This week has been a week of realizing my little ones are no longer little. It’s funny, as you are with them day in, day out you get accustomed to their size, their ways, their lives. And then, one random day as you are trying to snuggle with them and they no longer fit comfortably to snuggle, it hits you…they’re big!
As this week has been heating up outside, the kids have found playing inside a cooler option. With Florida winters, that is our time to be outside playing since it gets too hot to do anything apart from a pool in summer. So countless hours have been spent daily with them racing around in the back yard, digging in the sandbox and dragging toys to play picnic with. I have had relatively quiet days and a clean house with them outside, catching up on projects, reading, and some school work.
In contrast, this week, there has been dozens of toys on the floor, rooms destroyed, and the noise level inside the house has overwhelmed me. It hit me, that my kids aren’t little with little bodies and little voices. The freeze tag game now inside my house threatens my sanity and their safety as they race faster and in more daring ways. With the heat of summer fast approaching, I begin to wonder what I will do with them to keep them cool AND outside. While pools and beaches are all fun, they require packing up, loading up and travel; and neither support any method of productivity for me as I sit there thinking of my own chores to do back at home. And yet, purchasing of pools or outdoor play equipment is a pricey undertaking. These questions and debates happen every year as summer approaches here. Maybe this year we’ll figure out what will be entertaining and cool outside as well as affordable. Pass along ideas if you have them, friends!
We pick up this week in The Organized Heart the chapter on possessions. Do we possess them or do they possess us? Do we cling to that which we no longer need/use because we think we will need or use it later on?
After reading this chapter I had very practical application…I cleaned out a few items I knew needed to go in my closet. I took what I could to the local consignment and I re-purposed an old skirt into one for my daughter. Yet, while there is certainly great practical steps to make sure what we have we use, what we don’t use gets given, sold, re-purposed etc…there is more to this than outward expression.
God never promises a life free from trouble, but he does promise to always be with us and walk with us through our storms. Plan for the future and ration your resources wisely, but remember that God’s grace alone allows us to get through this life. Serve God and others with open hands and an open heart, trusting in the sovereign God who holds the future.
Eastin, Staci (2011-02-26). The Organized Heart (pp. 57-58). Cruciform Press. Kindle Edition.
Am I trusting in the Sovereign who holds the future or my bank account, 401K, health insurance? Is it God’s grace that I depend on or do I cling to my technological products? What owns me? The love and grace of my savior or the stuff that fills my days?
It’s so hard to face these questions. There’s a functionality to much of the stuff we have that makes things useful and it’s a subtle seduction to it suddenly becoming needful. The things God has entrusted me with are tools to be used for His glory…the new couch to welcome family and friends for fellowship. The new car to provide reliable transportation for those in my family and when possible, a ride for a friend. But it’s a small step away from owning things to the things owning us. Maybe it’s time for a heart check? What owns you?
It was bound to happen at some point. My laptop is in need of repair. A few days ago as I was trying to use it for my kids to watch a movie during my Bible study, it made a horrible clunking sound and promptly spit back out the disk. A visit to the Genius Bar confirmed it…the CD-ROM drive is history. Luckily, I still have a few months remaining on my Apple Care so it’s a free fix. Unfortunately, it required giving up my computer for several days. So here I sit, using my Ipad and a temperamental portable keyboard to let you know that I will be postponing further entries until my computer is back, which is estimated for Tuesday.
Until then…God bless!
It’s been a while….
Here’s one for all the parents of early rising kids!