Struggling to find that groove again... that pre-holiday routine that actually allowed us to get
our school work done in a timely manner.
Struggling to get my Christmas decorations out of the attic when everything in me screams that it. is. not. time. to. decorate. for Christmas. It's only July after all... isn't it??
Struggling to accept the fact that fall has gone (for all intents & purposes) and the brutal, bone-chilling days of winter are upon us. I soooooo want the 70s (degrees, I mean :) back!
Struggling to keep up with Mt. Laundry... when will some brilliant scientist invent self-washing clothes??
Struggling to keep *healthy* meals on the table when Ramen noodles are such an easy & painless choice :)
Struggling to study my way through evil dictatorships, a Nazi regime, and unending brutality, misery, and suffering. Why, O Lord, why??
Struggling to rejoice in all things... even in *my* (relatively pitiful... as compared to those in the note above) sufferings.
Struggling in the day to day battle of less-of-me and more-of-Him... struggling to die to self.
Struggling to see the good instead of nitpicking on the not-so-pretty; struggling to offer grace at all times~
Struggling to filter the good from the best.
The eternal from the transient.
The holy from the rest.
And yet still... still my God reigns. Still He loves. Still He holds and helps and offers Hope and Light and Grace, even though so incredibly undeserving am I. Still He nudges me on, pressing me towards the Goal, one itty-bitty baby step at a time.
Yes, these past few days have been tough. But the Good News... His love conquers all. And in Him, there's peace. Perfect peace.
I think it's time I stake my claim!
"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance,
and character, hope.
And hope does not put us to shame,
because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,
who has been given to us."
Romans 5: 3-5
And for my fellow music lovers... one of my favorites. It's ministered greatly to me these past few days~ enjoy!