Hey y’all! So glad you stopped by.
I am a Jesus-follower, gratitude promoter, infertility celebrator, and storyteller.
And I live an incredibly ordinary life.
Elementary school pumpkin parties, water park summer days, granola bars and apples for the revolving door of neighborhood friends, serving the college students my husband teaches, thrift store treasure hunts, and pleasant boundary lines of one-income tight budgets.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.” ~Romans 12:1 (The Message)
Our ordinary is extraordinary and our mundane miraculous because we decide daily to intentionally offer it to God as a worshipful, living sacrifice.
But we can only do that through gratitude.
We struggled on a long road through infertility and I count those days as the most precious of my life.
In my sorrow and longing, pleading for the one thing it felt like everyone else had, I promised God I would be grateful, never upset with them in the grocery check-out line, always smiling and happy to just have a baby to spit up on me. Promises I could never keep, and we both knew it. Crying into my pillow in the black of my closet one night, God asked me a simple question.
“Are you grateful now?”
And I wasn’t.
Angry? Yes. Bitter? Obviously. Lonely? So much.
But zero percent grateful.
I crawled out of that closet and agreed to join Him as He taught me how to live my life, how to position my heart, how to see my world through gratitude.
And, well, everything changed.
My little corner of the internet, my nest (please enjoy the pun), is built based on the verse in Colossians 2:7.
“Rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
We began rebuilding our lives on His firm foundation during our infertility days. The nest we thought we’d beautifully crafted in the years before was nothing but sand and wishful thinking, rooted only in what we could achieve, purchase, and plan.
The storm of infertility washed that nest away but gratitude began building our new nest rooted this time in Christ.
And we are still building.
Welcome to our life-long construction site!
We’ll talk about building our lives, our everyday, ordinary lives, rooted in Him and overflowing with thankfulness.
We’ll find our way to seeing God and His love in our, “eating, sleeping, going-to-work, walking-around life,” where our ordinary becomes extraordinary, our mundane miraculous, and our purpose clear.
You can’t imagine the joy that’s coming, friend.
Let’s start building!