Tuesday again. I decided to put Papa in charge of the smoke bomb and mentos explosion that are a part of chemistry today. :) He will be home in a bit to do that with the boys. It’s a cooler fall day today, less sunshine, but my spirits were lifted by listening to the new Chris Tomlin Christmas album. Love, love that song that he sang at the concert called “He Shall Reign.” I’m not usually one to listen to Christmas music this early, but I actually think it could be a good way to prepare my heart for the season before the season takes over. :) B and I turned it up loud on the way home from Mom’s Day out.
B had a good morning at Westwood, and it always feels good to have some extra time to focus on school work with the boys – especially J. We are going to slow down with his history a bit, try to investigate, enjoy, and own it a little bit more instead of just checking the boxes. Simon’s current poet for his readings is Robert Frost. At lunch today we read about the two roads that diverged in the woods and giggled about Kid President’s rendition. We’ve also discovered a new “mama favorite” by Frost about a little bird that goes south for the winter. A bird. A distaste for winter. Clever lines and rhymes. Just perfect. B likes it too. Or maybe she just senses how happy it makes her mama to read it. :)
Hebrews continues to be a blessing. Yesterday there was a little something in a few verses that stood out to me and felt like a sweet encouragement and reminder from my Abba. My takeaway wasn’t necessarily the main theme of the passage or even of the verses, yet the Living Word makes His messages clear and personal to us as we meet with Him and soak in His truth each day.
Hebrews 9:12 says, “…he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever
9:28 says, “He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.”
He has secured my redemption forever. He is coming. There is joy, celebration, complete fulfillment of salvation in my future. He is the good thing ahead. Lately I’ve been discouraged by thoughts that the best years are behind me. Maybe it has something to do with turning 40. Yes, lots of looking back these days and marveling about how good He’s been, but how can it be true that the best years are behind me if forever redemption and full salvation are in front of me?
I see His sweet faithfulness in the past, but He is also pouring out blessing today. He will again tomorrow. And into forever. I can be sure of this – a forever redemption and a loving Savior who is coming again. There are more best years yet to come. :)
So how does He want me to live out this encouragement? What would this look like in my life if I truly believed it? Less (no) complaining. No (half) jokes about getting old. But instead holy expectation and anticipation. He has something good for me, for my family, for my marriage today – and tomorrow. No looking ahead with worry, sadness, or fear. Maybe I need to practice saying outloud. “God is going to be so good to us in the coming years” or “I am so excited about growing in intimacy with Jesus in the years ahead” or “Every day I’m walking toward Jesus – the best is yet to come!” :)
Well, I think I better end for now. You are probably giggling at me by now anyway, “Oh, Mama, of course the best is yet to come.” :)
Hugs to you and I love you,
p.s. Both the smoke bomb and the mentos explosion were “awesome” :)