Last week I had the honor to to meet up with two of the most lovely bloggers. In the evening I received an invite from Jamie to a get together with Margaret the following day. It somehow turned into a game changer. Or maybe just a reset along the path.
Have you ever had that feeling when something just isn't right? I've felt it for months, wearing on my heart and soul. That unsettled feeling that makes me restless, anxious, stressed, grouchy and therefore makes the every day wear and tear grueling, unhappy.
Sometimes it's a blog post that you read that inspires, a conversation or an impromptu visit with a friend, that helps get out of the rut. Out of the funk. God provides us with the opportunities to get out of ourselves, see a new light and smile again.
It's tough because feeling like hiding and internalizing a whole lot of stuff is just easier, especially when you can't quite put your finger on what's wrong.
Then a series of events happens or just one that changes your outlook, snaps you back to reality and draws you closer to God, your spouse and your family.
Processed over days, a moment of clarity arises during an early morning conversation at the kitchen sink. A long list of changes, deaths I was unprepared for, changes in my children's seasons, transitions in motherhood, waning prayer time, outside demands of me and my time.
It all added up.
It all challenged me and took away my peace. Slowly, but steadily and therefore making the climb out of it that much more difficult.
Then the clouds broke and the sun shone in the form of a smiling face and small conversation while running around after our children.
It helped the process of slowly chiseling away at the sadness, the unknown, the loneliness. All that has kept me from being able to live fully and trust in God's amazing ways.
All of the things that while seemingly small and hidden, found their way to grate and grind away at my true happiness in my heart and soul.
Friends of the heart and a good laugh are a good medicine.
And sometimes that seemingly simple invitation, setting aside other plans and expecting God to show up, is exactly when He will.
**Read Margaret's version of our get together over here. She speaks more eloquently than I.