Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A New Day

Lamentations 3:22-24 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;  therefore I will wait for him.

As I mentioned in THIS post from yesterday,  I have had company the last few days that included two lil' ones . Aubrey who is 1 and Griffin who is headed toward 3 . I do my best to be open to learning new things with every situation . I mean, it isn't all just for my entertainment and enlightenment . Is it ?! The Lord already told me the answer to that question, HERE . Something that I can't help but be amazed by every time I am around children is their ability to start anew so quickly . Two of my favorite times with babies is bed time and morning time . At the end of a very busy day of new experiences Griff and Aubrey where ready for bed . It seems, to me at least , that they napped hard and slept hard while visiting Aunt Stacie . In all fairness they've been traveling for a while and visiting for several weeks now with varied family . So, I'm sure their little minds and bodies are well tuckered out come nap and bed time . I envy a little one's ability to sleep so soundly . I wrestle so with putting my mind at rest when it comes to bed time that when I see a little one say they wanna go to bed because they're so worn out I can't help but get a little jealous . I have sleep envy and I admit it .  At nap time my friend Sarah would ask little Aubrey do you wanna go to sleep and worn out Aubrey would shake her head and heavy eye lids yes ! When little ones are sleeping they seem to be like angels . Peaceful, resting , and so at ease doing exactly what their bodies need, resting .

The second amazement is morning time . When a baby is so fresh faced, cozy in their jammies and super excited to wake up and see their momma, daddy, and whoever else is around . It's like a clean slate every morning . They don't hold onto the pain , sadness , or disappointments of the day before. They wake up just as excited to start this new day as they've ever been . The sweet look of wonderment on their faces always makes me smile . Even though lil' Aubrey doesn't speak yet when she came to me Tuesday morning in her jammies and pearls wanting to be held she expressed so much . Looking around at the living room as if she hadn't been there the day before . Staring at Jack wanting so badly to pet him, but seemingly thinking that there was a reason it didn't seem like the best idea . And looking at me like she was so happy to be sitting there with me starting her day.

Aubrey in her PJ's and Pearls ! Great way to start a new day.

When do we do we lose this excitement for a new day ? Is it when our life becomes scheduled with school , work , bills , and other responsibilities ? Is it something we learn or the way we are made ? Either way I want to adapt a little one's way of looking at the morning . I am beginning to ask the Lord that with every morning He'd place a new unexplainable joy in my heart for the day and what He has for me in it .  I also want to begin asking Him for peace as I rest . That I would leave the worries of the day at His feet trusting His care for me and His design of me that I would truly rest as I sleep . I'm thankful for these little lessons that come from little ones . We just never know who, when or where the Lord is going to use to teach us something new .

Psalm 4:8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety

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