The Week in Review | June 21 – June 27, 2016
This morning was tough. We flew back to Florida Saturday afternoon, and ever since, I’ve been wading through post-vacation doldrums. I know that might sound a little silly, so let me just say it hasn’t really been sadness at the idea of going back to work (I really like what I’m doing), but more so, the fact that our two weeks in VT were so jam-packed with emotions of all kinds that now that we’re back in our tiny home and just the two of us, processing all of them, for me, feels a little (OK, sometimes a lot) overwhelming, exhausting, and where-do-I-even-start.
After Luke left for work this morning and I woke up the rest of the way (I’ve said it before: I’m not the world’s chipper-est morning person lol), I reached across the coffee table to grab my journal, and I made time to get away with the Lord, because I knew I needed it so much (don’t I always, though?). For me, being extra quiet, brimming with rambling thoughts, and feeling a little teary and sad at moment’s notice (helloooooo, emotional roller coaster), are all indicators that I’m a little too much inside my own head and not enough in the arms of Jesus, that I’ve somehow lost my focus on the Truths that are most important, in exchange for either discontentment OR worrying about things that I really can’t control.
So instead of sharing highlights from the past week like I usually do, I wanted to share some of the encouragement that I found this morning when I cracked open my journal, started pouring my heart out to Jesus, and let the truth of His word wash over me ❤️
-No season, no collection of days, no one experience, is wasted. The Lord directs every single step, each individual encounter, and He is using them all to change me and make me more like Him. His will never give up restoring me, forgiving me, and making me new!
-His peace is not on the other side of trials and circumstances, for when I’ve finally “made it through”. His peace is found in the midst of those things.
-Psalm 85:8 “Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, His saints”.
-Psalm 34: 17-18 “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit”.
-Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight“.
I’ll wrap up with a quote from a morning devotion that my Vermont mentor and dear friend, Pam, shared with me earlier this year, called First 15. This morning’s was titled, “God Gives Peace”:
“Peace is a commodity that can only be found with time spent seeking the face of God….Kingdoms come and go. Leaders move in and out of power. What societies value changes like the passing of the tides. Our only constant is God. He has been, is, and forever will be the Creator, Sustainer, and Lord of all…He is calling you to keep your mind stayed on Him no matter what lies before you. And He is asking you to seek His face and find your rest in Him rather than toiling and striving for circumstantial peace.”
If I’m being honest, I would tell you that even though my head knows better, my heart still looks for peace in all the wrong places sometimes. Especially lately, I catch myself having the mentality of, “Well, if we had this, or I was able to do that to the house, or decorate like so, then things would ‘feel’ better”. How easily I forget that peace isn’t found in circumstances or things or in the “just right” situation. It’s found when He is everything to me, when eternity shines far brighter than anything this world can offer, when I’m so focused on His face and the constancy of all that He is that nothing else compares. I have such a long way to go before that becomes my default response, but then I remember that His gifts and His response to me don’t depend on “how far along” I am in my walk. He is a good, good Father who gives generously and without reserve, and that’s a truth I’ll be clinging to all week long ♥