Thursday, April 26, 2012

How can he be 18 already?

It seems like just yesterday I was changing his diaper, or pulling his first tooth, or teaching him how to dress himself.  But now, only "minutes" later in life he is all grown up...18 years old, getting ready to start college and making decisions for himself.  This is the hardest time I have had with any of my children's phases in life.  I know there is a season for everything, and I know that he has to grow up but how come it is so hard to LET GO!  I still want to be the momma bear protecting her young.  Now don't get me wrong, I am proud of his accomplishments and I am looking forward to this new stage of life but it is hard not to question did I teach him everything he needs to know, did I raise him strong and right, is he going to be able to make it in this crazy world.  It is during these times that I look to God's word for assurance and even comfort.

Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it."

To My Son

By Jere Riddick

If there is ever a message that I can share
It’s that life has not always been fair.
It’s had it joys, fun and games
But it has also brought sorrow, tears and pain
Life has thrown some curve balls at me
Sometimes knocking me to my knees
But on my knees was the best place to be
Because there I prayed for your safety
So what I can tell you about this crazy life
No matter what happens take it in stride
You may face unhappiness, or pain or strife
But remember to keep God the center in your life
If there is one thing that I am sure of
It is that God has never failed us
So the lesson in life I want you to know
Life may not be fair, but God won’t let go
I felt like I was losing you as you grew to a man
But I have realized a mother’s prayer never ends

So no matter how old our children get, remember that they still need our love, our encouragement, our prayers and our support.  I know I have been blessed in my life with parents that were there for me no matter what and I hope that one day my children can look back and say that about me as well.

Friday, March 27, 2009

May we all be COFFEE :-)

You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again... I received an email a few days ago and I loved the seems to fit so well with my life that I thought what better way to start my new blog then to share this inspiring thought.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots She did and noted that they were soft.. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same
adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently... The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

May we all be COFFEE :-)

This cup's on me.