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He will yet fill your mouth with laughter,
and your lips with shouting.
One of the things …
I (Geoff) love about this time of our lives is the quiet of the mornings. When the children were home, the buzz in the house started the minute they got up. They had to be dressed, fed, and out the door or they’d be late for school. Someone was either missing a shoe, forgot they were supposed to bring breakfast for the entire fourth grade or needed their uniform washed almost every day of the week. But mornings now are for solitude. I especially love snowy mornings when a fire is going, the coffee is on, and the house is silent. It is a time to read, to pray, and to listen. I miss the kids, but I love the margin to connect with God before the whirlwind begins.
Here’s what we’re learning. God has certainly placed a calling on our lives, but it’s not a call to our definition of success. It’s to have a deep relationship with him, to sit in his gaze and hear his voice whispering: I am with you wherever you go. I am mighty to save you. I take great delight in you and will quiet you with my love. I will rejoice over you with singing (cf. Zephaniah 3:17).
But doesn’t it feel like this is only true if we’re trying hard? If our church is big enough? If our family looks like we think it should? If other people call us a success? Let it go. Lay down the disappointment that keeps you from laughing with your kids until soda spurts out your nose. Reclaim your lighthearted self that has been buried so deep. Ignore the fact that you don’t have any rhythm—dance anyway. Hide around the corner from your spouse and jump out unexpectedly. (Sherry thinks this is hilarious. Geoff, not so much.)
How is God encouraging you today?