JM’s Journal: Embracing the Special Moments

Two young girls sitting on a deck with their ipads

Embracing the Special Moments

Staying Open to God’s Surprises

by J.M. Troppello

A few days ago, I opened the blinds on my kitchen window and saw that our neighbor had erected a big white tent. I figured they were probably going to have a wedding or other type of reception event. The field is adjacent to our yard, so I could see everything from the kitchen window. I had to close the blinds because the sun was reflecting so brightly off of the white tent just like it does when there is snow in the field.

The wedding was the next day. I saw from my window that the guests had arrived. I went next door and asked my sister and her girls if they wanted to come over to quietly watch the wedding from my deck—which had the perfect view of the wedding.

They agreed and we quickly got back and sat down to watch. The girls were so excited to see the wedding happen. They had their iPads with them and were taking pictures of the event and even recorded it.

Embracing Special Moments

It was nice to see the girls so excited to watch the ceremony. Afterward, I offered to let the girls stay at my place for a bit and have a snack. Shortly after that, we went back outside to watch some of the festivities from the reception.

Ok, so maybe it’s a bit weird to be ‘uninvited guests’ from afar, but my deck and yard were literally right next to their area.

“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” – Amit Ray

I could have ignored the fact that there was a wedding next door. However, I thought it would be nice for the girls and my sister to come out and witness this special event with me.

You too can embrace those special moments in your life. Or you could miss them as they pass you by. I love that quote by Amit Ray. I agree that life is a dance. When you are mindful, you can witness the beauty of the dance of life—and participate in each moment.

Stay Open to God’s Surprises

Life is a cycle.

There are ups and downs.

Everyone has their own journey to live. Yet, you and I are born, live, and then die.

Everything Has Its Time

3 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NKJV)

In those in-between times called life, keeping on living. Try to find joy in the simple things and embrace God’s peace through the good and bad times. His grace, peace, and strength are the mainstays that get me through each day.

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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