Slow down | Watch the sunsets

In July, something personal happened in our family. Nothing terrible, just something that caused us to pause and ask ourselves if we are truly cherishing our time with each other as a family. Are we soaking things in or are we looking at our phones? Are we catching up with each other or are we catching up with other peoples lives in our newsfeed?

Last night, Melody and I were driving home and we both recognized the beautiful sunset. It’s a perk to living in the Texas Panhandle I suppose. As someone once said “you can see your dog run away for 20 miles…” ha!
So instead of just turning on our street to come home I decided to pull over. We live outside of town so the land is open and wide.
I told Melody to get out of the car and hop up on the hood.
“Really mom? I can!?” she said with wide-eyes and a big grin on her face.
I helped her up there and we just sat and stared at the sunset. It started a conversation about our Creator and how majestic He really is and that the very one that made the sun and moon and stars, created us. We talked about God’s faithfulness and how even the sun obeys God’s Words that were spoken from the very beginning.

I wrote in a post a while back called Morning Chats with Melody. It was a post on how we get precious moments like this in life and I’ve found that these moments come when you put the phone down. I’m not saying phones are bad – I am all about capturing the moment and I’m a regular story posting kind of person….but times come when you just take a picture of the moment and set the phone aside and soak it in.

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So Melody,
Today I say: soak in every moment of life.
Don’t get so busy that you forget to admire life.
Soak in the sunsets.
Embrace the warm sun on your face.
Enjoy snuggling with mom and dad.

Time is so precious – spend it wisely.

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Jesus is with you, Melody.

I had a mommy break-down moment last night because Melody got in her “first fight.”

She’s in 1st grade.

It was simple first grade stuff. The “boys club” wouldn’t let her (the girl) get to the slide…however, she took the step to get to the slide anyway…the boys didn’t like that and told a boy to fight her.

I legit cried hearing how it “all went down” because my precious baby was standing there defending herself and mommy/daddy weren’t there to help her. We couldn’t tell the boy to stop, we couldn’t step in the middle and teach them to be nice, and we had never even taught Melody how to defend herself.

As I cried and snuggled Melody, she hopped off my lap and went to grab me a kleenex. When she came back in the room she said “it’s okay mom, I was fine.”

It wasn’t immediate, but later that night Jesus told me “yes, she is fine. This is why she has Me. Because you won’t always be there. Because daddy won’t always be there. Because the teacher won’t always see and the kids won’t always be nice. But I will always be there. I will defend her because ultimately she is MY precious daughter.”

And then it hit me: everything we have been teaching Melody is beginning to be put to use. All of those times I’ve told her “Melody, Jesus is always with you…even when you feel alone….” and last night I reminded her of that. Jesus is with you on the playground. He is with you in the cafeteria. He is with you when you’re in the back of the line and He’s with you when you’re in the front of the line. He’s with you when you’re taking tests and He’s with you when you’re speaking to the class.

I love you Melody Truth!

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

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