When this is over…

I’ve spent some serious time thinking this past week or so! That’s a lie…I’ve spent a lot of time wandering around my house, picking up, being a tech director, semi-effective teacher, Mom, wife, part-time ministry employee, Jesus follower, laundry doer, and dishwasher, and let us not forget the Peacekeeper! So in all those things, I’ve had a few random thoughts that have begun to string together. And as they’ve come together, I’ve discovered there are some things I really want to keep from this entire experience. As talk of re-opening the country has begun, I had this sinking feeling one day, “no, no…wait there is so much more I wanted to accomplish during this slower paced time”. There are closets to clean, blinds to wash, floors to scrub, windows to wash, a basement to purge, the list goes on and on, right? But that’s not the list that broke my heart, the one that I panicked over was this:

  • My kids laughter
  • Seeing the kids use their imaginations
  • Long walks as a family
  • Dinner seated around the table together
  • Prayer time as a family
  • Time to study my Bible
  • School time starts at 9 am
  • Quiet cups of coffee
  • More home cooked meals
  • Evenings spent as a family
  • Learning more about each of my children
  • Appreciating how hard my husband works

You see these things, I don’t want them to end, or go away or be lost the minute the country is “open”. The task list is just that tasks to complete over time, or never, they aren’t the things life is made up of, they are the expectations we put on ourselves when we compare to one another. I, for one, am going to fight for more. Not in a competitive, tit for tat kind of way, just for my family, what we need, what makes us tick and protect the important to us items on this list. I read the other day, “it’s hard to go back to normal when normal disappeared”, Carey Neiuwhof, this couldn’t be more true. I am not in anyway negating the horror and hardships many of us are facing, I’m proposing for us to be bold, courageous, and strong as communities and create the world we have been craving for a long time. It’s time to bring back genuine connections.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works–Hebrews 10:24

My daughter, 8 years old on a hike in the state park-March 2020

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