This Season – Grace and Peace

I see you, my friend.  I see those dark circles under your eyes, the tired laugh that you muster up because it’s all you’ve got.  I see you.  Hey.  This is just a season.  Breathe.  Relax.  Sit back in it – yes, even the busyness of life – and move with the rhythm of this moment.  It won’t last forever.

IMG_2151There’s grace for spinning all of those plates.  There’s grace for that next meeting, even though it’s at 9 pm and all you want to do is climb into bed and sleep for what seems like forever.  There’s grace for that next church function even though it seems we just had one last night.  There’s grace for the children who won’t stop tugging at you when all you want to do is sit and veg out on a mindless TV show or book you’ve been dying to read.  There’s grace for the dirty dishes, the dusty counters, the dirty floors and the piles of laundry.  They’ll be there tomorrow.

And so will grace.

I’m discovering that working – especially in the kingdom of God – is sometimes stretching, sometimes tiring, sometimes frustrating.  And that’s normal.  And that’s okay.  Sometimes our daily lives intersect with our work for God and they get all jumbled up into one big pile of work and well, it feels like it’s too much or maybe we are stepping into too much.

Stop.

Don’t let your attitude get sucked into the pit.

 

We can be busy working for the kingdom and even working in life.  It’s okay.  It doesn’t mean we aren’t resting and it doesn’t mean we are striving.  We are simply busy right now.

You’ve been there.  I’ve been there.

Heck, I’m there right now.

I get tired.  Every day.

My nerves feel shot sometimes.

I miss sleep.

But I’m not striving.  I’m not out of the will of God.  I’m just simply at a busy place in life.

So I ask for grace.

I ask for wisdom.

I ask for the strength to get through this season because I know soon enough this season will change. 

So hang in there friend.  You’re doing okay.  Even in the middle of all the stuff, you’re living.  You’re being present.  You’re doing life.  You’re working for God.  And that’s amazing.  And that’s important.  And that is so. very. needed. right now in this season.

Let’s support each other right now.  Let’s help one another when we can.  Let’s remember to take time to breathe – even if it’s quick breath in between meetings, events, family time or work.

Smile.  Laugh.  Be thankful.  You’re going to make it.  I’m going to make it.  We’re going to make it.

Grace to you.

Grace and peace.

x M.

Happy Birthday, love!

Birthday CollageBabe!!!!

Thirty-seven years ago today you were born!!!!!  You arrived!!!! And somewhere else in the world I was playing and being the silly 6 year old that I was – totally oblivious to the fact that our paths would cross and we’d be here today.  {{insert the cradle-robbing jokes here, people}}

Crazy, isn’t it? Crazy that God saw it all.  Crazy that every moment in our lives has meant something and not been in vain.  Crazy that you and I would walk the paths that we did, only to have them intersect at His perfect timing.

Just. Crazy.

And yet, not crazy at all.  Indeed, He wasn’t taken by surprise.  He wasn’t thrown off course because of our journeys.  No.  He used every moment – every curve, every mountain, every valley, every dark night, every bright day to get you here – to get us here.

In your 37th year of life, we will be embarking on the craziest journey yet.  Stepping into our destiny with Papa leading the way.  We get to do this together!

Isn’t that amazing?!  You know what? I’m glad it’s you.  I’m glad you’re you.  I’m glad He made you, you.

Your heart is so tender, so very pure.  You love with a depth that I haven’t even been able to reach yet, but I want to.  Your ability to forgive and give second chances still astounds me.  You have the Father’s heart.  Not a day of my life will pass without my thinking about your graciousness, your willingness to rise above, your heart for restoration and reconciliation, your ability to love.

You are amazing, babe.  Simply amazing.

So today, I am so thankful you were born.  I am thankful that God decided you needed to be in the world.  Because if for no other reason, I needed you.  I still need you.  I’ll never stop needing you.

Happy birthday, my love.  Here’s to many, many more.

x YW