and lemonade stands
From as far back as I can remember I have loved summertime.
It sparkles and shines with shining moments
too many to tell.
But one that continues to brighten up many a day
is the time I took Noelle to York Beach, Maine for the very first time.
She was three.
As we approached another summer my heart longed to take her
to the most beautiful place in the world. For me.
There was no way that I could drive that long distance
and airfare was high.
But I prayed. And prayed. And prayed some more.
I knew that God was more than able to provide the money
and make a way for me to take her.
Then one day I got an idea.
A crazy idea to be sure.
There was one thing I had that would certainly bring me a
if I sold it.
I knew that it would be hard to part with it.
So many memories.
So much heart.
The more I prayed I knew that it was time
to let go of the past and embrace today.
Within minutes of deciding to sell it
a pile of dollars was placed in my hand.
I gulped, thanked the Lord, bought 2 roundtrip tickets that very day
and told my three year old
“We are going to Maine!”
That trip was so much fun. I’ll never forget it.
Flying with her on the big plane.
Seeing her excitement as she looked out the windows.
Most of all, watching her run squealing across the Portland airport
when she saw
Nana and Papa
waiting for us.
A little glimpse of heaven I thought at the time.
Today more than 16 years later
I know that God gave me a priceless insight
into the joyful reunions we will experience when we get to Glory.
I could have missed that experience had I clung to the past.
In order to live fully each day
we must be willing to let go
and receive His Gifts today.
Wherever you are
whatever you are experiencing
give yourself permission to let go
you will always cherish the good memories, the sacred ground that was there,
and embrace today fully
head back laughing into the wind.
Because He lives
I can face tomorrow and all the tomorrows
Because He lives
all fear is gone.
Trust Him today and live, my friend.
Bask in the holy moments of now
Proclaim your praise to God.
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Made me cry.
You are so right.
Oh what wondrous joy is up ahead, Bonnie. Arms embracing, voices raising, love enfolding us together with Him.