I have decided to write every day in October, along with The Nester, and other favorite bloggers of mine such as Ann Voskamp (ever heard of her?), Emily P. Freeman, and Lisa-Jo Baker, (as well as many others). I had actually thought about blogging every day in October on thankfulness, which I attempted a couple of years ago (and failed at completing). Once I saw that something like 200 other people would be writing every day this month I took it as a sign and hopped on the band wagon. So here I am. I will be writing every day this month (starting today) on seeing God in the every day moments, the extraordinary in the ordinary, God on a Tuesday morning kind of thing. I am looking forward to being more intentional about looking at my every day life through a spiritual lens. This post will serve as “home base” for all my 31 posts. I will link to them at the bottom.
In the shade, the air is cool. The leaves crunch under my feet as I walk. We are taking some family photos today, I’m finally on top of something for once. It’s the last day of September and we are taking family photos in the event that I am organized enough to mail Christmas cards to our friends and family this year. The kids sit, and do as they’re told (mostly) and when it’s over, we let them play on the playground nearby.
There are smiles and laughter, but also screaming and crying. And isn’t that what makes up our lives? There’s good, there’s bad, but all of it is a gift. Some days, I am ripping my hair out, but aren’t these children just what I prayed for? Even when I feel like I cannot bear another moment of motherhood, isn’t this life directly from God?
The oldest two snuggled into me tonight as we read the first book of Little House on the Prairie. My arms were full of these children and I read out loud to them. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror once they were all tucked into bed. I squinted my eyes to really examine, and thought so this is my life. This is the 28-year-old me. Is it what I expected?
God’s fingerprints are all over this life, this house, my husband, my children. He has given it all to me, the good and the bad, and isn’t it all just really good? I smiled, and thought back over the journey that has brought me here to this very moment. Not at all an easy one, but still, just really good.
Day 1 – you are here
Day 2 – My First Poem in 3 Years
Day 6 – God Reveals Himself
Day 7 – Thanksgiving
Day 8 – Grace Journey
Day 9 – He Holds Me
Day 10 – Little Things I’m Thankful For
Day 11 – Slow
Day 12 – It Is Well With My Soul
Day 13 – Life Group
Day 14 – Church Attendance
Day 16 – Longing for Heaven
Day 17 – Gratitude
Day 18 – Light Through the Cracks
Day 19 – His Love Endures Forever
Day 20 – Stitches
Day 21 – Miraculous Life
Day 22 – Spiritually Fat
Day 23 – Grace for the Blogger
Day 24 – Naptime
Day 25 – Today’s Gifts