Home sweet home.  After an amazing speaker conference that I was gone 4 days for, I landed for a few days at home before heading out for two weeks of famiy vacation and a bible camp.  Whew… does it feel good to be home.  Really, really good.

Tonight as I was filling out the school registration packet, Emma came running in the door screaming Mom I have something to show you.  My dear sweet husband was in the garden tending to our harvest of beans and tomatoes that were needing some attention.  I was assuming I was about to see a giant yellow bean or something sweet like that.

Into my office she comes carrying…. two hands ful of my Zinnias!  and as I opened my mouth to say Oh no Emma, you cut all of mommy’s pretty flowers… God stopped me.  Literally… kept my mouth shut and whispered these words…

Dear Child, celebrate with her.  You spend so much of your life waiting for things to be right that you miss so many of the moments savoring the beauty.  I was thinking oh, the beautiful flower bed I had planted in front of my garden was now going to look more than a bit picked over and not so nice.  But Emma, she was thinking how pretty they would look in a vase and we could smell them and enjoy them.  She was thinking how happy her mommy would be that she bought her flowers.

I need to live life more through the eyes of a child.  God’s whisper was so right on.  Sitting there looking at them all sprawled out on my desk, I reflected on the summer, which is now drawing to a close.

Certainly, this summer, perhaps more than any other because of mom being sick, I have paused some to reflect on the good things.  However, I have also succumbed to busy-ness.  thinking about vacation, I had a good time, but did spend a lot of my thought time considering how I could make it “better”  I cherished them memories, but got stuck thinking about this and that which might not have gone exactly as I had planned.  Hmmm…..  I was stuck with the flowers in the garden, instead of enjoying them in the vase with my child.  After all, what do we plant flowers for?  We plant them to enjoy them!

So, my challenge today to you is to enjoy your flowers.  what is it in your life that you are too busy worry about to stop and enjoy?

Isaiah 40:6-8

6 A voice says, “Cry out.”     And I said, “What shall I cry?”

“All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath   of the Lord blows on them.     Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers  fall,     but the word  of our God endures  forever. ”


The grass with wither (or turn brown) and the flowers will fall….  Or, your sweet little girl will pick them to show you how much she loves you.  Don’t miss the beauty of the flower becaue you are looking so hard at the field!