31 Lessons: 14. What Can I Say?

So here I was in the middle of this writing challenge for 31 days ago. It was amazing! I was feeling so challenged, yet so accomplished! We were nearly halfway there!

That was three months ago. And we’re still on Lesson 14.

YEAH.

What can I say?

I can say that I never stopped learning lessons new and re-learning lessons old. Life is a perpetual teacher.

I can say that writing every day is not realistic in order to live this season well. Sweet, precious toddler life, I’m looking at you. I’m also seeing you toddle away so quickly before my very eyes.

I can say that learning to navigate and communicate your desires while protecting your relationships, your schedule, and your soul is hard work, especially if you’re a “Yes” person. And yet so important, particularly if you’re a “Yes” person. And I am.

I can say I often forget that I can be brave. When the going gets tough, my brave shows up. Sometimes I wish I could live this truth all my days. But then I remember this bigger, more important, unchangeable truth: whether I am brave or not, God. God is always brave, and He is always with me: “You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me” (Psalm 139:5).

I can say that, in life, you don’t always get to pick your order (thanks, Mom).

I can say that ordinary life is a beautiful blessing.

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I can say that I am excited for new chapters unfolding all around me, unfolding with me.

I can say, “Wherever you are, be all there” (that truth belongs to Jim Elliot. And the rest of that quote, which is not all over Pinterest? “Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God”).

I can say that though I am prone to wander, God continues to prove His faithfulness to me, and all I can do is sing.

I can say that I’m learning to give myself grace (the struggle is real!).

I can say that there are at least 17 more lessons to share. One at a time.

Patience.

COURAGE.

And grace.

-pp

 

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