Monday, November 24, 2014

Giving Thanks Beyond Thanksgiving

This morning at church, the entire congregation was singing the customary verse during the Breaking of the Bread.

"Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world...have mercy on us..."

The chorus rang out.

"Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world...have mercy on us..."

The congregation continued.

"Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world...grant us peace...."

As the church sustained the last note until it ended in silence, we suddenly heard a toddler shout...

"YEAH!"

The congregation gave a collective chuckle at the innocent exclamation.  
Then I  thought about how that child most certainly must have felt the conviction of our voices raised in song, and I took a moment to consider the profundity of that which moved him to say it..."YEAH!"
Heartbreaking...in the most beautiful way.

It can be difficult to find peace in the "yes" (or "Yeah!") of that which God calls us 
To do...
To pursue...
To create.

Do you ever feel that way?
I know I do...100% and all together too often.
Even when I know what the right thing is.
Even when I know what I'm being called to do.
Even when I have clear direction....

I would sometimes rather whisper "ummmm..." than exclaim "YEAH!"

But today I have listened to the whisper and decided not to hide or to question, but to find peace in His direction and proclaim a resounding "YEAH!!!" 





So here's to continuing saying yes.
Here's to sharing all that we're grateful for.
Here's to taking part in the 
"GIVING THANKS BEYOND THANKSGIVING" challenge.

I hope you join me!



{Thanks for reading.
Thanks for sharing gratitude 
with your community.
Thanks for your grace.}


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Daily Mundane #31 - It's All Good

Ah, yes, my 31st October post written and recorded five days late.
As they say, though, "It's all good!"
I needed to finish the 31 Day Challenge for me even if it was a November 4th publication.
Just to say that I could.
Or did.
Or that it mattered.

Beyond that, I hope something of what was written in the "Daily Mundane" series mattered to you.  
Because, truly, you're the reason I write.
You with the busy schedule and crying children.
You with the insane workload and the hopes for marriage.
You with the God-sized dreams that seem impossible.
You with the empty nest and the illness and questions about "What has this all been for?"
It's for you...
And me...
And everyone who feels frustrated and slightly confused and doubts sometimes that their lives matter.

So, just to get it on the record....

You matter to me.

Thank you for visiting me in this sacred space.
Thank you for the times you comment on my words and thoughts, the crazy conclusions I sometimes draw but always depend upon.
Thank you for spreading the word and the Word.

If there's one thing I've learned over this past 31 days, it's that nothing in my life...
Or about my life...
Or caused by my life...
Is mundane.
There is no load of laundry or consoled teen or class taught or husband on the run or  meal prepared that doesn't happen for a reason.
His reason.
Your reason.
My reason.

It all happens for His grace.
By His grace.
With His grace.
And His grace is never ordinary.





{Thanks for sticking with me during this special time.
Thanks for reading the words and looking at the images.
Thanks for being true.
Here's to a great and grateful November.}