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Life is Short…

I’m doing some deep soul searching these days.  I’ve heard that ‘life is short’ and I’ve experienced the fleeting years of raising a child into adulthood. I’m seeing first hand that it’s true.  However, the number of funerals I have attended over the last few years is the stirring factor in my core right now. The number is digging its heals into my conscience and telling me that one day others will attend mine. We humans are mortal. There’s no getting around it. Our lives on this side are limited. And how we live is important.

So what does this mean for me… and for you?

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I say to the Creator, “Take my life,” but what does that look like? …Great acts of charity, deep moments of prayer, mission trips to third world countries?

My days are filled with little people which involves stacks of dishes…piles of laundry…dirty diapers…math drills… grammar rules… piano practice … You get the picture.

Great acts of charity? He’s easy to please! Each dirty diaper I sweetly change with a grateful heart for the little bottom that dirtied it… is important to God.

Deep Moments of Prayer? You better believe it!! Every time I answer softly when a YELL is choking me…My spirit is having a DEEP MOMENT OF PRAYER for HELP!

God holds my hand and LOVES that I call on Him.

Mission trips to third world countries? Poor, dirty children who rely on me to feed and clothe them daily live under my very roof!… God gave them to me.

A mom who is willing to work behind the scenes at home doing mundane tasks that NO ONE (but He) sees is BEAUTIFUL to Him.

Beautiful. Obedient. Radiant. Blessed.

No need to complicate my life with extra jobs God never called me to do. He is pleased when I am satisfied to serve my family WELL…To love them MUCH… To smother them with kisses and homemade food… My King is easy to please…

Life IS short. So I choose to serve Him faithfully in the minutes of my days with my own acts of charity: dishing up nutritious food to hungry children; moments of deep prayer: begging God to give me patience and understanding; and mission trips: to the laundry room in search of clean clothes for a naked child.

 

In all this… my soul finds rest… knowing my King is pleased.

 

Matthew 25:40, “And the King will reply, ‘ And I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.’”

 

 

Laundry Mom Terri BoninLaundry Mom~Terri♥

 

 

 

 

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4 comments on “Life is Short…

  1. Terri, I am headed to a funeral today. This post makes me think of a quote by Martin Luther “What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God… We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.”

    • Terri Bonin says:

      Great quote, Erin. Even though I wrote this post, I still struggle with it sometimes on a daily basis. I like to be, to appear, and to feel “productive.” For instance, today I have spend the entire morning holding a sick baby and finishing the kitchen…That’s IT!! That is ALL I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED! Part of me feels BEHIND and EXTREMELY UNPRODUCTIVE. Then there is the part of me that wrote this post. I know the I have accomplished EXACTLY what He designed for me. It’s the great battle. I am harder on myself than He is. He says, “it’s enough!” I say, “I’m behind!!!”

  2. Janis says:

    Thank you for this post, Terri. Especially your comment to Erin. I am coming off of a week (and a half) of holding children who are making “sick messes” everywhere. All I want (so I say) is to have a clean kitchen and clean (put away) laundry. I struggle with those things when everyone is healthy, much less sick! We’ve watched “too much” TV, those of us who can eat have eaten from the drive through way too much. And unfortunately, I’ve lost my cool too many times. Your sweet post was a timely reminder that in my “behind schedule,” I have been mostly faithful to what I’ve been called to do. All I really, REALLY want is to remember that I have ALREADY been accepted and approved of and that my faithfulness is not measured by the dishes or the laundry pile. Thank you, Terri. :o)

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