I was at a women’s conference a couple of weeks ago and had an encounter with a precious lady that I will never forget! This encounter was one I never expected and has been on my heart since that day. A friend of mine and I had been enjoying the fellowship with our sister’s in Christ, meeting new friends, and praying for needs when it came time to head into the conference center to engage in worship and listen to a guest speaker. Worship began and the sweet presence of God filled the room. I was totally engaged when at one point my eye was drawn to a lady I had met earlier in the day. I didn’t know this ladies story, but as I stood there and watched her worship, I was overwhelmed with emotion! At that point, I had no idea why. This lady soon took the stage and thanked everyone for their love and support they had shown her and her family over the past 11 months. She introduced the speaker and sat back down.

When the speaker took the stage she began to tell the story of how this Godly woman had lost her 8 year old son and mother-n-law eleven months prior in a terrible car accident. My heart was about the beat out of my chest! It was at that moment that I realized why her worship struck me so deeply. I had no idea of her story, but her worship spoke volumes!

I found Angelia after the service just to let her know that I was praying for her and her precious family! She began to explain to me the pain that her family had went through over the loss in their lives, but how God was using their son’s story to bring people to the Lord. It was during her story that she spoke these words that have resonated with me since that day: “Judi, I prayed for 5 years that God would give me a son, but I never prayed that He would let me keep him forever!” She was so thankful for the time she had had with her son, that she was celebrating his life and praising the same God who gives and takes away.

You see, I have 3 children of my own and I too prayed for 2 1/2 years for God to give me a child. Now that I have them, how am I spending my time with them? The world is pulling at us from so many levels of busyness that sometimes a day or two or even three will get by me, where I am thinking “where did the time go?”

God’s word tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1-10

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

I don’t know about you but I want to do everything I can to spend those precious moments with my kids so that one day, when the Lord chooses, I can stand before Him and worship Him for the time He gives me with my precious children. Never take that time for granted! Love on your children a little more each day, pull them up in your lap (even if they are grown) and tell them you love them! Don’t let a day go by, without them knowing how much you and the Lord loves them! Let this be a season where you are planting seeds of LOVE!