Some days I wake up ready to conquer the world!!!
Let’s build a barn. Let’s build a house. A barn-house, YES!!
Let’s start a new business and have a cafe, too – create a place of gathering for our community.
I’m gonna write a book!!
Let’s start a non-profit ministry to restore and reclaim the broken.
Some days I get to the end of the day with absolutely nothing accomplished (except for the fact that we all survived) and I grab the ice cream tub from the freezer and indulge. [Note: Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia is my current obsession – warning – DO NOT LOOK AT THE CALORIES!]
I’m learning that life is made up of all kinds of days – the days for dreaming big, the days for just surviving and all the crazy days in-between. The book of Ecclesiastes reminds us of this very thing:
A Time for Everything
3 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
14 And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him. 15 What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.
Ecclesiastes 3:3-15 (NLT)
These truths become like honey to my weary and sometimes overwhelmed soul – a beautiful reminder of God’s purpose on this #thirstythursday, for sure.
The more I live this adventure before me, the more I become OKAY with the in-between days of waiting and not knowing the future and holding on for answers to the unknown.
I’m becoming OKAY with days where what matters most is my faith, family, and our home.
The blog platform can wait, the farm property can wait, the book publishing deal can wait.
Yes, these are great dreams and I have BIG goals I’m working towards to accomplish these dreams. BUT – hear me out, these dreams and goals do not define me or my joy or my success!
Joy is finding happiness in the little things and being grateful every single day for everything God has entrusted to me – no matter the circumstances.
Success is taking each day as it comes and asking God to guide my steps, actions and words.
I want time to look my kids in the eye.
I want time to listen to what their little hearts have to say without impatience or distraction.
I desperately want time to go through our bedtime routine without having to hurry and pass over things we don’t have time for – a big struggle for me in our house right now.
These measures count towards my joy and success.
The barn, the book, the [insert whatever else you may be thinking here] – they can all wait until their day has come.
How have your days been going lately? Whether you feel discouraged or determined, remember this:
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)
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