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be present; don't miss your Joy today

April 28, 2018

This morning, I had the greatest opportunity to take Lukey to a t-ball game, just the two of us.  We almost always all go to everything together.  I love that about our family, but I also love getting a chance to be with just one kiddo or just Mike.  It's rare, but so sweet when it happens.


Anywho, on our drive over, we prayed together.  "God thank you for this GORGEOUS sun-shining Saturday morning.  Thank you for this sweet, handsome, fun, funny, smart, happy, amazing boy.  Please watch over us as we drive, protect the kiddos back at home, please protect Lukey as he plays.  Let us be a light, exactly who you created us to be today."


My heart was overflowing with gratitude.  For him.  For this day. My eyes filled with tears, thinking about what a privilege it is to be a momma bear.   What a gift we have been given.  While he's far from perfect in any way, he brings us so much JOY! 


As we were there, I had to keep watch of my phone, but I really tried to be in the moment.  To be present. So thankful for that precious time together.  To watch him run.  Bat. To hear him say to that momma, "You have such a cute baby in there," as he peeked into her stroller.   


Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, whoever you're with, take time today to be present.  Think about what "Good" is around you.  Who can you cheer on!  High five!  Encourage.  Motivate.  Lift up.  What can you celebrate? Despite all of the troubles, and stress and heartache, what can you focus on to add so much value to this day. 


Don't miss it.  You can be there, but not be "there."  You know that feeling when you have a birthday party for your kiddo and when it's over you think, "Wait, did that just happen????  Is it over?  How's it over?" I've been so guilty of being wrapped up in the details and stress, worry, anxiety, fear, disappointment, that I honestly miss what is happening right in front of me.  If I'm not careful, I can forget to really relax and enjoy the moment.  I think it is a skill to be present.  To turn off the past.  To not think of the future.  To turn off the phone.  To just be in the moment, even when there are plenty of things to steal your joy.   Even if only for a brief minute. Or seconds.  


Find your Joy today.  Not the whole day.  But scoop up second of bliss.  Breathe.  Relax. Focus. Whatever your beliefs, let your heart be filled with gratitude, even if and when things aren't perfect.  Honestly, they're never going to be in this lifetime.  Try to think about where you are and what gifts you've been given.  Don't miss your blessings.    


Gotta run....war has broken out behind me over a minion.... Why if there are 10 minions do they need to fight over the EXACT same one???? One of the great mysteries of motherhood. 


"If people can't see what God is doing, they'll stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed."  Proverbs 29:18



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