I’ve got a great life. Sure, it’s not without its ups and downs, but overall it’s a great life. I’m married to the guy who was my best friend back in college and he still makes my knees go weak when he kisses me, even after more than a dozen years of marriage. We’ve got seven kids (and one on the way home soon!) who are each an awesome little person in their own unique way. We live in suburbia, but have the hearts of a homesteading family. We have some pretty awesome friends, and room for more. We have tea parties and game nights and movie marathons and we really do have a blast together as a family.
I love to read, go on picnics, take pictures, and write. I want to learn to play the guitar and piano. I like to indulge my artistic side and refinish worn out pieces of furniture. My favorite room in our home is the kitchen because I just love coming up with new recipes and feeding my family.
Don’t get me wrong; the toilet still gets clogged and sometimes overflows, I still haven’t found the hidden portal to the parallel universe into which the dryer sends random socks, the toddlers still kick and scream and throw things, I still get puked on, siblings still bicker, and the dishes seem to multiply when no one is looking. And let’s not mention the overflowing laundry pile, if you don’t mind. The van still gets flat tires, the keys still get locked inside of it, and we always seem to be looking for something we’ve misplaced. We’re always busy, often hurried, and rarely on time.
And I’m putting on the brakes. It’s time to stop living this way. I don’t think that this is how God intended for us to live our lives. The more I look at the life I’m living and hold it up against the Word of God, the more I’m convinced that there is more. Why? Grab a cup of coffee and I’ll tell you.
I want to intentionally yet leisurely commune not only with God, but with my husband, children, friends, neighbors, and even random strangers. God Himself beckons us to Him to share in unhurried and sweet relationship with Him.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~Matthew 11:28-30
My life, the way it is today, doesn’t always give me time to do that. So I’m changing my life and this blog is about that. And I want to invite you on the journey. I want us to answer the call of the Savior to learn the unforced rhythms of grace and redeem the time.
I want us to share the deep joy of savoring a moment. I want us to inhale deeply and appreciate the simple gift of inspiration. I want us to walk through the park and cherish the sounds of laughter that is not our own. I want us to sit down to tea and recognize the priceless treasure that is time. I want us to discover what it means to live with significance and intention, doing the daily and mundane tasks that make up life. I want to be deliberate and live profoundly even while I wash dishes, clean up messes, and balance the checkbook. I want to live in grace, embracing its unforced rhythms even while I more forward with deliberation. I want to live a life abandoned to His grace, unfettered by the cares of this world.