Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cherish Yesterday ~ Dream Tomorrow ~ Live Today!

Karen Tribitt 
I guess I’m feeling a little introspective. I ran across this little saying, “Cherish Yesterday-Dream Tomorrow-Live Today” on a little wooden sign in a country primitive catalog. This sign is different, but it’s available from www. allposters.com . Don’t you just love country primitive decorating? You can use all the worn out, less than perfect things you find, and it looks great! Ah, but that’s another post altogether….

My mother died at 51, too young to my way of thinking, of cancer. It began as breast cancer, went into remission for several years, then reappeared with a vengeance. They’re sad memories that I’d rather not think about often.

Anyhow, my momma was only 17 years older than me. She was a child bride, and I came along just before their first anniversary. I’m now 48.  I had a mammogram a couple of years ago, and the results were fine. I need to schedule another one as soon as I can find a way to pay for it. We have a lot of differences in our lifestyles, but heredity is a factor. But- God is a bigger factor!

I have a lot of yesterdays to cherish.
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I don’t know how many tomorrows I have left to dream. 
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I do have today, this moment to live and live well.

Like you, I have good memories and bad. Probably also like you, I tend to look at the past through rosy glasses, remembering just the things I want, such as the house I wish we’d never left. It’s great to remember. I have my scrapbooks; and, I’m working on books for the kids, too. Still, it’s just the past, just a memory….

Dreaming and planning and wishing and praying for tomorrow is great, too. Realistically, though, no one knows if she has even one tomorrow. I’ve had a terrible tendency to put off fun and enjoyable things with my family to do the stuff that’s pressing. What if I never get to do those fun and enjoyable things? What if I never make those memories with my children and for my children?

Today…it’s all I have. It’s all you have. I have to choose those things today that are best…things that will have a positive impact on my family and those around me. Though my circumstances are rather hard right now, I am, right this moment, choosing to follow some of the best advice my LORD JESUS ever gave me in Matthew 6:24.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Now realistically, I’m going to have to keep making that choice over and over. Somebody remind me of that when I am feeling whiny! ~smile~

This day…this moment…how will you spend it?  How will I spend it? I think I’m going to go hug my kids, tell them I love them, and make a memory. What about you?

Just something to think about….

Sincerely,
Laura
Happy at Home
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May I suggest?
Why I Love Homemaking
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23 comments:

  1. Amen, Laura! Worry steals our joy! I like your outlook. My mother had breast cancer too but has been cancer free for 6 years now.

    This would make a great post to link up for Faithful Friday! :)

    Have a great weekend!
    Tammy

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  2. A very touching post. My mother passed away early too, but she was old(er) when she had me - I'm the "uh-oh" baby. I hope everyone chooses to think of only the good memories, but to also learn from the bad ones.
    JoAnn

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  3. Laura,
    It is a great word for me right now...these last few days have been difficult, and it is hard to keep a cheerful disposition. I am so thankful to the Lord that he never leaves us in those battles! Thank you for reminding me of Who we are really living for, sweet friend!
    Blessings to you and your household!

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  4. It's so good to hear from blog friends. I'm glad that you found this to be an encouragement. Blessings to you!
    Laura

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  5. I loved this post and am so thankful to have found it. Thank you for sharing what God has laid upon your heart. I love primitive decorating, too....especially, in the fall! Praise God for having allowed us all to come full circle to enjoy another autumn season! Have a blessed day in Him, Cheryl

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  6. http://www.bcfo.org/free-screening-mammography/

    http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500178_162-577822.html

    Those links may help with the mammogram cost.

    I cherish the memories we have in our home. I dream of the day when all the renovations are complete. I live thankful today that I have a husband who can take an old picture frame apart and use it to secure a replacement door window. :O)

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  7. LuAnn,
    You are so thoughtful to share that information about me. I didn't know there was a place to get help with mammograms.

    Blessings to you,
    Laura

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  8. Thanks Homespun!
    Have a terrific Autumny week!
    Laura

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  9. Hi Laura! that is a beautiful sign. And you're right, tomorrow will take care of itself. Concentrate on today and do what you can to make it better! Thanks for hopping to comment on my blog ;-)

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  10. You're welcome JoAnn.
    I'm working on concentrating on making life what I want it to be today.
    I find that so much depends on my thoughts and attitudes.
    Nice smelling candles help, too. ~smile~
    Laura

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  11. awwww. how precious your words are for all of us. I wish I had hugged more, laughed more and played more!! those are yesterdays to cherish! thanks for your sweet thoughts. Helen

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  12. Thank you for this lovely post, Laura. My mother died at age 62, which is still much too young, in my opinion. Even so, I still need this reminder to live today, making the most of it, being grateful for the time God's given us.

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  13. Hi Linda,
    You're right! Sixty-two is too young!

    I think about a hundred and twenty sounds pretty good. What do you think?

    May God bless you richly!

    Laura

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  14. I am sorry about your mother Laura. Thank you for the reminder to live in today. Clarice

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  15. Hi Clarice,

    Thank you for your kind words. My momma's with Jesus!

    Blessings,
    Laura

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  16. Well said Laura!
    I don't want to always look at the struggles of life. I want to live each day fully. I want God to know, that I have tried my best, created wonderful memories and will always cherish the memories from my childhood.

    I am so sorry that you lost your mom. That's got to be hard on a good day. I lost my dad almost six years ago and I thank God, I got to spend it loving him and cherishing him through it till the end. And, I love and am comforted to know that I will see him in heaven when I am called home.

    Live life to the fullest, be thankful for the todays, tomorrows and yesterdays!

    Have a great week Laura!
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  17. Amy,

    Thank you for your very kind thoughts. I'm sure you miss your daddy very much. May God comfort you when you are missing him. I'll be over for a visit soon.

    Blessings,
    Laura

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  18. I have the tendency to get nostalgic more and more each year. I still dream and make big plans for the future as well. Why is it so hard to live in the present? Great verse. Great post. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

    Please join us again Thursday at:
    http://summersacres.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-homeacre-hop-40.html
    ~Ann

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  19. Hi Ann,
    I think I've spent too much time in the future and missed too much of the present in my past. That is a funny sentence, but true. I'll be over for a visit in just a bit.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  20. Such a beautiful post! We do often take each day we are given for granted when we should make the most of every second! My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer May a year ago and it seems at this time like things are going well...I hope they stay that way! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  21. Hi Cindy,

    I am so glad things are going well for your momma. Things have changed a lot in the medical community during the last fifteen years. I encourage your momma to learn all she can and pray all she can. Our healing comes from Jesus.

    Blessings, and thank you for your kind thoughts,

    Laura

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  22. Hi Cindy,

    I am so glad things are going well for your momma. Things have changed a lot in the medical community during the last fifteen years. I encourage your momma to learn all she can and pray all she can. Our healing comes from Jesus.

    Blessings, and thank you for your kind thoughts,

    Laura

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