Friday, September 9, 2016

When We Understand That Time With Our Children Is Short

The Blue Chairs.

That is what keeps going through my mind as I read through the third chapter of the book The Most Important Place on Earth. (It is not too late to join us as we go through this book, you can find it here!)

Of all the important topics the author covered in that chapter, all I could think about was those blue chairs.

Here, let me explain:

There were two women. 

One woman was watching the other's child when he got out of school. 

 When the child would arrive she would get the "best" part of his day instead of the mom as he shared the day's events over cookies and milk. When the mom comes home later in the day there is not much that the son shares with her, he has already shared it with the woman watching over him. 

The mom is distraught and saddened about this and discusses this over a visit with the woman who watches him. She reveals that her husband has asked her to take responsibility for the decorating bills in the home. She says she will come home to "little Scotty" when she is finally able to purchase the blue chairs needed for the living room. But, sadly, soon after the chairs were bought, the couch looked ratty next to them.

And when you think of it, for might not be the blue chairs.

But it might be other things that aren't as necessary but seem important.

 Like some of the goals we create,

or priorities,

or things we desire,

that we place over our children.

And we do this without realizing it.

They might even be "good" things.

And we bump  our children down...



way down...

the list.

And before we know it, we have forgotten about them.

How did this happen?

When will we understand that time with our children is short?

That there are no second chances or do-overs?

Before our time with them slips away. 

Because while the days feel long, the years are short. 

Friends, think carefully today.

And pray and ask Him Who already knows. 

What are the "blue chairs" in your life right now?

If you are joining us for the first time, we are going through this book for the next few weeks and would love to have you join us! We will cover a chapter a week and in case you missed it be sure to watch the video and get the A-to Z  Bible Verse Printable to do with your children (we'll be doing it too). The book is still on sale so it is a great time to get it!

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nicolas acheampong said...

Sarah Minerella said...

Please Donate & Help Keep a Roof Over Our Heads

How fast things can change. This time last week, we had a happy home, and now we're going to have to find a new place to live.

This past week I was doing some cleaning in our apartment and that's when things went downhill. Since we've moved into our place over two years ago, slow drains have been an issue we've had to learn to deal with. We put some bleach down the drain that morning and it seemed to be working better, so I let some hot water run. This being the busiest work week of my life, I accidentally left the sink on for 30 minutes and unfortunately, though it did seem to be draining faster, it wasn't completely better. The sink overflowed leaving some water damage in our floor and in the ceiling of the apartment below us. I felt just terrible for our neighbor, but thankfully, she said she wasn't angry with us at all and that this had happened with everyone who has lived in our apartment.

Fast forward a few hours -- the landlords were absolutely furious. We've pretty much begged to help and for them to use our renter's insurance, but after yelling at us the day it happened, they wouldn't return our calls. Now today, we get home from celebrating my birthday and find a notice on our door that they're doing a last inspection on Monday before we move out. We are quiet, kind tenants who always pay on time, so we were completely taken aback by this.

For those of you who don't know, after turning down paid positions in ministry, my husband and I left our home in New England to help with a church plant in Los Angeles for free. Since making that choice to obey the Lord's leading, things haven't always been easy for us in LA, but I have to believe there is a purpose behind it all. We have no family here and our friends all have one bedroom apartments, so please, if you can help in any way possible, it would mean everything to us. We just simply don't have the money to pay for damages at our current home, as well as a security deposit plus first and last month's rent in another apartment. We need your help to keep a roof over our heads.

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- Sarah <3

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