November 4, 2016

As They Come

The days run together in one long line-up of ordinary things
and before we can catch up with it all, it changes.  We change.
It was like this when the children were small and there were
four precious little ones around our table.

It is still like this, even though the three who remain here
with us are no longer little.  And, Austin's chair sits empty.

We somehow think that things will go on as they always do.
And when they don't, we are caught by surprise.
But, it's all good.  Life is good.  As long as we remember
that this is not all there is.  Something better is coming.

We need to prepare our hearts for change
while living out the moments as they come.

Our Austin has been in heaven for over three years.
Fraser just caught up to Calvin's six-foot-two height.
Emma is becoming a woman right before our eyes.
These days do not look like those of ten, or even five, years ago.

I like to fill my heart with the idea that each season is precious.
That all seasons of life are gifts to be embraced and enjoyed.

So, we seek to live in this moment, this day, and in this season
with all that we have and all that we are.  By God's abundant grace.
 And, we seek to remember that in the midst of it all,
we are to bring glory to our Saviour's great Name.

After all, He is the Reason we live.
He is the Reason we have hope.

What season do you find yourself in?
Are you finding that there is grace and strength to
accomplish all that is set before you?  Are you weary?
If so, don't despair, the Lord is faithful to see His people through.

"And He (Jesus Christ) said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee;
for my strength is made perfect in weakness..."  II Corinthians 12:9

We must keep our hearts fixed on those lasting and eternal things,
and refocus our attentions to the tasks of the day in which we find ourselves.
How good and gracious the Lord is to give all we stand in need of.
Moment by moment.  Step by step.  Until the day He calls us Home.

"Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work
in you all perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."  Philippians 1:6

With Love,

**Image in this post courtesy of Calvin ~
Thank you so much my love. xoxo


Down On The Farm said...

What a beautiful reminder that this life is temporary. We are not to hold too tightly to this world as it will fade. We are here to glorify our Savior with every breath. Life does have seasons and seasons never stay they same. They change. And change is hard. At least it is for me. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me. I needed it greatly. Blessings to you sweet friend. God is good.

Dianna said...

Dearest Camille, thank you so much for this post and the encouragement you've provided...or should I say that the Lord has provided through your words? It seems that I have grown weary in a matter here at home and I've neglected to keep my focus where it needs to be. You are a blessing. xx

Debbie Harris said...

Beautiful post, Camille.
Oh for the grace of our Precious Savior that enables us to walk this life He has given us. You have so graciously reminded us of the greatness of our Heavenly Father, and "He is the reason we live. He is the reason we have hope." Knowing that keeps us ever so close to His precious side until the day He calls us home to glory.

Thank you for your beautiful words of encouragement today and to Calvin for his marvelous photo of God's beauty.

Much Love~~

Becky L. said...

It's interesting how the focus changes when our children grow up. Our life is different even if we have our adult daughter living with us. I look to the future in anticipation of what God has in store for us. It will change, as will our health as we age. I was counting how old I'd be in 27 more years...that's how long we've lived in our house. Will I still be living here and how will life be then? Only God knows and even in the weary times, I know I can do all things as He gives me strength. Thanks for sharing this post, Camille! I enjoyed it and my eyes teared as well. Good thoughts!

Maryann said...

Wise words my friend. I don't embrace change easily, instead find myself mourning the loss of a season that has ended. But I am reminded often that when I focus on what was I miss what God has for me now. It a constant struggle. Your words have been an encouragement today. Much love

Camille said...

Robbin ~ I know that you are experiencing these things first hand right now. May the Lord give you much grace and strength each step of the way. How good and gracious He is! Hugs to you. :)

Dianna ~ You bless my heart with your words....thank you! May the Lord give you daily all you stand in need of as you wait on Him for this difficult matter you are dealing with. Hugs! :)

Debbie ~ I am so glad you are encouraged my friend. May the Lord be your portion as you follow Him each step of the way. Hugs to you! :)

Becky ~ How wonderful it is to read your testimony of God's goodness to you through the years and your confidence in His keeping power in your life for the days to come. How precious it is to belong to Him! Hugs to you. :)

Maryann ~ I don't think any of us embrace change very easily....thank you for sharing your heart here and for being an encouragement in the process. May the Lord continue to give you daily His grace and strength for all He calls you to. Big Hugs! :)

With Love,