Telling Stories

it’s so easy to get lost in the daily’s of my life right now. to forget who i am and then, to not really be present.  often, the day starts before i even mean for it to and before i know it, it’s gone.  and i can’t even remember what i did other than feed, clothe, bathe, pick up blocks and tools, discipline, pickup more tools and more blocks, and answer a bajillion “why?” questions from my 3-year old. don’t get me wrong — there are many priceless moments in my days. watching little M grow up, seeing him literally starting to connect the dots about life or how to build a 5-story tower with ramps {talking to himself the entire time}.  i know this is just a season with little ones, but sometimes in the middle of it, it’s really hard to SEE. 

but thank the good Lord that He gave me a wonderful, understanding and selfless husband who surprises me from time to time with a little retreat to a coffee shop.  times where i can think, write AND i don’t have to take the kids with me! :)  i wholeheartedly believe that every mama needs to find some time on a regular basis where she can stay in touch with herself… whatever that might be — going to a coffee shop, going shopping, getting a massage, or grabbing lunch with a friend. 

after baby E was born, it was a bit of a tough transition for me.  more difficult than i was prepared for. i desperately NEEDED to get away at times. and so, during my excursions to the local coffee shop, i began reading this book.

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Bittersweet by shauna niequist.  i so appreciate her honesty, her giftedness with words to tell her story. it’s been so life-giving for me in this season of life where i’m exhausted, giving and pouring out for my children and husband, having very little “me” time and struggling to get regular time in the Word and prayer.

every time i sit down to read a chapter in this book, i’m moved to think about my life in a more “big-picture” sort of way. the things i do and the things i don’t do. the people, places and things that give me life. similarly what drains me.  it’s truly been a way for me to stay connected with my soul and keep listening to God. to keep dreaming.  to keep hoping.

towards the end of shauna’s book, she talks about stories, your story, my story… and the importance of sharing our stories with others.  her words spoke deeply to me, and in many ways have given me more perspective for what i write here on this blog…  to keep sharing my story.

here’s what shauna writes…

“There’s nothing small or inconsequential about our stories.  There is, in fact, nothing bigger.  And when we tell the truth about our lives — the broken parts, the secret parts, the beautiful parts — then the gospel comes to life, an actual story about redemption, instead of abstraction and theory and things you learn in Sunday School….

“Don’t allow the story of God, the sacred, transforming story of what God does in a human heart to become flat and lifeless.  If we choose silence, if we allow the gospel to be told only on Sundays, only in sanctuaries, only by approved and educated professionals, that life-changing story will lose its ability to change lives.”

and so, i’m going to attempt to share more of my story with you in the weeks and months to come.  God’s story in me and in the family He has graciously given me.   and i hope that it will move you to think about your story.  how He is working and moving in you through the deserts and plateaus of life.  or maybe it’s just the daily’s, like me, where you’re finding that though it seems like nothing special, He really is weaving stories in you and in the precious souls around you.

share your story.  that’s why He gave it to you.

p.s. on a completely different note,  here’s a little sneak peak of our sweet family pics that we recently had taken. :)

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Published on: November 6, 2013 | Tags: ,

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