A Jewelry Box
She plops down on the carpet, awaiting me to break out the promised treasures in my bedroom. I sit down on the floor beside her.
I open up the bottom drawer of my jewelry box I had placed beside us.
One by one, my 3-year-old granddaughter pulls a bracelet out of the jewelry box. She oohs and ahs. This one has a heart! That one is pink! This one is my favorite!
She can’t believe it.
A Button Jar
I remember back to when I was a young girl. It wasn’t a jewelry box that I looked through.
It was my mother’s jar of buttons.
I’m not sure how my mother had collected so many buttons. Some were huge; some were tiny. Every color was represented. The large, clear, mason jar even contained odd-shaped buttons different than the traditional circle.
I’m not sure why the buttons fascinated me so. I would play with them for hours.
But now that I’m grown, I don’t have my own button jar.
I don’t need one. While some of my clothes do still have buttons, others have snaps, velcro, elastic, or zippers.
Times have changed. Options have multiplied.
A Writing Change
For ten years I have been a contributing writer at Do Not Depart, a blog dedicated to equipping women (and men) in their walk with Christ. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie with other writers and with our readers. We’ve had great dialogues in the comments and in emails.
But times have changed and my options have multiplied.
As of last month, I finished writing for Do Not Depart so I could turn my attention to other areas in this season of life.
Both my daughters now have children and I love being available to them. I’m also returning to pre-covid volunteer opportunities. And I want to be available for new options the Lord may offer.
Sometimes saying no to an old assignment means we’re available to say yes to a new one.
So I say thank you to my fellow contributors at Do Not Depart and to our readers who were so gracious to entertain my writings there for 10 years.
It was a blessing to lead the scripture memory groups there as well. It’s uncertain how the memory challenges will evolve in the coming months, but I look forward to seeing what comes next. (In the meantime, you can download multiple free memory resources here at Do Not Depart for 21 different chapters of the Bible.)
I Will Remember
My granddaughter continues playing with my bracelets for awhile longer, choosing which ones fit her and which ones she insists I wear. We jingle and jangle and enjoy the moment.
The morning together is priceless. I wonder, when she becomes an adult, if she’ll remember these mornings looking at treasures with Granna.
I know I will.
How has your life changed since the beginning of the pandemic until now? Have you had to release older things to grab on to newer things, too?
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