Lessons I’ve Learned This Week

by | Mar 13, 2010 | God, relationships, schedule

What a full week our family has had! I am considering it a blessing today…even though I’m going on only 4-1/2 hours of sleep from last night…and feel like I’ve been hit by a truck this morning! ūüôā

In looking back over the week, I feel like I’ve learned a few very important lessons.¬† These are very random, yet made an impact on me.¬† Sharing them cements them in my mind and heart even stronger…

On Wednesday morning this week, I stopped at Target to quickly pick up a couple of things before BSF.¬† I quickly scanned the clearance rack of clothes as I was finishing up,¬†and found a pair of dress pants that I thought would be perfect.¬† I went to the fitting room area, tried them on (they didn’t look right on me), and returned them to the fitting room attendant who was a different lady than the one who checked me in.¬†I spoke to her kindly, smiled and was intending to have a pleansant interaction with her.¬† But that didn’t happen…she took the pants from me as I explained they didn’t fit.¬† She said thank you, but never once looked me in the eye.¬† I recognized her, as she was an acquaintance of mine from long ago, but she didn’t even look at me to be able recognize me.¬† That lesson taught me that it makes people feel important to look them in the eye, and to notice them.¬† It makes people feel valued and worthy.¬† How many times am I in my own little world, and forget to pay attention to others?

Thursday I was at Mission of Hope.¬† Mike, a volunteer asked me a question at 9:10 that morning that stopped me in my tracks.¬† He asked me, “How has God used you today?”¬† I sadly couldn’t come up with an answer.¬† He said, “He’s already used you this morning.¬† You’re just not recognizing it.”¬† He was right.¬† I wasn’t recognizing how God had used me already that morning…I just kept drawing a blank.¬† “I guess He used me with my children this morning,” was my reply.¬† That lesson taught me to pay attention and to recognize the times when God uses me…even in the little things.¬† Not for my glory, but for His.¬† God uses His children in many circumstances and situations all the time.¬† How sad it is when we don’t recognize that, and miss and opportunity to give Him glory!

Going to bed Thursday night, after a very enjoyable concert at school that evening, my mind kept running through the concert in my mind.¬† It was late, and I couldn’t wind down very well.¬†¬†I had the fleeting thought once again, “I gotta call¬†Mom tomorrow and tell her about …”¬† It took¬†me by such surprise…I hadn’t had that thought in quite awhile.¬† Tears¬†flowed immediately afterwards.¬† I miss¬†talking to Mom every day.¬† I miss her greatly.¬† That lesson taught me and reminded me of what a wonderful relationship I had with my mom, and to cherish the times I had with her.¬† I want to have that kind of relationship with my daughter.

My uncle (Mom’s brother) had a stroke this week.¬† He lives probably 30 minutes from us.¬† I went to visit him in the hospital yesterday.¬† He once again reminded me of Mom…in many ways, especially after she had her stroke.¬† The way he looked, talked, his mannerisms, etc.¬† He doesn’t have much family in this part of the country…mainly a grandson, and my brothers and I.¬† I spent an hour or so with him, catching up on things and enjoying our conversation.¬† Why has it been so long since I’ve spent time with him?¬† When was the last time I’ve had an hour-long conversation with my uncle, especially when he lives so close?¬† Unacceptable!¬† This lesson taught me once again to take time, and make time, for the peopel in our lives, especially family.¬† If God would have taken my uncle home this week, I would have never had the special conversation we had yesterday.¬† I would have never gotten to hug him and tell him goodbye.¬† I’m thankful I had the opportunity to do those things.¬† We will go in and see him again today.

Another big lesson for me this week is to SLOW DOWN!¬† Life has a tendency to take over for me, and I many things are out of my control.¬† But I can control some things in my life, and I need to do a better job of slowing down and appreciating the little things.¬† To be able to slow down and hear that still, small voice whispering, “Be still and know that I am God.”

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