Experiencing Hope and God's Goodness

I'm happy tired, ready to fall into bed after a long, productive, exhausting, day of kid-wrangling and keeping healthy food in all their bodies and learning in their minds. I had no idea how worn out I would feel being a mom and working part-time, but I asked for it and I'll see it through. And I've been told I'll adjust and it will start to feel easier.

I went out for a nice walk this weekend while my boys were backpacking in the woods {glorious alone time} and enjoyed the absolutely perfect weather this time of year brings. Yes, leaves are falling, it's a time of closing up shop and leaving town, but we can rest secure in the fact that winter is only a season that comes and goes and is always followed by spring.

It helps to know that. It helps to know that children do grow up. It helps to know that hard days are often followed by good ones.
It helps to have perspective. 


When I think about perspective, I think about maturation. And faith too. We need to have a little big of distance from our problems to see their actual size. And when we know from past experience that life will ebb and flow and things will come and go, it helps to develop our faith. We know that a little hardship works out the kinks in our lives sometimes. A little winter helps us appreciate the springtime.

And difficulties can develop good strong callouses, giving us tenacity and courage to approach even harder things.

"We also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we suffer we develop endurance, which shapes our characters. When our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and anticipate God’s goodness." Romans 5:3-4 The Voice

I love this. It's so true in my own life. There have been times when I just didn't see God's hand in the way things were going at all, but I've lived long enough now to recognize His leading and guiding me in every single bit of my life. I have all sorts of reasons to believe that He'll see this through too.

It really does give me courage and security to know that there's a very big God out there with a very big awesome plan for us that includes a big home called heaven and years and years of summertime. *wink wink* If living feels too hard, just rest in Him. Please.

Rest in the promises of God and the truth that you'll one day see things from the other side. Because God is good. All the time. And that thirst that can't be quenched? It's a thirst for Him. Unquenchable by any other. Drink and be filled.

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can't satisfy?
lyrics from Blesssings | Laura Story