Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Introducing Super Special Sister Time…



Towards the end of last year, I began noticing that the time spent with my dear younger sisters was becoming increasingly limited…  Being older now, I have more responsibilities and commitments than I did before...

But as these things are essentially of little value compared to the precious relationship between sisters, I resolved to find a way to spend quality time with each of them in a practical yet enjoyable way. 


After much prayer, I felt the The Lord lay 'Super Special Sister Time' on my heart... Let me tell you more about it...



By devoting a few hours to my sisters' each week, I am hoping I will able to switch off from all other distractions and just focus on what we are doing... 
 Also I hope it will create a lovely opportunity for talking and draw us closer to each other, thus forming a close sisterly bond.  
  

Having our ‘Super Special Sister Time’ each week will encourage and inspire me to think of and plan special ways we can have fun together.

I am not saying that I will only be a good sister during these weekly meetings of ours, but that this will just allow us to do things together which we wouldn’t ordinarily do...  



  I am also praying it will serve as an encouragement to each of us to show more love to our sisters…


This year I feel the Lord is calling me to draw closer especially to the two middle girls in our family, Beth and Gabrielle. 

Beth is ten and Gabrielle is seven and I can see how they long for the friendship of their older sister…  

I realise that they look up to me and view me as their role model…what message am I sending them by constantly being too occupied with other activities?  These things are important, yes, but are they more important...?




I desire a good relationship with my sisters but how is that to be achieved when nothing is being invested?  This applies to all relationships - what you put in now is what you will get out…  
Jesus says that what we sow is what we will reap.  What seeds am I sowing in my sisterly relationships?


~ Be not deceived; God is not mocked:  for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing:  for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  Galatians 6:7-9, KJV ~


The two little girls, Sofia and Rebekah, age three and five, and I are great buddies – we love to do fun  things together and they are so easy to please…a cup of tea in the mornings when I make mine or a walk up the farm driveway makes them so happy!  We also love to cuddle!  I cherish these special moments with them as they too will soon be grown up...



I am determined to pour more of myself into the lives of my sisters.  They are so eager for time spent with me – I feel so incredibly humbled at this – and I think these weekly sister dates are going to be wonderful fun for all of us!


If you are also an older sister, may I encourage you to pray about a special way you can draw closer to your siblings...



I will be sharing ideas, encouragement and some of my own 'Super Special Sister Time' efforts over the next few weeks, so do visit again for updates:).
*Photographs of us girls taken during the last few years...

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16 comments:

Huckleberry stitches said...

This is so very true! I am very close to my sister and it's been a good thing! Good for you to recognize it.

Stephanie said...

Oh my friend, this was such a heartwarming post :) What a blessing for you and your sisters to have this extra special time together - it is a time that all of you will cherish and remember later down the road :)

I have only one sister and she is 7 years older than me. We didn't have much of a relationship growing up, but now that she and I are adults with children of our own we have grown closer :) Blessings to you, my sweet friend. Hugs!

Scrappy quilter said...

I always wanted a sister. So sweet to see these pictures.

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement - so special that you and your sister have a close relationship! Hugs to you, Kelly

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Thank you, Stephanie! My mom has told me many times that, as you and your siblings get older, so the age difference. Begins to grow smaller... Even though I may find it challenging at times to relate to my sister who is fifteen years younger than me, we are still best buddies and I know that in years to come we will be so grateful for each other! Hugs to you! Love, Kelly

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

...That was my mother's greatest desire - I think this encourages us to value each other more... Thank you so much for stopping. By, Scrappy Quilter:). Blessings to you, Kelly

Shoregirl said...

Makes me miss my sister! We were super close growing up -- best friends in fact! You'll never regret time spent investing in your sister's lives! You're making memories to last a lifetime!

Debby Ray said...

I love your heart Kelly-Anne. I was the baby from a family of eight so I never had this opportunity. I do though, remember looking up to my older sisters, a couple being almost old enough to be my mother when I came along. The sister next to me was two + years older so we just fought...lol! Not really...but you know how sisters can be. I loved having older sisters, as I'm sure your younger ones must feel about you. Oh, and the photos of you and your sisters are wonderful...what a bunch of beauties you are!

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Thank you Debby for your beautiful, beautiful comment! It made my day:). I always love to imagine what it must be like to be a younger sister... And yes, we are not perfect either and have those 'moments'...you know;). So happy you stopped by today! Hugs to you! Kelly xx

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

How wonderful that you were close to your sister... So encouraging to hear that! Thank you so much for your sweet comment:). Hugs, Kelly-Anne

Paige said...

The photos of you and your sisters are very sweet! It's neat that you are intentionally focusing on spending time with them. :)
As an only child I can't completely relate to this, but I think that the idea can still apply to others in my life. I have two loving parents who like to spend time with me as well as sisters in Christ and need to make sure not to be too "busy" for them!

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Hello Paige! Thank you for visiting:). Yes, I would quite agree with you there - I think the Lord requires different things of each of us... Hugs to you and may your day be delightful! Xx

Nine said...

As an older sister, this spoke to my heart and encouraged me greatly.
Looking forward to your next posts,
Nine
silentfleetingmoments.blogspot.com

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

I am so blessed to hear that this post encouraged you, Nine!

Also just to tell you that I am enjoying your blog very much...I love the little pearls of wisdom you share:).

Hugs to you sweet friend! Kelly-Anne

JES said...

What a blessing you must be to your sisters! I don't have any sisters, nor does my daughter but I would have loved someone as sweet and loving as yourself Kelly-Anne.

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Dear JES...thank you for your lovely comment. I can't say I'm always a very loving, patient sister, but I'm praying that I might become one with the Lord's grace! My mother only had a brother, so she also yearned for a sister... I think this makes me much more grateful for the blessings given to me... Hugs and love to you! Kelly