Let Perseverance, Thrive

Jordan Brittley Photography Isaac and I finished painting our dining room and kitchen this weekend. It’s a light grey that I picked out on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Lowes and I love it. The light seems to bounce around the space and invite us to breakfast each morning. It’s cozy, clean and it makes me want to sit in there for hours and hours.

I realized on Sunday that while I love hosting people in our home, I sometimes wait until it’s “perfect” to invite them over. Part of the reason is that I have a difficult time enjoying anything if there is something that needs doing. But on Sunday I put a stop to it. I left our mason jars full of coffee and tea on the dining room table and I didn’t clean the counters after we cooked dinner. My house wasn’t perfect and it was good.

I want to choose cuddling and conversation over cleaning. Listening over a list of to-dos. Purpose over planning. Resting over hurrying. Grace over perfection. Accepting God’s love as I abandon pursuit of the world’s.

Our son will be here in just over two months and I don’t want to wonder where the time went with him. I want to know that the time was used purposefully. And I know there will be days where I just try to survive motherhood. But my goal? Friends, I want to thrive. As I was praying, the Lord kept saying “let perseverance” and “thrive.”

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.James 1: 2-4

I had started to tell the Lord that what I really wanted was no more troubles, no more trials, and no more heartache. But I realized that what I actually wanted wasn’t to avoid trials and the like. I realized that I just wanted to do something more than just survive when they came about. And then, in the following days, He began to say “let perseverance” and “thrive.”

Those words have become so sweet to me and have even become my words for 2015. I want to do something more than just survive life: I want to thrive. And this thriving? It only happens with Jesus.

Friends, we don’t have to wait until things are perfect to thrive.

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