Treasure the Moments!

tempIt’s a common refrain at the end of a year…that it went by so fast.  It seems like just yesterday we were thinking about New Year’s resolutions, a fresh start, a word for the year, or something else to kick off 2014.  And now it’s coming to a close.

 

Parenting presented some glorious moments for me in 2014—like when my son came home for a month-long leave after finishing up his first duty station in Turkey.  That was followed by the pain of saying goodbye when he left for a two year assignment to Japan.

 

There was the devastating moment when I learned my teen daughter was pregnant.  That was followed by the joy in acceptance and learning I was going to have a granddaughter.

 

Bittersweet moments.

 

In between were the usual events of life.  Watching a favorite show together, having grandma over for a dinner and movie, laughing, and hugs.

 

Ordinary moments.

 

Mixed in were some challenges experienced in our immediate and extended families.  Divorce, arguments, disappointments and the need to forgive.

 

Growing moments.

 

Some of the best times came through answered prayer, breakthroughs and the dispensing of grace.

 

God moments.

 

Good, bad or indifferent—they were all moments to be treasured.  Isn’t that what we experience every year that passes?  We never know the specifics of how it will all play out.  We only know that at some point we will experience them…

 

Bittersweet moments

Ordinary moments

Growing moments

God moments

 

Some moments we experienced more than others.  Regardless, all of them weaved the tapestry of our lives for 2014.  Not one moment was a waste.  Every moment was filtered through the hands of God.  And each one has the potential to make us a better person.  We may not have the ability to choose our moments.  But we do have the ability to respond with a positive attitude and with faith that God is still in control.

 

I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.  May you learn to treasure EVERY moment, not only the remaining days of 2014…but in the year that is ahead!

 

© 2014, Stephanie Romero

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2 thoughts on “Treasure the Moments!

    • Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement! It’s readers like you that help keep me going. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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