We all have the same amount of time... 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. It's how we spend it that differs.
I like to sleep and I need 8 hours to function properly. I can get along with less, but if I do that repetitively, you will encounter a zombie mom with very little brain power. My thinking ability is greatly impaired. The rest of my 24 hours is flexible.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says, "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace."
There is always a time when we have to do something that pains us - say good-bye to a loved one, have a beloved pet put down or given away, and so many others that it would be impossible to name them all.
Our family has come to one of those times. We have two registered Tennessee Walking Horses, both mares. We have had them and loved them for two years. They were green-broke (can ride, but must be a good rider) when we got them. I thought - being naive to the core - that I could train them. I did, to a certain extent. However, I'm a novice at riding and at training. I could only go so far (without professional help) and I have come to the point where I am tired of dealing with them. I don't have the TIME to devote to them that they need to be great horses. They can be ridden, but still need a good rider in the saddle to control them. I am sad, but I know it's time. My children are sad, but this is not the end of our horse "career." We will replace them, but with more mature, well-trained horses that we can ride without fear.
What is something that you have known it was TIME for, but felt sad that you must face the situation?