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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Faith Discovery Challenge #9 - {Time is Precious}

It’s so wonderful to be back! I had a very wonderful time being able to take care of some important things over the break and also spending some quality time with hubby and kids. I feel renewed, refreshed, and ready to be inspired and blessed by all of you! I really missed my wonderful faith sisters and never really thought about how precious they are to me until now. The past few weeks, although I did enjoy it, I also had some moments that needed me to request prayers and support. So, of course other than turning to the Lord, I also turned to my sisters and really felt the power of their prayers over me. It’s an awesome feeling and I’m so thankful for being a part of this beautiful family of FAITH SISTERS!

I have some minor changes to make for the Faith Discovery Challenges
that I hope will make things a little bit easier for everyone, including myself, to participate in. Anyways, the challenges will no longer be every week. L I have minimized it to every other Thursday, instead of weekly. I think this would give many of you the opportunity to catch up with these challenges and not really miss out on other challenges going on at our site as well. Besides, I feel that many of us would like to take more time to pray and think about these challenges. Some of you have mentioned that the challenges are just that—challenging. And having more time to do them would give you a chance to express what God has put into your heart. I too, believe that with the topics the Lord has given me, require you to have a deeper perspective of life and the lessons that we have gone through that has made Jesus such a reality in our lives. So, hopefully now with more time, I'm praying that more of you will join in! So, stick around and be prepared for another round of Faith Discovery Challenges!

I will also be selecting a winner for the challenges and showcasing their layout in our blog. This will be announced at the next challenge post, 2 weeks from today. I know that this will be a challenge to me because I have witnessed so much talent, creativity, and inspiration for these challenges so far.

Free downloads will from now on be at a minimum. I would love to keep designing freebies each time but, with so much on my plate, it can be pretty overwhelming. Even with the help of my fellow designers, the collaboration kits can also be time consuming to coordinate. So, I will try my best to give you goodies when I can and surprise you every now and then. Deal?

Now on to this week’s challenge….

{Time is Precious}

Living in such a busy world, our time is often taken for granted. We feel that our time is so limited to be able to do all the things we’d like to do so we sometimes forget the things that do matter in life, like our family and loved ones. One day, my son was asking me if we could play with his blocks together. And I was busy with homework so I told him, “Later, okay?” He politely said, “Ok.” but with a disappointed look on his face. Five minutes later, he asked if we could play with his blocks again. And again, I explained that I would be done with my homework soon and that he needs to wait. Well, time flew by and I didn’t realize that I had forgotten my son’s request. I went over to him and said I was sorry for not playing with him like he asked me to. He said, “Mommy, you forgot.” I was crushed just to hear those words. I realized that although it may not have seemed so important to me but, it was definitely important to him. He wanted to have time with me and build memories together. When I thought about it, my homework wasn’t due for another week or so, and I felt so selfish to have let that time we could’ve had slip away. A week ago, a close friend of our family had been had been instantly taken away from us without notice. I can’t imagine how lost and broken I would feel to lose a loved one and recall that I had been too busy to make time to talk or be with them. Life is short. And instead of wishing I had more hours in a day to do everything, I’m praying instead that “God may give me a heart of wisdom that I may know the number of my days.” We all have no clue that maybe tomorrow will be our last or the last moment we’d get to have a loved one with us. I sure hope that we will try our best take some time out of our busy lives, to let someone know that you care and that you remember that even the little moments matter. Most of all, ask the Lord for His grace to help us make time for Him every single day, that we may live a life worthy and pleasing to Him. After all, He is the the Lord and Creator of TIME itself...

Challenge #9– Create a layout of a moment in your life where you discovered the reality of how precious time is or can be. Share your thoughts about the challenges you faced when it came to spending time with family, loved ones, or with God. How has God helped you in the area of appreciating the time we have while we are here on earth? Or what has reminded you that time is a precious gift from God?

Faith verses:

Psalms 90:12 – “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Proverbs 19:21 – “Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.”

Here is my layout:

Every Little Moment Matters

Credits here.

God bless you and please share your thoughts and comments in our forum here. And once you’ve completed your layout, be sure to upload it into the FDC gallery! I look forward to seeing what you’re going to come up with! Blessings!


RitaS said...

So glad we have two weeks for this Dahlia -this is definitely a challenge worthy of prayerful consideration. Thanks for sharing your story - I am sure many of us can relate -I know I can!

Dahlia Co said...

Thank you Rita! I'm so glad that it works out better for both of us and hopefully for everyone else! It's been such a beautiful experience to see so many share the same lessons as I have gone through!