Yesterday was a very active day for me and super enjoyable! I had some of the regular work stuff like meetings, emails, phone calls, etc. But later in the afternoon, my husband & I joined a pickle ball boot camp, beginning to learn some fundamentals of this really fun sport. And during the evening, I played softball with my church team (we lost but had heaps of fun)! When I fell asleep, I was very tired and deeply content. As I reflect on yesterday, here are some keys that could help you to live vibrantly and wholly content:
1 – Keep Moving!! This applies not only for exercise, but in all areas of our lives. Exercise in communicating, spiritual growth, community engagement, reading / learning and LOADS more helps us stay vibrant!
2 – Laugh Alot!! More than anything, I laugh at myself and this helps me alot! I don’t take myself so seriously and it helps me come to terms with my weaknesses & humanity
3 – Holy Spirit check-in’s: throughout my day and evening, it was very settling to regularly check in with Holy Spirit for real time adjustments in my attitudes, outlook, conversations, internal audits & rich fellowship.
I sincerely believe that life with Holy Spirit is meant to be vibrant, challenging, fulfilling and transformational!
It’s 5:30pm here in Bangledesh & I’m listening to happy little voices singing & chattering in the room behind me. So everything in me is smiling & deeply fulfilled.
Last year, I came to Bangledesh four times & we worked really hard to open nightcare for the largest brothel in this country. Tonight, I’m sitting in our nightcare center & enjoying the sights & sounds of our firsts nightcare in this country. Nightcare is one of the things Saving Moses does, where we look after the babies & toddlers of sexworkers while they work. Without our center, 80% of these kids would be on the bed with their mom as she works.
And this is the nature of nightcare – it’s deeply rewarding & painfully tragic, a roller coaster of rich satisfaction & abysmal horror.
And tonight I’m celebrating progress & the power of genuine love.
Friday, I had a glorious day of snowboarding!! The sun was out, snow was good, runs were empty & there was no wind. Needless to say, I could’ve ridden for endless hours & enjoyed a unique bliss that’s not easily acquired. But alas, I stopped when I could’ve gone for heaps more.
I think it’s very human to want more – more dessert, more sleep, more success, more adrenaline, more chocolate, more vacation, etc. But alas, there’s such a thing as overdose & it’s not just for drugs. We would be wise to quit while we still want more. This principle is a healthy guideline across the entirety of our lives with one exception: Jesus.
We are designed to crave our Creator & our lives will remain unsatisfied until we appreciate that ultimately, we’re only fulfilled through a rich, vibrant & continuous relationship with Jesus!
Yesterday was a red letter breakthrough day in lots of ways! I received some AWESOME news for Saving Moses, made some noteworthy headway on the concussions stuff I’ve been dealing with & made some great progress with a work project that’s really encouraging! As I went to bed last night, I was thanking God for all of these amazing things & I began to think about why I was so fulfilled. The common denominator that ran through all of these breakthroughs wasn’t just receiving good news, which can be touch & go in any given day. The common denominator that really captured my attention was the contrast between a breakthrough day & a “keeping on” day.
Seems to me that most of my days are “keeping on” days. These are days that you work on something to make progress, even if it’s just infinitesimal. It’s the kind of day that seems to be relatively ordinary because it’s full of pick & shovel type work. These “keeping on” days are the days when I didn’t get the results I wanted from a neurologist visit but I decided not to give up & quit. These “keeping on” days are when I got tired of hearing another “no” for Saving Moses but I decided to smile rather than be morose. These “keeping on” days remind me of my physical therapy days when my shoulder was recovering & I persevered with doing my pt exercises even though it was late on the evening & I was more than a little tired. These “keeping on” days are the essential foundation for the breakthrough days that we so dearly love. Let’s celebrate the “keeping on” days just as much as the days when we experience a culminating breakthrough!
I like lots of things about my kids, but here are a few:
Isabell – I like how she’s a strong person. What she puts her mind to, she accomplishes. She’s also very sweet, kind & super smart. She loves Jesus lots.
David – I like how he’s always thinking & he often looks for ways to help me. He wrote a worship song the other day & sang it for me – left me speechless.
Benji – he’s always happy and very snuggly. He also is a source of endless energy – even when he sleeps, he moves alot.
Here’s something cool too – last weekend, Isabell, David & I cut up 12lbs of strawberries & no one complained – they were happy as clams! Amazing.
I really like my kids. They’re fun, insightful, joyful, kind, spiritual, intelligent, strong, fun . . . . Having kids has been one of the most delightful things in my life. Having kids is challenging & very fulfilling. There are moments of definite frustration but also moments of total amazement.