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Savoring Life

Sunday, April 04, 2010

We got the news on Friday that a friend who had been battling pancreatic cancer died on Friday. He was 53 years old and has a sweet wife and 3 young daughters.

I'm thankful that he was a man of faith and is in a better place, but it has caused me to reflect on my own life and how I need to slow down and enjoy the blessings I've been given. I have 3 wonderful children who are all married to Christians. I have 7 incredible grandchildren and a husband who is just too good to me! God has blessed me so much more than I deserve.

Friday afternoon I did something I normally wouldn't do. I took my Mom out for ice cream and ordered a small sundae. I didn't order sugar free or yogurt or fat free - I got a peanut butter brownie delight with hot fudge, whipped topping and a cherry. I savored every bite of it and laughed with my Mom. Normally, I'd stress out about the calories and fat I was consuming, but I chose not to for that time.

Friday night six of our grandchildren were over for a family Bible study. After the study, they were running around the kitchen - our kitchen has 2 doorways and the children love to run in a circle between the doors. I sat in my chair and just watched them and savored every second of it. I listened to their laughter and watched how they smiled, how they ran and just enjoyed them.

Yesterday morning, I took my coffee out to my front porch and did nothing - I just watched the birds at my feeder and enjoyed the coolness of the spring morning.

I need to slow down more and savor life. No ice cream for me this week, but once in awhile I'm going to get a sundae and savor it. I'm going to sit on my porch more often with my coffee and a good book. I'm going to really appreciate my family more.

Things still need to be done, but I need to realize how short my time here might be and appreciate the simple pleasures.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JENEAL1 4/5/2010 1:23PM

    I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.

Thank you for sharing and thank you for reminding me to slow down and appreciate what you have.

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AZAPPED 4/5/2010 12:06PM

    You're right. We need to take time to savor our blessings. Sometimes the loss of a friend wakes us up to what we have. I'm sorry about your loss, but glad you found a way to turn it into a positive.

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ZNEKITA 4/4/2010 9:46PM

    It's tough to lose a friend and I'm sorry for your loss. I am excited that you are taking time to enjoy your moments. I think so many of us need to learn that lesson.


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SULAINA 4/4/2010 12:01PM

    Sorry about the loss of your friend. We do need to live. Thanks for sharing. I needed to read this today.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/4/2010 10:31AM

    You brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart. Thank you. -Marsha

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JEANNE229 4/4/2010 10:15AM

    Thank you for sharing what we ALL need to reflect upon.


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SEWINGMEG 4/4/2010 10:07AM

    Thank you for a very good insightful blog. That was a blessing to me... something I need to do too more. With visiting my parents, I am eating things I normally don't... and worried about it all... maybe I should just not worry too much. Enjoy my time, the food, and when I get home, I can start over. (((hugs))) May the Lord comfort your heart!

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FRANNIEDID 4/4/2010 8:21AM

    I am sorry about your friend, I lost a very dear friend and co-worker a few weeks ago and he was only 35. It is so hard but it does make you reflect on your own life. I love the pictures you gave us of the children running and you sitting there enjoying it! Thank you for sharing that!

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MITECU 4/4/2010 7:00AM

    I'm sorry about the loss of your friend. It's obvious that the Lord has planned to use this to show you that you need to slow down and savor life, even peanut butter brownie delight with hot fudge, whipped topping and a cherry. Enjoy your family and moments of peace and quiet to reflect on the many blessings the Lord has provided you.
Happy Easter!

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