grace upon grace

Our summer has been nonstop! Back-to-back travel and opportunities to serve, for which we are incredibly grateful after more than a year in various stages of lockdown.

But the shift has left me feeling a bit of “whiplash.” Anyone else?

I eagerly dive into our latest venture, and later realize the “normal” (right and good) routines and rhythms I have abandoned in the process. Seemingly out of nowhere, I find myself exhausted and drained, facing a writing deadline and coming up empty!

I foolishly wonder how I ended up in this place. Like a metal bucket clanging against the sides of an empty well, I am forced to admit that I have let the reservoir run dry!

I have neglected the very things that nourish my soul, fill my heart, and allow my words to overflow from His. I have ceased wondering. I haven’t left space to stand in awe of the One who holds my heart. In pursuit of goals that seemed honorable in their own right, I haven’t noticed the gnawing inside, the growing hunger for my Shepherd’s care or a fresh word from His Book.

The humbling thing? I may have neglected my 1:1 time with the LORD and His Word, but He has never stopped pursuing my heart. He has never failed to intercede on my behalf. He is faithful to accomplish amazing things in me and around me, even when I am not paying attention! How much more will He pour out (more than I can hold?! – Malachi 3:10) when I make the conscious choice to reach for Him, to tuck away and just rejoice in the beauty of His Presence?

I don’t know if these rambling thoughts strike a cord for anyone else, but I am thankful for a few minutes this morning to linger over these unchanging truths in today’s breakfast “psalm” … 🌿

𝘏𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘕𝘢𝘮𝘦.⁣ ⁣

𝘕𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘪𝘮 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘣𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬, 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘶𝘴… 𝘣𝘦 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘺.⁣ ⁣

𝘎𝘖𝘋 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵 𝘣𝘺 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦. [𝘏𝘦 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘵!] … 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦.⁣ ⁣

𝐋𝐮𝐤𝐞 𝟏:𝟒𝟗 • 𝐄𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟑:𝟐𝟎-𝟐𝟏 • 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟑:𝟑𝟒 • 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟏:𝟏𝟔

Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA

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