Saturday, July 27, 2013


Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

c. 1980 Stevens Family (L to R: Dad, Joanna, Mom, Mary Kay & Teresa)


Dusting off the old VCR - placing it on the entertainment center - plugging in the proper components and finally ready to watch none other than the old family home videos from 1986.  The setting took place in the family room downstairs, adorned with that 'ever so charming' brown shag carpet and paneled walls sitting on the floor in front of the artificial Christmas tree as my sisters and I eagerly opened presents from mom and dad.

Watching the video, I noticed something I hadn't 'seen' before - and that was the subtle flirting between our parents as us, their daughters, ages 12 and younger were in our own world opening those presents we eagerly anticipated to receive.  As I sat on my couch, the atmosphere permeated with charming nostalgia.  The lack of worries we had as our parents bore the brunt of balancing and blending our lives along with dad's hard work, was nothing short than seeing and recognizing the evidence of God's grace on our parents lives as they beautifully enjoyed us and one another.

As I watched the old home movies I was reminded that in the midst of working hard, the hustle and bustle of life -  it is never too late to enjoy your spouse, your children and your family.  Sometimes we have to be creatively intentional in how we do that as some husbands/dads travel, perhaps there are wives/moms who work and/or travel, but no matter what - instead of regrets let's begin to experience contentment.

Today's triumphant and victorious reminder in all of this:
Remember your kids will vaguely remember how the bills were paid - although important - we want their greatest memories to be how their parents enjoyed one another, speaking respectfully to one another, laughing with one another - when stressful times came they knew how to laugh in the middle of it all and with intentional adventure they explored the world within their living room, kitchen, front yard, back yard, taking a walk or just sitting on the porch and enjoying one anothers company.  Moment by moment when we feel inundated with life, let us inundate life by enjoying it! Let us reveal our grateful hearts to God and make lasting memories with His creative power!

1 comment:

  1. That was beautifully said. Being a mother of 4, exhaustion and stress plays a big part of my life. Thank you for opening my eyes. I have so much to be grateful for. God is so good.


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