This summer has been one for the books…I think I say that every year. The year goes too fast, the summer is too short. Time is slipping away. You too? As I fight to always stay in the moment, I feel that many times I am trying to hold on to something. But really, what are we grasping for? Moments to last, so we take a picture; people to stay, so we bribe our bigs to stay home with their favorite meals or their laundry done; or our littles to stay small with play dates, treats, or Defy Gravity. Littles don’t keep and bigs don’t stay… and NOTHING is being taken from us.
It feels that way though doesn’t it…that something is being taken from us?
My oldest left for college, number two and three are on his foothills, my fourth son is starting middle school, the youngest has already started year round school. Truth is, change is all the time. It is like those moving sidewalks in the airports. Life just keeps carrying us along. Last year I probably wrote a similar dialogue about change and growth, so it seems that there is no way around it.
Truth is, we really don’t want life to stay the same as today, we do actually hope that we are headed somewhere and life will bring with it, lightness to our souls. Hope, that is a wonderful word bearing so much meaning. It is often left behind in the trio of FAITH, hope, and LOVE. I have recently been considering the gift of hope. Why else would we get up and do the same things over and over again, if we didn’t hope that good would come from it. The promise of mercies being new every morning, is a gift of hope. The feeling of expectation that there waits for us a new day, a new beginning, a new life and certainly, a real eternity in Heaven, are all because of hope. Hopeful.
With God, He gives, outside of our understanding and many times our expectation, but He gives. Somehow. Always hope.
Honestly, the horizon is full of new expectations, new dreams, and new experiences. As our people, whoever and wherever they are, tell their own stories as they live their lives out or through a memory, our horizon expands and our view of the world broadens. We join a bigger story and our expectation grows. Jesus. He is our expectation, our hope, our dream come true, and we can experience Him new every morning, new at any moment, and new in the lives of others. So very thankful for the journey onward and for the promise that He holds it all together, birthing new desires that open up all kinds of new possibilities. Praise Him.
Lessons I have learned:
- I can actually go seven days and only interact with the six men in my life and love it
- I can go three week without a dryer as long as you have a mother near by
- You can travel for weeks on end w/ pre-cooked hamburgers and shredded chicken
- As long as the boys are fed they don’t care much about what it is
- AAU basketball is really a bummer
- Only God can be trusted w/ your kids futures
- You don’t really need to clean your house to have company
- Coffee is a must have, always, everyday, anytime
- Having all your boys under one roof is priceless
- Having all you boys under one roof for days is gold
- Seeing how they actually like each other and look out for each other is Life-giving
- Having friends with babies helps when your babies are growing up
- An entrepreneur husband is really the best
- Also, really hard
- Jesus always provides what you need
- Trusting Him is like an adventure in itself and His servants are such gifts
- We need each other
- Our boys show a bit more of who they are becoming each year and God is faithful
- Having chickens in your yard and real plants in your home= LIFE is around you
- The gifts that He gives us are eternal, they last forever
- I don’t know how, but I do believe it to be true
- My kids do come home, even though they do leave
- My kids do grow up but they are still growing up
- Mostly, this….
God isn’t taking away my kids as they grow and mature and leave the nest, He is adding to me the privilege of watching them go into all that He has for them. He has had them all along. I have influence, prayers and perspective, new people to meet and welcome into my home, new possibilities of family and future girls 🙂 My eyes get to see what my faith was hoping for, one moment at a time. I have hope. Always.
Be encouraged, take a long deserved nap, linger as you shop or drink that coffee and know that your reward is in the future and there is such confidence in the God that holds that future. He makes up for the lost moments, He turns what was lost into that which is found. He brings to life our future as we trust Him. He is our living hope, so keep dreaming, keep setting your eyes on the horizon, fix them on Jesus.