Gentleness Lately; From Esther to Job
In my own unfolding story, we plan on moving homes next month, in November.
I will be 8 months pregnant.
We plan to let go of this beautiful home Jeff and I envisioned might be a forever home for a smaller more affordable home. Letting go and trusting God in the process.
Sometimes we let go;
of what we might want to cling to and we step into a life of surrender and trust that bears witness to God’s faithfulness above our own efforts and plans.
The past few weeks I have been reading through Esther and Job and Ecclesiastes.
Esther’s patience seems impressive to me. She didn’t jump ahead with anxiety when troubles came, she fasted, prayed, and waited for the right timing on things.
Wisdom from Ecclesiastes reminds me that seasons of hardship will come AND go (yay) and so I breathe in and exhale and try to notice the flow of God’s movement and find the wisdom He offers for my own life’s present circumstance.
Job, his story humbles me. It reminds me we cannot control everything/most things; but we can come to God with honest emotion.
In the quiet mornings, with hot tea and lamp light, the word of God guides me gently, not with shame or condemnation but with hope and gentleness and kindness and understanding beyond my own.
And I continue to note the gentleness that abounds even in the harshness, uncomfortableness, or the struggles of ordinary life;
Spiderman rain boots on my cute kindergartener
butterfly puzzles to put together
a rainy day
a quiet home with a candle lit
Maggie, my dog, always by my side
listening to the
the next right thing podcast
the sound of rain today
the air condition running
the washing machine hum
music and melodies;
Not in a Hurry by Will Reagan, United Pursuit
Take Courage by Kristene Di Marco
Meredith McDaniel’s Manna Monday Email:
Psalms + the Daily Lectio Bible reading passages; from Esther to Job
Esther’s patience, trust, and courage to follow through with a plan. Job’s honesty and integrity in hardship. Both walked through challenges; walk through it, sometimes there is no way around it. But God is with us.
Finish by Jon Acuff
a good word to remember, especially for fellow artists and creators; let go of perfection, embrace fun and weird;