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Welcome to my space. I write honestly about motherhood, finding joy, Jesus, not quite fitting in and embracing the mess. Grab a latte & let's skip the small talk. 

-Jen

IT"S HAPPENING, YOUR LIFE

IT"S HAPPENING, YOUR LIFE

I often wake up feeling like it’s groundhog day. Pretty dang sure of EXACTLY how the day is going to pan out. 

Wake. 

Try to do a devotion/wash face before kids wake up. 

Coffee x 2.

Breakfast. 

Clean up.

Either gym or playdate. 

Lunch.

“Naps” 

Clean up.

Park or reading.

Dinner.

Clean up. 

Bathtime.

Bed.

Clean up more.

Sleep. 

First of all, I think I need a live-in house cleaner. O wait, I think that’s supposed to be me?! 

When I view my days as this humdrum existence, I become candidly unimaginative, ungrateful and depressed. Life becomes a to-do list with nothing but the check off moment in mind. I feel myself counting down the hours and watch them pour out like molasses.  

I believe this can happen to anyone. It’s not because I’m a stay at home mom that I can fall into this ferris wheel type living; round and round, what’s the point and when can I get off?

Rob Bell says, “If you can pay attention in the valley and you will have no problem paying attention on the mountain top.” Paying attention when it’s “the same,” enables us to realize it’s not the same. 

People are welcoming us into their lives. Stories are waiting to be heard and told. Children are growing, learning and watching. Questions need to be asked, nature longs for adoration. Food desires to be created and enjoyed. People are longing for love and acceptance. Conversation, growth, faith and truth, all right here every single moment. 

Let's not dismiss the monotony of life. Sometimes there is not much we can do to escape “the grind.” There are moments, though, where we have a choice. A decision to see what’s going on. An opportunity to make someones day. A moment to speak truth, offer a listening ear, tell someone how extraordinary they are. Challenge yourself; journal, dream, pursue, sing, create, plan. See the beauty. It’s happening, your life. 

 

Rob Bell also says, “Your life is not happening somewhere else.” It’s here and it’s now. We have a choice as to how to view it. The hour by hour checklist, just getting by, it’s easier and you can absolutely justify it. What about dreaming a bit? Letting your mind wander into adventure? 

Liz Gilbert says, “It’s a new universe every minute.” Opportunity is there, life is happening. Go live! 

-J

Go listen to the Big Magic podcast with Liz Gilbert and Rob Bell, it inspired this blog post and is a phenomenal reminder to see the magic in life. 

 

 

BELONGING TO THE MESSED UP CHURCH

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