We did it girls! We survived.
Survived dance recitals
Holiday weekend and
I survived car shopping..
We decided upon a 2013 charger. I may be having a mid mom crisis I was thrilled about how non momesque it is!
Sometimes life is about surviving, putting one foot in front of another and making it across the finish.
But I don’t think that is the plan God has for us. He gave us the Holy Spirit to bolster us when we are weary. He provided his word to rejuvenate our tired muscles. Even in the waiting he doesn’t intend for us to only plod along. There is joy to find in the ordinary waiting.
I write this boldly to myself because I have found myself struggling with envy and plodding through the ordinary. I see young women being appointed by the Lord to step into ministry roles and I compare. I see my waiting to mean not needed. I see my blog as not enough. I see my 34 years and still not a clue of what I want to do when I grow up as partial failure. I know, I know it’s my season, it’s not without purpose. The rational portion of my brain knows these things. The midnight laying awake portion of my brain likes to argue! And to have the same argument over and over!
How do we combat these thoughts because please tell me I’m not laying awake at midnight arguing with myself alone.
How do we run our race well, so that when we cross the finish line we hear well done good and faithful servant.
In the ordinary waiting that is life we must see the beauty.
The laughter that fills a new car on its first road trip.
The twinkle in our sons eye because he is so thrilled to now be taller than mom.
The giggle of your daughter as you tell her stories from when she was a baby as you enjoy your scrapbooks together.
The joy of nieces and nephews being chased by their big cousin.
The smile of your friend across the table.
The smell of coffee and conversation with your bible study girl.
The new life of flowers.
The smile lines around your husbands eyes as he tells another goofy joke just to see you smile.
The utter enjoyment of your daughter experiencing the elegant chocolate shop, with pinkies up, drinking ice water, and eating amazing cheesecake.
The delight of reaching the end of an amazing book.
Watching a bride and groom exchange shaky vows and loving glances as their lives change and intertwine.
We have to look before our waiting so we don’t miss life. We must not live for the one day or someday and we must start investing in today.
Cultivate a friendship.
Play a game with your kiddo.
Go for coffee.
Go on a date.
Celebrate the little moments.
Be kind when you want to be grouchy.
Open a book.
Eat a fancy chocolate
Enjoy the life you’ve been given, don’t focus so intently on the big picture goals you miss the little relationship moments.
Deeper meaningful relationships are what the Jesus life is about. What would Jesus’s ministry have looked like if he had not used the ordinary waiting of life. He on several occasions didn’t want those who experienced his miracles to tell anyone else. He wanted to stay in the ordinary as long as possible so he could grow deeper in relationship with his tribe. He needed to prepare and teach them for what was coming.
Invest in your tribe.
Invest in your ordinary.