It is the simple things that mean the most.
Growing up my Dad showed he loved us every single day. He kissed, hugged and told me that he loved me close to every day of my life I spent with him. He gave his 100% undivided attention to us and gave us his time. Holiday's were nice but it was the daily love he showed that really made the most impact on my life. He showed me daily that i was loved and special to him and this is something I hope my children feel from me.
I asked my kids what made them feel loved recently and my youngest said having tea time. Tea time in my house is making a tea and snuggling them in my bed or on the couch watching a half hour sitcom. When I asked that the same question to my eldest son afew days later while watching a movie with him he said it was touch. He was in my arms and the closeness is what he liked most. It is not always about the big vacation ect the things that only come once a year it is about daily being there spending quality moments with them in the car, at the table, relaxing watching tv ect. Life is a precious gift that should not be sleepwalked through . Yesterday outside of our town there was a head on collision and seven people lost their lives from child, teen to adult.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage we did not take
Towards the door we never open
One thing I regretted when I lost my Dad unexpected was that I asked him what he would like to do on his 65th Birthday and he said he would like to go to Vegas one last time. At that time I had asked him I found out my husband had been cheating on me half my married life and I had felt led to take him there but did not out of fear. I had never left my kids for more than a night and was scared too. A year later I called Dad and asked him if he would like to go to Vegas. I love to run marathons and said I could run the marathon and we could celebrate his 66th. He said he would live to but was not up to it. We lost him 5 weeks later. Somethings that I feel lead to do in this life I am going to Just do it as Nike says. I have a Cruise booked for me and my boys this summer (it's a running one) my kids are teens and the years go quick and am looking forward to this time with them. Also some doors that steal my joy that I have regretted not going down I have to realize are closed for a reason if they are not a hell yes they are a no. Like being with the Father of my children. It fell apart and did not make me feel loved and appreciated for who I was and I can truly say I am not wasting precious time looking down that passage I did not take anymore. There are passages you may really wish you could take but if the timing isn't right or if every aspect of it is not a hell yes it is a no too and I have to realize it is a not now and a possibly not ever and not waste my precious now on these passages as well. It is only the now we really have and it is a gift that we can choose to open or not.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
1 God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in [trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the [sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
Thank you for the gift of today Help me to unwrap it and savour the gift of today.I also give thanks to the dreams, hopes and goals you have placed inside of me. Glory and Honour to you. Lord I don't have the full picture of why things happen the way they do. Why some peoples lives are cut short I do not know. My heart and prayers are with the family, loved ones and all who were effected by the tragedy of this accident which happened on our highway out of town. May it remind us to love wholeheartedly and treat this day and life as a precious gift from you. In Jesus name Amen.
Nothing is worth more than this day.
~ My son is showering and he wants me to get ready to take him out and get some clothes for him this afternoon.
You don't have to live in tomorrow's good old days. Don't take now for granted. Your family needs what you have. they need your smile, encouragement, wisdom, time and love. They need to know you care and that they mean the world to them. It's not important to be just in the house ~ be involved and be engaged give them your love and attention ~ fill their banks each and every day.