The Value of This Moment (don’t miss it!)

Whatever it looks like, the moment I’m in has value. When will I remember that?

every moment has value

Whatever it looks like, the moment you're in has value. Click To Tweet

Up to my elbows in suds, I silently huffed about  the lack of help I had around the house during this season. With the older two away at college and the youngest involved in high school, more of the household chores fell to me to squeeze into my already busy day.

Yet the more I reflected on the years past and the years to come, the more I realized how important each moment was. Even the ones I didn’t particularly like (or have time for).

Each Moment Has Value

I wrestled to comprehend how nearly 22 years of motherhood had became a blink. Those years vanished nearly as quickly as the bubbles in my dishwater.

In those years, every day has brought gifts; every day has brought growth opportunities. Looking back, few have gone exactly as I wanted.

But no matter how difficult a day has been, none have been devoid of all good.

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Appreciate the Nows You Have

It’s humbling, grounding really. Once a day is gone, there’s no getting that time back.

It’s a call to be grateful for each remaining moment. To be fully present and appreciative of the time we have. This time. The now we’re in.

Because none of us know how many of those nows we will have. 

Within each 24 hours, we have precious minutes to live out. Some are difficult, others are sad, still others are joy-filled. Yet each one contributes to the story we’re living out. Each one has value to offer.

Each moment (the difficult, the sad, the joy filled) contributes to the story we're living out. Each one has value to offer. Click To Tweet

I pray that you and I would have renewed appreciation for the now we experience, whatever that looks like. Join me?

Prayer for Renewed Appreciation

Dear Father,
There are times I’d rather not face. I’ve asked You to remove them. There are
times I want to hold on to. I’ve asked You to repeat them. Yet none of these
moments have caught you by surprise. You are well aware of my desires, yet
in your sovereignty You’ve allowed the hard, the unexpected, the change.
Because Your sight is infinite, where mine is limited. Because You love me and
know what is best for me.

Help me to embrace this moment. Not the one I long for, but now, this instant.
You’ve ordained and allowed each one. You’ll bring sweet moments, and
You’ll redeem the hard and ugly ones.

Thank You for not giving up on me, but for believing me worthy of each day.
Despite my ingratitude. Despite my insistence that things go my way.

Lord, renew my mind and my heart to trust You. To believe You have my best
in mind. Help me to see each day as a gift, to look for the worth of each moment.
And, Jesus, when I can’t see that value, help me to trust it’s there anyway.

In Your most holy and precious name. Amen!

appreciation for value of moments

Key to Embracing the Moment

There are days you and I’ll anticipate more than others. That’s simply human.

But the key to embracing each moment, no matter what it looks like, is to reframe it in the bigger picture of faith, to be grateful for God’s hand in it. 

The key to embracing each moment is to reframe it in the bigger picture of faith, to be grateful for God's hand in it. Click To Tweet

Then we can walk through the hard and the sad and the aggravating times with a measure of joy.  

In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man cannot discover anything that will come after him.” Ecclesiastes 7:14

Reflections: Do you live wishing for a different moment? Craft a prayer similar to mine (or adopt mine) to use as a reminder of the value of all moments, even those unwanted ones. 


Going on 5 years of counting and I’m nearing 5,000 gifts in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare! What a blessing! Here are numbers #4,978–4,998. Read my entire list by clicking here.

  • Beautiful morning of lush green foliage and deep blue skies; Hearing from Zach about the enjoyable weekend he had; Cheering on my favorite soccer team (Joey’s)
  • Wood ducks calling in flight; Attending a mother-daughter tea with Rach; Listening to wonderful music by our high school band and vocal kids
  • Glorious apple blossoms in full bloom; Donating (getting rid of) lots of boxes of clothes; Phone call from my oldest brother
  • Work completed in the morning; Precious visit with a dear friend; Screens and outside of the windows washed
  • Gazing on the uniqueness and intricacy of creation; First of the cleaned screens are put in, so windows can be open!; Watching our band and choral kids perform at Large Group
  • Tea with a friend I met at She Speaks conference last July; Uninterrupted 4 hours with Zach while driving home; Zachary’s home!
  • Attending church with one more son whose finally home and talking to another on the phone; Doing my first live video (quite imperfectly); Mother’s Day spent with Mom and Dad and more family

By His grace ≈


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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

4 comments on “The Value of This Moment (don’t miss it!)
  1. Cecelia Lester (Quiet Spirit) says:

    Thank you for this timely thought. Please pray for my Hubby and me, His health is getting to be a major issue in how we live.

  2. Ginger Harrington says:

    Loved your post today, Julie. So nice to “meet” you doing the neighborly-linky thing:) This post relates to a book topic I am currently doing a great job of procrastinating on. You’re motivating me to get back to it. Thanks! Blessings in this and every moment.

    • Julie Sunne says:

      Thank you, Ginger! It sure is easy to procrastinate on those writing assignments. I’m doing a good job at that too. Glad I could help with your motivation. This is an important topic.

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