Forward

Ya’ll,

Life is… I have no words to describe what life is. There are too many words that could fit the job as a descriptor. You know how the Lord puts people, places, and opportunities at your feet and you can either acknowledge them and melt into His provisions, or you could stress out and dread making one more choice, one more decision, so you just freeze and do nothing? I have been frozen. For a month. I’m finally coming out of it. Now we move forward. I come back to life. Like trees and flowers in the Spring time. But it’s FALL and THERE ARE PUMPKINS EVERYWHERE. So, an even better time to wake up from a hazy, frozen soul sleep.

Let me tell ya’ll a little story. Will’s momma and I were not initially the kindest of people towards each other. It is really hard learning new roles of life. I have no doubt it was hard to learn that Will was going to be moving forward and leaning on his wife instead of his mom. It was hard for me to learn that it was ok to let down my guard once the Lord began healing our broken relationship. Now, we’re moving forward. We’re moving into a truly divinely sweet relationship; one of grace, forgiveness, laughter, and adventure. I could not be more thankful that we can smile and giggle and give each other looks when someone else is talking… our husbands… and know exactly what the other thinks. It’s SO fun, ya’ll.

My Mother-in-Law has had a rollercoaster life. She’s strong; she’s always up for adventure and new things; she’s silly and just wants to be loved. I’m honored she is letting me come into her life, her heart, her home, and her secrets.

She was a nurse. She cares for her husband. She aches for the moments they get to share and love on each other. They’ve been through a lot, too. The Lord has worked and moved mountains in their marriage, their words, their thoughts, and their times spent together, and apart. I am honored I get to watch them grow in His love and goodness and blessings and promises. Moving forward. It is what we have to do in this life, right? Moving forward… not letting ourselves become frozen humans because our focus is not where it should be?

My Mother-in-Law has started a fun business. A business that allows her true passions and loves to shine, through the way she spends her time. She’s no longer stuck behind a desk, or running around like mad for someone else. She’s prioritizing her time. She gets to spend quality time with those she loves, instead of only being able to give the leftovers of her time and emotions. Her joy radiates. I’m honored I get to be a part of it.

Her business provides time. Time for others to laugh, smile, to breathe, and to relax. Folks get to be creative, and silly, and meet new people. Her business is KimmieB and Me. Visit her on Facebook. She would LOVE to meet with you, visit with you, over paint and coffee. We bond with coffee, too. Coffee is the magic of life. Amen?

Forward. What a key word to life. A frozen heart, mind, and soul are not what God promises. He promises joy in the midst of suffering, direction in times of question, and comfort in times of need. Though God promises a difficult life when we follow His ways, His path for our lives, what other choice do we really have? I love Will so much… I followed him to an island in the middle of nowhere; sold everything, left everyone. To move forward. Forward in our hopes, dreams, and callings. If we love the Lord as much as, even more so than, we love those we call family, friends, our people… shouldn’t we move forward just as easily with Him to forward His hopes, dreams, and callings for our lives?

I’m preaching to myself right now, ya’ll. Trust me. It’s been a difficult month; we’ve made more decisions, had more questions, and more late night giggles this month than we have had in a VERY long time. But the Lord is working. He’s always working things out for the good of those who love Him. Move. Forward. Yes, Jesus, I get it. Thank you.

Till next time!

Respect

Ya’ll,

My family is so good… well, for the most part. No one’s family is perfect all the time. Right? Our parents taught us to respect others, to open doors, to speak humbly and politely to everyone we meet. This world has made us cautious and bitter and distant. We fear more than we feel we are safe in our surroundings. We doubt more than we believe in the goodness and kindness of others. We wonder if the next person we meet will take us away or try to take our belongings.

But, the Lord has already triumphed the evil of the world for us. Our job is to be still and listen for the Lord’s whispers to act, to go, to be His outlet for the world. How cool is it, that we get to wander this earth knowing that no matter the outcome of choices, of the actions and words of others, we have a promise of eternity, of goodness, of forgiveness, and of Truth?

Out of everything going on the world, one thing stands out the most to me. What happened to respect? Where did that go? When did our society turn into one of greed, selfishness, disrespect and hate? Nothing will be solved in our land until we learn how to respect others again. At least, that’s my opinion. It doesn’t start with our President, our Senate, our House, nor our local government. It starts with us. Our hearts, our thoughts, our actions and reactions.

Being home has been wonderful, but the news is so harsh and depressing. I like our little island life where life is slow and small. We get to tune out the madness of the world and focus on our marriage, on what our callings are, and the love we get to share with each other. When folks ask if we like it there, I say we love it. We don’t love the heat and the no ac thing and med school is ridiculous, but we love the simplicity and the chance to realign ourselves with each other and our Father. Everyone needs that chance in this heavy fast-paced world, I think. Whether it’s on an island, on a road trip, or simply shutting out the world in your own living room.

Till next time!