Devo #9: Making Every Day Count

DEVO #9:

Speaking of living everyday life with Him and sharing those little moments with our Almighty God, are you making every one of those little moments count? Or are you living life always waiting for the next thing? We have only been given one life. What are you doing with yours?

~ Tiffany

Gina Murawski:

When I first met Gina I thought two things: “Man she’s so beautiful!” and “She is so sweet!”  Gina is one of those people who radiates with the love of God.  She and her husband led B.A.S.I.C. College Ministries for a few years, which is when I met her – at one of the bi-annual B.A.S.I.C. conferences.  Since then, they have moved to Boston where they have started a church near Harvard.  I wish I had a chance to get to know her more, but from the little I’ve seen so far I have been amazed by the woman of courage, adventure, faith, and sensitivity she embodies.  Ladies, check out Gina’s devotional here – but also check out her blogs! – there is a link at the bottom of her devo.

Gina’s Profile:

Favorite color: Green
Favorite food:
I really love Greek and Lebanese food, and cheese. I love different cheeses.?
Describe yourself/life in 3 words:
I asked my husband to help me out on this one and he said…generous, nuturing, and musical.
What you want to do with your life:
This can best be summed up with song lyrics by Brian Johnson “I want to take Your Word and shine it all around…but first help me just to live it, Lord. And when I’m doing well help me to never seek a crown, for my reward is bringing Glory to You.”
One interesting fact about you:
I didn’t get my drivers license until I was 21.
Most dangerous thing you’ve ever done: D
riving before I had my license. Dangerous…and illegal. Not recommended. 🙂
Favorite quote:
The way we live our life shows others what we believe about God.

Favorite Bible verse: Proverbs 31:30 is one of my faves. “Charm is deceptive and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”
What is one secret to living life as a woman of God in today’s world?
If there is a good secret, I’d love to know. Hmm… I would say just spending time and getting to know God, because if we know who He is, then we know who we are.

“Making Every Day Count” by Gina Murawski

The following is a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago. Lately, I have found myself pondering these same thoughts again and I thought I would share with you.  Although this is a story about motherhood and raising kids, it can speak to you in whatever season of life you find yourself.

A couple of weeks ago, I was grocery shopping with my children. They were getting a little restless but, pretty much just being normal kids bored by shopping with their mommy. A nice woman, coming down the aisle, said to me, “I remember when my kids were that age. It goes so fast, enjoy them.” I can’t count how many times I have heard that.  I can remember each of my children being born like it was yesterday!  Their first steps, their first words…all of it.

I’m reading a book right now that has really been challenging and inspiring me to be the kind of wife and mother that God would have me be. It has brought me to a place of reflection and evaluation of my life. One sub-chapter in the book refers to the scripture in Psalms where Moses is basically saying that our lives are like brief and fleeting images and then prays “So teach us to number our days.” In my own words, I think it means…making our days count. I was provoked to really think what that meant for my life right now!  It made me think that maybe washing that sinkful of dishes or mopping the floor may not be as important as I’ve made it when my son is asking me to stop and play matchbox cars with him, or my little daughter is asking my to twirl her like a “princess ballerina.” I’ve come to realize that the dishes and housework will always be there, but my kids will very soon be grown and gone.  I don’t want to look back and say, “I wish I would have spent more time with them and not focused so much on everything else; on things that really didn’t matter.”  The time will come when they are off to college and I’m wishing that I could hear their yelling, giggling, and craziness just one more time.  Thinking of that not only brings tears to my eyes but makes me not want to take a single second of these truly precious moments with my children for granted.  Will I stop doing housework altogether?  Of course not, that would be disaster!  But, I won’t let it steal my time away from my little ones who are growing so quickly.  It is balance I am seeking in this.  I’d like to leave you with a quote from a book by Katrina Kennison:

Just when I figure out how to mother a kindergartner, it seems I have a first-grader standing before me instead. I have just learned how to love and live with a nine-year-old when the nine-year old vanishes, leaving a preadolescent in his place. They don’t stay still long enough for me to have my fill of them ever, at any stage. “Stop!” I want to shout. “Let’s let’s just do it this way for awhile, let’s stay right here.” But, the movement is inexorable-up and out, away into the future. (Katrina Kennison, Mitten Strings For God p. 217)

Maybe you are not married and do not have children. Maybe you are a young teenage girl in her last years of high school. Maybe you are just starting out in college, or it’s your first time on your own. Perhaps you’ve been married for awhile or your kids are grown, or you’re a working mom or working single woman waiting for “Mr. Right.” This same thing can apply at whatever stage of life you are in. Ask yourself “What is The Lord doing in my life right now and how can I make this season of my life count?  What am I missing that God does not want me to miss?  Am I content with my season of life or so anxious to move to the next season that I am missing today?”  With The Lord, we have the ability to make every day count for something. Ask the Lord to show you and follow His lead. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

To hear more from Gina, check out her blog (“The Girls Pilgrimage”) at http://daisiesareagirlsbestfriend.blogspot.com.

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To continue on to Devo #10 by Beth LaRock, click here!

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