Monday through Friday I’m a working mama like many of you. Each weekday I skirt out the door by the skin of my teeth– running just a few minutes later than I should, grabbing a sip or three of coffee, a bite for lunch and other miscellany as I say goodbyes and wake ups and “don’t forget to brush your teeth” to three sleepy, summer lovin’ kiddos. And most days when I finally make it to the car, I’ve got to come back in for something I’ve forgotten, or I don’t have enough hands for said miscellany.
Finally as I pull away in the car, leaving my family makes me sad, especially this summer when the kids are home. My heart sinks a bit. I might even have a little pity party now and again. Oh, I enjoy my job and love all of my co-workers so much, but my place is truly with those three kids. The Lord knows the desires of my heart and I think he takes this opportunity to work on me. And rather than being sad and discouraged, I just let him. I surrender.
I typically listen to 88.1 radio which brings to mind scripture and familiar verses, I think on prayers and it never fails my heart feels contentment. I’m reminded of Sunday sermons and think about all the lines and lyrics I would doodle down if I only had my pen in hand. I know that the Lord is working on my heart during my jaunt to work…comforting the longing a mama feels to be near her kids, reminding me that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I feel steeped in the Lord’s grace and love during this time and it really is medicine for my soul.
There’s a Virginia Woolf quote – “Arrange whatever pieces come your way.” This is so true. We can question God and say, “this is too much,” or “this is too hard,” or “I don’t wanna!” But we truly have to take the pieces we have and just make the best of them. It’s always our choice.
I’m having Coffee For Your Heart with my friend Holley Gerth