My call to embrace the moment began at 4 a.m. I am sandwiched in my king-sized bed between a three-year-old and a one-year-old.
Now, if you’ve ever slept with a toddler you know that they do not sleep in a straight line as adults do. So when I say sandwiched, I mean I have one child’s arm over my head and another child’s leg across my middle. It is not easy to sleep like this, but they are warm and soft in their footy pajamas and the sound of their quiet snoring is comforting to me.
Instead of sleeping, I’m thinking. If you are like me and often wake in the middle of the night to “think” you can guess that most of those thoughts are worries.
Tonight I am thinking about our future. Tonight I am pondering the idea of goals for 2019. Hmmmm goals? I am a goal oriented person, but lately my ambitions have been reduced to “I just need to get past this busy week” or “I have to get through the sadness of this holiday”. I don’t want to continue this mindframe.
A Call to Embrace the Moment
Many people choose a word at the beginning of the year. That might be a good idea for me. Something to help me focus. Hmmmm what word would be good for me? My mind is tripping over itself searching for a meaningful word and important goals.
I have to shush it. My mind has caused me enough trouble these days.
God? Tell me, goals and words? I have spent the past two years just getting by. I don’t want that anymore. Should I have goals? Should I have a word? I need a change.
Joel makes a grunting noise and shifts, thankfully removing his hand from my head.
Embrace? Embrace what?
Now I see where this is going! My mind starts protesting! I am not embracing anything-especially not sorrow! In spite of the protests, I feel a sense of peace.
I want to embrace life and life is full of both sorrow and joy. What if I simply stopped overthinking things and allowed myself to live in the moment? What if I allowed myself to embrace the moment, everything life brought me, both the good and the bad?
Hmmmm ok. Embrace. Embrace the moment. My mind starts running again lol but this time in a positive direction. I am trying to think of a Bible verse with the word embrace.
The dozens of verses my mom made me memorize growing up have served me well and I am thankful she put forth the effort, but I come up empty-handed this time. Nope, no verses about embracing life or faith or fear or sorrow or joy.
I carefully reach for my phone, which is on the night stand next to me. Joshua snorts as I accidentally pull his hair. Oops. He shifts and now both of his legs are across my middle.
Definition of embrace
I google Bible verses with the word embrace. A few pop up but are used in the concept of hugging.
One definition of embrace is to “seize eagerly; to lay hold on; to receive or take with willingness that which is offered; as, to embrace the Christian religion; to embrace the opportunity of doing a favor.”
“To receive; to admit.”
“To find; to take; to accept.”
Be Present in the Moment
Could it be that I’m tired of fighting? Tired of planning, controlling, and forcing? Tired of protesting and resisting. What if I simply embraced it all? What if I accepted the people in my life in spite of their shortcomings and allowed myself to be loved in return?
What if my goal was to be present in the moment, no matter what that moment brought? To embrace the moment is powerful, really.
Would I be at peace if I simply embraced each day in spite of the fearful possibilities it contained? Could I waltz into every 24 hour period determined to allow myself to feel the sadness, joy, confusion, fear, stress, love, and peace that each day holds without resisting it?
What a wonderfully freeing concept! To simply embrace life. To accept the ups and downs, the sorrows and joys, the good and bad. What if I opened my heart and allowed God to work in my life in His way and time and not try to control it myself.
Enjoy the Moment
The pain of losing Rebekah and the constant fear of losing one of my other kids steal the joy from my life. I am not going to lie. I WANT to enjoy the moment. I WANT to allow the boys to have fun experiences.
How can I enjoy the moment when such heaviness hangs over me? Perhaps it goes back to allowing myself to believe that God is in control and is here for me.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV)
I am not the only one struggling to embrace, neither are you! I found a couple of posts full of encouraging quotes.
One Exceptional Life “45 Impressive Inspirational Quotes for Overcoming Obstacles” quotes “The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” –Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
My favorite embracing quote from Healing Brave “20 Quotes about Embracing All the Seasons of Life” is “If you stay stuck in the past season or fixated on the future season, you will miss the one you’re in.” — Maree Dee
I Will Answer the Call to Embrace the Moment
In 2019 I will strive to embrace God’s will for my life. I will strive to embrace those around me and the situations that unfold each day.
Is anyone willing to embrace the moment with me?? Did you choose a word for the year? I’d love to hear how it is going!
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