Do you remember the movie, Pollyanna? It was one of my favorites as a little girl. Pollyanna was a little girl whose missionary parents died so she went to live with her Aunt Polly, a very wealthy and stern woman. Pollyanna was known for being a bright and sweet child that had the ability to help people see things with a positive perspective. The entire community was impacted by this one little girl.
I think watching this movie so many times and those like it had a profound impact on how I view life. With a little positivity and gladness of heart, any situation can be made better, but sometimes life doesn’t get better. No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to have my inner Pollyanna make things seem brighter.
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with life. Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard I work to change the things capable of being changed, no change happens. Sometimes I yell at my children.Sometimes all I want to do is eat carbs and mindlessly watch television. The other day I had a conversation with my middle child and it went something like this.
Child: How was your day, Mama?
Me: It was kind of a rough day.
Me: I was thinking about a lot of grown up things.
Child: Like cookies?
Oh, if it were that simple, but when I am honest and think about the greatness of God, my problems are really as insignificant as cookies (no disrespect to the lovers of cookies out there).
“Why am I discouraged: Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and my God!”- Psalm 43:5
My encouragement to you today is to remember to hope...not in a fictional character...not in your own ability, but in God. He not only cares about the things overwhelming you today, he is placing people and situations around you to remind you to hope. Sometimes we have to look to find it. Are you willing to look? There is hope for you!
You are my friend and I love you.
Sunlight pours into your bedroom and you realize, I have overslept. This is especially true in the upper midwest from November to April because the sun is late to rise and early to bed.
You receive a text asking how close you are to the meeting and you haven’t even gotten dressed yet, let alone prepared to be anywhere.
There are a million things for you to do, to be, and even to pursue, but you can’t seem to find the will or energy to do any of them.
Any of this sound familiar? All of these have happened to me, some more than I care to recount now. Things like this happen for a multitude of reasons that can, if allowed, catapult us into a place where the wheels at that moment seem to come completely off the vehicle of life. The unexpected diagnosis, job loss, marriage difficulties… depression...on and on the list could go of things that have happened or will happen in life, which don’t just cause the wheels to come off but a bomb to detonate in your space.
Wait for it...the encouragement...it’s coming. :)
Are you in that space where life seems to be happening in ways you didn’t ask and definitely didn’t plan? First, let me say, I am sorry for your present circumstances. I am sorry your heart aches. I am sorry that it has been difficult to imagine let alone see the end of your current chapter.
There is HOPE for you. Jesus tells us in this life, WE WILL have trouble, but we can TAKE HEART because he has OVERCOME the world (John 16:33). Please understand, I am not asking you to simply put a smile on your face or to wish away the facts surrounding you. I am asking you to reframe the facts around the truth that you can TAKE HEART.
Could it be the very situations that finally knocked the wheels off are being used so we will look up to the ONE who is able to put the wheels back on for us? Have we been given an opportunity to remember we truly can’t do it alone? Would you be willing to trust the One that can see the end of your current chapter? He not only can see it. He’s the author of it. Allow him to breathe hope into your weary lungs. Allow him to draw you close and whisper his never failing love into your heart.
What is happening now is forming you and can be used to help others, if you will allow it. WHEN you come to the end of this current space, strengthen those around you. You are going to make it.
~You’re my friend and I love you!
Its January in Minnesota which means many things but mostly, IT”S COLD, so I find myself thinking about warmer times…SUMMER. One of the amazing things I’ve loved most about living in Minnesota is summer. Having spent most of my growing up years in Texas, the ability to be outside without suffering from heat stroke is still an awe and a wonder. My boys and I often go on walks to a park or lake. On one of those occasions, we were walking home from the Wild Rumpus Room (an amazing independent children’s bookstore in Linden Hills of Minneapolis) my boys (ages 7,6) waited for me at the end of the street. I called to them, “THANK YOU for waiting.” and as He often does, the Lord began to speak to me.
They waited even though they knew the way.
They waited even though they were hungry and ready to eat.
They waited even though it meant they had to be still.
Why do I have them wait? Well, at the time they were still working on looking out for vehicles. Sometimes I can see what they cannot because I have a different vantage point. Waiting can be hard, especially for those of you like me who tend to be a little short on patience.
So what did I hear God whisper to my heart?
Will you wait even if you know the way?
Will you wait even if you really want what’s at the end of the journey?
Will you wait even if it means you have to stand still?
Isaiah 40:31 tells us strength is gained in waiting on the Lord. He has a different vantage point, after all. Like my boys I’m still working on watching for dangers prior to continuing on my way.
If you find yourself in a season of waiting even as the new year has barely begun, can I encourage you to wait for the Lord? He is your strength. His vantage point is infinitely better than yours and he wants you to be strengthened to walk into what he has planned for you. Trust me. It’s going to be good!
~You are my friend, and I love you!