Hello all. Welcome to my blog Unrepeatable Blessings! I am so glad you found me here. I pray that the things that I post on this blog will be a blessing to you and your family, that they will uplift you and encourage you. I feel as if there is so much to tell you about myself and my blog but I think I will simply start by explaining my tagline because I feel that it well illustrates the reason why I wanted to start this web log of my life. The tagline is this: This moment is an unrepeatable blessing fashioned by God just for you; remember to treasure it!
This line has been germinating as a tiny seed in my heart for many years. It began to emerge several years ago, while driving my kids around after a particularly busy day. On this day, I began to ponder my life—deep stuff right to begin a blog with right? Well, on this day I was on my way home from a long, frustrating, and necessary trip to the grocery store with two very small children. I was in a terrible mood and thinking about how some day things would be easier, there would be fewer dirty diapers, more money, more voices sharing their appreciation and I would be able to actually enjoy my life instead of merely trudging through each day just to make it to the end. And then it hit me, when did I think this magical day would arrive?
Surveying my life I realized that I truly had all the desires of my heart—I was a stay-at-home mom (my dream job) with two wonderful children, a loving and supportive husband, and family and friends who cared for me. We were not rich by any means, in fact, we were living on a graduate student income, but we did have all our needs met. I began to wonder, if I already had everything I wanted, would a change in circumstances or my children growing older really give me the happiness I thought I lacked? At that moment I realized that God has already given me EVERYTHING IN ABUNDANCE that I need to be happy, to have full contentment, I was just missing it! It was not my circumstances that would make for a whole and fulfilling life but rather how I looked at my life. At that moment, I created my tagline which I then proceeded to post all over our house to remind me to live joyfully treasuring my life moments.
Over the years that have followed this sort of epiphany moment, I have often repeated this line to invite myself to take in each moment. There are several aspects of this line which speak to me very deeply. I would like to break this saying down so that you, my dear reader, will understand the underpinnings and philosophy of this blog. And, if I ever forget this important lesson, it will be right here for me to remind myself! So here goes:
- Each and every moment of our lives is UNREPEATABLE. We are given only this time and place to experience THIS MOMENT. If we are so busy wishing for the next moment or dreading completing our current task, we miss something that is never to return; it’s gone forever. Enjoying this moment and learning what it has to offer is literally a limited time offer, so act now!
- Not only is this moment unrepeatable, it is a BLESSING! Now hold on, how can I realistically say each moment is a blessing? Was the moment when you learn you miscarried your hoped for child really a blessing? Was the moment when you learned your beloved father had cancer really a blessing? Were those hours spent in painful labor really a blessing? When your child misbehaves for the one-hundredth time today, is that moment really a blessing? The answer quite simply and enthusiastically is yes, yes, yes, and yes! I have experienced all of the above moments of blessing and each one taught me an invaluable lesson and in some way drove me closer to God. I will have to share more on those lessons in a later post. But, I know, that no matter the time, place, or circumstance, each moment I am given by God is a blessing which I do not want to miss!
- These moments are FASHIONED by GOD for ME. Each blessed moment that I live is not mere coincidence or random happening but really and truly given to me by God as a gift. Not a gift given to my best friend or my mother but to ME! The God who molded the universe in all its intricacies (Gen. 1), who cares for even the sparrow (Matt. 6:26), and who knows the number of hairs on my head (Luke 12:7) would certainly not allow something as important as the moments of my life to be left to mere happenstance. That leaves us with one thing; each moment is given to me by God as a carefully selected gift. The Sacred Scriptures tell us that God only gives good gifts, so it follows that every moment that is gifted to us is a GOOD gift one which is packed full of lessons and blessings.
- I must remember to TREASURE these moments. I have always been struck by the line in the Gospel of Luke which states that Mary pondered/treasured all these things in here heart (Luke 2:19). Our Mother Mary was blessed to stand as a first hand witness to the workings of God. But you know what? So are we! Each day of our lives, if we care to open our eyes to see it, we stand in the middle of a moment where God is working. If we hold all these moments in our heart and treasure them we begin to see the beauty and the joy that is all around us.
Ever since its inception, this saying has become so important to me as I aim to live my life joyfully cognizant of God’s blessings. I invite you to hear it again and really let it sink in, This moment is an unrepeatable blessing fashioned by God just for you; remember to treasure it! Is there some way that this tagline speaks to you? If so, I would love to hear from you!