Rest happens when I live in THIS moment and refuse to worry about the ‘not yet’ ones. The best preparation for whatever is ahead is to experience Him here in this moment; by giving Him the little ounce of trust and faith that I have right now. When I let go and follow His moves in THIS moment, on THIS current dance floor, it opens up the way for the best possible future dance.
I’ve been a sucker this week for letting “future dance” worries steal the current dance moves and twirls. It has been a bit chaotic in my head and heart. I forgot gratitude and everything else I thought I had. I fumbled and fell. But I am rising again! I find Him in the chaos and muddled thoughts. He comes faithfully and I allow myself to feel His presence as He wraps His arms around me when I come to my senses and just call and acknowledge His nearness; acknowledge that He is never far, He is always here, even when I don’t feel it.
Abandonment is only a feeling—never a reality for His kids. Tonight, I’m glad to be His kid. I’m glad He’s right here and won’t leave me alone. Ever. I’m glad it’s only this moment He’s asking me to do. There’s abundance for today. And it will be there for tomorrow as well.
This is definitely a morphing season I am in. My kiddos delight and thrill every time their little wormies crawl up the side of the butterfly house, shed their skin and hide away in their chrysalis. Their excitement mounts. They check it every day to see if they can see any change. They cheer when the chrysalis turns black and is about to hatch. And oh my goodness! You should hear their delight every time their little wormy friend emerges all wet and crumpled. Unrecognizable as a caterpillar and still not recognizable as a beautiful winged creature either because he has to wait for his wings to unfold and dry. I don’t know which delights me more—watching their delight, or the awe of seeing the miracle of the butterfly so completely changed and perfect before my eyes.
Maybe it is a morphing season for you as well. Be patient. Wait it out. Stay in the moment. And trust the process. You got this! Because He’s got you.
by Vera Smoker
Hi there! I am Vera, blessed wife of one and mom to three wonderful little people who make my world go round. I am an unashamed lover of Jesus, passionate about authentic relationships rooted within the identity that comes first from my relationship with Him. I’m a lover of good books, fat journals, sunsets and sunrises, long quiet country walks, and time with my family around campfires or on our front porch. Growth and mentorship are high on the list of values for me and I always thrill when I get to celebrate the wonderful journey of growth and discovery with others. The Hubs and I both love hosting so come relax with us sometime and we will chat the time away and connect over a good cup of coffee or chai!
Look at Me Flash Cards
Look at Me Flash Cards include eight sets of eight flash cards with each set focusing on an area of the body. With a set for each body, ears, eyes, feet, hands, heart, mind, and mouth words of life are being spoken over each area not only for their physical wellbeing, but their spiritual health and strengthening forever.
You aren’t big enough to wreck it in one single day—especially not when you hand all the pieces over to the One who is bigger than the messy minutes of the day. He blends the pieces you give Him together beautifully and adds a silver lining. I. WILL. TRUST. HIM. For myself and for my kiddos. That’s a choice I get to make at the end of every day. And I still choose being a mom.
This morning as I walked in the rain, I kept thinking about what a kind Daddy God I have and His thoughts over me. So kind in fact that He COMMANDS His loving kindness towards me. (Psalms 42:8) In the last part of that same verse it says that His songs will be with me in the night…
Was there anyone else out there that was super excited to see the new Mary Poppins movie? Well, if you were like me, you were counting down the days to get to go see this movie. It was supposed to be a “mommy outing”—just some time for me to go out and get some alone time. But…I thought it would be fun to take my oldest son, Judah. There was a fun part in the movie when Mary Poppins was preparing the children for bath time and as the children entered the tub, they “went down the drain” and ended up in a cartoon illustrated ocean with lots of colorful fish and coral. I turned to look at my son to catch his reaction and he was WIDE-EYED with his mouth hanging open in total AWE.