Shop Around The Clock

I haven’t shopped this much in the history of ever. I feel like I have purchased so many items over the last two weeks and yet, when we move into another friend’s home next Sunday, we will easily be able to put everything we own into two cars and make the fastest moving trip known to man. Some of the shopping has been enjoyable, like when Natalie and Christi went shopping with me for clothes and dressed me up like a barbie doll and gave me a thumbs up or thumbs down as I modeled each outfit. And thank God they did. Because when you are fashionably challenged and have little to no design talent, shopping can be overwhelming and depressing. Please don’t hear that as a complaint. The fact that my sons are all alive and that I wasn’t planning a funeral two weeks ago has placed an unquenchable desire to offer praise and thanksgiving to God. However, this new reality that I need to replace so many material possessions just to function each day can make one’s head spin. So, I take each day as it comes.  When the temptation comes to think about what paint colors to choose in the home we will build or replacing Christmas decorations, I just stop and place that far away from my mind. Like five months away. That is not something I need to “commit to worrying about” as my friend Kim says. I just don’t have the mental capacity to do that.  And quite frankly, neither do you. How often do you find yourself going into the future in your mind and take on the concerns and cares of things that may never come? I know you do it. It’s so easy to go there.  But allow me to encourage you to not go there.  When you start to put together scenarios in your mind about what you think may happen, just stop. Count your blessings in the here and now. Praise God for where you are today and what He is doing in your life. Because He is up to something good, something very good.  Even if you can’t see it.

9 thoughts on “Shop Around The Clock

  1. Cindy – we lost our home to fire many years ago. Material things can be replaced, but there is still a grieving process to get through for your loss. Precious treasures that kept memories alive, favorite things now black & permeated with stink. There is an excitement to a fresh start but I sometimes felt guilty for enjoying that “freedom”. Lots of mixed emotions. I will be praying for your family and know you will definitely let HIS story shine through your story. Blessings, Kim

  2. C-mo!!! how could you not tell me! I am so terribly terribly sorry. What a gracious God that all your babies are safe. You are so amazing and I am sure God will glorify whatever comes up from the ashes like the Phoenix. Stay safe and please call or text if there is something I can do. reprint photos? anything! ❤ I love you my precious friend!

  3. also, I went though this with many friends after our wildfires in 2010 so I know my way around replacements. 🙂

  4. Thank you, Cindy, for this reminder. I am currently struggling with “what ifs” in my mind in regards to a health concern, and I have concocted some pretty bad scenarios in my head. I needed to read this today!

  5. Cindy, I did not realize that you had suffered the loss of your lovely home until just seeing this on your blog. I am so sorry for the incident but know that God is in control and you and your family will be taken care of. I will pray for your recovery, also. When you get settled, let me know your address so I can send you a little something that belonged to “Mammaw” to grace your new home. We love you!!!

  6. So grateful in so many ways for y’all and for GOD’s grace and mercy in our lives and how much He loves us…love you so much and praying for peace in this new journey.

  7. I cannot imagine any of this, but your attitude is so amazing and I love hearing the stories of neighbors retrieving your photos and making ornaments. Truly amazing people to do those things. I have been praying lots for times of overwhelming too much to deal with. It would be so hard to live in the moment when you have so little. I pray God continues to bring your family peace and He continues to use others to help you and I now try to live in the moment because I use to worry about so much. Now I live day to day and it’s much easier. Love you friend. 🙂

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