Celebrating Life!

Sometimes it’s difficult for me to notice the brand new life in things around me. I forget look at my life with fresh eyes each day. These are ongoing challenges of mine … looking for the fresh, new and positive in daily life as well as the people and things around me.

I am reminded of a popular verse; Lamentations 3:21-23

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Isn’t it amazing how such a refreshing and uplifting verse comes from a book named “Lamentations”? Phrases like “I have hope”, “we are not consumed”, “compassions never fail”, “new every morning”, and “great is your faithfulness” are phrases that we can and should apply to our lives daily.

I feel inspired to place these phrases all over my house on sticky notes so that wherever I am and whatever I’m doing throughout the day I am reminded. The thougts and sayings that I typically have posted around the house amuse most people. The reminder “They won’t be two forever!” is my most recent addition to help me remember not to overreact to our ultra destructive and boundary hating twin 2 year olds. So, I sense a new era to my stickies, even the washer may be graced with an encouraging thought and scripture! Celebrate Life!

Moms deeply understand the need to recognize how amazing new life is! How often I remember watching my helpless newborns, in awe of the amazing and instant love for such a tiny creature! When I looked into my babies’ eyes as they experienced something new it was amazing to see the awe, wonder and joy!

Through a child we can truly understand the celebration of life! They open their arms to the beauty and truth of Creation. They are able to appreciate all of the wonderful things in nature that I fail to see beauty in – a frog or a snake for instance. My boys will spend an entire day with one frog they have found, fascinated by all it does, it’s noises, the way it feels, just Life! I think I need to learn from them on this one! Planting seeds and watching them grow – seems almost ho-hum to me but they can’t wait to see the seed turn into a plant, veggie or flower. If I look through their eyes I am once again amazed by God’s Creation with a renewed interest.

So, I begin my journey to remember the fresh, new life in everything around me. Each day is new and fresh and I need to begin again with renewed purpose toward the goals God has placed in my life, to be a better wife and mother. To celebrate the things that seem small but are new life to my children, to notice with a fresh outlook the beauty around me! This is my challenge and I hope to rise to the occasion!

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