November 4, 2009, "Breathe in Intentionally"

"In my search for wisdom, I tried to observe everything that goes on all across the earth. I discovered that there is ceaseless activity, day and night. This reminded that no one can discover everything God has created in our world, no matter how hard they work at it. Not even the wisest people know everything, even if they say they do."
~ Ecclesiastes 8:16-17 ~

As she scurried and hurried through each aisle; she had no time but to grab the essentials for her recipe. She walked in a fast pace over to the cash registers and as soon as she paid, she was out of the store.

In that moment of hurriedness, there was a little girl watching her every sudden move. Her beautiful blue eyes full of innocence yet revealing a sadness of her own reality. This sweet little girl thought so thankfully of her mommy who is surviving breast cancer every moment of every day. I realized that this little girl was grateful because of the moments of time that she and her mommy attempt to soak in as they breathe in intentionally and breathe out with a purpose ~ a purpose to live life to the fullest.

As I imagined this scenario; I am reminded of the woman who scurried and hurried through the store, captivated by the here and now of her own life. The seasons of life where we are unable to escape such busyness; but today, I'm stepping back from my busy life and I am reminded that in my hurrying and checking off the next task from my 'to-do' list; with the breaths that I take in and breathe out; what am I truly here on this earth for?

Today, as soon as my daughter walks through the threshold of our door; I want to pick her up and dance with her. I know she would be swept away by her own giggles; and it will be a memory forever seared in both our hearts and minds. The little things in our life can be of the greatest impact as it will remind us from whom we receive every breath from; Almighty God.

There are those of you at this very moment who are going through transitions, difficulties, hardships and schedules of 'life'. Things are most likely very unsettled; and things must get finished. I think of my mom at this very moment; who is on the go most of the time, because of the things that must be accomplished as 'deadlines' are involved. She is literally in her car more often than she is in her home. Yet, she takes that God given time to visit her dear friend who is relying on her God to thrive above the cancer that is trying to overtake her body. My mom may not know it, but I know her sweet friend is appreciative of every moment she shares so unselfishly.

If it is smelling a rose today with your children, or if they become interested in something as you go for a walk; suddenly stop and enjoy the moment with them. I sadly remind myself that we can become so eager to learn from the greatest teachers that the world recognizes as 'admirable and wise'. We will even pay with our hard earned money to sit under the sound of their voices. Yet many times, those of us who have children, can learn from the greatest teachers of faith; shielded with beautiful innocence ~ our children, our beautiful gifts from God.


  1. Teresa,

    What a beautiful post and it does remind me of the things I do with Sam. I enjoy every waking minute with him. I want to keep the memories of this beauitful child that GOD had given me. I love reading your post because you have me thinking all the time about my life and the things we want and or need that we don't have and I do need to be reminded that GOD is doing what he can.



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