gentleness lately: a reprieve

Reprieve: to give relief or deliverance to for a time

Spring 2019 presented itself with the gift of books. poetic, prophetic, timely messages for my right now life.

Next year gives and it takes away, but what it gives and what it takes are so often unexpected.
— Placemaker by Christie Purifoy

Books I read include;

Remember God by Annie Downs

The Ruth Anointing by Michelle McClain-Walters

Placemaker by Christie Purifoy

It’s Not Supposed to be this Way by Lysa TerKeurst

The Next Right Thing by Emily P Freeman.

and now a pause.

We leave this weekend for a trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park. My plan is to refrain from any non-fiction reading for the week. Instead I will let all the words and ideas from the books I read during the Spring season settle a bit.

And a gentle welcome waiting for me upon my return to Tulsa will be Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy by Jamie C. Martin. I pre-ordered it! All it took was the title to hook me and then I read the description and became even more excited for the book! “Her practical suggestions and creative inspiration are enhanced with quotes and insights from four beloved writers--Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, L. M. Montgomery, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.”

There’s a poem in the children’s book Outside you Window; A First Book of Nature that refers to Spring as nature’s busiest season.

And what more appropriate way to end a busy or full season than with some kind of reprieve. For me it will be a trip to the mountains with my boys.

And honestly we are all a bit under the weather, coughing and tired. There is supposed to be lots of rain and snow instead of sunny skies we hoped for. But I am trying to keep an open mind for the trip. Snow is beautiful and we didn’t get but a teeny tiny small amount this year, so snow would still be sweet.

but the beauty did offer escape and reprieve. It was cool water gushing from a desert rock, and Jonathan and I drank it in
— Placemaker by Christie Purifoy

Yesterday Ivan turned 5 months old. The margin in my life became so much smaller, going from one kid to two. Even though this baby has been much easier, it has also felt harder than I expected. But that is okay. Seasons of life.

We planned this trip as a celebration of making it to almost the 6 month mark with Ivan. This week as I finished Emily P Freeman’s book The Next Right Thing I highlighted a section that I decided to embrace as a mindset and prayer for this upcoming trip; I

Our next right thing will often be to wait. Give time to allow the clutter too clear. Create space for your soul to breathe. Make room for your desire to show up at the table. Begin to name the unnamed things.
Wait. Listen. Repeat.
— The Next Right Thing by Emily P Freeman

This trip is a way for Jeff and I to wait upon the Lord for renewed strength as we take in the beauty of God’s creation and rest from our normal everyday responsibilities at home. And I realize traveling with kids can also be stressful, but it will be fun seeing Oliver experience the mountains for the first time ever too.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
— Psalms 121:1-2