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Heather is a wife and mother of two, writing about embracing divine joy and freedom in every season.

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  1. Heather,
    My “little boy” is now 23 and do you know what he remembers most from his very young years? He remembers us dancing in the kitchen. He remembers me laughing and clapping while he “played a piano concert” for me (he’s now an awesome musician). He remembers us dragging our folding chairs out to the edge of the driveway, setting up camp, and simply sitting, talking about nothing and everything, and watching the world go by. Nowhere on the list is how awesomely I folded the laundry or cleaned up the kitchen in record time. Yes, work needs to get done…but the invitations may only last for a blink of the eye. Accept them…
    Blessings on a wonderful post,
    Bev

    • Thank you Bev! That is so encouraging! It helps to hear some perspective on what will really matter in the long run. What things have more value. Because you are right! I don’t remember the laundry or the kitchen cleaned up stuff either. I remember the wrestling with my Dad, and twirling around with my brother while my mom played the piano, and going camping or playing games together.

      Thank you for your kind words!
      God bless,
      Heather

  2. How fun Heather! What special memories you are making! Congratulations for your great post, it’s wonderful to be in HopeWriters with you.

  3. THANK YOU!!!!! This is me and you’re right it is God Himself inviting me/us into joy. The joy of relationship that is so extraordinary. Must lay down that to-do list and enjoy what God has provided. I especially need the joy of the relationship with my Heavenly Father-His love, His grace and soooooooo much more. Underneath all of this was a dislike of myself born of childhood abuse. BUT God! He is healing with His love.

  4. This is such a sweet, joyful post Heather, thank-you. I’m thankful for those precious moments my parent’s put aside for me.

    Have a blessed day,

    Penny

  5. Heather,
    Children need and want their parents to “play” with them. These invitations could be God telling us to “go have some fun and enter into joy”. Making memories with them is far more important than doing laundry or dishes. You will only have your young ones for a little while, so why not enjoy them and have a big laugh at the same time!

    Blessings 🙂

  6. Beautiful post, Heather. I love how you tied your son’s invitation in with God’s – both are asking us to drop the busyness and the doing and to enjoy and to love. A perfect reminder, much needed – one I hope to heed the next time my two-year old asks for “help” playing. 🙂

  7. This is so true! When I say yes it changes ME. It softens MY heart. It makes me into someone I like better, someone I enjoy more. Someone more present all around. Thanks! This is a good word.

  8. Heather this is so common here…ouch and thank you for the reminder I need to lay things aside to grab up my kiddos more.

  9. As a Nana, who now has Scoliosis & MS, I can tell you truthfully……time goes so fast. You don’t see it now when you are young, but oh, it goes so fast. Those little ones will be in school, then college before you know it. Those dirty dishes can wait. Play, laugh, love those babies. You won’t regret one minute of loving them.