I listened last night as my husband and my younger daughter turned my back door into a nerf-gun shooting range. A dry-erase marker, two nerf pistols and some suction-cup bullets were all it took. As I listened to them laugh and argue over a nerf bullet that sat on the line between two point ranges, I was struck by how blessed I am. And how often I miss enjoying the blessing.
Life is busy, especially in this season. There are practices to attend, parties to plan, tournaments and games to shuttle kids to, trees to decorate, and gifts to buy. There are days that my husband and I might see each other for 20 minutes before we go to bed. But in the midst of it all, this life, this family, this day is a blessing. And I don't want to miss it.
Oh, there are days when I would give all I own for just five minutes to myself. There are moments as I stand outside at yet another freezing cold hockey or soccer game when I wish my kids would just sit at home and read books. There are nights when I fall into bed exhausted from juggling the roles of mom, wife, freelancer, blogger, and volunteer.
But I don't want those moments, those times of frustration, to steal the blessing from me. I don't want my kids to feel like they're a burden rather than a blessing. I don't want my husband to feel like he's just my roommate. I don't want my family to be overlooked in the midst of the busy.
I want to savor the blessing. I want to enjoy this abundant life that God has blessed me with. I want to look at my kids and see that "children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him" (Psalm 127:3). I don't want to-do lists and schedules to become a replacement for spontaneous trips out for ice cream and nights spent playing cards. I I don't want the blessing to become a burden.
So, in this busy, busy season, I'm going to savor the moment. I'm going to enjoy every smile on my kids' faces. I'm going to focus on the blessing and not the to-do list. I'm going to find joy in the little things. Because I am blessed. And I don't want to miss the blessing.