I’m finally joining in with five minute Friday. It turns out that the more you write the more you want to write- so hopefully you’ll be seeing much more frequent posts and writing going on in these parts.
Expect. I expect to be changed, I expect to grow and change and for life to keep shifting and altering. What exactly those paths will look like- I don’t know. I know that God has been ahead, preparing ways and tasks for me to do, allowing me to be a part of his big plan and his redemption story. I know that whatever lies ahead, for our family, for our nation, for our government, that He is there in the midst of it. I expect to find him and see Him in the middle of all these things, as we take each day a day at a time.
A big part of having a husband working nights and shifts and weekends all over the place has meant that my expectations have become more flexible. Where once I would have focused on the fact that I felt like I had the right to have lie-ins or the right to have a weekend look a certain way- now I embrace the fact that life can be different every day and making small choices to live a beautiful and intentional life is more fulfilling than clinging to those expectations.
My expectations of life, of tomorrow or next year now hinge on the truth that I know. I know that God is faithful, that he is providing and He is showing us the way forward. I know that as long as we seek him and listen to what He asks of us- truly take some time to spend with Him in the midst of our busyness- the path forward will be there. I know that challenges are guaranteed, that in our broken world there will be suffering and discomfort and difficulties- but I also know that God can and does use these things for good. That both through us and in spite of us his goodness shines through. That his love endures however many times we turn back and get distracted and wander off from that abundant way of life he offers.
So, I expect change. I expect interruptions and I know that each year and stage of our life looks a bit different, especially as the children grow and learn so quickly. Most of all I expect Him.