Friday, January 9, 2009

My 2 Precious Gifts from God

As I started my day today in our normal routine - Austin watching Diego and the Wonder Pets, and Addi, well I just try to find something that will keep her interest while I get dressed, blow dry my hair and get things organized for the day.

I went to a funeral of a relative that I have not seen for sometime, however I did get a chance to visit with her a week ago with my grandmother, (however she was not good when I saw her and she barely spoke to me or my grandmother). You know how you always say "We need to get together for a visit or I'll come out to visit soon" and the next thing you know 5 years or so have passed. Well, I realized today that those words come out of everyones mouth with good intentions and honest to goodness heartfelt truth, however life gets in the way, we get caught up in a whirlwind of activity. Yes, it is pure selfishness, however it is sad that sometimes families and close friends only get together at funerals and weddings.

The words sung at the funeral struck a cord with me today.... George Straits'

You'll Be There.
Well, hope is an anchor and love is a ship
Time is the ocean an’ life is a trip.
From the beginning of creation, I think our Maker had a plan,
For us to leave these shores and sail beyond the sand.
An’ let the Good Light guide us through the waves and the wind,
To the beaches in a world where we have never been.
Well, you don’t bring nothin’ with you here and you don’t take nothin’ back.
I ain’t never seen a hearse with a luggage rack.

I never thought of the sand as "us" human beings and the ocean as "God" -- but it really did make me think- he really does have some powerful words in this song. While we are here on this earth we get so caught up in Life, possessions, work, trivial things, but when it is our time to go we can't take nothing with us (unless I've mistaken I've never seen a hearse with a luggage rack either). We really need to focus our life on the things that really matter, because in a blink of an eye these two wonderful little creatures of mine will be adults and doing their own thing. I don't want to take a single thing for granted. I want to take time out for the things that are important -- visit an old friend or relative, laugh 'til my stomach hurts, sit down with a book, relax on the couch with my husband, snuggle with my children, look at the brighter side of a situation instead of digging my heals in when it really doesn't matter, and just plain Enjoy Life.... with Gods Grace. In a 'blink' of an eye it all could be gone. I heard once before, that it doesn't matter the date we were born nor the date we died what really matters is the "dash" that lies betweeen those numbers and what did it mean to the people around you.

FYI: my aunt was 90 years old and lived a wonderful fulfilled life, her last few years she lived with her 96 year old sister and she had over 65+ years of marriage. She had a wonderful faith and she really was wonderful woman. Sorry to see her go but I do know she is in a wonderful place with God and her husband.


  1. So sorry about your aunt but VERY glad to hear that she had a wonderful life and is with Jesus for the rest of her next life!

    It is true we miss so much because we are rushing to the next thing. I often wish for a slower pace and a simplified life too!:)

  2. What a great post Jodi.

    So glad to hear that your aunt is with the Lord.