Yes, our son turned 3 on Saturday! THREE!! Leaving me again with the question, "Where have the last three years gone?"
John Deere tractor theme and choo choo engineer hat...what more could a guy ask for, right?!People often tell us to enjoy these precious moments…reminding us of how quickly the time passes. I take their words of advice to heart. Yet, no matter how much I try to savor these moments or try not to "sweat the small stuff", time still passes all too quickly!
It doesn’t seem possible that it has been three years since we brought Andrew home from the hospital...
(It wasn't 01/06/2002. It was 02/01/2007. What a time for the date to mess up on the camera!)
Or almost 3 years since he stated flashing those first smiles...
Or 2 years and 2 months since he walked those first steps...
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
So today my heart echose the prayer of David in Psalm 39:4-7:
"Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth with be. Remind me that my days are numbered - how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer thatn the width of my hand. My entire life time is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.
We are merely shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you."
I would add:
Lord, thank you for showing me Your faithfulness in the past; giving me reason to expect more of the same in the future. I'm thankful that I know I can put my hope and trust in You!
Remind me of how important it is to live each and every day with purpose; setting priorities and living out the plan You have for my life.
Remind me that a very important and valuable part of that plan is mothering this precious child (and the one we will welcome in April as well) that you have given to me and my husband. Help me to remember that if we teach him Your ways, we will leave a legacy that will far outlive us.
The thought of how fleeting this life is would be a depressing one if I didn't know the One (the only One) that I can put my hope in.
I want to remember to run this race to win...to run with purpose in every step (I Cor 9:24-25). So that when I come to the end of my life I can say as Paul did in I Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful."
So I finish my prayer...
Lord, give me the strength to run this race with discipline and diligence. Remind me of what is truly important. Help me to cherish the blessings you have given me...and keep the proper perspective and priorities each day.
I thank you for blessing us with our son Andrew! He is a gift from you and I feel honored to hav ethe opportunity to raise Him for You. It is a pleasure to watch Him grow and learn. Give us wisdom as we teach him Your ways. May we be shining lights of Your glory in his life. You are a great big, wonderful and gracious Father. I love you! Amen