I know it’s hard.
I understand with first hand experience how it all can feel like a never-ending road of challenges, difficulties, and pain.
This is what I know for sure:
The light shines in the darkness, revealing there’s another side of it all– a gift of a new beginning.
Time and time again, when it seemed I was at the end of the road, I found myself at a new beginning. I’m not alone, I have walked alongside many individuals, who’ve had the same experience.
When it comes down to it, every situation has two sides–light and darkness, hope and hopelessness, success and failure, beginnings and endings. I’ve learned the outcome is dependent on which way we choose to go.
The thing is . . . God not only GIVES the new beginning . . . but is the GUIDE to it. So. You don’t have to figure this out by yourself, God will show you step by step through a GRACE that never stops.
Be encouraged. Today is your new beginning–Kerrie
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sworn that worry has no place in my life. YET, something happens and worry walks in like it’s my best friend and we’ve known each other forever.
Eventually, I break up with worry.
Worry tends to wait in the shadows anticipating the time I will be ready to get back together.
The thing is . . .
The narrative of my story changes when worry threads it’s ugly presence through my thoughts. Then, like magic or something, everything changes because nothing seems right and the “what, ifs” seem too big to have any peace.
I know better. I’ve learned. I’ve experienced. There’s not even a shadow of doubt within me that the with-God life comes with the full guarantee of peace. And, yet . . .
Worry and I still find a way to meet now and then.
When I took the time to assess my weakness for worry I had an epiphany:
Worry often comes in my hurriedness to want all things to work together NOW. Peace is never hurried.
Our stories change when life is lived in unhurried peace–Kerrie
My top priority for the day is to make Miss Sydney the happiest six-year-old in the world.
It’s her birthday.
Syd’s journey from China to home has been remarkable. Listen, this girl has fire in her with a strong will, which has been to her benefit. Syd is fierce and brave. I admire her energy of life.
She brings so much to this world, it’s just better because of her. Wherever Syd’s at, is my immediate favorite place to be, right then and there. Joy. That’s it. Pure and simple.
Syd is one more reason to believe in the beauty of adoption. I’m so grateful for all the life we’ve had with this sweet, strong girl. And, wow, I’m looking forward to all that’s to come.
So, today–I encourage you to take a moment to celebrate this most special day. Because days like these, give hope for this world–Kerrie
Here’s my most favorite Syd-story of this year:
Sydney and I walked into her kindergarten classroom. As we walked into their coat area, one little girl tapped my arm.
When she smiled, I could see she was missing a tooth. She confirmed it,
“I lost my tooth.”
Me: “I can see that.”
Her: “The tooth fairy paid me a dollar for it.”
A boy: “The tooth fairy paid me five dollars when I lost my tooth.”
Me: Wow. When I was little, I only received a quarter for a tooth.
Several kids: “What?”
The little boy: “I only have dollars in my piggy bank. I don’t take change.”
Me: Trying not to explode with laughter.
Syd: “Nana, I need to tell you something.”
Syd took me by the hand and led me to a corner, saying,
“Nana, I need to tell you something. The tooth fairy is your parents . . . you know . . . Grandpa and Grandma Carlisle.”
(I’m relieved. I thought maybe we were going to need time for a long talk. Five-year-old Syd has more than once started a deep conversation when I’m headed out the door.)
Syd: “Are you okay?” Are you sad?”
Me: “I’m good Syd. Thank-you.”
I said my usual words to her,
“Syd, make it a great day. I love you.”
Syd: “Nana . . . they owe you money.”
Kindergartners are the best ever—Kerrie
So. There’s something I need to tell you–a confession of sorts:
It’s been a week . . . a lot of big things to manage . . . with a packed schedule day and night. And, while I know these seasons come and go in our life, I started feeling overwhelmed. A few of my “core” people noticed and called me out on it.
I realized I needed to do what I recommend to so many others. And, I’m wondering if, you might be right there with me. So, I thought I would share with you the top two that I’ve learned to do as a cool down in the midst of chaos, crisis, and just good-old-fashioned busyness as well as a daily practice:
- Breathe. I know it sounds a bit ridiculous BUT back in the day I taught measured-slow-breathing to help people relax. It still works. It’s a great technique to calm anyone of any age in a highly stressful moment. And, it’s a good healthy habit to practice throughout the day.
- Be still and know God as you pause to do your breathing exercise. This is the big one for me. I tend to push hard and fast. It’s what God has underlined for me to do throughout the day. Turns out, I need to pay more attention to God than what I’m trying to manage. Then again, don’t we all?
When you have a moment–take a look at Psalm 46–it is the basis for this daily practice.
It’s what I come back to over and over again in this with-God life–Kerrie
While I’m at it–
I’m excited to start the conversation at RDC—SOMETHING–this Sunday at 10:30 am. I mean, how do you even begin? I love our new community of faith and what Red Door Church brings to the table–and would love to have you be part of it this month.