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Cherish the Challenges

Cherish the Challenges

Two simple words changed my life.

“You’re pregnant.”

At their announcement, I could hardly wait to tell the world. A new life was growing inside of me. That growth quickly left a mark.

Once I get these first twelve weeks over with I’ll feel better. I’m so sick of feeling so sick.

When that waned, I couldn’t wait to begin showing so others would notice it was more than a big appetite that cause my waistline to grow.

As my pregnancy progressed, I couldn’t wait to meet them—and, of course, seeing my ankles again would be nice.

Once I had my babies, I couldn’t wait to see their smiles.

When they smiled, I couldn’t wait for them to sleep through the night.

When will I hear their sweet voices call out “Mama” for me?

Finally, they started walking. My aching back sure needed some relief.

I just need them to start talking so I won’t have to guess what they need.

Ah, sweet communication. We were starting to get somewhere.

But wait a minute! Now they won’t stop. A little peace and quiet would be nice.

Before long they’ll start school and I’ll….

When does the longing for the next stage end?

Sadly, for me it didn’t until my children were older.

Being elbow deep in diapers wasn’t as easy as it sounded. Each stage brought challenges I wasn’t prepared for and they were eased in my mind by the hope that the next would be easier. What I didn’t know is that the next stage brought its own difficulties. Some even harder than the one before it.

With my eyes of expectation firmly fixed on the next stage, I missed out on so many joys from the one I was in.

My heart aches to go back and redo them. But I can’t. Because two more words now impact my life: Too late.

It’s too late to go back to savor those stages and even to cherish those challenges. They’re gone and will never return.

But don’t lose heart beloved, although we can’t go back, there are more still. Whether your child is a toddler, is in school or is grown, it’s not too late to treasure where you are right here. Right now. Whatever the stage or it’s challenges, there are great joys to be had.

Dear God, please help us to be content right where we are. Grant us the wisdom to treasure the stages we are in and to trust you for the grace to handle those that lie ahead.

Matthew 6:34 says, “Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”

By: Callie Daruk is a smitten wife and a joyful mother to three boys in Nashville, TN. As a freelance writer, blogger, and speaker, she encourages others to seek Christ with their whole heart. Connect with her at www.calliedaruk.com, and on Twitter and Facebook.

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One Comment

  1. So true, Callie. We are so often focused on the future, whether it is with expectation or with dread. Perhaps it is wiser to say with Paul, “This is the day the Lord hath made, I will be glad and rejoice in it.” – Amy
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