Living Well in My Soul
Some days we wake up overwhelmed to a world already revolving with worry and our battle begins in us before we even get up out of bed. But this is exactly what we’re trying to stop in our quest for joy! It's why we're slowing down, squelching the worry and doing things radically different this year!
We’re in waiting. We wait for the coming, the coming of Christ, the Christ-child who offers the world the greatest gift ever known to mankind, the gift of eternity.
Today we walk into the season of Advent, a word literally meaning 'coming,' the coming of Christ. And I have a question for you; how will you spend this time waiting for the coming of the Christ-child?
What do we do when things seems so unsure and we simply can’t see how either of our only options offer any semblance of sanity to an already sad situation?
We’re stuck. We’re stuck in the mess and muck of a nation so confused over moral standing that we find ourselves standing on the cliff of cultural crucifixion. Or maybe it’s worse. Maybe the masses find themselves so far from the edge where taking the necessary risk to regain global composure can’t even be spotted on the horizon.
What’s REALLY in-season right now? I mean beyond squash, pumpkin treats and early thoughts of Thanksgiving. Even beyond fashion forward trends, heavy makeup and the underlying aim of an unrealistic aesthetic causing women to go under-cover-crazy. Think past food fads and politics, beyond the social media craze and what kind of boots women are wearing.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~Breathe deep and reread those words. Okay, now again.…once more.~
Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” I love that! Real, simple and sweet (just like these little treats).
God’s always creatively crafting loveliness in these crazy, messy lives we live. At least I know it's in my long list of messes where I learn so many of my soul-lessons. It's in my ugliness where His artistic talents transform burdens and unexpected blendings into blessings. Especially lately. Just when I got lost in my own life, His redeeming work revealed itself in a whole new pretty pattern.
Sitting here staring at this screen, my fingers tap out words almost on autopilot as I look back at the last decade of my life. A decade of both devastating and lovely, delicate details adorning the mismatched fabric all stitched together creating me. All at once, I feel a bit sick with overwhelm and overcome with awe at how all the incompatible, unexpected events blend beautifully when displayed as one surprisingly pretty pattern.