So without further adieu, here are a few things I'm celebrating this week with a little catch up from the week before:
A boyfriend who reflects so much of the loving-kindness of Christ. He so graciously and tenderly took care of me when I was sick and reminded me that this too shall pass.
These little people are growing too quickly. Cody turned 3 earlier this month. He is a cozy cuddler! (Seriously, this may be his spiritual gift! It's like his spirit knows he's giving away comfort, love, and tenderness to another). He loves all things Batman and Star Wars, wrestling his big brother, making messes, and bringing humor and cute little comments wherever he goes.
I grapple immediately with fear: What if Mr. F is taken? What if something terrible happens? My joy is directly opposed. Perhaps because when I let myself enjoy the receiving, when I truly live and dwell in the graces and gifts of the everyday, my heart overflows with thanksgiving and worship pointing to the Greatest Gift and Ultimate Giver of it all. I feel naked again, tasting Eden and the wonder of intimacy with another and our Lord, touching a fuller worship, a kingdom collision. And that makes me vulnerable. I've had a lifetime with the usual suspects of self protection and fear, anything different feels, well, so out there!?
But how refreshing (and honestly at times terrifying) to be opened up to receive. Remember? Last January, God gave me that as my word for the year--r e c e i v e. What awesome w o n d e r I am experiencing now at this part of the story!
Happy Friday folks! May you let your hearts swell with j o y and enjoy every minute of the present moment God is in!
p.s. If you have the time, or rather if you can make the time, go see "About Time" this weekend at your local theatre. I promise you won't regret it, time well spent for your soul to breathe!