“Can I give you a makeover?” my daughter asked.
“Uhhh…” was all I could say at that moment. I was really busy and we had places to go soon. And my daughter is only 4-years-old, so you can imagine that her makeover of me would be – well, ummm – dramatic.
“Mama, can I please give you a makeover now?” she asked me again.
“Okay, okay,” I gave in, “Why not?”
So we climbed up into my king-sized bed. She had her little kit of “Frozen” makeup. And as I sat across from her, and watched her make me up with blue glitter and purple gloss – it hit me just how much she has grown lately. I am so blessed to have her, and she is growing up way too fast!
I needed this time to slow down and enjoy her.
Too often I get all caught up in the worries of this life – dealing with finances, sick loved ones, chores, and everything else in between.
Too often I get so busy with life that I miss the important things in life.
And not only does the worries of this life crowd out quality time with my family, sadly, it also crowds out time with my God. Sometimes as I am trying to fulfill all the roles, jobs, tasks – I get distracted.
I was reminded of the verse in Mark 4:19, “…but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.”
I picture a garden that once was so beautiful that is now overran by weeds and thorns; and flowers and fruit being choked to death.
What happens to me when I get distracted with the worries of this life? I have trouble producing fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control).
I guess from time to time often you have to weed out your garden.
Why do I get so caught up in all the worries of this life anyway?
God tells me to not worry about anything – but instead pray about everything. He says that I can tell Him what I need and thank Him for all He has done. If I will do this in faith, I will have peace. (Reference Philippians 4:6-7)
And if I will put Him first, all the other stuff will be taken care of. (Reference Matthew 6:33)
So I sat there. Blessed. Praying. And thanking God for all His mercies and for the peace that passes all understanding. Thanking Him for letting me slow down. Thanking Him for using this moment to teach me.
I sat there staring at a blessing, as she finished up my makeover.
I now had blue glitter all over my face along with various shades of purple and pink glosses, not to mention my sparkling fingernails.
Once she was satisfied, we loaded up and went to run that errand – no worries of what anyone would think of me. If they asked, I would just tell them how blessed I was today.
Angel is a wife, mother and a servant of God who enjoys drinking coffee and Bible study, writing and teaching. You will find her writing for Jesus at Vision61 Ministries. Learn more about her, the ministry, and how to connect HERE.