Monday, April 25, 2011

choosing lovely

It is not lovely to have a rough Monday morning. 
It is not lovely to have three kids all in the corner in less than hour.
It is not lovely to have your blackberry broken, making even simple phone calls frustratingly slow.
It is not lovely to have your absolute favorite milk glass bowl break.
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It is not lovely to clean up doggie throw up from random places all over the house because one little guy ate a plastic toy.
It is not lovely to begin the day, and the week feeling worn out already.
I know that in the grand scheme of life my morning trials are trivial.  In other places I know there are mothers wondering how they will  feed their kids today.  I’m know that somewhere out there there is a parent fighting for custody with their estranged spouse.  Somewhere else there are parents clinging to their children in the wake of disease or a devastating prognosis.  Or there are those trying to put their lives back together after a disaster has destroyed everything they own.
Doggie barf, broken bowls, and disobedient kiddos pale in comparison.
But this is where I am today.  Surrounded by dirty laundry, piles of mess, things to do and messy floors.
Today I will choose to search for all the lovely things that I can find.  I will remember the beautiful bird song I heard alone on the trial during my morning run.  I will think of the bursts of sun coming through the stormy sky.  I will smile as I remember the antics of those three previously mentioned kids. 
Lovely is finding peace right where I am, in the midst of the messes of life.
Lovely flowers on the front porch, lovely yarn waiting to be created into a project, lovely oranges from my parent’s tree, and lovely girls dressed up for Easter all cause me to smile and forget the frustrations that will inevitably come in this life.
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I will choose to embrace this life, whatever it throws at me because I know that today is a grand and generous gift, given to me by a God who knows my name and sees my trials.  I will take comfort in the promises of Jesus, who says:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will  ease and
relieve and refresh your souls.]
Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek)
and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and
ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your
souls.
For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp,
or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My
burden is light and easy to be borne.  (From Matthew 11, in the Amplified).
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6 comments:

  1. to me, this is what lovely is all about.
    xoxo

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  2. right there with you gina! you do have a lot of lovely. thankfully, God doesn't usually allow us to be overwhelmed with negative without providing something lovely to focus on while we endure. and dog throw up is like in my top 10 most unlovely things (all of which aren't that bad, like you said).

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  3. I read this at the moment I really needed it today. Thank you.

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  4. oh I love this post (and your blog!) thanks for being real, and for sharing Truth!!

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  5. Thanks for sharing, the verses at the end touched my heart.

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  6. "Lovely is finding peace right where I am, in the midst of the messes of life." And we must, because life is messy. The more i look hard for the lovely the more easily i find it, and the less messy (emotionally) life becomes.

    You have honest, godly insight.
    Thank you.

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