Trading Silver Moments for God’s Sacred Gold | By Gleniece Lytle

When was the last time you let go of silver moments to create golden memories with your family? When we find strength to lay aside our own plans, we gain more than we lose. Motherhood | Family Life | Christian Woman | Christian Mothering | God's Best for Moms

There are many things we do, as moms, to keep our homes running smoothly and our families fed, clean, and content.

That is part of what gives us joy and purpose.

But what mom doesn’t crave those quiet, uninterrupted moments?

Those chocolate-melting-in-your-mouth-with-your-eyes-closed moments. 

Those precious moments between “Mom, I can’t find my hairbrush!”, “Mom, I’m hungry”, “Mom, can you fix this?”, and “Honey, can you look up tomorrow’s weather for me and find that receipt?”

On a still Saturday afternoon, my legs curled up under me on the couch and a long neglected book in my hand, I stumbled upon one such moment.

The dishes were done.
Dinner was thawing on the kitchen counter.
The kids were happily munching grapes from our lone vine in the garden.
My husband was listening to the radio on the back porch.

Ahh bliss. If only we could bottle our peaceful moments, and open them whenever we wish. {sigh}

We all have a mere twenty-four hours to get things done, don’t we?

Eating, sleeping, school, work, never ending meal planning, and the dreaded laundry pile.

Despite all these things, we hope to squeeze in sanity makers throughout our day.

Creative outlets like reading, writing, painting, gardening. Hobbies that provide us a way to relax and unwind.

Because our spare time is so fleeting, we sometimes snatch hold of it fearfully (it’s mine, I tell you, it’s all mine!!).

Like a possessive toddler, we are more than reluctant to share.

When was the last time you let go of silver moments to create golden memories with your family? When we find strength to lay aside our own plans, we gain more than we lose. Motherhood | Family Life | Christian Woman | Christian Mothering | God's Best for Moms

A Call to Something Greater

I was three sentences into the first paragraph of my book when I heard it—the infectious, upbeat rhythm of a popular 60’s tune blaring from the back porch.

I almost ignored the intrusion.

But I sensed a gentle nudging to relinquish the grip I had on my treasured moment.

A higher calling—a sacred opportunity to sacrifice my silver for gold.

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38 NKJV

With only a second or two of hesitation, I laid aside my book and leaped off the couch, skipping my way out the door.

My husband turned to see me sashaying towards him, snapping my fingers, and immediately he joined me, a huge smile on his face.

We were like two teens playing hooky in the middle of a school day, while our children looked on with glee.

My husband grabbed my hand and twirled me around, held me close, then dipped me low.

Soon we were laughing, singing at the top if our lungs, shaking our hips—the whole shebang!

I could hear a lot of giggling from the grape vine.

“Look at Dad move!”, they said while I shimmied and my husband stomped.

Eventually, the song played out, and I breathlessly thought about how infrequently I do this; drop everything and engage in spontaneous fun.

I could have stayed on the couch, greedily protecting the ten minutes of solitude I craved.

I could have guarded my time and basked in my chocolate moment.

But instead, I delighted my husband and added positive memories to the scrapbook of life for my kids.

I released an ordinary moment to capture an extraordinary one.

When was the last time you let go of silver moments to create golden memories with your family? When we find strength to lay aside our own plans, we gain more than we lose. Motherhood | Family Life | Christian Woman | Christian Mothering | God's Best for Moms

There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. Proverbs 11:24 NKJV

The search for a relaxing hour or two amid our harried life can become all-consuming if we’re not careful.

It can breed resentment toward our daily chores and the demands of our loved ones if we don’t find it.

It can prevent us from appreciating our blessings and hold us back from experiencing peace in the midst of the chaos.

That is why we need to ask God to prepare our hearts to see the greater opportunity in front of us.

We need to be willing to let go of our silver, so we don’t miss out on His gold.

Trading Silver Moments for Gold

Every day there are things we have to do and things we want to do, and there are interruptions that go with each.

Let’s be on the lookout to view these inevitable interruptions as treasured moments waiting to bless us.

You start dinner prep early–Silver.

You let your kids snuggle on your lap a little longer instead (even if they are almost as big as you are) while they ask you what is fire made of (uhh…), if they can have raisins instead of broccoli tonight (no), and what it took for them to beat the mega boss on level 8–Gold.

You tidy up the living room after tucking your kids into bed–Silver.

You spend that time by their bedside answering questions of what it was like before they were born–Gold.

You write a few more words late at night for that upcoming post or book project–Silver.

You set it aside because your husband wants to “talk”—words only you can hear—a husband-wife conversation that bonds you together and brings glory to God–Gold.

When was the last time you let go of silver moments to create golden memories with your family? When we find strength to lay aside our own plans, we gain more than we lose. Motherhood | Family Life | Christian Woman | Christian Mothering | God's Best for Moms

I relish my quiet time. But when I’m willing to lay aside my plans and expectations, I gain more than I lose.

I don’t remember what book I was reading that day.

But my husband remembers his barefoot best friend be-bopping with him on the back porch.

He remembers the light in my eyes, the laughter of our kids, and the playful smile spread across my face.

Keep your ears tuned to the songs of opportunity.

You never know when they will lead you to an impromptu dance floor of wonder and delight.

When was the last time you traded your silver for gold? Let’s chat about it in the comments!

Abiding in the Vine,
~ Gleniece


When she’s not cavorting on the back porch with her husband of 33 years, homeschooling her kids, or coaxing reluctant plants to grow in her desert garden, Gleniece Lytle loves finding sacred moments to write on her blog, Desert Rain. She is currently writing a KJV Bible word study series and sharing her Red Apron Recipes as precious time allows. She’d be happy to meet with you on her favorite social media outlet, Instagram.

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37 thoughts on “Trading Silver Moments for God’s Sacred Gold | By Gleniece Lytle

  1. Gleniece and Sarah, thank you for sharing these precious words about trading silver for gold. I was reminded of the Mary and Martha story as I read. Too often, I hold too tightly to my own schedule. Embracing those porch types of moments is so important. This was some beautiful encouragement to do that.

    1. Hi Dawn! I love your comparison to the story of Mary and Martha. I’m so Martha! But over time, I’ve learned to let go of my self-important schedule with less and less resentment, while finding joy in the surprises of God.
      Thank you for reading and for your kind words!

  2. I absolutely love this. I ask God every day to help me to the right thing…not just making good choices, but the best ones. Love those moments when I can grab on to something “golden”. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. You’re welcome, Laura. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. We all need to ask God for wisdom in making the best choices possible and not just settle for what we think is “good enough”.
      Thanks for your sweet comment. Have a lovely day.🌼

  3. Mmmmmmmmmmm… So true! So wise! May we all make the better choices in life. The story of Mary and Martha does come to mind. I just finished writing about my grandmother and her legacy of faithfulness. Your post is very timely. Thank you.

    Lord, help us all to choose the best thing, not just the “good” thing. Give us strength to say “no” to the frivolous, so we may say “yes” to the priceless. You, Lord, are priceless. One day, when we stand before You, we will only be thinking about You. We will not be worried about our agendas or our social media. May we all long to hear You say, “Well done, faithful servant”, not “Well known, unfaithful one.”

  4. Amen, Erin! One of my favorite verses is Matthew 25:21. I think about it often.
    You are blessed to have had such a great example of faithfulness in your grandmother. Thank you so much for your beautiful prayer! May we all hear those loving and peaceful words from our most righteous God!

  5. What a fun post, Gleniece! I’m not very spontaneous, yet I’m sure my family would appreciate a new side of me. You’ve inspired me today! Joining you from #tuestalk.

    1. Hi Sarah! I’m glad this inspired you. Yea!
      I still struggle with spontaneity. It takes a little more work for us, doesn’t it? But when we are willing, that’s where our special moments can be found to bless our families.
      Thanks for reading. 😃

  6. Ahhhh Gleniece! This post touched my heart on so many levels! I get so caught up with the business of life that I’m afraid I’m clinging to those silver moments. Thank you for such an encouraging article, and one that has charged me to do better. And- you are such a beautiful writer! I had the heart-eye emojis all the while basking in your creativity of writing! Thank you Sarah for having Gleniece:-)

    1. Shannon, thank you so much! Your sweet words have gone straight to MY heart. (I struggle with writerly confidence-big time).
      I’m happy you enjoyed this post. Ordinary moments are all around us and don’t require anything from us. But those priceless extraordinary ones (that force us off the couch) are worth all the effort.
      Thanks again, my friend.❤

  7. What a joy to read your words here at Sarah’s place, Gleniece! I’ve also noticed how those little spontaneous things we do have exponential benefit. It only takes about 3-4 minutes for me to stop and laugh hysterically with my daughter over a funny YouTube video, or dance to a song together, or listen to her read the latest installment from her book to me, but you’re right. Those moments are golden!

  8. Oh Sarah! Wonderful share. I love those moments when we are able to drop everything and just dance in the rain 🙂 My children definitely appreciate when I drop everything to just be silly or give them a good long hug. Those moments refuel a sometimes empty tank. Thanks!

    1. Hello Deanna. I’m happy you liked this. Dancing in the rain is one of my favorite pastimes! Living in the desert in the summertime makes me appreciate the rain when it comes. 😄 My kids and I drop everything and enjoy these times together.

  9. Hi Sarah. Yes, it’s hard to part with quiet, mommy time, isn’t it? Believe me, I understand. But when I give up a little of what I want, my family is rewarded with unexpected happy memories (and so am I).
    Thank you for reading. 😃

  10. Gleniece this was just so good! Sometimes I can get overwhelmed just thinking about my to-do list but this post reminded me that I need to stop and smell the roses (something I’m working on). Thank you for your wisdom 🙂

    1. Natalie, I’m so glad to see you! To-do lists will always be with us. They never seem to get smaller, no matter how fast we work, right?
      Since this is a guaranteed fact for us busy women, we might as well enjoy the scent of flowers along the way. Glad to hear you’re working on it. (I am too!)
      Thank you for your kind words, my friend. 🌹

  11. “That is why we need to ask God to prepare our hearts to see the greater opportunity in front of us.

    We need to be willing to let go of our silver, so we don’t miss out on His gold.”

    What a fabulous reminder to look at the interruptions of my day as potential blessings! Thank you for such an encouraging word. I love how you also related it to time in the word.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Karen. I so enjoyed Gleniece’s article and was so happy to share it on my blog. Packed with practical truth and a much-needed challenge to shift our perspective.

    2. Thank you, Karin. I’m happy you enjoyed this!
      Every day we have an opportunity to take the time God gives us and flourish, not stagnate, in our limited (read: selfish) expectations of it. But it’s definitely not easy. I need to ask for God’s help all the time!

  12. Gleniece and Sarah: you have no idea how much this spoke to my heart this week!! Life has changed a lot for me over the last few years. I became a parent to two tween girls literally overnight. Now there is a toddler in the mix on top of that (with a little more planning involved lol). The transition has been more difficult than I anticipated (especially since I grew up as an only child). Although the last 3 years have brought more peace and a better routine, I still struggle with occasional resentment when it comes to my total lack of free time.

    I love the visuals in this post. I can easily see the choices in my own life and the memories that are (or could be) made on a daily basis. While I am a huge proponent of finding the time for self-care I also love the idea of trading in some of those silver moments for moments of gold with my family 🙂 This is especially wonderful as summer gets underway and we are all home a bit more.

    Thank you for sharing this window into your home and the insights God is giving you!

    1. Sounds like you’ve had some big transitions lately. Transitions always take it out of us, don’t they??? I agree with you, self care is highly important. I hate to say it, but I think there’s a slight difference between self-care and selfishness. I see it all the time in my own heart. When I’m truly in need of alone time, I don’t feel guilty about the rest. But when I’m blocking out everyone else because “I deserve it,” I think it’s crossed over to selfishness. Fine balance, for sure!

    2. Hello Melissa! Yes, resentment can creep up on me too!
      God knows we need times of refreshing, but when our desire for time for ourself becomes THE most important thing, it’s easy to look at our family as a burden and miss out on the blessings He wants to give us THROUGH them.
      I’m happy this post helped you, Melissa. With God’s help, I know your summer will be a golden one. ❤

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