Learning To See Value In Our Path Today…

When, as a child,  I wished for summer, my birthday, or Christmas my mom would say, “Carmen, you’re wishing your life away.” I didn’t quite grasp what she meant. My life seemed endless before me. Now as an adult, there have been seasons – days, weeks, months – that I wanted to wish away too. Seeing no value in the path I was walking.

One of the things that has encouraged me during a difficult season is the hope of tomorrow. The sun will come out again. Realizing that nothing stays the same. Knowing that as long as I breathe, the hope of change is there.

Because we see value in our path today

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord Psalm 21:24 NLT

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Psalm 39:7 NLT

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:3-5 MSG (Italics mine)

Alert expectancy – hope. As I type I hear Annie singing “Tomorrow” in my head. Remember tomorrow is only a day away.

Joining in with Five Minute Friday, Susan Mead – #DanceWithJesus and Suzie Eller – #livefree Thursday



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  1. Seeing value in our path for today. What a beautiful message, Carmen. I’m so guilty of trying to look ahead to what I believe to be my destination that I don’t see where I am today on my path. I wonder how many beautiful blessings God has placed along my path for me each day that I have missed because I wouldn’t stop long enough to see their value. Thank you for your inspiring post!

  2. Yes, Carmen! The thought of tomorrow brings me hope too! Love that Message scriptures from Romans. Glad to see you on Five Minute Friday!

  3. I completely understand wishing my life away…always waiting for the next big thing, the next big moment. Thank you for reminding me God is working on my heart right here, right now…

  4. This was beautiful Carmen. I love this passage! I’ve not heard it in this translation. It’s amazing the effect, once the translation is changed. I love that about scripture. I did think of the Annie song too. Great post. Amy Kratzer #fmfparty