Hello, dear friends! Right now, I’m drinking a nice, big cup of coffee and staring at a very long to-do list. My first instinct upon consulting my lengthy to-do list is to put my head down on my notebook, close my eyes, and ignore each and every task. I know this because I texted my husband a picture of me doing just that earlier this week.
After a few minutes of desperation, however, my spirit and my shoulders usually lift. I look back at the to-do list and, while it hasn’t gotten any shorter, it has gotten a bit brighter. Almost every task brings me joy in some way: I get to spend my days writing, reading, and praying. That’s not so bad! As for the tasks that I dread, I know that doing them will, at the very least, bring this procrastinator a sense of accomplishment and relief. That’s not all bad!
I imagine there are lots of tasks on your to-do list, too… maybe you’ve been too busy to even write a to-do list! I imagine you’re clutching your own big cup of coffee, wondering how it will all get done. Fret not, friend. I promise that there are blessings buried amidst all the chores and errands. And, I pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal those blessings to you, especially when you feel too burdened to tackle all your to-do’s.
Below are some of the blessings I stumbled upon this past week. I hope they offer you a bit of refreshment and encouragement as well.
What’s Making Me Happy This Week
The Book of Hosea, which I wrote about earlier this week, is a perfect scripture to spend some time with during the Lenten season. I recently came across Irving Bible Church’s video series on Hosea on Crystal Twaddell’s site. The thought-provoking series, which includes six 3-minute videos, imagines what Hosea’s story would look like in modern-day America. A must-see. Preferably with a box of tissues.
One of the most difficult things about moving to a new city is missing out on good friends’ big events. Some of my lovely lady friends in DC and Atlanta are getting married later this spring, and I was crushed that I couldn’t attend all the various bridal showers and bachelorette parties. Thanks to the magic of the Internet and the US Postal system, however, I was still able to send them some fun aprons (like this, this, and this) from World Market.
I’ve read a lot about Lent over the past week, but this reflection hit me hard in the best way. If you’re observing Lent for the first or millionth time, visit (in)courage and check out “Burying the Alleluias” from Jen Bradbury.
A few weeks ago, while Sean was at a work event, I bought myself a giant tub of popcorn and a ticket to La La Land. Oscars controversy aside, I loved this upbeat chorus number and this melancholy solo. Both songs, with lyrics like “when they let you down/ you’ll get up off the ground” and “here’s to the ones who dream/ foolish as they may seem” encouraged my inner struggling-artist. I recommend singing along at the top of your lungs 🙂
Wishing you a weekend full of faith, hope, love, and wine!