"Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God."

Friday, August 29, 2014

Faithful Friday: Finding Rest

What are your plans this long labor day weekend?

Whether it is cookouts, time with family and friends, camping trips, one last jaunt on the lake, or tackling a home project, I think a common theme in anyone's holiday weekend is the joy of an extra day.

For many, the thought of rest comes to mind.  An extra day to sleep in or just linger as summer says farewell.

Around here, rain threatens to dampen many plans, but I guess it makes it lucky for us that we really didn't make any.  Knowing Tim is on call for multiple areas this weekend, we decided it was best to go with the flow.

If I can get one gallon of homemade ice cream made, spend time with family, sneak in some fishing on the boat (rain clouds not included), and take a few naps, I'll be one happy lady.  My September calendar is looking pretty crowded so resting up will be much appreciated for these tired old bones.

An unplanned Labor Day weekend takes me back to our last with Austin.  We shared an extra special one that year, not just because it was our last, but because on that spontaneous trip time seemed to stand still.


Our entire day was unplanned and unscheduled with new and exciting activities. 
Such a simple holiday, filled with precious memories. 
I imagined Pine Knob as a little piece of Heaven and like to think that Austin now lives among beauty and peace such as was found on that perfect summer day.
You can read more of that day here on Austin's blog.

While we all long for that eternal rest we'll see someday, such peace is available in the here and now.  When you fully give your heart to God and trust in Him with all of life's worries, he sends a peace that is indescribable.  I know because I've felt it.  It's been a gift in the most traumatic and dark times of my life.  

But there's a joyful peace too that I carry with me too, always.  He's there shining down on the sunny days and within me on the not so sunny ones...There's rest in Him on everyday stresses and times of chaos.  Of juggling schedules and feeling the pulls of motherhood.  Of expectations we set on our ourselves that we never quite reach.  Of the darkness of this world.  

Whatever I'm facing, I know that I can lay it at His feet and find rest.  I pray this for you too, my friends.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Enjoy the NOW

Momma, I see you, wishing away this season you're in.

Your belly round and tight, feet swollen, and waddle walk.
A red circle on the calendar counts down the weeks as you yearn for your little one here.
But don't wish this time away, this precious period that only you and baby share.
This time, where your tiny one learns the beating of your heart from the inside.

Savor these moments, for they pass way too soon.

Momma, I see you, wishing away this season you're in.

Of sleepless nights, stacks of diapers, and feedings before the dawn.
When your baby sometimes cries for no reason and in frustration tears fall down your face.
But don't wish this time away, just hold and shush and rock that baby back and forth.
This time, they stay this little for only a blinking of your tired eyes.

Savor these moments, for they pass way too soon.

Momma, I see you, wishing away this season you're in.

Of terrible twos, how did they know to label it with such truth.
When your toddler tries your patience every moment of the day.
But don't wish this time away, of pouts and tantrums, and of stomping feet.
This time, when imaginations soar and bedtime snuggles are sweet.

Savor these moments, for they pass way too soon.

Momma, I see you, wishing away this season you're in.

Of kindergarten days, where you juggle being mom on a much tighter schedule.
Where lessons learned don't always come from you and sharing is done by more than your child.
But don't wish this time away, of ABC's, morning struggles, and toys scattered on the floor.
This time, where one bedtime they read a story to you instead and the nightlight isn't needed anymore.

Savor these moments, for they pass way too soon.

Momma, I see you, wishing away this season you're in.

Of school days and play dates and extra-curricular activities.
Where you wonder where to fit in family time and just want your not so little one to crawl in your lap.
But don't wish this time away, where days fly through to another year and it's first day pics all over again.
This time, when one day you realize your baby has become a child and has changed overnight.

Savor these moments, for they pass way too soon.

Momma, I see you, wishing away this season you're in.

Of teenage tempers and attitudes, stinky laundry, and messy rooms.
Where mom becomes a taxi service and you're shuffling schedules and reigning chaos.
But don't wish this time away, of growing pains, freedom fights, and late night worries.
This time, where your teen evolves in front of you and you wonder where the time even went.

Savor these moments, for they pass way too soon.

Momma, I see you, wishing away this season you're in.

Of little ones grown into young adults and you're longing for days gone past.
Where you wish there was an imaginary brake so you could just. slow. them. down.
But don't wish this time away, where you learn to let them go but get to watch them begin new journeys.
This time, where your babies begin to fly and make it on their own.


Whatever season you're in, linger there mommas, and enjoy every moment.  
Savor the good - and the bad - for days go by so very quickly.
Hold those babies close in gratitude for how special they are, no matter their age.
And count your blessings if life grants you the gift of experiencing them all.




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