When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Take Time To Play

Galatians 5:22   "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith," 
I am a serious person. Sometimes I wonder how I ever got this way. I honestly don't remember a time in my life when I ever acted "silly". I have always been responsible. Quick to do the right thing and slow to do anything in the name of "fun". I am so overwhelmed with the responsibilities of life, that I sometimes forget that my Heavenly Father also wants me to experience joy. I have started to realize that I need to change.
Don't get me wrong.  I believe that there are times when seriousness is necessary and important.  I know that there are times when it would be inappropriate to laugh and play.  But, I have spent so much of my life doing the serious things, the responsible take-care-of-everyone-else things, that I have forgotten what it means to take a few unplanned moments for joy.  
I forget that happiness isn't something you choreograph, or something you need to spend lots of money and time on.  It is something that you find by recognizing and enjoying the simple moments that happen on a daily basis.  The moments that you miss if you are not paying attention.  The smiles that light up, not only the faces, but the eyes, of your children.
The sharing of a cherished toy or a hard earned snack.  The kindness when you least expect it.  The willingness to do something they don't like, simply because you like it.  The laughter, the giggles, even the good-natured teasing of sisters who live together and care about each other (most of the time).   The support, the encouragement, the love in all it's many forms and faces.  Especially the love.
Life is full of so many moments.  It is easy to let them pass you by.  It is easy to forget that life is not about going from one big thing to the next.  Instead, it is about all the small, in between, happy go lucky, amazing little things that make up each day and give us the strength to go from moment to moment.  The strength to persevere, the strength to continue on, the strength to be who we need to and want to be.
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love.....
"These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."
John 15:10-11.

by Patricia A. Pitterle

Doesn't just happen.
You have to watch
For it, in the moments
Of life that come
Whizzing by.

Those minutes
That don't slow down
And wait for you to notice.
If you are not paying attention,
Those simple opportunities 
Will pass you by.

I have learned that
You have to be willing
To see joy wherever it might hide.
Money or possessions
are not as important
As your willingness to look.

You can find it in moments 
Of seeming darkness
Surrounded by difficulties and trials.
You can also find it  
In the brilliant sunshine 
Of peace and contentment.

You find happiness
In the hundreds 
Of little moments in your life.
Those small, simple things 
That remind you 
Of what is most important.

The whispers of God
That speak to us from
The smile of a stranger,
The touch of a friend,
The comfort of family,
And most of all, love.

The love that shines forth
In the eyes of a child.
The squishy, bedtime hugs
And sticky, anytime kisses.
The moments of life that give us
A glimpse into eternity.

Joy is there
Waiting to 
Jump into view
As soon as you are willing
To reach out from your waiting
And embrace it.


  1. yep, I am like you. My sister asked me "when was the last time you really laughed, roll on the floor laugh?" I am so serious and focused on getting the work done, I am not much fun. I asked my husband, what do we do for fun? We like to work in the yard for fun -- crazy. Even if someone asked me to go boating, I would think, nah. Play cards or bunco? nah. Yea, I have to work on the fun.

  2. This is a very good post. Your poem is beautiful.
    I'm not a serious person...but I am when I need to be. I like to have fun, but also be responsible. I do laugh a lot.
    But, there's nothing wrong with being a serious person...

  3. Oh my stars! I just got kicked in the royal patootie with this post.

  4. This is ABSOLUTELY beautiful! Oh I wish I had such a gift for writing. To be able to express yourself so perfectly...it's just wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing! :-)

  5. I have fun with my kids, but in general am serious with everyone else. I just told a friend yesterday that I wanna be a little bit crazy and fun. Gotta figure out how to do that.