It seems as though our world has become a much scarier and darker place than most of us thought possible, but that is exactly why I'm starting this venture.
I want to bring more light and kindness to the world, and the best way I can do that is sharing our family's experiences with chaos, kindness, and a whole lot of grace.
Every day we are blessed to wake up for another morning with our children, our families, those we love, is another day God is saying that our story is not finished yet. It is only the beginning.
No matter how tough things might be right now, we can always look to Him for peace and grace. Whether you have been up since 3 a.m. or it's after lunch and you can feel the chaos taking hold of your day, it is never too late to start over.
Take a second, or even a minute, and bow your head. Pray. Talk to God. Let HIm know that He is in control and your situation is subject to change. Ask for His grace and peace to start over, relinquish the negative feelings that have crept in and are slowly but surely taking over your day. Every passing moment is an opportunity to let Him take over and restore your day and mend your faith.
You are only ever as stuck as you think you are. Everything here is temporary. Feelings, possessions, people, jobs, money, chaos, it is all temporary. Turn your focus to the here and now and choose to straighten your path. Let God lead the way, and surely you will never be lost. He lets us go through trials and disappointments to remind us that this life is temporary and in our troubles we are to seek Him. He is in control, and He never sends things to harm us. One bad thing does not make your whole day, week, or month a bad one. It is how you respond to it that counts.
My hope with this blog is to help remind you that amongst all the chaos, there is peace. It is possible to still be kind and show others and yourself grace. You don't need a new year or a new week to start over. Every moment of every day is a chance to start again and aim to be a kinder, more graceful person.
The quote "I, myself, am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions," - Augusten Burroughs, is all too perfectly who I am as a person, a daughter, a mother, wife, etc. We all wear many hats and have to find balance in all areas of our lives, and this blog will absolutely never talk about how perfect I am; mainly because I am entirely flawed and accept this with all of my heart. My hands are just as dirty as yours, but we always have the choice to do and be better than we were yesterday or the choice we made twenty minutes ago. We learn as we go. We are human.
"By the grace of God, I am what I am." 1st Corinthians 15:10 says it best. But, it is not a permanent state of being. We are always changing, growing, blooming. That is what sets us apart from those who choose to settle for what they have been given and not dream something bigger for tomorrow. Our limits are endless if you put your faith where it matters most.
As you go to bed this evening, make it a point to decide tomorrow will be better. This is not permanent, it is only temporary. The world does not have to stay dark, cold, and scary. Be the light, and never be afraid to sine in the darkness.