My wedding day was pure magic. What was forecasted as a stormy day ended up being slightly cloudy with rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds at just the right moments for pictures. Sixteeen months of planning had led up to the moment I would walk down the aisle and call the man I loved my husband for the first time. I couldn’t stop smiling as we said, “I do” and kissed as man and wife for the first time and headed over to the reception hall to celebrate.
Earlier that day, a friend gave me advice that stuck with me the entire day. She said, “At some point, stop and take in the moment and freeze that picture in your mind.” I had my chance at the reception. Everyone sat down, speeches had been made, the pastor prayed over the meal, and I finally got a moment to breathe. My friend’s advice came to mind, and I let the world stop for a moment. I slowly took in the moment as I looked out at our friends and family, and I let that memory sit in my mind. Over 10 years later, the memory still lingers clearly. I remember the decorations, how the tables were arranged, the music playing, and the laughter. I also remember the joy I felt in that moment sitting next to my forever husband, ready to live life together.
Recently, I watched the movie About Time, and a quote from the movie really hit me: “All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.”
Do we really do that? Or do we let the busy-ness of life get carried away to the point where we rarely have the chance to truly experience it?
We often let our to-do lists and activities take over our lives to the point where we are rushing from one thing to the next. We don’t have a chance to even stop for a moment to ask ourselves what just happened.
I encourage you to step back and really take a look at your life today. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I have to get done today and what can wait?
- Are there any activities my family can step back from in order to allow more time together to just enjoy life?
- Do I need to step away from the phone more? Is it keeping me from experiencing life with those around me?
- Do you have take a moment to step back and just take the time to soak in the moments that are happening right then?
Life is full of beauty. However, we often don’t lift up our heads, take a deep breath, and relish in it. Today, take time to notice the beauty in God’s creation. Watch your kids play and take in the details of how they play, how they smile, and how they interact. Hug your husband a little longer today and take in how his touch makes you feel. Smile at yourself in the mirror and take in the beautiful details God specifically chose just for you.
Don’t let the next day go by without creating a memory to relish for the rest of time.
Welcome to Ungrind!
Do you want to be inspired, motivated, and equipped to live the everyday story of your life well?
If so, you’re in the right place. Whether you need encouragement in your relationships or in your faith, I hope you’ll find the transparent voices of mentors and friends here at Ungrind.
So, grab a cup of coffee and keep reading. We're so glad you're here!
Ashleigh Slater, Founder & Managing Editor
Get Our Free Ebook!
How the Psalms Speak to Our Emotions
The Psalms is a book that's rich with the reality of what life's like in this fallen world. Here are...
3 Ways to Navigate Personality Differences
Sometimes personality differences can wear on us. Here are three ways we can navigate them in a loving manner.
Surprised By ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’
If you haven't seen this film, God may speak to your heart through it in ways you weren't expecting.
The Wedding Ring
Are you struggling in your marriage? Here's how a wedding ring helped one wife fight for her marriage.
5 Ways to Live an Out-of-Control Life
Here are 5 ways to let go of control and trust your present and your future to God.
5 Creative Places to Find Prayer Accountability
Do you want to pray more, but are easily distracted? Here are some practical ways to stay focused.
How to Rescue a Day Gone Wrong in Your Marriage
Just because a day doesn't start well, doesn't mean you can't rescue it.
What Women Are Saying
-- Emily P. Freeman, author of Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life
"Real life is not always pleasant. Every marriage experiences disappointments, misunderstandings, sickness and financial crisis. Ashleigh doesn’t camouflage the pain in her own marriage, and offers practical ideas on how to walk through the difficulties and find intimacy on the journey. If you are anything like me, I predict that as you read, you too will find yourself laughing, wiping tears, and saying 'Oh, yes.'"
-- Gary Chapman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages
We are a member of the Amazon affiliate program and regularly use affiliate links. If you purchase an item from an Amazon link we provide, we will receive a small referral commission. This doesn’t cost you anything additional. We only share books, music, and products that our writers personally have used and highly recommend.
Faith4 years ago
When Doing Justly, Loving Mercy, and Walking Humbly Stand at Odds
Motherhood4 years ago
Surviving a Strong-Willed Child
Faith5 years ago
7 Ways to Create A Family Altar
Friendship6 years ago
Beyond the Registry: The Ultimate Gift Guide for Expectant Parents
Relationships5 months ago
5 Ways to Teach Your Child to Hear God
Marriage6 years ago
4 Reasons I’m Not Facebook Friends With My Husband
Everyday Faith5 years ago
6 Simple Ways to Give Thanks in the Thick of It
Articles5 years ago
10 Ways Life is Like a Box of Chocolates
Articles7 years ago
How to Lift Up the One You Love
Articles5 years ago
Relationships10 months ago
Facing Our Motherhood Fears
Digging Into Scripture2 months ago
How the Psalms Speak to Our Emotions