On Stopping to Smell the Roses

|by | Mothering with Eternity in Mind

stop to smell the roses

I rise early this morning, “no-kids” sorts of things on my to-do list, when the happy face of my grinning 3 year old comes bounding into the room. She wants to snuggle, talk, read a book, sit with me, and do a puzzle together.

Today I stop what I’m doing, look into her eyes and savor it. What a gift! An interruption to my plans, but a gift.

She’s so cute, I decide to take a picture of her. This leads to watching home videos together on my iPhone, one of her favorite things to do, and as we do, I flash-forward to the future. I see us watching these same videos, except she’s suddenly all grown up, and I’m remembering her young years with such fondness, sweetness and nostalgia.

Snap back to reality. Here I am, living it in this very moment. Thank you God. Thank you for today. May I not miss it.

I wonder, am I soaking this this season in life up for all it is? Or am I letting the challenges of parenting or the stress and busyness of life steal that privilege from me? Am I creating future regrets, or am I fully embracing the fleeting yet rich blessings God has given me for today?

I hope I am. I know I’m not always.

So let’s make it our mission this week to stop and smell the roses in our lives, the wonderful goodness that God has planted there.

What are the roses in your life? How will you enjoy them this week?




2 Comments on On Stopping to Smell the Roses

  1. Kaidee
    May 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM (3 years ago)

    thanks so much for this simple reminder.
    i need it often!

    • Katie Bennett
      May 23, 2014 at 9:47 PM (3 years ago)

      Thanks for stopping by Kaidee!

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