It’s the every day moments of being a mom that are unique. No one can take away the memories of watching your daughter take her first steps or teaching your son to ride the bike.
Watch this video and be encouraged:
Mother’s Day 2015 from Preston Trail on Vimeo.
Yesterday I was teary eyed…
Have you ever noticed that you can have conflicting emotions as a mom. You can be happy and sad at the same time. Yesterday I was pulled by these powerful emotions. On the one hand, I had a beautiful brunch made my my daughter Sarah Faith who flew in town for Mother’s Day. With Flowers on the table from my husband and an abundance of cards from my children, I was more than blessed. So why was I teary-eyed?
If you have faced any type of life-change you understand. Every mom I know holds each of her children deep in her heart. We miss each one when they are not around our table at Mother’s Day.
I love seeing this picture of my beautiful mom and I with our matching dresses. The two pictures told a story of what our life was like as a family. I was the only girl with three older brothers. Notice how content I was before my brother stole my cat!
These everyday moments are precious!
When my daughters were all young teens, I began to do this thing that I would hold up my hands and pretend to take a picture through out the day. This was before I had an I-phone and could literally take pictures every moment. I would take these imaginary snapshots to remember the ordinary times that were in reality extraordinary.
Seizing the Season
Everyone of us as human beings face daily choices. We could hold onto the past and fight a losing battle as we try to keep everything the same, or we can move forward in faith. God’s word says,
…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14 NLT
Living in faith in the everyday moments of our lives requires us to:
1. Let Go of Our Past
Letting go of the difficult things in our lives is not as difficult as letting go of the good things.
The most difficult thing in answering God’s call to plant a church north of Dallas Texas was that we would be leaving our adult daughters in Tennessee. Just thinking about that was heart-wrenching for me as a mom. I remember walking with my mom on a path outside our Tennessee home. At one point my mom stopped and looked at me and said, “You have a call of God on your life. You have raised your daughter’s. You need to answer God’s call. ”
I don’t know what wonderful things in your past that you need to let go of, but I do know that God will show you how to answer His call in your life. There will be bitter with the sweet. The season is changing anyway, you may as well embrace it with grace and dignity.
2. Live in the Present
What is if about your present life, that you can savor and enjoy? Are you finding the everyday moments to delight in? For Wayne and I, it has been discovering the joy of being happily married. We like the simplicity of eating our meals together around a smaller table with fewer dishes. We like our freedom to go on dates.
Most of all, I love the excitement of building a new church from scratch. I love being available to have “divine appointments” every day. I love building relationships with people in our community. I love the fact that God has opened doors for me to write and speak to a growing national community.
3. Lay Hold of the Future
What is it in your future that God is calling you to? Are you willing to take the risk of letting go of the past in order to lay hold of the future? It’s really about trust isn’t it?
Next year at this time, Life Bridge Church will be launched north of Dallas Texas. There will be a new community of faith celebrating Mother’s Day together. My husband and I and our launch team will have the privilege of “giving birth” to this body of believer’s. We will experience the miracle of being a community carrying the presence and power of Jesus Christ to everyone we meet.
I shared some of my “teary-eyed moments” I would love to hear about yours 🙂
I think you and I are in the same boat. I’m letting go my chics in this season of life (everyone’s either in college or beyond) and it has been TOUGH! I miss those years gone by. But God has helped me tremendously in this past year to move forward and claim His joy!
Thanks for sharing your heart, and thanks for hosting!
It always helps to know we are not alone 🙂
Sue, beautiful! I love the pictures of you with your mom and brothers. I love your words. It brought tears to my eyes and ministered to my soul. A soul that is in the midst of big change, and seeing the beauty in the everyday moments. Thank you for helping me to capture this image in my mind for this season. Blessings to you!
Thanks Stacey. Yes, there is nothing like old photographs to bring you into focus. 🙂
Sue, such an encouraging post. We certainly need to let go of the past in order to receive and live those every day moments abundantly. I have to say I need to take some risks for my future. Trusting God in this! Blessings. Thanks for sharing and connecting with this linkup.
Tayrina from TGAWrites
When you know it is God, the RISK is similar to a daddy getting in the pool for you to jump to Him. HE’s got ya!
Thank you for the encouragement! My oldest has one foot in the teen years and one foot in childhood. I dread the letting go! I am trying to soak up every sweet moment and launch her toward her future at the same time. I will carry your thoughts with me today!
Yes… There’s such a sweetness now too. There’s nothing like sitting at your daughter’s table eating a home cooked meal that she prepared for you…. 🙂
I concur that living in the present can make a huge difference. Life is but a vapor and we need to savor all the sweet, tender moments of parenting. From potty training woes to teenage rebellion to graduations, there is always something sweet in it and a reason to give thanks.
Something sweet in each season… and always something to give thanks for! You are inspiring 🙂
Amen and Amen! So fun seeing the brothers, cat, all similar childhood experiences, yet we were 3 girls to one guy in our family…And we ALL matched mom, ‘cept Chuck!
Yes, those matching dresses make me smile every time 🙂