Life surprises us.
It's truly as simple as that. I've never considered myself to be someone that takes what I have for granted and I think (I hope) that most people would agree... but every so often life gives us a little push. Over the past year (and even more over the past couple months) I seem to be continually reminded of how blessed I am and how much I have to be thankful for.
A few weeks ago 17 people crowded into our tiny one bedroom apartment to study the bible. I scurried around grabbing chairs and finishing the dinner I had prepared and I will admit that for a moment I panicked at the turnout. As people began shuffling through the line and finding a comfortable place to sit I looked around hopeful that all had found a place to land and let myself take it all in. It's easy to look at a crowded room and lose yourself in the worry that it is far too crowded or that the food won't stretch quite far enough... but in that moment life pushed me. God pushed me; and for once I let myself stop and feel the joy of the moment.
A few years ago I was browsing a local art show and came across a magnet that I instantly fell in love with. It very simply stated
"May our house always be too small to hold all our friends".
To the people who know me well, I'm sure it's no surprise that I cried when I found it. And yes.. I cry easily.. but, how fundamentally TRUE is that statement? May our lives always be so FULL and so rich that we struggle to fit everything in. Isn't it really just as simple as that? I'm am endlessly blessed by the people in my life.. and sometimes life is insanely busy. Sometimes I fall into bed far too late for the early morning ahead of me.. but that's me. I love the FULL and overflowing life that I live an all of the people in it. I wouldn't trade those things for the world.
A week or so ago my sister tagged me in an Instagram post from my favorite blogger.. Carrie Grace and the post talked about having the kind of friends who were "late nights and coffee in the morning" and I thought the sentiment was beautiful. I hope that I am always the kind of person that people will reach out to in that way. I truly believe that our lives are most beautiful when we live them to the fullest... and when you are brimming with GOODNESS and happiness it's much much harder to be brought down.
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