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Celebrate the Moments

Mondays wash day. Tuesdays ironing.  Wednesdays cleaning. And so the week went. My Pennsylvania Dutch Mom believed in a routine for everything. But even though the plan covered the necessary chores and responsibilities, it didn’t address the need we all have to celebrate the moments.

Celebrate life. Celebrate togetherness. Celebrate a job well done.

There’s always something to celebrate.

But it is all too easy to forget.

We become busy with one thing or another. Our energies get depleted and before we know it life has passed us by.

 

“We’re going to get a cake,” my oldest daughter announced today. Her eyes twinkled with mischief.

“A cake?”

“Yes, it’s time to celebrate. You need a cake.”

My weary eyes met hers and for a few minutes I was overwhelmed with feeling.

“Oh, I can read your eyes,” she wisely said. “It’s time for a big, luscious, Knakals cake.”

 

So together we walked into the well-known bakery and stared at the goodies looking particularly for the cakes. Our eyes all stared at the same cake.

“This one,” we told the kind lady behind the counter.

“What do you want me to write on it,” she asked taking the cake out.

“Love you,” my daughter said.

 

In a few minutes we drove home with our celebration cake. Laughter and excitement rang in our home as we got out the plates and forks.

 

Celebrating energizes.

Celebrating encourages.

Celebrating helps you remember what is most important in life. Who is important.

All life is meant to be celebrated.

 

Maybe it’s time you celebrate today too.

 

Yesterdays gone and tomorrow may never be. But we have this moment today. (Gaither)

 

Set Your Focus

Problems abound on every side. Shootings. Deaths. Divorces. Bankruptcy. Illnesses.

It seems wherever you look there are more problems. So is it possible to stay focused on the good in the midst of the continual parade of problems?

And what happens if one can’t?

The challenges of life demand our best efforts, our utmost energies focused on solutions.

We must not allow the problems to distract us from what needs to be done today.

Problems drain energies and cloud thinking. Focusing on them pulls one down making it difficult to think clearly.

 Focus on the good!

 That’s right. Begin to think about what is good in your life.

Grab a piece of paper and write it down.

Immediately, I think of a few.

Life. My God Who never changes.

Love in all its many splendors.

Music.

 I’m beginning to write quicker as my thoughts push the problems to the background.

 Nature. Sunsets and sunrises.

Daffodils blooming in February.

Dogs that choose to rest beside you and nuzzle your hand.

 And on and on.

 Friends both near and far.

Surprises that break into our life as God’s special gifts.

Hope. Yes, there’s always hope. Always.

 

By focusing on what is true and good we begin to see more clearly. We begin to think more accurately. Life takes on a different hue and our attitudes change.

 

Choose to set your focus on the good today. Consider filtering out the negative.  No one needs to be bombarded constantly by problems particularly from the media.

Lift your thoughts up higher and rejoice.

We’re not Home yet. For now, let’s join hands and heart and keep singing.

 

 

Letting Go and Holding On

Life is made of choices. Our success in life depends upon making wise choices.

And among the all the choices we make every day one of the most crucial is knowing what things to let go of and what to hold on to.

But all too often we get this confused, don’t we?

We hold onto what we must let go. Again and again.

It seeps in so subtly.

The hurts, slights, criticisms, that come our way.

“You should have ….” You certainly could have….”

Words that sting. Words that threaten to completely unglue us at the moment and years afterwards.

Memories of past hurts. Disappointments. Broken dreams.

We must Let Go.

We must press toward the mark. (Phil. 3:14) Place our hand in His. Refuse to look back.

Determine that the past will not define our present and our future.

We must refuse to carry it any more.

Have you done that today? Are you walking determined to let go?

And with the letting go we must carefully hold on.

Hold on to what?

Hold onto the Truth that we are not alone. Never. Never. Never alone.

We must hold onto His Promise of Strength, Wisdom and Grace.

We must hold onto His Love in spite of all our imperfections and failures.

He Loves Us.

Let His Love wrap strong arms of comfort around you today.

Let His Love sing over you and breathe within you fresh Hope and Encouragement.

You belong.

His mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Choose today to let go of the lies that continue to pester and annoy.

Choose to hold the Truth that will never let you down.

Have a wonderful day!