I started this little Friday tradition a few weeks ago for the sake of remembering—declaring and sharing God’s goodness on the journey. I decided I could make small alters out of words and Instagramed pictures, lest I forget God’s messages, promises, and faithfulness in my life.
In that inaugural Recap Roundup post I wrote:
One of the greatest ways we can awaken to wonder is by remembering—
taking time recall the ways God has blessed us, stretched us, reached into our circumstances and touched our hearts through the meaningful and mundane dance of daily life.
It’s been less than a month and I have already needed to re-remember, to live these words, to not downplay or neglect the importance of documenting our days and planting stakes of truth in the sand. You never know when you’ll need one to lean on.
Here are my stakes in the ground for the week…
You see, last night I planned to bake oversized banana muffins in heart-shaped molds to surprise the boys with in the morning. But the oldest was such a huge pill at bedtime, getting up a gazillion times, fussing and wining and threatening my sanity with his overly tired, school party overly suraged up, bad attitude, that by the time the whole ordeal was done, so was I.
Not only was I not in the muffin-making mood at that point, but I also felt justified aborting my special breakfast plans by reasoning that the little rascal didn’t deserve it. That throwing socks at his sleeping brother and a tearful tantrum meant he hadn’t earned a Valentine’s treat.
And while his actions were real and my mama rational valid, I woke up this morning with a different perspective.
I remembered that the Greatest Act of Love wasn’t done because we deserve it or had earned it, but because the One who Loves chose to offer grace. Forgiveness. Lavish redemption.
That’s the kind of love I want my boys to know. I don’t want them to wake up knowing mom is still counting their sins against them. I want them to live knowing that I will always choose to love and forgive them, because that’s what Christ has done for us.
#happyloveday #lessonslurkingeverywhere #becauseHefirstlovedus #blessedtobemama #merciesneweveryday #frenchtoastgrace
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When I was 14 I wrote a poem for Freshmen English titled “Savor the Time.”… Nearly twenty years later that refrain is still ringing in my heart. An anthem I want to live.
Because it’s by savoring each moment that we can be most full of thanks, which allows us to be most satisfied in God.
#savorthetime #momentslikethis #1000gifts #awakentowonder #blessedmama
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I’m not even sure what that means to him but to me it meant the world. To me it was grace for a rough morning poured out in 4-year-old compassion.
I share this now so if there is any other weary mama our there reading these words, you would know that you are seen. That God knows how hard you work and how fiercely you love even when you just feel fed up. And it’s okay to cringe in the frustrating moments and still give thanks at the end of the day.
It’s a blessing to be on this journey with our kiddos. And it’s a blessing to be on this journey with you, precious fellow mama. I see you.
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I’ve been reading all week about 21 Brothers who lost their lives for the sake of Christ.
My heart is sick and heavy over this atrocity and the ongoing persecution people of the cross are suffering all over the world.
Yet the same week that I’ve cried out to God on behalf of grieving wives and children, this same week is when I felt stirred to write about backyard wonder. To describe the beauty of unwanted mushrooms glowing in afternoon light and the unexpected joy of illuminated leaves and puckering lips dripping with sour grass juice.
And if I’m honest? Ever since I pressed publish on that post I’ve felt achingly small. That my words were frivolous and trite–utterly meaningless–in the midst of such tragedy.
But tonight God whispered back the very words I quoted from the dear Ann Voskamp:
“Looking for the beauty in Christ in the everyday isn’t some quaint exercise in poetry. It’s a critical exercise in staying alive.”
The Enemy is real and he’s out to take lives. So perhaps something as simple as pursuing beauty in the everyday ordinary and praising God for His every good and perfect gift is in fact important. Necessary!
Perhaps it’s actually a very small yet mighty way of fighting the Enemy back by fighting to live fully alive. Fighting for joy for the sake of Christ.
(Read the whole story here: http://www.beckykeife.com/
#The21 #joyfight #peopleofthecross
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Words of Life From Around the Web:
Last week I posted a pic of my littlest guy running behind his crew of cousins and big brothers; I mused that the destination isn’t as important as the journey because everyone’s pace and course is God-ordained different.
Well, that’s pretty much the message my heart was aching to hear this week, and in God’s beautiful way, He flashed that encouragement in the form of a blog post by my friend Jennifer Dukes Lee. Take a few minutes to soak in Jennifer’s post, If You Ever Feel Like You’re in Last Place, Read This…I know I will be blessed.
God also reached into my week through the words of my dear friend Elise Hurd. (Again and again and again.) Her words in This is For the Weary & Worn “Goliath” Facer wrapped me like a grandmother’s hug. I was smiling and crying over the post Lisa-Jo shared at her place, What a 9 Year Old Girl Taught Me about Love on Valentine’s Day. And I can’t stop thinking about Elise’s latest entry, Is the Enemy Benheading Christians in North America?
So since I clearly can’t pick just one post, all I can say is , please, pour a cup of your favorite steamy drink and take a virtual trip to The Giving Place. I know God will meet you there.
And if all that goodness weren’t enough, I must help launch you into the weekend with this beautiful story from Terri Lynn Underwood at Grace Table: On Making Space…what if we all opened our ordinary lives and made space to love another like this?
Now It’s Your Turn:
- What moment from the week can you recall and give thanks for?
- Or leave a link to a post that stirred your heart or made you stop and think.
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HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND, FRIENDS!
CHOOSE JOY. COUNT GIFTS. AWAKEN TO WONDER.