Friday, April 5, 2013

After (Five Minute Friday)


The weeks spin by and I've missed a few Five Minute Fridays. The house is quiet for a few hours, so I have a little space to write. After all, it's only five minutes!  Today's word is:

After


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I have spent far too much of my life waiting for "after."  For years it was - after the kids are in school, after the kids are grown and gone, after we sell the house..... On and on it went in an endless pattern of waiting for something else to happen.

Perhaps it is finding myself smack dab in the middle of my sixth decade. Perhaps it is an awakening to the understanding that there is so much to grab hold of in the now and so much lost in the looking ahead to what I imagine will be a better time.

There are miracles in the moments of my today that will be lost in the yearning to get somewhere else. The truth is, the somewhere else or the something else is often not nearly what I had hoped. I may very well look back and regret not savoring the moments of the here and now.

When difficulties come it feels better to look ahead to after. But what if I am so focused on it that I miss what the Father has for me in this moment?
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Please come visit the lovely women who gather at Lisa-Jo's on Friday. You will be blessed.

 Five Minute Friday

Blessings,
Linda

9 comments:

Rachel Rusticus said...

As a young mom, your thoughts are encouraging to me to seize every day & life well in the midst of the (crazy) now:)

Thanks for sharing your peace. Please visit me at http://creativelyredeemingher.blogspot.com/2013/04/joyfully-ever-after.html for my 5 Min Friday!

-Rachel

Anonymous said...

Very very very very...very good words.

Anonymous said...

by the way...lovely petals in the photo.

S. Etole said...

There are no guarantees in the "afters" either.

lil red hen said...

I realize, as I grow older, I put too much time in wondering what lies ahead for us. Perhaps I am missing the best of now.

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

love this, linds... "there are miracles in the moments of my today". there sure are! beautifully said! xo

Stephanie said...

Thank you, sweet Linda, for this post. I NEEDED it! You are a blessing!

Love and hugs,
Stephanie

JAPAN SAMURAI said...

Hello
It is a wonderful word
Thank you.
From Japan.
Ryoma sakamoto.

Megan Willome said...

Living a little bit in "after" lately. Trying not to, but it's hard not to.