I was thinking a lot about the lives we portray. Deep within us is the realization that we aren’t all that we seem. Because at the end of the day, in our own homes and lives and closed doors are the unseen moments. The good and the bad. The birthday parties that are celebrated, sitting on the floor while children are sleeping and blowing up surprise balloons for the morning. Long bike rides and conversations about religion and money and Jesus and absolute truth. There are tears in a bedroom and knees that fall to the floor. There is holding hands with a friend as tears stream down her face. There is restoration and flat faith. There is money given to strangers and choices made too rashly. There are laying on the couch with children piled on top. There are moments when my child is so close to my face in joy and laughter that I dare not stop to take a photo. So intimate and true. This life that we have been given. The days and hours pass and with each day anew, a chance to give and love and forgive once more. In the the seen and the unseen.
“Go where you’re sent, stay where you’re put, unpack and give what you’ve got until you’re done.” –Jill Briscoe
“Let’s be kind to ourselves, moms. Let’s be gentle in our expectations. Let’s admit that we need to treat ourselves like human beings who deserve to thrive. Let’s get more sleep and unplug. Let’s find a community of moms who encourage and inspire us–be it in our neighborhood or inside our laptop. The village has disappeared, so it’s up to us to rebuild it. And it is possible, I’ve seen it happen–little pockets of women who are choosing to make life easier and more beautiful for each other.”
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“Black people, on the other hand, don’t have the luxury of being “colorblind.” They live in a culture which constantly reminds them of their Black-ness, which tells them in a million large and small ways that they are not as important as white people, that their lives actually do not matter as much as white lives. Which is why saying “Black Lives Matter” is so important.”
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“There needs to be an authentic love for God that starts with God-oriented affections, desires, and thoughts, that permeates our speaking and behavior, and then influences the way we spend our money and how we dress, and drive, and our forms of entertainment.”
Loving God with Your Everything
“Whichever your business is or home and work situation, it is so important to have a support team.”
Organization for the Home + Business Life
Don’t you see? If we have the house with the porch and the brick and the farm and the wood floors we will want the house with the rocks and the cottage and the leaves. If we have the clothes that she wore to the party that they had, we wouldn’t be who we actually are. We would always want more, or different or better or higher or to be paid more or to live where it snows or to live where it never rains or to live on the beach or to live on the mountaintop.
Don’t we see? Our own precious, life giving, full and present lives is where God has sent us; it is where we are supposed to be and live and do and love our own people who are sitting right in front of us.
It is so worth being engulfed in every breathing moment we have tangibly been given. Because, these days that are passing and being washed away, they are our life.
Do you see that?