Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Savoring the Moment

I sit here in the quiet of our home while my sweet 16 1/2 month old daughter naps peacefully in the next room. Worship music is playing softly in the background; I have a freshly steamed vanilla latte sitting on my coffee table and I just closed my Bible after reading and contemplating Job 6 and 7. I have resolved to savor this moment- the day after a busy four months of Clinical practice and finishing classes for the semester. It was heartbreaking for me to leave Madison each morning to teach other parents' children when my heart was longing to stay with my child and invest my life in hers. But I knew it was necessary for a time. I am glad I did it, but oh so glad it is over now.

So here I sit soaking up the peace of the moment. My heart rejoices with the opportunity to pour my energy, love, and gifts into Madison, my home, and my husband. I fully understand that this gift is not possible for every mom and family and may not always be possible for me. So I choose to treasure these days of watching our little girl discover the world for the first time, of teaching her the difference between right and wrong, of playing silly games on the floor with her. I choose to cherish the opportunity to plan healthy meals for our family and to make our home a haven as a gift to my husband. Oh no- I am not naive, I know that in a few months (especially when baby Rose arrives) these tasks may become routine,ordinary, and perhaps even overwhelming again. I suppose it is the knowledge of that fact that compels me to write this now. I don't want to forget this moment.

Dear Lord,

Grant me a heart full of love, joy, and thankfulness for this time in my life. Help me to treasure the little blessings that you bestow each and every day. Equip me with patience and wisdom to be godly mother who prays for her children daily and trains them in the way of the Lord, reflecting your love. May I honestly be able to say to my children, "Follow me as I follow Christ".

Amen

8 comments:

juliechall said...

Funny...I'm also sitting here with a coffee during nap time :) what a sweet post though, Jules. I was just thinking today about how much I truly love being at home and how society is always trying to tell us there is something more important we could be doing. It's awesome to enjoy God's plan!

Lacie said...

Beautifull said, Jules!

Danielle said...

What a beautiful and refreshing post! Congrats on being done!

LMLogan said...

thank you for that! :) LOVE YOU!

Kel said...

jules- when i get to, i wanna be a mom like you. glad you're my friend

Shannalee said...

This was such a sweet, sweet post, Julie.

JordanandSue said...

That is such a great reminder to cherish these years! Thanks for posting that. You do have a unique perspective, having just been through the last few months, and that's something I take for granted. Celebrating with you, friend! :)

Dad Baylor said...

Precious thots Julie. I am so very proud of you and Tim and the wonderful little family you are building. Most of all I am so pleased with the Godly example my daughters-in-law set for their families. From a young woman you demonstrated your heart for the Lord. I had you pegged for Tim and prayed to that end. I am so pleased the Lord answered my prayer, for Tim and for Madison and little Rose yet to come.
A big shout out to Mark & Lisa for the great job they did also.

Dad Baylor