21. Journey of Memories

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[Doodle by Tara at Doodle Through the Bible; download the free coloring page on her blog post. This devotion and doodles are our Christmas gift to you and we pray God bless you richly.]

My children were born just yesterday, right? Oh wait, where did the time go? Are my sons really (almost) 24 , 25, and 28? Sometimes I look at photos of them and I want to reach right into the photo and give them a hug and a kiss again. I can still feel their snuggles as they embraced my lap, looking up in my face instead of the book as I read.  I can see their excitement on Christmas opening gifts and finding the one they really wanted.

Those are the memories I treasure and the moments I wish I could re-live. I suppose that is why I love digital scrapbooking so much in that I can re-live those moments. I sincerely enjoyed the journey of being their mother. There is a saying to “enjoy your children while they are young” and I feel satisfied with my choices. I do yearn for that connection and time together again now, but it is the course of life for children to break free and that is the reason for the saying.

Then there are those not so pleasant memories that are hard to let go. They sometimes rattle around in my head and keep me from enjoying the journey in life that God has planned for me. Sometimes it may be extremely painful moments in the back of my brain. Sometimes it may be little things people say that makes me worry what they think about me. Sometimes it may be little things I say that I wish I could take back. Sometimes it may be stress over tasks not done. Sometimes it is the loss of a loved one.

I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges to be removed. I am choosing to pray and ask God to help me with the bad memories and I am thanking Him right now for the good memories. I want to enjoy every moment God gives me. “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in itPsalm 118:24.  "Until the Son of God appear Rejoice! Rejoice! (O Come O Come Emmanuel)"

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