These Are the Days …

It’s Friday. The first week of school is done! Whew! Mando is away at college, La had her first volleyball game, Noodle made it through her first week of high school (not so much fun, but ok)… and of course Josh … well Josh’s comment was “I think that 2nd and 4th grade will be the best years of my life!” So I guess he likes 4th grade! Then again, his response to every question is “Great!” no matter what the question is?!?
Carol and Colby are all moved in and life is good. I’m thinking about 9/11/2001, these days, though. We had just moved to Orting a couple of months before that awful day. I heard someone in an interview this week talking about 9/11. She’s a widow with three children, one of whom was born since 9/11 (her husband died before he saw his newborn child). She said that five years ago everything changed for her – she said “life stopped, but time moved on.”
That’s how I feel sometimes and I could see her sadness in her eyes. I’m so sad for her, and all the others that lost people they held and loved so dearly. But I decided when I heard her comment that I wanted more for my life. I pray that God will help me commit to living life to the full, in His strength, no matter what happens. If the most tragic and terrible thing I could think of happened to me today, I know that for a moment “my life would stop.” But with God’s help, I’m wanting it to be for only a “moment.”
Paul said in Colossians 3 : “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. ” He goes on to say in later verses of the same chapter: “And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. . . And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”
That’s where I am as we approach this very sad and reflective time in our country. I want all my days to count for the One who gave His life for me — I pray that God will empower me to do more than shuffle along! I don’t want to miss what He’s doing around me today!

5 thoughts on “These Are the Days …

  1. Amanda September 9, 2006 / 12:24 am

    hey mom. good post.youre good at this 🙂i love going out with some hallmates tonight…im stoked!


  2. normalisboring (aka tanya t) September 9, 2006 / 1:45 am

    geez….mando’s only been at college two weeks and already she’s hitting the night-life and partying with people she hardly knows. i really wonder about her upbringing.


  3. normalisboring (aka tanya t) September 9, 2006 / 1:46 am

    on another note….mel, i really like your blog. the Lord is really issuing me a challenge lately about living radically for Him. what would it look like if i viewed every circumstance thru the eyes of Christ? i might even become barbaric……..


  4. Blairs4JC September 9, 2006 / 2:24 pm

    Very powerful words Mel – Thanks for sharing these! I need to follow along with you, I find that I can incapacitate myself at times because of “fear”. I worry (see there it is again) that my children will grow up to be worriers like me, yet I cannot seem to LET IT GO!! I know that I have gotten better at not always voicing my fears out loud – instead trying to hand them over in my mind to our Lord, but the fear is still lurking there! I have to constantly remind myself that OUR GOD wants us to be warriors, not worriers!!~Angie 🙂


  5. Sally Jo September 14, 2006 / 12:18 am

    do you read the comments? i hope you do. good comment on colossians 3, it has inspired me to reread that passage. good words!


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