Monday, October 7, 2013

letting go of the can't do's {day seven}

In the past few weeks as the summer days have faded and the cool weather has set in, I feel like my eyes have been inundated with everything FALL. Social media, magazines, TV - I don't have to look very hard to find a holiday recipe or beautiful fall decor.

Absolutely insane pumpkin bread made by my sweet friend Jenn

While last year I would have excitedly jumped on the fall band wagon, this year I'm struggling a little.

Morning sickness rages on and we don't currently live in our own place - so time in the kitchen and holiday-ing our home isn't happening this year. I'm so thankful for family who is letting us live with them! But there's just something about decorating your own home. (Don't get me wrong: I'm the opposite of Martha Stewart when it comes to baking or decor. Tea and a new wreath will do.)

There's a lot of in-betweens in transition - in between homes, friendships, regular income, etc. And often the in-betweens mean you have to give something up. You might let go of weekly date nights because you need to save money; maybe your favorite hobby takes a back seat to your new demanding schedule.

You know what really helps? Remembering that this is just a season. There will be other years for hanging up wreaths and trying new recipes. This isn't my entire life.
Furthermore? I truly have all I need in Jesus. He's given me salvation, His hope and comfort are available at any moment, and He is unyieldingly constant. He might not make me a pumpkin spice latte, but He really does have all I need.

So friends who are in transition along with me? Let's let some of these "can't do's" go. Holding onto them will probably hinder our thriving. Let's embrace this season when we might not have all the things we used to, but that we are evermore aware of the faithfulness and open arms of God.

And let's thank really good friends who make you pumpkin bread when the idea of mixing ingredients puts your stomach in a very bad place.

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This post is day seven of my 31 Days to Normal experiment. I'm writing for 31 days, as I seek to thrive in a season of major transition. Click the circle below to see the rest of the posts in this series!


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