Special moments

I’m a very spontaneous person, I love to surprise my family doing and saying different things. Sometimes my wife will be in the middle of a sentence and I will stop her staring deep into her eyes and tell her, “I love you and couldn’t imagine my life without you.” Or I will just drop what I’m doing and take my family somewhere spur the moment. Every chance that I get especially if I’m feeling down I try to do something spontaneous to lighten the mood and make my family happy as well. Sometimes in the morning I will wake my 8-year-old daughter up very early and we will go outside and play zombie invasion. This is a game we play with squirt guns and nunchucks running around on our 7 acre property zapping all of the bad guys and making forts. This morning I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and around 4:45 decided to go outside and barbecue some chicken for the week. I placed a walkie-talkie in my daughter’s bedroom in the on position and went outside and started talking to her to wake her up. She slipped on a jacket and some Crocs and joined me outside saying,”What are we going to play today Daddy!” I told her that we were just going to be hanging out this morning enjoying each other’s company and the stars seeing as though it was pitch black outside. We grabbed a couple chairs and while the chicken was cooking we talked for a little while then decided to make some early morning s’mores. We laughed and joked and had some heartfelt conversations while enjoying the starlet sky. I even pushed her on the swing for a little bit while we watched the sunrise. I turned to her and said,” You know, today is a brand new start to a brand new day and there’s no telling what the day will hold.” This really touched my heart and intrigued my daughter. Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it’s springs up; do you not perceive it? We only need to worry about the present today and all the gifts that God has placed in our lives. He is an amazing God full of miracles, love and understanding. We have the opportunity to follow him today in all that we say and do. We need to take time and cherish all the little moments that God has given us because tomorrow is not guaranteed. I had a great start this morning being able to spend time with someone that I cherish so deeply. I challenge all of you today take moments out of your day where you would normally be playing a video game or stuck on a computer or doing things by yourself, to go and appreciate something special in your life. If you accept this challenge today then please join me in prayer. Heavenly father thank you so much for yet another beautiful day. Thank you for the opportunity that we have to be able to walk in your footsteps and follow your lead. You have placed so many good things in our life and in our path Lord help us to recognize All these little miracles today. Thank you for everything that you do and say. In Jesus precious name, amen.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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