Children live for special times like birthdays, Christmas, and summer vacation. Once these events occur, it seems like a lifetime before they happen again. As a child, I remember adults saying, “it seems like yesterday… (fill in the blank: he graduated, he died, he was born, they got married, etc)”. I could not wrap my brain around how something seemed like forever to me, but just like yesterday, to someone else.

As an adult, the phrase my mother said to me on many occasions rings true.  “Just keep living.” Time passes and it passes quickly. 

Wasn’t it just yesterday we were trying to figure out our 2016 year’s commitment?

Well, how did you do? Wait, you don’t even remember what they were?

January 2016, I decided to do away with the list of promises in previous years were forgotten by January 7. Instead, my goal was to remember God is the power source. He enables me and empowers me to do everything I need to do. Whatever life brings my way, the challenges, the struggles, disappointments and all of the impossibles in my life, I have access to the gift of God’s faithfulness. It comes to me in the form of grace, and it is enough.

How did I do, you ask?  I wish I could say each time life happened, I chose God first to impart power to me so  I could handle the challenge staring me in the face. Often times, I found myself experiencing the frustration that came as a result of trying to jump in and fix the problem in my own strength. I am learning to stop reacting and search for the one who has everything I need. All of the answers, all of the long-term solutions, He waits patiently for me to seek Him first. I am a work in progress, learning the lessons slowly, but realizing just like when I was a child, some things do actually take a lifetime. I am challenged to “just keep living.” Living in the fullness of grace.

Tamara Cushman

About Tamara Cushman

Tamara Cushman was born and raised in Southern California. She's lived in Florida and attended Discovery for almost 12 years with her husband Paul and three daughters Elaina, Leslie and Destiny. In years past, Tamara served on staff with the children’s ministry at both Discovery East and Central campuses. She is passionate about children, parenting and families growing together. She finds pleasure supporting parents, especially first-time parents. One of her greatest joys is spending quiet time with God at the beach or just in a quiet space.

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