Only 1 “today”

January 5, 2014

A few days ago, I was having a conversation with our 5-year-old daughter, Alyssa. She was filling out a new calendar she got for Christmas and asking what our plans were for each day.

When she got into February, I became overwhelmed. “Alyssa, I don’t even know what we’re doing next week!”

So, she resolved to talk about our plans for that day, January 3rd. After many questions about the month, day and year, she said, “So, there’s only ONE January 3rd, 2014?!?!”


There IS only one January 3rd, 2014. And only one January 4th…and 5th…

You only have one shot at making today worthwhile. ONE SHOT. No do overs. No redoes. No second chances. Only one today.

This has challenged me to take captive every day…every hour…every minute…every conversation…every teachable moment…every text, phone call, Facebook message, and blog post…because it might be my only opportunity.

I’m trying my best to love this out and be an example for our kids not to waste their lives or a day or a moment. But, to seek first the Kingdom of God and follow Him even when it might not make sense to anyone else.

The heart of a child

January 1, 2014

Our daughters, aged 5 and 7, have been playing with their new drink dispenser all afternoon having tea parties and pretending to be princesses. This “drink dispenser” resembles a Keurig coffee maker, so they feel like adults.

After hours of playing and many cups of “tea” later, they approach me with a plan…

“Mommy, we want to use the drink dispenser to have a lemonade stand and send all the money to an orphanage so that those kids can have a mom and dad some day.”

Wow. WOW! Where did they come up with this?!?

Yes, we have been talking a lot about orphans lately because of the command in the Bible…

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27 ESV)

We have been praying about how we, the Flener family, can take care of orphans and widows in their distress.

But…I had no idea that our kids were processing any of it.

They notice. They hear. They listen…even when it doesn’t appear that they do.

And, I guarantee you one thing…this Mommy is going to do everything in my power to make sure that lemonade stand is successful! I am, after all, an entrepreneur at heart. 🙂

So, in the Spring, when the grass is turning green, the flowers are blooming and we are all struggling with allergies…the Fleners will be selling lemonade, homemade donuts, bread, bracelets (and whatever else we can come up with) to raise money for children who are far less fortunate than my sweet children.

Anyone thirsty?!?