In the quiet places I groaned an ancient prayer, one I’ve prayed a thousand times over: “Peace, Lord; understanding.”
He answered as a verse came to mind, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
I breathed a deep wind of spring; summer’s soon coming. The warm current lifting the recesses of my spirit to a promise of change.
The words continued: “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance,” (Ecc. 3:4).
Understanding the call, I released a sigh. Being intimate with grief for half a year, cast into its midst and swallowed, the time has come to stand: to bid farewell to weeping, to continue fighting in the heat of battle.
And the Spirit spoke again, the familiar adage, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say rejoice,” (Phil. 4:4).
Now is the time to laugh, now is the time to dance. Now is the time to make the choice to count my blessings. Oh, how I remembered them through the grief; how they even carried me.
Today, being healed to a point that isn’t ignoring and isn’t suppressing, the path of acceptance is one I must keep walking. The givens and the not givens (as Elisabeth Elliot would say) rest in the hands of my Creator. Yes, I have a good inheritance.
As a result, I’ve decided to join the joy dare. To link-up the start of my list of 1,000 gifts, meditating on the countless blessings I enjoy with every breath.
- An amazing husband who serves me and my children with humility and grace.
- The two most joyful, inquisitive, and wild bundles of joy a mama could ask for.
- Ten beautiful acres that reflect the glory and majesty of a Good God.
- In-laws who love and serve my family on a daily basis and make life so much easier
- A wonderful home that’s become my canvas, one of my favorite creative outlets
- The ability to block out the sound of the neighborhood dogs barking and yelping at each other. On 10 acres we still have neighbors. It’s a wonder :)
- The familiar warmth, smells, and sounds of spring, the breeze rustling the leaves on the trees, the whistles and caws of the birds. The barking still in the background.
- My husband’s unexpected day off from work. Chores needing to be accomplished, checked off the ever-growing list.
- Nap-time for the kiddos, so I can get a little break in the afternoon.
- A warm cup of delicious coffee, just because it’s comforting
- Being a part of this