Friday, January 7, 2011

Count Every Moment

Over the past few months, I've become uncomfortably aware of the passage of time. I feel helpless against the inexorable flow of an ongoing parade of moments that can never be recaptured, moments that are bringing me closer to final partings that will cause my heart grief.

This morning during prayer I heard the Lord say,

"Stop trying to make every moment count, and instead, count every moment."
This led me to a feeling of despair, because I envisioned a brow furrowing focus on the passage of time; a helpless observation of days that can never be recaptured. But further clarification came:
"As a teacher, you have striven to recognize the value of each individual child; treasuring their unique characteristics. You have not looked at them as a mass of unidentifiable grains of sand. You have sought to treasure them individually, as the Lord treasures them."

"Individual moments of time can be likened to the students you have cherished. Each of them has value in God's sight. Each is unique, and precious."

"Indwell each moment, and you will see that not one of them is lost. It is more as though each moment well spent is placed in God's bank. The only moments that are lost are those that are not counted. Count each moment as being precious to the Lord."
For today, I will abide in the Lord in the moment I am in, and pray to see the beauty of each precious moment He has gifted to me.

Scripture: "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).


  1. Beautiful sentiment, Linda. I am putting pictures on my husband's Facebook account so he can capture the moments. With his dementias he soon forgets. I also need to capture his stories before they go.

    Happy New Year, blogging friend!

  2. The Bible talks about 'fleeting time' and so it is. We lose so many memories of the good times and unfortunately remember the bad. But, thanks to our minds, our photographs and things like video cameras we can be reminded of so much of our life.

  3. My Mother is late middle stage vascular dementia. Really it's been a 16 year decline so we are so blessed to still have her in our lives. She stayed at the farm until 2005 when her long time dr. said it was time for her to be in a facility. I dreaded it so thinking Mom would hate it. Instead she loved the comfort the group of 16 ladies who were at the same stage of life. Her care now is more nursing than the Alzheimer's unit, but she is happy and secure. She still knows us and for that I'm so grateful. Her vocabulary now is very limited but she takes it in stride just like all of the hardships in life. She used to say "Tomorrow will be better" always looking on the bright side. I've learned so much from her that I will carry in my heart the rest of my life. Your words are so familiar to me, I have taken the same steps as you. Come visit granny mountain, I write about Mom a lot.
    joy c.