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Guest Post: Take Time to Cherish Things that Matter Most

Today I am excited to have my first ever Guest Post.

Becky from Our Peaceful Home is filling in for me while I enjoy time with family visiting from out of state. This weekend will be filled with birthday parties and lots of family fun!

I met Becky in the wonderful world of Twitter. Becky will be my roomie at The Relevant Conference next month and I simply can not wait to meet her in person!

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From Becky:
I am a wife and mom of two little ones and I often find myself frazzled and peaceless.  I know when I am not at peace my family isn’t either.  I created Our Peaceful Home to give you ideas and inspiration to make your home a place of serenity and rest.
Pull up a chair, grab a warm cup of coffee and relax.  At Our Peaceful Home you will find inspiration for the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical to help find peace when your world feels utterly out of control.

If you are anything like I am you feel like since you had kids a tornado hit your life.  And since I am the kind of person that likes to have everything in its place, and likes to be organized with all my ducks in a row, I don’t feel like my head is on straight these days.  I have the tendency to get overwhelmed with all the things going on.  My list of things to keep up with day to day is long and growing.  It doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in the day between taking care of my walk with God, husband, kids, cooking, cleaning, church activities, part time job, blog, etc.  Life is extremely full.  It is now, when life is full that I find myself spending my days checking off my “to do” list. And for me, my life is so full that I tend to lose focus on the things that really matter.

Lately, I have been trying to continually remind myself to focus on the things that DO matter.  I have to remind myself (on a daily basis) that if I don’t check off all I want to on my “to do” list but spend time with my kids it is far more important than those check marks.  I have to remind myself that if life is a little chaotic and all the furniture isn’t dusted and I haven’t vacuumed in a week, everything is going to be ok.  Those things can wait.

This past week my son has started coming up to me saying, “Mama, play trucks.  Mama, play trucks.”  My first reaction is to keep telling him that I have to finish what I am doing first.  And in mommy words that often means, I have to finish my list first.  His sweet little voice is so precious.  He’s already two and he’s growing up so fast.  Then I remember how short my time is with him being so small.  Someday he won’t want his mama to play trucks with him.  When that day comes I will have completely missed my chance to cherish playing tucks with my little guy.  When that day comes it won’t have mattered if the dust piled up or if there was dishes in the sink.  My children can’t wait.  My children aren’t going to need me forever.

Life is much too short not to devote that intentional time to my children.  There are times when it is ok for them to play by themselves, it’s good for them.  But, there are times when I should devote my heart and soul to playing with them.  I want to see them smile and hear them laugh with me.  I don’t want to waste a single second of this motherhood thing.  God has given me my children to bless me as I focus on them and not my “to do” list.

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, “If this is the Lord’s will then you should do this or that.” James 4:14,15

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    Sharon O
    September 25, 2010 at 10:43 am

    oh this was so good.
    I wish all young mom’s would only remember the time is so short for those years with your little ones. My own little ones are now 31 and 35 with little ones of their own.
    Hug them and play with them. They are small for just a season.

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    September 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Oh this sounds so much like me! In fact, I wrote an article last year for Heart of the Matter Online that voices much of the same thing, except from a different angle. I wrote about how I would get frustrated at the simplest things my children needed from me – and it’s because I clung too tightly (and at times still do) to my own agenda.
    Great reminder!! Thank you!

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