About two years ago my son moved to North Carolina and of course he took my grandson with him. I was sad to see them go but my son is a young man now and has to make decisions that he thinks is best for him. For now, North Carolina it is. However, this praying mother will continue to ask God to find a way to bring him home or at the very least within a couple hours drive.
On the bright side of this decision, I get to travel to North Carolina to visit. They live in this really cute, quiet little town that reminds me of one of those towns everybody ends up in on those Hallmark movies. Unlike Florida, in North Carolina I got to actually see Spring. Cool air, beautiful trees, gorgeous sunsets and at night, the most amazing star show I have ever witnessed.
My time spent in North Carolina was amazing. My grandson is growing so fast and talking about everything in sight. It was such a pleasure to simply sit and watch him play with his cars, color pictures or run around in the front yard. I think we went to every kid museum, activity center and zoo within an hours drive. To be the best Yaya possible, I must spoil him rotten! My son is still the air I breathe. Watching him with his son were some of the happiest moments of my time there. My son has always been a loving kid and it definitely shows when he is with my grandson. To say that I am a proud mom and Yaya is an understatement!
I would have loved for my parents to have met their great-grand. My mother would have found a way to keep them here and my dad would have been the best babysitter ever. I think of my parents every day. My life has become about continuing to make them proud, living life in the manner in which they tried to raise me and leaving a legacy for my son.
Family is the village…:)
In this chapter I am reminded of the many different ways God has spoken to his people throughout the bible. He uses whatever means necessary to communicate to those he loves. He communicated clearly to Adam and Eve about their responsibilities. He communicated with Cain about his anger. He came to Noah about building an arc. Moses literally got a burning bush of communication. I could go on…Joseph had a dream, Ezekiel and Daniel saw visions. God communicates to us in so many ways.
It may be a dream, a whisper, a loud voice or a vision during prayer but how God chooses to communicate with each of us is different. Personally, I think that because we have so much going on in our lives that our minds and bodies are constantly on the move. This constant moving makes it difficult for us to hear God trying to communicate with us which is why it is so important for us to spend quiet moments each morning in scripture and prayer. In order to hear God express himself to us we must slow down and make daily quiet times a priority in our lives.
Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but recently after talking with my doctor about all of the many, many stresses in my life she suggested that I research calming techniques. Daily relaxation, yoga, just something, anything, to help me slow down my pace. I love yoga so that was an easy place to start. Again, with my crazy schedule, finding the time to go presented another problem. During my research I came across meditation. Of course, I know what it is but I’ve never read enough to understand the benefits. However, after researching, I learned this was something I could do without leaving my house. Yet…that finding time thing was still an issue. As with everything I do, I jumped in feet first. Decided to set my clock a few minutes earlier in the morning, have my quiet time as normal and then meditate for twenty minutes.
Needless to say, this time in the morning is the absolute best part of my day. I’ve been doing this now for a little over a month. I am surprised by how much more relaxed and clear headed I feel when I start my day. More importantly, this has helped me to be able to discern God’s voice a bit more clearly. This time in the morning allows God to speak to me and prepare me for the day ahead as well as the decisions that I will need to make. Not only am I doing something healthy for my mind but it is definitely beneficial for my body. It’s a win-win and my doctor is happy too!
For more information on mediation, I would recommend Success Through Meditation – by Russell Simmons
Enjoy every day…