Thoughtful Thursday with Rachel D (Bookworm Mama)
Today I have my dear fellow blogger and friend Rachel here with me from Bookworm Mama. And as always I asked her my thoughtful Thursday question:
What has been dominating your thoughts lately?
Take it away Rachel:
I am honored to be able share with you today for Thoughtful Thursday! Thank you for having me Melony!
There is one common theme that has been dominating my thoughts recently. And that theme is, BLESSINGS.
It is easy to see the blessings in the big things…When times are going good. However, today I want to talk about the blessings that can be found in the little things around us everyday…Even in the midst of winter. I am here as a mom, a sister, a daughter, a wife, and a child of God….to encourage you.
In life we go through many seasons. Seasons of famine and seasons of bounty. Seasons of joy and seasons of sorrow. Seasons of solitude and seasons of fellowship. Transitioning between seasons can be challenging…character building…dreadful. Yet, through each change, we must begin to look for the good and see the blessings that surround us. In an endless winter, a season of cold, misery, death…It can be hard to see the beauty. We keep longing for the spring to arrive and wash all the sorrowful cold away. Look closer though, there is beauty all around. In the purity of fresh fallen snow. In the clean slate given to trees and bushes to start fresh when spring finally does arrive. Whether it be in the sound of your kids’ laughter, the love reflected in the eyes of your furry babies (yes, I am looking at you Zuzu), or daffodils beginning to bloom with the promise that Spring really is coming.
My family has had its share of changing seasons the last few years. Moving…A LOT…medical challenges with my son and my mom (both are fine now), isolation (due to medical stuff), and learning what it is to be “normal” again (after all the medical stuff). It is tough and there are times when all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and cry…which I did…numerous times. It is important to release the stress and emotions. However, I knew that no matter what challenges we faced, what giants we had to slay, and the mountains we had to climb, that we would not have to do it alone. The Lord proved faithful and He provided blessing after blessing to my family, even in the midst of heartbreak.
Looking back on the season we are departing, things have changed, in oh so many ways. We are not the same people that we were going into the last season of our life. And that is GOOD. We are meant to advance, to change, to grow…And while there was a time that I mourned for the life I had before, I don’t want to be the person I was before this. Through our personal winter, the gray sky, the never ending cold, the darkness and the misery…God taught me how to see the beauty. Even though my life had taken a different path than I expected, He was my strength. Through this season I have connected with so many people in the medical field and have been able to be a light to them in the midst of chaos. To stay firm in my faith and my relationship with my husband brought hope and peace wherever we went….and people noticed it. They talked to us about it. Doors opened that I never would have dreamed about. Our lives and the path we lead is SO much different than we could have ever imagined…And in a GOOD way. Even though we had to go through a lot of bad to get here. And now that the sun is beginning to shine on our lives, spring is here and we can (literally) go outside and enjoy life again…We are bringing that hope with us, we are focused on our blessings, we are determined to share the peace and the strength that the Lord imparted into us into those around us.
So be encouraged…If your are celebrating spring…or trudging through the winter, I encourage you to take a moment and give thanks for the blessings in your life. When we start to focus on the positive, the negative becomes easier to bear.
I want to leave you with my favorite passage of scripture. These verses have helped me though SO much over the last couple of years.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Matthew 6: 25-34 (NLT)
Rachel is a stay at home mom who LOVES to read. She enjoy good (clean) books of all kinds. However, she has a soft spot for historical fiction. She thinks there is something magical that can only be found between the covers a book. Her desire is to share that piece of magic with you, my fellow bookworms. I have been reviewing books since 2014 and simply adore being immersed in the bookish world. My husband and 2 beautiful children are my life and joy. Among the 500 things I do a day, I somehow still find time to read.
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found right here on her website. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children and two cats.