I love to read. It’s probably my favorite hobby.
And a few Saturdays ago, when it was cold and icy outside, I got up around 9am and fixed myself a hot chai with almond milk. I passed by my bookshelves as I headed back toward my bedroom. With mug in one hand, I perused my own collection, pulling out a few old novels that I like to scan. I grabbed two issues of Real Simple, my magazine of choice, that I hadn’t yet gotten to read. I headed back to my room, snuggled up under blankets galore, and read the day away.
Because my job as an author/speaker involves a lot of travel, it’s not often that I see a full Saturday of no work. So I drank it in.
With the drink still in my hand, and cracking open the first magazine, a moment of gratefulness washed over me. “I won’t be this free forever,” I thought.
It’s rare that I list the perks of being single, but having a Saturday to my self to do whatever I want and nobody cares how long I lay in bed and read and so what if I eat a marshmallow or three? That’s a perk.
We are all in different life stages, different jobs, different families. And I venture that we can all look forward and wish for something else. A marriage. A new job. Graduation. Children. Grandchildren. We can all see the thing we want but don’t have.
But do you see the life you DO have?
Do you recognize the beautiful moments that will go away when your life season changes?
Little kids aren’t little forever.
Once college is over, it’s over.
Reading Saturdays change when Junior’s soccer practices begin.
You. Will. Miss. This.
Whatever “this” is for you, when it changes, even if you’ve been dying for it to change, there will be something you miss.
I don’t know when, or even if, this particular life spot will be over for me. I just know that I want to soak up my Saturdays of reading, the girl trips to California, the one-person’s worth of laundry and cooking, and my time (and money) spent on the things that matter to me.
I’m grateful for this life. I hope you are, too.
Soak it up today, friends. Soak up your moments and thank God for all the ways He is providing for you TODAY, right where you are.
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What are you thankful for today that is unique to this season of life?
By Annie Downs