I'll be the first to admit, there have been many, many circumstances that I have allowed to steal my joy in the last few weeks. This season that we are in is the one of the most challenging I have ever had. Being in this new place, with a new babe, renovating a house, being away from my friends..it's been getting to me too much. So Thursday on the way to school as Anna Mei demanded we sing JOY JOY JOY IN HEART (her words exactly), I resigned to rise above. I decided to spend far less time focusing on my surrounding circumstances (that really are very, very insignificant compared to what many people are facing) and focus on the hope that I have because of my relationship with Jesus. As a result, I abandon my duties on Thursday morning and just enjoyed my Anna while Jillian was in school. Then before picking Jilly up that morning, Anna and I packed the wagon in the van, lunches in our backpack, and prepared to spend a few hours together at our new neighborhood park. I drove us to the new house, unpacked the wagon, loaded the girls in, and walked the route to our new park. I was overcome with more JOY than I have seen in my heart in weeks as I imagined my family here in the months to come. There are just enough swings, climbing equipment galore, a great ball court for Daddy and Em, and sidewalks all the way there. God has been so very good and, while some circumstances may have seemed overwhelming in the last few weeks, He continues to meet our needs abundantly. I am so blessed.
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