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Happy Mother’s Day – remembering firsts and lasts

Let Me Hold You Longer

Let Me Hold You Longer
a poem by Karen Kingsbury

Long ago you came to me, a miracle of firsts;
First smiles and teeth and baby steps, a sunbeam on the burst.
But one day you will move away and leave to me your past
And I will be left thinking of a lifetime of your lasts.

First day home from the hospital
First day home from the hospital

The last time that I held a bottle to your baby lips
The last time that I lifted you and held you on my hip,
The last night when you woke up crying,
Needing to be walked,
When last you crawled up with your blanket
Wanting to be rocked.

The last time when you ran to me still small enough to hold
The last time when you said you’d marry me when you grew old.

Precious simple moments and bright flashes from your past
Would I have held on longer if I’d known they were your last?
Our last adventure to the park, your final midday nap
The last time when you wore your favorite faded baseball cap.

Your last few hours of kindergarten, last days of first grade,
Your last at bat in Little League, last colored picture made.
I never said goodbye to all your yesterdays long past
So what about tomorrow? Will I recognize your lasts?

The last time that you catch a frog in that old backyard pond
The last that you ran barefoot across our fresh-cut lawn
Silly, scattered moments and bright flashes from your past
I keep on taking pictures, never quite sure of your last.

The last time that I comb your hair or stop a pillow fight,
The last time that I tuck you in and pray with you at night.
The last time when we cuddled with a book just me and you,
The last time you jump in our bed and sleep between us two.

The last piano lesson, the last vacation to the lake
Your last few weeks of middle school, last soccer goal you make.
I look ahead and dream of days that haven’t come to pass
But as I do I sometimes miss today’s sweet precious lasts.

The last time that I help you with a math or spelling test
The last time when I shout that “Yes! Your room is still a mess!”
The last time that you need me for a ride from here to there
The last time that you spend the night with your old tattered bear.

My life keeps moving faster, stealing precious days that pass
I want to hold on longer, want to recognize your lasts.
The last thing that you need my help with, details of a dance,
And the last time that you asked me for advice about romance.

The last time that you talked to me about your hopes and dreams
The last time that you wear a jersey for your high school team.
I’ve watched you grow and barely noticed seasons as they pass
If I could freeze the hands of time, I’d hold onto your lasts.

For come some bright fall morning, you’ll be going far away
College life will beckon in a brilliant sort of way
One last hug, one last goodbye, one quick and hurried kiss,
One last time to understand just how much you’ll be missed.

I’ll watch you leave and think how fast our time together passed
So let me hold on longer, God, to every precious last.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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July 1st – Happy CANADA Day!

CANADA’S PRAYER – by Chris Robertson

I’m dreaming of Canada tonight.
A country where mountains and hopes touch the sky
A country where an ocean of kindness fills all hearts
A country where ideas are a forest of wisdom
Oh God let me wake up in Canada!

I’m dreaming of Canada tonight
A country where compassion is as tall as a douglas fir
A country where understanding is as deep as a great lake
A country where confidence grows like grain
Oh God let me wake up in Canada!

I’m dreaming of Canada tonight
A country where happiness flows like the water of a river
A country where love is a breath of fresh air
A country where peace covers the land like snow
Oh God, please let me wake up in Canada, tonight.

© Copyright 1997

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Canada’s Prayer Poem 

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Canada’s Prayer was written by Chris Robertson. Chris Robertson was the first person in history to travel from bottom of mainland Canada 6,520 kilometres to the top under their own power. Enroute he challenged over 5 million Canadians to make Canada better by answering the question: “What will you do in your life to make Canada a better country than when you found it?”

 

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Posted by on July 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Worry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a mom of 3 and the wife of a cop…I worry. Not as much as I used to but there are times when I have a knot in my stomach and a literal pain in my neck and whether I wish to believe it or not, I am worrying.

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”–Winston Churchill

My common sense tells me that worrying accomplishes nothing, but right or wrong, there are times when I worry. When I catch myself worrying, I take a couple of deep breaths and ask forgiveness from God who created the Heavens and the Earth and I remind myself that He is able, He knows my situation and He’s got it. As a mom and wife, I always think that I’ve got to fix everything and control everything and then I laugh at myself and say “who are you kidding?” I am not in control and I cannot and should not fix everything. Wake up call anyone?

“Most blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.” — Jeremiah 17:7,8

Believes in, trusts in and relies on the Lord…whose hope and confidence the Lord is. When I am piling worry upon worry, am I believing in, trusting in, relying on the Lord? No. I am taking away from Him that which He has promised to take care of. In a sense I am subconsciously telling Him that I don’t think He can handle it. 

“Throw all your worry on him, because he cares for you.” — 1 Peter 5:7 International Standard Version 2008

“Turn all your anxiety over to God because He cares for you.”  GOD’s Word Translation

I know this, and yet I find myself still worrying and trying to fix things. It is a process as are all aspects of living the Christain life, we will only complete that process when we meet Him face-to-face. I still am learning daily how to relinquish control and turn my worries over to God and not take them back. 

“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives.” –Maya Angelou

“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name. But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You.” –1 Chronicles 29:11-14  NASB

Do we think that it is possible that God, as described in 1Chronicles 29:11-14, is not able to help us in our need? God is head over all, in His hand are power and might. He’s got it covered.

Everyday, I need to remind myself that God is able, He can handle anything that I am dealing with,  if I ask for His help, He will help in His time and according to His will for my life.

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).” — Ephesians 3:20-21 Amplified Bible

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2008 in Devotions, Inspiration, Uncategorized

 

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