Thursday, October 18, 2012


"I decided that my children were God’s best will for my life, I saw all of my life through this grid. So when I went through my day, in general, if an interruption came into my life, since my “grid” said, “My children are my decided and valued priority,” then I could say yes to my children and put the other non-essential things aside because it did not fit with my priorities.  The other tasks and goals in my life are secondary to the plans I have made to keep  the Lord, my children and my husband first.
The effect that this had was that once I had determined that they were God’s best will for my life, it was easy to make the choice to keep them in a place of priority. And when I knew and had decided that they were God’s will for my life–then I didn’t see them as often as interruptions but as gifts. I would see my moments with them as opportunities to love and to teach and to train, instead of seeing them as interruptions to what I wanted to do with my time and with my life. They were not interruptions–they were my priority, from God.”

that’s where I’m at right now.  Interrupted by the LORD.  He is reminding me of some things.  I’m trying to slow down my “thoughts” and “look” around me more...look into their eyes and the other precious people that the LORD has given to me to walk this journey with.  
I have been praying that my words AND my thoughts would be pleasing to Him.  (Ps. 19:14)  How quickly I miss the mark and let rude words come out or began to realize that my thoughts are selfish and well, whiny.  
So, I will let the interruptions come and look at them, and ask the LORD to teach me in the moment.  I want to remember ...
to see ...
and to find the treasures that He has in each moment.
This last week, I had FOUR root canals, yep, 4.  Want to know the good in that?  There "just happened" to be a dr. that was in town from California interviewing with my normal dentist.  He just happened to be doing molar root canals as part of his interview.  He just happened to have ONE spot open which was offered to me at the last minute.  And he just happened to be doing the work for “insurance only” prices.  Know what the LORD blessed us with that day through these awesome people?  Just under two thousand dollars of work for free.  So, yet, I am up at 3 a.m. with my face hurting, I interrupt my self pity and remind myself of the LORD’s goodness to me.  We really could not afford that dentist bill.  But the LORD had a plan...
a good plan.  


  1. God is sooo good! and thank you for the reminder to be thankful for our treasures ALWAYS! And ooooouuuuuccccchhhhh! praying for you as your recover!!!!

  2. Oh Lord, let me be more than willing to be interrupted by You, and by the children whom You have given me.

    Thank you for sharing this, Shonni.

  3. Great thoughts from Sally Clarkson. Thanks for sharing.

    Hope your face gets to feeling better soon.

    :) :) :)

  4. Praise the Lord for his awesome timing- He is so amazing!! How perfectly He filled your need! Truly amazing!

    Love the words of Kelly Clarkson! I so often have random thought but she said it so eloquently!

    Praying to see my priorities clearly! Such precious treasures that have been entrusted to us!

    Praising HIM!

  5. I love this. I just wrote about priorities of a different sort and this ties in so well--thank you!

  6. And this makes such good sense, too. If we know our priorities and our goals, our decisions and schedules should reflect them. Thank you for sharing.

    So glad you were blessed through your root canals.


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