Take the Time

Life is good and God is faithful.

And … ooftah.
Sometimes I whisper, Really? Is life good and is God faithful?

Then I say out loud, Yes. Really. It is and He is.

One of the really cool things about this amazing God is that how we feel doesn’t change who He is.
Because He is God, He is faithful. And because He is faithful, life is good.

But I bet you’ll agree with me here … some days it’s just tough to stay in synch, right?

It’s like showing up for your tap dance recital and your whole troupe is tapping several beats behind the music. You were brave enough to wear the leotard and tights on stage, but when the music stopped, your little group of middle-aged women was still tapping your hearts out.
Or, keeping with the recital theme, you’re sitting at the grand piano in a room filled with nervous piano students and even more nervous parents, and your right hand finishes the memorized piece before your left hand finishes. (How does that even happen?)

Those life moments, as mortifying as they felt at the time, are small potatoes compared to some of the stuff messing with our equilibrium today, right?
There’s no news flash here … we are surrounded by circumstances and events that can really throw off our balance. Test our patience. Mess with our emotions. Challenge our faith.

So, how about if we do this …
Let’s take the time to get our bearings. Let’s not rush through the day trying to escape the knot in our stomachs or aches in our hearts. Let’s slow down and find our own healthy ways to restore our joy and our peace.
We don’t have to have all our ducks in a row. We can show ourselves some grace.
Because life is good, and God is faithful.

It was a year ago this month that we experienced the gracious gift of being with mom during her last weeks on earth. And you know what grief is like – it shows up in funny ways, doesn’t it? Sometimes the memories and emotions trickle in and you sigh a little deeper. Other times, it’s like you’ve been hit with a tsunami wave and the tears come before you know it and you just can’t get your balance.

Perhaps life has perhaps been a little rougher for you too lately. Take the time to grieve what you’ve lost. It may not be a parent, but it could be a job. Finances. Health. Relationships. Dreams.

Life is good and God is faithful.

During the rest of the month, I’m going to take time to more intentionally celebrate all the good that’s in my life and be sad about the things that have been lost during the last year. This is good, and this is healthy. To do that, I may not show up here regularly the next few weeks, but I am excited to share what’s bubbling up in my heart soon! (I’m taking cooking lessons so there’s bound to be stories to share with you, right? I mean, really. We’re in week 1 and I’ve managed to escape any red neck blotches so this could be pretty exciting!)

If you’re looking to find your rhythm and just catch your breath, sometimes a good book with hope-filled messages and faith-filled reminders can make all the difference. Here are a few of my very favorites …

Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt & Receiving Rest by Leeana Tankersley.
“To begin again is to open the window, even an inch, to let the breeze of grace come in. It is a call to open our hands when all we want to do is clench our fists.”

Encountering Our Wild God: Ways to Experience His Untamable Presence Every Day by Kim Meeder.
“Who our God is and how He works cannot be captured or contained. He is unstoppable, unfathomable and untamable. He is wild. And He is beckoning us to pursue Him beyond our circumstances, beyond our emotions and beyond our logic into the glorious mystery that is Him.”

Laughing Through the Ugly Cry and Finding Unstoppable Joy by Dawn Barton.
“This is a book of hope. Every time I have chosen to start climbing out a dark hole (and yes, I believe it is a choice), I have found little, unexpected pieces of hope, like breadcrumbs leading me slowly, slowly, slowly toward the light. I hope that as you read them, you’ll find a little light for yourself.”|
(I have to add here – this book will make you laugh and cry and laugh again. What a story!)

And of course …
Getting My Ducks in a Row and other Stories of Faith by me!
Through my stories, I share moments when I’ve tried to fix situations instead of giving up control, worried about disappointing people rather than focusing on how to love them, and in my attempts to get all the details in perfect order, I’ve missed moments. My ducks were paddling so fast under water, they just kept going in circles.

Life is good and God is faithful.
Take the time to nourish your soul and get your bearings. Grieve and celebrate.
Show yourself grace. You’ll find your new rhythm.

 

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