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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

If you could go back in time ... what would you do differently?

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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Hope that you had a wonderful Easter!

As Pops and I enjoyed watching two of our grandkids go on an Easter egg hunt, I was once again reminded of how quickly time goes by. You and I have said this many times on The Grand Connection, but it truly does seem like yesterday when we were the ones with little children.

Sometimes I wonder what I would do differently if I could somehow turn back the hands of time and be a young mother again ... knowing what has taken me decades to learn. What would I do differently?

I think I would slow down the pace of life and not be so involved in outside activities. I'd have more family nights where we just hung out together without any agenda. Maybe played a few more games or sat more on the deck as a family, watching shooting stars or fireflies light the night sky. And I'd ask more questions because I'd realize that sin is the natural bent for a child until he/she knows Jesus personally.

What about you? What would you do differently as a young mom ... knowing what you now know?

Have a great week,
Mary
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6 comments:

Sharon Ball said...

My hubby and I had a great Easter, too. Our church had one of my favorite recording artists, Martha Munuzzi, come and sing for us. I was in music heaven!

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Sharon,how wonderful that Martha Munuzzi sang at your church on Easter! So glad that you and hubby had a wonderful Easter.

Karen Barnes Jordan said...

As a young mom, I often found myself restless and worried about things. But The Lord has taught me so much about entering His "REST" over the years. One practice I've found helpful during my "RESTless" times has been to focus on God’s Word via an acrostic that I discovered in Phillippians 4—REST: Remember, Exalt, Surrender, Trust.

Remember—practice the presence of God—He is always near (5).
Exalt—praise Him for His promises as I pray (6)
Surrender—present my prayers and petitions to Him(6)
Trust Him—to provide His Peace and His Power (7)

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Karen, I love the acrostic for REST that you discovered in Phillippians! Thanks so much for sharing it. I especially need that reminder for this busy weekend.

Also, I really enjoy reading your blogs! - Mary

Anonymous said...

Mary, I remember when my children were no longer toddlers, I did volunteer work for 9 months during school hours and took summer off to play with the children. I wish I had learned sooner to place their chore schedules on the refrigerator instead of constant reminding...especially weeding the gardens. - Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rita, that's a good tip to put the chore list on the refrigerator. Thanks for sharing. -