Before jumping headfirst into the week, why don’t we just take a moment to be joyful in this moment?
As I consider all that is before me, and all behind me, I am left with one simple yet profound word.
The weekend did not go as planned. A little one had a fever so instead of a weekend packed with activities and friends, it was packed with…us. Just our little family. And it was lovely. I am grateful for moments of extra snuggles, silliness, quiet, and even the tears.
After a month filled with researching and wrestling with a large decision, today I find myself feeling that peace that transcends all understanding. Not ‘peace and quiet’, but that deep peace and rest that comes only when I realize that God has me exactly where He wants me to be.
This is where I belong. I am doing what He has called me to do.
What more could a girl want?
As I look back on the past month, I see God’s handiwork in my relationships and circumstances. Woven into daily life, sometimes into the tiniest of details. I see how the challenges of the past month have deepened my relationship with God, with loved family and friends. Challenge has a way of penetrating your soul, requiring and releasing new levels of authenticity in relationships.
The result has been the rich blessing of stronger faith, and stronger, more authentic relationships.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose – Romans 8:28
What. A. Promise.
As I start this Monday. This week. I am grateful for so much:
My Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Who loves me. Died for me. And lives so that I may find life abundant.
My husband and best friend who provides for this family selflessly and generously. He is my favorite person on this planet and I am so grateful I get to live out my days with him.
These sweet children. Their smiles, curiosity, playful joy and even their testing of boundaries as they learn about life. I am grateful for the way their eyes shine when we tell them of Jesus. And for their hugs as their little arms squeeze as tight as they can when they greet me each morning – It doesn’t get much better than this.
Our family. Parents and grandparents who want the best for our family and are helping hands, wise counsel, and listening ears. Siblings who listen and speak truth into situations in ways only they can. And who provide support, encouragement, and who check in often. Family who choose to be more involved than just the occasional family get-together.
Friends. Neighbors. Church. O my.
We are so blessed. People we can be ourselves with. Who know and see us as we are, and still love us.
My friends, this is a beautiful life.
Today is a new day.
A new week.
Let it begin with JOY.