A Time for Everything

The joy of fall is everywhere.  The vibrant colors,the soft bright, perfectly golden sunlight. The cold wind, red cheeks, numb ears and fingertips…It’s easier to have a cheerful heart when the whole world feels like it’s slowing down.

I admit.  Joy is harder since being a mom.  I used to be more steady, cheerful, joyful, in a superficial sense…back when life was a lot easier.  When I was sleeping all night, every night.  When I didn’t have to serve little people who may or may not say “please” and “thank you.”  When every day was predictably easy.

Babies have a way of changing that. Suddenly you are stripped bare and forced to think again about what is joy.  Sometimes force joy even when you feel irritated, exhausted and completely unraveled.

I have noticed that joy has been a little more natural these days…a little less forced.  Not because my days are easier but because I feel like I can survive better.  Like I can wake up in the morning and make it through the day.  Maybe it’s having a baby who is no longer a newborn?  Who knows…I don’t know if there are really answers to these questions.  But I do think the answer runs deeper than circumstances.  Sometimes even in the energy of summer sun and heat, life can feel dull, grey and cold.

But as I am experiencing now…the thermometer is dropping daily, the days are shorter, longer, darker but I am feeling alive.  I am feeling well.  I am feeling joy. I am satisfied in what can sometimes feel like monotonous motherhood.  As I mature, as I grow…as I become more serious about who I am in Christ I feel like I am learning what true joy looks like.  It’s not always a smile on the face, peppy words, even laughter.  Sometimes it is masked behind tired eyes and tired body…but it’s there.  It’s much deeper and much stronger than it used to be.  It is much less me centered and much more Christ centered.

As I have learned…I will hit a valley again. That’s the way I work.  I am a human.  I am so frail…I am so easily burned out and spent by this life.

 

So I am going to enjoy the here, the now.  Because there are seasons.

I am so thankful that God lifts us out of valleys.  That he revives our weary souls.  He knows we are weak, we are tired and he cares.  He is good. He is the giver, the source of joy.

“There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a  time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil-that is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. “

Ecclesiastes 3

7 Responses to A Time for Everything

  1. maryanne helms says:

    So true! Love the photos of the girlies. They are so precious!

  2. Great post. Funny, I’ve had something similar swimming around my head. It can sometimes be difficult to climb out of the monotony of daily mom life, I find myself needing to work intentionally at it. And as always, great pictures!

  3. Stephanie L. says:

    Hi Grace, I’m always encouraged by your reflections on living for Christ and parenting. Especially parenting now that I’m very soon about to enter that season! I hope it’s alright that I’ve added your blog to my sidebar list :)

  4. Betty says:

    From someone who is currently in a valley, I really needed to read this. Thank you for sharing, and I love sweet Cora and Elinor. Every day this week Levi has asked about Cora, hopefully soon they will be seeing each other all the time!

  5. admin says:

    Thank you so much! Glad I can encourage you…parenting can be hard but is so worth it! :)

  6. Susanna says:

    Wow…gorgeous pictures! I love the third from the bottom especially…captures Cora perfectly!!:)

  7. bchallies says:

    Life from death – the constant refrain of the Bible. But you have to experience it, so see how very true it is…

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