What do you most TREASURE?
Is it time away, a vacation perhaps? Is it time alone, taking a long bath or reading a good book in silence? Is it a relationship, and spending time with that person? Or maybe it is a material possession: a car, a home, a piece of jewelry?
When we treasure something we hold it close, we value it above other possessions, we contemplate it, and have warm feelings inside when we think about it.
I’m not sure where the rest of you find yourselves in your stage of life, but I am what is fondly referred to as an ‘Empty Nester.’ That’s right, my chicks have flown the coop. The feathers that now fill my “nest” are memories and treasures of time well spent.
I miss my children, AKA “chicks,” that have flown each and every day. I am not unhappy and I am not depressed or sad. I hold the memories we have made and shared close in my heart. I treasure each and every one of them, and look forward to each moment we spend together creating more memories.
My children are growing in wisdom and grace as they are spreading their own wings. I would not want it any other way! I thank God for them and am proud of the choices they have made and are making with their lives. But I do continue to treasure them, think about them(ponder them), and hold them close in my heart daily. This “treasuring”, pondering if you will, brings me to my Father daily in prayer for them. Holding them close in my heart keeps them forever with me!
Understanding and knowing that they belong to God, and He has a will and purpose for them at this stage of their lives, apart from me. I am ever thankful to God that they are forever in my heart!
The mother of Jesus knew this discipline well. She was listed by God and told she would be the mother of the Son of God. She embraced this with confident faith and trust in her heavenly Father saying to Him;
“I am The Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.“
As Jesus grows, Mary continues to grow and learn her role as his mother…
Even though she did not always fully understand Him and His purposes, she faithfully held Him in her heart.
In Luke 2:50, Jesus parents did not understand what he was saying,
“But they didn’t understand what He meant.“
Have you ever been there? I sure have! As close as I may be to my children, I do not always understand them or their choices. And I am quite sure they do not always understand mine!
Still, we see the faithful heart of a mother, “TREASURING” her child in her heart.
“His mother treasured all of these things in her heart.” Luke 2:51
A MOTHER TREAUSRES HER CHILDREN IN HER HEART ALWAYS.
In the good times of compliance, and in the difficult times of rebellion. In the fun times of recreation, and in the dutiful times of following through on commitments. In the joyous times of being together, and in the painful times of separation, in season and out of season, A MOTHER TREASURES AND KEEPS HER CHILDREN IN HER HEART.
Holding those we love closely in our hearts, is a gift from God. They are never more than a prayer or a heartbeat away!
Treasure those you love!
I treasure you!
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