When I originally sat down to write this post, I was going to write about making plans for the future, setting goals. I was not only looking into 2013, but further into the future – years from now; 2014, 2015.
I stopped as I realized that I am always planning for the future. There is nothing wrong with that, but I often catch myself planning for later instead of enjoying my here and now.
We too often make plans for the future and forget about the blessing of the moment. The day after Christmas, I was already running ideas through my head about what I wanted to do for Christmas 2013. At the time, I had not even decided what I was going to feed my children that morning for breakfast. Christmas 2013 can wait. Feeding my children can’t.
I am always making plans for things to be better than they are, instead of just enjoying how wonderful everything is at that moment. It may not always be perfect, but what is happening is happening now and how good it will be is often determined by how well we receive whatever the occasion.
Before I stop making plans for the future, I am going to make just one more plan and that is to enjoy the moment.
I am going to enjoy the moment of my children spreading every LEGO they own across the living room floor and building one of their incredible masterpieces instead of planning strategy as to how I am going to get them to clean up the mess. I am going to pull out every decorative topping we own and enjoy the moment of my daughter icing and decorating her cake instead of worrying about how I am going to remove food color stains from my kitchen counter. I am going to enjoy the moment of placing another load of laundry into the washing machine instead of planning what I will do with the extra time when my loads of laundry eventually dwindle.
I am going to be a little bit more spontaneous and pray that God shows me how to take it all in instead of planning each moment of the day to ensure perfection.
I am going to be thankful to God and enjoy my here and now and accept it however it comes at me, because the future will be here sooner than I know with or without my planning.
Although Jennifer now lives in Small Town, USA on the southern part of the map, she will always remain a California girl. She is a Christian, wife and homeschool mother, who has been blessed with three beautiful children (a.k.a. the 'Wild Bunch'). Her homeschool style is still being determined, and Jennifer is just thankful that she and her children are able to stay-at-home and learn together. Jennifer is a writer, who enjoys reading (as do her children), running, too much time on the computer, sewing and taking lots and lots of pictures (just ask her children). She is also a lover of food and can be found in her kitchen whipping up something delicious and vegetarian. Oh, she never forgets dessert. Visit Jennifer at Milk & Honey Mommy, Facebook, Twitter.