"Every Moment"

(by Joy Williams) Every Moment - By Surprise

"We laughed out loud ‘til we cried
And the tears were sweet
Midnight melted to morning
A moment faded to memory
All these days
They just slip away through our fingers

Don’t let go
Hold onto every moment
Always know
Hold onto every moment that You can

We move on with no regrets to our destiny
Held by the hands of the Father
We share His love and He leads us through
All these days
'Cause they slip away through our fingers


Running through yesterday into tomorrow
Don’t let it just drift away
Forget about tying the hands of time
Give every minute to the One who's given today

Don't you let go


I'm heading to MOPS in a few minutes, and I thought I'd post the Mentor Moment that I'm sharing with the moms today. It's nothing they haven't heard before, but it's what I feel like I'm supposed to say today. If you're not a mom, this may be boring! {Sorry!} Anyways, here's what on my heart...

I still remember when I was in college, & I watched a video where Christian comedian Mark Lowry stated the following bit of scripture as his life verse, “And it came to pass.” That’s only a portion of many different scriptures, but it’s so true. He says it like this, “And it came...to pass. It didn’t come to stay.” No matter what is going on in your life, it will pass...

Whether you’re feeling like a failure, or you’re on top of the world...

If there is crayon all over your wall, or you’ve recently used the magic eraser & the walls look good...

In the midst of the mundane day-to-day routines or in the middle of a full-blown toddler tantrum...

It came...to pass.

I speak from a little experience, but I’m sure more "mature" moms can vouch for me, too. If you’ve been around kids for any length of time, you've probably already realized this, too: children grow up super fast! My baby girl is now a 12-year-old woman, and my son turned 10 a couple of weeks ago. And I have NO idea how it has gone by so fast! When they were little, I would get bogged down in some of the mundane stuff & feel quite helpless with the frustrating stuff! But honestly, all of it was bittersweet. With each new stage, I missed the stage they had just outgrown, I loved the stage they were currently in, and I looked forward to the next stage. Even during the “terrible twos”, there were some very enjoyable moments ~ like the cute things they would say! But I remember wishing we could just hurry up past the terrible parts of that stage!

I’m sure most of you have seen the movie “Click”, where Adam Sandler has the universal remote that he uses to fast forward through events. It ends up out of control -- with life speeding by -- and suddenly he realized how much he missed out on. I seriously feel like life goes by that quickly sometimes, and I’ve come to realize that I really don’t want any part of life to go faster anymore!

I miss rocking my babies to sleep & holding them with their little heads nestled on my chest. I remember moments when I wished they’d just be content by themselves & not feel the need to be held constantly. But now, I can’t even pick up my girl anymore, and I can only carry Cody around on my back (& briefly, at that). HE can actually pick ME up! How did that happen?!

For now, my kids still let me snuggle with them at bedtime & when I wake them up in the morning. But I know that won’t last forever. I dread the day when they discover that their friends don’t do that, so they must be too old for it, too. I’m holding on to these moments for as long as I can!

I know it’s not the easiest thing to do when you’re actually IN the moment, but it’ll be gone before you know it! If you can try to gain some perspective on just how brief your time at home with your babies is, then I hope it will help you appreciate that time more. If I could go back, I would in a heartbeat. If I had only realized then just how fleeting those moments were, I wouldn't take a single one for granted.

And it came...to pass.



Laura said…
Thanks so much for sharing your heart with MOPS and on your blog. Sometimes I get frustrated with where I am at in life (no career direction, no house and no kids...although Missy is sometimes like a small furry toddler...), but you're right - I need to remember to savor the good moments in this stage because they will come to pass and I'll miss them. :)
Brooke said…
i think its wonderful you're a part of that ministry. :)

have a great weekend!!
RR Mama said…
Yes those babies of ours grow up so fast. Mine are 6 and 10. I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that my 10yr old will be in Jr. High next year. OK don't tell me I don't want to hear.
Zion said…
Yesterday I photographed my high school principal and on his desk was a photo of his family. I commented on it and he told me the baby in the photo was now in third grade and his oldest boy is 21. It really was a reality check to me, I know that day is coming. This was a great post. Zion is calling me to go help him color a pig. I think I will go do that now.
Erynne Nicole said…
What stinks is some things I'm not wanting to pass as quickly as others. Too bad we can't pick and choose huh? Thanks for posting! This was encouraging to read! I miss you a lot.
Amanda said…
How did you know I needed to hear this today? I know how precious time is right now, and I know I need to savor it because it goes by far too fast. BUT IT IS SO HARD SOMETIMES. And I'm SO tired. And so is Dan. Each day we look at eachother and say, "We made it another day." Sometimes it's hard to believe people actually survive being parents! I am so thankful for Isaac, and I wouldn't change it for the world. Thanks for the validation and encouragement! It makes me want to go in there right now and wake him up just so snuggle him. BUT I'll refrain for another hour. :D
Anonymous said…
i needed to hear that / be reminded! this stage we are in is SO HARD that i have a difficult time enjoying it and not wishing is to pass, so thanks for the fresh perspective (from a mom who's a few steps ahead of me). :)

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