Merciful Mornings
October 12, 2015

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Y’ALL. What in the world is going on with everyone?? It has been way too long since I have been able to connect with you all, and I just can’t take it any more. I miss you, friends. Should I be working on lesson plans right now? You betcha. Are there piles of laundry to be dealt with? Absolutely. The list of “do all the things immediately” is eternal, but I just need a moment to say hi.

Hi. ūüôā

This has been a crazy year of LIFE for me and my monkeys, and I find myself still reeling to catch up and find some sense of normalcy for us all. God has sent the most amazing people into our little world, and for that, I am eternally grateful. It never ceases to amaze me when He reaches down to follow through with the promises that we often find ourselves doubting. He is so good.

In a moment of total honesty, I need you to know that this whole LIFE thing can be totally overwhelming right now. While I am dying to connect here and share my moments of crazy with the world, there have not been enough hours in the day to include all of the things that I love. I find myself wearing a million hats and carrying¬†way too many labels these days, and I wonder when it will all calm down to a manageable level. First of all, this Single Mom thing is for the birds. It’s not supposed to be like this, and I am not a fan. Secondly, no one person should be doing the Single Mom thing while also attempting to juggle the Three Jobs thing. Can it be done? Sure.¬†And when that¬†is what has to be done, you suck it up and do it. Right?! Right. So I will continue to wear the hats and raise the kids and do ALL THE THINGS. And I will smile while I do it because God is good, life is carrying on, true friends are an amazing blessing, and I just really want people to see Jesus shining right out of my face.

Every day is different. Some days are much more manageable – they might even seem “normal” or easy. Others leave me wishing I could start the day over or add about 10 more hours so that the eternal list could actually have a dent in it before my head hits the pillow again. I am not sad, angry, or intensely grieving right now – I did that (to the highest degree), and I have graciously been walked through it to the other side. I am in a good place right now, and my current prayer is that I can find a good way to manage all the things that must fit into each day. And when the things don’t all quite fit, I hope I can grant myself the grace needed to move them to the next day or discover that they didn’t need to be there in the first place.

You might be glad to know that I do take a moment to come up for air every once in a while. Here is a recent moment I had with family at a craft fair… with my bucket of sweet tea. ūüôā

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So what about you, blog friends? Are you in a season of peace right now, or do you find yourself treading water each day?? If, by some chance, I am not the only one out there attempting to keep my head above water, I would love to hear from the rest of you who can relate. Say hello, vent about your own personal craziness, or share a bit of scripture that encourages you through the rougher times. I know that this is a season that will pass, and I am encouraged by the glimpses of normalcy and peace that are starting to appear here and there.

“Praise the¬†Lord,¬†my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
¬†¬†¬†¬†and forget not¬†all his benefits‚ÄĒ
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
¬†¬†¬†¬†so that your youth is renewed¬†like the eagle‚Äôs.” Psalm 103:1-5

Photo credit: I miss you! by Cali4beach (CC BY 2.0)

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4 responses to “Dear Interwebs – I Miss You”

  1. Ann says:

    Yes, I can surly relate to having difficult days, Rachel! My first thought after reading your post was Ecclesiastes 3…To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…and then it goes on to list every season of a person’s life – both difficult and easy. Life just seems to have in it the ebbs and flows and there are days when we do look forward to a new day. God is always faithful to bring us through though!! I’m so thankful for His faithfulness! Praying for you today, sister, that as you continue to journey through life, you grow closer to the Lord and find strength through the most difficult times in Him!!
    Blessings, Ann

    • Merciful Mornings says:

      Thank you so much, Ann! I am so thankful for His strength as I attempt to maneuver this season of life. And I am thankful for your encouraging words! Blessings to you.

  2. Cherisse says:

    Life IS crazy…for everyone. Maybe not now, maybe not yet, but at some point we all experience it. Somedays I crave time with girlfriends to connect, but in this season of life it is difficult with busy schedules and whatnot. Other days I want to just hide in my bedroom and read or sleep or surf the web. That never happens!! But we all get up each morning with lists and people depending on us, and we do it…because we have a purpose to love and care for our family, and that all comes with an incredible amount of responsibility. We can’t do it all on our own, we weren’t built for that. We need each other for strength and courage to keep going, reminding each other of why we do it. God knows our struggles and has already seen the end, we just have to trust in Him and let Him guide us through it! He will send in reinforcements when it’s just too hard to bear alone and that gives us hope and peace! Ok I don’t know where that came from but I’m talking to myself more than anything…I don’t even know if that made sense. ūüėú

    • Merciful Mornings says:

      It makes perfect sense, and you are absolutely right! So glad we have each other to do all the LIFE together. ūüôā

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