I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Spring, Summer and Fall is Around the corner

Here it is the middle of July. More and more I am amazed that time can disappear so quickly. It certainly doesn’t feel that half of 2022 is already history. How can I possibly be in my 70s when only yesterday I was in my thirties having and raising children?

I remember my pastor dad changed pastorates every few years. Our family moved from Canada, which I remember mostly from things my folks and older sister told me, to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, a great place for this would-be cowgirl, Kansas, where I finally got my horse–and got sick, to Iowa and finally to Kearney NE so I could attend college–in a wheelchair.

We also traveled, going south to Texas, across to California to visit many of Dad’s siblings, and meeting cousins we didn’t know until then. Like any child, I’m sure my parents heard, “Are we there yet.”

That was something our kids echoed on trips to Colorado or Minnesota to visit family or to attend family reunions. Traveling as a child seems to take forever, but traveling through life is much different. When exhaustion dogs our steps and we still have kids and work and more with which to deal, one day seems like a hundred. On other days, when all is going well, time is our friend. Children change everything.

Suddenly time begins to move faster. We watch our children grow and at times we blink and they’ve gone from toddlerhood to teenagers. Keith and I are now dealing with adult grandchildren as well as young ones. Life. Where did it all go?

But as fast or slow life passes us by, it isn’t the amount of time that matters as much as how we live each day. The Bible clarifies how to live life to its fullest and it starts with making Jesus the center of all we think see, say, and do.

“Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. “–Ephesians 5:15-20 BSB

Living life with a sense of thankfulness and gratitude will make even the bad days better.

Thank you, Lord, for today, tomorrow and for time to honor and follow You. Amen.

(c) 2022 Carolyn R Scheidies
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