Have you ever experienced a moment in time that you wish could last forever?

I have spent the last week savoring many such moments!

Sometimes I feel guilty because I love life so much. I want to press the pause button on my life just to stop and thank God for so many blessings I can honestly say I don’t deserve.

And, so that is what I attempted to do this week.

It was a beautiful week of fresh falling snow in the majestic mountains of Colorado.

I was surrounded by God’s beautiful creation and the family He blessed me with.

I had the amazing opportunity to live in Montana for five years, but the breathtaking beauty of  a winter wonderland complete with flocked trees has never lost it’s magic in my eyes.

I remember the first time I grasped the concept of Isaiah 1:18, “Though your sins be as scarlet, I will wash them white as snow.”

I was sitting in my “reading chair” by the window facing our back yard. It had been trampled by deer looking for food during the fall. The cycle of  snow and ice, cold and warm during that time of year had left my yard a muddy mess. As I read over that verse in my bible, a heavy snow began to fall. Within minutes, what had previously been an eyesore, was now a pristine, “diamond” laden blanket.

Tears come to my eyes even now as the real life illustration hits home. My life was once that muddy mess, and just as He promised, I was transformed exactly like my backyard on that wintery day so many years ago.

Skiing on the top of the mountain today, my son would just stop and take in the glorious view. I agreed it was hard not to pause every few minutes just to thank God for the amazing scenery.

And then, as I watched him snowboard down the hill, I had to pause again and thank God for blessing me with an amazing son and family.

I stood for a moment thinking about my grandchildren who had experienced snow for the first time this week. They were so enamored with it. It was hard to pull them away each day from the glittery ground cover they  played in so exuberantly . I couldn’t help but wonder when the “white as snow” metaphor from Isaiah would have an impact on them.

I pulled myself out of my reverie and thanked God that I was living the dream; spending time with my family, pursuing what I believe God has called me to do, and having an amazing husband that believes in me. 

Sometimes I think we make it seem more difficult than it is. I never said my life was perfect, but I constantly thank God for all the special moments that He blesses me with.

Friends to encourage me, books to inspire me, family to love me, and beauty that surrounds me.

You may not be standing in the middle of a Narnia -like wonderland,

laundry may be piled around you instead of snow.

But, if you look hard enough, surely a few blessings can be found.

A child’s laugh, a faithful friend, an answered prayer.

Press the pause button a few times this week and maybe you will realize that you too are living the dream!