Very few things can compare to the time spent with family. Days, months, years can pass b so quickly, it’s easy to miss the little things or forget that you didn’t miss them, you were there….but, perhaps too caught up in something from yesterday or worried about tomorrow.
It’s time to slow down….be in the moment, cherish each tear and each laugh…..yesterday is gone….tomorrow will arrive, when it is time.
Today, you are given special gifts in the moment and being prepared for tomorrow….
I am learning to do that, daily. More and more through reading my Father’s beautiful words…through the example of my earthly Father (who just celebrated a birthday) and my Husband…..the beauty of the Father’s Words penetrate my heart…
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? Matthew 6:25-34
Grab the Opportunity
This past Saturday, we had an awesome opportunity to attend an Atlanta Braves game. Each of the boys have attended…this was our sweet girls’ first game and it was the day the Braves celebrated the Father-Daughter Day!
Our seats were great, behind home plate and I truly can’t begin to tell you how great it was. It was wonderful sitting, cheering and just having fun out and about with our children.
They were able to witness life and people…..and truly begin to understand many of the morals and truths we are teaching them at home.
We explained the beauty of each player’s position for the team, how each member has a job to do…and while some may excel more than others…it still takes the whole team, given gifts by the Father…..for His glory.
As we sat and watched, it was wonderful for me to see Brian McCann…I’ve always enjoyed watching him play. Admittedly, baseball has a sweet spot in my heart. As a teen, I was the stats girl for our Highschool team. It was a fun job…one that gave me an opportunity to learn the game, truly understand it…and it provided me with an ability to keep my eye on the ball (not while I’m batting….while someone else is up at the plate!)
Never Down and Out
The Braves, in their usual and typical style kept us all on the edge of our seats….rallies’ would come and go, the arms, the chops, the Call of the fans would lore the team…..
All Have a Role to Play
With each time at bat, Chipper Jones gave it his all. This is Chipper’s last season with the Braves….another reason we were thrilled to attend the game. While the Braves did not win, we watched as they fought to the end, working together, never giving up….and preparing for Sunday…a day in which they did have a come back and Chipper drove the Braves to a winning night….
While Saturday night did not end with a win……it did end with a concert by Lynard Skynyrd
Experience Life With Your Family
I know…don’t fall out of your chair. Yes, you know how conservative I am, but you also know that my past is not one that is squeaky clean….I have experienced years of partying that would put most of my readers under the table…..
Yet, that’s the beauty of God’s love, isn’t it…His Grave and Mercy wipe us clean through the blood of His son…living each day for Him, knowing I am not perfect, but chosen and loved by the Father and creator of the universe…it’s humbling….
But, I digress.
Honestly, this was a GREAT experience for our children. As we sang, smiled and danced a little…listening to Simple Man, Sweet Home Alabama, Free Bird and a few others, our children…were able to attend their first concert with us – we were able to help them understand a little bit about the climate of a concert in a setting that was not as overwhelming as a dark building. We were able to help them understand that music is a gift from God and while we enjoy all music, truly the heart of music, the reason it was created was to glorify the one who created music….
Which is beautiful, as we are finishing our first few lessons in our Composer/Classical Music studies with Bright Ideas Press. Having recently studied about this very topic, the beginning of music, it’s creation….only God could have planned this weekend. My husband and I did not plan it. A trip to the aquarium, lead to tickets with the Braves…on the very day they were celebrating Fathers and Daughters….and we were able to listen to a band, my husband and I grew up singing along with.
As we left the stadium, the children asked if we thought the band or players knew Jesus….our answer – “We don’t know, but, what a great opportunity to love others and pray for them….”
Here, in the small moments, He thinks and plans and creates for us…..absolute perfection. In the good and the bad, His plan for our hearts and lives….beyond perfection.
Enjoy this beautiful Labor Day….Do something you would not normally do with your family…..enjoy the moments and use each and everyone to help your children grow a Biblical Worldview…..