S-L-O-W Down and Give God Thanks!

How many times have you heard someone say - "where has this month (or year) gone - it's almost over!" It's a quite common saying because most of us are usually so busy that we don't pause to reflect on our blessings. There's always "something" to do, somewhere to go, and someone to take care of!  On any given day, we're running here or there. Picking up, dropping off. Cooking, cleaning. Homework, afterschool activities. Church. And most of us have time constraints. Everyday is a hustle and bustle. Days and nights are long! Days roll into nights, which roll into weeks, which roll into months - and there you have it - the year's almost gone!  

Most can relate to the challenge to get everything done in 24 hours! These challenges come with the job description of being a parent!  We get it. God gets it too! After all, He was the one who blessed you with "this most important job in the world."

But God needs us too! But in a different way, of course. So in your 24 hours of doing "stuff," remember to carve out some special time for God! In all of the mad dashing around, make it a point daily to seek Him. It can be, but doesn't have to be ritualistic. It can be, but doesn't have to be formal. It can be, but doesn't have to be at a certain time. It can be, but doesn't have to be long.  But what it must be is sincere and consistent!

Can't find the time you say? SURE YOU CAN!  Pray with your kids before meals.  Talk out loud as you're in your car driving to pick them up from Little League or ballet practice. (Yes you can do this and no one will know!) Praise him in song as you're cooking dinner. Listen to Christian music (and dance) while you're doing household chores. Read Christian books to your kids. Get up 15 minutes before your day begins to meditate.

Whatever you do - and however you do it, just remember to S-L-O-W down, take a look around, and pause to reflect on his awesomeness. Then fall to your knees in the presence of the Lord to give Him thanks! He's available anytime, everyday.