Allow yourself to see beyond the circumstance. What will the outcomes be or the long-term effects of staying in that place? With that in mind, I made moves this past month that have made me stronger, wiser, and more confident. This month, I said no to fear and yes to faith.
It already feels like Spring in my heart. I met with friends, new and old, and I feel a garden growing in my heart where one can rest and be still. I found myself being quieter this month in order to let people speak. The quiet and stillness gives room for them to think, process, and articulate what's going on in their heart.
"The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered." Proverbs 17:27
One new friend who visited our home for the first time said "it feels like peace." That has always been my prayer, to have a home of peace.
It's in that peace that I am taking steps toward perfecting my writing and editing skills. I went to the library and picked up some recommendations and I am excited to sharpen my sword. I was a little apprehensive about it, but once I started to read the material I was encouraged. I have been following the rules all along! So that was reassuring, and made me happy to see that I was doing this thing right! We are never too old to learn, so I have my pen and paper ready to take notes on the information I didn't know.
I put down my pen to have a fun girls' night with my sister and friends for an Amanda Cook concert! It's for her new album, House on a Hill, and it was an incredible show! She had fun -- having a blast with her 80's inspired musical theme and Claire Standish inspired dance moves.
Oh, but you could just feel the redemption in the room. Everyone there has felt their own kind of pain, hurt, and hope. We all experienced God's love and mercy that night; it made me fall more in love with Him.
In the mix of all of this, I am currently reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly: such an emotional read, I cannot read it before bed or else I'll have nightmares; but it's a page turner! Also, Girls' Club by Sally Clarkson and her girls. This book touches on loneliness and friendships; it's already made me cry and I can tell will be a very relatable book.
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