On Stopping to Smell the Roses

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stop to smell the roses

I rise early this morning, “no-kids” sorts of things on my to-do list, when the happy face of my grinning 3 year old comes bounding into the room. She wants to snuggle, talk, read a book, sit with me, and do a puzzle together.

Today I stop what I’m doing, look into her eyes and savor it. What a gift! An interruption to my plans, but a gift.

She’s so cute, I decide to take a picture of her. This leads to watching home videos together on my iPhone, one of her favorite things to do, and as we do, I flash-forward to the future. I see us watching these same videos, except she’s suddenly all grown up, and I’m remembering her young years with such fondness, sweetness and nostalgia.

Snap back to reality. Here I am, living it in this very moment. Thank you God. Thank you for today. May I not miss it.

I wonder, am I soaking this this season in life up for all it is? Or am I letting the challenges of parenting or the stress and busyness of life steal that privilege from me? Am I creating future regrets, or am I fully embracing the fleeting yet rich blessings God has given me for today?

I hope I am. I know I’m not always.

So let’s make it our mission this week to stop and smell the roses in our lives, the wonderful goodness that God has planted there.


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  1. Kaidee says:

    thanks so much for this simple reminder.
    i need it often!

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