I'll admit it, I'm a slave to the funk. You know, the funk that this time of year tends to bring out in us. The winter blues, if you will. Blame it on the weather, blame it on the nightshift, blame it on whatever you want, but I'm a slave to it. Everything is cold, gray, and gloomy, including my mood. January hasn't been the best month so far, so I naturally cling to my yoga pants and my couch, choosing to spend my free time behind closed doors rather than enjoying His sunlight, His people, and His plans for me.
The Lord has really been convicting me on how I'm holding myself back from His joys, the goodness that He wants to pour out over us. I'm my own worst enemy, through my sinfulness, through my laziness, through my indifference.
"The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I come that they may have life and have it more abundantly." John 10:10
Christ wants to give us a life full of happiness, full of laughter, full of goodness! This verse holds so much happy truth that it just makes my heart burst. But at the same time, I know this funk that I'm in is what John warns us of first--that the thief, that Satan, wants to steal and destroy. Steal my joy, destroy my relationships, steal the goodness that fills our lives. That's my choice--that's UP TO ME whether or not I let Satan control my mood or my outlook.
I've decided to make a more conscious effort to savor His goodness and His little joys in my life--things that brighten my mood, photos that inspire me, songs that stir my heart, and so forth. Living life more abundantly starts with me, and it starts today.
He's been pouring out His goodness on me lately and I want to share a few little tidbits with you today.
I've never been a morning person, but the Lord has been waking me up a little earlier lately and I can't say that I hate it. I like having a slow start, sweet time with Jesus and coffee without the rush of the morning hustle. There's something wonderful about morning time.
This past Saturday morning brought a calligraphy workshop that I've been looking forward to for so long! God has a sense of humor and coincidentally arranged it--Rachel texted me and encouraged me to come, but days after I had already signed up for it. She recruited Lauren and Jenni to come too, and it became an impromptu blogger meet up!
I've prayed for a long time that the Lord would surround me with godly women, friends who uplift and encourage as a normal part of the day, women who are filled with joy and gladness because of what the Lord is doing in our lives. Walking into the calligraphy workshop solidified these prayers--I've "known" these girls for a while through our blogs, but to truly get to know them in person was such a blessing. It was as if we'd been friends for years; our day was filled with laughter and life talks and so much joy. Just what my heart needed!
There's something about handlettering that thrills my creative heart. I can't wait to see where this little hobby takes me. I've prayed for God to help me cultivate my creativity, and I'm already enjoying the fruits of my practice. His glorious grace!
Even through this "funk" that I've been in, I'm choosing to live life more abundantly, through the little moments and the big. I hope you'll do the same, sweet friend. Here's to a wonderful week ahead of us! Xoxo