Love one another

In this day and age of social media, texting, and always feeling the need fill up our calendars with daily activities, meetings, sports practice or social events where does that leave the ones you love the most?  I am guilty of giving everyone else my best and giving my family whatever is left over.  And quite frankly, sometimes that is nothing!  I have spent this past year being very careful in how I commit my kids and myself.  I have made each of them choose only 1 after school activity.  I decline birthday parties on the weekends occasionally.  I like to leave our weekends open to spend time with family and friends if we can.  Adam and I spent so many weekends apart, typically with him at home with the kids while I was off doing something dance related.  I would give anything to get those weekends back.  When we get to heaven God won’t pat us on the back for all the committees we served on, parties we attended, sports teams we played on, competitions we went to.  I want to hear Him say to me “Well done good and faithful servant”  Matthew 25:21 NIV.  I want to know that I have served my family, Lord willing another husband one day, my church and my community to the best of my ability.  Not by doing a little bit of everything, but by doing my best at whatever He places before me.  Right now, my highest priority is the 3 precious children He blessed me with.  He chose me to be their mother and I am honored.  I pray that I am able to show them the love of Christ through my actions as well as my words.  I know that I will fail and that I will stumble, but I also know that He will hold me up and I will look to Him daily for guidance. 

Take time and spend it with your family.  Quality time, not quantity time.  You can spend as little as 10 minutes with your children as long as you are giving them your undivided attention. Put away your phone, get off the computer, put down your magazine or Ipad.  Read a book together.  Play a card game or a board game.  Share a part of your day with them, ask them about their day.  I promise you will get more out of that 10 minutes than you will doing anything else all day long!

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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