— Life is heavy. Our emotion-meter is at its peak, our brains are mush, and we are exhausted. Honestly, I’d love to run away to one of those perfect exotic location pins on Pinterest……buuuuuttttt, somehow, I don’t really think that would make everything better. Amidst these worry-inducing, tear-filled, stress-eating type of days, I’m reminded of the one thing I have hope in that never falters………God is good. He is faithful, He is wise, and He is kind, and oh my goodness, these hard times have such a beauty woven through them as it makes us more aware that we aren’t going at this life alone. One of AK’s favorite songs we sing to her is one my mom sang to me growing up. It’s Philippians 4:13 set to a little tune, so all you sing is that verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She asked me to sing it to her today at nap time and hearing the words that were coming out of my mouth was a gentle reminder that I’m not supposed to try to be the super-woman human I think I am and somehow make all the problems go away; but rather, I’m supposed to lean on the sovereign God of the universe and walk through these rocky roads with hope because “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
— I’m learning even more to choose gratitude. In the everyday of our life there is so much to be grateful for: coffee and biscotti mornings with my dear friend in the next apartment, a sweet friend coming for lunch and bringing me those sugar cookies from Target with the inch thick icing, reading with my Little before nap time and listening to her sweet voice sing with me before she falls asleep, prayers of friends and family, celebrating the exciting things that are going on in others lives, rain, the fact that it is fall, books, music, my husband coming home from work soon, and the comforting knowledge throughout it all that I serve a sweet Savior and He provides for me and sustains me everyday. There’s such joy found when we choose gratitude. On the most awful days it is there for the finding, if we choose to get outside of ourselves, fight that mental battle, and say, “thank you, Jesus.”
— I’m making a pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing tomorrow. Doesn’t that sound perfect? Like the most comforting of fall sweet foods? I have such a profound love for cake. Cake and tacos are two of my favorite comfort foods, and two of my most common late-night cravings.
— The other day Little was sitting on the kitchen counter and we were baking cookies together. We have a very tiny kitchen, with extremely limited counter space, so at one point I said, “okay, now I need you to scoot over just a tad.” She giggled and replied, “Mooooooom, you just call me Chad!” This 3 year old stage is just the best.
— My husband is the best man I know. These past few weeks, as I’ve watched him walk through these different life situations, I have grown to love, respect, and adore him even more as I’ve seen him be profoundly gracious, kind, thoughtful, wise, patient, humble, and confident in Christ in each situation he’s faced. He is such a gift of grace to me. I’m so thankful he’s mine.
— I’m so glad it’s fall. No season is more restful to me. Every year when it comes I think, “there you are, my dear friend,” and I hope that somehow it can hang out just a little bit longer than it’s technically “supposed” to.
— I hope each one of you are doing so well. Do you have any delightful plans this weekend? By the way, I’m grateful for each one of you.
Enjoy your evening, friends!