Clothed with Grace: The Now

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Now

It's not secret that I've been looking forward to summer break for quite awhile. The kids at school are the same way, and one of the teachers has a countdown board up, so there's no guessing how many days are left.

I find myself constantly looking forward. Forward to the school day being over, forward to the kids' bedtime, forward to my bedtime, forward to the weekend.

In the midst of all of this, though, I can forget to enjoy "the now." I can miss the beauty in "the now" and the experiences in "the now."  Obviously this is not true all the time, I think I'm at my best when I'm home with the family trying to spend quality time with them. However, I'm still looking forward. Forward to Grant getting older, to Hannah talking and get the point.

I mentioned last week how I'd graduated from high school nineteen years ago, but I remember so much of it like it was yesterday. I don't want to blink and have my own kids leaving for college. I actually feel myself panicking as I type this.

So, what's the point? I don't think there is anything wrong with looking forward to the future, but I want to miss celebrating and enjoying each moment because I'm so focused on the future.

God placed me and you on this earth during this time for a purpose and I want to make sure my eyes are peeled for whatever comes my way and not miss a thing.

This top continues to be one of my favorites! Today I paired it with my Merona pencil skirt- this is over three years old and still one of my favorites, and a basic Old Navy cardigan, which is over two years old and continues to still look black and hasn't pilled at all. It's simple combos like this that make me feel great and put together so easily.

Top: Merona same
Cardigan: Old Navy similar
Necklace: Mariposa Medley c/o 
Heels: Merona similar

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  1. I think we all feel this is hard to not look forward when we have 2 months of being off so close! Loving your fun and colorful outfit!

  2. As a type A super planner, it's hard not to always be thinking about the what's next! I really love The Message translation of Ecclesiastes 5:18-20:

    "After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live."

    Also, love that shirt with that orchid purple color. I saw that top in target the other day, and I was very much wanted to buy it, but I have put myself on a clothing ban until after I have this baby!

    1. I really like the messages translation here! Thanks for sharing!

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