Stand in the place where you live.
Think about the place
Where you live
Wonder why you haven't before.
In the blur of pursuit, what's missed?
In being a malcontent, who is missed?
Those responsibilities and relationships matter.
Where you live.
Where I live.
Listen. Stop and notice.
The seemingly small things are the largest. Like laying down Day 30 when a sweet voice asks for snuggles. It matters. It says, "you're loved... more than a challenge."
So, my challenge now is to look around in the place where I live.
Looking for ways to encourage. Learning to be a better listener. To love. To spread all this grace. Because, it's an abundance, you know.
Resting where God has me.
Not the unending what-ifs, could've-beens, if-onlys.
They are not true.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
What is true? This abundant life in front of me is true. The here and now.
My unmerited salvation is true. The love and responsibility for my precious, tender boys. The testimony of my marriage is true.The great need for connection in our very corner of the world is true. The importance of loving those around me. That I still fail at that is true.
God's refinement is true.
God's grace is true.
So, God, help me stop looking to the other pastures. And look at my own beautiful land. It's such fertile soil that thrives with attention.
We'll find our own pots of gold
Where the rainbow ends, we'll find home
Pot of Gold Starflyer 59
Thank you, #Write31Days for pushing this brain through October.
November, we are going to slow down a bit. To take it in. Walk the corners and see what needs tending.
And read a lot of books.
And be quiet for a spell.