06 April 2012

Light . . .

What brings light? That's essentially the question I've been asking myself in these long months since baby boy was born. What brings light? To me, to my children, to my family, to those around me.

I find different answers than what I'd expected.

Light comes when I offer my kids what I have, what I'm strong in and good at, and offer God the rest. I'm good at reading stories, talking about feelings, holding kiddos close, explaining things in ways they can understand and helping them pretend. I'm not so good at arranging play dates, getting us out of the house, and always being gentle. And that's ok, because God holds us all, and I will never be more than human.

Light comes when I walk away from the shoulds to pursue the things that give me life. I don't cook and clean much these days, but I play with kids, teach my classes, take some quiet time, and write.

Light comes when I put words to page, even when they're scattered and few and I don't know if they mean what I want them to mean.

Light comes when I work my body hard, when I don't shove personal wellness to the bottom of my to-do list because everyone else has needs I want to meet.

I'm breaking my silence here to join The Gypsy Mama for Five Minute Friday. Today's prompt is "light".


christianne said...

Mmmm. I'm sighing a deep, good sigh with you in this place. What a beautiful meditation on light and where you're finding it right now -- that you can see it in unexpected places is a joyful thing.

Thank you for sharing the places you're seeing light. They bring a smile to my face. xo

Ruby's said...

Light comes when I walk away from the shoulds to pursue the things that give me life.
Absolutely fantastic piece.

terri said...

yes. noticing where there is light and where there is darkness makes us wiser.

Heather said...

I love this post because we live out Christ's love where we can, even if we can't be everything (which Christ never expects anyway).