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Everything Changes

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.

Summer ends and turns to fall. We take the college students to move in to their new home away from home and we get the crayons, colored pencils, and 500 pieces of colored paper prepped for the other children who are still at home. School, after school sports, dance lessons, and more wind up and unleash themselves each year. Same tune, same verse, new clothes, new grades, older parents. It’s always amazing to me how rapidly the year flies away after school begins—I barely put up the floaties and its sweater weather, and then I’m wrapping presents like a madwoman.

Just me? I hope not. In the home furnishings and décor markets it’s even harder. I came home from the July markets ready to decorate for Christmas! Yikes! But seriously, floors upon floors and buildings upon buildings full of new merchandise in new shades of color and shapes—along with the smells and sounds of the coming Christmas season—affects you! I actually tried to put up my fall door decoration in early August and the family collectively shut me down. They had a point of course. Summer wasn’t officially over. I mean it’s still 95 degrees with 1000% humidity. Why rush it?

Why rush it indeed? I’m not sure why there is always pressure to move on to the next thing. The next season, phase, or decision, class, conference, you name it … we are always looking for what’s next.

Of late, I’m reminded to stop and take stock of today. Enjoy the moments today because as important as it is to plan for tomorrow and to prepare well, we must also find the balance to enjoy the day for what it is today. We can’t bring back yesterday and we can’t rush ahead to see how tomorrow will turn out because tomorrow is not guaranteed. James 4:14 says, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” So while you find yourself making lunch for the hundredth time this week, sending another twenty dollars to the college kid, or just trying to figure out when exactly you will sleep through the night again, I pray that you will also take a moment to treasure today for what it is and enjoy your family—because this moment won’t come again.

And the next season of decorating will be here before you know it!

By: Victoria Duerstock loves a good story. A happily married mom of three, she has been connected along with her husband Rob with the home furnishing industry in some aspect or another for more than twenty years. She is thrilled to share a new short devotional book Heart and Home: Design Basics for Your Soul and Your Living Space in April, 2019 with Abingdon Press. You can learn more about her at www.victoriaduyerstock.com – and be sure to sign up for her newsletter for upcoming news, special discounts on courses, and more.

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you, Victoria, for the reminder to live in the present and not rush to the next season, whether physically or emotionally. And you’re so right – these ‘moments’ that we live and share with our families daily – they don’t come back! We get one shot, and we should make the most of it and enjoy every moment!

  2. Victoria, in a hurry-rush world, we need reminders like yours to enjoy each day’s blessings. Thank you!

  3. Victoria, I remember those days of the school rush (when my children were younger). Somehow I thought that when I got older I would have ample time to do all those things that got pushed to the back burner because I was a young parent. BUT, it gets worse! As a retired grandmother, I’m still struggling to celebrate each season, mired under church projects and a plethora of other demands on my time, I’m still striving to “get it all done.” Loved your beautiful pictures and the inspiration.

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