed aside. Sadly, these little people with whom I’ve been blessed, the very ones for whom I am often doing the “to do” list, are the ones who suffer.
No I can’t play a game with you, I am washing the dishes and making dinner.
No I can’t read you a book, I have to get the laundry into the washer.
No I can’t help with your chores, I am busy with my own chores.
No I can’t make you cocoa or play Legos with you or hug you or take the time to listen to your stories. I am too busy.
Sad, so terribly sad. Calf #5 may be the one to teach me what I already know and have preached for nearly a decade. These children grow up so quickly that I don’t want to miss a moment of their young lives. But I somehow find myself missing their milestones all the time. All three of the older calves first turned from their tummy to their back at a few months of age–and each time I was in the kitchen when it happened!
I don’t want to wait until tomorrow to start this. Today I helped #3 put the silverware away. This was her chore for the day and really, how hard can it be to put 50 pieces of flatware into the drawer? And yet, she’s only three and a half. Until a few weeks ago she didn’t know what “silverware” was, so when I asked her to put the silverware away she started stacking up the children’s plastic cups.
It took maybe two or three minutes of my time to help her. I had other things I needed to do–feed the baby, eat my own breakfast, take a shower. But I made myself stop and work with her. I like to think that it helped her more than just getting the spoons and forks and knives to their proper places, that working together with her mama and not feeling the loneliness and despair of having to do something beyond her abilities all by her small self was good.
The second post offers a prayer, and one little line of it stood out to me.
You’ve gone to measurable lengths in the last year to show me how the enemy of my soul operates in one specific area: he can’t block You from blessing Your children so he tries to block Your children from enjoying it.
See why I tacked this one with the first? I get so caught up in the what is next that the now disappears. And I rarely enjoy the blessing of now because I’m stuck on the difficulties of life.
We have had many good, difficult, rough times these past few years. Lots of change, lots of stress, lots of hard things.
I’m learning, much like others who have gone before me, that the joy and pain of life is linked. Rarely do we have one without the other.
(I’ve not yet read that book, by the way; though I do intend to. . . someday. . .)
One way I’ve learned to cope with the hard times of life is to cling to the promises given over and over in the Bible: Despite our difficulties, trials, fires, and hard times the LORD is with us.
It’s taken me some time to realize exactly why this helps. It was only cemented in my mind this week after reading this blog post. It’s not that His presence takes away the hard times. It doesn’t necessarily make them easier for us to deal with. But knowing that He is with us, with me, is proof that He has not abandoned me. The bad things in life are not happening because He has gone, is unhappy with me, doesn’t love me. This is life and sometimes it’s not very pretty.
(So I guess, technically, that’s three blog postings not just two. :D )
I never cared for new year’s resolutions, I thought it was a clever disguise for my mom to try to convince us to fight less and behave better. Besides, they are too easily broken and then what do you do? give up till the next year? But I want to keep this thought in my mind. Maybe I’ll stick it on the mirror.
When hard times come,
. . . because they will come. . .
I want to remember that He is near me.
He has not abandoned me and He still loves me,
no matter what is happening and how I feel.
I want to remember to look past the hard times to see the joy in them.
I don’t want to miss it.
And I want to do this where I am today,
here and now.